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Thursday, March 24, 2011

14-inch DisplayLink-powered USB Mobile Monitor for $200 by Toshiba

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

"Toshiba has quietly pushed out a new 14-inch mobile USB display, weighing just 2.8 pounds and retailing for a freakishly affordable $199.99."

Well done Toshiba! This is a very nice looking display at a great price. I can think of a million uses for something like this. It sounds like an optional AC adapter is required to get the full brightness from this device, but it will still give you basic functionality with USB power.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sony Releases Portable HDMI Video Monitor for Videographers and Filmmakers

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

One of the difficult things in using a DSLR for recording video is that most of them do not have articulating screens, and even then the screen can be quite small. Enter Sony with CLM-V55 that can be both AC and battery powered and connects via HDMI to your camera. The neat thing about it is that the sound picked up by the camera can be passed through the screen to an external headphone set for monitoring use. Two problems solved with one accessory! The screen also adds pro features like peaking to check on exposure and magnification to check on focus accuracy. Expect it in March.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Would You Like That Monitor For Here or To Go?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 AM

"DisplayLink spokesperson Kim Stowe told TG Daily that Monitor2Go is a high-quality, full-size display that can be used with virtually any notebook or desktop PC. "Most multi-monitor fans are frustrated when they have to leave their desktop set-up behind and are limited to one screen while traveling," explained Stowe. "

Ever since I went multi-monitor, it has been difficult to go back. My desktop has a triple monitor setup, and when I use my laptop at home, I often hook it up to an additional monitor. However, when I am out on the road, I go slumming and deal with the single display that my laptop provides. There have been some options like carting around a monitor to trying out one of those tiny USB powered monitors however, the new Monitor2Go options sounds tempting. At 1280x800 resolution, the monitor packs enough resolution to be useful for a wide variety of tasks but no comment has been made about whether the 15.4" display is powered by the USB port alone. If that is the case, they might have already found a buyer. Anyone know of other mobile multi-monitor options?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

HP Announces 30" ZR30w S-IPS LCD Monitor that Displays 1 Billion Colours

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:24 AM

"HP today announced its first 30-inch monitor to display a range of more than 1 billion colors, the HP ZR30w S-IPS LCD Display. Adding to the already powerful lineup of HP Performance Displays, the 30-inch diagonal display provides 30-bits per pixel color resolution and 1.07 billion displayable colors, compared to 16.7 million colors available on most 30-inch diagonal panels. Ideal for professionals in animation, game development, broadcast, design and graphic arts where accurate color is imperative, the HP ZR30w achieves more than 64 times the colors available on mainstream LCDs. With a wide gamut panel that covers 100 percent of sRGB and 99 percent of Adobe RGB, reds, blues and greens are visibly deeper."

Selling for $1299 USD, this is definitely a monitor for the professionals or hardcore prosumers who want a killer monitor. The 2560 x 1600 resolution is a 16:10 aspect ratio, which bucks the trend for monitors to be 16:9. I remain very pleased with my latest monitor purchase, a Dell Ultrasharp U2711.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Nanovision MIMO 720-S Mini Touchscreen

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"Back when we reviewed the first Nanovision MIMO USB monitors, the UM-710 and UM-730, we wondered whether price and niche appeal would see them a passing fad. The proliferation of roughly 7-inch USB display rivals in the intervening months would seem to suggest that fear was unfounded, and indeed Nanovision are back with their second generation of companion monitors. Now narrowed down to two units – the basic MIMO 710-S and the touchscreen MIMO 720-S – we’ve had the finger-friendly model on our desk for the past week."

Neat and potentially useful for both the desktop and as a portable, but at $230, I don't see the killer functionality. This needs to be sub $100.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

EVGA Introduces The Dual Monitor Interview

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

"EVGA's Interview Dual Monitor System incorporates a pair of 17" widescreen LCDs with an innovative rotatable stand that allows the user to flip a panel over to share a desktop display with someone sitting across from them on the other side of the desk. These twin TFT displays support a native resolution of 1440X900 and rotate 180 degrees vertically and 90 degrees horizontally."

Watching the review provided by HotHardware, I have to agree with their conclusion that the EVGA Interview is targeted towards businesses and institutions. The Interview is designed to save space and time with its ability to switch from a dual monitor to a desktop sharing device and the premium it charges makes its value for a regular consumer questionable. Gamers tend to be very particular about their monitors with a focus on low latencies and a high screen resolution. Developers and others who deal with a lot of data also tend to favour higher resolution displays. Even accepting these limitations, the one thing I find lacking with the EVGA Interview is the ability to rotate the monitors. The twisting and turning seems useful, but I believe the ability to rotate one or both of the monitors into portrait mode much more valuable.

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Monitor from Philips Watches You

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:30 AM

"There's been a major push this past year in being more energy conscious when it comes to computing, and one way Philips plans to do that is by making sure your LCD monitor doesn't consume more power than it needs to. Called the Brilliance LCD, the upcoming display will feature a built-in sensor capable of detecting whether or not you're sitting in front of your monitor."

I'm all for features that allow you to automate your energy conservation. Hopefully this implementation is cheap enough so that they'll implement it across their entire line without a material increase in prices. If there is a significant premium, it will be difficult to earn back the cost in energy savings and those that are willing to pay a premium are probably already knowledgeable enough to just set their computer to shut off their monitor after a few minutes of inactivity.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

NEC CRV-43, A Monitor with Beautiful Curves

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

"The unique NEC CRV43 curved display provides a much wider field of view and greater dynamic range with its double WGXA resolution (32:10 aspect ratio). The user's taskbar is extended natively and setup is made easy to configure with one input. These features make it an ideal solution for simulation, digital imaging and command & control."

WOW! The curvature sure makes this super-wide beast more usable, but it is hard to tell from the picture if the curve is enough to make the difference. I've got two 22's side by side with one serving as the primary and one as a secondary. I've got the secondary to the side and it is angled about 30 degrees for optimal viewing. While that works great for me and is significantly cheaper, I see this as being ideal for an truly immersive gaming experience.

Monday, October 20, 2008

HP Releases Two New Desktops and 25.5 Inch Monitor

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

HP has released a trio of new products that are quite stylish - although I'd have preferred to see a new Slimline computer in this mix. Most consumers don't need full-sized computers like this. I dig the paint jobs on these though!

This is the HP Pavilion Verde Special Edition a6645f PC. Rolls off the tongue like peanut butter, doesn't it? I'm impressed with how much hardware they can pack into this for $579: and AMD Athlon X2 4850e dual-core CPU at 2.5 Ghz, NVIDIA nForce 430 chipset, 5 GB of DDR2 RAM, 500 GG 7200 RPM hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE graphic card. Really? A 6000 series GeForce, still? The HP Slimline computer I bought earlier this year has the same GPU, and it's not powerful enough to run the screen animations on the Zune software at full tilt - they really need to let that GPU line pass away gracefully instead of cramming it into new desktops. That one issue aside, this looks like a decent computer.

The equally long-named HP Pavilion Phoenix Special Edition a6655f PC is going to be available from Best Buy on November 9th for $659. It will ship with an AMD Phenom X4 9150e Quad-Core CPU running at 1.8 Ghz, the NVIDIA nForce 430 chipset, 5 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 640 GB 7200 RPM hard drive...and the same lame GPU as the machine above: the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE.

The short but obscurely-named HP w2558hc boasts a massive 25.5 inches of screen real estate, and an equally large HDMI logo on the front of the monitor. I sure hope that's a sticker that can be peeled off - why would someone need to be reminded that their monitor has HDMI? The w2558hc runs at 1920 x 1200 resolution, has a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 3 ms gray to gray speed at 1920x1200, a 2 megapixel web cam, and according to the spec sheet, integrated rear-facing four-watt speakers. The price? A very reasonable $599. The HP screens are super glossy though (I have a 22 inch version), so you have to want the hyper-gloss effect. It makes things look nice, but if you have any sort of sunglight hitting the monitor, all you see is glare.

The full press release for all these products is after the break. Read more...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spotlight Turns to Notebooks Part 4: The 24" Cinema Display

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"The first display made precisely for a MacBook. Introducing the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. It doesn't just expand the screen of your new MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. With a built-in iSight camera, mic, and speakers, it expands your whole experience."

The final item Apple discussed at their big announcement event was a new LED-backlit Cinema Display. For the first time ever, Apple has designed a display specifically for their notebook line. The new 24" model has connectors for the Mini DisplayPort, Magsafe power adapter, and USB port (to connect the camera on the top bezel and the 3-port USB hub inside). While Apple has caught a lot of grief over recent years for not having a proper docking station for their laptops, this does seem like an interesting compromise. The new Cinema Display has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and will be available in November for $899.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dell Introduces New 16:9 Aspect Ratio 1080p Monitor

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

The Inspiron Mini 9 wasn't the only new product that Dell announced today: they've released a new monitor called the S2409W. It's a 24" panel, at a 16:9 aspect ratio, running at 1920 x 1200 1080 resolution. It has an 85% colour gamut, 5 ms Gray-to-Gray response time, and connects via VGA, DVI, or HDMI with HDCP. No memory card reader, USB ports, component, or DisplayPort connections. I guess the $349 USD price point makes this a budget monitor of sorts. They also have 20" ($299) and 17" ($189) versions, although they don't seem to be 16:9. The 20" monitor has a 2.0 megapixel camera though.

So, am I missing something with this move to 16:9 aspect ratio? What's the benefit on the desktop? You get the same resolution, so you're not really missing anything, but you get a monitor that's a bit wider but shorter (vertically). Is that a good thing? I don't know, having never used a 16:9 monitor (my TV doesn't really count). What's your take on 16:9 monitors?

Tags: monitor, Dell, 24

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