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Samsung Odyssey G9 : Malaysia + Singapore Price + Deal!

Find out how much the new Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor costs in Malaysia and Singapore, and what awesome pre-order deals Samsung is offering right now!

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : 49-inch 1000R QLED Gaming Monitor!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor, featuring the world’s first 1000R curved display.

Like Samsung’s QLED TVs, it uses Quantum Dot technology with a DisplayHDR 1000-certified VA panel to produce an exceptionally wide range of colours.

It boasts an extremely deep 1000R curvature, with a Dual Quad High Definition (DQHD) resolution of 5120 x 1440 pixels, and an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 32:9. It has a peak brightness of 1000 nits.

Gamers will also appreciate its 1 ms response time, and 240 Hz refresh rate. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and Adaptive Sync on DisplayPort 1.4.

The Samsung Odyssey G9 features a sleek, futuristic-looking glossy white exterior, with an Infinity Core Lighting design at the back that has 52 colours and 5 lighting effects.

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Specifications

Specifications 49-inch Odyssey G9
Model LC49G95TSSEXXM
Display Size 49-inch
Curved Display Yes, 1000R
Display Resolution 5120 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz maximum
Panel Type VA (Vertical Alignment)
Backlight LED
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
+ NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 2,500 : 1
Brightness 1000 nits maximum
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 125% sRGB
95% DCI-P3
88% NTSC 1976
HDR Capable Yes, VESA DisplayHDR 1000
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers None
Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x audio out
2 x USB 3.0 Type A out
Adjustments Height : 120 mm
Tilt : -3° to +13°
Swivel : -15° to +15°
Pivot : NA
Power Consumption Maximum : NA
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.5 W
Dimensions 1147.6 mm wide
537.2 mm tall
416.4 mm deep
Weight 16.7 kg

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Malaysia + Singapore Price + Deals!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is available for pre-order until 31 August 2020, with these SRP and freebies!

 

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Samsung Odyssey G7 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deals!

Find out how much the new Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors cost in Malaysia, and what pre-order deals Samsung is offering!

 

Samsung Odyssey G7 : World’s 1st 1000R Gaming Monitors!

The Samsung Odyssey G7 is a new range of curved gaming monitors, featuring the world’s first 1000R curved displays.

Available in 32-inch and 27-inch display sizes, the Odyssey G7 is a QLED monitor that uses Quantum Dot technology to produce an exceptionally wide range of colours.

The display has an extremely deep 1000R curvature, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and a DisplayHDR 600-certified VA panel with a peak brightness of 600 nits.

Gamers will also appreciate its 1 ms response time, and 240 Hz refresh rate. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and Adaptive Sync on DisplayPort 1.4.

The Samsung Odyssey G7 features a sleek, futuristic-looking matte black exterior, with an Infinity Core Lighting design at the back that can remain static, change colour, or even dim during gameplay.

 

Samsung Odyssey G7 : Specifications

We created this table to better show you the differences between the 27-inch and 32-inch models :

Specifications 27-inch Odyssey G7 32-inch Odyssey G7
Model LC27G75TQSEXXM LC32G75TQSEXXM
Display Size 26.9-inch (68.4 cm) 31.5-inch (80.0 cm)
Curved Display Yes, 1000R
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz maximum
Panel Type VA (Vertical Alignment)
Backlight LED
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro + NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 2,500 : 1
Brightness 600 nits
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 125% sRGB
95% DCI-P3
HDR Capable Yes, VESA DisplayHDR 600
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers None
Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x audio out
2 x USB 3.0 Type A out
Adjustments Height : 120 mm
Tilt : -9° to +13°
Swivel : -15° to +15°
Pivot : -2° to +92°
Power Consumption Maximum : 100 W
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.5 W
Maximum : 140 W
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.3 W
Dimensions 614.6 mm wide
576.0 mm tall
305.9 mm deep
710.1 mm wide
594.5 mm tall
305.9 mm deep
Weight 7.2 kg 8.2 kg

 

Samsung Odyssey G7 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deals

Here in Malaysia, the Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors are available for pre-order until 31 August 2020, with these SRP and freebies!

 

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27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q : 4K UHD Multimedia Monitor!

The 27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q are lifestyle-inspired 4K UHD monitors with thin bezels and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is everything you need to know about these new Dell 4K UHD monitors!

 

27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q : 4K UHD Multimedia Monitor

The Dell S2721QS / S2721Q is a 27-inch lifestyle-inspired 4K UHD monitor, with ultra-thin and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is a summary of its key features :

  • 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 99% sRGB colour gamut
  • tear-free gaming with AMD FreeSync, and a 60 Hz refresh rate
  • available with a fixed stand (S2721Q) or a height-adjustable stand with tilt, swivel and pivot capabilities (S2721QS)
  • flicker-free display with ComfortView for low blue light emission
  • built-in dual 3 watt speakers and dual HDMI ports
  • Dell Premium Panel Exchange allows for a free panel replacement during the Limited Hardware Warranty period, even if only one bright pixel is found.
  • Minimise downtime with Dell’s Advanced Exchange Service.

 

27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q Monitor : Specifications Compared

In this table, we compare the specifications of the QS and Q variants of the Dell S2721 monitor :

Specifications Dell S2721Q Dell S2721QS
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Panel Type IPS, Anti-Glare with 3H hardness
Backlight White LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync Yes, AMD FreeSync
Response Time 4 ms (Grey to Grey in Extreme Mode)
Contrast Ratio 1,300 : 1
Brightness 350 nits
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers 2 x 3 W speakers
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x audio out
Adjustments Tilt : -5° to +21° Height : 110 mm
Tilt : -5° to +21°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : -90° to +90°
Power Consumption Maximum : 52 W
Typical : 28 W
Standby : < 0.3 W
Dimensions 611.6 mm wide
453.4 mm tall
186.8 mm deep
611.6 mm wide
400.1 to 510.1 mm tall
174.7 mm deep
Weight 8.1 kg 9.2 kg

 

27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721QS / S2721Q is available globally starting 20 August 2020, with these starting prices :

  • Dell S2721Q : US$419.99 (about £332 / A$600 / S$584 / RM 1,790)
  • Dell S2721QS : US$449.99 (about £355 / A$644 / S$625 / RM 1,918)

In the US and Canada, it comes with a 1-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange.

Worldwide, it comes with a 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange. *

* May or may not be applicable when it comes to Malaysia. We will update with more details later.

 

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27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D : What You Need To Know!

The 27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D are lifestyle-inspired IPS monitors with thin bezels and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is everything you need to know about these new Dell QHD monitors!

 

27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D Monitor : QHD @ 75 Hz

The Dell S2721DS / S2721D is a 27-inch lifestyle-inspired QHD monitor, with ultra-thin and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is a summary of its key features :

  • QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 99% sRGB colour gamut
  • tear-free gaming with AMD FreeSync, and a 75 Hz refresh rate
  • available with a fixed stand (S2721D) or a height-adjustable stand with tilt, swivel and pivot capabilities (S2721DS)
  • flicker-free display with ComfortView for low blue light emission
  • built-in dual 3 watt speakers and dual HDMI ports
  • Dell Premium Panel Exchange allows for a free panel replacement during the Limited Hardware Warranty period, even if only one bright pixel is found.
  • Minimise downtime with Dell’s Advanced Exchange Service.

 

27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D Monitor : Specifications Compared

In this table, we compare the specifications of the DS and D variants of the Dell S2721 monitor :

Specifications Dell S2721D Dell S2721DS
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Panel Type IPS, Anti-Glare with 3H hardness
Backlight LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync Yes, AMD FreeSync
Response Time 4 ms (Grey to Grey in Extreme Mode)
Contrast Ratio 1,000 : 1
Brightness 350 nits
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers 2 x 3 W speakers
Ports 2 x HDMI 1.4
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x audio out
Adjustments Tilt : -5° to +21° Height : 110 mm
Tilt : -5° to +21°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : -90° to +90°
Power Consumption Maximum : 40 W
Typical : 19 W
Standby : < 0.3 W
Dimensions 611.6 mm wide
453.4 mm tall
186.8 mm deep
611.6 mm wide
400.1 to 510.1 mm tall
174.7 mm deep
Weight 7.9 kg 8.9 kg

 

27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721DS / S2721D is available globally starting 20 August 2020, with these starting prices :

  • Dell S2721D : US$319.99 (about £253 / A$458 / S$445 / RM 1,367)
  • Dell S2721DS : US$349.99 (about £276 / A$501 / S$487 / RM 1,495)

In the US and Canada, it comes with a 1-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange.

Worldwide, it comes with a 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange. *

* May or may not be applicable when it comes to Malaysia. We will update with more details later.

 

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Dell S2721HGF Curved 144Hz Gaming Monitor : First Look!

The Dell S2721HGF is a 27-inch curved gaming monitor, with a Full HD resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate! Here are its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Dell S2721HGF Curved Gaming Monitor : First Look!

The new Dell S2721HGF combines a Full HD curved panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate for a more immersive gaming experience. But that’s not all…

Rapid Response

The Dell S2721HGF delivers a 144 Hz refresh rate for its curved panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a true 4 ms response time.

Tear-Free Gaming

To eliminate screen tearing and stuttering, the Dell S2721HGF supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.

Curved Panel

Its 1500R curved panel is designed to enhance your field of vision, while reducing distortion, glare and reflection.

Game Comfortably

To let you game in comfort, it supports height and tilt adjustments.

Connectivity Options

The Dell S2721HGF comes with a bevy of connectivity options :

  • 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x Headphone out jack

 

Dell S2721HGF Curved Gaming Monitor : Specifications

Specifications Dell S2721HGF
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Active Display Area 596.74 mm x 335.66 mm
23.49 inch x 13.21 inch
Panel Vertical Alignment (VA)
Backlight LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 144 Hz
Pixel Pitch 0.3108 mm
HDR Certification NA
Brightness 350 cd/m2 typical
Colour Gamut 72% NTSC (CIE 1931)
83% NTSC (CIE 1976)
Colour Depth 16.7 million colours
Contrast Ratio 3000 : 1
Viewing Angles 178° vertical | 178° horizontal
Response Time 1 ms (MPRT)
4 ms (G2G) in Extreme Mode
Ports 2 x HDMI 1.4 port
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Headphone out jack
VESA Mount
Compatible
Yes
Adjustments Height : Up to 100 mm
Tilt : -5° / 21°
Swivel : NA
Pivot : NA
Power Input 100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption 46 W (maximum)
27 W (typical)
< 0.5 W (standby / sleep)
Panel Only Dimensions 364.1 mm x 608.4 mm x 96.3 mm
Panel + Stand
Dimensions (Max)
493.2 mm x 608.4 mm x 190.4 mm
Panel Only Weight 4.06 kg
Panel + Stand Weight 8.86 kg
Warranty 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service
+ Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell S2721HGF Curved Gaming Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721HGF comes with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Exchange warranty.

It will be made available for sale starting 21 August 2020, with a recommended retail price of US$279.99 / ~£224 / ~A$403 / ~S$389 / ~RM 1,198.

 

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Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : QHD + 165 Hz FTW!

The Dell S2721DGF is a 27-inch gaming monitor, with a QHD resolution and a 165 Hz refresh rate! Here are its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : QHD + 165 Hz FTW!

The new Dell S2721DGF combines a QHD display resolution with a 165 Hz refresh rate for a more immersive gaming experience. But that’s not all…

Rapid Response

The Dell S2721DGF delivers a 165 Hz refresh rate for the QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, with a true 1 ms response time.

Tear-Free Gaming

To eliminate screen tearing and stuttering, the Dell S2721DGF supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.

Brilliant Colour

To give you more vibrant colours and a HDR gaming experience, this monitor boasts a wide colour gamut of 98% DCI-P3, and is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

Game Comfortably

To let you game in comfort, it supports height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments.

Connectivity Options

The Dell S2721DGF comes with a bevy of connectivity options :

  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 4 x USB 3.0 downstream port + 1 x USB 3.0 upstream port
  • 1 x Headphone out jack
  • 1 x Audio line-out jack

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : Specifications

Specifications Dell S2721DGF
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Active Display Area 596.74 mm x 335.66 mm
23.49 inch x 13.21 inch
Panel In-Fast IPS Nano Color
Backlight LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 @ 165 Hz (DisplayPort)
2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz (HDMI)
Pixel Pitch 0.2331 mm
HDR Certification VESA DisplayHDR 400
Brightness 400 cd/m2 typical
Colour Gamut 98% DCI-P3
Colour Depth 1.07 billion colours
Contrast Ratio 1000 : 1
Viewing Angles 178° vertical | 178° horizontal
Response Time 1 ms (G2G) in Extreme Mode
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0 port
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0 downstream port
1 x USB 3.0 upstream port
1 x Headphone out jack
1 x Audio line-out jack
VESA Mount
Compatible
Yes
Adjustments Height : Up to 130 mm
Tilt : -5° / 21°
Swivel : -45° / 45°
Pivot : -90° / 90°
Power Input 100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption 90 W (maximum)
32 W (typical)
< 0.3 W (standby / sleep)
Panel Only Dimensions 363.6 mm x 611.6 mm x 67.8 mm
Panel + Stand
Dimensions (Max)
523.9 mm x 611.6 mm x 200.3 mm
Panel Only Weight 4.5 kg
Panel + Stand Weight 9.7 kg
Warranty 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service
+ Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721DGF is available only in the Accent Grey colour, with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Exchange warranty.

It will be made available for sale starting 28 July 2020, with a recommended retail price of US$569.99 / ~£455 / ~A$821 / ~S$792 / ~RM 2,437.

 

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Carcassonne : Get It FREE For A Limited Time!

Carcassonne – the PC adaptation of the famous board game – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a modern classic tile-placement game based on the award wining game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it.

The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, et cetera.

The player can then decide to place one of his followers, so called Meeples, on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer.

When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner. Each new game is a new experience thanks to the ever-changing landscape.

Fun Tactical Gameplay

During a game of Carcassonne, players are faced with decisions like: “Is it really worth putting my last meeple there?” or “Should I use this tile to expand my city, or should I place it near my opponent instead, making it harder for him to complete his goal and score points?”

Since players place only one tile and have the option to place one meeple on it, turns proceed quickly even if it is a game full of options and possibilities.

 

Carcassonne : How To Get It Free!

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From now until 14 February 2020, Carcassonne will be free to download and keep from the Epic Games store.

All you have to do is sign up for an Epic Games account, and add it to your account! It’s that simple!

 

Why Is Epic Games Doing This?

Simple – to get you to register with them, and check out the games they are offering in their store.

They will also get to send you notifications on new games or promotions, and who knows – you might buy an extra game or two from them?

 

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MSI Alpha 15 Price + Specifications For Malaysia!

The MSI Alpha 15 is the world’s first gaming laptop to feature the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU, and it is now available in Malaysia!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the MSI Alpha 15 gaming laptop in Malaysia!

 

The MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop

The MSI Alpha 15 is not only powered by the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU, it runs on the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile processor, up to the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H!

The processor and GPU are kept cool by Cooler Boost 5, which features separate heatsinks with 7 heat pipes and two fans, to ensure peak performance even during the most strenuous gaming sessions.

The MSI Alpha 15 has a large 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. MSI offers high-refresh rate options of 120 Hz, 144 Hz and even 240 Hz, and a tear-free experience through AMD FreeSync.

It also comes with larger speakers with independent sound chambers that are 5X larger than the competition. This, MSI says, will deliver a louder sound with more resonance and clarity. You are covered even if you are using headphones – it supports Hi-Res Audio for the best possible audio quality.

Finally, the Alpha 15 boasts a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB lighting.

 

MSI Alpha 15 Specifications For Malaysia

MSI is only offering one variant of the Alpha 15 here in Malaysia, and here are its specifications :

Specifications MSI Alpha 15 (Malaysia)
Display 15.6-inch IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 144 Hz refresh rate
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 5500M with 4 GB GDDR6
Memory 16 GB DDR4-2666 memory
Storage 623 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD
Connectivity LAN : Gigabit LAN
Wi-Fi : 802.11 ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Webcam HD webcam (720p @ 30 fps)
Keyboard Per-Key RGB Backlit Keyboard
Audio 2 x 2 watt speakers
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x SDXC / SD card reader
1 x HDMI (4K @ 60 Hz)
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x Microphone in
1 x Headphone out (HiFi / SPDIF)
Battery 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (51 Whr)
Charging 180 W AC adapter
Dimensions 357.7 mm wide
248 mm deep
27.5 mm thick
Weight 2.3 kg

Recommended : MSI Alpha 15 – World’s First RX 5500M Gaming Laptop!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M actually use the same AMD Navi GPU as the desktop-class Radeon RX 5500, with 22 Compute Units with 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface.

The only difference is the mobile GPU has lower clock speeds, and 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, with a nominal TGP of 85 watts.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Everything You Need To Know!

Specifications Radeon RX 5500 Radeon RX 5500M
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Total Graphics Power 150 W 85 W (nominal)
Stream Processors 1408 1408
Game Clock 1717 MHz 1448 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1645 MHz
TMUs 88 88
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 144.8 GT/s
ROPs 48 48
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 79.0 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 224 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x8 PCIe 4.0 x8

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Everything You Need To Know!

 

MSI Alpha 15 Price + Availability Malaysia

The MSI Alpha 15 with the specifications above are available right now for only RM 4,799 / ~US$1,146 / ~£907 / ~A$1,688 with a one-year warranty.

 

Get A FREE Game With The MSI Alpha 15 In Malaysia!

The MSI Alpha 15 qualifies for the AMD Raise The Game promotion in Malaysia.

This means you get a FREE game – either Borderland 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint!

  • Promotion Date : Until 31 December 2019, or while stocks last
  • Redemption Date : Until 30 January 2020

Just make sure you purchase your Alpha 15 gaming laptop by the end of 2019, and redeem your free game by 30 January 2020!

 

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MSI Alpha 15 – World’s First RX 5500M Gaming Laptop!

MSI just unveiled the Alpha 15 – the world’s first gaming laptop to feature the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the MSI Alpha 15 gaming laptop!

The MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop

The MSI Alpha 15 is not only powered by the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU, it runs on the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile processor, up to the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H!

The processor and GPU are kept cool by Cooler Boost 5, which features separate heatsinks with 7 heat pipes and two fans, to ensure peak performance even during the most strenuous gaming sessions.

The MSI Alpha 15 has a large 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. MSI offers high-refresh rate options of 120 Hz, 144 Hz and even 240 Hz, and a tear-free experience through AMD FreeSync.

It also comes with larger speakers with independent sound chambers that are 5X larger than the competition. This, MSI says, will deliver a louder sound with more resonance and clarity. You are covered even if you are using headphones – it supports Hi-Res Audio for the best possible audio quality.

Finally, the Alpha 15 boasts a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, with a red LED backlit option.

Recommended : MSI Alpha 15 Price + Specifications For Malaysia!

 

MSI Alpha 15 Specifications

MSI is offering two variants of the Alpha 15 – A3DDK and the A3DD, and here are their specifications :

Specifications MSI Alpha 15 (A3DDK) MSI Alpha 15 (A3DD)
Display 15.6-inch IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels
144 Hz / 240 Hz options
15.6-inch IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels
120 Hz / 144 Hz options
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Professional
CPU Up to 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 H-class processor
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 5500M with 4 GB GDDR6
Memory 2 x DDR4 memory slots (up to 64 GB)
Storage 1 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD
1 x 2.5-inch SATA HDD
Connectivity LAN : Gigabit LAN
Wi-Fi : 802.11 ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
LAN : Killer Gigabit LAN
Wi-Fi : 802.11 ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Webcam HD webcam (720p @ 30 fps)
Keyboard Per-Key RGB Backlit Keyboard Per-Key RGB Backlit Keyboard
Red Backlit Keyboard option
Audio 2 x 2 watt speakers
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x microSD card reader
1 x HDMI (4K @ 60 Hz)
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x Microphone in
1 x Headphone out (HiFi / SPDIF)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x SDXC / SD card reader
1 x HDMI (4K @ 60 Hz)
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x Microphone in
1 x Headphone out (HiFi / SPDIF)
Battery 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (51 Whr)
Charging 180 W AC adapter
Dimensions 357.7 mm wide
248 mm deep
27.5 mm thick
Weight 2.3 kg

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M actually use the same AMD Navi GPU as the desktop-class Radeon RX 5500, with 22 Compute Units with 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface.

The only difference is the mobile GPU has lower clock speeds, and 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, with a nominal TGP of 85 watts.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Everything You Need To Know!

Specifications Radeon RX 5500 Radeon RX 5500M
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Total Graphics Power 150 W 85 W (nominal)
Stream Processors 1408 1408
Game Clock 1717 MHz 1448 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1645 MHz
TMUs 88 88
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 144.8 GT/s
ROPs 48 48
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 79.0 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 224 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x8 PCIe 4.0 x8

 

Get A FREE Game With The MSI Alpha 15!

The MSI Alpha 15 qualifies for the AMD Raise The Game promotion, which gives you a FREE game – either Borderland 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

  • Promotion Date : Until 31 December 2019, or while stocks last
  • Redemption Date : Until 30 January 2020
  • Applicable Regions : North America, EMEA, APJ, Taiwan / Hong Kong, LATAM
  • Not Valid In These Regions : China, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Sudan and Iran

 

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The 2019 Acer Predator Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

Acer just unveiled the 2019 Acer Predator Orion gaming desktops and a slew of Predator and Nitro gaming monitors!

Here are the full details on two new Predator Orion gaming desktops, and five new gaming monitors!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

Let’s start with the 2019 Acer Predator gaming desktops and monitors launch briefing by Edmund Hoh, Product Manager & Business Development Manager of Acer Malaysia.

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Orion 9000 + 5000

The 2019 Acer Predator Orion 9000 and 5000 gaming desktops have been refreshed!

The Orion 5000 is now powered by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, while the Orion 9000 has the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card.

They both have a prominent side window that showcases the interior while blocking electromagnetic interference (EMI) levels in check.

They also boast the Acer IceTunnel 2.0 technology, that separates the system into several thermal zones, each with its own airflow tunnel.

Recommended : The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Gaming Laptops Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator X35 Curved Gaming Monitor

The 2019 Acer Predator X35 is the world’s first 35-inch curved monitor that is both G-SYNC Ultimate and DisplayHDR-certified.

It features a 1800R curved VA panel with a UWQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, with Quantum Dot technology. It also supports 10-bit colours, and delivers 90% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Games will love its 2 ms GTG response time, and high refresh rate that goes up to 200 Hz in overclocked mode.

A DisplayHDR 1000-certified gaming display, it delivers up to 1000 nits of peak brightness, and has 512 LED lighting zones.

Recommended : The Acer Predator XB273K + Nitro XV273K Gaming Monitors Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG271U P

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG271U P is a 27-inch IPS display with a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It supports 8-bit colours with FRC (Frame Rate Control) and delivers 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut.

In addition to support for AMD Radeon FreeSync, it boasts a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time (with Visual Response Boost enabled).

Recommended : The Acer ConceptD 7 – 6K RED Video Editing On-The-Go!

 

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG270 P and VG240Y P

The 2019 Acer VG270 P monitor is another 27-inch IPS display, but with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a maximum brightness of 400 nits, with support for HDR10.

In addition to support for AMD Radeon FreeSync, it boasts a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time (with Visual Response Boost enabled).

Acer is also offering a smaller Nitro VG240Y P model, with a 23.8-inch panel. It has similar specifications to the VG270 model – FreeSync support, 400 nits brightness, HDR10 support, FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Recommended : The Acer ConceptD 9 Creator Laptop For 8K Video Rendering!

 

The Acer ED322QR Curved Monitor

The Acer ED322QR curved monitor has a 31.5-inch VA panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a 1800R curvature.

While ostensibly designed for programmers, writers and designers, it supports AMD Radeon FreeSync with a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 4 ms response time. <hint! hint!>

Recommended : The 2019 Predator Helios 300 with RTX 2070 Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Price + Availability

All models mentioned here (unless otherwise mentioned) are available at the official Acer online stores, and all Acer authorised resellers with immediate effect. Here are their official prices :

  • Predator Orion 9000 (16GB DDR4 + 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD) : RM 13,299 / ~$3,205 / ~£2,527 / ~€2,821
  • Predator Orion 5000 (8GB DDR4 + 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) : RM 9,999 / ~$2,410 / ~£1,900 / ~€2,121
  • Predator X35 (available mid July 2019) : RM 9,399 / ~$2,265 / ~£1,786 / ~€1,994
  • Nitro VG271U P (available end July 2019) : RM 1,399 / ~$337 / ~£266 / ~€297
  • Nitro VG270 P (available end July 2019) : RM 899 / ~$217 / ~£171 / ~€191
  • Nitro VG240Y P (available end July 2019) : RM 699 / ~$168 / ~£133 / ~€148
  • ED322QR P : RM 939 / ~$226 / ~£178 / ~€199

 

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The Acer Predator XB273K + Nitro XV273K Gaming Monitors Revealed!

Acer just unveiled the Predator XB3 and Nitro XV3 gaming monitors! The Acer Predator XB273K supports NVIDIA G-SYNC, while the Acer Nitro XV273K supports AMD FreeSync. Here are the full details!

 

Acer Predator XB273K Gaming Monitor

The Acer Predator XB273K gaming monitor has a 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, with a 4 ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC support. Its refresh rate can be overclocked up to 144 Hz.

It has an IPS panel with a wide 178-degree viewing angle. It boasts a wide colour gamut that covers 90% of the DCI-P3 colour space, and Quantum Dot technology for greater colour vibrancy. It is also VESA DisplayHDR 400-certified.

The Predator XB273K comes with a hood to reduce distractions, and an Acer ErgoStand with tilt, swivel and height adjustments. It also comes with Flicker-less, BlueLightShield, Low-Dimming and ComfyView technologies.

 

Acer Nitro XV273K Gaming Monitor

The 27-inch Acer Nitro XV273K gaming monitor has a 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, with AMD FreeSync support for a tear-free gaming experience. Its refresh rate can be overclocked up to 144 Hz.

Meanwhile, its Visual Response Boost (VRB) technology decreases blur in fast-moving images to achieve the effect of a 1 ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) for clear and blur-free visuals. It also comes with Acer VisionCare with Flickerless, BlueLightShield, ComfyView and low-dimming technologies.

It is equipped with a VESA mount, and a ZeroFrame design that maximizes viewing area and supports near seamless multi-monitor setups.

 

Predator XB273K + Nitro XV273K Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB273K gaming monitor is priced at RM 4,599 / ~US$ 1,150, and will be available in mid December 2018 at all Acer Official Online Stores and authorized resellers nationwide.

The Acer Nitro XV273K gaming monitor is priced at RM 2,999 / ~US$ 750, and will be available as of mid November 2018 at all Acer Official Online Stores and authorized resellers. Here are some direct purchase links (price accurate as of 18 December 2018) :

 

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The Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR Monitor Review

Announced at CES 2018, the Dell S2719DM is finally here! It was not easy, but we finally got our grubby hands on one. Here is our in-depth review of the new Dell S2719DM ultra-thin FreeSync HDR monitor. Find out if this is the HDR monitor for you!

 

The 27″ Dell S-Series Monitor Line-Up For 2018

The Dell S-Series is the Studio series, designed to look great with a sleek design and thin bezels. Here is a comparison of the new Dell S2719DM, with the other 27″ monitors that are currently in the Dell S-Series.

SpecificationsDell S2719DMDell S2718DDell S2718HDell S2716DG
Tear-Free TechnologyAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NoneAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NVIDIA G-SYNC
30 Hz to 144 Hz
HDR CapableYes, HDR10Yes, HDR10Yes, HDR10No
Viewable Size27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm
Resolution2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz
Panel TypeIPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)TN (Twisted Nematic)
Face Plate Coating3H anti-glare coating3H low-haze coating3H anti-glare coating3H anti-glare coating
BacklightLED Edge LightLED Edge LightLED Light BarLED Edge Light
Contrast Ratio1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
Brightness400 cd/m2 (typical)
600 cd/m2 (peak)
300 cd/m2 (typical)250 cd/m2 (typical)350 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time8 ms (normal)
5 ms (fast)
8 ms (normal)
6 ms (fast)
6 ms (normal)3 ms (normal)
1 ms (fast)
Max. Viewing Angle178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal160° vertical / 170° horizontal
Colour Gamut>99% of sRGB; >85% of DCI-P399% of sRGB99% of sRGB82% (CIE1976), 72% (CIE 1931)
Connectivity2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-Out
1 x HDMI
1 x USB- C / DP 1.2
2 X USB 3.0 ports
1 x USB 3.1 input port
1 x Audio line-out
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-in
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Speaker port
1 x HDMI 1.4 connector
1 x DP 1.2 connector
4 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Headphone port
AdjustabilityTilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Tilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Height : 130 mm
Power Consumption29 W (Typical)
42 W (Maximum)
30 W (Typical)
35 W (Maximum)
24 W (Typical)
50 W (Maximum)
47 W (Typical)
90 W (Maximum)
Warranty3 years Advanced Exchange Service3-Year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Guarantee3 years Advanced Exchange Service3 years Advanced Exchange Service

While two other Dell S-Series monitors also support HDR, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is the only model to meet the minimum requirements for the VESA DisplayHDR 400 standard. We will tell you more on this later in the article.

 

Dell S2719DM Price + Availability

The Dell S2719DM is available with immediate effect with a recommended retail price of RM 1,889 / US$499.99. If you are in the US, it’s currently on offer :

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Unboxing The Dell S2719DM

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) may be ultra-thin, but it comes in a large box that weighs just over 8 kg. Typical Dell packaging – designed to take the worst of abuse by delivery services.

Inside the large box, you will find the following items :

  • One Dell S2719DM monitor with stand
  • Dell S2719DM User Guide and Safety and Regulatory Information
  • One 45 W Dell compact power adaptor with power cable
  • One HDMI 2.0 cable (1.8 m)

Note that the HDMI 2.0 cable is no different from your usual HDMI cable, just certified to support 4K video at 60 Hz. You can also use regular HDMI 1.4 cables just fine. More on this later in the article!

Next Page > Dell S2719DM Overview + Key Features

 

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The Dell S2719DM Up Close!

In this review, we prepared two different videos. Our traditional hands-on look, and a more stylised feature overview. Do let us know which is better by liking the video you prefer!

In this video, we give you a quick look of the key features of the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) monitor.

As you can see, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is a very stylish ultra-thin monitor. Every aspect – from the sleek silver back to the gracefully curved stand – was designed with aesthetics in mind. This is not a monitor to be hidden in the back room!

 

The Dell S2719DM Key Features

In this video, we highlight the key features of the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) monitor. Do let us know if you prefer this video, or the one above!

 

InfinitiEdge Display

Dell calls it an InfinitiEdge display. Its bezel is just 7.1 mm at the top and sides, and only 8.1 mm at the bottom.

Concealed into the lower right edge are Power and OSD (On-Screen Display) control buttons. From left to right, they are :

  • Preset Modes : Use this button to choose from a list of preset colour modes
  • Brightness / Contrast : Use this button to directly access the Brightness and Contrast bars.
  • Menu : Use this button to launch the On-Screen Display (OSD) and select the OSD menu
  • Exit : Use this button to go back to the OSD main menu, or to exit the OSD main menu.
  • Power : Use this button to turn the monitor On or Off.

The Power button also doubles as a power mode indicator. A white LED light indicates the monitor is turned On and fully functional. A glowing white LED light indicates the monitor is on the DPMS Power Save Mode.

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HDMI 2.0 Connectivity

If you need a plethora of connectivity options, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is NOT the monitor for you. To maintain its elegant design, and to keep costs low, there are only four ports – all centrally aligned right behind the stand.

For display input, you have only two HDMI 2.0 ports, so you will need adaptors if you have devices with DisplayPort or DVI output. Above these two HDMI ports are a 3.5 mm audio output port, and below them – the power port.

A HDMI 2.0 cable is included in the package. It is certified to support the higher 18 Gbits/s bandwidth necessary to support 4K video at 60 Hz. However, older HDMI 1.4 cables will work just fine because the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) only delivers 2560 x 1440 pixels at 60 Hz.

You may see new 48G HDMI cables being introduced. Those are only required to support HDMI 2.1 features, like increased bandwidth to support 10K video at 120 Hz and dynamic HDR. This monitor does not support those features, so there is no need to invest in the new, expensive 48G HDMI cables.

 

Ultra-Thin Design

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) was designed with aesthetics in mind. It has a very sleek design with ultra-thin edges that slope gently across the back. Even the stand uses the same elegant design language.

It thinnest at the sides – just 5.5 mm, and gently curves to 10 mm at the top midpoint, and 29 mm at the bottom. This clever design makes the S2719DM look exquisitely thin.

 

Fixed Hinged Stand

For what we believe are aesthetic reasons, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) comes with a fixed hinged stand. If you are planning to mount your monitor on the wall, or a multi-monitor stand, you will have to consider another monitor.

The fixed hinged stand can tilt downwards by 5°, and upwards by 21°. However, it cannot swivel, and does not allow height adjustments. That’s the price you pay for such a slim and elegant curved stand.

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Corning Iris Glass Light-Guide Plate

Edge-lit LED displays use a light-guide plate (LGP) to distribute light uniformly throughout the panel, Usually they are made up from pure PMMA resin, but such polymer LGPs can warp and expand with changes in heat and humidity. They therefore require a wider bezel, greater thickness and an air gap to account for movement and expansion.

To keep it thin and reduce the bezel size, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) features the Corning Iris Glass Light-Guide Plate technology.

Because it’s made from glass, the Corning Iris Glass Light-Guide Plate is rigid. This removes the need for an air gap, and a thicker backlight, greatly reducing the thickness of the display. Its dimensional stability also ensures reliable transmission of light from the LED edge lighting.

 

Extra-Bright QHD Panel

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) has a QHD panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 – a popular resolution for both gaming and work. That is nothing special, of course. What lifts it above the crowd though is its brighter panel.

Many monitors of its class have a typical brightness of 250 to 350 nits. The Dell S2719DM (Price Check) boasts a typical brightness of 400 nits, with a peak brightness of 600 nits.

The increased brightness is not only about a brighter panel. Higher brightness is a critical aspect of the monitor’s HDR performance.

 

DisplayHDR 400

Many HDR-ready monitors support the open HDR10 format, but this does not mean that they are necessarily “true” HDR monitors. This is where the VESA DisplayHDR program comes in. It is a set of standards that HDR monitors should comply with, so that consumers can be guaranteed of certain levels of HDR performance.

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is a VESA DisplayHDR 400-certified monitor, which means it has to meet or exceed these requirements :

  • Deliver true 8-bit image quality – on par with top 15% of PC displays today
  • Support global dimming for better dynamic contrast ratio
  • Have a peak luminance of 400 cd/m2 or better – up to 50% higher than typical SDR
  • Minimum requirements for color gamut and contrast exceed SDR (95% of sRGB)

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) exceeds those requirements with a peak luminance of 600 cd/m2, and a colour gamut of over 99% sRGB. However, it does not support local dimming, and is thus considered to be an entry-level HDR monitor.

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sRGB Colour Gamut

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) supports a colour gamut of over over 99% sRGB, and 85% DCI-P3. What’s the difference between the sRGB and DCI-P3 colour spaces? Take a look.

Don’t get confused by the two numbers. What they basically mean is that the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is essentially an sRGB monitor. It may offer an almost 100% sRGB coverage, which is better than many sRGB monitors, but you will need to look elsewhere if you need your monitor to support a wider colour gamut like Adobe RGB.

 

AMD FreeSync

Dell does not mention this, but the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) monitor supports AMD FreeSync. When used with AMD graphics cards and APUs, the monitor will dynamically adjust the refresh rate to prevent tearing and stuttering.

While the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) has a vertical scan range of 48 Hz to 75 Hz, it is limited to 60 Hz at its native 2560 x 1440 resolution. As long as the frame rate of your games are 48 fps or higher, FreeSync will ensure that they are tear-free.

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Our Verdict

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is a work of art. It is not only incredibly thin, it is really sleek and sexy. Quite unlike the utilitarian design of the traditional Dell monitors. It was obviously designed to be proudly displayed in public, not hidden in an office.

In addition to its slim form factor, the S2719DM also has very thin bezels, qualifying it as an InfinityEdge display. This allows for a more immersive working or gaming experience, especially when you plan to use two or three of them together.

The Dell S2719DM has some gaming chops, even though it is not a gaming monitor. It supports AMD FreeSync, albeit with a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz at its native resolution. It won’t match the high refresh rates and low response time of gaming monitors, but it will do just fine for gaming after a hard day’s work.

It is also a VESA DisplayHDR 400-certified monitor, although this is the most basic HDR certification. It lacks local dimming capability, which is necessary to deliver deeper blacks.

It is also important to point out that the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) has a typical brightness of 400 nits, with a peak brightness of 600 nits. This is much brighter than typical WQHD monitors, which is not only important for HDR, but also allows for better image quality in bright environments.

Its sleek design comes with some disadvantages though. The fixed hinged stand, which looks great, does not allow for changes in the display height. Heck, it doesn’t even swivel. All it can do is tilt downwards by 5°, and upwards by 21°. This is the price you have to pay for such a sleek design.

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The other problem – its limited connectivity options. It only comes with two HDMI ports. While HDMI is, no doubt, common and supported by practically all computers and media players, a DisplayPort or a mini-DP port would have been most welcomed.

This is particularly important for those who intend to use two or more of these monitors – most graphics cards come with just one HDMI port, but two or more DisplayPorts. With only HDMI input, you will need a DP-to-HDMI converter for the second and third monitors.

But if you can live with these relatively minor disadvantages, you can literally have your cake and eat it too. The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) offers a great combination of features and capabilities in a beautiful package.

As such, we feel it deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Great job on the S2719DM!

 

Dell S2719DM Specifications

SpecificationsDell S2719DMDell S2718DDell S2718HDell S2716DG
Tear-Free TechnologyAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NoneAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NVIDIA G-SYNC
30 Hz to 144 Hz
HDR CapableYes, HDR10Yes, HDR10Yes, HDR10No
Viewable Size27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm
Resolution2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz
Panel TypeIPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)TN (Twisted Nematic)
Face Plate Coating3H anti-glare coating3H low-haze coating3H anti-glare coating3H anti-glare coating
BacklightLED Edge LightLED Edge LightLED Light BarLED Edge Light
Contrast Ratio1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
Brightness400 cd/m2 (typical)
600 cd/m2 (peak)
300 cd/m2 (typical)250 cd/m2 (typical)350 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time8 ms (normal)
5 ms (fast)
8 ms (normal)
6 ms (fast)
6 ms (normal)3 ms (normal)
1 ms (fast)
Max. Viewing Angle178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal160° vertical / 170° horizontal
Colour Gamut>99% of sRGB; >85% of DCI-P399% of sRGB99% of sRGB82% (CIE1976), 72% (CIE 1931)
Connectivity2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-Out
1 x HDMI
1 x USB- C / DP 1.2
2 X USB 3.0 ports
1 x USB 3.1 input port
1 x Audio line-out
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-in
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Speaker port
1 x HDMI 1.4 connector
1 x DP 1.2 connector
4 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Headphone port
AdjustabilityTilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Tilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Height : 130 mm
Power Consumption29 W (Typical)
42 W (Maximum)
30 W (Typical)
35 W (Maximum)
24 W (Typical)
50 W (Maximum)
47 W (Typical)
90 W (Maximum)
Warranty3 years Advanced Exchange Service3-Year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Guarantee3 years Advanced Exchange Service3 years Advanced Exchange Service

 

Dell S2719DM Price + Availability

The Dell S2719DM is available with immediate effect with a recommended retail price of RM 1,889 / US$499.99. If you are in the US, it’s currently on offer :

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The 2018 BenQ Eye-Care Monitor Showcase!

BenQ just revealed a slew of new Eye-Care monitors for both office and gaming use. Take a look at the 2018 BenQ Eye-Care monitor range, and see what they offer!

 

The 2018 BenQ Eye-Care Monitor Range

First and foremost, BenQ is introducing two new 2018 BenQ Eye-Care 4K HDR monitors – the BenQ EL2870U and BenQ EW3270U. They both feature their exclusive Brightness Intelligence Plus (BI+)Low Blue Light and Flicker-Free technologies, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) and AMD FreeSync capabilities.

To learn more about those technologies, read our article – The BenQ Eye-Care Monitor Technologies Explained!

They also showcased the other 2018 BenQ Eye-Care monitors, from the 22-inch BenQ GW2280 all the way to the 32-inch BenQ EW3270ZL. BenQ Product Manager Jeane Liew took us on a tour of the various models and explained their key features :

BenQ EW3270U

  • 4K UHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR
  • 31.5-inch VA panel with 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,899 (Web | App), US$ 599, £ 442.49

BenQ EW3270ZL

  • WQHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • 32-inch VA panel with 100% sRGB colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 979 (Web | App), US$ 299.99£ 279.80

BenQ EX3200R

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 31.5-inch curved VA panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,249 (Web | App), US$ 323.95£ 279.80

BenQ EL2870U

  • 4K UHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR
  • 28-inch TN panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,399 (Web | App), US$ 429.31£ 338.57

BenQ EW277HDR

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels, HDR
  • 27-inch VA panel with 93% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 829 (Web | App), US$ 199.99£ 214.95

BenQ EW2775ZH

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 27-inch VA panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light Plus, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 600 (Web | App), US$ 179£ 159.99

BenQ GW2780

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 27-inch IPS panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 699 (Web | App), US$ 169.99£ 169.97

BenQ GW2480

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 23.8-inch IPS panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 499 (Web | App), US$ 149£ 102.10

BenQ GW2280

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 21.5-inch VA panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 300 (Web | App), US$ 89£ 79

 

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The BenQ Eye-Care Monitor Technologies Explained!

BenQ just revealed a slew of new Eye-Care monitors with new Eye-Care technologies built-in. But what do the new Brightness Intelligence Plus and Low Blue Light Plus technologies mean to you – the user? Read and find out everything you need to know about the BenQ Eye-Care monitor technologies!

 

The BenQ Eye-Care Monitor Technologies

BenQ’s Brian Lee and Jim Y Yang explain the new BenQ Eye-Care monitor technologies, and why they are important for those who want a comfortable viewing experience.

Brightness Intelligence and Brightness Intelligence Plus

The BenQ Brightness Intelligence (BI) technology automatically detects the brightness of the ambient lighting, and automatically adjusts the display brightness to match. This not only helps to ensure a comfortable viewing experience, it also helps to reduce power consumption.

The Brightness Intelligence Plus (BI+) technology improves on that by also detecting and adjusting for colour temperature. This takes care of mixed-colour lighting, as well as the changing colour temperature of natural sunlight.

Low Blue Light and Low Blue Light Plus

BenQ’s exclusive Low Blue Light technology eliminates blue light in the 420-480 nm spectrum to reduce damage to the eye.

The Low Blue Light Plus technology takes that up a notch by reducing blue light in the 420-455 nm spectrum, while preventing a colour shift to yellow, allowing for more accurate colour reproduction.

Flicker-Free

The BenQ Flicker-Free technology is certified by TÜV Rheinland to eliminate the monitor flicker that is present in other monitors. Even though other monitors may refresh at very high rates, they still result in imperceptible flicker that cause stress to the eyes during long use.

AMD FreeSync

This is an AMD technology that eliminates image tearing, broken frames and choppy gameplay for a smoother gaming experience, when used with AMD graphics cards.

 

Where To Buy BenQ Eye-Care Monitors?

Here are the 2018 BenQ Eye-Care monitors, with direct purchase links and prices (accurate as of 23 September 2018) :

BenQ EW3270U

  • 4K UHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR
  • 31.5-inch VA panel with 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,899 (Web | App), US$ 599, £ 442.49

BenQ EW3270ZL

  • WQHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • 32-inch VA panel with 100% sRGB colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 979 (Web | App), US$ 299.99£ 279.80

BenQ EX3200R

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 31.5-inch curved VA panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,249 (Web | App), US$ 323.95£ 279.80

BenQ EL2870U

  • 4K UHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR
  • 28-inch TN panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,399 (Web | App), US$ 429.31£ 338.57

BenQ EW277HDR

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels, HDR
  • 27-inch VA panel with 93% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 829 (Web | App), US$ 199.99£ 214.95

BenQ EW2775ZH

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 27-inch VA panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light Plus, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 600 (Web | App), US$ 179£ 159.99

BenQ GW2780

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 27-inch IPS panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 699 (Web | App), US$ 169.99£ 169.97

BenQ GW2480

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 23.8-inch IPS panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 499 (Web | App), US$ 149£ 102.10

BenQ GW2280

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 21.5-inch VA panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 300 (Web | App), US$ 89£ 79

 

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Acer Aspire S 24 AIO + Three Acer Monitors Revealed!

Acer just unveiled the Acer Aspire S 24 All-In-One (AIO) desktop, as well as three monitors. The Acer Aspire S 24 boasts the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors and optional Intel Optane memory, while the Acer XF270HA, Acer ED242QRA and Acer EB321HQUB monitors offer even more display options for the discerning consumer.

 

Acer Aspire S 24 All-In-One Desktop PC

The Acer Aspire S 24 All-In-One is Acer’s slimmest ever desktop, featuring a 5.97 mm side profile. The 2.7 mm super narrow bezel provides 90% screen-to-body ratio that maximizes the viewing area. The 23.8 inch display has a full HD IPS panel with a 178-degree viewing angle.

Complementing its looks is the 8th Generation Intel Core processor with optional Intel Optane memory. The Aspire S 24 comes with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and a 1 TB HDD. It also has a 2.1 channel sound system supported by Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technologies.

The Aspire S 24 has a wireless charging base which supports wireless charging for any Qi-enabled devices, and can be tilted from -5 to 25 degrees for the optimal viewing angle. The Acer Aspire S 24 is priced at RM 4,399 / ~US$ 1,129.

 

Acer XF270HA Monitor

A 27-inch entry-level gaming monitor, the Acer XF270HA features Full HD resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It supports the AMD FreeSync technology a high refresh rate of 240 Hz and a fast response time of 1 ms GTG (Gray to Gray).

The Acer XF270HA is also equipped with Acer EyeProtect technology, as well as an ergonomically-designed stand that allows tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment. The Acer XF270HA monitor is priced at RM 1,499 / ~US$ 389.

 

Acer ED242QRA Monitor

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The Acer ED242QRA monitor features a 23.6-inch VA curved 16:9 screen with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. It has a 1800R curvature, and supports AMD FreeSync with refresh rates of up to 144 Hz. The Acer ED242QRA supports HDMI and DisplayPort on FreeSync, and a 4 ms response time.

It has a wide viewing angle of up to 178 degrees, and can be tilted from -5° to 20° for comfortable viewing position. The Acer ED242QRA monitor is priced at just RM 799 / ~US$ 205.

 

Acer EB321HQUB Monitor

Featuring a 31.5-inch monitor with WQHD (2560 x 1440) display with IPS technology, the Acer EB321HQUB supports up to 10-bits colour depth and comes with HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity.

The Acer EB321HQUB has an impressive 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, a 4 ms response time, and a 178-degree viewing angle. It also comes with built-in 3 watt speakers, and the Acer ErgoStand that enables height and tilt adjustment. The Acer EB321HQUB monitor is priced at RM 1,099 / ~US$ 279.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega – Everything You Need To Know!

During Computex 2017, AMD revealed that they would be formally launching the Radeon RX Vega family of GPUs in SIGGRAPH 2017. Well, it’s official – the AMD Radeon RX Vega is here! To be accurate, there are five Vega models, and they will be sold in special Radeon Packs as well. Confused? Don’t be. Let us break it down for you!

Don’t forget to also check out the following AMD Vega-related articles :

 

The Road To Vega

Several months ago, we showed off an AMD Vega prototype running DOOM on Vulkan at the 4K resolution.

During Computex 2017, Dr. Lisa Su also showed off dual AMD Vega GPUs running Prey at 4K, in an AMD Ryzen Threadripper system!

Now, they are ready for the big time! Let’s kick off with this short official introduction video from AMD!

 

The Five Vega Models

AMD announced three Radeon RX Vega models, but in reality, there are five different variants. Their names are a mouthful, but descriptive.

  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Limited Edition – 64 compute units, water-cooled, US$649
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition – 64 compute units, water-cooled, US$599
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition – 64 compute units, US$549
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 – 64 compute units, air-cooled, US$499
  • Radeon RX Vega 56 – 56 compute units, US$399

All five cards will be available for purchase starting 14 August 2017.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega Specifications

Models Compute Units /
Stream Processors
GPU Base Clock GPU Boost Clock Memory Type Memory Clock TDP
Radeon RX Vega 64
Liquid Cooled
Limited Edition
64 / 4096 1406 MHz 1677 MHz 2048-bit HBM2 945 MHz 345 W
Radeon RX Vega 64
Liquid Cooled Edition
64 / 4096 1406 MHz 1677 MHz 2048-bit HBM2 945 MHz 345 W
Radeon RX Vega 64
Limited Edition
64 / 4096 1247 MHz 1546 MHz 2048-bit HBM2 945 MHz 295 W
Radeon RX Vega 64 64 / 4096 1247 MHz 1546 MHz 2048-bit HBM2 945 MHz 295 W
Radeon RX Vega 56 56 / 3584 1156 MHz 1471 MHz 2048-bit HBM2 800 MHz 210 W

 

What’s With The Limited Edition?

As the specifications show, the Limited Edition cards do not offer higher clock speeds, so what’s special about them? Why pay US$50 extra for them? Here’s why…

The Limited Edition cards are AMD’s version of the NVIDIA Founders Edition graphics cards – the pinnacle of graphics card engineering. It features a solid metal shroud with a 240 grit brushed finish. Inside is a 30 mm fan mated to an isothermic vapour chamber.

There is also some bling in the form of an illuminated Vega logo in the middle of the shroud, and a Radeon pixel at the upper right corner.

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The AMD Radeon Packs

Although you can buy the Radeon RX Vega as standalone graphics cards, AMD wants you to enjoy the complete “AMD experience”.

Introducing the AMD Radeon Packs – special bundles of a Radeon FreeSync monitor + an AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics card + an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and motherboard combo + 2 free games!

Right now, the AMD Radeon Packs allow you to save up to US$420 off the complete package – US$200 off a 34″ Samsung CF791 curved ultrawide FreeSync monitor, US$100 off selected AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU and 370X motherboard combos; and two games worth US$120 (currently Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey).

The Radeon Packs will vary with region, but there will be three main Radeon Packs on offer :

  • Radeon Red Pack – with a Radeon RX Vega 56, priced at US$499.
  • Radeon Black Pack – with a Radeon RX Vega 64, priced at US$599.
  • Radeon Aqua Pack – with a Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, priced at US$699.

Here is a closer look at the three components of an AMD Radeon Pack :

  • the 34″ Samsung CF791 curved ultrawide FreeSync monitor

  • two games worth US$120 (currently Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey).

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AMD Radeon RX Vega Pricing Summarised

As there are many variants and Radeon Packs on offer, AMD has helpfully summarised (most of) them in this slide :

In addition to the above, there are three higher-end variants you can opt for :

  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Limited Edition – 64 compute units, water-cooled, $649
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition – 64 compute units, water-cooled, $599
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition – 64 compute units, $549

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The Complete Set of Presentation Slides

Here is a complete set of the AMD Vega presentation slides for your perusal.

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The HP OMEN Gaming Laptop & Desktop PCs Revealed!

HP just launched the OMEN by HP line of gaming PCs. Their new OMEN gaming PCs have reputedly been engineered to give esports and competitive gamers the edge to perform at their very best. Let’s take a look at the new HP OMEN gaming laptop and desktop PCs!

 

The 2017 OMEN Gaming Laptop & Desktop PCs Revealed!

The highlight of the HP OMEN launch event was this presentation by Stacey Gan, HP Market Development Manager (Consumer Notebook) on the key features of the new OMEN gaming PCs. Check it out!

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The HP OMEN Gaming Desktop

The new OMEN gaming desktop PC was inspired by the OMEN X desktop. It leverages key features from the OMEN X desktop, like the ability to easily upgrade components, and improved cooling, to allow gamers to push the envelope of the system’s gaming performance.

  • Supports up to dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, or dual AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics cards in CrossFire mode.
  • Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 or Core i5 CPUs with unlocked options for overclocking.
  • Improved thermal engineering with all-around edge vents and optional liquid-cooling capability.
  • Optional PCIe SSD or SSD + HDD storage options.
  • OMEN Command Center with Overclocking improves CPU performance on-the-fly.
  • Network Booster prioritises gaming traffic to reduce latency in online games.

 

The HP OMEN Gaming Laptops

The HP OMEN gaming laptops will be available in two sizes – the HP OMEN 15 with a 15.6″ display, and a HP OMEN 17 with a 17″ display. These gaming laptops feature more expansion capabilities, additional ports and more VR compatibility.

  • The HP OMEN 15 supports up to the GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q, or the Radeon RX 550.
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  • Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processors.
  • Improved cooling thanks to a multi-fan, multi-heatpipe, multi-exhaust thermal solution.
  • Integrated dual speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and boosted by HP Audio Boost.
  • Dragon-red keyboard with red-accented WASD keys, white backlights and 26-key rollover anti-ghosting capability.
  • Option of 4K display / 1080p 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync / 1080p 60Hz display with AMD FreeSync.
  • Single access panel for easy HDD, SSD and RAM upgrades.
  • VR-ready configurations available for virtual reality gaming.

 

Price & Availability

The HP OMEN Desktop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,429.

The HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 4,499 / ~US$ 1,069.

The HP OMEN 17 gaming laptop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,119.

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report

We were fortunate to be amongst the few invited to the AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from December 7-9, 2016. Today, we are finally allowed to reveal the third major technology update from the AMD Tech Summit – Radeon FreeSync 2. AMD also revealed a major feature upgrade to the current FreeSync technology. Get the full details below!

Updated @ 2017-02-06 : Added the AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing video.

Originally posted @ 2017-01-03

Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

 

Fullscreen Borderless Windowed Mode Is Here!

AMD fans who have been clamouring for FreeSync to work in windowed mode will be ecstatic to learn that their request has been heard and answered. FreeSync will now work in the fullscreen borderless windowed mode!

So watch out for a driver update to start playing your games in the fullscreen borderless windowed mode very soon!

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HDR Gaming

The big story though is Radeon FreeSync 2 and the next killer feature it enables – HDR gaming.

Current monitors are mostly built around the sRGB colour space, which limits the richness and vibrancy of the scene. Colours look dull and washed out, and details are lost in the shadows and highlights.

New HDR transport technologies like HDR10 and Dolby Vision aim to solve this limitation, offering 8X or better perceivable range of the sRGB colour space. They also make much better use of the display’s maximum brightness levels, which are left unused in sRGB mode.

There is a problem with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision though – they are not optimised for gaming. The tone mapping performed by these displays has a long input lag.

This input lag is not a problem for cinematic movies or video clips that render at 24 to 30 fps. However, it will be a problem for gamers who want high frame rates of 60 fps or better. AMD attempts to address both problems through Radeon FreeSync 2.

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Introducing Radeon FreeSync 2

Optimised for HDR gaming, Radeon FreeSync 2 is a compromise between the wider colour gamut of HDR10 / Dolby Vision, and the low input lag of sRGB.

It offers a limited HDR colour gamut that is over 2X the perceivable brightness and colour volume of sRGB. The FreeSync 2 game can then tone-map to the display’s native colour space. This allows the monitor to skip the tone mapping step, which greatly reduces the input lag.

For this to work, both the monitor and the game must support FreeSync 2. Here are some characteristics of a FreeSync 2 monitor :

  • Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) is mandatory
  • Low Latency is mandatory
  • The monitor will provide its native characteristics to the game through the FreeSync 2 Transport

For game support, AMD will provide a FreeSync 2 API that will :

  • support the FP16, 2-10-10-10 colour buffer formats
  • automatically switch between sRGB and FreeSync 2 native modes (when a FreeSync 2 game loads)

All AMD Radeon GPUs will support FreeSync 2 via a new driver. However, it won’t be in the recently launched Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition.

 

When Will FreeSync 2 Be Available?

AMD will launch Radeon FreeSync 2 in 2017. They are aiming to get it out by the first half of 2017, but there is no firm date yet.

 

Will FreeSync 2 Replace FreeSync?

No, Radeon FreeSync 2 will exist in parallel with FreeSync. FreeSync 2 will merely be a higher standard that offers HDR gaming, on top of stutter- and tear-free gaming.

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing

AMD Senior Fellow David Glen is the man in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2. This was his full presentation on Radeon FreeSync 2 at the AMD Tech Summit. Enjoy!

 Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

 

The FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming & Video Demos

AMD also showed off some HDR gaming and HDR video demos at the AMD Tech Summit. Check them out below :

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The Complete Radeon FreeSync 2 Presentation

If you have not had enough, here are David Glen’s Radeon FreeSync 2 presentation slides for your perusal.

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The Samsung CFG70 Curved Quantum Dot Monitor Revealed

Samsung just launched the Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor (Amazon / Lazada) – the world’s first curved quantum dot gaming monitor! The Samsung CFG70 marks Samsung’s return to the competitive gaming monitor market, with the introduction of quantum dot technology and one of the fastest moving picture response time (MPRT) performance in the industry.

In this article, Samsung will reveal the key features of the Samsung CFG70 curved quantum dot gaming monitor (Amazon / Lazada), and we will give you a quick tour of the Samsung CFG70!

 

The Samsung CFG70 Gaming Monitor Key Features

Samsung will offer the Samsung CFG70 (Amazon / Lazada) monitor in 24″ and 27″ models, but they will both boast the same features like a 125% sRGB colour space and a 144 Hz refresh rate. In this video, Erik Tanuwidjaja, Samsung Regional Product Manager explains the Samsung CFG70 monitor’s key features.

Its 125% sRGB colour space will come in real handy when AMD FreeSync 2 is released. It would allow you to enjoy HDR gaming with the Samsung CFG70 (Amazon / Lazada)!

Comfortable & Immersive Viewing

The Samsung CFG70’s “Super Arena” design, features an industry-best 1,800R curvature and a 178° ultra-wide viewing angle, which matches the natural curve of the human eye. It also boasts complementary sound-interactive LED lighting.

Fast Speed and Smooth Game Play

By combining Samsung’s advanced motion blur reduction technology with its VA panel, the Samsung CFG70 is the first curved monitor to produce a 1 ms moving picture response time (MPRT). The rapid MPRT rate reduces display transitions between moving and animated objects, and in turn eliminates potential visual distractions.

The Samsung CFG70 (Amazon / Lazada) also leverages its integrated AMD FreeSync Technology over HDMI functionality to synchronize the screen’s 144Hz refresh rate with users’ AMD graphics cards. This connectivity minimizes image tearing, input latency and stutter that can disrupt gameplay and escalate visual fatigue.

Optimized Gaming Experience

Samsung also equipped the CFG70 with a range of user-friendly gaming UX that drives more convenient and easily-accessible game management. The Samsung CFG70 (Amazon / Lazada) includes a dedicated gaming interface with an intuitive settings dashboard to better allow gamers to modify and personalize their gameplay settings. Each CFG70 monitor also offers a series of hotkeys on the front and back of the display for users to easily adjust gameplay settings.

To further inspire gamer immersion and bring out the best in even the most complex game designs, including compatibility with the FPS, RTS, RPG and AOS genres, each CFG70 monitor undergoes rigorous pre-shipment factory calibration. This process optimizes various settings, including contrast ratios, black gamma levels for enhanced brightness and white balance levels for temperature management. As a result, gamers can enjoy a sharp and brilliant picture regardless of the game in play.

 

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Price & Availability

The Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor (Amazon / Lazada) can be pre-ordered from Lazada until the 26th of January 2017, at the following links and prices :

In addition, the first 100 customers to pre-order a Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor from Lazada will receive a free gift worth up to RM 264 / ~US$ 59!

Delivery and offline purchase at selected retail outlets of the Samsung CFG70 gaming monitors will begin from 27 January 2017 onwards.

 

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AMD Announces Lenovo Y27f Curved Gaming Monitor

SUNNYVALE, Calif, 12 August 2016 AMD today announced the new Lenovo Y27f Curved Gaming Monitor, its first free-standing display incorporating AMD FreeSync technology, offering low input latency and an ultra-smooth, stutter free gaming and multimedia experience. With “the most extreme curve available today,” the 27-inch-wide, vertically aligned display provides extraordinary gaming immersion and a true-to-life viewing experience.

 

Lenovo Y27f Curved Gaming Monitor

AMD FreeSync technology helps ensure smooth and fluid gameplay. AMD FreeSync technology enhances communication between the Lenovo Y27f Curved Gaming Monitor and an AMD FreeSync-capable GPU, allowing the display to dynamically adapt its refresh rate in alignment with the GPU’s creation of new frames.

This prevents tearing by ensuring no new frames are drawn during the refresh period. FreeSync also eliminates stuttering, since the refresh rate is locked to the creation of new frames. FreeSync is supported on a wide range of AMD Radeon GPUs, including the recently launched Polaris architecture-based Radeon RX Series graphics cards.

“Our latest monitor, the Lenovo Y27f Curved Gaming Monitor, is optimized for gaming,” said Li Jun Su, Executive Director and General Manager of Visuals BU, PC & Smart Device Business Group, Lenovo. “AMD FreeSync technology along with a fast 144 Hz refresh rate eliminates screen tearing, and minimizes display stutter, input lag and motion blur to display more natural movement. Combined with full high definition 1920 x 1080 resolution and the most extreme curved display to date, the monitor provides our customers with the smoothest possible gaming and a great experience.”

“With AMD FreeSync technology, the new Lenovo Y27f provides truly immersive gaming,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group. “The monitor is an excellent choice for both casual and competitive gamers that depend on low latency, high framerates, and an ultra-smooth experience powered by AMD FreeSync technology.”

The Lenovo Y27f Curved Gaming Monitor is available now starting at SEP $399 USD.

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2016 Samsung Curved Monitor Unveiled

3 August 2016Samsung Malaysia Electronics recently unveiled the 2016 Samsung Curved Monitor, delivering the ultimate viewing experience for work and play. Boasting a 24-inch screen with industry leading curvature and best-in-class contrast ratio, the introduction of this latest curved monitor solution reflects Samsung’s commitment to next-level innovation to provide a more natural and pleasurable viewing experience for users.

“At Samsung, we pride ourselves for creating great innovations for our consumers. Millennials are indulging in diverse multimedia entertainment more than ever before and as a leading technology brand, we want to provide the very best of viewing experience that is both immersive and comfortable,” said Jimmy Tan, Head of Consumer Electronics Business of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

 

2016 Samsung Curved Monitor

Vibrant and Superior Picture Quality

Samsung ensures a superior image quality by equipping the 24-inch Curved Monitor with a best-in-class contrast ratio of 3000:1 that ensures sharper detail with clear visibility in the darkest and brightest of scenes. The curved display technology additionally minimizes light leakage from the screen edges to ensure more uniform black scenes across the entire viewing area.

Users will also be glad to know that the 2016 Samsung Curved Monitor is fitted with eco-saving technology where it fluidly adjusts the display brightness based on the luminescence of screen blacks, reducing energy consumption by up to 10%.

Comfortable and Immersive Viewing Experience

The 2016 Samsung Curved Monitor has a deeper screen curve compared to its predecessor, allowing the users’ eyes to track effortlessly across the screen. Its eye-saver mode which offers low blue light technology helps to reduce the harmful effects of blue light on viewers’ eye, while its flicker-free function minimizes distracting screen flicker.

Engineered with the most optimized 1,800R Curvature features – tailored according to the human eye curvature, the Curved Monitor is as immersive as it is comfortable. The display increases natural field of vision and enhances depth perception while giving more comfort in viewing experience.

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Enhanced Gaming Experience

For enhanced on-screen immersion, picture quality and entertainment, the 2016 Samsung Curved Monitor comes with AMD FreeSync function which minimizes stutter and ensures flawlessly smooth gameplay. For those who use the monitor predominantly for gaming, turning on Game Mode instantly adjusts the monitor setting through the on-screen display, improving darkness of the picture to reveal all details of action vividly. Its 4ms Response Time also helps minimize blur, judder, and ghosting on-screen movement.

Super Slim and Sleek Design

A super slim and ergonomic design also reinforces the new Curved Monitor’s ability to offer a richer viewing experience. It’s incredibly slim panel of only 11.9mm is as slender as a ballpoint pen and is almost twice as thin as the standard Samsung monitors, allowing it to fit beautifully and perfectly on work stations or gaming rooms. In response to customer demand, the monitor also boasts a simple-circular stand that elegantly complements the slender curved panel, giving users both unparalleled beauty and performance.

To make its 2016 Curved Monitors more accessible to consumers, Samsung is collaborating with online platforms 11street and Lazada to offer great deals and added value on the latest curved monitor. From now until 31st August 2016, both 11street and Lazada are offering discounts of up 33% along with a free Samsung printer worth RM330 / ~US$ 82 for every purchase of the latest 24” Curved Monitor. For those looking to upgrade their monitors, this is an opportune time for the switch to more immersive and exceptional viewing experience.

 

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HP ProBook 645 & 655 To Feature AMD PRO A-Series CPU

February 11, 2016 AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced increasing momentum for the 6th Generation AMD PRO A-Series mobile processors, based on the introduction of two new HP (NYSE: HPQ) notebook design wins, new large-scale enterprise deployments, and the expansion of HP adoption of AMD FreeSync technology in its notebooks and displays.

The 6th Generation AMD PRO A-Series processors, which efficiently integrate extensive AMD CPU, graphics, security, and video processing IP into a single SoC design, will now power two new HP 600 series ProBooks.

The HP ProBook 645 14-inch and HP ProBook 655 15.6-inch notebooks allow businesses to equip their workforces with widely configurable and extremely cost-effective HP notebook PCs, enabling executive-class collaboration and professional-grade capabilities. Containing AMD PRO A-Series processors with brilliant AMD Radeon graphics, Windows 10, robust DDR3 memory, and professional-grade peripheral devices, these HP ProBooks create a top-of-the-line user experience.

 

6th Generation AMD A-Series processors powering the workplace

[adrotate banner=”4″]Market momentum for joint AMD and HP solutions is seen in the continued adoption of HP laptops powered by AMD processors by companies around the world. For example, ISS, a global facilities services provider with 511,000 employees in 77 countries, recently equipped employees with HP EliteBooks powered by AMD PRO A-Series processors in an effort to standardize global operations, increase sustainability and innovate business-efficient office environments.

Brink’s, a global leader in security-related services with customers in more than 100 countries, wanted an IT solution that offered outstanding stability and mobility, and found it in the HP EliteBook 700 series, also powered by AMD. Stability is critical to supporting Brink’s all-day, every-day workforce with mobile-ready features, and industry leading manageability that drives nonstop productivity. The innovative AMD PRO A-Series processor architecture offers all-day battery life[i], power and efficiency optimized for employees all around the world.

 

AMD FreeSync adoption

Additionally, HP plans to enable AMD FreeSync technology support for its consumer-focused HP Envy 15z laptops powered by 6th Generation AMD A-Series processors. AMD FreeSync technology resolves the communication issues between processor and monitor to eliminate stutter and tearing, providing a smoother image[ii]. HP anticipates having AMD FreeSync-enabled HP Envy 15z laptops available in the first half of 2016, and plans to enable AMD FreeSync support across its entire consumer laptop line-up powered by 6th Generation AMD A-Series processors in the second half of the year.

Personal and commercial HP notebooks powered by 6th Generation AMD A-Series processors are available now through major retailers.

[i] AMD defines All-Day Battery Life as 8+ hours of continuous use when measured with the Windows Idle test.

[ii] FreeSync is an AMD technology designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display’s refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card. Monitor, AMD Radeon Graphics and/or AMD A-Series APU compliant with DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync required. AMD Catalyst 15.2 Beta (or newer) required. Adaptive refresh rates vary by display; check with your monitor manufacturer for specific capabilities.

 

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