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Acer Nitro QG241YP : 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Preview!

Acer just introduced the Nitro QG241YP gaming monitor, which boasts a 165 Hz refresh rate with HDR10 support!

Here is what you need to know about the new Acer Nitro QG241Y gaming monitor!

 

Acer Nitro QG241YP : 165 Hz Gaming Monitor

The Acer Nitro QG241YP is a 23.8-inch gaming monitor, with a VA panel that supports up to 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms VRB response time.

It also features AMD FreeSync Premium technology for smooth, tear-free gaming; and HDR10 with Black Boost technology for greater immersion.

In addition, it comes with ComfyView, BlueLightShield and Low Dimming technologies to help reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions.

The Nitro QG241YP has wide vertical and horizontal viewing angles, but can be tilted for a better viewing angle, or attached to monitor arms using its VEGA mount.

Acer Nitro QG241YP : Specifications

Specifications Acer Nitro QG241YP
Display Size 23.8-inch
Panel Type VA
Max. Resolution
+ Refresh Rate
HDMI : 1920 x 1080 @ 144 Hz
DP : 1920 x 1080 @ 165 Hz
Response Time 1 ms VRB
Contrast Ratio 100 million : 1 max (ACM)
Max. Brightness 250 nits (cd/m²)
HDR Support HDR10
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium
Viewing Angle 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
Max. Colours 16.7 million (8-bit)
Colour Gamut 72% NTSC
Input Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x DisplayPort
VESA Mount Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speaker Optional (2 watt x 2)
Adjustments Tilt : -5° to 20°
Power
Consumption
Off : 0.4 W
Sleep : 0.5 W
On : 20 W

Acer Nitro QG241YP : Price + Launch Deal!

The Nitro QG241YP will retail for just RM 749 (about US$181 / £132 / A$237 / S$243), but Acer is offering it at just RM 699 for two days!

You can get this awesome deal even lower at just RM 653!

Here are purchase options in other countries (prices as of 14 April 2021) :

 

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Dell XPS 13 (9300) Review : Incredible Ultra-Light Laptop!

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) features the first-ever InfinityEdge display with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

Find out why we think it’s an incredible ultra-light laptop worthy of our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Featuring The InfinityEdge Display

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) continues the evolution of the XPS 13 line, with an ultra-light chassis built from machined aluminium and woven glass fibre, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

With the first-ever InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 (9300) offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor, that fits neatly on an airplane’s seat tray.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Colour Options

Our unit comes in the Frost White colour with an Arctic White woven glass fibre palm rest.

Dell also offers the Platinum Silver colour option, with a Black carbon fiber palm rest.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Specifications + Options

Specifications XPS 13 9300
Display Size 13.4-inch
Display Options 4K touch screen (3840 x 2400)
Full HD touch screen (1920 x 1200)
Full HD non-touch (1920 x 1200)
Display Features WLED backlight
60 Hz refresh rate
500 nits max. brightness
35 ms response time
1200:1 contrast ratio
Colour Gamut 4K : 90% DCI-P3
Full HD : 100% sRGB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU + GPU Options Intel Core i7-1065G7 + Iris Plus Graphics
Intel Core i5-1035G1 + UHD Graphics
Intel Core i3-1005G1 + UHD Graphics
Memory Options LPDDR4X-3733 (8 / 16 / 32 GB)
LPDDR4-3733 (4 GB)
Storage Options PCIe NVMe SSD (512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB)
Audio Realtek ALC3281-CG audio chip
2 x 2.5 watt speakers
Dual microphone array
3.5 mm audio jack
Wireless Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2)
Bluetooth 5.1
External Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) ports
– with Power Delivery and DisplayPort
1 x 3.5 mm audio port
1 x microSD card slot
Camera HD webcam
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, capacitive 500 dpi sensor
Keyboard Backlit keyboard
19.05 x 18.05 mm key pitch
Touchpad 1300 x 722 pixel resolution
Battery 4-cell 52 Whr lithium-ion battery
Charger 45 watt USB Type C charger
Dimensions 296 mm wide
199 mm deep
14.8 mm thick
Weight 1.27 kg (touch screen)
1.20 kg (non-touch)

 

Unboxing The Dell XPS 13 (9300) Laptop

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes in a premium white cardboard box. Once you fully unbox it, you will find these items :

  • Dell XPS 13 (9300) laptop
  • Dell USB Type C to USB Type A dongle
  • 45 watt charger with integrated USB Type C cable
  • Power cord with localised plug
  • XPS 13 9300 Quick Start Guide + Safety and Regulatory Information

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Hands-On Experience!

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) is an eminently thin and light laptop. It offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor that weighs only 1.27 kg, and is less than 15 mm thick.

It easily fits into the smallest laptop bag, and even a large handbag. And when you can fly again, you will love how it fits onto the airplane’s seat tray!

Once you try it out, you will find it hard to go back to regular laptops – you will find them heavy and unwieldy!

Next Page > Dell XPS 13 (9300) : A Closer Look!

 

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Dell XPS 13 (9300) : A Closer Look!

13.4-inch Display In 11-Inch Form Factor

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) model comes with a 4K UHD+ touch display, with a resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixel, a colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3 and DisplayHDR 400 certification.

The incredibly high resolution and wide colour gamut allow your high resolution photos and HDR content to really pop.

Dell also offers a Full HD+ display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and 100% sRGB colour gamut; in both touch and non-touch options.

All three display options are 25% brighter at 500 nits, and are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 against scratches and impact.

Cameras + Security

The thin bezel at the top conceals two cameras – a regular 720p webcam, and an infra-red camera for facial recognition.

So you can either unlock the XPS 13 using the IR camera and Windows Hello, or the fingerprint sensor, which integrated into the power button.

While its 720p webcam may be rather low in resolution, it uses a new 4-element lens for sharper image quality. It also supports temporal noise reduction to improve video quality in low-light conditions.

We hope that Dell would look at upgrading it to a 1080p camera, with a physical or electronics privacy shutter.

Performance

Our Dell XPS 13 (9300) is powered by the Intel Core i7-1065G7 – a 4-core, 8-thread processor with 8 MB of cache and built-in Iris Plus Graphics.

You can opt for a Core i5-1035G1 or the Core i3-1005G1, both of which come with integrated UHD Graphics.

A redesigned cooler keeps things cool, using a single heat pipe and evaporator design with dual condensers and GORE thermal insulation. The hot air is exhausted through the hinge at the back.

It can get a little toasty from the hot exhaust when you use it on your lap, especially if you’re doing compute-intensive tasks like rendering videos.

It also comes with 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X memory running at 3733 MHz. The memory is soldered onto the motherboard and cannot be upgraded.

Our unit came with a 1 TB SK hynix PC611 PCIe NVMe SSD, but you can opt for a smaller 512 GB SSD, or a larger 2 TB SSD.

Ports

Due to its ultra-slim profile – 14.8 mm at its thickest point, the XPS 13 has very limited ports.

On the left side, you will find a microSD card reader; as well as a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output

On the right side, you will find a 3.5 mm microphone and headphone combo port, with a second Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which also supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output.

You can plug the USB Type C charging cable into either Thunderbolt 3 port. But unless you are using it on-the-go, you really only have one free port to use.

The good news is Dell actually bundles the XPS 13 (9300) with a free USB Type C to USB Type A dongle, so you can use your USB Type A drives and devices (including cables) with it.

Keyboard + Touchpad

The Dell XPS (9300) comes an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a 17% larger touchpad for maximum working comfort.  The keyboard is backlit, and comes with larger key caps!

It definitely offers a far superior typing experience to the horrible butterfly switch keyboard used in Apple MacBook Pro laptops.

Connectivity

Our XPS 13 (9300) comes with the Killer AX1650 module, which offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with 2×2 antennas, and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.

It is much too thin to support a LAN port, but you can add LAN connectivity using a USB-C dongle.

Audio

The two long stripes on both sides of the XPS 13 are not cooling vents, but ports for its 2.5 watt stereo speakers, which are tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro.

Its 3.5 mm microphone / headphone combo jack is also optimised with the 360-degree Waves NX 3D virtual surround sound with head tracking.

Finally, its dual microphone array is powered by Waves MaxxVoice Pro, which supports VOIP and is Cortana Farfield-capable.

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Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Performance

Our Dell XPS 13 (9300) is powered by the 15-watt Intel Core i7-1065G7 (Ice Lake) with 4 cores and 8 threads, and Iris Plus Graphics with 64 Execution Units.

It comes with 8 MB of cache, and has a 1.3 GHz base frequency that ramps up to 3.5 GHz during intensive tasks.

Our review sample came with 16 GB LPDDR4X-3733 dual-channel memory, and a 1 TB SK hynix PC611 PCIe NVMe SSD.

Work Performance : PCMark 10

The Intel Core i7-1065G7 is a 25 watt processor that can be configured to run at a lower TDP of 15 watt – to improve battery life and reduce thermal output.

At the full 25 watt TDP, it should deliver PCMark 10 scores in excess of 4700. It is obvious now that Dell configured it for the cooler 15 watt TDP. This is why benchmarks are important.

This makes the Dell XPS 13 (9300) about 7.6% slower than the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, which uses the Intel Core i7-10510U processor.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy

The integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics sounds powerful on paper – with 64 Execution Units – but it is only about as fast as the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 / GeForce 940MX.

So this is most definitely NOT a gaming laptop, although you should have no problem playing older games and games that are not 3D graphics-intensive like DOTA 2.

Battery Life : YouTube + Modern Office

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes with a 4-cell smart lithium-ion battery that is rated for 52 Whr.

Dell claims a battery life of up to 18 hours and 49 minutes with the Full HD+ display, and up to 12 hours and 13 minutes with the 4K UHD+ display.

In our general use, we have no problem working a full day on it without recharging, which makes it really convenient when travelling.

That said, we locked the brightness at 50% – higher than the average of 40% – to see how it performs in these worst-case scenarios :

YouTube Streaming

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) lasted 8 hours 15 minutes streaming YouTube videos in theatre mode using WiFi, before its battery dropped to 10%.

PCMark 10 : Modern Office

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) lasted 6 hours 36 minutes before it powered off while running the Modern Office benchmark.

Battery : Recharging Speed

Its 65 watt fast charger took about 52.5 minutes to hit the mid-point (55%), but 2 hours 23.5 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 10%.

Here are the times it takes to recharge from 10% :

  • 15% – 5 minutes 57 seconds
  • 20% – 11 minutes 53 seconds
  • 25% – 17 minutes 45 seconds
  • 30% – 23 minutes 22 seconds
  • 35% – 29 minutes 25 seconds
  • 40% – 35 minutes 8 seconds
  • 45% – 41 minutes 22 seconds
  • 50% – 46 minutes 56 seconds
  • 55% – 52 minutes 39 seconds
  • 60% – 58 minutes 27 seconds
  • 65% – 64 minutes 13 seconds
  • 70% – 70 minutes 15 seconds
  • 75% – 76 minutes
  • 80% – 81 minutes 58 seconds
  • 85% – 89 minutes 41 seconds
  • 90% – 100 minutes 50 seconds
  • 95% – 118 minutes 45 seconds
  • 100% – 143 minutes 20 seconds

This gives it a battery life : recharging time ratio of 3.45 : 1 for video streaming, and 2.76 : 1 for office work.

As a rule of thumb, you will need to recharge its battery about 22 minutes for every hour of battery life.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Verdict + Award

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) is a really great ultra-light laptop for people who are always on-the-go.

It packs serious processing power, memory and a huge SSD with the latest wireless connectivity built-in, in a very thin and light package.

It is less than 15 mm at its thickest point, and weighs less than 1.3 kg. But this is something you have to hold in your hand to actually get a feel of how much engineering went into the XPS 13.

Even the latest 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro, powered by the new Apple M1 SoC, is largerthicker at 15.6 mm and weighs more at 1.4 kg!

The extremely thin profile offers some challenges to first time users – limited physical ports. Yet the XPS 13 (9300) managed to squeeze in an extra microSD card reader over the new 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1).

Even so, you will have to live with just two USB Type C ports – one of which is not available when you recharge its battery. Fortunately, the XPS 13 (9300) comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity.

Thankfully, Dell threw in a free USB-C to USB-A dongle, so at least you have ready access to your USB Type A drives and devices out-of-the-box.

Security-conscious users will love the fingerprint sensor and IR camera, which allows for easy and secure logins. However, the webcam lacks a physical shutter, and the lid clearance is too tight to safely use a third-party shutter.

As far as battery life is concerned, the XPS 13 (9300) will last more than full day’s work without recharging. After a while, you will get used to leaving the office without the charger!

All-in-all, the Dell XPS 13 (9300) is an engineering marvel that must be experienced to truly understand. If you want the very best Windows 10 ultra-light laptop money can buy, this should be right at the top of the list.

That is why we wholeheartedly award it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Dell for sending us this review unit, and making us part of the #DellInsideCircle

 

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The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Serif QLED 4K TV with the iconic I profile!

Here is what you need to know about this new Samsung lifestyle television!

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : A Fashion Statement

The 2020 edition of The Serif is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Frame and The Sero.

The Serif is targeted at those who want more than just a Samsung QLED TV – a fashion statement that would enhance the decor of the room.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

The Serif is named for its iconic serifed capital I profile, which is not only stylish but lets you mount it on a stand or any flat surface.

Easy Connectivity

The Serif 2020 is designed to connect wirelessly with your smartphone, with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

Just tap your smartphone on the bezel. Its Tap View capability will have you watching the movie from your phone, or play your song playlist on The Sero in seconds!

On top of that, it also supports NFC – place your smartphone on top of The Serif to automatically connect and stream your music!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Serif 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Serif 2020 comes with a floor stand, which can be removed if you wish to place The Serif on a table or any flat surface.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Serif 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Adaptive Picture

The Serif 2020 senses changes in ambient lighting conditions, and automatically adjust its brightness and contrast settings to maintain the best possible viewing experience.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Serif (2020) by Samsung is available in one size :

  • 55-inch : RM 6,499 (about US$1,558 | £1,199 | A$2,142 | S$2,130)

 

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The Frame (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Frame – a lifestyle television designed for art lovers! Here is what you need to know!

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : For Art Lovers

The 2020 edition of The Frame is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Sero and The Serif.

The Frame is designed to appeal to art lovers, with a design that mimics the frame of an art piece. And it displays an art piece when you turn it off!

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung summarises The Frame 2020’s KSP (key selling point) very simply – TV when it’s on. Art when it’s off.

Frame-look Design

The Frame is designed with an elegant, modern frame-look design that will blend in with your decor.

Samsung also offers a choice of four bezel colours to customise The Frame 2020. They are locked in place by magnets, so it’s really easy to swap them out whenever the need arises.

Art Mode

Instead of turning into a blank screen, The Frame 2020 automatically displays your personal art collection when it’s turned off.

You can subscribe to the Samsung Art Store to access over 1,400 art pieces from famous artists and galleries including Museo del Prado, The Albertina, and Saatchi Art.

You can also display your personal works of art or photos, which can be transformed using its six built-in filters.

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Frame 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

It also boasts Dual LED technology to increase contrast based on backlight temperature for optimal colour tone.

No Gap Wall-Mount

Mounting on the wall using the Samsung No Gap Wall-Mount lets it look like a real work of art. And yet, it allows you to tilt it sideways, forwards or backwards.

One Invisible Connection

The Frame 2020 maintains its clean lines thanks to the One Invisible Connection, which eradicates the usual cable mess by using a single, thin almost invisible cable to connect to the One Connect Box.

Brightness + Motion Sensors

The Frame 2020 uses its brightness sensor to automatically optimise its brightness and colour tone for a natural look, irrespective of the lighting conditions.

Its motion sensor lets it detect your presence, to display artwork whenever you are in the room. And when you leave, it turns off to save electricity.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Frame 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Smart Connectivity

The Frame 2020 is a Smart TV with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

This allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet to it, mirroring its display or streaming content from it.

You can control it using either the One Remote Control, or the SmartThings app, or by Bixby voice commands.

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Frame (2020) by Samsung is available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 55-inch : RM 6,499 (about US$1,560 | £1,200 | A$2,157 | S$2,138)
  • 65-inch : RM 10,999 (about US$2,640 | £2,033 | A$3,650 | S$3,619)

 

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Samsung Business TV : What You Need To Know!

The new Samsung Business TV displays are specially-designed for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Here is a quick primer on what the new Samsung Business TV displays offer, and how much they cost!

 

Samsung Business TV : What You Need To Know!

The new Samsung Business TV displays combine Samsung’s commercial signage expertise with their advanced TV technologies to deliver customer communications with more impact.

Sleek, Bezel-less Design

The Samsung Business TV displays , available in four panel sizes – 43-inch, 50-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch – feature a sleek, bezel-less design that easily meld with the decor.

4K HDR Crystal Display

The Samsung Business TV lineup boasts a Crystal Display with 4K UHD resolution, and support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) content, delivering bright, high-contrast content that will catch the attention of potential customers.

100 Promotional Templates

Business owners can save time by using the 100 pre-loaded, pre-designed promotional templates to quickly create professional-looking content, from seasonal offers to special deals.

Samsung Business TV App

The Samsung Business TV app – available for Android and iOS devices – is a free content management solution that lets you remotely manage and control content on all of your Business TVs.

You can use it to quickly edit, review, finalise and deploy content across multiple Business TVs using your smartphone.

High Reliability

Samsung Business TVs are built to operate for long hours – 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. They come with an extended warrantee to maximise ROI.

High Security

Samsung Business TVs come with a security lock built-in, with locks for both the panel button and USB port. The app is also protected with a six-digit PIN code. These measures ensure that no one can tamper with the content being displayed.

 

Samsung Business TV : Price + Availability

The Samsung Business TV displays is available for purchase here in Malaysia with immediate effect, with these recommended retail prices :

  • 75-inch Business TV (LH75BETHLGKXXM) : RM 7,720 (about US$1,817 / £1,403 / A$2,532 / S$2,500)
  • 65-inch Business TV (LH65BETHLGKXXM) : RM 3,575 (about US$841 / £650 / A$1,173 / S$1,158)
  • 50-inch Business TV (LH50BETHLGKXXM) : RM 2,188 (about US$515 / £398 / A$718 / S$709)
  • 43-inch Business TV (LH43BETHLGKXXM) : RM 1,875 (about US$441 / £341 / A$615 / S$607)

 

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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 G9 : 49-inch 1000R QLED Gaming Monitor!

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

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor!

 

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 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is available with immediate effect, with these SRP :

  • United States : US$1,699.99
  • United Kingdom : £1,279
  • Australia : A$2,799
  • Singapore : S$2,899
  • Malaysia : RM 6,199

Here in Malaysia, it is available for pre-order up to 31 August 2020, with this freebie!

In Singapore, you will get this freebie with every purchase :

 

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

The new Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors offer the world’s first 1000R curved displays!

Here is everything we know about the new 27-inch and 32-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors!

 

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 : Price + Deals

The Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors are available with immediate effect, with these SRP :

Here in Malaysia, they are available for pre-order up to 31 August 2020, with these freebies :

 

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Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB253Q GZ is a smaller variant of the XB273U GX, offering HDR gaming with a 240 Hz refresh rate!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB253Q GZ is a 24.5-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a QHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at up to 240 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 99% sRGB, with an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1. It also comes with these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

Unlike the larger Predator XB273U GX, it doesn’t come with speakers built-in, but you can opt for two 2W speakers.

 

Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : Specifications

To make it easy for you to compare between this 24.5-inch monitor, and its 27-inch cousin, we compare both models in this table.

Recommended : Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

Specifications Acer Predator
XB273U GX
Acer Predator
XB253Q GZ
Display Size 27-inch 24.5-inch
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode) 400 nits (Native)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% Adobe RGB 99% sRGB
Speakers 2 x 2W speakers 2 x 2 W speakers (optional)
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
2 x USB 3.0
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : TBA
Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -20° to +20°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB253Q GZ is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : $429.99 (September 2020)
  • EMEA : EUR 439 (August 2020)
  • China : RMB 2,999 (July 2020)

We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Acer Predator XB273U GS : 165Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GS is a cheaper variant of the XB273U GX, offering HDR gaming with a 165 Hz refresh rate!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB273U GS : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GS is a 27-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a QHD resolution of 2560 x 2160 pixels at up to 165 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 95% DCI-P3, with an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1. It also comes with these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

Unlike the XB273U GX, it doesn’t come with speakers built-in, but you can opt for two 2W speakers.

 

Acer Predator XB273U GS : Specifications

Confusingly, there are two XB273U models. To make it easy for you, we compare both models in this table.

Recommended : Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

Specifications Acer Predator
XB273U GX
Acer Predator
XB273U GS
Display Size 27-inch
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz (maximum) 165 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% Adobe RGB 95% DCI-P3
Speakers 2 x 2W speakers 2 x 2 W speakers (optional)
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
2 x USB 3.0
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : TBA
Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +20°
Swivel : -20° to +20°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB273U GS : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB273U GS is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : September 2020
  • EMEA : August 2020
  • China : July 2020

There is no known price yet. We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GX is a boosted variant of the XB273U GS, offering HDR gaming with a 240 Hz refresh rate!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GX is a 27-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a QHD resolution of 2560 x 2160 pixels at up to 240 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 99% Adobe RGB, with an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1, as well as these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

Unlike the XB273U GS, the GX model comes with two 2W speakers built into the display.

 

Acer Predator XB273U GX : Specifications

Confusingly, there are two XB273U models. To make it easy for you, we compare both models in this table.

Recommended : Acer Predator XB273U GS : 165Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

Specifications Acer Predator
XB273U GX
Acer Predator
XB273U GS
Display Size 27-inch
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz (maximum) 165 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% Adobe RGB 95% DCI-P3
Speakers 2 x 2W speakers 2 x 2 W speakers (optional)
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
2 x USB 3.0
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : TBA
Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +20°
Swivel : -20° to +20°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB273U GX : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB273U GX is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : September 2020
  • EMEA : August 2020
  • China : July 2020

There is no known price yet. We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Acer Predator XB323QK NV : 4K HDR Gaming Monitor!

The 2020 Predator XB323QK NV is Acer’s next-generation 4K HDR gaming monitor!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : 4K HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB323QK NV is a 31.5-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a 4H resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, at up to 144 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3, with 32-bit colour support, and an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1.

It comes with two 4W speakers built-in, and these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : Specifications

Specifications Acer Predator XB323QK NV
Display Size 31.5-inch
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate 144 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time TBA
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 90% DCI-P3
Speakers 2 x 4 watt speakers
Ports 2 x DP
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +35°
Swivel : -45° to +45°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB323QK NV is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : September 2020
  • EMEA : August 2020
  • China : July 2020

There is no know price yet. We will update this article when we know more.

 

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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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2020 Acer Nitro XV Series Gaming Monitors : First Look!

Acer just launched three new Nitro XV series gaming monitors for 2020!

Here is a quick overview of the three models, including their key specifications, price and availability!

 

2020 Acer Nitro XV Series Gaming Monitors

Acer enhanced their Nitro XV series with a new UltraWide QHD gaming monitor, and boosted the refresh rate for its 27-inch model to 240 Hz!

They all feature AMD FreeSync, a new design, and a wide colour gamut of 99% sRGB or 95% DCI-P3. They also support HDR10, with two models DisplayHDR 400-certified.

The 2020 Acer Nitro XV gaming monitors also incorporate several features such as Flickerless, BlueLightShield, low dimming, Comfyview and Acer ErgoStand for a more pleasant gaming experience.

 

2020 Acer Nitro XV Series Gaming Monitors : Specifications

We compare the key specifications of all three models in this table :

Specifications Nitro XV340CK P Nitro XV273 X Nitro XV272U P
Size 34-inch 27-inch 27-inch
Panel IPS
Resolution 3440 x 1440 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 144 Hz 240 Hz 144 Hz
Response Time 1 ms VRB
4 ms GtG
1 ms VRB
1 ms GtG
1 ms VRB
4 ms GtG
Max. Brightness 250 nits 400 nits 400 nits
Contrast Ratio 100 million : 1 (ACM)
1000 : 1 (Native)
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB 99% sRGB 95% DCI-P3
HDR Support HDR10 DisplayHDR 400
HDR10
DisplayHDR 400
HDR10
Ports HDMI 2.0 x 2
DisplayPort 1.4 x 2
Audio Out
USB 3.0 x 2
HDMI 2.0 x 2
DisplayPort 1.4
Audio Out
USB 3.0 x 4
HDMI 2.0 x 2
DisplayPort 1.4
Audio Out
USB 3.0 x 4
Speakers 3 W x 2 2 W x 2 2 W x 2
AMD FreeSync Yes Yes Yes
Acer VisionCare Yes Yes Yes
Adjustments Swivel + Height Tilt Tilt + Swivel + Height

 

2020 Acer Nitro XV Series Gaming Monitors : Price + Availability

The Acer Nitro XV340CK P has a recommended retail price of RM 1,999 / ~S$669 / ~US$482 / ~£373 / ~A$719.

The Acer Nitro XV273 X has a recommended retail price of RM 1,499 / ~S$502 / $499.99 / ~£279 / ~A$539.

The Acer Nitro XV272U P has a recommended retail price of RM 1,299 / ~S$435 / ~US$313 / ~£2427 / ~A$467.

 

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34-inch Acer CB342CK ProSumer Monitor : First Look!

Acer just launched the 34-inch CB342CK ProSumer Monitor! Here is what you need to know about this new ultra-wide QHD monitor!

 

Acer CB342CK ProSumer Monitor

The Acer CB342CK is an UltraWide QHD resolution monitor that is VESA certified for DisplayHDR 400, and boasts a wide colour gamut of 99% sRGB.

As a prosumer model, its integrated 6-axis colour adjustment lets you fine-tune its colour to best suit your use case.

The Acer CB342CK comes with the Acer ErgoStand, which allows you to adjust the tilt, swivel and height for the ideal viewing position. It even comes with a remote control for easier adjustments!

Users who want to use it in a multi-monitor setup, will appreciate its ZeroFrame design.

 

Acer CB342CK ProSumer Monitor Specifications

Specifications Acer CB342CK
Size 34-inch
Panel IPS
Resolution 3440 x 1440 pixels (UWQHD)
Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Response Time 1 ms VRB
Max. Brightness 250 nits
Contrast Ratio 100 million : 1 max (ACM)
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB
HDR Support DisplayHDR 400 Certified
HDR10 Capable
Ports HDMI 2.0 x 2
DisplayPort 1.4
Audio Out
USB 3.0 (1 input, 2 outputs)
Speakers Yes, 3 W x 2
Other Features AMD Radeon FreeSync
Acer ZeroFrame
Acer VisionCare

 

Acer CB342CK ProSumer Price + Availability

The Acer CB342CK is available with immediate effect, at the recommended retail price of RM 1,699 / S$698 / US$369.99 / ~£317 / ~A$612.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Realme Chroma Boost Guide + Showcase Of US West Coast!

One of the new photography features of the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro smartphones is Chroma Boost – an advanced HDR photography feature!

Find out what Chroma Boost does, and how you can use it to take better photos.

We will also share with you the many Chroma Boost photos we took across the US West Coast!

 

Realme Chroma Boost Primer

Realme introduced two new photography features in their Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro smartphones – a Nightscape mode, and Chroma Boost.

Chroma Boost is an advanced HDR feature that goes beyond HDR, which involves taking and combining multiple photos with different exposures.

On top of increasing the photo’s dynamic range, it will also correct and boost colour, while keeping control of noise.

 

Turning On Chroma Boost

Chroma Boost is so important that Realme made it the second icon at the top of the Camera app.

  1. To turn it on, just open the camera app, and tap on the second icon at the top.
  2. The Chroma Boost Is ON message will appear, and the Chroma Boost icon will appear in colour.

Until you turn it off, every photo your Realme 3 / Realme 3 Pro takes from now on will use Chroma Boost.

 

Turning Off Chroma Boost

  1. To turn it off, just open the camera app, and tap on the second icon at the top.
  2. The Chroma Boost Is OFF message will appear, and the Chroma Boost icon will turn black and show grey mountains.

 

When To Use Chroma Boost

Chroma Boost takes a considerable amount of time to take and process each shot – about 3 to 5 seconds.

So it is best used for planned shots of subjects that are not moving much. In fact, that’s the reason why it is turned off by default.

For most candid shots, or occasions where you want to take multiple shots quickly, you will probably want to disable Chroma Boost.

In the next part, we will show you the kind of shots Chroma Boost can deliver with our showcase of the Realme 3 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Chroma Boost Sample Of Pier 39

This is the famous dock at the end of Pier 39, home to a number of California sea lions. It’s dusk – a really tricky time where the light isn’t great, but it’s not quite the time for using the Nightscape mode.

Surprisingly, it turned out much brighter than in real life, without getting washed out. You can see the sea lions in the foreground, as well as the bright lights of downtown San Francisco at the back.

 

Chroma Boost Samples Of Lombard Street

No tourist worth his or her name will visit San Francisco without going to the winding Lombard Street, even though it is really NOT the most crooked street in San Francisco.

That title really belongs to Vermont Street, near South of Market, although Lombard Street is definitely more picturesque. Plus, the Powell-Hyde cable car stops at the top!

As it so happened, we were there when the Zoox team decided to test their autonomous vehicle going down Lombard Street!

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Alcatraz Island

A short (but expensive) hop off San Francisco is the infamous Alcatraz Island.

It’s ironic how so many people are clamouring to get into Alcatraz when quite a few prisoners (and guards) lost their lives during several escape attempts…

One thing we like about Chroma Boost is how well it keeps control of the highlights, while lifting out details from the shadows.

This picture was taken in very bright sunlight. Yet you can see the blue sky, and even the clouds!

In this example, the former residential apartments are in the shadow, and would normally look dark. But the doors and windows are clearly visible.

It also work great indoors. Especially if you are taking shots of static objects.

Take a close look at this picture. Not only does it have great dynamic range, it managed to capture the bird flying and the Oakland Bay Bridge in the distance.

In fact, you can even see the sloping streets of San Francisco!

It was not easy to get this shot, but well worth the many tries!

The only problem with using Chroma Boost – it limits the number of photos you can take in a certain amount of time. Not very suitable if you are on a fast moving boat!

In this shot of the Alcatraz Cruises pier, with the Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower in the background, note the shadows which show the direction of the sun.

Even though it was very bright, and the shadows much darker in real life, Chroma Boost managed to bring the details out of the shadows. And yet, the sky remained blue and not overblown.

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Downtown San Francisco

Residential buildings in San Francisco are generally not very unique or interesting architecturally. The slopes of San Francisco are what’s truly interesting and unique.

Only when you get to the San Francisco Chinatown do you see more interesting building designs…

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Chroma Boost Samples Of The Golden Gate Bridge

No tourist to San Francisco will ever skip going to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Featured in countless movies, and even torn apart by the likes of Godzilla, a Kaiju, earthquakes, a tsunami and Magneto, it is the very symbol of San Francisco!

But instead of just heading to the Visitor Center, we trekked to Golden Gate Bridge from the south side on a cold misty morning.

Chroma Boost helped to bring out the colour of the foreground, but the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin headlands remained enveloped in mist.

Here is a closer view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Welcome Center. You can see the bridge trusses clearly detailed, even on its underside.

We then drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to the North Vista Point.

Right next to it is Horseshoe Bay, home to the US Coast Guard Golden Gate Station, and the Presidio Yacht Club.

You can even see Alcatraz Island in the background on the right, and Treasure Island on the far right.

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Muir Woods

To the north of San Francisco is the Muir Woods National Monument. Home to giant California redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens), it is a very beautiful and peaceful place.

Even though these redwoods grow very tall, lighting is not a severe problem for taking photos at the bottom of these giants.

However, if you are attempting to take pictures of them from the bottom up, sunlight could make it really difficult to get a well-exposed shot.

Try using Chroma Boost, or a similar HDR feature, to capture the sunlight shining through the treetops while capturing the intricate bark details that would normally be shrouded in the shadow.

See how well it worked out in these two samples.

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Hollywood + Rodeo Drive

We only had a short stay in Los Angeles, so we hit the usual tourist spots in Hollywood and Rodeo Drive.

First up is the TCL Chinese Theatre, located oh the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many still know it as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

As it so happened, they barricaded it for the premiere of Catch-22. But this made it a great opportunity to use Chroma Boost – there was no one running across to spoil the shot!

While famous for its luxury boutique stores, Rodeo Drive isn’t very picturesque.

Arguably, the most picturesque spot is this internal street of the Two Rodeo shopping mall, which I believe is known as Via Rodeo Drive?

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Chroma Boost Samples Of The Griffith Observatory

Sitting on the top of Mount Hollywood is the Griffith Observatory. It’s an awesome spot to look out at downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean.

Unfortunately, it was a downcast day when we arrived. But Chroma Boost helped to boost exposure, and give the colours a little more pep.

View of downtown Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory at 2X digital zoom with the Realme 3.

Despite the downcast skies, Chroma Boost brightened the sky and visibly increased the colour of the houses in the foreground.

It is actually possible to use Chroma Boost with moving indoor objects like this Foucault’s Pendulum. Look at the colour.

You just have to time it so that movement is minimal. In this case, it took us several tries to catch the pendulum at the end of the swing.

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Santa Monica

What’s a trip to Los Angeles without a trip to the world famous Santa Monica Pier?

Over a hundred years old, it is a large, double-jointed pier that juts out of the end of Colorado Avenue into the Pacific Ocean.

It is more than just a pier, of course. It is home to Pacific Park, an amusement park, shops, pubs and restaurants.

Right at the very end is also a very popular angling spot.

Chroma Boost can really bring out the colours that are usually hidden in the shadows, like the pillars of the Santa Monica pier.

Despite being almost dusk, using Chroma Boost can increase the brightness of the scene.

Opened in 1996, Pacific Park is a 2-acre amusement park that is open to public on the Santa Monica Pier.

It was really getting pretty dark, so Chroma Boost came in handy in boosting the exposure of the scene, while keeping the colours looking pretty pep.

On the way back, we stopped by the Santa Monica 3rd Promenade, home of this Triceratops water fountain sculpture.

Despite the low light (it was dusk!), Chroma Boost helped to keep the Triceratops sculpture well-exposed, without overblowing the brightly-lit cafe in the background.

Any darker, we would definitely have to use the Nightscape mode!

 

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The Ultimate Apple Pro Display XDR Configuration Guide!

The new Apple Pro Display XDR is the pinnacle of Apple display engineering. But before you splash out thousands of dollars for it, do you know which configuration you really need?

In this configuration guide, find out options you have and what you should choose for the ultimate Pro Display XDR monitor! We even created a special infographic to help you make that choice!

 

The Apple Pro Display XDR Monitor

The Apple Pro Display XDR is a new 6K IPS display that is designed to complement the new 2019 Mac Pro workstation.

It boasts a 32-inch panel with a 6K resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels, and Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR) capability with 576 local dimming zones!

Of course, HDR monitors have been around for some time now, with 384-zone models being introduced last year.

On top of that, it delivers 1000 nits of sustained brightness, with a peak brightness of 1600 nits! It also boasts dual ambient light sensors, to ensure an accurate viewing experience in any ambient lighting condition. Kind of like BenQ’s Brightness Intelligence Plus technology

 

Why You NEED The Apple Pro Display XDR Monitor!

The Apple Pro Display XDR is the ultimate display for hardcore Apple fans, and graphics professionals who believe it’s the Viagra they need to perform at their very best.

It is designed to do two things – give you an ultra-premium 6K display experience, and the Tim Cook-anointed right to thumb your nose at the 99.9% hoi polloi.

Because when you have the Apple Pro Display XDR, you know you have proven your worth.

You are the TOP 0.1%. You are the BEST graphics designer in the world. The ULTIMATE Apple fan.

 

Apple Pro Display XDR Configuration Options

Don’t bother explaining to the ignorant rabble (or your boss) why you NEED the Pro Display XDR. Focus on what options you should select.

Standard vs Nano-Texture Finish

Everyone knows that graphics designers lose their eyesight after years of peeking at pixels. Remember how many times you mistook the glare off your display as an actual light flare?

To avoid that kind of problem, you can now pay Apple $1000 to etch a nano-texture pattern on your Pro Display XDR!

Our Verdict : The standard finish is for cheap schlubs. Go Nano-Texture, or go home!

Pro Stand / VESA Mount / Handheld?

The Pro Stand ($999), of course! It does everything a good monitor stand has been capable of doing for the past several decades, but with the flair and price tag that only awesome graphics designers like you understand.

The VESA Mount Adapter ($199) lets you hook up the Pro Display XDR onto walls, multi-monitor stands, or if you are really cheap – onto a non-Apple monitor stand.

But if you employ slave labour, you can always go old-school and have your slave hold it (FREE!). Remember – the Pro Stand does not support Siri… YET, so the slave route is the only way to control your Pro Display XDR by voice commands.

 

The Apple Pro Mug XDR Infographic

To make the choices simpler to understand, we created this special infographic, which uses an Apple Pro Mug XDR analogy to translate all those technical gobbledygook into something professional graphics designers can understand at a glance.

If you walk around with a standard finish, everyone’s going to know you are just another 0.1% wannabe. SHOW the world you are part of the REAL 0.1% with that matte nano-texture finish!

The Pro Handle will let you take the Apple Pro Mug XDR to the limits. Fill it with super-hot coffee or liquid nitrogen – all without fear of injuring your hand!

And the Pro Handle has special magnetic connectors, so you can easily detach the Pro Mug XDR, to attach it to a separate Pro Handle! Now you can share your drink without sharing the same handle! How hygienic!

If you must opt for the Universal Sleeve, tell people you are not being cheap – you are just being environmentally-friendly. Cardboard is recyclable and the Universal Sleeve does not use rare earth magnets!

 

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The Realme Selfie Guide + Showcase Of US West Coast!

Realme smartphones are not known for the selfies, which is a shame. We took the Realme 3 on a trip across the US West Coast, and here is our Realme selfie guide and showcase!

Find out what settings you should use on Realme smartphones, and check out the selfies we took from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles!

Don’t forget to also check out our Realme Nightscape Guide For Awesome Night Shots!

 

The Realme 3 Selfie Camera

The Realme 3 selfie camera has a higher-resolution 13 MP sensor with a brighter f/2.0 lens. The Realme 2, you may recall, has an 8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens.

Its f/2.0 aperture puts its front camera on par with many flagship-class smartphones like the HUAWEI Mate 20, the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, the HONOR 20, and the OPPO R17 Pro.

Its higher-end brother, the Realme 3 Pro, also has a front camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture. The only difference is it has a higher-resolution 25 MP sensor, instead of a 13 MP sensor.

 

The Realme Selfie Camera Guide

We highly recommend that you enable these settings before you start shooting – Location, Flip Selfie, and Auto HDR. These are the common settings you find in other Realme smartphones, like the Realme 2 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro.

Location

While travelling in the US, we do not always have time to note the exact location (building, street address, etc.) where we take these photos.

Enabling Location lets the Realme 3 add the GPS coordinates to every photo, so you can always look up the location when you get back.

Flip Selfie

We highly recommend turning on the Flip Selfie option, which basically gives you a mirror image of the selfie. This is important because it makes sure any text in the background will be readable.

This was not enabled by default, which led to some of our selfies not turning out right. Make sure you enable this option before you start taking your selfies!

Auto HDR

Selfies are often impromptu… spontaneous… There’s very little time to set-up a selfie, unless you’re an influencer and you would have a buddy or two, with LED lighting, etc (you get the idea).

This is why you should make sure Auto HDR is enabled. It lets the Realme 3 automatically decide when is the best time to take HDR shots (combining multiple shots with different exposures).

HDR will bring out the details in both dark and overexposed areas of a photo, while increasing the picture’s dynamic range. Take a look at this example :

Without Auto HDR, both faces in this selfie shot would be too dark because of the overly bright background.

It may not be obvious in the picture above, but it was CRAZY HOT and BRIGHT at the Grand Canyon when I took that photo in the shade. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out!

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Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Boulder City

After landing in Las Vegas, we headed straight for Boulder City, which is a small town about 30 minutes away.

You will pass it on the way to the Grand Canyon, or Hoover Dam. So it’s a great place to stop for the night, especially if you plan to visit Hoover Dam.

But first, we had some burger and chicken fingers at The Chicken Shack. The folks here are extremely friendly!

Here is Nick with the Double Shack burger, with double beef patties and cheese. Only$9.79 before taxes, , with a side of fries and a drink!

And here are Steve and Justin with my order of chicken fingers!

The chicken tenders here are large strips of chicken breast meat. I prefer dark meat, but they were juicy and tender. Only $7.99 for 5 of “em!

This is Allyson from the Boulder Pit Stop, serving our Pit Burger and Turkey Burger. Seriously great burgers even without adding cheese, bacon or mushrooms.


The Pit Burger with a 1/3 lb patty is only $5.75 before taxes, and the Turkey Burger only $4.50 before taxes. If you’re ever going to Boulder City, make sure you try them out!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Hoover Dam

The best view of Hoover Dam is actually midway across the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

Just turn off about a mile after the security check point, and walk up to the Memorial Plaza, which leads to the pedestrian walkway of the bridge.

There’s no need to walk all the way to the end. Just walk until you get a picture you like, or to the mid-point, so you can have one foot in Nevada, and another foot in Arizona! 😀

The lifts were undergoing maintenance so there were no tours that day. However, Hoover Dam tour guides like Alan gave us a presentation on the Hoover Dam instead.

You can feel the pride and love they have for this American engineering marvel!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From The Grand Canyon

Being short on time, we took a short plane + helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon at a Boulder City airport.

Scott here took us on a short cruise down the Colorado river, through the Grand Canyon West Rim.

The bulk of the Grand Canyon West Rim (seen behind us) belongs to the US National Park, while the opposing side is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

It was CRAZY HOT and really bright at the Grand Canyon that day, but thanks to its Auto HDR capability, this selfie taken at Guano Point turned out much better than I expected!

Since it was so bright, I expected harsh shadows on our faces, and a terribly blown-out background. Yet, the shadows were surprisingly soft, and you can clearly see the Grand Canyon in the back, and even the clouds and the blue sky!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Las Vegas

It’s been years since my last visit to Las Vegas, and while much has remained the same, a lot has changed!

Here is the venerable Las Vegas landmark – the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas signboard!

While it has not changed, it has been upgraded with a special parking lot built into the median, so tourists can park and not get hit by traffic on both sides of the Las Vegas Boulevard! 

I then spent three days at Dell Technologies World 2019, where I met really nice people like Stephanie Silva from McLaren…

And Ben Driscoll and Kendall Peters, who ran the always-busy Press and Analyst Room!

We also had the opportunity to meet and take selfies with the incredibly funny and entertaining Penn & Teller!

These guys are AWESOME! If you can only catch one magic show in Las Vegas, you MUST catch Penn & Teller.

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Realme 3 Selfie Samples From San Francisco

After so many days in Sin City, we flew ourselves to San Francisco, and checked ourselves into the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary!

Located just 1.25 miles or just over 2 km from the San Francisco, it served as a federal prison for 29 years. during which 36 prisoners tried to escape.

Ironically, hundreds of tourists now pay good money to visit Alcatraz every day!

Welcoming us was Ray Hood, a volunteer with the US National Parks Service.

He commutes from Sacramento to help US Park Rangers like Wendy Solis here educate visitors on the rich history of Alcatraz, and to warn us about being “painted white” by the current avian occupants of Alcatraz…

Prison chow at Alcatraz did not agree with us, so we escaped on a boat and headed to the Fisherman’s Wharf, where Ernesto served us Boudin’s new crab chowder in a sourdough bowl!

I met Rodrigo “Roy” Gutierrez outside of Pier 33. He spray painted that piece for me in just 5 minutes! 

Again, Auto HDR kicked in for a nicely exposed photo, even though it was a dastardly bright day.

While I was in San Francisco, I had my MacBook Pro checked out by Brennan Duong at Apple Store Union Square.

Finally, we had to stop by The Baked Bear for their humungous and really delicious ice-cream sandwiches! This is Sam with my tastic ice-cream sandwich!

That’s a  of an ice-cream sandwich! Not a  or a  but an actual … 

We originally planned to have one each, but it was so big – we had to share!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Los Angeles

We only had a short time in LA, but I had the opportunity to chat with Officer Raviol of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Joshua thinks he looks like Nicholas Cage. I think he looks like Arnold Vosloo. What do YOU think?

 

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2019 Samsung Forum – QLED 8K + 4K TVs, iTunes & More!

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum just kicked off in tropical Singapore with new QLED 8K and 4K televisions!

Samsung also revealed a whole range of improved 4K QLED TVs, including The Frame and The Wall; as well as the introduction of iTunes and a new harman/kardon soundbar!

 

The 2019 Samsung Forum

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum is an annual showcase of the latest Samsung home technologies and appliances. This is where Samsung will show off their latest home entertainment products and home appliances.

 

New 2019 QLED 8K + 4K TVs!

Samsung naturally has a new line-up of QLED TVs. Here is the official presentation on the 2019 Samsung QLED 8K and 4K TVs.

Headlining the new QLED TV range is the new Samsung Q900R QLED 8K TV, with sizes that range from 65-inches all the way to a mind-boggling 98-inches!

The new 4K QLED TV line-up will be the Q90R series, the Q80R series, the Q70R series and the Q60R series with 43-inch to 82-inch sizes. In total, the 2019 QLED family encompasses more than 20 models!

All these new QLED TVs boast upgraded Ultra Viewing Angle technology, thanks to an improved panel structure and new screen calibration algorithms. They will therefore deliver better image quality from every viewing angle, without glare or reflections in brightly-lit rooms.

 

New Smart TV Features, Including iTunes Movies!

Samsung also announced a bevy of new Smart TV features, including a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, and support for Apple AIrPlay 2.

The 2019 Samsung Smart TVs will also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to control its features using voice commands.

 

New Samsung Q70R Soundable

Samsung also announced the new Q70R Soundbar, developed in partnership with their subsidiary, harman/kardon. It is their first soundbar to offer true object-based surround sound.

 

The Wall + The Frame : 2019 Editions!

Finally, Samsung announced greatly-improved versions of The Wall and The Frame lifestyle TVs. They now feature QLED display panels for the first time!

 

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The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

At an exclusive event in Singapore, Sony officially launched and showed off the 2019 Sony BRAVIA range of OLED and LED TVs. They include the latest addition to the Sony MASTER series – the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television! Check them out!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

Introducing the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up was Mr. Benjamin Ng, the Assistant General Manager of the Sony SEA TV Marketing Division.

It was followed by the official launch of the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Showcase

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up consists of two 4K OLED TV models, four 4K LED TV models and two 2K LED TV models. Let’s check them out!

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV

This is Sony’s new flagship 4K OLED TV. Available in 77-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch display sizes, the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G pairs the clarify of 4K with the colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The new A9G  boasts over 8 million self-illuminating pixels controlled by the brand new Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, with Pixel Contrast Booster for more colours and greater contrast in bright areas. It offers a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The A9G also boasts the new Acoustic Surface Audio+ feature, which is designed to envelope viewers in an expansive soundscape. It also has a TV Centre Speaker mode, that literally turns the TV into the centre speaker!

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Pixel Contrast Booster delivers a richer visual experience with unprecedented blacks
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+ features two actuators and two subwoofers, with a TV Centre Speaker Mode and Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A8G 4K HDR OLED TV

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X950G 4K HDR LED TV

  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Wide Angle minimises colour change when viewed from the side (85-inch and 75-inch models only)
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X900G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X850G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X85G 4K HDR LED TV

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  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X6G 2K HDR LED TV

  • X-Reality PRO picture processing for superior upscaling capability
  • ClearAudio+ fine-tunes the audio output for a more immersive experience

 

2019 Sony BRAVIA Price + Availability

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up is scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2019. Their prices will be announced later.

 

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Nokia 8.1 To Debut With PureDisplay + ZEISS Optics!

HMD Global is attempting to move up the value chain with their new Nokia 8.1 smartphone, which will feature ZEISS optics. Here are the details…

The Nokia 8.1 Smartphone Revealed!

HMD Global is pitching the Nokia 8.1 as a “value flagship” device, with two main selling points – PureDisplay and ZEISS optics. Here is a summary of its key features…

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710

The Nokia 8.1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, the same mobile SoC that powers the impressive OPPO R17 Pro.

It boasts 35% faster graphics performance, and 20% better CPU performance than the previous-generation Snapdragon 660 mobile SoC.

Nokia PureDisplay

The Nokia 8.1 has a large 6.18-inch PureDisplay with a Full HD+ resolution, and a maximum brightness of 500 nits. PureDisplay is Nokia’s term for a HDR 10 display.

ZEISS Optics

Its main camera has a 12 MP sensor with ZEISS optics that support optical image stabilisation (OIS). It is paired with a 13 MP depth sensor. In the front, it has a 20 MP front camera.

Pure Android Pie

Nokia 8.1 will also be part of the Android One programme, which means it will run pure Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

Nokia 8.1 Price + Availability

The Nokia 8.1 will be available in a single colour – BlueSilver, starting from 18 January 2019. It has a recommended retail price of RM 1,699 / ~US$ 414 / ~£325.

On 18 January 2019, you will be able to purchase it here.

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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!

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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 Acer Predator X27 G-SYNC HDR Monitor Up Close!

The Acer Predator X27 is finally here! Designed for serious gamers and professionals who want the best possible monitor, it offers 4K resolution at 144 Hz with HDR capability! Here is our preview of the new Acer Predator X27 monitor!

 

The New Acer Predator Gaming Monitors

Acer not only introduced the Acer Predator X27 (Price Check), they also introduced the Acer Nitro VG240Y (Price Check) and Acer Nitro VG270 gaming monitors, as well as the Acer Predator Z312QU curved gaming monitor, and the Acer XZ321Q curved gaming monitor.

You can read more about these and other new 2018 Acer products in our article – 2018 Acer Predator Laptops, Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

 

The Acer Predator X27 Monitor

The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) is the ultimate gaming and professional monitor combined. it features Quantum Dot technology, with the new NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology, and boasts the ability to deliver 4K resolution at an amazing 144 Hz refresh rate!

Professional users will love its 99% Adobe RGB colour gamut and the Delta E (ΔE) of less than 1. It also comes with a Predator Shield with reduces glare and incident lighting from your surroundings, and a 3-year on-site warranty.

Tear-Free, Blur-Free

With a 144 Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology, you can enjoy a smooth, tear-free gaming experience even at the full 4K resolution. Its fast 4 ms response time also eliminates motion blur and visual artifacts.

Professional Colour

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The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) is rated with a wide colour gamut of 99% Adobe RGB, which is far wider than the typical sRGB colour gamut. In addition, it has an excellent colour accuracy with a Delta E (ΔE) of less than 1 .

384 HDR Lighting Zones

The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) delivers a HDR (High Dynamic Range) experience with 384 LED local dimming zones. These are individually-controlled, allowing darker areas to appear darker, while brighter areas can appear brighter.

Acer Predator GameView

With Acer Predator GameView, the Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) can be tweaked and saved in three custom modes that you can easily switch between while gaming.

In addition to Standard, ECO, Graphic and Movie modes, there are three special game modes, including Action, Racing and Sports, which can be accessed through a hotkey or On-Screen Display (OSD) menu.

You can also define your own custom profile and program each mode according to your preferences.

 

Acer Predator X27 Monitor Specifications

SpecificationsAcer Predator X27 Gaming Monitor
Screen Size27" (68.6 cm)
Backlight TechnologyLED
Tear-Free TechnologyNVIDIA G-SYNC HDR
Panel TypeIn-Plane Switching (IPS)
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Colour Depth10-bit
Contrast Ratio1,000 : 1
Maximum Brightness600 cd/m²
Response Time4 ms GTG (Grey-to-Grey)
Colour Gamut99% Adobe RGB
Colour AccuracyDelta E (ΔE)
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
Tilt CapableYes, -5° to 25°
Swivel CapableYes, 20°
Height Adjustment130 mm
Viewing Angle178° (Horizontal and Vertical)
Built-In SpeakersTwo
Available Ports1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-in
1 x audio out
Display Dimensions629 mm wide
374.7 mm tall
86.5 mm thick
Display Weight4.77 kg
Dimensions With Stand629 mm wide
575 mm tall
374.7 mm deep
Weight With Stand12.30 kg
ColourBlack only
Warranty3 Years On-Site Warranty

 

Acer Predator X27 Monitor Price + Availability

The Acer Predator X27 gaming monitor will be available for purchase from the middle of July 2018 onwards. It will be priced at RM 9,999 / US$ 1,999, with a 3-year on-site warranty. Here are some purchase links :

 

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NVIDIA BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) Preview

On January 8, 2018 at CES 2018, NVIDIA introduced what they call the NVIDIA BFGD – the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display.

Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, the NVIDIA BFGD integrates a high-end 65-inch, 4K HDR 120 Hz display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology together with NVIDIA SHIELD, to deliver a smooth gaming and streaming experience on a giant screen.

We had our first preview of the NVIDIA BFGD at the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, and the main NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference with Jensen Huang. Check out the details!

 

The NVIDIA BFGD Revealed!

G-SYNC HDR

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability to G-SYNC, which is a variable refresh rate technology that delivers smooth, tear-free gaming experience, when used with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.

The NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR monitors will boast high refresh rates, higher brightness levels, greater contrast ratios, and a wider colour gamut. The NVIDIA BFGD will be no different, driving a 4K display at 120 Hz, and 1000 nits of brightness with DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Ultra-Low Latency Gaming

Nothing is more important to gamers than responsive gameplay. The NVIDIA BFGD will have ultra-low input latency, just like gaming monitors, for the most fluid and responsive big screen gaming experience.

Big Screen Streaming

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The integration of the Android TV-based SHIELD into NVIDIA BFGD will allow gamers to easily switch between gaming and other forms of entertainment. The bundled SHIELD remote and game controller allow for easy navigation and access to all of the world’s biggest streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Hulu.

With support for the Google Assistant, the entire experience can be controlled simply by using your voice. G-SYNC HDR technology also supports video playback at native framerates, including popular 23.976, 24 and 25 FPS formats. This matches the screen’s refresh rate to the video source’s actual frame rate, eliminating interpolation and presenting the video content as it was intended to be viewed by the director.

 

NVIDIA BFGD Up Close!

After the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, we had the opportunity to take a close look at the NVIDIA BFGD monitor. This one appears to be an ASUS ROG model.

 

NVIDIA BFGD Availability

At the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed that the BFGD monitors will be available at “the end of summer“.

That means these massive monitors from Acer, ASUS and HP will be shipping sometime in Q4 2018around September 2018.

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NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR Technology Explained!

NVIDIA has been talking about the G-SYNC HDR technology for more than a year now. But now, they are finally ready to deliver the promise with actual G-SYNC HDR monitors! So here is a refresher’s course on NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR!

 

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR Explained

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability to G-SYNC, which is a variable refresh rate technology that delivers smooth, tear-free gaming experience, when used with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.

Higher Brightness

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will have greatly increased brightness, with the ability to express deep saturated colours at a high brightness level. They will have the ability to produce at least 1000 nits of peak brightness, with support for the HDR10 format.

Greater Contrast

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will have a full array direct backlight, with at least 384 local dimming zones. This allows them to product contrast ratios of over 10,000:1. Traditional LCD panels with a global dimming backlight, in contrast, can only deliver contrast ratios of 1000:1 to 2000:1.

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Wider Colour Gamut

The traditional sRGB colour space covers only about 35% of the colours the human eye can perceive. Hence, NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will support the DCI-P3 colour space that offers 26% greater coverage of the visual spectrum than sRGB.

High Refresh Rate

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will support a high refresh rate using DisplayPort 1.4 with the High.Bit Rate 3 (HBR3) link. They will have the ability to display 4K at 144 Hz, instead of the usual 60 Hz for traditional 4K monitors.

 

The First G-SYNC HDR Displays

At the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, and the follow-up GeForce tech briefing, NVIDIA showed off the first two G-SYNC HDR displays. They are both 27″ displays with what appears to be the same panel and key specifications. They both have a full array direct backlight, with 384 local dimming zones.

Acer Predator X27

The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) is a 27″ 4K HDR display with a 144 Hz IPS panel, with a GTG (grey-to-grey) response time of 4 ms. It has a launch price of US$ 1,999.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is a very similar 27″ 4K HDR display with a 144 Hz IPS panel, with a GTG (grey-to-grey) response time of 4 ms. It has a 1000 nits peak brightness level, and a HDR contrast ratio of up to 50,000:1.

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NVIDIA Computex 2018 – GeForce Updates + Demos

Right after the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, they gave us a private briefing on the latest GeForce updates, as well as demos of real-time ray tracing with NVIDIA DGX Station, the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD), and NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR.

Again, if you are looking for news on NVIDIA Turing, we will have to disappoint you. As NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang mentioned in his Q&A session, “it’s a long time from now” before Ampere is released. Still, there are a number of interesting GeForce-related technologies to check out…

 

NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce Updates

The session kicked off with a 34-minute long briefing on the latest GeForce updates.

Here’s a summary of the key points :

  • Since the latest Intel Coffee Lake mobile CPUs were introduced, there are now 85 new gaming laptops with GeForce GTX GPUs.
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  • The Hunt Effect – increasing brightness increases the perceived colourfulness.
  • The Stevens Effect – increasing brightness increases apparent spatial resolution.
  • sRGB and DCI-P3 cannot display all of the colours in nature (represented by Pointer’s Gamut). Ultimately, the best possible colour gamut is Rec. 2020.
  • The first two NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR monitors are the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG27UQ, and feature 4K HDR panels with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, that can be overclocked to 144 Hz.
  • Both G-SYNC HDR monitors have a panel with 384-zone full-array direct backlight capable of 1000 nits brightness, with a DCI-P3 colour gamut with Quantum Dots.

 

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR Demo + Comparison

Here is a demo and comparison of the Acer Predator X27 G-SYNC HDR monitor, with a “regular” Acer Predator XP1 G-SYNC monitor.

 

Real-Time Ray Tracing On NVIDIA DGX Station

NVIDIA also showed off real-time ray tracing on an NVIDIA DGX Station.

 

The NVIDIA BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display)

We also had the opportunity to check out the 65″ NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display, which also features G-SYNC HDR.

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BenQ SW271 & SW320 Photographer Monitors Revealed!

March 30, 2018 – BenQ today announced the BenQ SW271 and BenQ SW320 photographer monitors. Read all about these new BenQ monitors that are designed for professional photographers!

 

The BenQ SW271 & SW320 Photographer Monitors

The BenQ SW271 (Price Check) and SW320 (Price Check) are 27-inch and 31.5-inch 4K displays with class-leading colour performance and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability.

They have a wide colour gamut which covers 99% of Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB, Rec. 709, and the digital cinema industry’s DCI-P3 colour space. The SW320’s true 10-bit IPS panel and advanced 14-bit lookup table (LUT) deliver spectacular colour quality with precise ≤2 Delta E values.

Augmenting its impressive 27-inch & 31.5-inch IPS panel with 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution and 178˚ H/V viewing angles with the following features state-of-the-art colour technologies:

99% Adobe RGB Colour Gamut and Technicolor Color Certification

The BenQ SW271 (Price Check) and SW320 (Price Check) deliver an ultra-wide colour gamut to reach 99% of Adobe RGB, a significantly larger colour space than sRGB and Rec. 709. It also supports DCI-P3 as well as 100% of sRGB and Rec. 709, which are both certified by Technicolor.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support

Increasing the dynamic range between black and white for naturally realistic images, the BenQ SW271 (Price Check) and SW320 (Price Check) support HDR signals through both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs.

True 10-Bit Colour Depth, 14-Bit 3D LUT, ΔE ≤ 2

The monitors produce over a billion colours for ultra-smooth gradations. The 14-bit colour lookup table guarantees absolute colour accuracy as defined by the Comission Internationale de l’Eclairge’s (CIE). Its Delta E deviation of less than 2, which designates the finest colour fidelity, exceeds the limits of human vision.

Palette Master Element Colour Calibration

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The BenQ SW271 (Price Check) and SW320 (Price Check) can be hardware calibrated with colorimeter and Palette Master Element calibration software for professional work.

Brightness Uniformity Function

For an authentic and consistent viewing experience, the BenQ SW271 & SW320 achieves brightness uniformity across the entire screen via a meticulous fine-tuning process of hundreds of sub-regions with high-precision apparatus.

GamutDuo and Advanced Black and White Modes

GamutDuo Mode allows simultaneous side-by-side display of content in two different colour spaces, such as Adobe RGB and sRGB. Photos taken can also be viewed in a black and white film effect, with three presets for photo previews prior to post-processing adjustments.

Hotkey Puck and Pro Shading Hood

The unique “Hotkey Puck” remote control enables instant switching between colour modes and image settings, and the included detachable shading hood works in both portrait and landscape orientations to block ambient light and glare for superb colour accuracy.

Connectivity Options

Finished in a minimalist bezel and adjustable stand design engineered to reduce reflection, the BenQ SW271 (Price Check) and SW320 (Price Check) each provides comprehensive connectivity, including a media card reader, USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0a, and DisplayPort / miniDisplayPort 1.4 supporting Mac Thunderbolt output.

 

BenQ SW271 & SW320 Purchase Links

Here are the BehQ SW271 and BenQ SW320 purchase links :

  • BenQ SW271 (27″, 4K HDR, 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB) : US$ 1,099
  • BenQ SW320 (31.5″, 4K HDR, 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB) : US$ 1,499

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The BenQ W1700 4K HDR Projector Revealed!

Most people think that projectors are for work only, but they are popular amongst home theatre enthusiasts, because they can deliver a large cinematic display at a low cost. To that end, BenQ just introduced their new BenQ W1700 4K HDR projector that is designed for the home cinema experience.

 

The BenQ W1700 4K HDR Projector

The new BenQ W1700 4K HDR projector offers 8.3 million pixels for true UHD 4K resolution, using the single-DMD DLP technology. It also boasts their CinematicColor accuracy with HDR10 support, offering greater brightness and contrast ratio.

CinematicColor Accuracy

The BenQ W1700 employs the BenQ CinematicColor technology, and the RGBRGB colour wheel, to deliver authentic cinematic colours. It actually boasts over 96% coverage of the Rec. 709 colour gamut, with precise Delta E<3 performance.

CinemaMaster Technologies

The BenQ W1700 also employs the proprietary CinemaMaster Video+ and CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 technologies to turn the living room into cinema auditoriums. CinemaMaster Video+ adds motion-adaptive edge pixel enhancement, colour algorithms and beautiful skin tone redition, while CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 delivers resonant bass and accurate high notes.

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Compact Design

Equipped with auto keystone correction and 1.2X zoom, the BenQ W1700 can be set up to accommodate 4K movie nights in a reasonably large room.

Easy Setup

The BenQ W1700 is easy to set-up. Just connect a HDMI dongle like Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick to instantly stream TV shows, movies and even games to the big screen!

 

The BenQ W1700 Price & Availability

The BenQ W1700 is available in January 2018, with a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 / ~US$ 1950.

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The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Revealed!

At an exclusive experiential session, Samsung gave us a taste of their latest home entertainment products to hit our shores – the Samsung Soundbar Sound+ (HW-MS751) and the Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (UBD-M8500). Designed to complement their QLED TV offerings, the new MS751 sound bar and M8500 Blu-ray player promise to give audiophiles and movie buffs an enhanced music and cinematic experience, right at home. Let’s check them out!

 

The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Revealed!

Let’s start with this presentation on the new Samsung Soundbar Sound+ and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player by Jason Foo, Head of Audio Visual, Samsung Malaysia.

 

The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ (HW-MS751)

The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ is a 5-channel soundbar with a total of 11 speaker units – each with dedicated amplifiers. They include 3 wide-range tweeters, 6 woofers, and 2 vertical wide-range tweeters.

The vertical tweeters are situated on top of the unit and spray audio vertically to expand the sound image. The vertical tweeters also feature ‘Height Channel Up-mix’ technology, which allows you to enjoy a 3D surround sound as if you are actually experiencing sound of a flight or a bird over the sky.

The Soundbar Sound+ features an Ultra High Quality (UHQ) 32-bit audio, which provides a crisper sound and allows listeners to experience audio that is nearest to its original recording quality. The new Soundbar Sound+ will not only upscale any music content to 32-bit sound, it can also reproduce deep and detailed bass to as low as 35 Hz.

To reproduce deep and detailed bass from its compact 3-inch body, Samsung used their proprietary distortion cancelling technology eliminates low frequency distortion by predicting the distortion at the end of the speaker movement and pre-adjusting upfront. The resulting lows are smooth and distortion-free, meaning listeners can enjoy bass-heavy content as it was meant to be heard.

The Soundbar Sound+ also has 3 wide range tweeters that create wider sound dispersion from the source (cross-over range 600Hz ~ 20kHz).

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The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (UBD-M8500)

The new Samsung M8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player is promises to offer incredibly lifelike pictures when paired with a TV with HDR support. You will be able to enjoy the latest movies in True 4K, UHD level, as the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player shows every detail as the director intended, from the darkest to the brightest scenes, while expressing a full color range that human eyes can recognise.

Price & Availability

The new Samsung Soundbar Sound+ and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player are now available at all Samsung Brand Stores and authorised dealers nationwide at a recommended retail price of RM 3,499 (~US$ 833) and RM 1,799 (~US$ 428) respectively.

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