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Acer Nitro QG241YP : 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Preview!

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

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Sero – a mobile-optimised TV with a unique rotating display!

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

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Mobile Optimised QLED 4K TV

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

The Sero is a mobile-optimised TV, designed to mirror your smartphone to display your content in the best possible orientation – whether portrait or landscape.

 

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

Sero is vertical in Korean, and its KSP (key selling point) is very simply – a TV that moves to fit your content!

Rotating Display

The Sero 2020 has a display that rotates to fit your content – landscape for TV and movies, and portrait for your mobile content and apps.

It automatically adjusts to match your content – if you flip your smartphone, it rotates to match!

Easy Connectivity

The Sero 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!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

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

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Sero 2020 comes with an integrated floor stand, which can be made mobile by attaching mobility wheels.

The Sero can then be easily and simply wheeled to the room that needs it the most.

Premium 4.1 Channel Sound System

Integrated into its floor stand is a 4.1 channel sound system with 60-watt speakers that support Dolby Digital Plus.

This lets The Sero deliver premium sound, with plenty of bass.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

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

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

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

  • 43-inch : RM 6,999 (about US$1,678 | £1,296 | A$2,320 | S$2,299)

 

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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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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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The 2019 Acer Predator Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

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

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

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

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

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Orion 9000 + 5000

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

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

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

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

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

 

The 2019 Acer Predator X35 Curved Gaming Monitor

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

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

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

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

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

 

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG271U P

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

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

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

 

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG270 P and VG240Y P

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

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

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

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

 

The Acer ED322QR Curved Monitor

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

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

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

 

The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Price + Availability

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

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

 

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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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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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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 Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV Revealed!

Sony Malaysia just unveiled the new Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV at their lifestyle-themed Slice of Living roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall. Let’s check out its key features, and take a quick look at this new Sony OLED TV that features the One Slate concept!

 

A Slice Of Living With The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV

Sony introduced the Slice of Living concept to the products that are designed to harmonise with the interior of the modern home. These Slice of Living products focus on minimalist aesthetics, while maintaining the Sony emphasis on leading edge proprietary technologies. This led Sony to introduce the BRAVIA A1 OLED TV that is designed around the One Slate concept.

The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV arguably looks like a very large tablet with a stand. Let’s take a quick look at it…

Here is a summary of the Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV’s key features :

4K High Dynamic Range (HDR)

The BRAVIA A1 pairs the clarity of 4K resolution with the brightness, colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR). It can handle a variety of HDR formats, including HDR 10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision.

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4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme

The 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme processor is Sony’s most powerful processor, with 40% more performance than their earlier 4K Processor X1. This allows the BRAVIA A1 to handle not just 4K, but also HDR, images and videos in real-time.

Acoustic Surface Technology

Instead of using separate speakers, the Acoustic Surface Technology uses two actuators to turn the entire display into a massive speaker. A subwoofer integrated into the stand behind delivers powerful bass.

 

Sony BRAVIA A1 Price & Availability

The Sony BRAVIA A1 is available right now in 65″ and 55″ sizes at the following prices:

  • 65″ KD-65A1 : RM 29,999 / ~US$ 7,139
  • 55″ KD-55A1 : RM 16,999 / ~US$ 4,039

Both models will come a free Sony PlayStaton 4 Pro (CUH-7000) console.

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The 2017 LG Showcase – Signature 4K OLED, CordZero & More!

The theme of the 2017 LG Showcase was “Innovation That Goes Beyond“, and it showed in the products they showed off. This year, they revealed a wide range of new consumer products, from the new LG Signature 4K OLED TV and CordZero vacuum cleaners to the LG Smart InstaView refrigerator and the LG TWINWash washing machine. Find out what’s new from LG this year!

 

The 2017 LG Showcase – OLED & Super UHD TV

This year, LG introduced a slew of new OLED and Super UHD TV models, including the new LG Signature 4K OLED TV. They all feature Active HDR and support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.

The new LG Super UHD TV line-up features the Nano Cell technology that allows for a wide colour gamut that is 64x richer than that of a conventional TV. The Nano Cell technology also helps to absorb unnecessary light waves, resulting in purer and cleaner colours.

LG also took us on a tour of the 2017 LG OLED and Super UHD TV models, which we will share with you shortly.

 

The 2017 LG Showcase – Home Appliances

LG also showcased the new home appliances, from the new LG TWINWash washing machine and the LG InstaView refrigerator, to the new LG CordZero family of cordless vacuum cleaners. They also introduced a new range of air conditioners with a dual inverter compressor, and a new Mosquito Away technology.

Make sure you check out the amazing RoboSense technology, which lets the compressor of the LG CordZero vacuum cleaner follow the user automatically. The Mosquito Away technology is also very interesting, because LG claims it will repel up to 82.5% of mosquitos using ultrasound.

Finally, LG showed off their latest LG PuriCare air purifiers, which feature a PM1.0 sensor and WiFi controls. It also has a Clean Booster fan, which allows it to quickly filter the air in a larger room.

Be sure to check back for the product tours of these new LG home appliances!

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LG 4K UHD TV Now Come With 3 Months Of Netflix Premium!

3 May 2017 — Consumers who purchase an LG Electronics (LG) 4K UHD TV will receive 3 months of Netflix Premium included through an exclusive promotion beginning this May. LG’s full 2017 lineup of OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TVs provide an excellent Netflix streaming experience because they are HDR compatible and have a host of features that make watching your favorite shows easier and faster than ever.

 

3 Months Of Netflix Premium

Through this exclusive promotion, owners of LG 4K UHD TVs can enjoy the wide range of UHD 4K and HDR titles featured on Netflix. In addition, consumers can rest assured that their latest LG TV will support all HDR content offered by Netflix.

LG’s 2017 TVs are equipped with 4K HDR technology allowing Netflix titles to stream in superb picture quality with greater definition and more vivid colors, giving viewers a more immersive experience. The recently launched Netflix series Marvel’s Iron Fist and other popular shows such as The OA and Chef’s Table can now be viewed in 4K and HDR with incredible picture quality.

LG has ensured that its entire 2017 lineup of premium TVs support the full palette of HDR formats; Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG content [1], with Active HDR to render brighter scenes and greater shadow details when displaying any HDR content.

LG 4K UHD TVs combine incredible picture quality with ease of access while consumers are using their complimentary three-month Netflix subscription. For example, LG’s acclaimed Magic Remote now comes equipped with a dedicated Netflix button which launches the streaming service instantly with a single tap, ensuring your next Netflix binge is more convenient (and tempting) than ever before.

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LG TVs, with their dramatic improvements in ease of access and speedy performance while streaming Netflix, have earned designations as Netflix Recommended TVs for the third consecutive year.

Consumers can easily register for Netflix on their LG TV by selecting the Netflix promotion wedge banner. Then, consumers can use the Magic Remote to ‘Access My Content’ and conveniently install the Netflix app directly from the LG Content Store. After entering the Netflix promotion page, consumers will instantly get a three-month Netflix Premium gift subscription.

[1] The schedule to support specific specs of each format such as HDR 10 RF and HLG HDMI etc. can differ by regions.

 

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The Samsung QLED TV Technology Explained

Samsung revealed their new QLED TVs at Samsung Forum 2017. They also showcased the advantages of the Samsung QLED TV technology. Join us for a quick look at the Samsung QLED TV technology, and find out why Samsung thinks it represents a quantum leap in TV technology.

 

What Is QLED?

QLED is Samsung’s brand of quantum dot displays. Despite the similarity in name, these are not a newer version of the OLED (organic LED) technology used in some TVs and many smartphones. Rather, quantum dot and QLED displays are “regular” LCD TVs enhanced with quantum dots.

For a quick, consumer-friendly summary of QLED technology, we have Jason Foo, Head of Samsung Malaysia’s AV Business Unit, to thank! 😀

 

Why Is QLED Better Than OLED?

Quantum dots are microscopic particles that very efficiently converts the light from the LED backlight into very specific colours. This ability to generate purer red and green light using a blue LED backlight allows QLED TVs to deliver a brighter display with a wider colour gamut.

Samsung quotes their new QLED TVs with maximum brightness levels of 1,500 to 2,000 nits, and the ability to reproduce 100% of the DCI-P3 colour space. Compare that to OLED TVs that can only deliver 400-500 nits, and about 70% of the DCI-P3 colour space.

In this video, we will show you the new Samsung QLED TV compared to a competitor’s OLED TV in three aspects – colour gamut, contrast ratio and viewing angle.

The quantum dot technology does not affect the QLED TV’s viewing angle. However, it appears that Samsung made some changes to the subpixel arrangement of the new QLED TVs, so that they have much better viewing angles. That’s why the comparison above shows a superior viewing angle – the traditional advantage of OLED displays.

 

What’s New About QLED?

You may recall that Samsung had already introduced quantum dot displays in their 2016 SUHD TVs. Their 2017 QLED TVs though, boasts a new “alloy quantum dot technology”.

They basically coated an InP (indium phosphide) core with an inner ZnSe (zinc selenide) shell, followed by a ZnS (zinc sulfide) outer shell, creating an alloyed InP/ZnSeS quantum dot.

These alloy quantum dots are more efficient in converting the light of the backlight unit (BLU) into specific colours required by the display. Because they are zinc-based, they are also far less toxic than cadmium-based quantum dot displays.

 

HDR Capability

HDR was not mentioned at all in Samsung Forum 2017, but it is an important feature for those intending to invest in a new TV.

3D TV is dead, and the new killer feature is HDR (High Dynamic Range). The industry is fast moving towards HDR displays and content. The term is catchy, readily understood by the masses, and most importantly – can be easily demonstrated to all.

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The 2017 Samsung QLED TVs all support HDR, but only in one format – HDR10. Samsung is focusing on HDR10 for 3 reasons :

  • it is an open standard, as opposed to Dolby Vision.
  • it is the basis for the 4K UHD Blu-ray HDR specifications
  • the vast majority of movies today are designed for 1,000 nits displays (that HDR10 supports), instead of 4,000 nits displays (that Dolby Vision supports)

Internet wars aside, the shift to HDR displays and content is just beginning. By the time HDR is ubiquitous many, many years down the road, perhaps we will have the 4,000 nits displays to justify a requirement for Dolby Vision.

 

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The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain

AMD is going to expand their royalty-free FreeSync technology this year with the introduction of Radeon FreeSync 2. If you have already read our FreeSync 2 tech briefing earlier, you know that FreeSync 2 promises to offer HDR gaming with minimal input lag.

While waiting for AMD to finalise Radeon FreeSync 2 and its certification program for their partners, let’s share with you our Q&A session with the two key AMD engineers in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2 project – David Glen and Syed Athar Hussain.

 

The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain

AMD Senior Fellow Architect David Glen and AMD Display Domain Fellow Syed Athar Hussain are  the main guys heading the Radeon FreeSync 2 project. In this informal Q&A session held on the last day of the AMD Tech Summit in Sonoma, they give us more details on FreeSync 2.

An interesting point in this Q&A session is how the wide colour gamuts that many monitors support these days are not being utilised at all. Hope you enjoy it. Sorry about the noise though. There seemed to be some interference from nearby devices.

For those who prefer a summary of what they discussed and answered, here are the key takeaways :
  • Radeon FreeSync 2 is an AMD proprietary standard, but they will eventually push for it to be an open standard.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • Radeon FreeSync 2 is not an AMD Vega-specific technology. It is a backward-compatible technology.
  • All GPUs that support FreeSync will support FreeSync 2, via a driver update.
  • FreeSync 2 will not be part of the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition. It will only be introduced in the following Radeon Software edition.
  • FreeSync 2 will support the FP16 and 2-10-10-10 colour buffer formats, that current AMD Radeon Software drivers already support.
  • The AMD FreeSync 2 API will allow developers to quickly add FreeSync 2 capability to their games and game engines.
  • Games that do not integrate the AMD FreeSync 2 API, or use game engines that support it, will not be able to automatically switch to HDR mode, or use the FreeSync 2 transport.

  • The AMD FreeSync 2 monitor certification program will include stringent requirements for low latency (for native and scaled resolutions) and colour space, with an AMD lab to ensure that those monitors meet the minimum requirements.
  • FreeSync 2 will not deliver the colour space of HDR10 or Dolby Vision, but it’s designed to greatly expand the colour space with minimal input lag.

  • The input lag as specified in the AMD FreeSync 2 specifications is defined as the lag from the display flip to when photons are emitted.
  • There will be two-way communications between the monitor and the graphics card. The monitor’s capabilities are conveyed to the graphics subsystem, and the graphics subsystem will instruct the monitor to go into its “native operation mode” to make full use of its native colour space.
  • FreeSync 2 will support both active (two-dimensional) backlights and global illuminating backlights.

MORE : You can read more about Radeon FreeSync 2 in our article – The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report.

 

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report

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

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

Originally posted @ 2017-01-03


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

 

Fullscreen Borderless Windowed Mode Is Here!

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

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

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HDR Gaming

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

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

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

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

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

Next Page > Introducing Radeon FreeSync 2, Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing and Demo Videos

 

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Introducing Radeon FreeSync 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

When Will FreeSync 2 Be Available?

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

 

Will FreeSync 2 Replace FreeSync?

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

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing

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

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

 

The FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming & Video Demos

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

Next Page > The Complete Radeon FreeSync 2 Presentation

 

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The Complete Radeon FreeSync 2 Presentation

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

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

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