Acer has been teasing gamers for most of 2017 with its upcoming Predator X27 gaming monitor, promising 4K @ 144Hz with HDR and G-Sync... but now the company has delayed it until 2018. No reason has been given for the delay, with Acer announcing the news over Twitter of all places.
Acer would've been one of two companies with a 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitor, with ASUS being whisper quiet on its upcoming display with the same specs. Acer delaying its Predator X27 gaming monitor until Q1 2018 is a weird move, and could be for a few reasons. First, it has never been done before: 4K @ 144Hz with HDR is a huge shift in gaming panels. It represents the utter peak of the enthusiast market, and will quickly become the Ferrari of gaming displays.
Secondly, there's no hardware that can drive 4K at 144FPS minimum... period. Since it's a NVIDIA G-Sync supported panel, you'll want GeForce graphics cards to power it, and even two GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI won't be enough. Maybe Acer have delayed the Predator X27 to better line up with NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce GTX 11 series graphics cards to power 4K @ 144FPS. Does this mean we'll see the GeForce GTX 1180 Ti released before the GTX 1180? It would make sense, that's for sure.
Japanese electronics-maker Sharp is planning a big TV-driven comeback in the United States, sources say.
In a bid to increase sales and expand market reach, overseas tech giant Sharp will roll out a new lineup of high-end TVs in North America. The new brand will consist of a premium line of television sets with new sound and image technologies, including LCD displays at resolutions up to 7680 × 4320 (8K). Sharp, who was the first to bring 8K TVs to market in 2015, affirms its new deluxe TV brand will sit above its previous Aquos and will only feature sets with 60-inch or larger screens.
The company has filed trademarks for the new brand and plans to roll out the net sets to North America in its Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, which begins in April 2018. Sharp has forecasted worldwide TV sales of 10 million units by the end of its fiscal 2018, and predicts the new premium line will bolster sales.
Porsche is a company you wouldn't associate with gaming displays, but the company has just announced it has teamed with AOC on a couple of new displays that are powered by a single cable. Instead of both a display cable (either HDMI or DisplayPort) and power cable, these new displays only require a single cable.
AOC teamed with Studio F.A. Porsche on two single-cable displays, with the 24-inch PDS241 and the 27-inch PDS271. The design on the displays is sleek as well, as it's just 5.2mm deep - thicker at the bottom to hold all of the electronics, obviously. AOC and Porsche includes a connected breakout box that features the HDMI port and power connector, with the display arriving in a silver theme.
The new single-cable monitors sell for $199.99 and $249.99 for the 24-inch and 27-inch monitors, respectively, with both of them hitting Amazon on July 24.
LG has shown off the world's first 77-inch flexible OLED display that is not only transparent, but has a native 4K resolution.
The impressive display is super-thin, with 40% transparency and flexible, so it can be rolled into a tube that is just 6 inches across. Considering the 77-inch display is close to 6.5-foot tall (diagonally), this is impressive. For marketing and display purposes, a tall 4K-capable flexible OLED is great - imagine walking past it in retail, it would catch your eyes no matter what.
For marketing on the go, people can roll it up and take them away with them easily. Shows like CES and Computex would be a boon for flexible, rollable displays - with E3, PAX, and other trades shows making perfect sense for these huge flexible displays.
If you're in the market for a high-end 21:9 UltraWide display, Dell might just have what you're after with their new UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor, the U3818DW.
Dell's new U3818DW is the world's first 37.5-inch curved UltraWide monitor, with a native 3440x1440 resolution and because of the 37.5-inch panel it has 25% more viewing space than a 34-inch 21:9 panel. It features 99% of the sRGB range with factory calibration out of the box, as well as a powerful USB Type-C connector that has up to 100W of power ready for your devices.
The new Dell U3818DW will cost $1499, and will be available on Dell's website starting on June 23.
Samsung has officially launched its bigger than life 49-inch gaming display, rocking a beautiful 32:9 aspect ratio making the 21:9 aspect ratio on traditional UltraWides not so ultra, and not so wide.
The new 32:9 aspect ratio rocks an alright-for-now native 3840x1080 resolution (the same vertical pixels as a 1080p display, but the horizontal resolution of 4K). The Samsung C49HG60 rocks a curved 1800R panel, HDR support, Samsung's Quantum Dot tech, and AMD's fresh FreeSync 2 technology with a huge 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response.
Samsung's new 49-inch 32:9 display is available for pre-order on Amazon for $1500, and will be available on June 30. If it's too big, or too expensive for you - Samsung has two other FreeSync 2-powered gaming monitors. There's the 27-inch (C27HG70) for $600 and available today, and the 31.5-inch (C32HG70) which sells for $700 and will be available on June 26. Both variants also feature the 144Hz refresh rate, but 2560x1440 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
AMD unveiled their next-gen FreeSync 2 technology during their Tech Summit 2016 event in Sonoma, CA last year - and now we're finally seeing the fruits of that Journey to Pixel Perfection labor with the first FreeSync 2 display out in the wild.
The world's first FreeSync 2 display in the wild is the new Samsung CHG70, a 27-inch curved Quantum Dot-based panel with 125% sRGB coverage, 2560x1440 native resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. It is an infusion of the best monitor tech you can get: FreeSync 2, 1440p @ 144Hz, accurate colors, and a low response time.
I need to get my hands-on one before Radeon RX Vega launches in August.
Computex 2017 - NVIDIA has just revealed it's working with Acer and ASUS on two new high-end UltraWide gaming monitors, rocking a 3440x1440 native resolution mixed with the uber-fast 200Hz refresh rate.
These new monitors will arrive in a massive 35 inches courtesy of an AU Optronics' LCD panel, with peak brightness of 1000 nits and they both feature Quantum Dot Enhancement Film technology for impressive color accuracy, mixed in with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.
The two new 35-inch 3440x1440 @ 200Hz displays to look out for are the Acer Predator X35, and the ASUS ROG Swift PG35HQ, which will both be available later this year.
Computex 2017 - If there's one thing wrong with the gaming monitor market right now, at least IMO, it's that gaming displays are too small at 27 inches.
ASUS changes things up with the introduction ROG Strix XG32VQ, their new 31.5-inch gaming display.
We're looking at a native resolution of 2560x1440 and the glorious #pcmasterrace refresh rate of 144Hz, with AMD's FreeSync technology sprinkled on top.
In one of those 'I wish I had that in school' moments, Google is now selling its 4K digital whiteboard, with the Jamboard costing $5000. It's not for everyone, but it has its market.
Jamboard is like a gigantic tablet made for the workplace, school, or meeting room and has similar features to a tablet, but features some other collaboration tools.
Jamboard is capable of letting multiple people work together on the digital whiteboard with G Suite, all in a single location - even including remote employees.