LG To Show Trio Of High Refresh Gaming Monitors At IFA

August 22nd, 2017 · 21:9 monitors, 440), gaming monitors, LCD Flat Panel, LG Electronics, News

 

In addition to showcasing new video projectors, LG Electronics revealed Tuesday that it will be show advanced gaming monitors during the upcoming IFA consumer technology trade fair in Berlin, Germany, starting Sept. 1.

LG said it will use the event to unveil three gaming monitors, including two GK models in the 32- and 27-inch screen sizes. Both offer high refresh rates, smooth motion and advanced graphics capability. The LG GK monitors also feature refresh rates of 144Hz (overclockable to 165Hz) and 240Hz, respectively.

Pricing and availability dates were not disclosed.

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Epson Adds 5 Home Cinema Projectors

August 22nd, 2017 · 3LCD front projectors, 3LCD projectors, Front Projection, front projectors, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, News, portable projectors, Projection Screens, screen mirroring, Second Screen

 

Home cinema projector giant Epson will use the occasion of both the IFA and CEDIA tradeshows next month to introduce five home user projectors.

Epson said the new additions will offer a range of affordable options for enjoying an ultimate big-screen viewing experience with theater-like movies, sports and TV content.

All are based on Epson’s 3LCD microdisplay technology offering optimal levels of both color and white brightness output without rainbow pattern artifacts.

Pictured at top and highlighting the new projectors is the Home Cinema 2150 ($899 suggested retail ), which is followed by the Home Cinema 2100 ($849).

Epson is positioning the HC 2150 as the ideal option for bringing 1080p video viewing to big-game parties in the living room or having family movie nights outdoors.

For those looking for more affordable alternatives and viewing in smaller spaces, Epson is unveiling its Home Cinema 660 ($359), Home Cinema 760HD ($549) and Home Cinema 1060 ($649) models, each offering compact, coffee table designs, and the ability to present huge high-quality images. Each model also includes connected home integration, portability, and setup flexibility, Epson said.

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LG To Expand Compact Laser, LED Projector Lineup At IFA

August 21st, 2017 · 720p HD, Connected TVs, Front Projection, front projectors, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, laser projectors, LG Electronics, Minibeam, News, portable projectors, Projection Screens, screen mirroring, Second Screen, short-throw projectors, Streaming Services, wireless front projectors

 

Europe’s huge consumer technology trade show IFA starts Sept. 1, 2017 in Berlin, Germany and already LG Electronics is pre-announcing key new home theater technologies slated to debut at the affair.

On Monday, LG revealed that it will unveil two compact high-performance video projectors including the LG ProBeam UST (Ultra Short-Throw) laser projector, model HF85JA, and the company’s MiniBeam, model PH30JG, which will join its growing assortment of home projectors based on efficient and long-lasting LED or laser light engine technologies.

Both projectors are based on single-chip DLP digital micromirror display technology.

LG did not disclose pricing or availability timing for either projector, but both were positioned as affordable home entertainment solutions.

LG, which declared its brand has ranked No. 1 in LED projector market share for six consecutive years, said its decision to further advance its projector offerings is influenced by category growth projections of industry dollar volume attaining $5.7 billion in three years.

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Review: Samsung QN65Q8C Has Color And HDR That Sings

August 18th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Calibration, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

 

The 65-inch QN65QC is the middle 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TV series in Samsung’s top-tier 2017 “QLED” (quantum dot light emitting diode) range of televisions.

We found the $3,497.99 (unilateral pricing policy at the time of this posting) television to have a very bright picture with rich accurate colors designed for optimal viewing in rooms with some degree of ambient light (typically 75 lux or higher). Although the set can be calibrated to view in a dark room, these conditions cause some light bleed-through into dark potions of an image, including black letterbox borders on widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio movies.

This makes sectors of the image that are intended to be pure black look slightly gray, but it also helps the set show more dark shadow detail than typical OLED TVs.

This year, QLED is becoming the accepted industry term for quantum dot light emitting diode display technology, which uses nano-particle-sized round red and green quantum dots comprised of non-toxic heavy metals that create a quantum reaction in the form of brightness and color intensity when excited by photons from a blue-colored LED backlight. The size of each quantum dot determines the color it emits.

This year’s variation of QLED from Samsung made the QD particles perfectly round to help increase the viewing angle of the screen and improve image quality in lighted rooms. This change resulted from Samsung consumer use studies that showed a large percentage of people watch television in some degree of ambient light, and for this, the 2017 QLED sets excel.

Black levels and picture quality look richer and darker in lighted rooms, where OLED TVs sometimes have a harder time, particularly with visible screen glare (less so in LG’s 2017 models).

When calibrated for a well to moderately well lit viewing environment, the QN65Q8C gave off very little distracting reflection with a picture on the screen. In this regard, the curved screen seems to provide a visual benefit to the picture quality, although its main asset is as a design statement.

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Review: `GotG Vol. 2′ UHD Blu-ray Takes HDR Through Its Paces

August 15th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Disc Reviews, Dolby Atmos, HDR, height channels, object-based audio, Surround Sound, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

 

When director James Gunn revealed on his Facebook page recently that Walt Disney Studios had given him the nod to not only release his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, but with high dynamic range, it marked a giant milestone for the new format.

One of the last major holdouts had finally blessed the new 4K optical disc and accompanying HDR technology. Hopefully this is an indication that many more titles will soon be finding their way onto consumer 4K screens. After all, it was Disney that brought us the Wonderful World of Color back when color TV was new, and it was Disney that aggressively championed the Blu-ray format a decade ago.

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Sony Rolls Out Nationwide `α Trade Up’ Camera Promotion

August 14th, 2017 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, HDR, Lenses, News, UHDTV

 

Anyone looking to upgrade a DSLR should be interested in checking out a new promotional offer announced by Sony Electronics Monday.

The company unveiled a new nationwide “α Trade Up” retail event offering up to a $500 bonus offer on top of the trade-in value of a working DSLR or mirrorless camera.

The bonus offer can be applied to the purchase of several full-frame Sony cameras including the powerful flagship α9 as well as the α7R II, α7S II and α7 II models.

A variety of α full-frame lenses and α accessories are also eligible.

The trade-in and trade-up summertime bonus deal runs now through September 30, 2017, and is offered in parallel with instant rebates of up to $200 on the same eligible products, Sony said.

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Samsung To Begin Mid-August TV Specials Sunday

August 11th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

 

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 and running one week, until Aug. 19th, Samsung will be offering mid-August special instant rebate pricing promotions on a range of 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TV models across all QLED model series and six MU series lines.

The company will also continue to offer increased rebate specials on four MU9000 series 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TV models.

The limited-time offers include instant rebate savings of up to $2,000 on the top-of-the-line 65-inch Q9 QLED TV, offering one of the highest peak brightness readings we’ve yet measured on a quantum dot television and a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set.

Affected models include the, QN75Q9F and QN65Q9F (flat screen) flagship QLED models; the QN75Q8C, QN65Q8C and QN558C (curved screen) QLED TVs; the QN75Q7F, QN65Q7F QN55Q7F (flat screen), QN65Q7C, QN55Q7C (curved screen) QLED TVs; the UN75MU9000, UN65MU9000, UN55MU9000 and UN50MU9000 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TVs; the UN65MU8500, the UN65MU8000 and UN49MU8000, UN65MU7500, UN65MU7000 and the 50-inch UN50MU5300 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs.

Promotional prices take effect Sunday. Check links below for latest offers, and please note that some models are on earlier promotions that might be less expensive than they will be on Sunday.

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Review: Nothing `Shoddy’ About Sharp LC-65P8000 4K HDR TV

August 9th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Calibration, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, OLED, Review, UHDTV

 

The Sharp 2017 LC-65P8000 is a mid-range 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TV with very good picture quality when viewed in a darkened room. The set has a good local dimming system and direct-lit LED backlighting that produces deep black levels for an LCD.

The $1,299.99 LC-65P8000 also is a competent gaming display, with low-input lag and minimal motion blur. Its primary weakness is that it’s not very bright for a high dynamic range (HDR) TV, which tends to limit its ability to present peak brightness and a wide range of color in full glory.

Being an LCD, the television also exhibits the typical amount of degraded contrast and color quality when viewed off-axis, but over all, we found it to be a good 4K television for the money.

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