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Though the holiday sales are tempting, you may want to hold off on purchasing a new 4K Ultra HD TV for a month or so. For one, the Super Bowl is fast approaching (go Patriots!), and there are always sales on large screen TVs leading up to the big game. And secondly, there are some interesting technologies that will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, including "quantum dot" technology. What is quantum dot technology? It allows you to travel back in time as you possess different people in an attempt to put them on the right path. Actually, scratch that --... Read more...
In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner was told "If you build it, they will come." The whisperings were referring to a baseball field, though they might as well have been talking about the 4K Ultra HD revolution. Hardware makers have largely gone on faith up to this point that if they build 4K displays, the content will follow, and sure enough we're starting to see more 4K video options emerge. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Amazon, which today announced that it's serving up movies, TV shows, and Original Series in 4K Ultra HD. "We want to deliver the best entertainment experience,... Read more...
It’s hard to say that a nearly $1,000 display is affordable, but Acer’s newly-launched 32-inch B326HK is one of the less-expensive monitors in the 4K market. With a resolution of 3840x2160 (four times the available pixels of a 1920x1080 display) and IPS technology for wide-angle viewing, the display is bound to get the attention of everyone from artists to gamers.The B326HK isn’t a flashy display, but it’s designed to be easy to adjust, whether you want to raise, lower, or tilt it. The monitor also comes with a full complement of ports, including HDMI with MHL (for mobile devices), DisplayPort,... Read more...
So, have you been shopping a 4K monitor for yourself and haven't liked what you've seen so far? We don't blame you -- though there are a select few models worthy of early adoption, for the most part, the 4K monitor movement still has some growing pains to overcome. One of the more promising entries we've seen in some time is Dell's new 27-inch P2715Q. The P2715Q rocks an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel rather than an inferior TN display. It also boasts support for a 60Hz refresh rate when running at 3840x2160, which is not something that can be said about the company's 28-inch P2815Q (it's limited... Read more...
If you happen to own a 4K television from Samsung that was released this year, you're in for a bit of a treat. Today, the Korean-based company announced a partnership with NanoTech Entertainment, which ultimately brings the "UltraFlix 4K" channel to current Samsung's TVs. Not much imagination is needed to understand what this means: You'll be able to load the channel up, via an app, and have quick access to more than 500 hours' worth of 4K content. This content includes concerts, movies, TV shows, and some special events. Most of what's on the service will need to be purchased (or rented, we'd... Read more...
LG didn't just come out with another run-of-the-mill 4K monitor. Instead, the South Korean electronics maker dropped the gauntlet by introducing its 31-inch 31MU97 with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel and Digital Cinema 4K resolution, which trumps all those Ultra HD monitors out there by more than half-a-million pixels. The 31MU97 boasts a 4096x2160 resolution across a 31-inch display, compared to most Ultra HD monitors running at 3840x2160. And of course it blows away Full HD 1080p panels that run at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. Combined with an IPS panel that supports over 99.5 percent of the Adobe... Read more...
The Digital Storm Bolt II is a midsize system that fits some powerful components into a very sleek, sophisticated case – one that looks as good standing upright as it does on its side, which is an important feature for a computer that might end up on your home theater setup. At $3,481 (as tested), the Bolt II’s price tag might raise some eyebrows, but the price strikes us as unsurprising for this rig, which is a luxury PC, after all. Given the prices we’ve seen in luxury gaming PCs of late, the Bolt II certainly commands a premium, but it's not out of line with expectations, especially... Read more...
Until such time as Valve gets its ducks in a row, those of us who want a console-like Steam experience are sticking with DIY PCs, Big Picture mode and a third-party controller. Digital Storm, however, thinks it has a killer system for your living room Big Picture setup (or for use as your main gaming rig if you’re a mouse and keyboard type) in the newly updated Bolt II. The Bolt II is a midsize system that fits some powerful components into a very sleek, sophisticated case – one that looks as good standing upright as it does on its side, which is an important feature... Read more...
Are you finding that your dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan graphics cards don't come close to breaking a sweat in the games and benchmarks you've thrown at it? Well, if you want to give your burlier configuration a beastly workout, look no further than Futuremark's newly minted 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra, purportedly the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark. Those of you running the Basic version of 3DMark are out of luck -- the new Fire Strike Ultra test is only available in the Advanced Edition and Professional Edition, so you'll need to pony up for a paid package rather than freeload off of the pro... Read more...
The transition from Full HD 1080 to 4K Ultra HD is taking place faster than anyone could have anticipated, though it comes at a cost. In addition to purchasing new hardware capable of displaying 4K visuals, on the content side, Netflix decided now was a good time to get customers used to idea of paying extra for Ultra HD streaming. New Netflix subscribers living in the U.S. must sign up for the "Family" plan at $11.99 per month in order to access the service's limited number of Ultra HD streams. Previously it was included in the regular $8.99 plan, which itself was $7.99 earlier this year. Netflix... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco are sans the half geek, but discuss Microsoft's Windows 10 announcement, the slick Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC gaming monitor, the affordable Dell Inspiron 11, our recent AMD CPU giveaway and more... Show Notes: 01:20 - Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Unveils Windows 10 And Windows Insider Program 14:10 - Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Review 21:43 - Dell Inspiron 11 3000: A 2-in-1 For The Masses 31:30 - AMD FX-9590 CPU Giveaway... Read more...
GoPro has earned a reputation as the go-to brand when you need a camera for recording action on the go, but if you thought the company planned to rest on its past success, think again. Today sees the unveiling of GoPro's HERO4, the title given to the company's highest performance line of capture devices it has ever made. The HERO4 comes in two editions -- HERO4 Black for $499 and HERO4 Silver for $399 (both are MSRPs). Starting with the more expensive device, the HERO4 Black edition delivers twice the performance of its best-selling predecessor and has been upgraded to capture 4K Ultra HD video... Read more...
Last year, when I was first exposed to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, I turned to one of our contacts at the company and said, “The moment someone comes out with a nice 4K version, I’ll hand over my credit card”. At the time, I had been riding along on a 30” HP display with a resolution of 2560x1600, and quite frankly, was itching to upgrade. After all, smartphones and tablets were already available with high-resolution screens that put the pixel densities of typical PC displays to shame. And after years of upgrading every other part of my personal workstation (multiple... Read more...
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m going to start this piece off with a bit of a confession: Last year, when I was first exposed to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, I turned to one of our contacts at the company and said, “The moment someone comes out with a nice 4K version, I’ll hand over my credit card”. At the time, I had been riding along on a 30” HP display with a resolution of 2560x1600 for a few years, and quite frankly, was itching to upgrade. After all, smartphones and tablets were already available with high-resolution screens that put the... Read more...
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