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In case you didn't get the memo, the 4K Ultra HD revolution has begun. Services like YouTube and Netflix are already serving up 4K streams, while hardware makers like Dell are stepping to the plate with displays that can playback 4K video in all its native glory. The latter is what we have here for review -- a Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q monitor with a 31.5-inch IGZO panel. With its 3840x2160 resolution, there's a massive number of pixels to play with on the UP3214Q, especially for multitasking chores, content creators who routinely work with large images or videos, and power users in general. Even gamers can get in on the action, though the refresh rate maxes out at 60Hz (via DisplayPort 1.2) and... Read more...
In case you didn't get the memo, the 4K Ultra HD revolution has begun. What's been remarkable about the ongoing transition from Full HD 1080p to 4K Ultra HD is that hardware makers and content creators didn't get stuck in a 'chicken and egg' scenario. Typically when new technology emerges, hardware makers wait for software developers to come out with content that can take advantage of the new capabilities, while software developers are reluctant to code for new hardware until there's a big enough userbase to justify the investment. In this case, we're talking about monitor manufacturers and 4K video producers, both of which have been willing to take a leap of faith. On the content side,... Read more...
There are two main barriers to the transition to 4K Ultra HD (UHD). One is a lack of content, and that's being worked on by companies like Amazon and Netflix. The second is price, or at least it's supposed to be. One thing we're seeing at CES this year is an aggressive attempt by companies to push out 4K Ultra HD hardware without egregious pricing premiums attached. On the PC side, ASUS announced a 28-inch 4K monitor for $799, and on the home entertainment side, Vizio unveiled a lineup of 4K Ultra HD smart TVs starting at $999. These aren't gimped TV sets, either. Vizio's P-Series sport LED backlighting with advanced local dimming technology and 64 active LED zones, HEVC H.265 codec for Ultra... Read more...
Usually when bleeding edge software and hardware first come out, there's a chicken or the egg scenario. We're not seeing that with the shift to 4K ultra high definition (UHD) -- hardware makers aren't waiting on media companies to come out with content and vice versa. As we've said in the past, this doesn't mean you should trash your 1080p television, but if you're willing to invest in a 4K TV or monitor, there are going to be 4K videos for you to watch. Amazon and several key partners are making sure of that. While hardware makers are announcing 4K displays at CES, Amazon on Monday said it is working with the leading consumer electronic companies, top Hollywood studios, and TV programmers, including... Read more...
If any of our loyal readers are looking for any end of the year gift ideas for HotHardware's hard working writers, might this editor suggest Samsung's newly minted 110-inch television (Model 110S9)? At 110 inches, it's the world's largest consumer television, and you better believe it's rocking a 4K Ultra HD resolution. Samsung's ginormous TV is bigger than a king size bed, which is fitting because it costs a king's ransom. To take this sucker home, you'll need to pony up $150,000, plus whatever obscene shipping charges come with transporting a 110-inch TV from China to the United States, or wherever you're located. Ultra HD (or 4K) displays boast four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p, and... Read more...
Amazon's newly formed original film and TV production arm, Amazon Studios, is wasting no time making a name for itself by announcing plans to shoot all 2014 full original series content, including comedies and dramas, in 4K Ultra HD. A year from now it might be easy to downplay such an announcement, but as it currently stands, we're at the very beginning of a mainstream transition from Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) to 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160, or 8.3 million pixels). Typically these kinds of shifts take a long time as hardware makers and content providers both wait for the other to make the first move. However, we've seen a number of 4K monitors and TVs enter the retail sector in the past several months,... Read more...
We have a confession to make (well, several actually, but all the rest date back to our college days, and some secrets are best left untold). Reviewing monitors isn't as fun as it once was. It's not that we've grown jaded over the years, but plain and simple, the monitor market has become stale, lacking the kind of 'gee-whiz' innovations that tend to excite us. Panel makers seemed to stopped pushing the envelope once they developed 30-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screens, and for the longest time, that's where the high-end has sector been stuck, as if caught in quicksand with no rope in sight, or so we thought. Out of all the monitor manufacturers out there, it was ASUS that showed up to the... Read more...
We have a confession to make (well, several actually, but all the rest date back to our college days, and some secrets are best left untold). Reviewing monitors isn't as fun as it once was. It's not that we've grown jaded over the years, but plain and simple, the monitor market has become stale, lacking the kind of 'gee-whiz' innovations that tend to excite us. Panel makers seemed to stopped pushing the envelope once they developed 30-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screens, and for the longest time, that's where the high-end has sector been stuck, as if caught in quicksand with no rope in sight, or so we thought. Out of all the monitor manufacturers out there, it was ASUS that showed up to... Read more...
The revolution won't just be televised, it is a television. Or, more precisely, an emerging television standard. We've known for some time that 4K Ultra HD would be the next frontier in TV land, though high prices and lack of content are two hurdles that have kept the revolution at arm's length, ensuring that your swanky new Full HD 1080p television is still relevant. Eventually the industry will leap over both hurdles, and perhaps sooner than you think. Chinese manufacturer TCL (The Creative Live), supposedly the third largest TV brand in the world, just announced its fall product lineup for the U.S. Headlining the crop of incoming TV sets is a 50-inch edge-lit LED 4K Ultra HD TV launching in... Read more...
Just in case you had any lingering doubt that 4K HDTVs would be everywhere in a matter of months, LG has followed Samsung and Sony by introducing a range of its own. LG Electronics' newest Ultra HD TV series (model LA9700), which is available in 65- and 55-inch class sizes, went on sale for the first time in the U.S. this week. The price? $8000 for the big one, and $6000 for the smaller one. According to LG, these are the first Ultra HD sets in these sizes with "full-backlit LED screens." Each one also includes a 4.1-channel, 50-watt sound system via a sliding speaker bar. With LG's NANO technology, LED particles are dispersed across a thin film behind the screen enabling detailed local dimming... Read more...
Ready or not, the 4K HDTV revolution is coming. And we're guessing that every single TV manufacuter on the planet is hoping for better traction than was received with 3D HDTVs. Samsung has just announced new 55" and 65" Ultra HD sets in the F9000 range, both of which will be available to pre-order on July 21st. Following in the footsteps of the award-winning Samsung S9 UHD TV introduced earlier this year, the F9000 series offers four times the resolution of 1080p. Each set also includes a  four-step process including signal analysis, noise minimization, UHD up-scaling and detail enhancement to seamlessly upconvert SD, HD or Full HD content to UHD-level picture quality. Both the TV and its... Read more...
Boy, it must be nice to live like a 1 percenter (speaking about the wealthy, not the outlaw motorcycle club), but even the filthy rich practice prudence every once in awhile. And when it comes to LG Electronics' ginormous 84-inch Ultra HD 4K television, I can share with you 22,000 reasons why not to buy it. Yes, the TV that's wider than a car costs more than a compact Kia with it's $22,000 price tag, and if you're still on the fence, just look around at all the non-4K content out there. Still, it's 84 inches of screen real estate, it has built-in Internet functionality making it "Smart," and it supports 3D, so the 4K resolution (3840x2160) isn't the only thing going for it. Not only that, LG... Read more...
The display format previously known as 4K will now and forever be referred to as "Ultra High-Definition," or Ultra HD for short. So says the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which has bestowed upon the next-generation format its official consumer designation, approved via a unanimous vote by the organization's Board of Industry Leaders. The designation is intended to help consumers and retailers "understand the attributes" of 4K TV sets. "Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. :This new terminology and the... Read more...
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