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ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

Many consider me to be a 4K hater. The past few trade shows I’ve attended have been pushing it on consumers to replace their TVs, but I see less value in it. When it comes to a computer display, it is a different game. Unlike a 50” TV, we sit close to our monitors, even if they are 30” in size. We also have no worries about a lack of native content, since everything is rendered on the fly and native. There are no issues with the lack of HDMI 2.0, as DisplayPort 1.2 can drive a 3840×2160 screen at 60 Hz.

When it comes to 4K on the desktop, my main question is: how much difference will I see? ASUS is one of the first with a HiDPI display in the PQ321Q. While not truly 4K, it is a 3840×2160 LCD display that can accept an Ultra High Definition (UHD) signal over HDMI and DisplayPort. It also clocks in at a wallet-stretching $3,500 right now. The question is, are we seeing the future with displays here, or are we seeing a niche product?

What does 4K/UHD/HiDPI bring to the desktop? We’ve seen it for a few years now in smartphones and tablets, making their smaller screens more usable for reading and general work. My initial thought is more desktop space, as that is what it has meant before. With a 32” monitor and a pixel density this high, running it without any DPI scaling leads to a desktop where reading text is a huge pain. Instead I believe most users will opt for DPI scaling so elements are larger and easier to read. Now you have something similar to the Retina screen on the iPhone: No more desktop space compared to a 2560×1440 monitor, but one that is razor sharp and easier to look at.

To get to this pixel density, ASUS has relied upon a panel from Sharp that uses IGZO technology. IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) is a material that replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen. The main benefit is higher electron mobility that allows for faster reacting, smaller pixels. We have seen non-IGZO panels in smartphones with higher pixel densities, but we don’t have any other current desktop LCDs that offer a higher pixel density than this ASUS display. IGZO also allows for a wide viewing angle.

Headset Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports

Headset Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports

Make the Joy of Sports

You like to exercise while listening to music? This is the headset for you: Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports. To confirm peruntukkanya, was carrying the Sennheiser Adidas which is a famous manufacturer of sports equipment on this his software. Headset? Yes, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is a headset with a microphone positions on the control module. So, with the appropriate device (eg iPhone), but can be used to answer a call, it can also be used to adjust volume and select songs.

u5-436-SennheiserMeskipun designed for Apple products (iPod, iPhone, iPad), headset with the blue cable can still be used in MP3 players and other devices. However, when connected to a 3.5 mm stereo output standards, controls and microphone of course does not work.

For his headphones, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is a earphone. That are not easily separated when used to exercising, this headset has a neckband (like a headband, but its position near the neck) whose front “hung” on the ears. When PCplus try a little exercise while listening to music, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is able to survive the fit in the ear. Unfortunately, PCplus feel less comfortable to wear.

Sennheiser also provide a clip that can be used to lock the cord. You simply pinch the wires along with your clothes in the desired position so that the cable does not move much thither.

In addition to the ability to maintain the position of affairs in the right ear plus cable lock, this Sennheiser product is also claimed to be resistant (resistant) against sweat and water. Therefore, you can wash them after every wear accompany you exercise so do not sweat. Not to forget, the cable used also has high durability.

Although the look is closed (closed), Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports has advantages called situational awareness. This Sennheiser headset hold less noise from outside so that you remain aware of the surrounding environment. Even so, when used in a safe place and you feel disturbed by the noise around, he has a driver that is able to produce a sound with a high volume. Just make sure not to damage your eardrums volume.

How his own voice? After hearing test PCplus do with a number of different musical genres, PCplus found that Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports has a sound staging and separation between instruments is okay. Unfortunately, the sound is less balanced: prominent midrange than bass and treble. Although rare, his voice could also feel attacked. Any number of instruments were not right. Even so, with a few adjustments, this voice could be made more balanced.

HTC Unveils Rival Mini Galaxy S4

HTC Unveils Rival Mini Galaxy S4

Ghiboo.com – HTC finally officially introduced its latest smartphone which is a mini series of HTC.

Quoted from Techradar, Friday (19/7), it is clearly seen that the presence of HTC Mini is to become a major competitor Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

With frills ‘Mini’, of course, HTC offers a size and a smaller screen than the original version. In addition, some hardware also decreased.

HTC Mini armed with a 4.3-inch 720p display with overall body dimensions are 132×63, 2×9, 25mm and weighing 122gram. The processor used is a dual-core 1.4GHz with 1GB RAM and support for 16GB of internal memory.

Ultrapixel camera still be the main dish, which fortunately, had equivalent quality original HTC. The Taiwanese manufacturers rely on the operating system of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, plus the HTC Sense UI and Blinkfeed are also provided.

There is no information about when the HTC One Mini will be released to the market, as well as about the price. To be sure, if you really want to compete directly with the Galaxy S4 Mini, of course, the price offered will not differ much.

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s, Ultrabook 14 Inci Full HD Artikel Baru CPU Intel Haswell & baterei 3-Cell Ganda

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s, Ultrabook 14 Inci Full HD Artikel Baru CPU Intel Haswell & baterei 3-Cell Ganda

The presence of an Intel Core 4th generation Intel Haswell known as it turns out has brought blessing for Lenovo to immediately roll out the latest models of ultrabook and ThinkPad T440S Lenovo ThinkPad claimed to be the first to adopt the power of the processor.

Unlike most existing ThinkPad notebooks, Lenovo ThinkPad T440S This is more aimed at business users. Especially with premium features that it has, making super thin and light laptop is equipped with resilient chasing bandage made ​​of carbon fiber and magnesium, water resistant keyboard, touchpad with support for 5-point click and gesture, and a pointer nub in the middle of the keyboard , as well as dual battery setup that allows you menggonta-replace (remove plug) one batereinya without first turning off the existing system.

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s is itself supplied by feature 14-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1600 × 900 option pixels or 1920 × 1080 pixels (HD + / FHD). As for users who want greater convenience in operation there, Lenovo also provides a choice of touch screen and support for NFC wireless technology.

Not only that, the article is a laptop with a 0.83-inch thick and weighs 1.5 kg has also been equipped by Mini DisplayPort and VGA, 3 USB 3.0 ports, 4-in-1 SD card reader, combo jack, and a smart card reader , HD anti-noise microphone dual stereo speakers with support Dolby ® HomeTheater ® v4 and two standard 3-cell battery that could have staying power usage up to 6 hours.

While about availability and price, unfortunately not yet known specific info related to it so far.

Sony Launches Laptop Weighing 770 Gram

Sony Launches Laptop Weighing 770 Gram

Computer manufacturers are competing to make the laptop with the smallest possible size and weight as possible. Sony did not want to miss the issuing Vaio laptop that they claim to be the lightest in the world.

Vaio laptop in question is a size 11-inch Vaio Pro which was launched to the market of Indonesia in Jakarta, Friday (05/07/2013), Sony Indonesian President Satoru Arai. In addition, Sony also launched a Pro-sized 13-inch Vaio, Sony Vaio laptop hybrid Duo 13-inch Vaio E Fit as part of their flagship line up for the summer of 2013.

With a weight of 770 grams, meaning Vaio Pro 11 is only slightly heavier than the iPad tablet. But it does not have the Vaio lightest touch screen capabilities. For Vaio Pro 11 which has a touch-screen capability, weighs a little heavier, which is 870 grams. Both are much lighter when compared with, for example, the Acer Aspire S7 11-inch or 11-inch MacBook Air which weighs about 1 kilogram.

With light weight, the Sony still reluctant to sacrifice the ability of computing the two variants Vaio Pro 11’s. The fourth generation of Intel processors (which are named Haswell) claimed more energy efficient so as to save battery more than 50% when compared to the previous generation of Intel processors.

Though tiny, do not underestimate the power of this Vaio Pro 11. Material uni-direction carbon fiber wrapped her body is material that’s 50% lighter 25% stronger than aluminum. In addition, convenience Vaio Pro 11 to work in a long time is also optimal with standard-size keyboard design and a comfortable palm rest.

As a gadget aimed at mobile users, Vaio Duo 13 count battery life up to 15 hours after a single in-charge. In addition, the weight of the Vaio Duo 13 is only 1320 grams also make it light enough to carry anywhere.

Vaio Duo 13 comes with Triluminous display, high-resolution screen that was adopted from the Sony Bravia TV screen. In addition, to maximize his ability as a tablet, Vaio Duo 13 also comes with a stylus pen for writing, sketching, drawing even.

Other security features Vaio Duo 13 is the 8 MP camera that can take very sharp photos. Not only that, this camera can also function as a scanner, so that when a user photograph a document, the picture can be converted to PDF with ease.

Indonesian Sony Vaio series mentions that Pro 11 and 13 and the Vaio Duo 13 will be available in Indonesia on August 30 at a price of around Rp10-17 million for Vaio Pro 11 and 13 and Rp15-24 million for the Vaio Duo 13.

Sony’s latest laptop introduced for this summer is the Vaio Fit E. This 14-inch laptop and is intended for home users who want to enjoy the visual and audio capabilities ala Sony with a relatively affordable price.

Not vary much with Vaio Pro 11, Pro 13 Vaio also comes with a very light weight. Although a 2-inch screen is bigger, but the weight of the Vaio Pro 1060 only 13 grams, making it practically lighter than the 13 inch ultrabook output of other producers.

Vaio Duo with Bigger Size
In addition to introducing the lightest laptop, Sony in the same occasion also launched the second generation of hybrid Vaio Duo laptop with a screen size of 13 inches. According to Indonesian Sony Product Marketing Leo Marathon, Vaio Duo 13 has a body size similar to its predecessor, the Vaio Duo 11, but had a 2 inch larger screen.

Acer Launches Aspire Z3 AiO PC-605 with 23 inch Full HD Screen

Acer Launches Aspire Z3 AiO PC-605 with 23 inch Full HD Screen

Taiwanese electronics company, Acer has just introduced its PC all-in-one new, the Acer Aspire Z3-605. AiO PC this one was relying on a large screen and has a high resolution.

Acer Aspire Z3-605 has a 23-inch touch screen with full HD 1080p resolution. AiO PC offers an Intel Core i3-3227U to support 1TB HDD and 4GB of RAM. In addition, Acer is also preparing AiO PC with Intel Core i5 processor options and 8GB of RAM.

AiO PC was launched with the Windows 8 operating system. This computer also comes with an HDMI port and audio output using the optimized Dolby Home Theater v4 technology. AiO PC is also noted as the first with Harman Kardon speakers. In addition, the computer can also be tilted to the position of 10 to 30 degrees.

Regarding the price, this AiO PCs sold at prices ranging from 699.99 USD or about 7 million dollars.

HP Series 800 G1 Generate EliteOne Sharp graphics

HP Series 800 G1 Generate EliteOne Sharp graphics

JAKARTA – HP EliteOne 800 Series G1 and Series 800 G1 is a device EliteDesk AiO HP commercial desktop PCs and most resilient form factor with the widest selection, which was created specifically to meet the demands of today’s business.
HP desktop series EliteDesk / EliteOne 800 G1 is supported by the 4th generation Intel ® Core ™ processors for maximum performance and the graphics are sharp, and the new caching option and a solid state drive that provides fast access to data and applications.
AiO devices and desktop PCs supported by HP Elite features enterprise-class security and client management solutions to protect and manage critical business data, device and user identity with Intel vPro support.
With the highest efficiency class power supply that is up to 94 percent, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) offered by this device was not in doubt.
EliteOne HP AiO PC 800 G1 is the most powerful, rich multimedia, with a stylish design which is 23 percent thinner than the previous generation and support for Windows ® 8 with a dynamic touch screen experience, and highly interactive interface.
HP EliteDesk / 800 series G1 EliteOne provide robust and reliable performance with deployment options that can be tailored to the needs of the organization, all backed by a comprehensive portfolio management and security solutions from HP. (Eko Sutriyanto)

Talk Nokia Lumia Excellence 1020

Talk Nokia Lumia Excellence 1020

HELSINKI – 41 megapixel camera is a major advantage presented by Lumia 1020. But Nokia claims that there are many other advantages to selling this smartphone.

Head of Marketing and Sales of Nokia in North America Matt Rothschild, said the camera is not the only advantage Lumia 1020. Hardware elements, including the AMOLED screen to accessories Camera Grip and shutter button, says Rothschild, a smartphone is another advantage.

“On the whole, this is what we refer to as the volume of product.’s (Lumia 1020) is very beautiful to grip, has a good balance, and well designed.’s What we call a consideration” Rothschild said, as quoted from Venture Beat, Monday (15/07/2013).

As for the camera, said Rothschild, Lumia 1020 has a very broad target audience, ranging from the professional to make photography only as a hobby.

“But the most important thing for us is that when we talk to customers, they tell us that they want to have a good picture. Everyone knows that smartphones now include photographic device that can be carried anywhere, so this is the core thing that all people are looking for,” he concluded.

Make Cold, LED fan from Cooler Master to PC

Make Cold, LED fan from Cooler Master to PC

TAIWAN – Taiwanese hardware device manufacturers, Cooler Master, announced a cooling fan for the latest PC devices. JetFlo called 120, the fan who appeared with LED lights, measuring 120 mm.

Reported TomsHardware, Sunday (07/07/2013), what makes a ‘beautiful’ This device is not only visible from their physical appearance, but rather clever features embedded in it. JetFlo 120 is equipped with Smart Jam Protection feature, so that the system can detect if there are objects blocking the rotation of the fan.

Thus, the system automatically stops the fan rotates to prevent damage. Once the foreign body is no longer interrupt rotation of the fan, then the system will operate normally again.

Design with 120 mm fan can spin at speeds from 800 to 2000 RPM (Revolutions per minute) and a PWM (Pulse-width modulation) control. Fans can push up to 95 CFM and has a noise level to 26 dBA.

Cooler Master claims that its product is the first premium LED fan that will circulate in the market. The company emphasizes three main points on JetFlo 120, the ‘Performance’, ‘Style’ and ‘Silence’.

MTBF fan technology is claimed to be able to run for 160 thousand hours. JetFlo 120 will come with four different colors, including red, black, white and blue.

Reportedly, JetFlo 120 will sell for $ 20 and are available in mid-July 2013.

Sprint’s HTC 8XT brings BoomSound and HTC camera to Windows Phone 8

Sprint’s HTC 8XT brings BoomSound and HTC camera to Windows Phone 8

Sprint HTC 8XT retail package

I was given an HTC 8X at the Windows Phone 8 launch event and loved the design that seemed to disappear in your hand. Sprint hasn’t seen much Windows Phone love, but has two decent options for customers. I’ve been using the HTC 8XT for a couple days and wanted to share some first impressions.

The HTC 8XT from Sprint brings a mixture of HTC’s best with design aspects of the HTC 8X and 8S, along with features from the excellent HTC One. It is available now from Sprint for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.

Hardware

It comes in California Blue and at first glance looks like a slightly larger 8S with a different shade of color on the bottom button area. Specifications include:

  • 4.3 inch 800×480 pixels resolution Gorilla Glass display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB integrated storage with microSD card (up to 64GB supported)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • HTC BoomSound front facing stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, and NFC
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 5.2 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches and 4.9 ounces

As you can see this is more of a mid-range device with the lower resolution display, 8GB of internal storage, and processor. Then you see high end aspects with the HTC BoomSound speakers, Beats Audio, NFC, and 1GB of RAM.

Like the HTC 8X, the 8XT feels great in your hand and if I was a Sprint customer looking for a Windows Phone then this would probably be the one. The camera has been improved over the 8X with a more attractive design around the lens and new HTC Camera utility. The HTC Camera utility gives you some different effects to use when you capture your photo, just like the HTC One camera utility. You also get the ability to capture photos in burst mode with the software then selecting the best shot so you can make sure to capture the best photo. You can also capture still images while recording video, something again seen on HTC Android devices.

Software

The HTC 8XT launches with Windows Phone 8, which is a very functional OS that has enough apps to compete with iOS and Android. You will find all the typical Windows Phone 8 functionality in the 8XT with some HTC-specific experiences included. Windows Phone 8’s latest Data Sense utility is included with Office, OneNote, Wallet, and more. Don’t forget you can also download and install HERE Maps from Nokia on the 8XT.

HTC includes their weather/news/stocks utility, handy flashlight app, photo enhancer, unit converter, and utility to manage space on your device. As I mentioned earlier, they also provide an HTC Camera app similar to what Nokia does with their special apps. I haven’t taken a ton of photos yet, but so far I am pleased with the camera performance and functionality of the HTC Camera application.

Sprint also includes apps and services, but like all Windows Phone devices you can easily remove anything you want, unlike on Android devices. Sprint apps and services include Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV and Movies, Visual Voicemail, and Slacker Radio.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Telenav Scout on the HTC 8XT since I find this application to be quite useful on my iPhone 5. I did not know they had a Windows Phone 8 client and after trying it on the HTC 8XT I saw it is also available on T-Mobile Windows Phone devices so I installed it on my new Nokia Lumia 925.

First experiences

The HTC 8XT is a solid Windows Phone device for Sprint customers. The device feels excellent in your hand and the resolution looks good on a 4.3 inch display. All the user reviews on the Sprint site show nearly all five star ratings so it seems Sprint customers like the device so far.

The light weight and curved design of the 8X always appealed to me and the 8XT continues that look and feel. With the soft touch material all around, the 8XT doesn’t slide around and the California Blue looks great.

I understand that there is still no LTE coverage in the Puget Sound area so I won’t be able to test out those speeds unless I travel in the next couple of weeks. With Seattle being the home of Microsoft and Windows Phone, I find this lack of LTE to be rather disappointing.