Monoprice 30″ 16:10 aspect IPS, 2560×1600……..at 120Hz!

Monoprice 30" 16:10 aspect IPS, 2560x1600........at 120Hz!

AnandTech visited Monoprice at CES, and they were demoing a 30″ IPS with 120Hz overclockability.

Many users have been using 1920×1200 monitors as the 16:10 aspect ratio has been excellent for computer applications, and have balked at 16:9 monitors even at 2560×1440. This monitor may make such users happy.

We’re looking forward to seeing such new options hit the market.


How sharp 8K REALLY is

How sharp 8K REALLY is

Several CES 2015 exhbitors were showcasing 8K prototype televisions. This is the future resolution upgrade after 4K, for the next decade.

Sharp was demonstrating this sharp (pun intended) 8K television. At 85″, it is higher dpi than a 24″ 1080p computer monitor. I had to get only four inches away to capture a photo of the six-point text at the very bottom of the screen.

See the gallery for a series of increasingly closer close-ups. The final photo is the smallest text at the bottom in the “eyechart” style of increasingly smaller text.

This will require a heck of a GPU-of-the-future to game on 8K.


8K 120Hz video cable: SuperMHL

Can you imagine 7680×4320 resolution running at 120Hz?

At CES 2015, MHL’s booth showed off a new SuperMHL cable connection capable of 8K 120Hz. It is standardized over a USB Type C connector, with extra lanes of data traffic.

Smartphones were also playing 4K video over this cable to 4K HDTVs.

There was a also stunning Samsung 8K display showing a video loop, running over a single cable!


Oculus Prototype Preview – 2560×1440 strobed OLED virtual reality!

Oculus Prototype Preview - 2560x1440 strobed OLED virtual reality!

Visiting Oculus, the opportunity to experience some of the nearest Holodeck-like virtual reality I have experienced, viewing the Crescent Bay prototype!

My visual experience confirmed that it looks much better than the earlier DK2, and it was running 2560×1440 at 90Hz ultralow persistence (~1ms). No matter how fast I twisted my head around, I did not notice any lag or motion blur.

I put on the Crescent Bay prototype, and…

I witnessed a Tyannosarus Rex come chasing me, submarine interiors, standing at edge of the top of a skyscraper, and a mayhem scene in Brooklyn. This appears it can become a popular wahow we play games years from now, blowing away the best 144Hz monitor in immersion. Head tracking was superb. I could lean forward, tilt my head, turn my head. No nausea occured for me, tracking felt natural and lagless.

For best results most resembling a Holodeck, it will happily gobble up a powerful GPU setup! However, mid range cards will still benefit from the improved immersion!

Here is a poor-quality video of the Brooklyn pandemonium (taken blindly while I was wearing the oculus headset!) – this obviously needs to be experienced instead.

And here is a photo gallery of the Oculus booth. It was extremely busy, with people waiting over an hour to get a Crescent Bay demo. Fortunately, I made a reservation!

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Spherical Computer Monitor at CES 2015

Spherical Computer Monitor at CES 2015

In between all the traditional computer monitors, an unexpected globe-shaped computer monitor at Ciroptic’s booth, was fascinating to see in action. It was touch sensitive, so I could pan and rotate imagery on it.

Not practial as a desktop monitor, it could be a good Google Maps monitor! It is a display useful for commercial purposes. This sidetrack was too shiny to not resist taking a video, so here is a video: