Tag: HDR

Acer 27″ Predator X27 144Hz 4K/Ultra HD HDR IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review Score 90%

Acer 27″ Predator X27 144Hz 4K/Ultra HD HDR IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

If you have the cash to drop over £1k on a GPU and the same again for the CPU, there is a good chance you want the best monitor on the market regardless of the cost. At the moment that gives you two choices, the ASUS 27″ ROG Swift 4K HDR which will set you back £2,179.99 on Scan or the Acer 27″ Predator X27 which is at a bargain price of £1,789.97. Acer Predator X27 27 Inch UHD Gaming Monitor, Black (IPS Panel, G-Sync, 144 Hz, 4 ms, HDR Ultra,... £1,800.00 in stock 2 new from £2,058.20 1...

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Fire TV Stick 4K (2018) with Alexa Voice Remote Review Score 95%

Fire TV Stick 4K (2018) with Alexa Voice Remote Review

Since buying my Sony AF8 OLED I have been deeply disappointed by its poor Dolby Vision performance, it is just broken within the Sony software. However, with the new Fire TV Stick 4K you get Dolby Vision support, as well as most other things you could want from a streaming device for an absolute bargain price of £50 Amazon has gone back to the stick format rather than the dangly dongle of last year’s Fire TV. Unlike most yearly tech iterations that go up in prices, Amazon has actually reduced the price down from £69.99 to £49.99 representing over...

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4k (2018) now with Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos

Amazon has announced the latest Fire TV Stick and it an extremely impressive little device for the price. Costing just £49.99 The new dongle is said to be 80% faster than its predecessor and brings support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ as well as Dolby Atmos audio. The Fire TV Stick 4K will ship with Amazon’s new Alexa Voice Remote that has more buttons and is more versatile than its predecessor. The new stick is bigger than the model launched in 2016 and is based on MediaTek’s MT8695 platform, which is specifically designed for modern media streaming dongles with a variety of...

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British TV company Cello launches 55-inch 4K Ultra HDR10 QLED TV with Android TV for just £799 – C55SFS

You may have not heard of Cello but they are a UK based manufacturer of affordable TVs. Today they announced a new range of TVs built around the QLED similar to what you find on expensive Samsung models. With the 55” model retailing from just £799, this first model in a new QLED range will likely be very popular with people looking for high-quality affordable TVs. The new TVs are fully HDR10 compliant with a 10-bit panel, however detailed information of this panel is not available yet, I would guess that it is not a true 10-bit panel like you find on...

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Nvidia Big Format Gaming Display delayed until 2019 and will cost between £3500 & £45000

We all know that the Big Format Gaming Displays or BFGD for short were going to cost a fortune. These massive 65-inch displays could be the ultimate gaming monitor with a resolution of 4K, HDR support and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, G-Sync and an Integrated Nvidia Shield Android TV. We now have some idea of pricing. According to HP representative, the price tag of their BFGD is set to be around €4,000 to €5,000, though pricing remains uncertain. This puts the displays at over £3500 which is more than many of this years 65-inch OLED TVs are going for. I...

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HDR10+ certification rolls out providing Dolby Vision features royalty free

Similar to the Blue-Ray and HD-DVD days, the current HDR standard is split with 2 standards, HDR and Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision is the superior standard, and we have discussed the differences in the past, but the HDR10 standard has a trick in its sleeve with a revision called HDR10+. HDR10+ delivers almost the same features as Dolby Vision while not having any royalties attached to it, and it is backed by some important companies, namely Panasonic, Amazon (Prime Video), 20th Century Fox and the original developer Samsung. HDR10+ has been available for a couple of years now, with Samsung having it on all their...

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ACER to launch 49 and 55-inch 4K HDR PC IPS displays

If you live in Japan you should now be able to get hold of one of the new large HDR displays Acer has produced. The two displays come in at 49 and 55 inches with the excellent names of  EB550Kbmiiipx (55-inch) and EB490QKbmiiipfx (49-inch). The new 4K displays are fully HDR10 compliant with 10-bit colour via DisplayPort 1.2 however the maximum brightness is only 300 nits so not particularly bright. If the monitors can achieve a decent level of blackness it may not be so bad. The panel is claimed to have a 4ms grey-to-grey response time which is reasonable for an IPS display. While...

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Onkyo Launch TX-RZ730 and TX-RZ830 9.2-channel A/V Receivers with HDR10/HLG/Dolby Vision

Today Onkyo has announced 2 of their new A/V receivers for the year, the TX-RZ730 and TX-RZ830, both of which are  9.2-ch A/V receivers with 175 W/Ch and 180 W/Ch respectively. The two THX Certified receivers deliver cinema-reference sound in rooms of up to 57 m3. Both are equipped with 11.2-multichannel pre-outs and processing to enable Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® soundtrack reproduction though speaker layouts of up to 7.2.4-ch (with outboard stereo amp). The TX-RZ730 and TX-RZ830 feature AccuEQ Advance room acoustic calibration technology. As well as setting parameters such as speaker distance, SP level, and crossover, AccuEQ Advance uses multi-point measurement to eliminate...

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£699 Philips Momentum 43-inch 4K Adaptive Sync HDR Display Available in May rated at DisplayHDR 1000

Philips has recently announced the Momentum 436M6VBPAB which is a large 43-inch monitor which offers an impressive feature set, delivering DisplayHDR 1000 certified HDR capabilities, support for VESA Adaptive-Sync and a 4K resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate. With impressive specifications such as that, you would expect a steep price, but Philips have priced this very keenly in my opinion at just £699. Ok, so £699 is still a lot of money, but the cheapest large format display I can find is the 40″ iiyama X4071UHSU-B1 at around £550 with no HDR or adaptive sync. The Dell 43″ P4317Q...

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Acer Predator X27 & ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ G-Sync HDR Display Pricing Revealed

One if the reason many gamers don’t like 4K is that it can’t go over 60Hz, well that and the fact that funning 4K on ultra-settings with a decent FPS is extremely expensive. This will change this year with new releases from ASUS and Acer where their new 4K displays will achieve 144Hz and be capable of HDR. The two models in question are the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ. Sadly, as their name suggests, they will only be in 27” format, which is too small at 4K for day to day use. These will...

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Amazon Fire TV 4K (2017) Review Score 83%

Amazon Fire TV 4K (2017) Review

Following my review of the GooBang Doo ABOX A1 Plus, I wasn’t entirely happy with the performance for my particular needs. It is a decent device for the money, I am just a bit fussy about things, I wasn’t overly keen on the user interface, the remote didn’t work very well in Netflix, and I would get artefacts playing network files in Kodi. There is also the issue with 4K DRM from streaming services, which isn’t a huge issue for me, but something I would like for future proofing. So, going back to researching options and using the excellent...

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Panasonic announce 4K OLED FZ800 and FZ950 TVs & DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray at CES 2018

Panasonic doesn’t get as much attention as LG, Samsung, and LG, but from my experience, they produce fantastic TVs, and I even have one of their 4K sets as my main TV. During CES 2018 they have announced two new models, the  FZ800 and FZ950, which will ship in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. Both these sets are 4K, OLED and HDR-compatible, with the HDR standard being the relatively new HDR10+ but not Dolby Vision. Dolby vision would be nice, but it probably won’t make any difference in the long term. Both TVs come with Panasonic's own HCX processor, which...

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