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Review: Philips 28-Inch 4K UHD Computer Monitor

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Philipps recently announced a beautiful 4K UltraClear Display monitor. Well, the monitor isn’t produced directly by Phillips. Actually, its manufacturer is MMD. This company, MMD, having the exclusive right to sell displays and monitors under the Phillips brand, recently announced the 4K display for your computer.

This monitor has four times more resolution than a FULL-HD-based monitor and it offers four times more clarity. The monitor also known as  the Philips 288P6LJEB has the capacity to offer its consumers with unrivaled color, detail and super sharp image resolution.

Currently, the display is sold at a price of $600. The 288P6LJEB has got LCD TFT matrix with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixel. The 4K monitor comes is 28-inch wide and offers response time of only 1 milliseconds.

As the 4K technology packs four times as many pixels in the same area as the FULL HD display technology, you will notice elements on the screen are very compact and detailed. That said, the result is more space, high-detail elements, super-sharp windows, excellent detail into messages, text and images, added brilliance, clarity and very true-life-like experience.

In other words, whether you are demanding extremely detailed information for CAD solutions, using 3D applications or a wizard working on huge financial spreadsheets, the Phillips 288P6LJEB can give you UltraClear images. As the monitor offers over one billion colors, you’ll feel images are very vivid and look exactly as in real life.

Even more, this monitor comes with the Phillip’s Multiview function that lets you make a connection with several sources at the same time and thus, spend more time working than moving around from a computer to laptop and vice versa. For example, if you use several computers and laptops in your office, you can use the 288P6LJEB to connect to your working laptop and at the same time monitor the results of, let’s say, your favorite sports match at the World Cup in Brazil.

Actually, when it comes to business applications, you can scale all your work to UHD 4K resolution, which delivers more room, greater detail and better working experience.

Spreadsheets, tables, PDF books and other huge data presentations can be maximized so you can get a lot of room for data-intensive working hours. Combined with SmartResponse technology, you can automatically adjust the response time to suit the application you are working in, thus providing yourself brilliant and crystal-clear images free of time-lag, judder and ghost-like effects.

If you are working in your office for many hours, you may want to use the feature called Smart ErgoBase. This feature offered by the Phillips 288P6LJEB lets you lower your monitor almost to desk level for a comfortable viewing angle. You can also use this feature to make your monitor comfortable for people who use trifocals, bifocals or glasses for extensive screen work. Even more, the base easily manages all cables for you, thus reducing clutter on your desktop. Finally, regardless of what source you use, what games you play and what applications you use, the Philips monitor will ensure your investment is not made obsolete anytime soon.

Review: Sony Bravia X900A Isn’t Just Another TV

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For sure, the Sony X900A series is probably the most advanced televisions set from Sony. In the first place, let’s declare that the X900A is available in 65- and 55-inch screen versions and these are much easier to place in a living room than Sony’s huge 84-inch UHD TV.

The X900A’s screen features 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, thus images are razor sharp and the magnetic fluid inside the speakers increases sound pressure and reduces distortion – meaning the audio output is cinema-like based. It is good to know that the audio input is of standard size of 3,5 mm. The total wattage of speakers is 65Watts, thus making this device energy-friendly.

Sony’s own technologies

This model comes with several features:

X-reality PRO picture – This technology is designed to refine content from any source, whether it be streaming content, television shows or movies.

Motionflow XR 960 – This Sony’s technology reduces judder and blur. The actual refresh rate of the X900A series is 120 Hz, however, the Motionflow technology gives the appearance of a higher refresh rate.

Connectivity features – Using mirroring technology, Sony’s X900A lets you connect your tablet or Smartphone to view content in UHD-upscaled version. You can also use your tablet or Smart phone as a TV remote controller as well.

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This unit is a new generation Smart TV that lets you access Netflix, Internet Radio, YouTube and many other services on the fly. You can also use it to browse the web and search for content. Even more, President of Sony, Phil Molyneux revealed that Sony is planning to launch a 4K content delivery service. It remains to be seen how the content would be provided and what would be available, but it is a good sign that 4K TVs are getting more and more to play on them besides high-res images.

Image Quality

Now, this is probably the most important thing. Many users hailed this TV as one of the best on the market. And it truly is. Image quality is excellent and provides extreme detail and smoothness.

3D

Four sets of 3D glasses are included in the package. Even Sony’s PlayStation 3 comes with a feature where each player can wear a set of glasses in order to see only his part of the screen. That said, old-school screen splitting is a thing of the past.

Many of us are aware of that ghost-like 3D effect, however, this Sony’s UHD TV hails us with a fine tuning being done in the industry, thus making 3D effects sharper and life-like.

Other notable features include 3D conversion of 2D content, 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB ports, basic antenna connection and Ethernet hardwire connection that always comes in handy when something goes wrong with your router.

Pricing for the 55-inch model is around $2,500, with the excellent 65-inch model about $4,900 on Amazon. Definitely not cheap for a TV, but once the 4K content becomes widely available, these models will be very much worthy of the price. Not even mentioning the fact that upscaling content like Blu-Ray or even 720p using a TV inbuilt software will be an absolute joy!

Review: Samsung UE65HU8500 is Your Best World Cup Mate

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So, you want a curved, stylish, chic new UHD TV? Forget about the curve. Forget about design. In fact, forget just about every feature that Samsung’s latest UHD TV set highlights, except one: amazing image quality.

However, let’s start from the very beginning, shall we? Almost all TV manufacturers (think Apple or LG) were displaying curved screens of one kind or another, but it was Samsung who appears to embrace this trend the most enthusiastically and with more love. It feels like the South Korean giant feels that there is a genuine need for curved screens amongst consumers.

The UE65HU8500 with a curved screen aside, looks like a very strong UHD contender with all the features that many homes can only dream of. At least for now. In other words, Samsung has been working hard on the image processing, HD upscaling and looking for ways to improve image quality, dimming feature, auto-depth feature and many other features. This year will be a year of Ultra HD TVs, so what does Samsung have to take the very top?

Ports and Design

We are big fans of the UE65HU8500 design. Its metallic and sleek curves in unison with the screen and its super slim and minimalist chassis look way more elegant than, say, these huge speakers attached to the sides of the Sony 65X9005A. However, such hidden speakers can’t live up a football game or your favorite show, so if you are planning to use a separate sound system, then the Samsung’s mini speakers won’t be an issue.

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As for ports, Samsung has greatly minimsed the number of ports on the chassis itself, with just three ports: one port for power, the second for audio output and the third one is from Samsung’s One Connect box system. That said, you’ll use One Connect box, a dedicated box system, which actually acts as a port container. This container or hub, as you wish, is there to help you deal with cables and keep most of the messy wiring far away from your Ultra HD TV.

Performance

Have you expected it or not – it doesn’t matter. Image quality is undeniably good. Nifty image processing system delivers stunning detail with amazing contrast and image depth. Full HD video content is upscaled to 2160p and really benefits from the screen’s lack of visible pixel structure. During this review, the only 4K content available was House of Cards on Netflix, but this actually proved how Samsung is way ahead of current communication technology standards. In other words, fast Internet connection is required.

The amount of detail on the show is simply stunning. Tiny cars, mini trees in slow, wide forest shots in the background and many other details were all visible with razor sharp edges without a slightest hint of blocking or noise.

Avoid watching SD channels

Even though 4K streaming is stunning, you’ll want to avoid watching HD or SD content as it doesn’t feel very practical. Samsung’s UHD upscaling technology definitely eliminates a lot of noise and pixel-blurs, but the picture appears slightly blurred around the edges so you might lose a sense of detail. Setting the MPEG Noise Filter and Digital Clean View options to their highest settings helps to some extent, but you may not want to watch low-quality content on such a UHD TV screen.

Sony VPL-VW1100 and VPL-VW500 UHD 4K Projectors Review

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Sony VP-VW1100 UHD 4K

Sony VP-VW1100 UHD 4K

If you are fan of projectors and Ultra High Definition, then I have for you great news. Few days ago Sony unveiled their new generation of UHD 4K projector that replaces their first UHD projector VW1000 about which we for some reason completely forgot to write anything so in this review you will find much more info than just comparation with the older model.

Sony VW1100 uses new special Sony technology SXRD. More about SXRD you can find here and I really suggest you to read it, there is lot information why are Sony’s UHD projectors so unique and high quality.

As mentioned before, most tech specs are the same as model VW 1000 with some enhancements which for some people might be important and for some of course not that much.

First change is that model VW1100 has 2,000 lumens and dynamic contrast at 1,000,000:1. If that number seems crazy to you than you are of course right, this is more marketing number and in normal conditions it is very hard to achieve them.

What is I think very important is that model VW1100 supports HDMI 2.0, it has two HDMI ports. HDMI 2.0 means that this projector is capable to use 60 Hz UHD as input, that means you can use Sony VW1100 projector for watching UHD TV channels (when there will be some) and also UHD 3D movies.

as I mentioned in previous post, there are not many UHD TV programs yet, so there is very important of UHD TV or in this case UHD projector has upscaling abilities.

Sony calls it “Digital Reality Creation” technology and it uspcales signal from Blu-ray or DVD discs or television signal.

This projector has RS232 interface, frame interpolation, optical 2.1x zoom and lens shift.
Price of Sony VW1100 is $28,000 and you will get it with Sony FMP-X1 so you can start using it with UHD content right away. You will also get tablet as controller.

Sony VPL-VW500

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Sony VP-VW500 UHD 4K

Sony decided that they want to create 4K UHD projector on lower price level so they created something what might be called “light version” or VPL-VW1100, VW-500.

This projector is almost the same, except it has contrast 200 000:1 and brightness “only” 1,700 lumens. You will not get Sony FMP-X1 and tablet in the package, that would cost you extra $1K. Price of VW500 is $15,000.

Philips 65PFL9708 UHD TV Review

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Philips 65PFL9708

Few weeks ago Philips unveiled their first UHD televisions, the Philips 65PFL9708 and 84PFL9708. As you can see on the name, the TV has 65 inch LED VA LCD screen which is of course capable of playing 4K video. Even there are bigger UHD screens, never forget that 65 inch means the same size as four 32 inch panels and that is definetely not anything small.

This TV has implemented some interesting technologies which makes picture quality and using of it much better. Creating good UHD television is simply not only about high quality screen that has 3840 x 2160 pixels, that is just the beginning, it is the hardware and software under the screen and how it all goes together that makes difference between various models, between great, good and bad UHD televisions.

When I have seen this TV in action at IFA I was really amazed how sharp the image is. Really, it has probably the sharpest image of all TVs, partly because of Ultra Pixel HD image processing. it is how Philips calls the engine that controls all of the picture processing and guys from Philips really did great work.

These days when there is still not much 4K content to watch, it is very important that the TV has ability to upscale lower resolution content so it will still look amazing in 3840 x 2160. Philips has their own upscaling technology which you can find in this TV called Ultra Resolution. This technology takes a single HD pixel, then splits it into four pixels which has all same color, adds nuance and differentiation between them by amplifying the intensity, to increase the picture quality beyond mere upscaling.

This TV also has Perfect Natural Motion technology, which smooth out action scenes or sports when image changes fast.

This is Philips TV so it has Ambilight which I personally just love. If you do not know what Ambilight is than its system of lights on the back of the TV which changes according to what is happening on the screen and makes whole experience of watching movies and TV shows much deeper experience. Check out the video where you can see Ambilight on this TV in action.

What I really like about modern TVs is that more and more models has built in Wi-Fi. These days, when TV is really not just TV as we knew it anymore, but somehow it is one of entertainment and communication centers of your home it is extremely important to have possibility to easily connect it to internet and other devices at your home. Philips 65PFL9708 has built-in Wi-Fi. philips 65PFL9708 4K uhd This TV also uses light sensor that reduces the brightness, it works great together with Ambilight. It optimises the blacks for the ambient light and adjusts amount of dimming of the backlight. Because of the use of new sensor this TV will have double amount of dimming of previous Philips models and because of power consumption it will use Micro Dimming Pro and not the best dimming technology Philips has which is Micro Dimming Premium. Another source tells us that the reason is that there is currently no supplier for a UHD panel with local dimming. It is because in a dark environment it’s important to human eye to keep the blacks dark. In a really bright environment you’re not so sensitive to deep blacks, and bright whites are more important.

Micro Dimming is something like global dimming feature, it just dims the whole screen depending on what’s on screen. Micro Dimming Premium uses several zones to dim certain parts of the image and the whole screen. Micro Dimming Pro is a dimming feature for whole screen, but when used with this light sensor, it can adjust the brightness depending on the ambient light.

This panel is passive 3D even top Philips models usually use active 3D, but because this is 4K television it is possible to use passive technology. Usually it is not used in top models because passive 3D means losing some of the resolution in 3D mode, this is not problem when using UHD panel. Refresh rate of 900Hz (100Hz in 3D).

Unfortunatelly this TV does not have HDMI 2.0, but it is somehow prepared for it, they will receive adaptor box (which now sounds weird, because now we know HDMI 2.0 uses same connectors and cabels as HDMI 1.4 this TV has so probably only update of firmware will be needed). This TV can also use the Cloud Explorer app,which allows you to watch many TV channels through it or access media on your Dropbox account. Price of this TV is 5,000 Euro.

Well, I think that this TV is really not bad, but if I were buying UHD 65 inch TV today, I would definetely go for Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 which has things like built-in h.264 decoder or HDMI 2.0, however Ambilight and that super sharp image this TV has are also very attractive.

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 Review Of Only UHD TV Capable Of 60p – Smart VIERA TC-L65WT600

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600

Few days ago Panasonic unveiled their first 65 inch (165 cm) UHD television and finally joined exclusive club of UHD television manufacturers. Here we are as one of the first sites with review of this interesting model that brings few features you cannot find in any other 4K television yet – especially ability to play UHD video at 60 frames per second.

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 is the world’s first TV that uses HDMI 2.0 specification. More about HDMI 2.0 you can find here. Well that is not all, this new has much more it can offer to you.

This new TV also supports new standard DisplayPort 1.2a for connection with your PC or gaming console.  Thanks to this and other things this TV is able to play 4K at 60fps, which is twice faster frame rate than its competitors. Presence of DisplayPort made me really very happy I have to admit.

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 has built-in h.264 decoder so if you have any video in UHD resolution, with this TV you can play it directly from flash drive, SD card or any other source. What is probably more important is that this TV can play UHD videos directly from internet. Well now when h.265 (HEVC) I think it would be much better if it had built-in h.265, but of course even h.264 is better than nothing (and nothing is exactly what many of its competitors have when it comes to built-in decoders.

This TV has also built-in wifi which is something what in my opinion should have every TV, because watching videos directly online is becoming more and more popular and sooner or later it will be even more popular than classic TV signal.

It has also personalized home screens so every user of this TV can pick up their favorite content extremely fast and easily. Every family member has their own favourites easily accessible.

This UHD television has also as more and more TVs these days voice control via touch pad remote control. You can control the TV simply by speaking into microphone in the touchpad remote control or into your smartphone and tablet that has installed Panasonic TV Remote 2 application. This app also gives you for example ability to share picture on the screen with just swiping it with one finger.

As one of just few UHD TVs it has THX certification (another is Sharp Aquos LC-70UD1U), so you can be sure that quality of image is just stunning, because THX really does not give their certificate easily and their tests are very thourough.

It has Local Dimming Pro technology that enhances quality of dark and bright areas of the image.

It has baclinght scanning technology for higher moving picture resolution during fast action scenes.

4K Fine Remaster Engine is technology that makes content created in HD or even worse definition look like its UHD by interpolating the missing parts of the image and reproducing missing pixels. This is their name for upscaling we already know from other 4K televisions.

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This TV has also HTML5 web browser with ability to watch flash videos. This is something what I found extremely annoying on some other Smart TVs, that such important thing these days, when everyone is watching more and more online videos was not there and this detail is big +1 for Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600.

Electricity is not going to be any cheaper soon, so I’m sure lot of you would be also interested in fact that avarage power consumption of this TV is 153,6W.

So now lets sum up all the good stuff about this TV:

  • UHD resolution of course :)
  • HDMI 2.0
  • DisplayPort 1.2a
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • built-in h.264 decoder (MPEG4)
  • voice control
  • built-in sliding webcam
  • two tuners
  • 60FPS
  • THX certificate for UHD displays
  • BLS (Back Light Scanning Technology)
  • 3 USB ports
  • Supports SDXC memory cards

So I think that first attempt from Panasonic its not bad and even Panasonic is mostly known for their great plasma TVs, this UHD is LCD which might probably disappoint plasma fanatics, but its still very good product.

Price is set to $5.999.