Friday, April 27, 2012

LG's IPS4 to Launch in Asia Next Month, Europe and US to Follow

Companies like to talk up their products, that's no surprise to anybody. Companies like to say that their product is the best one on the market and that it can do all these wonderful things that the competition cannot. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in the technology industry. With each new version of a product you get more and more companies saying how theirs is the best, hands down. The latest company to do so is LG with its newest computer monitor, the LG IPS4.

According to LG, the IPS4 is said to deliver "Stunning picture quality, lifelike color expression, original color consistency and enhanced viewing comfort." The reality is, however, that most of the things companies say their products do so well actually only do them ok, which is upsetting when a company sets such high expectations for the product. The same goes for the IPS4. LG has promised a lot of awesome things, though having them actually perform like the company says is a different story.

Aside from all those other things I just mentioned, the LG IPS4 is also said to offer In-Plane Switching (hence the name IPS4) as opposed to your standard Twisted Nematic (TN) panels. In addition to that, the IPS4 is also said to have a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees, which would allow multiple people to view the monitor simultaneously without losing picture quality. Smooth Color Change will also eliminate blur generated from rapid motion in action sequences, sports or video games, also eliminating fatigue on your eyes.

A Dual Smart Solution feature, which relies on a simple, one click setup and is capable of running dual monitors, will also be included. This feature will also result in dual taskbar and auto-optimized dual web split screen display. A cable management design is also standard and is designed to eliminate the need for your cables to wrap around each other, creating a mess behind your computer.

Unfortunately, LG has yet to release any kind of pricing on the IPS4 though they have announced a release schedule for when and where you can pick this device up. The monitor will launch next month in Asia, followed by a release in Europe and then coming to the United States last. Once the monitor goes on sale in Asia we should be able to determine the rough cost for both the European and United States markets, so stay tuned for pricing details in the very near future.

Source: Ubergizmo - LG IPS4 monitors offer a more dynamic viewing experience
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Phillips Announces Ergonomic Monitor to Help with Posture

Let's face facts, more and more people are spending more and more time in front of their computers. Sitting there at your desk, staring at that screen, typing or gaming away on your computer for hours on end takes its toll on your body. However, Phillips has created a new computer monitor designed to help you be a little healthier while using your computer.

The company recently announced that they have developed a new 24" computer monitor specifically designed to offer feedback related to ergonomics. The device itself is known as the Ergosensor and is an LCD monitor that uses a built-in CMOS sensor to measure your distance from the screen as well as the angle of your neck. So if you slouch, the software developed by DigitalOptics Corporation will let you know to sit up properly or move to an appropriate distance from the monitor. If that's not enough for you, the software also gives advice on the best times to take a break from whatever you're doing.

If you prefer slouching on your home computer, especially after working all day in a stiff, boring job, then that's fine. The monitor's base allows you to adjust the height, tilt, swivel and rotation angle of the screen. In addition to that, the software can be adjusted to lower the amount of warnings that pop up whenever you change your posture. There is even a unique power-saving feature that all the bosses out there may take a liking to. Whenever you stand up and walk away from your monitor, the integrated CMOS sensor detects the movement and powers down. Then, whenever you return, it powers back on and resumes whatever you were working on.

A 0-watt power supply is also included from Phillips, located on the back of the monitor. This cuts any and all power to the monitor, further reducing power consumption wherever you use it. Officials from Phillips state that all Ergosensor models have been developed out of "a minimum of 65% post-consumer recycled plastics" and that the device itself can be recycled whenever you decide to upgrade. Unfortunately, Phillips has yet to announce an official release date for U.S. availability for the Ergosensor, though the device is currently available in Europe for around $375.

Source: Digital Trends - Phillips creates computer monitor that corrects posture, encourages breaks

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