Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Seiki Bringing Three 4K Monitors Into The Market

So I was walking around Best Buy today and I happened upon some of those new 4K curved screen HDTVs and, needless to say, they were pretty impressive. The one that they had front and center was a 70" 3D Smart TV that had an eye-opening $8,000 price tag (and it was on sale) but from what I witnessed, it was probably worth it. Seeing something so crisp and vibrant was fantastic, especially for something that is 70". But I want to talk about the same technology, only smaller, like computer monitor small.

California-based, Chinese-owned Seiki became well-known for its 50" 4K HDTV (among the first of its kind). Since then, the company has fallen to the background because companies like Asus, Dell and Samsung have all dipped their toes in the 4K market, delivering products that sell for $600 to $1,000. But that hasn't stopped Seiki from trying to get back into the ring.

The company recently announced plans to disrupt the 4K market with all new 4K dedicated monitors. A total of three monitors are being prepped for launch by the company. The 28" 28U4SEP-G02, the 32" 32U4SEP-G02 and the 40" 40U4SEP-G02 are said to come with a host of features that will give other 4K devices a run for their money.

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All three monitors are said to feature the standard 4K UHD (ultra high-definition) of 3,840 x 2,160 along with 12-bit color processing, ports that include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3, MHL 3.0, DVI and VGA, picture-in-picture mode capable of supporting four non-scaled 1080p streams, a USB 3.0 hub and a VESA-compliant mount. If that doesn't do it for you then maybe this will: All three monitors will also feature a 60Hz output, which is absolutely crucial for gaming and any motion-based media tasks. For a quick reference, the first 4K UHD sets to come from Seiki featured a 30HZ output so we're talking double here.

While these features and specs are extremely impressive, a physical representation of them has yet to be seen. Seiki has yet to make any demos available so all we have is what the company tells us. Until a physical model can be acquired, the real-world quality and performance of these monitors cannot be determined.

Sitting at home on the couch at a distance seems like the right fit for something that has a resolution like this. Putting a 4K monitor on your desk a foot away is a completely different story. I wonder if the resolution on these devices will be too good for use as a computer monitor. I use a dual-monitor setup and I know plenty of people that do as well, if not a tri- or quad-monitor setup. My only concern would be that having 2, 3 or 4 28" monitors may be a bit much at a 4K resolution, let alone having multiple 32" or 40" monitors running 4K. But who knows, I could be completely wrong about this. It's just my humble opinion.

Expect to see these three monitors from Seiki hit store shelves at the tail end of this year or in the first quarter of 2015.

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