Making the jump to 4K can be daunting – not to mention expensive – especially if you are planning to make your television a part of a larger home theater setup. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a good big-screen Ultra HD TV, thanks to the rise in affordable models from manufacturers like Sceptre.Sceptre 4K TV demonstrates. This beefy-yet-budget-friendly television is ready to deliver Ultra HD video with its 3840 x 2160 16:9 widescreen resolution, giving you a total of eight million pixels and a clear upgrade over your old 1080p Full HD displays. A refresh rate of 60Hz means you can enjoy your entertainment at 60 frames per second, while its wide 178-degree viewing angle keeps the image clear even when you’re not sitting directly in front of the screen.The TV’s display panel utilizes bright and energy-efficient LED backlighting and features a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000 to one so that dark and light colors don’t look muddled, … [Read more...] about Enjoy big-screen Ultra HD on a budget with 55-inch Sceptre 4K TV, now $310
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What would you do with an 84-inch computer monitor with 4K UltraHD resolution?Westinghouse Digital, a company better known for making high-definition televisions than PCs, is branching out into the interactive whiteboard business with massive PC-TV hybrids that understand touch. Although an LED WhiteBoard makes more sense inside classrooms and boardrooms than your home, the company is open to the idea of offering the device to consumers, as long as they don’t mind ponying up $16,000 for the bragging rights ($15,000 if you don’t need the built-in PC that powers the 4K screen) – and have the space for it.We got a chance to see this 84-inch WhiteBoard up close, so scroll on down to see what we think.It’s practically an interactive wallFirst of all, you can’t help but notice the LED 4K Monitor’s size: it’s huge and makes you feel tiny when standing next to it – the 38.5-inch InFocus Mondopad has nothing on this beast. Unlike a big-screen HDTV … [Read more...] about Hands on: Westinghouse’s WhiteBoard is an 84-inch Windows 8 LED monitor (and 4K TV)
Pixel problems: Living with a 5K monitor isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (yet) Kids born today won’t know what a pixel is, and that’s a dream come true Preparing for HEVC, the next great video codec How to experience crystal-clear 4K on your old desktop PC for $600 or less Why 4K monitors are easier on your eyes Amazon and Netflix recently enabled 4K streaming, an important milestone for many home viewers. Ultra HD media players remain expensive, but streaming is a possible alternative. Why spend hundreds on a 4K Blu-Ray player when a media-streaming device can fill the same role?Yet this momentous rollout came with a major restriction: It doesn’t work with PCs. Aside … [Read more...] about Why can’t your computer stream 4K yet? Crazy compression and piracy
Today on DT Daily: Google tries to outsmart itself, 4K displays will not make you go blind, and James Bond has a slick new set of wheels.Anyone who’s ever signed up for… pretty much anything online has had to navigate a ‘captcha,’ that little box of distorted text and numbers designed to prove you’re a living, breathing human and not a cold, calculating spambot.Problem is, those spambots have gotten smart, due in no small part to crafty human programmers, like those at Google, who now say they can defeat captchas pretty much at will. So what to do? Well, Google is launching No-Captcha, a new security system they say uses ‘risk analysis’ to determine who’s real, and who isn’t. First, you have to say you’re not a robot. Next, there may be a quick picture matching game to play – or even a captcha of some sort.Google is rolling out No Captcha to major platforms like WordPress, Snapchat and others, so get ready to prove … [Read more...] about DT Daily: Google’s No-Captcha, 4K monitor worries, James Bond’s new wheels
Whether your old monitor has died or you finally decided you need to upgrade for the latest movies or games, buying a new computer monitor is a big decision. You can get a great screen for several hundred dollars, pay out the nose for some incredible tech, or save a lot of money by focusing on the monitor features most important to you. Fortunately, we’re here to help with information on just what to look for.Going big is a good ideaHow big is big enough? When it comes to computer monitors, you want something that can fit comfortably on your desk while still getting the job done. Generally, the smallest monitors are between 17 and 18 inches, but only pick those if you are squeezed on space. It’s usually just as affordable to spring for a 24-inch screen, which is the new norm in monitorsIf you work a lot in design, media, or your gaming guild, then you probably want a monitor between 24 and 30 inches for extra resolution and clarity. Screens this size can also … [Read more...] about Want to ditch your postage-stamp display? Here’s how to buy a new big-screen monitor
Just when you thought you had safely gotten up to speed with a brand new 1080p 3D TV… the market is yet again shifting. This time, television makers are pushing the next big thing: 4K televisions. Very loosely, you can think of 4K TV as doing for HDTV what Apple’s so-called “Retina” displays have done for the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pros: essentially quadrupling the number of pixels used to display content, delivering a sharper, clearer, and more immersive image.But do consumers really need another next big thing? After all, consumer adoption of Blu-ray content has been lower than the industry hoped as consumers increasingly rely on their broadband Internet connections to access television and movie content. And the last next-big-thing—3D HDTV—has failed to resonate with the mass market, thanks to the annoyance of wearing 3D glasses and a dearth of quality 3D content.Is 4K just another technology gimmick? Or is it really the threshold of a new … [Read more...] about Does your living room need 4K TV?
Every piece of technology has a specification (spec) sheet, and we often look at it before we make a purchase. In theory, a spec sheet is the very soul of objectivity. It doesn’t editorialize, or have opinions; it just shows a list of facts. How fast is the processor? What’s the resolution?The numbers don’t lie, right?Ah, but they do. And in some cases they’re specifically used to give absurd claims an aura of credibility. You’re likely reading this article on a product made by a company that has itself exaggerated, re-worded, and generally stretched the truth. I’m taking, of course, about your computer monitor.Outrageous claimsA common claim on monitor spec sheets is an unfathomably high contrast ratio. Contrast ratio is the measurement of the ratio between the darkest black and the brightest white a display can produce. It sometimes reaches as high as 1,000,000:1, or in the case of the Samsung 200 Series monitors, “Mega Infinity Contrast … [Read more...] about How monitor makers are pixelating the truth to fake you out
Most speculation about Apple entering the television market swirls around the still-fabled “iTV” — an Apple-branded flat-screen television presaged in last year’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs in which he commented he’d “finally cracked” the issues surrounding an Apple television.However, in the meantime, the diminutive Apple TV has quietly risen to dominate the market for set-top video streaming devices. At what point does the existing Apple TV stop being a “hobby” and start being a market-leading product? Could the iTV faithful one day wake up to find they’ve already been looking into Apple’s television universe for some time?Hulu PlusApple showed some progress on the Apple TV front on Tuesday by adding Hulu Plus to the box in an update. Hulu Plus remains a paid subscription service on the Apple TV — $8 per month, with a one-week trial available for free — but billing is handled … [Read more...] about Apple TV: Is Apple’s ‘hobby’ finally ready for prime time?
Not long ago, choosing a flat-panel HDTV was much easier: Figure out the right size for your room, decide between LCD and plasma, choose between 720p and 1080p, and you’re off and running.My, how times have changed. Nowadays, picture quality has significantly improved across all types of displays, but with all of their recent technological advancements, there’s more to consider than ever before: Stick with 2D, or go 3D? What about active vs. passive 3D? How about LED TVs? What is a Smart TV? And what’s with all this Ultra HD and OLED stuff anyway? With this HDTV buyer’s guide, we’ll cover all of these considerations so that you’ll know what to look for in your next display. Looking to get the most TV for your money? Check out our guide to the Best TVs, or check out our TV Reviews to get more details on a specific model.To 3D or not to 3D, that is the questionFor the majority of buyers, good old-fashioned 2D TV still makes up most, if not all, of … [Read more...] about TV Buying Guide: How To Buy A TV
Television manufacturers are moving toward ultra highdefinition -- also known as "4K" -- which offers four times the resolution of HD. It alsooffers greater depth of color and faster frame rate. That means moreinformation must travel through the cable from the video source to theTV.The current de facto cable, HDMI (high-definition multimediainterface), solves some of the old problems of multiple cables,incompatible interfaces and bandwidth issues, but it could it be approaching the end of the line."There are currently two schools of thought," Susan Schreiner, analystat C4 Trends, told TechNewsWorld. "Those that say that you don't need a new HDMI cable for Ultra HD 4K -- and those for whom it is a concern."Cable technology -- as in the wired cables that deliver a signal to aTV -- have evolved, but that evolution has been slow. Itwasn't really an issue until the arrival of the VCR and, later, videogame consoles, which needed a connection to the TV. Remember when there were three cables … [Read more...] about The Next-Gen TV Cable Dilemma