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ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

Many consider me to be a 4K hater. The past few trade shows I’ve attended have been pushing it on consumers to replace their TVs, but I see less value in it. When it comes to a computer display, it is a different game. Unlike a 50” TV, we sit close to our monitors, even if they are 30” in size. We also have no worries about a lack of native content, since everything is rendered on the fly and native. There are no issues with the lack of HDMI 2.0, as DisplayPort 1.2 can drive a 3840×2160 screen at 60 Hz.

When it comes to 4K on the desktop, my main question is: how much difference will I see? ASUS is one of the first with a HiDPI display in the PQ321Q. While not truly 4K, it is a 3840×2160 LCD display that can accept an Ultra High Definition (UHD) signal over HDMI and DisplayPort. It also clocks in at a wallet-stretching $3,500 right now. The question is, are we seeing the future with displays here, or are we seeing a niche product?

What does 4K/UHD/HiDPI bring to the desktop? We’ve seen it for a few years now in smartphones and tablets, making their smaller screens more usable for reading and general work. My initial thought is more desktop space, as that is what it has meant before. With a 32” monitor and a pixel density this high, running it without any DPI scaling leads to a desktop where reading text is a huge pain. Instead I believe most users will opt for DPI scaling so elements are larger and easier to read. Now you have something similar to the Retina screen on the iPhone: No more desktop space compared to a 2560×1440 monitor, but one that is razor sharp and easier to look at.

To get to this pixel density, ASUS has relied upon a panel from Sharp that uses IGZO technology. IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) is a material that replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen. The main benefit is higher electron mobility that allows for faster reacting, smaller pixels. We have seen non-IGZO panels in smartphones with higher pixel densities, but we don’t have any other current desktop LCDs that offer a higher pixel density than this ASUS display. IGZO also allows for a wide viewing angle.

Digital Storm VELOCE, 13.3-inch Gaming Laptop With Intel’s Haswell CPU & GPU NVIDIA GTX 765M Plus 8GB RAM

Digital Storm VELOCE, 13.3-inch Gaming Laptop With Intel’s Haswell CPU & GPU NVIDIA GTX 765M Plus 8GB RAM

Soon the market will be the arrival of a new gaming laptop models known as Digital Storm VELOCE.
With stretcher panel 13.3-inch screen that supports a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.25 inches thick laptop weighs 4.6 kg and is fully supported by an Intel Core i7-4800MQ who collaborated with NVIDIA GTX 765M GPU and 8GB of RAM.
And even to support jitunya storage solutions, gaming notebooks running Windows 8 has been providing hard drive plus 750GB 7200RPM 8GB SSD. Not only that, this powerful gaming laptop has also been supported by the 3 USB 3.0 ports, a DVD burner, HDMI, VGA, WiFi, Bluetooth, and much more.
Concerning the availability and price, the Digital Storm gaming laptop VELOCE which will soon be released on July 17, 2013, is reportedly going to be priced at $ 1,535 or the equivalent of 15.34 million dollars per unit.

Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost Challenge Radeon HD 7790

Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost Challenge Radeon HD 7790

Jakarta – Not long after AMD launched its latest graphics processor, the Radeon HD 7790, to fill the mainstream classroom, Nvidia did not remain silent and be ready menggeber rival product through Boost GeForce GTX 650 Ti.

Naming Boost on the back of the mainstream series leads directly to the clock speed that it has, which of course has got a touch of ‘turbo’ from Nvidia. Boost rumored GTX 650 Ti GPU Boost feature.

With these features, the GTX 650 Ti Boost which actually has a clock speed of 980 MHz can dynamically increase the clock speed to 1033 MHz as needed. Moreover Boost GTX 650 Ti has 768 CUDA cores armed, 64 TMU, 24 ROP.

While the sector is supported by the use of GDDR5 memory running on a 192-bit interface that comes with a capacity of 1 GB and 2 GB respectively by Nvidia priced at USD 149 (USD 1.4 million) and USD 169 (USD 1.6 million) . Similarly, as quoted from Techpowerup, Wednesday (27/03/2013).

Smartphone Advan Vandroid S5

Smartphone Advan Vandroid S5

Unggulkan Big Screen

The success of one of the Korean manufacturer to sell millions of smartphone unit have made a great sailing inspired many other manufacturers. However, to be sold at more competitive prices, various gadgets “rival” comes with fewer features. This is carried by Vandroid S5 from Advan.

u4-435-S5 AdvanAdvan Vandroid by PCplus quite on par with ZA987 OneScribe of Zyrex that appeared almost simultaneously. ˝ 5.3 capacitive screen with a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels here look quite a contrast and not inferior to similar products from leading brands. Advan S5 Vandroid called as “Smart Note” which is interpreted as a smart gadget with a variety of features that support mobile activities. This seems to be a campaign to educate consumers.

Smartphone MediaTek MT6575 is powered by a 1GHz processor (ARM v7) plus 512MB of main memory is actually not very special and still like most other large screen smartphones. Booting the system fairly quickly became hallmarks Vandroid Advan S5.

Here also 4GB of internal memory available. Unfortunately, only 2.2 GB of available capacity that can be used. It was only by the system / application alias can not be accessed directly by the user. As a result, users must add a microSD card (up to 32GB) as a storage media to store data.

The process of exploration in the menu Vandroid Advan S5 with Android 4 systems is quite smooth because of the PowerVR SGX531 GPU to handle graphics side. Advan smartphone also includes six important sensor that is not provided other competitors. With all those fittings plus dual SIM support, he can be had for less than Rp. 2 million. This makes it an attractive alternative products in the ranks of the many large screen smartphones on the market today.

Maybe not as perfect Advan S5 Vandroid similar smartphones from popular brands. When held casing feels slippery. However, to simply live day-to-day activities of this product is sufficient. At more competitive prices, even compared to other local brands, this smartphone is certainly attractive alternative option for on a budget.

HP Series 800 G1 Generate EliteOne Sharp graphics

HP Series 800 G1 Generate EliteOne Sharp graphics

JAKARTA – HP EliteOne 800 Series G1 and Series 800 G1 is a device EliteDesk AiO HP commercial desktop PCs and most resilient form factor with the widest selection, which was created specifically to meet the demands of today’s business.
HP desktop series EliteDesk / EliteOne 800 G1 is supported by the 4th generation Intel ® Core ™ processors for maximum performance and the graphics are sharp, and the new caching option and a solid state drive that provides fast access to data and applications.
AiO devices and desktop PCs supported by HP Elite features enterprise-class security and client management solutions to protect and manage critical business data, device and user identity with Intel vPro support.
With the highest efficiency class power supply that is up to 94 percent, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) offered by this device was not in doubt.
EliteOne HP AiO PC 800 G1 is the most powerful, rich multimedia, with a stylish design which is 23 percent thinner than the previous generation and support for Windows ® 8 with a dynamic touch screen experience, and highly interactive interface.
HP EliteDesk / 800 series G1 EliteOne provide robust and reliable performance with deployment options that can be tailored to the needs of the organization, all backed by a comprehensive portfolio management and security solutions from HP. (Eko Sutriyanto)

Latest Google Gadget Specification: New Nexus 7

Latest Google Gadget Specification: New Nexus 7

San Francisco – Google officially released its new gadget, New Nexus 7, in the show “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai”, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Sundar Pichai is the Senior Vice President of Google Chrome fields, Android, and Apps.

New Nexus 7 is still holding Taiwanese manufacturer Asus. Body New Nexus 2 millimeters thinner than his brother. Glossy casing. In terms of audio, now Nexus has dual stereo. Also two camera, 1.2 megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear. The size of the screen resolution is also encouraged so 1,920 x 1,200. In the 7-inch screen, the resolution makes the display reaches 323 ppi density, up from 216 ppi on old Nexus.

Offal New Nexus 77 also pretty wild. Cipnya made by Qualcomm, Snapdragon Pro 1.5 Ghz, 2 GB RAM. To connect an HDMI dilengkai slimport, Bluetooth version 4.0, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, and LTE high-speed Internet connection (for certain countries).

The New Nexus battery contents can dicas with wireless charging. But the battery capacity shrinks when compared to the previous generation, reaching 4,325 mAh battery. While the New Nexus just 3,950 mAh. Also lighter weight 50 grams. Screen is also thinner bezel.

Although the battery is more stingy, Google promises this gadget is more efficient because the new operating system, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Some new things that exist on the Android series of which could be used by the multiuser customize profile, Bluetooth smart, easiertext input, and fast user switching.

One prominent updates on new Nexus series is powered by the Open GL ES 3.0 is very indulgent games enthusiasts. In fact, to complete it, Google also create categories in the application market: Google Play Games.

Android 4.3 will be available starting today. Devices that can instantly update the Android is the Nexus series; Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. New Nexus will be available starting July 30, 2013 coming in a few countries. But Indonesia is not included. New Nexus 7 will be priced at U.S. $ 229 (16 GB + Wi-Fi), U.S. $ 269 (capacity 32 GB + Wi-Fi), and U.S. $ 349 (32GB + 4G).

Asus Launches Multi-Series External Hard Disk is Not Boring

Asus Launches Multi-Series External Hard Disk is Not Boring

PONTIANAK – Asus, the main leader in the digital era has once again expanded its product line in Indonesia. Asus after winning a strong position in the notebook industry and penetrated the tablet and smartphone segment with innovative products such as Pad MeMO, Fonepad, and PadFone, ASUS is now presenting the ranks of the external hard disk.
In the early stages, there are four models of 2.5-inch external hard disk Asus marketed in Indonesia. The four models are series DL, KR, Leather II, and AN300 series.
Manager of Product Management and Marketing, Asus Indonesia, Juliana Cen, said user request on storage devices continues to increase along with the increasing use of the computing device itself.
“In order to meet the needs of these users, we present an external storage media products are not simply a storage medium, but also a product with aesthetic and beauty,” he told the Tribune, Sunday (28/07/2013).
Juliana states, external hard disk does not have to be boring. With the design of David Lewis, DL Asus HD Ext 2.5 “- 1TB, turn the computing experience with thinness. Moreover, Asus DL 2.5” can work without the need for instant installation and driver.
“Hard disk is fitted with antishock features for data protection. Use elegant design makes a stylish special cable can be stored so that the disk is still looks neat when not in use,” he explained.
While other models, Asus KR 2.5 “Ext HDD 1TB presents unique colors, namely brown terran. External hard disk that comes with the glossy texture and charming appearance. With a capacity of 1TB, KR 2.5” supports a hectic lifestyle with spectacular durability and features easier is used.
While Asus Leather II 2.5 “500GB Ext HDD, not just accessories, but a lifestyle statement. For users who value their data, the hard disk is a charming leather-clad luxury solutions.
“Hard disk is equipped with a super-speed USB 3.0 for the fastest transfer process at this time, and can work with all file formats, without requiring installation or drivers,” said Juliana.
In addition, there is still one more model that Asus AN300 2.5 “500GB Ext HDD has a charming color and made of aluminum. Asus AN300 change the perception of external hard disk with the old-fashioned charming style. Asus AN300 stylish, ultra lightweight, ultra thin, and can work at any time with immediate access through USB 3.0 is ready to bring the data owner anywhere without a problem but still stylish.
Asus AN300 also works well with laptops, desktops, and other media players, thus helping the owner move data quickly, safely, and easily.

Comparison Galaxy Note 2 and Xperia Z Ultra

Comparison Galaxy Note 2 and Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Mobile Communications phablet first official release, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, in Shanghai, China, Tuesday (06/25/2013). This product comes with a capable hardware specs, quad-core processor and a large-capacity battery.

What if Sony Xperia Z Ultra compared with the current best-selling phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Because, the second Android product will compete directly in the global marketplace.

Here are some differences between the two, as quoted from Trusted Reviews.

Design

Xperia Z Ultra is a jumbo version of the Xperia Z. The device retains the glass material is unbreakable and scratch on the rear panel with a rubber protector for microSD and SIM card slot.

The product weighs 212 grams, much heavier than the Xperia Z (146 grams). Interestingly, Sony is able to preserve the thinness Xperia Z Ultra, which is only 6.5 mm. Currently, he is one of the slimmest phone in the world.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a design that is not much different from the Galaxy S3. The product has a slightly curved shape in the corners, and the use of plastic material. Galaxy Note 2 is slightly thicker than the Xperia Z Ultra, which is 8.6 mm. However, this device is lighter and weighs 177 grams.

Screen

Ultra Z released the Xperia screen “giants”, that is 6.4 inches. Resolutions supported are Full-HD 1080p. The density of the screen is 344 pixels per inch (ppi), is lower than the Xperia Z which reached 441 ppi.

Galaxy Note 2 has a smaller screen, which is 5.5 inches. The resolution was not as high powered Xperia Z Ultra, which is only 1,280 x 720 pixels. So is the 267 ppi screen density.

Stylus

No stylus in Xperia Z Ultra products. However, he supported the use of a pencil or pen and stylus instead. Specifically, the pen must be made of metal with a diameter of more than 1mm.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with a stylus called S-Pen. This stylus is one of the best on the market. He was able to feel the pressure to 1024 levels. At the end of the “digital pen”, the Samsung has also added a rubber material that make the act of writing feels more natural.

Camera

Xperia Z Ultra comes with an 8 megapixel camera on the back. This camera features digital zoom capability up to 16 times. In addition, there are features face detection, burst mode, HDR, and record video with 1080p quality. At the front, there is a 2 megapixel camera that is also capable of recording 1080p with the quality of.

Galaxy Note 2 adopted specification 8-megapixel camera sensor. There are features of auto focus, face detection, and the selection of the best photos. Front camera has 1.9 megapixel image sensors.

Processor

Xperia Z Ultra armed toplevel Qualcomm processor, with a speed that is 800 Snapdragon 2.2 GHz quad-core.

Galaxy Note 2 use a quad-core processor made by Samsung itself, a speed of 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412. Performance of this processor is capable, but not segahar Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

Connectivity and Storage Media

Xperia Z Ultra equipped 4G LTE network technology. He is also equipped with NFC that can be connected to speakers, TVs, and SmartWatch 2. In addition, there are Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, microUSB, Smart Connect, and screen mirroring.

For business storage, Xperia Z Ultra comes with 16GB of internal memory.

Galaxy Note 2 is also equipped with 4G network technology. In addition, there are Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and features Samsung’s All Share.

This one product is available in three versions of the storage media, namely 16, 32, and 64GB.

Both Xperia Z Ultra and Galaxy Note 2, equipped with a MicroSD memory card slot that can expand up to 64GB of data storage media.

Battery

Both devices have a large battery capacity. Xperia Z Ultra comes with a battery 3.000mAh. While the larger Galaxy Note 2, which 3.100mAh.

Gateway DX4870-UB2B

Gateway DX4870-UB2B

The Gateway DX4870-UB2B ($499.99 list) is a basic tower desktop PC that checks all the boxes on what you need from a new desktop, particularly if you already have a LCD display that you’re carrying over. It’s speedy for its segment, has capacious storage, will let your family keep many documents open simultaneously, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Unlike the $300 bargain basement specials, the DX4870-UB2B$499.99 at Best Buy comes with a modern Intel Core i3 processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, and lots of drive space. It’s expandable, so it can grow with your family. It’s not ground breaking, but it’s a solid choice with a great bang for the buck, so it’s our latest Editors’ Choice for budget desktop PCs.

Design and Features
The DX4870-UB2B follows other Gateway desktops, looking almost identical to the last black tower Gateway DX4870-UB17$329.99 at Newegg.com ($500). Like that model, the DX4870-UB2B comes in a tower chassis with black panels all around, including the plastic front panel and metal side panels. The system’s tray-loading DVD burner is hidden, but two of the system’s USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, and audio jacks are exposed on the top front of the chassis. In the back, the system has four more USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, more audio jacks, and two connectors for the included WiFi antennas. It would have been nice if the front USB ports were USB 3.0 to accommodate USB hard drives instead of the slower USB 2.0.

The inside of the system is certainly expandable, with plenty of space to move around for future upgrades. The system has space for two additional drives: one optical 5.25-inch bay and one 3.5-inch hard drive bay. Theoretically, you could shoehorn another three to four 2.5-inch notebook class drives in the same space, provided you have the correct brackets to hold the drives. The motherboard has four free SATA ports to service these drives. The system also has two DIMM slots free, along with a slot for a PCIe 3.0 x16 graphics card and two additional PCIe 2.0 x1 expansion cards. One PCIe x1 slot is occupied by the included 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi card, which will serve most users well. This is an improvement over other budget systems like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190$416.03 at antonline.com ($400) and Zotac Zbox ID83 Plus$448.99 at Amazon ($473), both of which don’t support 5Ghz WiFi, only the more common and crowded 2.4GHz channels.

The last consideration you have to make for expandability is the system’s 300W power supply. While sufficient for additional drives and minor expansion cards, 300W will be insufficient for a high-powered discrete graphics card with Nvidia’s or AMD’s highest end GPUs. You can of course swap out the included power supply, but most budget system buyers never open their chassis, even if they are tempted by the system’s expandability. Bring a screwdriver if you dare, because you’ll need it for the case door and the drive bays. At least the internal card slots are tool-less.

Like other Gateway systems, the DX4870-UB2B comes with quite a few pre-loaded applications and utilities. These include 7digital, Zinio, Kindle, eBay, Chacha, Netflix, NewsXpresso, Amazon, Tunein, Hulu Plus, Xbox Games, Cut The Rope, Stumbleupon, Skype, Merriam-Webster, Britannica, Spotify, Microsoft Office (ad), Norton Internet Security), and Wild Tangetn games. That’s a lot of pre-loaded apps, and most if not all are available for free from Microsoft Windows Store. While you may want to spend a few moments uninstalling all these programs, fret not, since the system has a capacious 1TB hard drive with plenty of free space left. The DX4870-UB2B comes with a standard one-year warranty.

Performance
The system comes with a third-generation Intel Core i3-3240 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD Graphics 2500 (integrated in the Core i3 processor), and a 1TB 5,400rpm SATA hard drive. All of these components mean the system is plenty fast on our benchmark tests, certainly faster than the Lenovo Q190 and the Zbox ID83 Plus. That said, there are systems in this price range that are faster, notably the Polywell Nano i3-Q7 ($595) which trades physical and storage space for SSD speed, and the Acer Aspire AT3-600-UR11$449.99 at Newegg.com($600), which has a discrete graphics card and slightly more powerful processor adding to its performance totals. Check the performance chart link to see the final numbers, but suffice to say the DX4870-UB2B has the performance to keep your family happy for the next five years or so.

Sony Xperia smartphones Z

Sony Xperia smartphones Z

The Water Proofing

Sony Xperia Z’s lips at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas in early January. Because this phone has the security features that is waterproof.

U3-436-SonySmartphone dimensions 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm screen has 5 ˝. With such a wide screen, the display explores the experience is more freely, though it would be difficult to operate with one hand. Smartphone flat box shape does look pretty, it’s just feels less comfortable grip. This smartphone is also layered glass on each side. Those who would like smartphones bodied clean, need frequent cleaning traces of the hand attached to the glass. Dressings glass also makes it feel a little slippery when held.

The placement of the power button and the volume of the right middle, making it easy to reach buttons when holding, either left or right-handed. Micro-USB port, a micro-SIM, microSD, headset jack and has a special cover so that water does not enter into these holes.

Sony Xperia Z screen uses the Bravia Engine 2. 1080 × 1920 pixel image displays sharp colors. When used under strong light, the screen can still display a good image. This screen does not use IPS panels, so that the sharpness of the picture is only valid when it is in plain sight. Once tilted, the color looks a little foggy. The screen has wet finger tracking, so it can still operate even if your fingers wet. But, when in the water, he still does not respond to touch.

One more thing to note is hot. When using a smartphone intensive, especially when connected to the internet, so it feels very hot. Although the heat was tolerable hand, the heat is quite disturbing because the effect on Li-ion 2300mAh battery that is growing quickly depleted. This substantial battery can last all day with moderate internet usage. In addition, the Sony Xperia Z also has stamina mode that turns off the internet when the smartphone is not active. Internet will be active again after Sony Xperia Z used.

This smartphone’s camera using RS 13 megapixel Exmor sensor, the resulting image is quite good. Sony Xperia Z adds many exciting features, such as burst and HDR function. There are also picture effects such as panoramic images and a variety of filters to be creative with the pictures taken. One favorite is the sketch effect. The camera is also capable of recording HD quality video.

Audio business, Sony presents the expiration monaural speaker and stereo sound with headphones. The resulting sound is quite crisp innate headphones in ears, though not too special. While the default mono speakers generate sound quite comfortable to hear. In tests conducted PCplus, Sony Xperia Z can still operate despite being dipped into the water. Turn on the music, until a call. It’s just the sound of the speakers so there selantang usually after dyed. Wait three hours, the speakers back to normal.