Also Lenovo announced today, at the CES 2014 the ThinkVision Pro2840m, one of the best value 28 inch feature packed 4K professional displays and the ThinkVision 28, a smarter display that is not only a ultra-high definition monitor but also is an Android enabled entertainment centre.
“Lenovo is set to establish itself as a leading provider of premium display products with two new world class monitors that set the bar for UltraHD performance and great value,” said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager, Think Desktop, Workstation and Visuals, Lenovo. “The ThinkVision Pro2840m is a must have display for professionals looking for ultra-high resolutions and the ThinkVision 28 defines an emerging category of premium monitors with a smart element for ultimate flexibility for tech savvy customers.”
World Class 4K Display Performance
Designed with CAD/CAM, data analysis or purely for high definition entertainment, the ThinkVision Pro2840m is a feature packed 28 inch UltraHD premium display for the discerning professional who requires an uncompromised visual experience. With a 3840×2160 panel, the latest premium ThinkVision monitor reproduces a stunning image that is vibrant, sharp and detailed and colour reproduction is second to none.
Users will enjoy the clean and ergonomic infinity glass design featuring touch sensitive buttons and dual speakers and the monitor is mounted on a full function stand that allows tilt, swivel and rotate for maximum productivity. An array of ports complete the picture for connection to multiple external devices.
ThinkVision Pro2840m is a must have display for professionals wanting the latest 4K technology at an incredibly affordable price backed by a three year warranty.
4K Smart Display for Serious Work and All-out Fun
Lenovo’s commitment to PC plus innovation is unrelenting and the introduction of a new smart display is no exception. Ideal for home office use with its stunning infinity glass design, the new ThinkVision 28 is a game changing 28 inch ultra- high resolution monitor featuring a 3840×2160 panel that offers a wide range of connectivity options delivering maximum productivity for tech savvies.
The ThinkVision 28 is more than just for work. At the touch of a button, the ThinkVision 28 transforms into a true entertainment hub. On demand content is streamed seamlessly through the familiar Android interface thanks to NVIDIA Tegra-powered technology and ten point multi-touch ensures a fully interactive experience for all the family.
With its ground breaking design and full entertainment features, the ThinkVision 28 not only offers a stunning viewing experience, but revolutionizes the concept of visuals technology by combining an ultra-high resolution display with powerful system on a chip (SOC) technology.
Panel Size 28-inch 4Kx2K monitor
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Viewable Area 620.93mm(H) X 341.28mm(V)
Resolution 3840×2160 (157 PPI)
Colour Gamut 72%
Tilt Angle Forward 5 degree /Backward 25 degree
Swivel Angle 45 degree/45 degree
Integrated Connectivity DP+mDP+HDMI+MHL, USB BC 1.2, 3x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0, MHL
Sound 3.5mm stereo audio, Integrated 2×3 watt speakers
Green Features Energy Star 6.0, TCO Display 6.0, TCO Certified Edge 1.2, TUV Green Mark, EPEAT Gold, ULEnvironment Gold, China Energy Label Tier 1, Carbon Foot Print, 85% Recycled Plastic
Screen Dimensions 648.9 mm(H) X 369.3mm (V)
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkVision Pro2840m will be available from April 2014 and is expected to start at $799.
The ThinkVision 28 smart display will be available in selected markets from July 2014 and is expected to start at approximately $1199.
Acer has unveiled its S6 series of computer monitors. The displays are available in 23 (S236HL) and 27-inch (S276HL) variations, both featuring Full HD resolution and a contrast ratio up to 100 million:1.
Support for MHL technology enables users to connect their smartphone to the monitors and enjoy media content on a larger screen, charging their handset at the same time.
The S6 series boasts an ultra-slim and space-saving Zero Frame design and uses white LED technology to make the displays energy-efficient.
Other features include two integrated HDMI ports, IPS panels for displaying colour accurately from wide viewing angles and easy tilt adjustment.
The S6 series will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa from the end of May at a starting price of £329 for the S276 and £189 for S236 (price may vary depending on configuration and country).
If you are looking at the new OS from Microsoft Windows 8, We all know that it is really designed for touch but what if you don’t have a Touch Screen monitor for your PC. What should you do, got out and buy a new Touch Screen for Windows 8, I have the answer for you from the good people from Soladapt, has designed an overlay for you monitor to turn it into a Touch Screen monitor, that works on 15 inches to 159 inches.
The Soladapt will work on Windows machines and also Mac desktops and iMacs. With prices starting from £109.99 you can see you can save a lot of money if you use an overlay than buying a new touch screen monitor. I was lucky to have a quick demonstration at The Gadget Show Live at NEC in Birmingham if you watch the video below you can see a quick demo of the product.
General Size 15 inch to 159 inch
Fit in with Panel display device
Touch Mode Single-point touch, Multi-touch, drag, draw-line, rotate, zoom in/out
Linearity Error <1.5mm
Response Speed <15ms
Input Method Finger or gloved hand (rubber ,cloth or leather)
Touch Times Unlimited
Touch Activation Force No minimum touch activation force is required
Minimum Touch Object 2.5 mm X 2.5 mm
Vandal-proof No break by 1-pound steel ball dropping from 130 cm high
Surface Durability Surface durability is that of glass, Mohs\’ hardness rating of 7
Glass: Without glass, 4mm glare, AG (anti-glare), or AR (anti-reflective) glass
Light Transmission 92%
Gloss Antiglare surface (curved or flat): 95 ± 15 gloss units or 65 ± 15 gloss
Temperature Operating Range: -20°C ~ 70°C;
Storage Range: -40°C ~ 85°C
Relative Humidity Operating Range: 0%~90% RH (no dew falls)
Storage Range: 0% to 95% RH (no dew falls)
Altitude Up to 3,000m
Direct sunlight 90°to ±30° to the display surface Touch detection
Direct sunlight all angles to display surface Free of false touch reports
Operation Voltage Typical +DC 5V, +4.75V to +5.25V
Size under 52”(include 52”)USB or PS/2 Interface, power ripple
Size above 52”(52” not included): external AC-DC power adaptor
Interface Full Duplex USB 2.0 (Full Speed) Plug and play compatible
Serial RS-232. Baud Rate: 9600, 8 Data Bits, 1 Stop Bit, No Parity
Current Typical 150MA@+5VDC; 350mA, maximum
Power <1.5W, operating current<300mA
Electrostatic Protection 15 kV air / 8 kV contact discharges (EN61000-4-2,1995 :Level 4)
Controller Integration inside touch panel
Agency Approvals CE, FCC, Rohs
LG Electronics (LG) unveiled a new line-up of premium personal TVs which combine a TV and a monitor in a single unit.
On LG’s DM2752 and M2752 monitors, users can enjoy a range of multimedia entertainment ranging from terrestrial HD broadcasting to any content served up by a PC at Full HD resolution. Both personal TVs feature IPS panels, boasting lifelike color and extremely wide viewing angles.
“With the integration of multimedia entertainment and the internet, LG is at the frontier of cutting-edge TV technology,” said J.J. Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of IT Business Unit of LG Home Entertainment Company. We are developing unique personal TVs designed to meet the needs of changing consumer habits, whether that customer’s passion is 3D gaming, internet browsing or simply watching their favorite sitcom.”
The personal TVs boast Picture-in-Picture (PIP) capabilities, enabling viewers to open multiple screens simultaneously and watch TV while working on their PC. The personal TVs also feature Infinite Surround Sound for a full-depth surround sound experience. Two HDMI ports are included, making it a snap to connect game consoles, set-top boxes and more. In addition, a USB Quick View feature eliminates long computer boot-up times and enables users to view content such as movies, video clips and pictures quickly and easily.
LG personal TVs are equipped with In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels instead of conventional Twisted Nematic (TN) panels. IPS boosts color consistency and reduces color fluctuations, enabling the personal TVs to reproduce the most lifelike colors. Smooth Color Change eliminates blur generated by rapid motion in action scenes, sports or video games resulting in extremely sharp and clear images. Thanks to an impressive wide viewing-angle (178 degrees), viewers can enjoy high quality images without any color shift – sitting, standing or lying down. The combination of all these technologies provides a rich, comfortable viewing experience.
With the newest in CINEMA 3D technology, the DM2752 premium personal TV offers comfortable 3D viewing with extremely light, flicker-free glasses. And the DM2752 includes an easy-to-use 2D to 3D conversion engine so viewers can watch unlimited high-quality 3D content on the fly. The 3D Effect Mode sharpens the converted images to offer a clearer and more immersive 3D experience. The conversion function works with or without a PC and engages automatically for games, delivering the ultimate 3D gaming experience. What’s more, LG`s Dual Play function enables competing gamers to see two different full screen images at the same time on the same TV, making for incredible head-to-head action.
Europeans have taken notice of LG’s line-up of personal monitor TVs for their technology and versatility. According to a review conducted by CHIP, one of the most widely read computer publications in Germany, LG’s 23/24-inch premium M2382 was recognized as the top choice among all monitors reviewed with TV capability.
LG DM2752 will be available starting in July while the M2752 is now available in select markets throughout Europe.
It’s time to review the Samsung 23″ C23A550U Series 5 LED Hub monitor!
The Samsung Central Station CA550 is ready to transform the way you work and play. With amazing connectivity available through the USB 3.0, USB Ethernet and the USB Hub, you can experience faster and simpler uploading, data transferring and web browsing. This also helps in eliminating bothersome cables and docking stations, while also cleaning up your desk space. And thanks to the innovative Dual Hinge Stand, it also serves as the perfect dual monitor. The CA550 picture quality is beyond comparison, featuring Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio and the Samsung Magic Angle. Add to this the Eco Savings and Auto Power on/off, and you have monitor that performs well in every category.
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the monitor with stand attached, power supply, cables, product manuals and warranty information, user manual CD, cloth and quick start guide.
It’s time to review the Samsung 27” C27A750X Series 7 LED Hub monitor!
The Samsung Hub Monitor CA750 harnesses the latest wireless technology, now faster and more energy efficient, to deliver a completely new monitor experience. Features such as USB3.0, USB Hub (with 4 USB ports) and the stylish wireless dongle open up huge possibilities. And then there is Auto Wireless Detection, superfast data transferring and fast built-in LAN connections for a streamlined performance. The CA750 even allows for multiple note PCs (with a dongle) to wirelessly access it, while with a cable connection, any individual PC can establish a connection – a truly fantastic idea that’s now a reality. So, experience the ultimate wireless hub with the CA750 Hub Monitor.
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the monitor with stand attached, power supply, cables, product manuals and warranty information, user manual CD, cloth, quick start guide and Wireless Connection Dongle (more on that in a bit).
Back in August we told you about StarTech launching a new USB HDMI video adaptor. Now it’s time for our review.
The USB2HDMI USB to HDMI External Video Adapter (Dual or Multi Monitor with Audio) turns an available USB 2.0 port into an HDMI output, with high resolution video support (up to 1920×1080) and audio.
The USB HDMI adapter can be used to mirror your primary desktop, showing the same image on each display, or to extend your desktop to double your workspace and increase your productivity. This external graphics card is a cost-saving multi-monitor or dual display solution, for either laptop or desktop applications, offering the ability to connect an additional HDMI (or DVI) enabled display to your computer setup without the hassle of opening the computer case to install a new video card.
- Quick and easy installation
- Supports resolutions up to 1920×1080
- USB-powered – No external power adapter required
- Choose between Mirrored, Extended or Primary display configurations
- Driver software supports display rotation
- Supports the Windows® Aero interface
- Supports 2-channel (Stereo) audio
- Add a secondary display adapter and extend your desktop display without taking apart your computer to install a new video card
- Connect multiple monitors to a single computer, to create engaging multimedia presentations
- Use the adapter to connect your PC to your television for showing family pictures and movies
- Great for researchers and writers offering the ability to have reference material on one display and a working document copy on the other
- Increase productivity by running multiple applications on different screens, check your email on one display and search the web on the other
- View large or multiple spreadsheets across multiple displays
- A compact, lightweight solution for traveling business associates using laptop PCs, enabling connection to a secondary display/projector
Who are StarTech?
From their website:
StarTech.com is your one-stop source for every connectivity part you need. From the latest technology to legacy products — and all the parts that bridge the old and new — we can help you find the parts that connect your solutions.
We make it easy to locate the parts, and we quickly deliver them wherever they need to go. Just talk to one of our tech advisors or visit our website. You’ll be connected to the products you need in no time.
What’s in the Box?
Along with the adaptor is a manual, a driver CD and a cable.
A few days ago Microsoft opened their Garage and let out some software that enables you to control up to 4 PC’s from a single mouse and keyboard. Its called Mouse Without Borders and it’s very cool!
Here is what Microsoft said:
I’ve mentioned The Garage a number of times here on Next and Jay Greene also wrote a story recently about some Garage projects recently for Cnet.
Today it gives me great pleasure to announce a free download resulting from a Garage project. To recap quickly, The Garage is both a physical space in Building 4 at our Redmond HQ, and a company wide program that encourages grass roots invention, tinkering, ideas and incubation of projects. In The Garage,employees get together after hours to build whatever they dream up and the results are often impressive. 99.9% of the Garage projects either ship as part of a Microsoft project or remain internal, but every once in a while there’s a project that doesn’t fit into any existing Microsoft product which will get a lot of request from employees who want to be able to share it with their friends and families. In exceptions like this, the Garage community will rally together to and publish it as a standalone public download.
Mouse Without Borders is a project I’ve been familiar with for the last 6 months or so and it’s a wonderfully useful tool. In a nutshell, it allows you to reach across your PC’s as if they were part of one single desktop. I have two PCs on my desk at work connected to 3 LCD screens and using Mouse Without Borders I can move my mouse between the 3 screens, even though one of them is attached to a different PC from the other two. What’s more, I can move files between the 2 computers simply by dragging them from one desktop to another. In fact you can control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard with no extra hardware needed – it’s all software magic, developed by Truong Do who by day is a developed for Microsoft Dynamics. The software is easy to setup and in addition to enabling drag and drop of files, you can lock or log in to all PCs from one PC, and as a whimsical bonus is it allows you to customize your Windows logo screen with the daily image from Bing or a local collection of pictures I regularly use it to have one PC dedicated to social media streams while I work away on my other PC connected to two screens.
The video above both explains and shows Mouse Without Borders far better than I can using words. The project is testament to the power of The Garage which helped Truong develop the user interface and setup the usability tests that have helped the tool become very accessible and easy to use. As well as that, The Garage and its regular Science Fairs inside Microsoft helped expose the project to 9,000 people before it was ready for external release. Now that day has arrived and I’m delighted to announce here on Next at Microsoft that Mouse Without Borders is ready for download.
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I look forward to playing with this software when I get a chance – it looks very useful to me!
Here is a short video as well:
My friend and fellow Windows Home Server MVP Sam Wood has just announced a closed beta for his new Add-In called Feedsource for Windows Home Server V1, and as usual it’s cool!
Here is how Sam describes Feedsource:
A couple of weeks ago I hinted that we had an unannounced Windows Home Server Add-In in development. It’s time to let this particular cat out of this particular bag, and start a new closed beta.
Feedsource for Windows Home Server is an Add-In that publishes authenticated Really Simple Syndication (“RSS”) feeds for your Shared Folders through the Remote Access web site. Authorized users access Feedsource RSS feeds from inside or outside your home network, using any RSS reader that supports authenticated feeds, to view the latest changes in your Shared Folders.
· Authenticated RSS feeds for Shared Folders that show create, delete, rename, and change events for files and directories
· Automatic integration with the Remote Access web site to view feeds from outside your network with no extra port-forwarding or configuration
· Simple setup through the Windows Home Server Console
· Secure authentication and authorization using SSL and existing Windows Home Server access controls
Installing and Using Feedsource for Windows Home Server
Once you have the add-in, you install it like any other.
When you then go back into the Console, you will see a new entry called Feedsource.
You will then see your shared folders listed:
You can then set how you want each folder to be:
You can even add custom folders:
When you make changes to your monitored folders you can easily see the changes:
And that’s it – very easy to use and really useful if you are sharing content with other people!
So why not get in touch with Sam and get yourself on the closed beta today?
Earlier in the year, Sam also released a preview for his Black Box Add-in for Windows Home Server.
Fellow Windows Home Server MVP Nick Asseloos, author of various WHS Add-Ins including AutoExit and AdminiMi has been in touch to let us know about a special deal for Spring.
As it is now Spring, or at least it’s supposed to be (it’s currently raining here in the UK – what a surprise), Nick has decided to run a special deal for a week, starting today (20th March 2010) were you can buy AdminiMe for 6$/6Euro/6GBP/600Yen. This deal is only for a week remember!
Nick also mentioned that there is a new update coming in the next week or too – so get in now while you can get the deal.
ASoft AdminiMe for Windows Home Server is a console add-in for Windows Home Server.
It is an add-in that constantly monitors your server without you having to do anything.
As the Home Server is a headless machine that is running non stop for long periods of times, and mostly hidden away in some closet/basement/small room; people don’t look at its ‘health’ to often.
But in reality, it could be that the server’ CPU usage is high for very long periods, or errors are occuring, memory utilization is high,…
To avoid this, you can use AdminiMe! It will monitor your server in the background without you having to do anything. And in case something goes wrong, it will notify you.
Added to this monitoring, it contains a console where you can watch all kinds of parameters in real-time. Things like CPU, memory, network, disks and all kinds of statistics like uptime, longest uptime, # of starts,…
But it doesn’t stop there, it also has shortcuts to the most relevant tools: Event Viewer, Task Manager, Performance Monitor, Remote Desktop.
You also have the option to add your own shortcuts to applications!
And next to that, there is a ‘Run-box’ which has the same functionality as the Windows Run Dialog.
There is also a screen where you can view, which users have open files to the server shares.
All events are kept in a log that can be consulted later on.
Features in AdminiMe 2010 for Windows Home Server
- Multilingual UI (supports German, French, Japanese).
- A console that shows a lot of information:
> CPU Usage (in total or per processor)
> Upload & Download speed of the network traffic
> Memory usage
> Total Disk usage
> Current Time
> System Uptime
> Longest Uptime
> Total Uptime
> # of starts
> First start
> Last start
> Detailed information on the storage (activity, temperature, disk space,…)
> All the files that have sessions open by users
> The logging of all events that occured
Handy features in the console:
> Possibility to create shortcuts to applications
> Shortcuts to important system tools: Event Viewer, Performance Monitor, Task Manager, Remote desktop
> Run box (like the Run dialog functionality in the Windows Menu)
> Automatically shut down the server when no clients are connected
- Send a mail in case of problems
> CPU (monitors the average usage over a certain amount of time)
> Memory (Memory usage)
> Harddisks (Disk space monitoring, disk temperature monitoring)
> System Event Log (Problems reported in the Event Viewer are monitored)
> WHS Events (Warning / Errors)
> Failed Remote Access Attempts
> System (warns if the system has been running non-stop for x amount of days, improper shutdown)
To learn more about AdminiMe, click here: AdminiMe 2010 Add-In for Windows Home Server
To buy AdminiMe 2010, click here: http://www.asoft.be/prod_adminimewhs.html
You can also download a free version which has 99.99% of the functionality enabled, but it’s cheap, it’s great, so why not support Nick?