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Philips Launches 49-inch SuperWide Curved Monitor in the Middle East

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MMD, the Asia Pacific brand licensing partner of Philips Monitors, today announced the launch of their latest SuperWide Curved monitor. The new Philips 499P9H1 features 49-inch screen size boosting 5120×1440 resolution with 60Hz refresh rate, 5ms GTG response time, 1800R Curvature, Adaptive Sync technology, Gigabit LAN, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.1, USB-C docking, speakers, swivel, tilt, height adjustable stand and VESA 100mm support. 

The new Philips’ 49-inch curved 32:9 SuperWide display is like two full-size high-performance monitors in-one. Productivity enhancing features like USB-C and pop-up webcam with Windows Hello deliver performance and convenience users expect. 

According to the company, the 32:9 SuperWide 49″ screen, with 5120 x 1440 resolution, is designed to replace multiscreen setups for massive wide view. “It’s like having two 27″ 16:9 Quad HD displays side-by-side. SuperWide monitors offer screen area of dual monitors without the complicated setup,” said the company in a statement. “Gaming shouldn’t be a choice between choppy gameplay or broken frames. Get fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any frame-rate with Adaptive-Sync technology, smooth quick refresh and ultra-fast response time.”

The new Philips display features a built-in USB 3.1 type-C docking station with power delivery. Its slim, reversible USB-C connector allows for easy, one-cable docking. “Simplify by connecting all your peripherals like keyboard, mouse and your RJ-45 Ethernet cable to the monitor’s docking station. Simply connect your notebook and this monitor with a single USB-C cable to watch high-resolution video and transfer super-speed data, while powering up and re-charging your notebook at the same time,” said the company.

With MultiClient Integrated KVM switch, users can control two separate PCs with one monitor-keyboard- mouse set up. A convenient button allows users to quickly switch between sources. This feature, according to the company, is handy with set-ups that require dual PC computing power or sharing one large monitor to show two different PCs.

“Phillips’ innovative and secure webcam pops up when you need it and securely tucks back into the monitor when you are not using it. The webcam is also equipped with advanced sensors for Windows Hello facial recognition, which conveniently logs you into your Windows devices in less than 2 seconds, 3 times faster than a password,” the company continued.

The VESA-certified DisplayHDR 400 delivers a significant step-up from normal SDR displays, said the company. “Unlike, other ‘HDR compatible’ screens, true DisplayHDR 400 produces astonishing brightness, contrast and colors. With global dimming and peak brightness up-to 400 nits, images come to life with notable highlights while featuring deeper, more nuanced blacks. It renders a fuller palette of rich new colors, delivering a visual experience that engages your senses,” the company said of the new display.

The display also comes with Philips’ Flicker-free Technology that applies a new solution to regulate brightness and reduce flicker for more comfortable viewing. With the ultra-high resolution Philips MultiView display users can now experience a world of connectivity.

MultiView enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices such as a PC and notebook simultaneously, for complex multi-tasking. The Philips 49-inch 32:9 SuperWide Curved Monitor is now available across the Middle East and Africa region.

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Review: Viewsonic ID1330 ViewBoard Pen Display

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Over the past couple of years, a lot has changed about how we work and learn. With educational institutes being shut and teaching moved online, the demand for portable devices has increased. Viewsonic is a brand known for quality display products for years. The company also offers a range of portable pen displays on the market under its Viewboard series.

The company sent us the new ID1330 ViewBoard Pen Display which is aimed at distance learning and remote work use. The ID1330 is a portable touchscreen display tablet that can connect to a desktop or a laptop, to either extend the display of your laptop or PC or duplicate your laptop or PC’s display.

While the Pen Display itself does not come with an operating system of its own, it can be controlled with a bundled electromagnetic pen that recognises up to 8192 levels of pressure. This means you can use the ID1330 for taking handwritten notes, comments, and even for sketching if you are into creative content generation.

Inside the box, you get the Viewsonic ID1330 ViewBoard Pen Display, with a bunch of accessories that include a protective cover, a battery-free pen, three pen nibs, one pen nib clip, one USB-C to USB-C cable (1m), one mini HDMI to HDMI cable (1m), one USB-C to USB-A cable (1m), and the Quick Start Guide. The display measures 13.3-inches diagonally and offer a full HD resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels.

The display also weighs less than 1-kgs, which is perfect for moving it around, if required. The ID1330 is also compatible with Windows 7 and above and it features a writing response of 266 PPS (point per second). In terms of I/O ports, the ViewSonic ID1330 offers two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and an HDMI interface.

On the left of the screen, you will find a set of physical control buttons, the functions of which can be customised through the Display Manager. There is no setup required to start using the device. All you need to do is to connect the ID1330 using either the USB 3.1 Type-C cable, if your laptop or PC has the USB-C thunderbolt port, or using the HDMI cable and the USB-C to USB-A cable to get started.

Once connected, you can either choose to extend your laptop or PC’s display or duplicate them. By extending the display, you will have two workspaces to work with. So suppose you are into an online classroom session and you would like to take notes, all you need to do is fire up any note-taking app and use it on the ID1330. If you are a creative artist, you can use the ID1330 as a sketching tablet. And if you are a content creator and would like to edit videos effortlessly, you would open the timeline on ID1330 and the preview screen on your laptop display, to make your job easier.

One of the things I liked about the ID1330 is its display comes with a matte finish. It is scratch-resistant and the overall look and feel is pretty good. As mentioned earlier, the ID1330 also comes with six customisable keys on the left side of the display. You can use these keys to open a specific application or use one of them to erase the screen instead of rubbing the digital eraser all over the screen.

The pen bundled with the display is very responsive and we hardly encountered any lag using it on multiple applications – whether it was taking notes or sketching. And since the pen is battery-free, you don’t have to charge it ever. We used ArtWeaver Plus to sketch on the ID1330 using the pen and we came away impressed. Everything worked as it should.

Pricing of the Viewsonic ID1330 ViewBoard Pen Display is, however, on the higher side, at AED 1900. Since it doesn’t come with any preloaded operating system, and you cannot install one, it can only be used as a secondary display with your PCs or laptops, which adds pen support if you need to write or draw something.

Having said all of that, the Viewsonic ID1330 ViewBoard Pen Display is suited for educators and creative artists. However, the high price tag may be a barrier for those considering purchasing it.

Price: AED 1900

Viewsonic ID1330 ViewBoard Pen Display
AED 1900










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Once connected, you can either choose to extend your laptop or PC’s display or duplicate them. By extending the display, you will have two workspaces to work with. So suppose you are into an online classroom session and you would like to take notes, all you need to do is fire up any note-taking app and use it on the ID1330. If you are a creative artist, you can use the ID1330 as a sketching tablet. And if you are a content creator and would like to edit videos effortlessly, you would open the timeline on ID1330 and the preview screen on your laptop display, to make your job easier.

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ViewSonic Launches the XG2431 Gaming Monitor

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ViewSonic has launched the new XG2431 gaming monitor. The ultra-sleek 24-inches display is equipped with Fast IPS panels that deliver vibrant visuals with a fast response time. Approved by industry-renowned Blur Busters for its motion blur reduction, it gives players an entry to compete alongside the pros in the highest levels of First-Person Shooter (FPS), Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), and Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genres effortlessly.

Conquer and tower over enemy sightlines with superbly fast IPS, dishing out quick response time without sacrificing spectacular, true-to-life colors and high dynamic viewing range. The VESA DisplayHDR FHD monitor delivers razor-sharp picture quality and peak luminance of 400 nits for a truly immersive visual experience. Gamers can blast past competitors and enjoy split-second accuracy with a lightning-fast refresh rate of up to 240Hz and increased responsiveness of 1ms. Powered with AMD FreeSync Premium Technology, it’s goodbye to choppy graphics and hello to exceptional gameplay with silky-smooth, low latency, tear-and-stutter-free performance.

Equipped with ViewSonic PureXP, it utilizes strobe backlights to reduce motion blur and image ghosting. Unlocking up to four different levels (light, normal, extreme, and ultra) and an optional customization mode, excellent motion blur reduction, and maximised visual clarity in fast-paced, graphics-heavy games. Rigorously tested by Blur Busters, the XG2431 is fully certified and custom-tuned to deliver elite motion blur reduction for pro-level gaming performance.

Gamers can relish smooth, drag-free mouse movements with the additional soft, expandable Mouse Anchor. It eliminates cable tangling and improves game precision by keeping the mouse cable taut in the heat of battle. XG2431 also boasts ergonomic flexibility with tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments, giving gamers the freedom to angle and move the display to their gaming style.

Key Specifications for XG2431:
Fast IPS
24” VESA DisplayHDR 400 FHD display (1920 x 1080 resolution)
1ms response time
Ultra-fast 240Hz refresh rate
AMD FreeSync Premium technology
Blur Busters Approved
Exclusive PureXP Technology

The ViewSonic XG2431 monitor will be available in Q3 2021.

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BenQ Upgrades the MOBIUZ Lineup with EX2510S and EX2710S Gaming Monitors

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BenQ’s gaming vertical MOBIUZ has upgraded its monitor line-up with two new monitors. The EX2510S and EX2710S gaming monitors feature an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms MPRT and 2ms G2G response time. Both panels have an 8-bit colour depth, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 400nits of brightness, allowing them to cover up to 99% of the sRGB colour spectrum.

Like the original EX2510 and EX2710, the ‘S’ variants come with a pair of built-in 2.5W speakers powered by treVolo and multiple colour presets to choose from. There’s also a huge variety of gaming-oriented features, including Motion Blur Reduction (strobe backlighting), Black eQualizer, HDR10 support, FPS Mode, Colour Vibrance, Light Tuner, and HDRi (auto image calibration).

In the back of the monitors, users can find 2x HDMI 2.0 ports, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The included stand is very versatile, providing tilt, swivel, and height adjustment capabilities. There’s also VESA wall mount support for 100x100mm brackets. The monitors are already available for pre-orders now on BenQ Middle East’s website.

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