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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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3.5

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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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HUAWEI Launches the MateView GT Gaming Monitor in the UAE

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With the growing popularity of gaming over the recent years, users’ tastes in their equipment have become increasingly sophisticated. One such trend is the use of ultrawide monitors in gaming setups which have completely won over the hearts of gamers everywhere and for good reasons as well. These larger screens not only boast an impressive set of hardware, but more importantly, they offer a significantly more intimate and immersive gaming experience thanks to the larger screen estate that surrounds the gamer.

The refresh rate is more often than not the deciding factor when users are looking to purchase a new gaming monitor. Given the quality of games and the calibre of gaming PCs nowadays, users need to have at least one display with a 144Hz refresh rate at the bare minimum before they can enjoy gaming genres such as First-Person Shooters (FPS). It is the question of whether the new display is capable of offering a visually richer viewing experience to enhance the gameplay experience. Lastly, users are also looking out for monitors with eye protection features to relieve the fatigue built up from their long gaming sessions, which include dry eyes and irritation due to exposure to blue light.

Grounded by extensive research and in-depth understanding of gamers’ needs and behaviour, Huawei officially launched the HUAWEI MateView GT – its first immersive surround screen monitor that is designed for gamers and users seeking next-level audio and visual entertainment.

The HUAWEI MateView GT features a 34-inch screen with a screen resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 21:9, giving approximately 33 per cent more viewing area than most mainstream 16:9 screens. With a 1500R super-curved design, the screen provides an immersive gaming experience with its significantly larger field of view. The HUAWEI MateView GT empowers users with a level of clarity and detail beyond the capabilities of the naked eye, allowing them to enjoy the thrill of the game like never before.

The depth of gameplay immersion hinges on the colour gamut of the display. The HUAWEI MateView GT supports a cinematic 90 per cent P3 colour gamut and 10-bit colour depth, covering 1.07 billion vibrant colours. With a professional-grade colour accuracy of ΔE<2, the monitor also allows gamers to indulge in a gorgeous and hyper-realistic visual feast.

The refresh rate is the key defining feature for any gaming monitor and is usually associated with the quality of the display. While the basic entry-level monitors are usually capable of running up to 60Hz, the refresh rate for higher-end gaming monitors can oftentimes be up to 160Hz. Higher refresh rates reflect better video quality, reduced damage to the eye, and an overall improved gaming experience. Conversely, a low refresh rate can result in flickering screens which put unnecessary strain on the eyes and accelerate fatigue.

The HUAWEI MateView GT boasts an impressive 165Hz refresh rate, effectively eliminates display flicker for a buttery-smooth gaming experience for its users. Furthermore, in genres like FPS where a split-second decision can determine the outcome, a higher refresh rate can offer users invaluable advantages to help them pull ahead of their competitors.

A universal dread among the gaming community is to experience the dizzying screen tearing, which would compromise the gaming experience. what’s worse, the severe tearing can even cause a mild headaches. To offer a tear-free experience, the HUAWEI MateView GT supports a variable refresh rate by leveraging an adaptive synchronization technology, eliminating screen-tearing, stuttering, and latency issue for a fluid gameplay experience.

The HUAWEI MateView GT also comes with the Dark Field Control and Crosshairs feature to elevate their FPS gameplay experience. Leveraging the Dark Field Control, users can adjust the display brightness and contrast at any single moment to help them gain an edge over their hidden in-game enemies. Users can also take advantage of the Crosshairs feature to overlay their game with a crosshair and help them drastically improve their aiming.

The HUAWEI MateView GT sports an innovative and functional unibody SoundBar design which serves as a monitor base as well as powerful dual speakers. The Soundbar supports touch control for volume, highly convenient and intuitive even during gameplay. It also features an RGB lighting hub with 36 individually addressable RGB lights, offering an extensive range of colour-changing options. What’s more, users can customise their favourite lighting effects. Coupled with the intelligent noise-cancelling microphone at the top of the monitor, HUAWEI MateView GT can create an ultimate atmosphere for gamers.

Extended gaming sessions may cause damage to the eye. The HUAWEI MateView GT has passed the TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification, meaning it is more than capable of filtering out harmful blue light during games. The monitor also supports DC Dimming technology, eliminating screen flickering which accelerates cause eye fatigue.

The newly launched HUAWEI MateView series, include HUAWEI MateView, a standalone monitor that puts special emphasis on its design without compromising on quality, resulting in a display with pleasing aesthetics and performance. The HUAWEI MateView features a 28.2-inch display with a 4K+ 3850 x 2560 resolution that brings incredible colour reproduction. Its 3:2 aspect ratio means that users have more vertical room to see documents and web pages in a taller view. The ultra-thin bezels deliver a more immersive feel, achieving an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 94% and a screen that’s as thin as 9.3mm.

After accumulating years of technological expertise in the fields of smartphones, notebooks and tablets, Huawei is now leveraging its innovative technologies and quality craftsmanship into its all-new monitor line-up. As the company’s first immersive curved display, the HUAWEI MateView GT inherits the spirit of the Mate Series and is an ideal display for both gamers and users seeking more immersive audio and video entertainment. The HUAWEI MateView series bring a forward-thinking approach that complements Huawei’s Super Device experience, letting users enjoy seamless collaboration across displays, laptops, smartphones, tablets and etc.

The HUAWEI MateView is now available for AED 2,999 with a free HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Black 46mm and HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse AF30, while the HUAWEI MateView GT is available for AED 2,299.

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