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Lenovo Launches new ThinkPad Laptops and ThinkVision Mobile Monitor at MWC 2022

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Today at MWC, Lenovo announced the latest additions to its ThinkPad and ThinkVision portfolios. The latest ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5, powered by up to the latest Intel vPro with 12th Gen Intel Core i9 H-series processors running Windows 11 Pro and available with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX Laptop GPUs, up to 64GB DDR5 memory, and optional dual Solid-State Drives (SSD) supporting up to a massive 8TB, takes performance to a whole new level for the most demanding tasks. X1 Extreme Gen 5 also now includes Dolby Voice with AI noise cancellation and an optional WQXGA 165Hz refresh rate display with low blue light for meticulous content creators.

Lenovo is also introducing several updates to its ThinkPad T series portfolio to address the productivity and collaboration needs of a widely diversified workforce. The broad move to 16:10 aspect ratio displays with low blue light technology1 with FHD camera options combined with Dolby Audio speaker system and Dolby Voice enhance the collaboration experience, boosted by more stable connectivity thanks to Wi-Fi 6E and enhanced WWAN choices.

These innovations come after Lenovo has been recognized once again as one of the world’s most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights. By 2025, Lenovo aims to obtain 90% of electricity for global operations from renewable sources and remove one million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chain. Lenovo also remains focused on reducing its impact on the environment by including Post-Consumer Content (PCC) recycled plastic materials in the speaker enclosure, battery brackets, and AC adaptors in today’s ThinkPad announcements. Likewise, these ThinkPad laptops include 90 percent recycled and/or sustainable packaging5 and are ENERGY STAR certified and EPEAT registered for meeting energy saving and environmental standards.

Hybrid working environments need flexible and mobile workspaces. Increasing screen time adds pressure to an already overloaded display real estate. Enter the all-new ThinkVision M14d mobile USB-C monitor weighing less than 600 grams offers a super narrow bezel 14-inch 16:10 aspect ratio display with high resolution (2240 x 1400) that supports a 100% sRGB wide color gamut for greater visual fidelity. Natural low blue light technology helps eye care and a simple one cable connection to extend screen space makes it easy to work through complex workflows and collaborate with customers or colleagues.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 is a performance powerhouse designed to delight all users who pursue supreme power for demanding work and high-definition entertainment. The fifth-generation takes all that is good in the X1 Extreme platform and produces the most powerful ThinkPad X1 ever.

New features include:

  • New 165Hz refresh rate 16-inch 16:10 aspect ratio display option with low blue light technology. Other display options7 offer up to 600 nit brightness with 4K resolution, factory color calibration, Dolby Vision HDR for ultra-vivid image quality, and feature low blue light technology. Touch and pen input are optional features on select panels.
  • 12th Gen Intel Core H-series processors up to i9 and optional Intel vPro technology
  • New High-performance mobile graphics options are delivered courtesy of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 16GB GDDR6. Other options include NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPUs.
  • Integrated liquid metal thermal paste for both CPU and GPU and vapor chamber cooling can provide up to 10% performance boost8 through better thermal efficiency, and helps enable 110W TDP.
  • X1 Extreme Gen 5 can be configured with fast DDR5 4800Mhz memory up to 64GB and two 4TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs and a large capacity 90Wh (Watt hour) battery.
  • SD Express 7.0 card reader to support the latest ultra-fast SDXC memory cards.
  • Dolby Voice with its latest noise-canceling technology is added to the Dolby-powered solutions that include standard Dolby Atmos speaker system and optional Dolby Vision on select displays.
  • ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5, like all ThinkPad X1 models, is ready to support Tile’s full suite of finding features, so users can locate their PC up to 14 days, even when it’s shut down

ThinkPad P14s Gen 3 and P16s Gen 1, Lenovo’s most mobile workstations, offer a mix of power and performance for professional users on the go. Built with the latest Intel Core processors and NVIDIA T550 professional graphics, both workstations are ISV-certified and ideally suited to power applications such as AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks, and more. These mobile machines also ensure reliability and durability with the ThinkShield security suite and MIL-SPEC testing that highly mobile power users need.

Both models also offer improved usability features including a wider touchpad, all-day battery capacity, an upgraded FHD webcam, blue light reduction, and X-Rite factory color calibration for true-to-life color accuracy. New to Lenovo’s mobile workstation portfolio, the ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 redefines power and portability with a thin and light 16-inch chassis. This new form factor, like all ThinkPad P series, is designed with engineers, architects, and students in mind, and has a 16:10 aspect ratio display that delivers increased screen space for viewing and creating with extreme clarity. Both workstations will be available in black or an aluminum storm grey cover.

ThinkPad T series, first introduced in 2000 and Lenovo’s most successful business laptop, has long been the workhorse of the portfolio designed to meet the needs of a broad range of business users. Today, Lenovo is also introducing a new ThinkPad T16 along with updated ThinkPad T14s Gen 3 and T14 Gen 3. Available with either the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors with optional Intel vPro technology or the latest AMD Ryzen PRO 6000 Series processors for mobile with the Microsoft Pluton security processor, all running up to Windows 11 Pro.

New features at a glance include:

  • New 14-inch and 16-inch 16:10 aspect ratio display options surrounded by a four-sided narrow bezel design. A wide variety of display options vary by model and can offer up to 500 nit brightness with 4K resolution, Dolby Vision HDR support, and some feature low blue light technology. A 2.8K OLED option is available on ThinkPad T14s. Touch capability is also optional on select panels.
  • Mobile graphics are delivered courtesy of integrated AMD Radeon 600M graphics on AMD models, or up to Intel Iris Xe graphics with optional NVIDIA MX 550 or RTX 2050 discrete graphics on Intel models.
  • Wi-Fi 6E and optional Cat16 4G Wireless WAN offer fast and reliable connection at home, in the office, or somewhere in between.
  • ThinkPad T14 and T16 are offered with two battery options. On T14 a 39.3Wh option for people who seek a device (0.23kg) lighter than the previous generation for easier mobility, and a 52.5Wh option for those wanting more battery life. On T16, bigger battery options are available with 52.5Wh and 86Wh.
  • The new 16:10 aspect ratio designs integrate an optional FHD or FHD Infrared camera for improved video conferencing quality with a physical privacy shutter. Radar-based human presence detection is available on T14s with the IR camera.
  • ThinkPad T14 will be first to market with a new software-only human presence detection solution using ultrasound sensor technology delivered by Elliptic Labs’ AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform
  • A larger 115mm touchpad for improved usability for touchpad users.
  • As with the X1 Extreme Gen 5, Dolby Voice with its latest noise canceling technology is added to the Dolby-powered solutions that include a standard Dolby Audio speaker system and optional Dolby Vision on select displays.
  • Like all X1 models, ThinkPad T series with 12th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel WLAN are ready to support Tile’s full suite of finding features, so users can locate their PC up to 14 days, even when it’s shut down10
  • Security is of paramount importance with hybrid working. The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button for the easier sign-on through Windows Hello and all models are Windows Secured-core PCs.

An excellent companion to any ThinkPad is the new ThinkVision M14d mobile USB-C monitor. Weighing less than 1.3 pounds (600 grams)2, the M14d with its 14-inch IPS 2.2K display delivers extra viewing space with an increasingly common 16:10 aspect ratio and is easily connected via a USB Type-C cable which can also offer power pass-through for an elegant one cable solution12.

With the two USB-C ports supporting data transfer, the M14d can act as a USB hub allowing the connection of supported peripherals such as external storage or a smartphone to the unused port. Whether adding a convenient second display in a home office or comfortably sharing content with others in meeting spaces, ThinkVision M14d is designed for extended use thanks to an ergonomic height adjustment stand up to 11mm and features natural low blue light technology to reduce eye strain. What’s more, it comes with a protective sleeve so it can conveniently slip into a carry case with a laptop.

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Samsung Electronics Launches New Odyssey OLED Gaming Monitor

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Samsung Electronics has launched its 2024 Odyssey OLED gaming monitor, Smart Monitor and ViewFinity monitor lineups. These new and updated models bring features that people want — as well as some they don’t expect — to deliver new experiences, no matter how they use their monitors. The Odyssey lineup brings a next-level OLED experience and new AI capabilities to the Odyssey OLED G8; the Smart Monitor lineup heightens joy with more enhanced entertainment features, plus the Smart Monitor M8 powered by AI; and the ViewFinity lineup boosts connectivity to create a complete workstation.

“Our latest monitor lineups deliver a breadth of options to users globally and create better experiences, no matter how people use them,” said Hoon Chung, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “From the groundbreaking AI-powered Odyssey OLED gaming monitor to multi-device experiences in the Smart Monitor and ViewFinity lineups, Samsung remains committed to redefining the market and delivering cutting-edge technologies to users everywhere.”

Odyssey OLED Series
The 2024 Odyssey OLED models expand Samsung’s offerings of next-generation OLED performance with the new Odyssey OLED G8 (G80SD model) and Odyssey OLED G6 (G60SD model). The Odyssey OLED G8 is the first flat 32” Samsung OLED gaming monitor with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has a 240Hz refresh rate and 0.03ms grey-to-grey (GtG) response time for ultra-smooth and responsive gameplay.

The Odyssey OLED G6 is a 27” QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution monitor, supporting a 16:9 aspect ratio. Its 360Hz refresh rate and 0.03ms GtG response time make it easy for gamers to keep up with fast-moving gameplay. The new Odyssey OLED G8 is Samsung’s first OLED gaming monitor powered by AI. The NQ8 AI Gen3 processor, which is the same processor Samsung uses in its 2024 8K TV, upscales content to nearly 4K when using Samsung Gaming Hub and the monitor’s native Smart TV apps for higher resolution in gaming and entertainment.

Both new OLED models feature Samsung OLED Safeguard+, a new proprietary burn-in protection technology. This technology is the first in the world to prevent burn-in by applying a pulsating heat pipe to the monitor. Additionally, the Dynamic Cooling System evaporates and condenses a coolant to diffuse heat five times more effectively than the older graphite sheet method, which prevents burn-in by reducing the temperature at the core. The monitor also detects static images like logos and taskbars, automatically reducing their brightness to provide another means of burn-in prevention.

The Odyssey OLED G8 and OLED G6 both deliver unmatched OLED picture quality with a brightness of 250 nits (Typ.), while FreeSync Premium Pro keeps the GPU and display panel synced up to eliminate choppiness, screen lag and screen tearing. Samsung’s new OLED Glare Free technology also preserves colour accuracy and reduces reflections while maintaining image sharpness to ensure an immersive viewing experience, even in daylight. The OLED-optimized, low-reflection coating overcomes the trade-off between gloss and reflection thanks to a new, specialized hard-coating layer and surface coating pattern.

Both monitors feature a super slim metal design that gives them a distinct identity, while Core Lighting+ enhances entertainment and gaming experiences with ambient lighting that synchronizes with the screen. The ergonomic stand also makes long sessions more comfortable with adjustable height, plus tilt and swivel support. The new Odyssey OLED monitors are the next entry to expand Samsung’s OLED monitor market leadership. Their release comes after Samsung achieved the top position in global sales in the OLED monitor market within only one year of launching its first OLED model. This achievement underscores Samsung’s rapid ascent in the competitive landscape of OLED monitors while reinforcing its commitment to diversifying its gaming monitor lineup with models that leverage the company’s proprietary OLED technology.

Smart Monitor M8
The updated Smart Monitor lineup brings together a complete multi-device experience into one hub for smarter entertainment and greater productivity. The upgraded 2024 models include the M8 (M80D model), M7 (M70D model), and the M5 (M50D model). The upgraded 32” 4K UHD Smart Monitor M8 introduces new features powered by AI with the NQM AI processor, taking entertainment experiences to the next level. AI upscaling brings lower resolution content up to nearly 4K, and Active Voice Amplifier Pro uses AI to analyze background noise in the user’s environment to optimize dialogue in the user’s content.

360 Audio Mode is available on the M8, which pairs with Galaxy Buds to create an immersive sound environment. The built-in SlimFit Camera also makes it easy to conduct video calls through mobile applications with Samsung Dex. New to the entire line of Smart Monitors is a Workout Tracker, which pairs with a Galaxy Watch to enable real-time health data on the screen, even while streaming content. This makes it easier to track workout goals and can make working out more enjoyable.

These new features enhance the already impressive Smart Monitor functionality. Smart TV apps and Samsung TV Plus provide instant access to a wide range of streaming services and live content, without needing to boot up a PC or connect to other devices. The M7 is available in 32” and 43” with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, a brightness of 300 nits (Typ.) and a grey to grey (GtG) response time of 4ms. The M5 is available in 27” and 32”, with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080), a brightness of 250 nits (Typ.) and a GtG response time of 4ms.

ViewFinity Series
Optimized for creatives and professionals, and built with responsible practices, the latest ViewFinity lineup includes the ViewFinity S8 (S80UD and S80D models), ViewFinity S7 (S70D model) and the ViewFinity S6 (S60UD and S60D models). The updated 2024 ViewFinity monitors help recycling efforts by being made with a minimum of 10% recycled plastic and not applying chemical sprays to the plastic components. The packaging also uses glue instead of staples for easier disassembly.

The Easy Setup Stand is put together with one quick click, requiring no tools or screws, making it fast and easy to set up and enjoy the ViewFinity’s vibrant display. Every 2024 ViewFinity monitor supports HDR10 and the display of 1 billion colours, ensuring accurate colour representation, while also integrating TÜV-Rheinland-certified Intelligent Eye Care features to alleviate eye strain during prolonged work periods.

The ViewFinity S8 offers 27” and 32” screen options, each with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, a refresh rate of 60Hz and a brightness of 350 nits (Typ.). They also feature a USB hub for easy connectivity and a height-adjustable stand. The S80UD model includes a new KVM switch for easy connection and switching between two different input devices, as well as a USB-C port that allows users to charge devices with up to 90W of power.

The ViewFinity S7 is available in 27” and 32” options, each with UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, a brightness of 350 nits (Typ.) and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The ViewFinity S6 is available in 24”, 27” and 32” options, each with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, a refresh rate of 100Hz and a brightness of 350 nits (Typ.), including a USB hub and height-adjustable stand. The S60UD model also includes a built-in KVM switch and a USB-C port (up to 90W charging).

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Acer Launches Next-Level OLED Gaming Monitors

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Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan: Acer today announced three new gaming monitors in its Predator lineup, designed to appeal to professional gamers and gaming enthusiasts who want reliable machines for everyday use. The new models include the Predator X27U F3, Predator X34 X5, and Predator X32 X3 featuring brilliant OLED displays, high refresh rates, and ultra-smooth performance.

These powerhouse monitors are NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible to eliminate stuttering, flicker, and visual artefacts for a smooth and tear-free experience. The monitors also seamlessly integrate AMD FreeSync Premium Pro to eliminate ghosting, provide fluidity and ensure that every frame is rendered flawlessly. With true 10-bit colour depth, they deliver cinematic visuals with stunning contrast and vibrant colours further enhanced by DCI-P3 99% colour gamut and Delta E<1 colour accuracy. In addition, VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 ensures deep blacks and incredible brightness for lifelike visuals.

Predator X27U F3
The Predator X27U F3 is a 27-inch OLED gaming monitor built for breakneck speed and ultra-smooth gameplay with a blistering 480 Hz refresh rate and a 0.01 ms pixel response time. It brings gamers into a world of stunning visuals with WQHD (2560×1440) resolution for sharp details. Outfitted with Type-C and two HDMI 2.1 ports, it supports both console and PC gameplay and includes a tripod mount socket on the monitor stand allowing gamers and streamers to attach accessories such as a webcam or screen light.

Predator X32 X3
The Predator X32 X3 offers a large 31.5-inch 4K UHD (3840×2160) OLED display with a 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.03 ms (GTG) response time to ensure super-fast and fluid gameplay. With Dynamic Frequency and Resolution, gamers are empowered with the versatility to prioritize either refresh rate or resolution, tailoring their gaming experience to their needs. They can opt for stunning 4K UHD at 240 Hz or smooth FHD at 480 Hz, depending on the demands of the game and their current task. Featuring Type-C and two HDMI 2.1 ports, the Predator X32 X3 ALSO offers versatile connectivity for both console and PC gamers.

Predator X34 X5
The Predator X34 X5 is designed to dominate the battlefield with its mammoth-sized display and first-rate performance. Gamers craving an immersive and responsive experience will be blown away by the monitor’s expansive view, 1800R curvature, and UWQHD (3440×1440) OLED panel. For seamless gameplay at lightning speed, the monitor delivers a blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate and a near-instantaneous 0.03 ms (G to G) response time. Two HDMI 2.1, a DisplayPort, and Type-C support gamers with excellent connectivity options.

Predator OLED Monitors
For maximum comfort, the new monitors offer adjustable tilt, swivel, and height, allowing gamers to find the perfect viewing angle for any environment. They also come with two 5-watt speakers for quality audio, and a built-in KVM switch to effortlessly switch between two PCs with a single keyboard and mouse setup. Designed for marathon gaming sessions, they feature BlueLightShield Pro, flickerless, low-dimming, and ComfyView technologies to help prevent eye fatigue.

Acer has also implemented several OLED screen protection mechanisms to help extend the monitor’s lifespan and maintain image quality; Display Saver (always on) for automatic dimming when inactive, Constant Brightness, plus Image Retention Refresh and Screen Move (always on) to minimize stuck pixels and images.

The Predator X34 X5 will be available in EMEA in Q4, starting at $1,399. The Predator X32 X3 will be available in EMEA in Q4, starting at $1,399. The Predator X27U F3 will be available in EMEA in Q3, starting at $1,199.

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Dell Technologies Launches P and S-Series Monitors

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Dell Technologies has announced its new P- and S-series Monitors suited for a wide variety of use cases and price points that best cater to user needs. The P-series monitors are targeted at business professionals who are looking to maximize their work productivity while the S-series monitors are meant for families, students and general consumers who are after entertainment, enjoyment and lasting comfort.

P-series Monitors
For working professionals who crave all-day comfort and easy connectivity, the Dell 27 / 24 USB-C Hub Monitors (P2725HE / P2425HE / P2425E) offer enhanced eye comfort features as well as extensive connectivity ports. See below for a breakdown of the top features:

  • Improved Productivity: An improved 100Hz refresh rate on an ultrathin bezel screen, FHD/WUXGA (1920×1200)​resolution featuring IPS technology for colour consistency and smooth viewing experience.
  • Comfortable Viewing: With TUV Rheinland 4-star eye comfort certification, users can benefit from the improved ComfortView Plus feature that reduces harmful blue light to 35% or less to help reduce eye fatigue, along with flicker-free vivid visuals with a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 99% sRGB colour coverage.
  • Extensive Connectivity: Transform the monitor into a productivity hub with RJ45 for wired Ethernet connectivity and single cable solution USB-C (power delivery up to 90W) — all in a clutter-free setup. Extensive connectivity ports allow for easy connection to a variety of devices. Dell upgraded one USB-A port to USB-C to address the increasing demand for USB-C ports for easier connectivity to peripherals and fast charging.
  • Convenient Design: Connect to your external devices easily with intuitively designed quick access ports on the bottom bezel or attach an optional snap-on soundbar (sold separately) for audio. The height-adjustable stand with bi-directional tilt, pivot and swivel function provides a personalized setup.

Also launching are the Dell 27 / 24 / 22 Monitors (P2725H / P2425H / P2425 / P2225H), geared towards the no-frills, task-oriented professionals looking to benefit from an uninterrupted and productive workday. These monitors do not come with USB-C upstream ports.

S-series Monitors
For lifestyle-inspired needs, Dell is announcing the new S-series monitors, the Dell 24 / 27 Monitors (S2425H/HS, S2725H/HS/DS), which showcase modern designs and features for everyday versatility and comfort. These S-series monitors bring together impressive screen performance as well as audio enhancements for everyday entertainment and usability features in a stunning design, showcasing Dell’s ambition to continue elevating and enhancing users’ home office and entertainment setups.

See below for a breakdown of the top features:

  • Visual Excellence with Entertainment in mind:27-inch QHD & FHD resolutions and 23.8-inch FHD IPS monitors are certified by TUV Rheinland for 4-star eye comfort with improved ComfortView Plus to help reduce blue light emissions to 35% or less and 100Hz refresh rate (VRR for S2725DS only) to deliver smoother motion visuals perfect for casual gamers. Users can seamlessly switch between streaming and casual gaming with the built-in dual HDMI connectivity ports. Users can enjoy vibrant colours with 99% sRGB colour coverage and a 1500:1 contrast ratio.
  • Impressive Audio: Elevate the audio experience with integrated dual 5W speakers that offer deeper, punchier bass and wider soundscape showcasing impressive audio capability. Easily choose between 5 presets (Standard, Movie, Game, Music, Voice) and 1 customisable audio profile to tailor for every moment.
  • New Modern Design: Beautifully crafted ultra-thin bezels and a subtle textured pattern at the back inspired by Japanese sand-raking provide a modern-styled design perfect for any space. These monitors come in Ash White color which is soothing to the eyes and complements any environment, matching lifestyle needs. Users will also enjoy all-day comfort with a height-adjustable stand with tilt, pivot, and swivel functions (available on S2425HS/S2725HS/S2725DS only).
  • Tailored Convenience: Improved cable management design offers a clutter-free set-up. Convenient primary connections and easy side-access secondary connections offer multiple input ports for a multi-device set-up. Navigate and manage the OSD menus with the new joystick and shortcut buttons on the back of the monitor.

The new P-and S-series monitors are designed using 85% post-consumer recycled and closed-loop ITE-derived plastic, 50% recycled steel, 100% recycled aluminium and at least 20% recycled glass. Additionally, the P-series monitors also meet the latest environmental standards such as EnergyStar, EPEAT Gold, TCO and TCO Edge. With the new EPEAT Climate+ designation, these monitors have met the industry’s best practices around decarbonisation.

Users can now conserve energy when the monitor is not in use with PowerNap mode in Dell Display Manager, which dims or puts the monitor to sleep and lowers energy use by up to 14.8%. Lastly, all the monitors also ship in boxes that are made from 100% renewable content and can be recycled, and they come with fibre-based cushioning that is more sustainable to the environment.

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