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Movie Trailer Monday - X-Men: Apocalyse

The first X-Men movie was undoubtedly the best so far, but Apocalypse looks pretty amazing.

 

BenQ @ CES 2016

CES 2016 is in the books but we managed to slip in one more visit before the doors closed. Today we met with BenQ to check out what they've got in store for 2016.


BenQ is of course best known for their LCD monitors and video projectors, which they of course had on display at CES 2016. BenQ is showing off their new monitor which they are calling the ultimate gaming monitor, the BenQ XL2730Z. After checking out a demo of this QHD (2560x1440) LCD monitor that offers 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms GTG response time, we think they might have a point. In addition to high end specifications, BenQ has added software that gamers will appreciate when switching between games or even if they have to get some work done. The BenQ XL2730Z is a very nice monitor and we will hopefully get a chance in the future to take this new model for a test drive on our test bench. 



Another monitor on display this year was BenQ's XR3501 35 inch curved LCD monitor. Curved monitors definitely have a "WOW" factor to them, but they are also very nice for people who want to replace to monitors with one single device. The gaming crowd also likes the extra wide screen space in particular for racing of flight simulator games. 



And then last but not least, BenQ had a display of all of their gaming peripherals on display. Now before you scratch your head wondering why BenQ is making mice and keyboards it is helpful to remember that BenQ recently acquired Zowie, who is very well known for making high quality gaming products for many years. Thanks to this new relationship, BenQ is able to offer proven products that compliment their gaming monitors, the relationship had been strong between the two companies for years but after the acquisition BenQ is able to offer a full range of gaming peripherals. BenQ isn't trying to make the flashiest gaming mice and keyboards on the market, they'd rather focus on quality and performance which gamers will appreciate. Zowie's slogan is "Strive for Perfection" and that shows in their design.

If you'd like to see more of these Zowie/BenQ gaming products (and a whole bunch more of them), check out Zowie's website.
 


 

For more on BenQ's announcement at CES 2016, make sure to check out their website.

If you'd like to see more from our final day of CES 2016 coverage, check out our CES day 4 photo gallery.

Is Twitter 'toast'?

Twitter isn't have a great month (or year) as their stock continues to drop, top executives keep leaving, and analysts are saying your company is 'toast' and your rapidly falling stock is overvalued still. Basically its been a tough 2016 for Twitter and 2017 is looking like it could be even worse unless something magically happens and brings users and investors back. CNBC takes a closer at Twitter and predicts why they are 'toast'. 

Twitter is "toast" as a company and the stock is not even worth $10, according to a research note published Tuesday, following the departure of another top executive at the social media service.

The microblogging platform's chief technology officer, Adam Messinger, tweeted that he would leave the company and "take some time off", while Josh McFarland, vice president of product at Twitter, also said he was exiting the company. Both executives announced their departure on Tuesday.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 - early 2017?

The rumor of the week is that Microsoft is working on getting the Surface Pro 5 out into the wild in early 2017, possibly to coincide with the Creator's update/release of Windows 10. So far not much is known about what the Surface Pro 5 might look like, but it has been a couple years almost since the Surface Pro 4 came out as Microsoft's flagship product. The Surface lineup of devices has been very well received and copied numerous times by other companies. TechSpot takes a closer look at the rumors.

As we approach the end of 2016, it’s safe to say that Microsoft has had a pretty great year, especially in terms of hardware. While devices like the Surface Studio and a refresh of the Surface Book have been launched to high acclaim, the Surface Pro line has been dormant — but that could change early next year.

LG's Upcoming G6 to Have 18:9 Aspect Ratio

While at CES, LG wasn't willing to talk about their upcoing handset, but there are leaks everywhere and we have just seen a glipse of the new G5. The G4 was a very solid device and the G5 added modules that promised goodness, but never really took off. The G6 comes along now with an impressive 2,880 x 1,440 screen that could be called by some to be a 2:1 aspect ratio. This is a little odd for a phone screen and the device could look quite skinny and tall. We'll be seeing more for sure - and the full launch will be at Mobile World Congress in Spain next month.

The display will pack in 1,440 by 2,880 pixels, a bit more than a typical Quad HD screen. LG says it'll be thinner than before, at less than 1mm thick, and it's reduced the bezel width by 20 percent on the top of the screen and 10 percent around the sides. Additionally, the company says it'll be 10 percent more visible outdoors and it'll use 30 percent less battery life.

Source: Engadget

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