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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.

Linux marketshare increasing?

Linux has been seeing its marketshare rise and for the 2nd month in a row has seen their share grow. Linux of course has a long ways to go to catch Microsoft and Apple, but they've risen to a little over 2% marketshare after sitting at 1% for years and years. The popularity (and cheap prices) of chromebooks is speculated to be why people are giving Linux a try as Windows needs more power than what Chromebooks offer (and make the price higher thanks to their licensing fees). OMGChrome takes a look at Linux as they (slowly) climb their way up the marketshare charts.

It’s a question many have been asking over the past few months, as open-source enthusiasts rallied around reports that show Linux marketshare gaining ground for another consecutive month.

‘Why?’, many asked. Why now, after years of loitering around ~1% mark is Linux lifting off? Why are stat counters and markshare analysts suddenly finding more beans to count in the penguins’ corner?

The answer could be Chromebooks.

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

Nokia returns

Nokia is back in the phone market, this time they're in the Android camp and are going to have the Nokia 6 available towards the end of February. Nokia will be doing the official song and dance at Mobile World Congress which is on February 26th. These phones aren't necessarily true Nokia phones, they are just using the brand name in partnership with HMD (who are the ones making the hardware). It'll be interesting to see if Nokia can claw its way back into the market or if the big guys are just too big to compete with. CNET has the story.

BlackBerry isn't the only mega-brand of yesteryear attempting a major comeback. Nokia, too, will unveil its first Android phone, the Nokia 6, to the wider world.

Nokia Mobile teased the Nokia 6, which is already on sale in China, in a video on its Facebook page (see above). "Get ready!", the post reads, "The Nokia 6 is coming to China! More announcements to follow on February 26th... Save the date!"

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