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Greatest Hits of MWC 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

MWC Logo With the world’s largest mobile technology show about to take place in the sunny environs of Barcelona. it’s time to kick off something new for our coverage of the show this year: PC Pro’s Greatest Hits of MWC 2013. It’s our pick of the best products and technologies on show at the event. Nine products will walk away with a Greatest Hits award, and as ever we’re looking for our readers’ help in picking the winners.

If you see a product you think deserves to be considered, then make a comment on this blog by midnight Tuesday 5 February (UK time). In addition to five products earning the Greatest Hits accolade, we’re giving away four awards in the following specific categories:

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LG Optimus Vu review: first look

Monday, February 27th, 2012

LG Optimus VuWith the big, beautiful Samsung Galaxy Note taking off in such an unexpected manner, it was only a matter of time before others followed suit to produce their own oversized handsets. The first to attempt the feat is LG, who showed off the Optimus Vu in a sneak preview event before the start of Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona.

The Vu is possibly the most unusual smartphone we’ve yet seen. On paper, its 5in screen isn’t quite as big as the Note’s 5.3in display, but the Vu does things differently. Instead of the smartphone standard 16:9 aspect ratio, the Vu’s screen is 4:3 – just like a tiny iPad. The resolution is an impressive 1,024 x 768, and behind the scenes is a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

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LG supersizes multitouch screens

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

LG Pen Touch Multi Board 2

If you thought whizzing around on Google Maps on your Apple iPad was impressive, you should see the enormous LG mutlitouch screens at CES in Las Vegas.

The LG Pen Touch Multi Board is three plasma screens wedged together to create one enormous multitouch surface. As the name suggests, the screen doesn’t recognise swipes of the finger; this beast is controlled using pressure-sensitive styluses. However, it can still pull off all the regular mutlitouch tricks, such as zooming in by performing a pinching motion with a stylus in each hand, as you can see demonstrated in the photo below.

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Where next for the TFT market?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

TFTs

For a while now I’ve been blathering on to anyone who’ll listen (and plenty who’d rather not – Ed) about falling TFT prices, while marvelling at the bargains that can currently be had. Large-format TFTs have gone from expensive luxuries to affordable commodities in a remarkably short period of time, so I wasn’t surprised to read today that the head of LG Display, Kwon Young-soo Kwon, believes the industry has “hit the bottom.”

I’ve just finished writing a TFTs Labs for next month’s issue so I know first-hand just how crazy the market has become. We had one 22in TFT for £80 plus VAT, a 24in model for £140 plus VAT and even a monstrous 28in for a little over £200 plus VAT. If I remember correctly, some of these prices are cheaper than 17in and 19in TFTs reviewed just months previously.

It can’t be healthy for a whole industry to plummet so quickly in order to chase declining sales, and the remarks from Kwon at LG back this up. (more…)

All the week’s reviews

Friday, December 12th, 2008

This week’s the reviews desk has been in a professional mood, with some high-end peripherals dominating proceedings.

NECThe monstrous NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi was set up in the Labs for all of eight seconds before a drooling crowd had gathered to marvel at its stunning colour reproduction and ginormous 30in, 2,560 x 1,600 H-IPS panel. Yes, it’s a £1,400 investment, but if you compare it to the main professional-level competition we reckon it actually looks like quite a bargain.

EpsonContinuing the professional theme was the Epson Stylus Photo R2880, the flagship of its A3 range. Remarkably quiet in use, extremely simple to use and maintain, and using not one but three separate black inks (surely Light Light Black is just Grey?) it’s a photographer’s dream. Even at £357 plus VAT it’s a quality investment for any semi-pro.

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What’s in a name?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Abbreviations are great, aren’t they? BBC, DVD, HSBC, DVLA, GCSE. Why use normal words when you can take almost as long to recite them as letters instead?

Of course, some conveniently shorten into a series of letters that can actually be said as a single, new word. Think acronyms like NASA, SCUBA, laser. Think VAIO.

Today I read of Sony’s redefinition of the famous VAIO brand, and it occurred to me that I had absolutely no idea what it had stood for since its creation.

Very Attractive If Overpriced, perhaps? (more…)

We’re the world’s best, promise!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

LG W2252TEWe see bold claims from manufacturers all the time, and we usually take them with a pinch of salt. If enough evidence is presented and/or we can back them up with our own tests, we’re willing to accept some of them; others vary from laughably untrue to those we’d love to believe but just don’t quite add up. But at the very least we need the full facts before we decide.

LG’s newest 22in TFT, the W2252TE, is a case in point. Heralded in its press release as “the world’s most energy efficient monitor”, it claims to offer “a 45% reduction (40W) in power consumption, leading the way in environmentally friendly computer screens”.

Inevitably, the question arises: a 45% reduction over what? (more…)

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