This Week in Gear: Curved Monitors, Onkyo Receivers, and More

Posted Thu Aug 31, 2017 at 01:00 PM PDT by
LG 34UC89G monitor

We've compiled the latest gear news, including new Onkyo receivers, new monitors from Alienware and LG, and more.

From product announcements and streaming app updates to general industry news and recent gear trends, keeping up with the latest tech news can be a daunting task. With that in mind, we're here to offer you a roundup of some of the latest gear and consumer electronics news that you may have missed.

For this edition, we're covering Dells' new Alienware new monitors, LG and FaZe Clan's upcoming gaming competition with the LG 34UC89G, Onkyo's latest stereo receivers, and AT&T's new exclusive tablet.

So, without further ado, here's a rundown of some of the latest gear and tech news:

Dell and Alienware Reveal New Curved Monitors


To coincide with the IFA 2017 tech show in Berlin, Dell has announced the arrival of two new Alienware 34-inch gaming monitors. The collection includes the AW3418DW (MSRP $1,499) and the AW3418HW (MSRP $1,199).

Both models have been designed for optimized gaming performance in mind, and each display offers a 34-inch curved screen design, ultra-thin bezel, and 4ms response time. Likewise, the monitors include support for NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and custom AlienFX lighting across four lighting zones in more than 150 PC game titles. 

The AW3418DW features a WQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate, and the AW3418HW features a WFHD (2560 x 1080) resolution with a 160Hz refresh rate.

Alienware's AW3418DW monitor is now available for purchase through Dell. Meanwhile, the AW3418HW monitor is set to launch in late fall.

Source: Dell

LG and FaZe Clan Prep Gaming Competition with LG 34UC89G Monitor


LG has announced a partnership with the FaZe Clan gaming team to host a gaming contest featuring LG's new 34UC89G monitor. The "Seriously Professional" competition is set to begin on September 12.

The contest will be a five-versus-five winner-take-all competition between the FaZe Clan members as they face off by playing the new LawBreakers game. To help prepare for the tournament, FaZe Clan members will train fans using LG's 34UC89G 21:9 UltraWide curved screen monitor. After the training sessions, the competition will segue into a final showdown between Team Rawkus led by FaZe Rawkus and Team Temperrr led by FaZe Temperrr. The winner will then receive an ultimate gaming package Grand Prize.

"With some of the latest enhancements to our premium 21:9 UltraWide monitors, LG helps gamers stay one step ahead of the competition," said David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing, LG Electronics USA. "Teaming with FaZe Clan to train the next generation of gamers on our new high-performance gaming monitor is another step towards giving consumers the best experience possible and continuing to help them hone their craft." 

The 34UC89G features an UltraWide IPS panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. Likewise, the display offers an expanded color gamut that offers over 99% of the sRGB color space with wide viewing angles and shorter input lag. In addition, the monitor uses NVIDIA G-Sync gaming display technology which dynamically matches the 144Hz (overclockable to 166Hz) refresh rate of the screen to the frame rate output of the GPU, helping to eliminate tearing while reducing stutter and input lag. Finally, different display modes to enhance certain gameplay types are provided as well, including Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, and Crosshair.

Source: LG

Onkyo Details New Stereo Receivers


Onkyo has announced the latest additions to its home audio lineup. The collection includes the TX-8260 Network Stereo Receiver (MSRP $499) and TX-8220 Stereo Receiver (MSRP $299).

The TX-8260 is rated for 80W/ch (8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.1% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC) through high-current low-impedance analog amplification with discrete output transistors, non-phase-shift amp circuitry, and massive EI transformer with customized capacitors. Meanwhile, the TX-8220 is rated for 45W/ch (8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, FTC) of wideband stereo power, along with two digital audio inputs, four line-level inputs, and subwoofer pre-out. Likewise, both units include Bluetooth technology.

In addition, the TX-8260 model also includes robust network connectivity and Hi-Res audio playback with universal network streaming and multi-room audio over 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. Wireless options include Chromecast built-in, FireConnect powered by Blackfire, and DTS Play-Fi technology, along with support for streaming services like Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora, Deezer, and TuneIn. 

The Onkyo TX-8260 Network Stereo Receiver (MSRP $499) and TX-8220 Stereo Receiver (MSRP $299) are both set to launch in September.

Source: Onkyo 

AT&T Offers Exclusive Tablet for $10 Per Month


AT&T has announced the launch of its new exclusive AT&T Primetime tablet. The Full HD mobile device is specially designed for use with entertainment apps like DirecTV and DirecTV Now streaming services.

"Whether you're at home or on-the-go, the AT&T Primetime tablet offers an entertainment-first experience at a very affordable price," said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president, Device and Network Services Marketing. "Not only is this tablet priced competitively, but it is also packed with some of the latest and greatest audio and video features designed to deliver premium entertainment that is just one-touch away."

The tablet features a 10-inch Full HD display, support for dual Bluetooth audio streams, a 9070 mAh battery for up to 11 hours of use, and dual front-facing speaker with Dolby Audio tech. In addition, the device offers a special TV Mode with easy access to video apps like DirecTV with just one swipe from the home screen or lock screen, or by one touch of the Quick Launch button.

The AT&T Primetime tablet is now available for $10 a month for 20 months with an AT&T Installment plan, or $30 with a 2 year contract. Likewise, AT&T Unlimited Plus or AT&T Unlimited Choice customers can add the AT&T Primetime to their unlimited wireless plan for an extra $20 per month. 

Source: AT&T

Tags: Dell, Alienware, LG, AT&T, Onkyo, Monitors, Receivers, Tablets, IFA 2017 (all tags)