ASUS has been snubbed by the Chinese government, as the only member of the top five branded PC vendors to not be found eligible for subsidies under that country's rural stimulus program. Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer all qualified for the scheme, which attempts to promote market growth in rural areas of China where an estimated 800m of the country's 1.3bn population live.
BenQ have announced their own all-in-one desktop PC, and while some manufacturers go for touchscreens and others superlative media playback, the nStation i91 is all about ease of use. In fact, BenQ are saying that, thanks to their intuitive control knob on the lower right-hand side of the display, the nStation i91 is as straightforward as a TV. Behind the glossy bezel there's an AMD Semperon 210U processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, while the non-touchscreen display itself is 18.5-inches 16:9.
It's hard to believe, but after all we've seen of the BenQ S6 MID, we've not seen a video unboxing. Perhaps that's because of the mobile internet device's limited availability; so far, Italy looks like your best bet to get a hold of the S6, courtesy of carrier TIM. Anyway, there's at least one S6 outside of Italy, in the hands of Ewan Spence on the MID Moves tour, and he's shared not only his video unboxing but some hands-on feedback about the compact 3G device.
While visiting CES 2009, the folks from Luminus gave me a short 5 minutes walk-though on their PT-39 LED Chipset that used to power all those ultra bright and color accurate mobile-size projectors. I was more impressed with water-cooled Chi Lin and Vivitek full-feature projectors; but after a second look on the mini-projectors’ throwing images, I have to say the composes of three individual LED chips were not joke when it came to brightness and color reproduction. It can throw 100 of lumen and claim 20k hours of lamp life, the light source is about 10 times more usable than my home projector. If you want to give it spin, BenQ has recently announced the availability of GP1 Pocket Projector, which incorporated Luminous PhlatLight’s PT-39 chipset and Texas Instruments DLP technology to produce the on-the-go mobile beamer at its best.
Most monitor-makers are already headed toward the low cost 16:9 TN panel displays, why not BenQ? The manufacturer has quietly announced new G series monitors on their global site, dished out a sum of 10 LCDs, ranged from 15.5-inch to 24-inch with a variety of resolutions to choose from.
The G Series offers five 720p (20” G2020HD/HDA, 18.5” G920HD/HDA, and 15.6” G610HDA) and five 1080p (24” G2411HD/HDA, 23.6” G2410HD, or 21.5” G2220HD/HAD)
models. All models come standard with an exclusive image enhancement engine, Senseye+photo feature, and optimized preset modes to display Standard, Dynamic, Photo and Movie pictures. Dynamic contrast rating boasts from 10,000:1 to 40,000:1 with ultra fast panel response rate from 2ms (GTG) to 5ms.
BenQ's S6 MID first went on sale in Italy back in October; now carrier TIM has slashed the price from its original €429 to €299 ($403). The price is believed to be for an unlocked, contract-free device, which gets you a 4.8-inch touchscreen, 2GB SSD and integrated 3G for a cost we don't normally see Mobile Internet Devices hitting.
The BenQ Joybook Lite U101 netbook is not new on the scene. It has already been released in China. However, it is just now getting its debut in the maker's home market, Taiwan. So, if you've been keeping your eye on this one, now might be your chance to buy.
If you're looking for a new projector that works well and offers a high level of features, you'll most likely be pleased with the BenQ MP624 DLP Projector. In fact, the manufacturer went to great lengths to seriously cut down operation noise, making for a quiet experience and allowing the attention to be placed on the videos.
As multimedia playback becomes a standard feature for PC user, more and more monitors has started to equip with a native resolution of 16:9 LCD panel. Movie lovers will love it as it gets full estate of horizontal pixels widescreen display without the top and bottom bars (for a 16:9 aspect ratio movie). We’ve seen it with Dell first 16:9-panel S2209W, now is BenQ turn with M2400HD - a 24-inch LCD monitor with 1920x1080 full HD resolution monitor launched at everywhere except US.
The BenQ Joybook Lite U101 was first announced last month, and at the time it looked like another case of netbook-by-numbers. It's only just now launched in Hong Kong, and according to these BenQ slides we may have missed a couple of distinctive features (as long as you remember that, in netbooks, "distinctive" can mean as little as an extra memory card supported). The screen is the key difference, being true 16:9 aspect rather than the more typical 16:10.
Full-sized BenQ Joybook Lite U101 slides after the cut