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What Do All Those Different Display Type Acronyms Actually Mean?

I am sure that if you visited this site a few times you have seen some of the videos or read the articles on various mobile products. Usually you will be inundated with a slew of acronyms such as TN, IPS, OLED, AMOLED and perhaps even IGZO.

Well today I am going to explain what those letters mean and what the basic differences are. We are not going into the science here, so please just keep reading, so you don’t feel so confused the next time a tablet/notebook reviewer drones on about a TN or IPS display.

We have several basic technologies for displays and the primary 2 are LCD and OLED. LCD is by far the most common and comes in all sorts of flavors such as TN and IPS. You might even hear the term TFT-LCD.

So let’s break those down:

  • LCD = Liquid Crystal Display, not new, been around since we all got digital watches or a cheap calculator.
  • TFT-LCD = Thin Film Transistor LCD, pretty much the same as LCD.
  • OLED = Organic Light Emitting Diode. A relatively new technology that also includes AMOLED, which is Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode. Super AMOLED is simply Samsung’s marketing telling you their phones have a “super” display. OLED displays use less power and improve battery life.
  • TN = Twisted Nematic which is simply a type of technology that is less expensive than IPS and offers very high refresh rates at the expense of viewing angles.
  • IPS = In Plane Switching which offers excellent viewing angles, better color reproduction but at a higher cost. This type display will not have the higher refresh rates of a TN display.
  • IGZO= Lastly you might hear about IGZO displays. These incorporate a transparent oxide semiconductor comprised of Indium, Gallium, Zinc, and Oxygen. This is a technology that can be applied to the panel types listed above to reduce power consumption down to 1/5th to even 1/10th and save battery life. This is an interesting technology and you can get the tech info here.

So that sort of covers all the basics. You can easily do a search on Google to find all the technical details, but the whole idea of this post was simply to let you know what all that jargon means.

Incidentally the best display I have on any of my devices is my AMOLED screen BLU Studio Energy 2 phone. It isn’t the highest resolution, but it looks a damned sight better than anything I own at any possible viewing angle! Even outdoors in the sun it still looks stunning, all while saving battery!

That is all for today,

Tim

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Tonight We Have Another Video Worth Sharing: Jumper EzBook 3 Plus Unboxing And Hands On

This video covers the EZBook 3 Plus, which is actually a slight upgrade from the EzBook 3 Pro in that it has the Intel Core M3 processor instead of the Apollo Lake N3450.

This one comes to us from Chris over at TechTablets, so make sure to subscribe or visit his site!

The short list of specs are as follows:

  • Intel Core M3 7Y30  processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB SSD (Upgrade slot on bottom of notebook)
  • WiFi b/g/n/ac dual band
  • microSD slot
  • 2 full size USB 3 .0 ports
  • 1920 x 1080 display

The display appears to be the weak point on this device, but considering the price it may still be well worth the money!

So let us get to the video…

This device is available on Gearbest currently at $424.99.

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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I Was Looking For Some Updates on The Chuwi LapBook Air Today And Ran Into Some Great Prices!

While checking the Chuwi web site today I ran across some great sale prices on Chuwi Products from Banggood. Chuwi had some sale prices listed and it turns out that a few of them are even lower when you get to the Banggood site.

Remember, this are limited time sales and you need to hop on them right away if you are interested! All links below will open in a new tab.

So let us get right to those deals!

The first is the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 at a mere $269. This little notebook has great specs and at only $284 it is a deal! (sale ends at 9 PM CDT,09-09-17)

Next we have the Chuwi Hi12 tablet at a mere $206.99. This is another great deal!

Next we have the Chuwi Hi13, 13.5 inch tablet at a great price of only $289.99.

Last we have the Chuwi LapBook 14.1 at a very low $218.99!

In the interest of getting this info out quickly I didn’t post any specs, because you can find all those at the links I posted and by doing a search on this site since every one of these devices has been written about here or has a video review posted.

For the curious I did not find any new updated specs on the LapBook Air.

Tim

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Today’s Video Worth Sharing: Chuwi SurBook Unboxing And Initial Impressions

Today’s video come to us from Chris over at TechTablets and covers the Chuwi SurBook 12.3 inch, 2 in 1 device.

This one has 128GB onboard storage and an Apollo Lake N3450 processor. It comes with the keyboard and stylus for $439 at this link.

This looks like a pretty solid unit. Although there is a microSD card there is no way to expand the internal storage.

All that being said, let us proceed to the video.

Incidentally, due to the lack of a laminated screen and no way to upgrade storage on this device it has been removed from my possible notebooks list. Do not get me wrong, it appears to be a fine tablet/2 in 1 and well worth the price, but it simply does not do what I need a notebook for.

That is all for now,

Tim

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: Asus Transformer Pro T304UA, Unboxing and Review

Tonight we have a video courtesy of Andrew over at AMDTech on the Asus Transformer Pro T304UA. This is a Surface Pro competitor and comes with the keyboard and a stylus for $800 less than the Microsoft Surface Pro.

With a 12.6 inch display at 2160 x 1440 along with 256 GB SSD storage and 8 GB RAM.

This is a premium device with a somewhat reasonable price and has a few pros and cons, but overall is well worth the money for those looking for higher end 2 in 1 devices.

So let us get right to the video for all the details!

This product can be found on Amazon right now for about $968.

That is all for now,

Tim

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