HP EliteBook 8570w

Dustin Sklavos, AnandTech:

The HP EliteBook 8570w is capable of being outfitted with a 10-bit IPS display that HP dubs DreamColor, and the high color gamut can be a sight to behold. On top of that, we’re looking at a 1920×1080 display in a 15.6″ form factor, a pixel density much appreciated in notebooks. It appears that LG Philips is manufacturing the majority of these high end panels that are being used, as Dell’s Precision M6700’s PremierColor display is also using one of their panels.

The HP EliteBook 8570w sports a matte LCD with a RGB LED backlight. The RGB LEDs are what enables the fantastically high color gamut. With higher precision binning of RGB LEDs HP could have more accurately matched RGB wavelengths in the color filter resulting in color accuracy equal to or better than the 8760w.

Display specs:

  • Contrast: 738:1
  • Brightness (white): 251 nits
  • Brightness (black): 0.34 nits
  • Delta E: 1.52
  • Color Gamut: 96.4% AdobeRGB 1998

Contrast is decent, but the Clevo P170EM, Samsung Series 7, and Dell Precision M6700 all have better. White brightness is lowest among the six notebooks compared, but black brightness comes in third behind the Clevo and Samsung. Color accuracy (Delta E) isn’t great, but competent. Where the HP EliteBook 8570w shines is its color gamut. But what good is wide color gamut when color accuracy isn’t there? For color professionals the higher end EliteBook 8760w is a better choice: You get a slightly broader color gamut and better color accuracy. And about that 10-bit IPS LCD: I wonder if it isn’t 8-bit plus FRC.

The HP EliteBook 8570w sports one of the best LCDs you can find in a notebook PC, but it is thick, heavy, and ugly. Add to that a hefty price and I’m beginning to wonder if the fantastic LCD is worth it. There is one more major letdown: 1920×1080. I much prefer 2880×1800, thin, light, and sexy.

Sony NEX-6

David Pierce, The Verge:

I still think the NEX line is the best in its class, thanks to a combination of small bodies, big sensors, and solid performance. […] If you want a camera to use in Auto and take great pictures, save $250 and buy the NEX-5R — it shoots just as well. But for my needs, at $849.99 body-only and $999.99 with the new 16-50mm kit lens, the NEX-6 might be my favorite mirrorless camera yet. It’s certainly the first one I’ve tried that feels like it could replace my DSLR […]

Gartner Says 85 Percent of All Flat-Panel TVs Will Be Internet-Connected Smart TVs by 2016

Gartner: I’m amused when a market research firm like Gartner states what will happen in 2016. I’m willing to bet Gartner’s predictions 24 months or more into the future has less than a 10 percent accuracy. For example, Gartner predicted in 2011 that Microsoft would be selling 68 million smartphones in 2012. In Q3’12 Microsoft sold four million worldwide. Even if we assume sales double in Q4’12, Gartner’s prediction was more of a wild guess. Perhaps Gartner is better at predicting TV trends?

According to GfK, China has the highest smart TV penetration of 44 percent followed by South Korea (18 percent), and India (17 percent). I prefer “dumb TVs” but perhaps I’ll change my mind when/if Apples does its thing with TVs.

iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales in China Top Two Million

Apple:

Apple today announced it has sold over two million of its new iPhone 5 in China, just three days after its launch on December 14.

Horace Dediu, Asymco:

According to ISI’s Brian Marshall, the iPhone achieved 1.5% penetration of the 3G subscriber base or 15 iPhones per 1000 3G subscribers. If we assumed the same basis (3G subs) that would make the iPhone 5 twice as popular on launch in China than in the US.

Does this indicate China will soon become the largest market for iPhones?

Philips Lumiblade OLED Panel GL350

via The Verge. Philips: A 103.8 mm (4.09 in) squared OLED panel. Three for €400 (US$556). One of my many crazy dreams has been to replace ceiling lights with the entire ceiling: Turn on the lights and the entire ceiling lights up. At some point in the future these OLED panels will get big and affordable enough.

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

via The Verge. Samsung chief strategy officer Young Sohn, in an interview with Jessica Leber, MIT Technology Review:

Look at your phone [pointing to my Samsung Galaxy Nexus]. It’s a better phone, in my view. It’s a better display. It’s faster. But eventually the connected ecosystem is really critical.

Sohn uses a Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad at home. He doesn’t say which iPhone but let’s assume he’s got the latest and greatest: the iPhone 5.

If he truly believes a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED with a PenTile Matrix 1280×720 logical pixel format is a better display than the 4-inch 326-ppi 1136×640 IPS LCD with RGB subpixels used in the iPhone 5, I am afraid Samsung’s technology strategy is already flawed. One big reason is resolution: The HD Super AMOLED doesn’t come close to 326 ppi.

Sharp ICC PURIOS LC-60HQ10

via Engadget. Sharp (Japanese): 4K is upon us, for a price. The Sharp ICC PURIOS LC-60HQ10 is a 60-inch 4K LCD TV with a 3840×2160 pixel format, with a unique technology.

ICC stands for Integrated Cognitive Creation, which was developed by I-cubed Research Center. ICC is a fancy name for: “We want you to feel like you’re seeing the real thing.” How? By using real-world optical signals, not electrical ones, to form pictures with perspective, three-dimensionality, and texture that are as close to the real world as possible. In other words, screen resolution (ppi) changes depending on where the object is located within a picture. For example, let’s consider a house across a 100 meter bridge. The part of the bridge closest to you will have the highest resolution, the house lowest, and parts of the bridge in the middle. This suggests the TV understands perspective and that’s probably why the word ‘cognitive’ has been used. Here are some hardware specs:

  • Size: 60 inches
  • Pixel Format: 3840×2160
  • Contrast: 700:1
  • Viewing Angle: 176/176
  • Backlight: LED

And the price: ¥2.62 million or about US$31,000. Available February 20, 2013. Hat tip to Paul S.!

Mac Pro Likely To Be Made in USA

Philip Elmer-Dewitt, Fortune:

When Tim Cook announced Thursday that Apple would be investing $100 million to build one of its Mac line of computers exclusively in the U.S. next year, he didn’t say which line that was. But he really didn’t have to. There’s only one Mac that fits the bill, and that’s the Mac Pro.

He lays out five good reasons why.

How James Dyson Makes The Ordinary Extraordinary

Shoshana Berger, Wired:

We try to make the corporation like the garage. We don’t have technicians; our engineers and scientists actually go and build their own prototypes and test the rigs themselves. And the reason we do that—and I don’t force people to do that, by the way, they want to do it—is that when you’re building the prototype, you start to really understand how it’s made and what it might do and where its weaknesses might be. If you merely hand a drawing to somebody and say, “Would you make this, please?” and in two weeks he comes back with it and you hand it to someone else who does the test, you’re not experiencing it. You’re not understanding it. You’re not feeling it. Our engineers and scientists love doing that.

Want to innovate? Make it.

The First Embrace

via PetaPixel. Jason Reed, Photographers Blog at Reuters:

What may surprise a lot of amateur photographers is the rapid pace that pictures can unfold in front of a news photographer’s lens, even if on the surface the images appear to be very staged and therefore easy to capture. The White House will take us the first 15,000 miles on assignment but those last 15 feet are all up to you.

The three quicks: quick thinking, quick feet, and a quick camera.