.Meetings suck. To some, they’ve become even more unbearable and complicated as the world forcibly shifted to a work from home setup due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to make these video call meetings a little more bearable, Dell came out with the Dell Video Conferencing Monitor — C2422HE.
What are you in for?
The Dell Video Conferencing Monitor – C2422HE is exactly what it sounds like — a monitor with features specifically built for better handling of video call meetings. Perhaps the clearest indicator of such are these buttons on the lower left side of the monitor.
The monitor can be used to connect directly to Microsoft Teams. So, if that’s the video conferencing app you used the most, then you’ll get so much out of this monitor.
However, even if that’s not the case, the volume and mute controls you see here also work with other video conferencing apps. Most of the video calls I participated in while I had the monitor were on Zoom and Google Meet but I could still use the buttons. It was a level of convenience that, while I could do without, was still pretty nice to have.
Underneath the buttons you’ll see various connection ports.
Here you can connect a headset as well as a USB mic. Specifically, the ports are: Super speed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1), Headphone jack, and USB-C downstream port. These add another layer to increasing the overall audio quality of your video calling experience.
While we’re on the topic of ports, let’s check out the ones in the back of the monitor.
The ports are as follows: Security lock slot, Power connector, HDMI port, DisplayPort in , USB-C upstream/DisplayPort, DP port (out), USB-B upstream port, Super speed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1), Super speed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1), RJ45 connector.
That’s a variety of connections to give you options on what you can connect to the monitor. However, you’ll have to have your own HDMI cable if that’s your preferred way to connect. The only cables included here are: Power cable, DisplayPort cable (DisplayPort to DisplayPort), USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A to Type-B upstream cable, and USB-C cable (C to C).
The power button and navigation nub sits on the right side of the monitor and they’re fairly easy to reach.
But of course, the star here is the integrated pop-up camera. Yes, pop-up. You can tuck it inside the monitor when not in use ensuring privacy and taking away fears of it capturing video without your knowledge.
The lens isn’t the only thing in that pop-up camera though. Flanking it are two mics and two IR LEDs. This means you can use it comfortably without any peripherals if you don’t have any on hand.
While I did hold most of the video calls wearing a headset on, I did try them using only the monitor. I still came off relatively clear according to the people on the other end of the call.
Meanwhile, you’ll have no trouble hearing them because of the front-firing speakers. They’re placed in the middle of the lower panel where you’ll find the volume and mute buttons.
Sitting in the middle is the camera lens. Dell’s official specs says it’s FHD 30fps with a 178° wide viewing angle. Based on my usage, I’d say it’s a 720p cam and it’s most certainly a wide angle one.
That’s great for when you want to showcase your background, but not so much if it’s messy and you prefer it not be seen.
Here’s a preview of what it looks like.
It captures A LOT compared to the usual webcams that pretty much only gets your face. I wasn’t even sitting too far away when I took this photo. I live in a pretty cramped and messy space so I couldn’t really show-off the wide angle camera as much. But it’s great and works really well especially if you want to fit more than one person in the shot.
But how does it fare as a monitor?
Here are the numbers on paper: 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz, 250 cd/m2 (typical) brightness, 1000: 1 (Typical) contrast ratio, 5 ms (Fast) – (gray to gray), 8 ms (normal) response time, 16.78 million color support, Anti-Glare with Hard- Coating 3H.
Pretty standard stuff. It’s fine for most office work and maybe some light photo editing, but this wouldn’t be fun at all for gaming. Even for standard media consumption, the monitor left me wanting.
It could be my eyes being used to 4K panels, but the monitor just didn’t do it for me visually when I tried it for watching K-Pop videos and Netflix. The image quality didn’t get to a sharpness level that my eyes have been spoiled with on my other devices.
But for other use-cases, it’s pretty useful. Other than typical office work, it might actually be useful as a secondary monitor too especially with its ability to swivel.
You can use it vertically to monitor social media or whatever you may have a use for vertical screens for. Personally, this wasn’t a use-case I found to be pertinent to my line of work but I can see it being helpful for others.
Is the Dell Video Conferencing Monitor – C2422HE your GadgetMatch?
The Dell Video Conferencing Monitor – C2422HE is pretty unique with the way it’s built for video calling. But it will set you back for US$ 470 or around PhP 29,000. Personally, I think that’s a big ask for the task that its set of features are gunning for.
(Editor’s Note: The official price in the Philippines is PhP 29,500 and it’s available in all Dell Partner stores).
Sure, it makes video conferencing a tad bit more convenient, but I argue you can get to a similar level of quality by purchasing different sets of devices (monitor, webcam, mic) that amount to around the same price.
It’s by no means a terrible monitor, and the features are quite unique. However, if I’m able to replicate the experience with a different set of devices, then the only thing you’re buying this for is convenience. You’ll have to be a pretty lazy shopper (no judgment here, cause I’m pretty lazy myself) with deep pockets to want this over buying separate devices for a similar, if not better experience post-purchase.
HP launches new laptops and AIO PCs for your home office
Bolster your home office
More than a year into the pandemic, the need for a powerful home office keeps intensifying. Companies are discovering the benefits (or the demand) for a more permanent work-from-home system. Adding more options for workers, HP has launched a flurry of new products for professionals and creatives.
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop PC
Even in a home setting, a hybrid device can make all the difference. Taking your work device into several rooms keeps the productivity flow going.
Touted as the world’s first 16-inch laptop with an integrated 5-megapixel camera, the HP Spectre X360 makes it easy to take your laptop wherever you go. The laptop sports the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11. Its 16-inch frame houses a UHD+ OLED display with VESA True Black HDR and a 16:10 ratio. The battery can last up to 17 hours on a single charge.
The laptop also comes packed with features to make video calls and working much more of a breeze. HP GlamCam automatically touches you up for calls, adjusts lighting. It can also lock your device automatically if you walk away and can blur your screen when someone is peeking in behind you.
The HP Spectre x360 ships in October starting at US$ 1,639.
HP Envy AIO PC
For a more robust office experience, the HP Envy delivers an all-in-one experience like no other. The device is reportedly the world’s first 34-inch AIO PC with a 5K display. It sports an 11th-generation Intel Core i9 octa-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11.
Further, it comes with a detachable, magnetic 16-megapixel camera. HP’s Enhanced Lighting can also improve how you look behind the camera.
The HP Envy ships in October and starts at US$ 1,999.
HP U32 4K DHR and M34d WQHD Curved Monitor
Rounding out the new releases, HP is launching a duo of monitors to supplement your setup. The HP U32 4K HDR monitor is a 31.5-inch diagonal 4K HDR monitor that can deliver stunning images. Meanwhile, the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor adds in a curved form factor and integrated speakers to a 34-inch device.
The HP U32 4K HDR ships in October for US$ 499, while the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor sells for US$ 529.99.
Lenovo’s ThinkVision P27u-20 offers more than just a pretty monitor
It’s a workstation hub for your home
Working from home is now a norm. Even after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, workforces have embraced a more hybrid schedule. As such, home workstations are now the in thing. To help with that, Lenovo is expanding its ThinkVision line to make hybrid workstations easier.
A workstation hub in itself, the ThinkVision P27u-20 offers dual wide color gamut calibrated for color accuracy. The 27-inch UHD IPS display can provide crystal clear images for photographers, videographers, and content creators.
The monitor also acts a hub for your other connectors. It features multiple USB 3.2 ports and Thunderbolt 4 compatibility which can power your laptop by up to 100W. The USB-C ports can also charge your smartphone up to 27W. Besides USB connectors, the P27u-20 also has an Ethernet port and built-in speakers.
Launching in December, the P27u-20 will retail for US$ 769.
Lenovo G27e-20 and G24e-20
Besides the ThinkVision monitor, Lenovo is also launching a pair of gaming monitors for gamers and young professionals. Both monitors blend image quality and ease of use with low blue light technology.
Both also feature AMD FreeSync Premium technology, which can provide tear-free, low-latency images. They have a 100Hz refresh rate and can overclock up to 120Hz for a smoother watching experience.
While the G24e-20 offers the same experience at 23.8 inches, the G27e-20 puts out images at 27 inches and 300 nits of brightness. Both are set at 1080p resolution. With Lenovo Artery, users can easily adjust features within the UI. And, as mentioned above, Lenovo’s EyeSafe reduces blue light output to protect every gamer’s eyes.
Both will ship out starting in October. The G27e-20 retails for US$ 239.99, and the G24e-20 retails for US$ 209.99.
Huawei MateView monitors now available in Singapore
Different monitors for different niches!
Huawei continues to reach out to other market segments, and they are already making waves in the PC monitor market. Recently, the company has launched new PC monitors in Singapore catering to different niches. Professionals, gamers, or just those looking for a reliable second screen have something to look at with these monitors.
Leading the pack of these new monitors is the Huawei MateView. Aimed for professionals, this PC monitor comes with a large 28.2-inch display and a crisp 4K resolution of exactly 3840 x 2560. It also has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is becoming increasingly popular for professionals alike. Truly, this is a monitor for professionals thanks to its 98 percent color reproduction of the DCI-P3 gamut and the near border-less screen. It also has a TÜV Rheinland certification for protection against the harsh blue light.
For connectivity, the MateView has two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one Mini DisplayPort, and one 3.5 mm headphone jack. Users who wanted a wire-free setup may can make use of the monitor’s screencasting feature, which boasts low latency while supporting up to 2K resolution.
Of course, the MateView won’t be a premium, professional-grade monitor without its two front-firing speakers that produce load and crisp audio. Speakers, however, are not the only thing present on this monitor. It even has dual far-field microphones with noise-cancellation — perfect for video conferences and meetings. All of this premium features come packed in a sleek, minimalist design that blends almost anywhere.
Meanwhile, the Huawei MateView GT caters to gamers looking for a no-fuss yet premium monitor. It also boasts the biggest screen size among Huawei’s MateView monitors, measuring at 34 inches. The emphasis of this monitor is on immersive gaming experience, and it delivers with its 21:9 aspect ratio and 1500R curvature. Not only that, it also has a 165 Hz refresh rate designed for action-packed and competitive gaming scenarios.
The display is only one factor though for a truly immersive experience. The MateView GT has dual 5W speakers integrated into the soundbar located at the monitor’s base. Plus, gamers can rely on the dual noise-cancelling microphones for crystal-clear communication during extended gaming sessions.
Huawei Display 23.8
Last but not the least is the Huawei Display 23.8. A perfect addition especially for those working from home, this monitor provides unhampered viewing experience thanks to its 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. The monitor has an ample screen size at 23.8 inches. The resolution peaks at full HD — exactly 1920 x 1080 — with a wide 178-degree viewing angle. Finally, it also supports AMD FreeSync technology — a boon for gamers looking for a budget PC monitor.
Price and availability
The Huawei MateView comes at SG$ 998, but can be had a reduced price of SG$ 858 when buyers purchase the voucher for SG$ 1 on Shopee during the 9.9 sale. The monitor also comes with a free Huawei FreeBuds Studio worth SG$ 398 during the launch period.
Meanwhile, the Huawei MateView GT is available at a usual price of SG$ 798, but can also be had at a reduced price of SG$ 658 with an SG$ 1 voucher available only from Sept. 1 – 8. Same as above, buyers can snag a free Huawei FreeBuds Studio when they purchase this during the launch period.
Finally, the Huawei Display is available only for SG$ 228. Buyers can even have it less for SG$ 30 less on select experience stores from Sept. 17 — 30.
All of Huawei monitors can be purchased from Huawei experience stores, Lazada, and Shopee official online stores. For more information, visit their website today.
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