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4 things you can do with Samsung’s 49-inch curved monitor

Aside from gaming!

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Samsung’s newest curved monitor is big — like literally, it’s 49 inches. When it arrived at the GadgetMatch HQ, all the boys pooled around the massive sight and got excited about the games they could play. They then proceeded to play said games and for a good afternoon, the boys were busy “reviewing” the device.

Managing Editor Marvin hard at work testing out this unit

This video, crafted with love, is the result of countless hours spent with the monitor as they tested it out with unparalleled enthusiasm.

Of course, at first look, I didn’t care much about this monitor. Sure, it’s pretty cool, but the only games I really play are Travel Frog and Sims Mobile, so this thing pretty much didn’t register to me as something I’d want or even need. But, since it took up all the space, I got curious: Aside from gaming, what else can we use it for?

I asked members of the GadgetMatch team and these were their answers.

Video editing with a wider view 

Of course, dealing with video is a delightful task if you have all this space on a monitor. Kevin, who makes videos for us, basically took up the whole screen with his editing software. He explains that this screen “fits all the needed windows and tools so they’re easily available when you need them.” Just imagine all the tools and settings right in front of you!

Rodney, who heads social video production on the team, maximizes all the space for his editing, too. He says, “having a monitor this big helps a lot in really seeing all of the details. It’s easier to spot if there’s anything in the video that’s not supposed to be there.”

Multitask because you now have space to do so!

Let’s be real, we all wish we could multitask this well.

MJ, our Associate Visual Producer (or the dude you go to for pictures and graphics), put the monitor to use by working on his illustrations and watching cartoons — yes, both windows side by side. Of course, this isn’t something he could normally do on his laptop. He claims this is a great way to refresh his creative juices as he worked on tasks at hand.

Rodney, on the other hand, chose the monitor to follow basketball highlights as he worked on quick projects on his laptop. “It’s pretty amazing how I can lay them out and kind of just let my eyes dart from one video to another while also checking the stats and standings on another window,” he says.

Finally, I tried out this 49-inch monitor and put its usefulness to the test.

Social media monitoring

We do a lot of live posting and social media monitoring, and handling all these tasks is a dream on this large display. There was literally no need to shift windows as everything was onscreen all the time. Every single tab I had to open had space on this thing and it was glorious.

Online stalking 😂


Honestly, we’ve all done it at some point. If you don’t wan’t to admit you do it, let’s just say that the bigger the screen, the more info you can put on there. The possibilities are definitely endless.

The wider view is amazing. Since the monitor is curved, it gives you a better look at everything at one glimpse. My time with this thing was a definite eye-opener.

And, contrary to popular belief, it’s definitely not something only gamers should be excited about.

SEE ALSO:  Samsung Galaxy S9: An honest review of AR Emoji and more

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LG’s UltraWide and UltraGear monitors are coming to CES 2019

Meant for productivity and gaming

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LG UltraWide

CES 2019 is almost here, and when it begins, we’ll have new monitors from LG to enjoy.

The first one is the 49-inch UltraWide monitor (model name 49WL95), which has a long 32:9 aspect ratio. That’s like have two standard 16:9 screens combined!

It has a 5120 x 1440 resolution that spans the immersive curved IPS panel. With its 99 percent sRGB colors space and support for HDR10, it’s ideal for both work and play. There’s even a USB-C port that can charge a connected laptop or smartphone with 85W of power.

LG UltraGear

Next is the 38-inch UltraGear (38GL950G), a more manageable 21:9 monitor that’s geared towards gaming. It’s backed by NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology for smoother gameplay on the 144Hz refresh rate, as well as its 3840 x 1600 resolution and curved Nano IPS panel.

To give it a more gamer feel, Sphere Lighting is available to light up the back of the monitor with six color settings for you to choose from. This complements the 98 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut in front.

No pricing or availability details have been provided by LG, but both monitors will be shown at CES 2019, happening from January 8 to 11.

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ASUSPRO D340MC is designed with budget-conscious workers in mind

Prioritizes security and endurance

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ASUSPRO is known for producing reliable laptops, but did you business-grade desktop computers are part of its portfolio, too?

The D340MC is an example of this, and it delivers on several fronts. It may seem like a standard boxy PC at first, but most of the features are on the inside.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is how it looks:

It definitely has a strong presence on any desk

Check out that port selection and DVD drive

The keyboard and mouse are part of the package

There’s lots of ventilation for cooling

Here’s a closer look at its ports

It’s easy to upgrade as needed

This is certainly a no-frills, get-the-job-done type of PC. Fortunately, it comes with good specs to show off: an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, up to 32GB of memory, 1TB of HDD storage, and a simple GeForce GT 720 graphics card to get you going.

But should really interest you are the reliability and endurance. The company claims the unit goes through rigorous quality tests in diverse environments, uses solid capacitors to lengthen lifespan, and produces little noise thanks to the thermal design.

The ASUSPRO D340MC starts at around US$ 600, but with its upgradability, it’s easy to give it more power when needed.

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Microsoft says you need a real computer, not an iPad

‘Don’t run out and buy an iPad’

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You’re probably familiar with Samsung teasing Apple and its iPhones through humorous commercials. But did you know Microsoft does the same against iPads?

Like Sammy, Microsoft loves to promote its products while humiliating those of close competitors. The latest attempt comes with this short holiday ad for the Surface Go.

Check it out:

The very first line — “Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad” — is already a clear dig at Apple. The little girl’s lyrics continue with, “It was fine when I was six, but now I’m 10. My dreams are big so I need a real computer to do all the amazing things I know I can.”

Yes, a real computer. If you’ve been following Apple’s promotions for the recently launched iPad Pro, you’d know that they tout it as a laptop replacement in a sense. Consumers and techies have since been debating whether the claims are true or not.

Well, Microsoft doesn’t think so, and instead believes that you need a Surface Go to cater to all computing needs. It runs desktop-class Windows 10 and is quite flexible productivity-wise when used together with the stylus and keyboard.

It seems like Microsoft’s goal here is to take away some of Apple’s strong younger market for iPads. Kids traditionally choose an iPad because of its portability, ease of use, and strong library of apps.

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