Don’t be square! Give this 1:1 Eizo monitor a chance

eizo unveils bizarre square shaped monitor ev2730q flexscan
Wide or ultra-wide, that is the question on the lips of most computer enthusiasts scouring stores for high-res monitors. But what if you were to pick a decidedly unconventional square-shaped display instead of a 16:9, 16:10 or 21:9 standard screen?

We kid you not, there’s really a perfectly square option now for 3D CAD designers, programmers and anyone feeling nutty this holiday season. It’s manufactured by a little known Japan-based company called Eizo, and carries the convoluted FlexScan EV2730Q moniker.

Since we aren’t familiar with the rest of Eizo’s monitor lineup, we’re going to refer to this unorthodox thing as simply the FlexScan.

Equipped with an all-black flexible stand (hence the name), the 26.5 incher offers 78 percent extra pixels on the vertical axis. In total, the resolution is 1,920 x 1,920 for a 1:1 aspect ratio. Weird though it may seem, the monitor’s producers illustrate a few of the “standard” use cases on their official website.

Obviously, this monitor is not meant for gamers or movie addicts. But if you undertake tasks that require the perusal and manipulation of large blocks of data, it makes sense to use a screen that’s “wide all around.”

The FlexScan is decently bright, with a typical intensity rating of 300 cd/m2, and fairly zippy, with average gray-to-gray response time of 5 ms. Color reproduction is mediocre, with only 16.77 million shades supported, while the maximum refresh rate sits at a respectable 60Hz.

Dual 1W speakers take care of audio output, and the monitor is allegedly viewable from 178-degree horizontal and vertical angles. Tipping the scales at over 9 pounds by itself, the FlexScan is no featherweight. That might be one of the reasons Eizo is so confident about the display’s reliability it sells it with an extended five-year warranty.

Or rather will sell it starting Q1 2015 for an undisclosed price. Who wants to bet we’ll be seeing the 26.5-inch square-shaped Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q on display at CES in Las Vegas two months from now?


The Honor 10 Lite is proof a cheap phone isn’t the compromise it once was

The Honor 10 Lite, the sequel to the already great Honor 9 Lite, advances the concept of cheap phones competing with more expensive devices even further. We spent some time with it to find out what it's like.

Data breach compromises 773 million records, 21 million passwords

A security researcher was alerted to a collection of breached data that included more than 773 million compromised records. After digging deeper, the breach was revealed to contain more than 21 million passwords.

‘Aquaman’ becomes first DC cinematic universe movie to cross $1 billion

Aquaman fell to second place at the weekend box office, but its worldwide earnings crossed the $1 billion mark, making it the first film in Warner Bros. Pictures' DC Extended Universe to do so.
Smart Home

IKEA’s new blinds for the smart home arrive April 1 in the U.S.

The Swedish furniture giant IKEA is adding a new product called FYRTUR, which turns out to be a new set of blackout blinds for the smart home that can be controlled by remote or programmed through the company's app.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…

Hackers are scoring with ransomware that attacks its previous victims

Computer viruses are always evolving. In a new one, dubbed "Ryuk," hackers are targeting PCs with ransomware that scours an infected network in order to pinpoint and attack and enterprises with big money.

An update to Microsoft To-Do will help you keep up with your resolutions

If you're looking to stay productive in 2019, you might want to check out the freshly updated Microsoft To-Do app, now with additional integration with the Windows 10 Start Menu and more.

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.

Could the next Microsoft HoloLens be announced at MWC 2019?

After not having a presence at Mobile World Congress for three years, Microsoft is now sending out media invites for a press conference on February 24 during the annual event in Barcelona. Could a next-generation HoloLens be on the way?

Microsoft to separate Cortana from search with the next version of Windows 10

Changes are on the way for two key features in Windows 10. A separation of Windows 10 search and Cortana will allow Microsoft to more often innovate on each of the features independently.

Delete tracking cookies from your system by following these quick steps

Cookies are useful when it comes to saving your login credentials and other data, but they can also be used by advertisers to track your browsing habits across multiple sites. Here's how to clear cookies in the major browsers.

Convert your PDFs into convenient Word documents with Adobe or a free option

PDF files are great, but few document types are as malleable as those specific to Microsoft Word. Here's how to convert a PDF file into a Word document, whether you prefer to use Adobe's software suite or a freemium alternative.

Nvidia’s next midrange card might be a GTX 1660 Ti, rumors suggest

Nvidia may be working on a non-RTX Turing graphics card called the 1660 Ti. Rumors suggest it will have around 20 percent fewer CUDA cores than the RTX 2060 and will lack ray tracing support.

From Samsung to HP, here are the best cheap Chromebook deals right now

Whether you want a compact laptop to enjoy some entertainment on the go, or you need a no-nonsense machine for school or work, we've smoked out the best cheap Chromebook deals -- from full-sized laptops to 2-in-1 convertibles -- with most…