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TechPour’s main objectives

Here at TechPour, the main purpose is to deliver the latest and greatest technology advancements, tech reviews, products and much, much more.

Which areas of tech are covered on TechPour?

If self driving cars, NASA space missions or Quantum computers interest you, you’re in for a treat! On TechPour, all areas of tech are covered. Even if you enjoy building computers or want to know when the next flagship smartphone is being announced, you can find it right here!

Why TechPour?

TechPour is an up and coming tech blog that delivers the latest technology news, reviews and products. It will become your go-to website for reliable, consistent tech updates.

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Apple iPhone 8 – Release Date & What To Expect

What To Expect

As we draw closer to the much anticipated iPhone 8, speculations about the new flagship smartphone start circulating around the web. Whether it’s genuine or drafted, the news that is published for the readers usually includes a feature or two that are too far fetched, resulting in disappointment upon release. Marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone line, iPhone lovers, including myself, expect a diamond in the rough; a product that will blow all other smartphones out of the water. So, what should we expect?

In this article we’ll be going over the top 5 most realistic features expected for the next iPhone.

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1. OLED Display

Apple has held on to the LCD screens in iPhones up to now, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the display is a close competitor to other OLED screens on the market. OLED displays offer a higher pixel density and optimised battery life resulting in a much more sort after device. According to Bloomberg, Apple have been in talks with Sharp to supply OLED screens in the iPhone 8, this will all depend on Sharp’s production capabilities. If all goes to plan, we should expect to see alluring OLED screens used in the next iPhone.

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2. Loss of Home Button

As Apple drive towards a sleek, bezel-less device, the iconic home button, amongst other components, must be eradicated. Fortunately, the loss of the home button will give Apple the chance to add more demanding features to the iPhone 8. Features could include: extended battery life, a larger screen (edge-to-edge display) and/or improved haptic/touch sensors. This will not be a negligent move from Apple at all, as according to Mirror, the technology for a fingerprint scanner to be built into the display is ready to be implemented.

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3. Improved Water Resistance

With the introduction of ip67 water resistance in the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7+, consumers have had the chance to expose their phones to water and dust without the worry of it malfunctioning. Sources say that the next iPhone will harbour water resistance with a rating of ip68, which is currently used in the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge. The introduction of this feature will allow consumers to have much more freedom when out and about with their iPhone 8 with a water resistance of up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.

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4. Wireless/Long Range/Fast Charging

Numerous android companies including Samsung have added wireless and fast charging into their devices, making charging easier, safer and much faster. Apple is finally stepping up their game and is implementing Wireless and Fast charging, not only that but they have also teamed with WattUp to bring Long Range charging into the iPhone 8. WattUp is a company that has designed a wireless charging device that charges your phone via WiFi with a range of up to 5 meters. With the addition of these features, charging your phone will be as simple as walking into a room.

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5. Battery Life

iPhone’s are known for their terrible battery life, Apple claim the battery will last a full day from a full charge, but if you’re a heavy user, you will know for a fact that’s not true. Thankfully, you’re in luck! With the removal of the home button and the addition of an OLED display, we can expect a much more improved battery life. As it is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, we expect no less!

 

Release Date

iPhone’s are usually announced early September and go on sale mid-September so we should expect to see Apples Keynote around that time.

Price

As all the features we’ve been over in this article are highly sort after, you’ll be paying a pretty penny for the iPhone 8 with prices starting at £599 ($649 USD).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Best Gaming Monitors of 2017: The Year of Gaming Monitors

Which monitor will you choose?

So, you’re thinking about purchasing a gaming monitor, not only that, you want it to have all the latest technology, gizmos and gadgets. Well look no further, for I have combined a list of the 5 Best Gaming Monitors of 2017 for you to choose from.

If you’re a new comer to computers or you’ve been around them for a long time, this list will get down to the nitty gritty, stating the positives and the negatives to help you pick out the perfect monitor for you!

How to choose the best gaming monitor for you

Gaming monitors are for those who enjoy getting the most out of their PC builds/setups. You’ve just bought a GTX 1080, you don’t want to be playing on a monitor that only supports 720p, do you?

To choose the right gaming monitor, you’ll need to figure out what your PC can spit out. There’s nothing worse than buying a monitor to later find out that it’s not being used to it’s full potential.

Below you will find a list of the 4 most important factors to take into consideration before buying a gaming monitor:

  • Panel Size and Resolution

When you’re looking at panel size, then bigger is almost always better. Get whatever fits within your room and budget. If you have room for a 27-inch screen, then get one, as it provides plenty of space to work with and a lot of 27-inch monitors have Wide, Quad High-Definition (WQHD) resolution. The higher resolution outside games allows you to browse and work better on your computer, as you will have more pixels to play with.

  • Pixel Response Time and Refresh Rate

A gaming monitor should have a fast pixel response time and a high refresh rate. When you’re reading specs of monitors, you’ll notice the response time is labelled as “GtG”, which means Gray-To-Gray. This spec is measured in milliseconds and specifies the amount of time it takes to transition from one shade of gray to another.

A low pixel response time eliminates motion blur effects and produces an overall smother gameplay than higher pixel response times. A gray-to-gray response time of 4ms and below is fine for gaming. You should aim for 1ms though, if possible.

A panel also has a refresh rate. This specifies the amount of times the screen is refreshed to display a new image. It is measured in Hertz (Hz). Currently, most LCD monitors have a refresh rate of 60Hz, but fast moving images may appear blurry, and the gameplay just doesn’t feel smooth. Also, screen tearing may appear, which is when the monitor displays multiple pieces of different screen draws at the same time. You should get a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, as this eliminates much of these issues. A 120Hz or higher refresh rate is also required if you want to use active 3D technology.

5 Best Gaming Monitors of 2017

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1.  Samsung U28E590D LED Gaming Monitor

Samsung U28E590D LED Gaming Monitor

Positives: 

  • 4K display
  • 1ms response time

Negatives:

  • Slightly reduced viewing angles
  • No USB port

The U28E590D is a slick 28-inch 4K gaming monitor that incorporates a sharp picture and eye-catching angular design. If your PC has the power, this panel brings the pixels — all 8.3 billion of them. Images are both detailed and clear thanks to a brightness of 370cd/m, and Samsung’s decision to fulfil the 1ms response time will let you swiftly pick off enemies in the darkest corners. Picture settings can be tweaked using the on-screen menu, or you can sit back and allow its Game Mode and Dynamic Contrast modes to do the heavy lifting. DisplayPort 1.2 gives the green light for fluid 60Hz gaming at 4K, and smart port placement means you won’t have to bend backwards to connect cables or peripherals around the back. Surrounding the display is a super-thin bezel too that lets you see the bigger picture.

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2. BenQ XL2720Z 27 inch 144 Hz e-Sports Gaming Monitor

BenQ XL2720Z 27 inch 144 Hz e-Sports Gaming Monitor

Positives: 

  • Lots of inputs
  • Fantastic for gaming

Negatives: 

  • No feel sync

The rise of 4K panels has led to 1080p monitor makers upping their game. While most ordinary people get by with 60Hz screens, gamers seeking a higher level (or two) of accuracy are turning to ultra-responsive 144Hz monitors — and the 27-inch BenQ XL2720Z is one of the best. Those extra hertz are complimented by a ton of features including motion-blur reduction, ZeroFlicker technology that makes gaming easier on the eyes and three genre-specific settings (two for first-person shooters and one for real-time strategy titles). Like the Samsung U28D590D, it has an unbeatable 1ms response time, and a button to easily flick through 12 aspect ratios means you can alter the screen to play like professional gamers who narrow their line of sight in shooters by switching to 4:3 in competitive tournaments. At £329 it’s a fair bit more expensive than your regular 1080p monitor, but if you’re into gaming the XL2720Z’s feature set makes it a solid offering.

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3. AOC 27 inch 144 Hz LED Gaming Monitor

AOC 27 inch 144 Hz LED Gaming Monitor

Positives: 

  • Integrated USB hub
  • Good value for money

Negatives:

  • No motion blur reduction

AOC fulfils the 1ms response and 144hz refresh benchmarks, and accompanies that with a classic, clean design and a very nice Full HD LED display. The real USP here though is the integrated USB hub, which features USB ports for your mouse, keyboard, and a fast-charging port for your phone. Nifty.

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4. ASUS VG248QE 24 inch Widescreen LED Multimedia 3D Monitor

ASUS VG248QE 24 inch Widescreen LED Multimedia 3D Monitor

Positives:

  • 144hz refresh rate
  • Nvidia 3d vision support
  • Comes with Asus’s ASCR dynamic contrast ratio technology

Negatives:

  • Reduced viewing angles

The Asus VG248QE features a 1080 FHD display that runs at 144hz. The display is actually pretty great; given that it was one of the first gaming monitors to feature a true 100+ refresh rate. The response time is as good as most other high-end gaming monitors, standing true at 1ms. The VG248QE also features a LED backlight with Asus ASCR dynamic contrast tech; which uses the backlight to help create better contrast between the blacks and the color. The monitor also puts out a pretty good brightness rating of 350cd, making sure you actually see the action that the high pixel density 24” 1080 panel puts out.

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5. Dell U2715H 27 inch LCD Monitor

Dell U2715H 27 inch LCD Monitor

Positives: 

  • Solid audio output

Negatives:

  • Poor stand design

At 400 squids, the Ultrasharp range sure isn’t cheap. But if you’re looking for crystal clear QHD and top quality picture definition, then you’ve got to be willing to pay the big bucks. Only an 8ms response time mind you, but a 2560 x 1440 resolution panel, a host of connections in the rear and near 180 degree viewing angle make this a more media-friendly option.