Seiki to bring 4K VA panels to the desktop

The folks behind the ridiculously cheap 4K TVs that we noticed a while back have announced their next step in the display market, and it's looking promising. The firm, named Seiki, has captured quite a bit of attention by selling ultra-high-res VA-type panels at ridiculous sizes for not much cash. PC enthusiasts, of course, saw these massive, cheap 4K TVs and appropriated them for their desktops, because that's the sort of thing we do.

The one catch: Seiki's past efforts have been hampered by limited bandwidth; they only support 4K at 30Hz, which is just too pokey for gaming use. (Ain't great on the desktop, either, really.)

Seiki's next round of monitors, just announced, will fix that shortcoming—and will address the desktop PC monitor market directly. Here's the scuttlebutt, from the press release:

Seiki Pro 4K displays are designed to deliver the ultimate desktop computing experience for intensive computer graphics, photo and video editing, and programming applications, as well as fast-paced 4K PC gaming at up to 60 frames per second.

Seiki will introduce three displays sizes including a 28- (28U4SEP-G02), 32- (32U4SEP-G02) and 40-inch (40U4SEP-G02) models. Current specification list include:

  • Vertical Alignment (VA) LED panel technology with 3,840 by 2,160 4K Ultra HD resolution
  • 12-bit color processing and 14-bit gamma mode
  • HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3, MHL 3.0, DVI and VGA standards display connections
  • Picture-by-picture (x4) and daisy chain mode
  • USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream and 2 downstream)
  • VESA-compliant adjustable monitor stand with quick release

The Seiki Pro 4K Ultra HD displays will be available in Q1 2015. Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to product availability.

So 28", 32", and 40" monitors with 4K at 60Hz via DisplayPort 1.3. Sounds about right to me. The combination of higher-bandwidth inputs and VA-type panels could make for some shockingly affordable outsized monitors with decent display quality. I certainly wouldn't object to having one of those 40" monsters suspended in front of my eyeballs. The launch time frame of Q1 2015 seems a long way out, given that there are very decent 28" 4K monitors for $649 today.

If a 40" panel won't do it for you, the firm apparently has larger displays in the works under the Seiki Pro brand that will be sold as TVs. The Seiki Pro product page lists four models from 55" to 85" as "coming soon." Although the page claims they have "updated electronics," I don't see DisplayPort listed in the specs for those TVs, so they may not support 4K resolutions at 60Hz.

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