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AGON Unveils AG493UCX2 and AG493QCX Curved Gaming Monitors

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The world’s number one gaming monitor and IT accessories brand AOC is relaunching its gaming portfolio, from monitors to headsets, mechanical keyboards, mice, mouse mats and more for gamers of all levels, under its new umbrella AGON by AOC. Recently announced, the first category AOC GAMING defines the needs of digital adventurers. Now, the AGON category of monitors and peripherals creates an ecosystem of products that are compatible with each other for a fully immersive and stylish gaming atmosphere and can satisfy demanding, competitive gamers.

Built for heroes

Major forces are joining in the world, with heroes carrying the AGON banner. Heroes in the real PC gaming scene are the hard-core, competitive gamers as well as streamers/content creators. They combine their individual talents and teamwork to get to the top of the competition and showcase what one can accomplish with the right equipment. For these heroes, the AGON (“competition”/”contest” in Ancient Greek) series is surely the fitting companion they need.

Hence, the first models from the relaunched AGON series are two hero-worthy curved super-wides: the 49” (124.5 cm) AG493UCX2 with a whopping 165 Hz refresh rate, as well as the 49” AG493QCX a 144 Hz refresh rate. With their 32:9 aspect ratio, the AG493UCX2 virtually combines two 27” QHD displays in one seamless panel with DQHD (5120 x 1440) resolution and the AG493QCX does the same for two 27” Full HD displays with DFHD (3840×1080) resolution. Both monitors employ VA panels for deep blacks, rich colours, and a high contrast ratio for stunning imagery, supported by their VESA Certified DisplayHDR 400 specification. 

Great results require great ambitions

“Our previous AGON series continues to be the ‘go-to’ monitor brand for hard-core and enthusiast gamers. 49” AGON models are especially appreciated by simulation and racing fans, but also loved by remote workers and content creators. Thanks to the new models’ higher refresh rates and the increasing number of games supporting the 32:9 aspect ratio, gamers can enjoy an immersive experience in even more game genres, such as FPS or MOBA.,” says César Reyes Acosta, Gaming Product Manager / IT Accessories & Touch Monitors Team Leader at AOC Europe.

More to see, more to process

The 49” AGON AG493UCX2is equipped with a super-wide 32:9 VA panel and borderless design, which looks like something out of a sci-fi spaceship with its futuristic curve. The 1800R curvature gently bends before the user and fills their peripheral vision, like a VR set on the desk, free of any obstructions in the middle of the display. 

In sim racing games, large, super-wide displays such as the AG493UCX2 elevate situational awareness by showing a wider picture of the game world, which lets the gamer visualise the scale better in their minds and lets them corner at the perfect time to get ahead. Or, in flight simulation titles, this extra screen real estate makes displaying tons of little dials and indicators, visual references, charts, all that much easier. The AG493UCX2 particularly excels in games played from the first-person perspective, but all games benefit from additional screen space, whether RTS games, where gamers can see their home base and the frontier at once, or MMO games with lots of interactions going on at the same time.

Despite its enormous size, the AG493UCX2 is as fast and as responsive as its narrower cousins, thanks to its 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms MPRT response time (4 ms GtG), which gets the adrenaline rushing in competition. Content creators or streamers can connect two PCs (a streaming PC/work PC and a gaming PC) and control them with one set of peripherals thanks to the onboard KVM switch, and the USB-C connection can transfer video and power/charge laptops with up to 65 W at the same time. It is as much as a productivity beast as it is an immersion machine.

Simulating the adrenaline rush

The 49” AGON AG493QCX is similar to its sibling, offering a Full HD-based experience instead of the QHD on the AG493UCX2. In a fully featured sim setup with a reasonable distance from the monitor, the AG493QCX delivers a great immersion experience, and unlike its QHD sibling, the lower resolution is less taxing on the GPU, bringing the total system cost down. 

With a similar 49” VA panel, the AG493QCX’s 3840 x 1080 resolution runs at a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz for lightning-fast visuals, with a response time of 4 ms GtG and 1 ms MPRT, which ensures a gaming experience with as little ghosting as possible. Both monitors also offer Picture-by-Picture mode to connect a work laptop and a desktop simultaneously (to its 2x HDMI 2.0 or 2x DisplayPort 1.2 inputs) and display both content side by side. While the AG493UCX2 also offers USB-C input, both feature a built-in 3-port USB hub with to allow connecting peripherals easily. 

Packed with features 

To eliminate stutter and tearing, both models support Adaptive-Sync. They are certified with VESA DisplayHDR 400, decoding and displaying high dynamic range with richer colours (89% AdobeRGB, 91% DCI-P3 and 120% sRGB gamut coverage for AG493UCX2), suited for content creation. To deliver on all fronts, both models are also equipped with massive and sturdy metal stands with 100 mm height as well as tilt and swivel adjustments. Two 5W speakers in both models also create a rich stereo sound stage. 

To make the OSD adjustments or select various games modes and gaming-specific features, users can either use the on-board buttons, the included remote control, or the AOC G-Menu software.

Thefirst models of the new AGON series, the 49” AG493UCX2 and AG493QCX, will be available from September 2021 at RRPs of 1199€ and 949€, respectively.

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Boost Your WiFi Connectivity with Linksys Velop AX4200 WIFI 6 Mesh

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 Linksys announced the India availability of the Linksys Velop AX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh System, the newest addition to the company’s growing WiFi 6 portfolio with built-in Linksys Intelligent Mesh™ technology.

Powered by the Qualcomm® Networking Pro 800 platform, a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the Velop AX4200 system is the newest flagship WiFi 6 mesh system from Linksys, engineered to offer the latest generation of WiFi at an attractive price. It was designed to make whole-home mesh and WiFi 6 accessible to more households as the modern world shifts to normalize distance learning and working from home. The Velop AX4200 system is an ideal solution for households competing for wireless bandwidth between smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and other devices by providing uninterrupted connectivity and faster speeds, and enhancing productivity when working remote, video chatting, virtual teaching and online learning.

The Velop AX4200 system combines the benefits of the latest WiFi standard with Linksys’ award-winning Velop Intelligent Mesh™ Technology to deliver true gigabit WiFi speeds to every corner of the home, all with the flexibility, scalability and interoperability with Velop mesh systems. The Velop AX4200 system covers 2,700 square feet per node* and is designed to manage the demands of more than 40 devices per node all sharing the same bandwidth. It contains 4 gigabit ethernet ports to provide uninterrupted high-speed connectivity for wired smart TVs, streaming devices and gaming consoles.

“Home networks are constrained more than ever with most people working from home, schooling from home, or utilizing WiFi for streaming videos or gaming. This new Velop WiFi 6 mesh system is designed to carry all of the heavy WiFi demand at an affordable price,” said Kannan Vardarajan, Director of Product Management at Linksys. “It’s really incredible because our mission is to build innovative, future-ready wireless technologies that will someday connect every person and everything in the world and bring transformational WiFi experiences to life, and with our well-timed, well-priced, robustly engineered WiFi 6 portfolio we are well on our way.”

Commenting on the launch, Kartik Bakshi, Country Manager, Linksys India said, “We at Linksys are always committed to addressing day to day WiFi challenges faced by many people across the world. There is constant pressure to evolve and build products that provide an enjoyable experience when using the Internet.  Linksys AX4200 Mesh system is an efficient solution for those who need faster speeds and better reach in dense environments.”

The Linksys Velop AX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh System is now available in India at Amazon.in

  • MX4200 – The Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band WiFi 6 Mesh System (1-pack) is recommended for 1 to 2-bedroom homes, available at  SRP of INR 19999/-
  • MX8400 – The Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band WiFi 6 Mesh System (2-pack) is recommended for 2 to 3-bedroom homes, available at  SRP of INR 39999/-
  • MX12600 – The Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band WiFi 6 Mesh System (3-pack) is recommended for 3 to 4-bedroom homes, available at  SRP of INR 56999/-

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TAGG Verve Ultra Smartwatch Launch Date Announced for Indian Market

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TAGG is all set to launch their new smartwatch TAGG Verve Ultra in India. The smartwatch is launching on 25th September 2021 on Amazon. TAGG has also onboarded the Vice-Captain of the Indian Cricket Team and the Captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma as a Brand Ambassador recently.

TAGG didn’t reveal much but indicated that the smartwatch would be launched in the sub-five thousand segment and we are speculating that the features would be at par if not better with the likes of latest lineup by Noise, boAt, and Fireboltt’s.

Some unique functionalities that are reportedly there in TAGG Verve Ultra are:

  • A 1.69” Dual 3D Curved Display
  • Industry-Leading Nordic Chipset for Improved Accuracy and UI Fluidity
  • Sense+ Technology for Better Accuracy
  • More Options to Customize – Multiple Straps and Watchfaces
  • A Combination of Fun and Convenience – In-Built Motion Sensor Arcade Game and Calculator

TAGG Verve Ultra is the latest addition to the TAGG Verve Series. TAGG indicated that it would be a classy and high-tech wearable with advanced functionalities contributing to a healthy and fit lifestyle. It is going to be the first Smartwatch in India to Feature a 3D Curved Display with premium Zinc Alloy Body in this price segment.

TAGG hinted through teasers that Verve Ultra Smartwatch will be powered by the industry-leading Nordic Chipset paired with breakthrough Sense+ Technology which will improve the accuracy of the sensors. From the features that have been revealed till now, TAGG Verve Ultra seems to be a challenger with a beautiful 3D Curved Display and more options to customized.

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Sony Unveils New Alpha ZV-E10 portable mirrorless camera

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Sony India announced a compact and portable mirrorless camera with a feature-set optimized for vloggers and content creators – the new Alpha ZV-E10. The new camera combines Sony’s advanced imaging technology with extensive usability and a custom-built feature set that is optimized for creators.

At its core, the Alpha ZV-E10 features a 24.2-megapixel (approx. effective) APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine to produce high-quality imagery with high-sensitivity, detailed texture depiction and beautiful natural bokeh. Additionally, the Alpha ZV-E10 includes the acclaimed video-specific features favored in the popular digital camera ZV-1 including “Background Defocus” that can smoothly switch between a blurred (bokeh) and sharp background, as well as the “Product Showcase Setting” mode that allows the camera to automatically shift focus from the subject’s face to an object being highlighted. 

“For the growing needs of today’s creators to have a creative edge, Sony introduces latest interchangeable-lens camera, the Alpha ZV-E10,” said Mr. Mukesh Srivastava, Head of Digital Imaging Business at Sony India. “The new Alpha ZV-E10 is an amalgamation of the versatility and excellence in image quality of a larger-sensor interchangeable lens camera that offers user-friendly features, specifically designed for still and video, making it an ideal tool for creators looking to transition to a more advanced set up.”


Design and functionality optimized for Vloggers making it a perfect Vlogging partner

The Alpha ZV-E10 features a video-first design in a lightweight form factor (approx. 12 oz. / 343g) and includes the popular side-opening Vari-angle LCD Screen that allows creators to connect external mics on top of the camera. This simplifies their setup while still allowing users to see the screen in selfie shooting mode and from high and low angles.  In addition to the screen, the Alpha ZV-E10 includes several other easy-to-use functions that are specifically designed for still and video, including a new Still/Movie/Slow and Quick motion button located on the top of the camera that allows creators to easily change between their desired shooting mode with just one touch.

Steady shot, active mode for advanced image stabilization even when shooting hand-held while walking

The new Alpha ZV-E10 camera offers electronic image stabilization with Active Mode which delivers stable video recording even while walking and shooting hand-held. Further, the Alpha ZV-E10’s advanced AF (autofocus) technology provides fast, precise AF with excellent tracking performance, as well as high quality audio for clear sound recording. 


An Interchangeable Lens Camera for expanded creative expression and versatility

The Alpha ZV-E10 allows the user to expand their creative expression by utilizing the ideal lens for each individual scene they want to shoot. The wide variety of compatible lenses in Sony’s E-mount lens lineup lets the user choose the perfect lens based on their creative vision and creator’s intent. 

Advanced Autofocus with Real-time tracking and Eye Autofocus for shooting on the go

Sony’s industry-leading AF technology enables the user to leave the focusing duties to the camera so that they can concentrate on composing their shot. The Alpha ZV-E10 includes Fast Hybrid AF and Real-time Eye AF for video, Real-time Tracking that allows the camera to keep track of the subject’s face and eyes for fast and precise autofocusing even while shooting on-the-go and in challenging environments. The user can also customize the camera’s AF settings, such as AF Transition Speed and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity, to choose between fast focusing or slow focusing according to their creative preferences. Additionally, the Alpha ZV-E10’s Touch Focus function allows the user to intuitively set the focus position in still images by simply touching the screen. With one tap, the user can instantly shift the focus position to a subject in the image periphery.  This is available in both still and video modes. 


High Quality Audio along with reliable and versatile sound options

Sony’s leading technology enables the Alpha ZV-E10 to capture crystal clear sound recording that clearly captures the speaker’s voice, thanks to its internal Directional 3-Capsule Mic and the supplied wind screen to greatly reduce wind noise. For expanded audio options, the Alpha ZV-E10 includes a Digital audio interface via Multi Interface (MI) Shoe Cap and a mic jack to connect an external mic. The inclusion of a headphone jack allows the user to connect headphones to accurately monitor sound recordings. Audio output timing can also be set for Live or Lip Sync. 

Auto exposure maintains the brightness putting the subject first

When shooting in different settings with dramatic changes in light, the user can rest assured that the Alpha ZV-E10 will automatically correct the exposure so that the subject’s face is not over or under exposed, using an original Face Priority AE (autoexposure) algorithm capable of rapid AE transitions. This allows the camera to detect the subject’s face and adjusts the exposure to ensure that the face is depicted at optimal brightness, even when selfie-shooting in scenes with extreme changes in lighting, and even if the subjects face turns away momentarily from the camera. In addition, the camera features the same advanced color science from the popular ZV-1 to optimize skin tones for any subject in both still and video modes.


Cutting-edge Video Features for flawless vlogs and videos

The new Alpha ZV-E10 camera includes advanced video features such as 4K video shooting through full pixel readout without pixel binning and Slow & Quick Motion with High-speed full HD recording at 120 fps. The ZV-E10 offers high bit rate XAVC S™ codec at 100Mbps when recording 4K and 50Mbps when recording Full HD. With ZV-E10, shoot stunning time-lapse videos with Interval Shooting. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR)  / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3 to deliver expressive cinematic look.


Designed keeping the creators of today in mind, prioritizing ease-of-use and convenience while shooting

Users can comfortably operate the new Alpha ZV-E10 thanks to its easy-to-hold body grip and large MOVIE button that is conveniently located on top of the camera.  When paired with the optional Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander (GP-VPT2BT, sold separately), one-handed shooting is simplified with easy to access zoom, record and a customizable button. A recording lamp (tally light) is also provided on the front face of the body for an at-a-glance indication of recording status. A red frame on the LCD screen also appears while recording which quickly lets the user know if the recording is active when behind the camera. A unique feature of the Alpha ZV-E10 is the zoom lever that can operate optical zoom with power zoom lenses and Clear Image zoom with prime lenses. When pairing the camera with a prime lens, the user can zoom without losing video resolution to maintain full 4K video. The user can also choose from 8 zoom speed settings for added creative flexibility. 

Impressive battery life to record for hours without any worry

The Alpha ZV-E10 features long battery performance with enough power to capture up to 125 minutes or 440 images on a full charge so the user can record for long periods without worry.  Power can be supplied through a USB Type-C® connector, allowing external batteries to power the camera for extended battery life when shooting on the go. ​To conserve the camera’s battery, the Alpha ZV-E10’s Vari-angle LCD Screen allows the user to put the camera into Power save mode by closing it and instantly shoot by opening the panel. 


Follow the Livestreaming trend and stay connected 

The Alpha ZV-E10 can also be used as a high-quality webcam or live streaming camera by simply connecting it to a PC or smartphone for increased mobility while streaming with no additional software needed. The feature allows the user to take advantage of the Alpha ZV-E10’s outstanding image quality and crystal-clear audio as well Face Priority AE and Soft Skin Effect while livestreaming or on video calls. Alpha ZV-E10 supports standards used for USB cameras like UVC (USB Video Class) / UAC (USB Audio Class). The Alpha ZV-E10 also allows users to connect to a power supply via USB cable while livestreaming for longer usage. For added convenience, the user can assign this function to a custom button to start streaming instantly.


Efficient workflow with Easy File Data and Transfers

Using Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app, users can transfer selected images and video files to a mobile device via Wi-Fi. This also allows the user to transfer RAW image files. After the camera has been paired to the Imaging Edge Mobile app, the files’ location data can be acquired from the mobile device and recorded. Users can transfer files from an SD card in the camera to a smartphone (mobile device) via Bluetooth even if the camera is powered OFF. 

Price and Availability

The new ZV-E10 camerawill be available across all Sony Centers Alpha Flagship stores, www.ShopatSC.com portal, major electronic stores and ecommerce websites (Amazon and Flipkart) from 20th September 2021 onwards.

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