At a time, not so long ago, when the most affordable 4K monitors cost $3,500, California-based (but Chinese-owned) Seiki made headlines with the release of a then-unheard of $1,400 50-inch 4K television. The company followed that up last June with the launch of a 39-inch 4K TV for just $699. Although marketed as televisions, many gamers and computing enthusiasts were drawn to the products with the hopes of using them as ultra-cheap 4K monitors.
Those early televisions were sensational due to their price, but unfortunately weren’t too great when it came to features and picture quality. Today, many mainstream manufacturers like Asus, Dell, and Samsung have launched their own 4K products in the $600 to $1,000 price range, making those early Seiki products practically obsolete.
Rather than sit idly by, Seiki announced last week that it hopes to once again disrupt the 4K market, this time with dedicated 4K monitors. The company is gearing up to launch three 4K displays that boast some impressive features:
- 28-inch 28U4SEP-G02
- 32-inch 32U4SEP-G02
- 40-inch 40U4SEP-G02
All three will feature the standard 4K UHD resolution of 3,840-by–2,160, 12-bit color processing, a wide array of ports (HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3, MHL 3.0, DVI, and VGA), picture-in-picture mode capable of supporting four non-scaled 1080p streams, a USB 3.0 hub, and a VESA-compliant mount.
Most importantly, these displays will all support 60Hz output, which is crucial for gaming and any motion-based media tasks. This contrasts with the first generation Seiki TVs, which were capped at 30Hz.
Pricing has yet to be announced, and we’ll have to get our hands on one of the displays to see if its real-world quality and performance lives up to its impressive specs. Expect these displays to hit the market at the very end of this year or the first quarter of 2015.