Update: Yes sadly, this was an April Fools joke.
This year brings the first for smartphones and tablets with folding screens, including models coming from companies like Samsung, Royale and more. However, why not gaming monitors as well? Well, if you are going to take that route, you might as well pull out just about every bell and whistle you can find to go along with it, to help sell it with.
With that in mind, HP is launching its new Elite Series, starting with a “Super-Ultra-Wide” monitor that spans a massive 64.5 inches (diagonal). With that kind of workspace, there aren’t going to be any blind spots in your peripheral vision when battling it out in your favorite game. This would also make it perfect for many career fields like CAD design and finance, as you can pack 4 screens into one with this kind of real estate.
To make it even better, HP is taking advantage of the latest HDMI 2.1 specification to deliver all this at up to 10K resolution and 144Hz at that! Along with it, you get your typical HDR10 support, as well as NVIDIA’s G-Sync compatibility.
Now for the discussion on screens that fold. The monitor has the ability to fold the “wings” of the screen inward to cover the center section, helping to protect the screen during travel or storage. A folding gaming monitor! Who would have thought anyone would have needed something like that? However, if you are a pro gamer on the move, this might just tempt you. When folded shut, the monitor consumes the space of around a 27-inch screen, meaning it might just fit into checked baggage without any additional fees while traveling. When unfolded/open, there is zero-bezel/separation between sections or anything, thus creating one solid flowing screen. You get the typical frame around the screen, which has a proprietary hinge system, but the screen itself folds without any disruption to service or quality of image.
You have all of your favorable inputs on the back, including HDMI 2.1, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 (all of which are built into the stand). It also has multiple (4) built-in beam-forming speakers to help create a virtual surround experience. It is like the sound is within inches of your ears and all around you. It uses a small built-in camera to track your face to help keep the sound focused on you at all times, giving you an edge in your favorite games.
There is also a new patented heat dissipation system that is built into the stand to help cool the monitor with and help contribute to its thin design (just less than 8mm thickness). It helps to draw the heat away from the monitor and focus/release it at the base. The base is also conveniently designed flat so that you place a cup of coffee or something on it. Just in case you want to be sarcastic and keep your beverage hot just a bit longer than normal thanks to the collected heat available to you.
- 10K Resolution
- 144Hz Refresh
- Foldable Screen for easy storage or travel (or when not in use)
- NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible
- Thunderbolt 3
- HDMI 2.1
- Beam-Forming Speakers
- Heat Dissipation Stand
The new monitor will be launching this month with an MSRP of $24,999 and will be strictly available via HP’s website (sorry, no Amazon this round). For more information, you can visit their website here.