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ASUS ‘Bezel-free Kit’ makes Multi-monitor Setups Seamless

ASUS ‘Bezel-free Kit’ makes Multi-monitor Setups Seamless

Multi-monitor surround setups provide unparalleled panoramas that extend well into your periphery. They are perfect for first-person sims and shooters, but there’s a unsightly catch: bezels block the view where adjacent screens meet, interrupting your of immersion.

Bezel helps gamers (or productivity hounds seeking an edge) to link monitors together while also using optics to hide the seam where each bezel meets. There are no filters, software or effects at play here: It’s simply an optical device that refracts light around the monitors’ plastic edges.

It is in no way a competitor for the seamless bliss of  widescreen curved monitors that can truly envelop gamers in another world. But it does hide the seam and with time could eventually fade into the background of many games. The blurry lines where the monitors meet aren’t that much worse than a car’s A-pillar; however, at first, they stick out considerably.

developed the Bezel-Free Kit in conjunction with one of their backlight providers, which specialize in optical materials. The is simple. Thin lenses are placed along the seams where screens meet; they contain optical micro-structures that refract light, bending it inward to hide the bezels underneath.

The lenses are made from PMMA, a type of transparent thermoplastic that’s much more durable than glass. This material lets 90% of the light from the monitors shine through, making the picture under the lenses slight dimmer than the rest of the screens but less distracting than the opaque seams created when two bezels are pushed up against each other. Reducing the dimming requires glass lenses that are too fragile to be practical for mass production.

Tailoring for individual models makes installation easy. Custom clips hold the monitors together at the top and bottom of each seam, which helps align them at the correct angle. The lens sits between them, reducing the kit to just three parts per seam.

The kit’s optical obfuscation is designed to work at a specific angle. They selected 130° because it offered the best balance of comfort and immersion in internal testing. Proper fit and alignment are extremely important, so the lenses and associated mounting hardware are made for specific monitors. The version shown at CES 2018 fits the ROG Swift PG258Q and Strix XG258Q and it was demoed with the PG258Q.

The concept can be adapted to work with other displays. There’s no word on how much the Bezel-free Kit will cost, but it’s expected to go on sale later this year.

Credits: https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/10/asus-bezel-hiding-kit-ces-2018/ , https://rog.asus.com/articles/-monitors/rogs-bezel-free-kit-makes-multi-monitor-setups-seamless/

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ASUS 'Bezel-free Kit' makes Multi-monitor Setups Seamless
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ASUS 'Bezel-free Kit' makes Multi-monitor Setups Seamless
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Multi-monitor surround setups provide unparalleled panoramas that extend well into your periphery. They are perfect for first-person sims and shooters, but there’s a unsightly catch: bezels block the view where adjacent screens meet, interrupting your sense of immersion.
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