I’ve never really been a fan of buying a monitor, I tend to only look at three key aspects; screen size, resolution and the overall appearance. While that is generally a good way to choose a monitor, there are a multitude of other features that require your attention depending on your intended use.
If you are a gamer or avid video editor, the response time and refresh rates would be of key interest to you to ensure that there is little input lag from your input device and that there is little screen tearing. Professional photograph editors may be less interested in those features, but the contrast ratio, brightness and available colours are more important.
Today we have the gaming orientated AOC G2460PG G-Sync enabled monitor. One of the cheapest G-Sync enabled monitors on the market at approximately £300. While this still isn’t cheap, you have to pay for the quality and performance that G-Sync will bring to your gaming experience. This monitor packs in a great feature set, with an ultra low 1ms response time, 144Hz and a huge 80m:1 contrast ratio. This monitor also features Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB), which drastically reduces the blur on screen which can occur in some face paced games such as the racing genre. I will not be testing this feature as it can only be activated with G-Sync off.
Packaging and Features
The front of the box is very plain, focusing primarily on the logo, screen and key details regarding the monitor such as QHD and IPS panel type. The image displayed on the monitor itself leads itself to be desired more by the professional buyer than the general gaming enthusiast.
AOC kept the website clean with more professionalism for those looking for information. The key features that were outlined apart from the QHD and 3-Year warranty are AOC flicker-free technology, integrated speakers and ergonomic stand.
Racing simulation fans are some of the most dedicated you’ll find, well that actually goes for most real-simulation genres, but this news is more for the racing fans. BenQ has launched their newest monitor and it’s a large on. The curved XR3501 LCD monitor spans 35-inch, sporting a 2560×1080 extra wide resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate for the best and most immersive racing experience.
The BenQ XR3501 features a 2000R curvature, the most of any LCD monitor. That with the 21:9 aspect ratio puts you right into the drivers seat for an optimal racing experience that includes every tiny detail. The 144Hz refresh rate removes any kind of stutter that might take you out of the moment while you slide through the tight corners while the crowd cheers you on.
The XR3501’s Color Vibrance feature allows you to easily adjust color and detail settings based on your personal preferences. Lighting changes can hide critical details such as opponent cars that seem to vanish in the darkness of a tunnel. BenQ’s eQualizer helps boosting the brightness of darker regions of the screen without blowing out the well-lit areas, allowing you to see every detail without sacrificing image quality.
BenQ had to tease with three of these amazing looking monitors next to each other, as if one of them wouldn’t already be cool to have. But then again, why settle for one when you can have three and enjoy a 7680-pixel wide image for the most immersive gaming experience. The XR3501curved LCD gaming monitor is expected to retail in the second quarter of 2015, but no word on pricing or further details yet.
BenQ has started to present their CES 2015 line-up, and among it is the 27-inch XL2730Z monitor with a WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution and equipped with Gaming Refresh-rate Optimization Management (GROM). The GROM allows gamers to tweak preferences such as display resolution, screen sizes, and refresh rates. Speaking of refresh rates, this is a 144Hz monitor with a 1ms grey-to-grey response time and with adaptive sync function.
For better images and less eyestrain, the monitor features RevolutionEyes technology that eliminates backlight flickering at all brightness levels, reduced blue light technology for reduced exposure of the blue spectrum, and BenQ’s Black Equalizer, Motion Blur Reduction 2.0, Auto Game and Game to Go modes.
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Today is a great day for gaming fans as Philips have revealed their new premium grade gaming monitor; the 272G5DYEB. The monitor may not have the slickest name ever, but its specifications and features speak for themselves; the new monitor is the latest display to feature Nvidia G-SYNC technology and is backed up with an impressive 144Hz refresh rate to provide ultra smooth performance.
The high refresh rate is a welcome bonus and will no doubt look incredible on the monitors 27-inch panel. The 272G5DYEB comes equipped with a full-HD 1920 x 1080 panel, a super quick 1ms GTG response time and promises superior image reproduction.
Nvidia G-SYNC technology and a 144Hz refresh rate, combined with a 1ms refresh rate, make this an ideal choice for competitive gamers; these technologies should prevent screen tearing and improve image quality even when games are moving at high-speeds, something that can have big benefits for your gaming performance, as well as improving your viewing experience. The monitor comes equipped with DisplayPort technology for G-Sync and also features USB 3.0 ports for added connectivity.
The downside to all this performance is the cost, the monitor will set you back $699/€699/£499, which is higher than some of the more affordable 4K displays that are currently available. The 272G5DYEB is already available for pre-order from most major retailers and will start shipping next month.
Thank you Phillips for providing us with this information.
The newest member to the Acer family is finally available, the Acer XB280HK gaming monitor. It is the world’s first 4k2k display featuring Nvidia’s G-Sync technology that provides stunning, ultra-smooth and tear-free imagery, and the best gaming experiences.
It has a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with a 4k2k Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). The flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView technologies should give you one of the best gaming experiences around. After all, you’ll need a really good display to take advantage of the new powerhouse from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 980.
When coupled with a GeForce powered PC, the G-SYNC technology synchronizes the display’s refresh rates to the GPU, effectively eliminating screen tearing and minimizing stutter and input lag. The result is a more fluent and enjoyable gameplay.
The Acer XB280HK features 170/160 degree viewing angles for optimal viewing. The ErgoStand allows the screen to tilt from -5° to 35° and the base to rotate 120° from left or right. The monitor can also be raised by up to 150 mm to give you just the right viewing angle. If that still isn’t the right setup for you, it allows for both horizontal and vertical pivot for even more viewing perspectives.
Connectivity isn’t the strongest point of this monitor as it only has one DisplayPort for the video signal. It does however have four USB 3.0 ports located at the side and bottom of the display for your keyboard, mouse and other devices.
This isn’t just a great gaming monitor, it’s also eco-friendly. The LED panel is mercury- and arsenic-free and the LED back-lighting has been reduced for lower power consumption. The plastic used is post-consumer recycled.
Priced at just £499.99 inc VAT at our friends from Overclockers UK, this might be just the monitor you need to show off what your brand new GeForce GTX 980 can do.
It has been a long wait since January when Asus first presented us with this new monitor, and now the time has arrived. The brand new Asus ROG PG278Q ROG Swift 27″ G-Sync 144Hz widescreen gaming monitor will be available from tomorrow.
The monitor is being praised as “Quite possibly the best gaming monitor ever made” and is ideally suited to NVIDIA graphics cards with 3D Vision 2.0 and G-Sync technology. This monitor runs at a staggering 2560×1440 resolution with 144Hz technology and a 1ms response time, and that using the latest in TN technology. The refresh rate can be switched between 60, 120 and 144 Hz via on-screen buttons.
The 27″ monitor only features one display port as input, but it does have a two-port USB 3.0 hub as well. The monitor offers 16million colours and has a brightness of 350cd/m². The viewing angle is 170/160 degrees horizontal/vertical. It’s a non-glossy panel and the bezel is only 6mm. It also allows for tilt, swivel and pivot and of course has vesa mounts (100×100 mm).
Overclockers UK is ready as usual and has it listed with an ETA tomorrow and at a price of £695.99 inc VAT. A hefty pricetag for a monitor, but also a great one. Personally I would have liked more input options on a monitor of this grade.
Details of the upcoming XB0 series monitor from Acer have slipped through the net. Known as the XB270HAbprz, the new monitor will be part of their high-end range and will come equipped with gaming focused features such as Nvidia G-sync to help provide a silky smooth picture.
The monitor clocks in at a very respectable 27″, will feature a TN-film panel and a 144 Hz refresh rate, making it capable of pushing 3D content at up to 72 Hz per plane. The monitor will have a swift response time of just 1ms, 300cd/M2 maximum brightness, 1000:1 static contrast ratio with dynamic mega-contrast and a viewing angle of 60° V, 170° H.
Connectivity is handled by a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, dual-link DVI and it will feature a 4 port USB 3.0 hub.
Prices are unknown at this time, but you an expect it to leave a big dent in your wallet given the specifications and screen size. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.
LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its newest IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) and other compelling monitor offerings at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The world’s first monitor to incorporate a curved IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch monitor provides remarkable picture quality and a range of convenient connectivity options. Also to be introduced at IFA 2014 will be the stunning Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) and the feature-packed Gaming Monitor (model 24GM77), both combining superior performance with modern style and versatile functionality.
LG’s flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts with extra screen real estate so users can get more done in less time. By adding a gentle curve to a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, LG has created a unique product that delivers a more immersive experience. The Quad HD resolution display with 3440 x 1440 pixels gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of detail and accuracy that their work demands. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the LG 34UC97 monitor easily handles heavy graphics and videos with ease on either system and supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers, four times faster than USB 3.0, and allows multiple devices to be daisy chained together. The monitor also features MAXX AUDIO and 7W stereo speaker system guaranteed to deliver peak audio performance across all frequencies.
In addition to the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor, LG will be unveiling its Digital Cinema 4K Monitor for the first time at this year’s IFA. LG’s Digital Cinema 4K Monitor meets the Digital Cinema Initiative’s standard for 4K resolution displays, squeezing 4096 x 2160 pixels into a 31-inch screen, for resolution equivalent to four Full HD monitors. The 31MU97 model allows professionals such as movie editors to watch original 4K content the way it was meant to be seen. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor employs an LG IPS 4K display that provides ultra-sharp images with a wide viewing angle. Able to reproduce 99 percent of the Adobe RGB colour space, this monitor is an ideal choice for film professionals as well as for those working in design and photography. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor comes hardware calibration-ready and also features Dual Colour Space and LG’s exclusive True Colour Pro calibration software.
“Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry’s biggest monitor manufacturers don’t seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, innovation in display technologies isn’t just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that’s why we’re particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience.”
Gamers will especially appreciate LG’s 24GM77 new Gaming Monitor which is specifically designed to handle the fast-paced action of the latest first person shooters (FPS). A refresh rate of 144Hz ensures that even the most intense action appears smooth and flicker-free, while LG’s Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) Mode drastically cuts input lag, enabling the player to respond faster to what’s happening on the screen. Other notable features include Black Stabilizer for consistent blacks across different scenes and Game Mode, which offers three optimized settings that can be applied quickly by pressing a hotkey on the monitor, with the option to create customized presets. And Motion 240, developed exclusively for the Gaming Monitor, helps minimize motion blur with a fast response time of less than 1ms.
LG’s next generation advanced PC monitors will be on display at IFA 2014 in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.
Thank you LG for providing us with this information.
Monitors with G-SYNC support have been few and far between since Nvidia announced the technology late last year. Since the launch we have seen few monitors with G-SYNC come to market, all made by ASUS as far as I can recall, but no one else has been in on the action.
Today that changes as AOC have revealed their first G-SYNC monitor – the g2460Pg. This is a 24 inch TN panel based monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, DisplayPort output and support for G-SYNC. The resolution is just your run of the mill 1920 x 1080 but the main selling point is the ultra high refresh rate paired up with G-SYNC. The displays offers up a brightness of 350 cd/cm and comes with a 3 year warranty. AOC have also equipped a USB 3.0 hub on the monitor which they claim is designed to reduce cable clutter on your desk area.
Over the last few months, monitors that are built for gaming have been cropping up within the marketplace and at last people can get a panel that compliments their high performance gaming system, delivering better image quality and faster refresh rates with a typical 144Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate is the key part to what sets this new type of panel apart from the rest of the crowd. As I’ve highlighted before, it’s all and well having a GPU that can pump out in the region of 100fps, but if your monitor is only running at 60Hz as the vast majority do, then it can only show a maximum of 60 frames per second itself. As a result there are frames that have been rendered effectively going to waste and it may be one of those frames that could make a crucial difference to the outcome of a tournament for example.
This is where the new 144Hz standard comes into play. With this higher refresh rate, the panel is able to display up to 144 frames per second. This means that not only are those extra frames not going to waste, but the image will appear to be much smoother and fluid in motion as scenes are displayed.
Recently I took a look at one of these new 144Hz panels from AOC, namely the G2460PQU and on the whole I was impressed with the quality of the build and the feature set on offer, but most importantly, the difference that the faster refresh rate made to not only game play but also during day-to-day usage.
Philips as some may or may not know is related to AOC through a parent company known as TPV. Whilst the two rand names run side by side, it is worth noting that some aspects of the monitors from each brand may appear to be the same, but on the whole they are run as two completely separate brands within the market place.
Philips ship the monitor in is probably one of the biggest boxes that I’ve seen for a screen of this size. The box is wrapped in a bold space styled scene with an image of the screen itself and along the lower edge are a set of smaller images highlighting certain aspects of the screen.
With everything taken out of the box, it’s immediately apparent why the box is so thick. Where most screens come with the base plate completely separate from the rest of the stand, the 242G5’s stank is one complete unit and as a result the dimensions of the box are increased. Alongside the stand and the LCD panel, there are a set of manuals and an information and driver CD, IEC power cable, USB3.0 cable, two display cables (VGA and DL-DVI) and finally an OSD remote control pad.
As we have seen recently, there are a huge number of components that make up any system setup and unfortunately there is one key component that many people fail to put any attention to, thus making that gloriously expensive graphics card not give as good as it can. This of course is the monitor that we spend every minute looking at whilst using the system for whatever the task may be – whether it be office work, watching a film, image editing or even gaming. What these panels do for each task has a major impact on our user experience as a whole. If the image that we see is not crisp and defined with a great balance of colour, brightness and vibrancy, in the long run there is the chance of the poor image having an effect on the eyes or in the mind of a gamer, this can have a detrimental effect on the outcome of a game.
On the market there are so many generic ‘all-round’ performing monitors that are designed to perform for any task with reasonably good results, but nothing special. As we have seen recently though, there are many panels as well that are built for a specific user group in mind and this was a prime case when I looked at the ProArt PA249Q from Asus not too long ago. This panel is optimised for professional users who perform tasks such as image and video editing, where the need for precise colours and a definitively sharp display is fundamentally important.
Across many users, there is one task as such that many people carry out and this is where many people spend hundreds, if not thousands of pounds getting the best system they can. This of course is gaming. As highlighted in my ProArt review, its quite a sad sight so see when someone has spent hundreds of pounds on the latest and greatest graphics card, only to have a cheap, generic TFT panel connected up to it that can only give a mediocre / average image that consequently doesn’t do the card much justice. As a result this is where gaming orientated displays come into the playing field.
The most critical gamers on the planet are the professional team players. This select group of dedicated people strive to win and being able to see and respond to what they see with accuracy – and fast, is what can be the make or break of any match. Anyone who has seen a professional team in action will note that each and every one of them can have differing mouse and keyboard setups and this comes down to what they find is the best for them and what they are comfortable with and all the time they are looking at the best screens they can get their hands on.
AOC have been developing some of the most sought after panels for a number of months now, including the super widescreen 29″ Q2963PM with its 2560×1080 UWHD resolution and the i2369Vm IPs panel which AOC market as the IPS panel for everyone. One of the more recent focus points for the AOC development team has been the gamer. Whilst the vast majority of screens sold worldwide for offices and professionals alike will never see a game displayed upon them, we cannot forget that the world of gaming is growing ever more rapidly and the need to have the best screen for the job is too. To develop this new panel, AOC have taken their development to the people who will push them to their limits – the professional gamers. By working with this select group of users who know specifically what they are after, AOC have been able to craft a screen that has been made for gamers – by the gamers.
Like many a large number of other panels on the market, the G2460PQU comes in a brown based box with some simple monochrome styling around it to show what model is inside.
Inside there is the usual selection of cables included with the panel, including VGA and DVI display cables, a UK kettle lead, USB2.0 A-B, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, clip on cable tidy, a CD with the user guide and some software and last of all a copy of Shoot Mania to play.