It was over a year ago back in January 2018 that we first brought you the news of this display, which was showcased at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. We have a bit more information now from an up to date press release from Asus so we thought we would provide that here.
The Asus ProArt PQ22UC is a new 21.6″ sized model which will be part of Asus’ professional range of screens, aimed at colour critical work, photo editing and professional applications. The most interesting thing about this new screen is that it uses an OLED panel instead of traditional LCD.
Marketing a display as supporting HDR (High Dynamic Range) is becoming increasingly common in the monitor market with most new displays talking about how great HDR is, and the benefits it offers on spec pages and press releases. The problem is, the general “HDR” label is so open to interpretation and so open to abuse, that it’s very difficult for an average consumer to really know what is being offered from any given screen. They see the HDR label and assume that’s all they need, when in fact there are many different levels of actual HDR performance from a display. Despite some groups such as VESA trying to develop a certification scheme to take control of this and develop some standards, it hasn’t really helped as their scheme is flawed by the lower grade certifications which are just as equally open to interpretation and abuse. We wanted to write this article to hopefully raise more awareness, and also to make a plea to VESA to reconsider its entry level HDR certifications. Is your HDR display really HDR? Read on to find out.
Philips are set to release a new 31.5″ sized display in their ‘Momentum’ lineup, the 326M6VJRMB (please simplify your product names Philips!) The screen has a fairly unusual “wire frame” design, including glossy black bezels and an unusual shaped stand. Philips Ambiglow lighting is included like on the larger 43″ Momentum display which illuminate the area beneath and behind the monitor and can adapt to the content being shown on the display or customised to your preferences.
It was almost 2 years ago back in May 2017 that we brought you the first news of these forthcoming 35″ gaming displays from. First came the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ (pictured above), and then a couple of months later Acer announced their equivalent, the Acer Predator X35. These models were of particular interest as they offered some exciting high end specs and features. Both these displays were supposed to be launched in Q4 2017 originally, but here we are in Q1 2019 and there’s still no real sign of them! We thought we would bring you a reminder of what these two displays are all about, along with the latest information we have on them since those original news pieces in 2017.
Acer have released a new 49″ sized, ultrawide display in their monitor range. The EI491CR has a large 32:9 aspect ratio panel offering a 3840 x 1080 resolution and high 144Hz refresh rate. The screen features a VA technology panel from Samsung with a 3-side borderless design and 1800R curvature.
In his detailed research notes outlining Apple’s plans for 2019, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that there were plans to develop an updated Mac Pro, including a new 31.6″ sized “Apple 6K3K” display. Apple had previously discontinued production of their Thunderbolt Display in 2019 and instead had been working on collaborations with other manufacturers like LG. This news looks like Apple might be venturing in to the display market again. Very little information was shared but he did say that it would feature “outstanding picture quality thanks to its adoption of the Mini LED-like backlight design.”
Gigabyte aren’t a manufacturer you would normally associate with the monitor market, but they have recently released an interesting screen – their new Aorus AD27QD. This is a 27″ sized display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS-type panel, aimed at gaming. It offers a 144Hz refresh rate and also boasts a supposed 1ms MPRT response time.
Asus have recently announced their new 32″ sized PA329C, which will form part of their ProArt lineup for professional uses and colour critical work. The new screen is based on an IPS-type panel and offers a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD (“4K”) resolution. Colour accuracy is of key focus here and the screen comes factory calibrated with a dE <2, has 10-bit colour depth support and a 14-bit LUT. There is a wide gamut backlight used with 100% sRGB, 100% Adobe RGB and 98% DCI-P3 coverage offered. As with most other professional grade screens the PA329C has support for hardware calibration and also includes a uniformity correction feature.
It was all the way back in August 2017 that these screens were originally announced, and expected to be released last year in 2018. In fact they are only now emerging for retail so we thought we would refresh your memories on them. The AOC AGON AG273QCG (NVIDIA G-sync) and AG273QCX (AMD FreeSync 2) are the latest models in AOC’s popular AGON gaming series, and part of their third generation.
AOC’s revamped and redesigned premium gaming monitor series is available starting from January 2019. Designed for hardcore gamers, the AGON 3 models carry on with features from the past AGON displays such as refresh rates of up to 165 Hz, a fast response time of 1 ms, and now includes latest technologies such as AMD FreeSync 2 HDR and a refreshed sleek design, which in case of the AG273QCG has contributed to becoming a “Red Dot Design Award 2018” winner. Thanks to very high refresh rates of 165 Hz (AG273QCG) and 144 Hz (AG273QCX), very fast response time and variable refresh rate technologies both monitors are suited for fast-paced games.
This week AOC have announced the launch of their new 31.5″ sized CQ32G1 display, aimed at casual gamers. It’s key features are its large screen size, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and support for AMD FreeSync.