Iiyama B2783QSU with 1440p TN Film Panel and
Iiyama have just announced their new 27" B2783QSU gaming
display. It is the first Iiyama monitor
supporting FreeSync technology from AMD making it an option for gaming
audiences. The 27" 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel offers a 1ms G2G
response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing
angles. The FreeSync range is 48 - 75Hz according to the spec, as this is not
a high refresh rate panel being used here.
The screen also includes
a blue light filter mode and has DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
There is also a 2 port USB 3.0 hub built in along with 2x 2W stereo speakers.
Tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions are all offered by the stand.
The screen has been
launched across Europe as of 3rd September.
Philips 275P4VYKEB with 5K Resolution PLS
There's been a lot of Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 displays
released over the last year or so, and a few with "true 4k" 4096 x 2160
resolution as well. Only a couple of manufacturers have pushed beyond this
with the likes of the
Dell UP2715K and
Apple Cinema Display being the first to offer a whopping 5120 x 2880 "5K"
Philips have now joined the 5K market with their
275P4VYKEB. This is a 27" sized screen with a fairly modest design in line
with a lot of their other models. They are using a Samsung PLS (IPS-type)
panel here with 217.57 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) and 10-bit colour depth. The
panel coating is glossy as well, although it remains to be seen if there is
any anti-reflective treatment at all. In other specs the screen offers an 8ms
G2G response time 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing
angles and wide colour gamut backlight with 99% Adobe RGB coverage. The screen
is also flicker free.
The stand offers a full range of ergonomic adjustments
with tilt, height, swivel and rotate available. There are 2x DisplayPort 1.2
video connections provided and at the moment you need both connected from a
suitable graphics card to power the screen at 5K resolution and 60Hz refresh
rate. There are also 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1 with fast charging support.
Update 31/3/16 -
The new Philips 275P4VYKEB
display, with an RRP of £1,169.99, will be available at the beginning of
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q Now with 165Hz Refresh Rate
Perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated screens in
recent times is the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q. A follow up to the extremely
popular (and excellent)
ROG Swift PG278Q model, this new PG279Q moves from a TN Film panel to an
IPS-type panel. This follows on from IPS gaming screens like the
Acer Predator XB270HU (with G-sync) and
Asus's own MG279Q (with FreeSync) which are currently the only two high
refresh rate IPS offerings available.
The ROG Swift PG279Q sticks with support for NVIDIA
G-sync, including the useful ULMB motion blur reduction mode. The refresh rate
was originally expected to be 144Hz, but in an effort to offer the biggest and
best refresh rate numbers Asus are now promoting a supported 165Hz maximum
refresh rate. We have yet to see how these "overclocked" refresh rates work,
but they seem to be offered on a few G-sync capable screens now (100Hz on the
X34, 100Hz on the
PG348Q, 200Hz even on the
It is expected that this is a function of the added G-sync module but we've
yet to see it in practice. Interestingly this could be a useful benefit in the
G-sync vs FreeSync debate but we will wait to see how it works and if it's
The PG279Q will offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution, and will
likely offer a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing
angles, 16.7m colour depth and sRGB gamut. DisplayPort connectivity will be
provided of course and we expect to see HDMI as well.
The latest from Asus is that review samples are expected
probably in October, although firm dates with ROG equipment are hard to
obtain. If that is the case, we expect retail to be around December time. Keep
an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest news. We will have a review when we
Asus ROG PG348Q 34" Ultra-Wide G-Sync with
We first brought you news about a planned 34" gaming
monitor from Asus back in
June 2015. At the time the screen was only a prototype and very little
information was confirmed. The model name at the time was expected to be the
ROG PG34Q, but it seems Asus have now updated this to the ROG PG348Q instead
in their recent press release for IFA 2015.
The PG348Q is a 21:9 aspect ratio ultra-wide screen with
a curved format and 3440 x 1440 resolution. It features an IPS panel with
NVIDIA G-sync support, and according to the press release can support refresh
rates up to 100Hz. This is much like the forthcoming Acer Predator X34 and we
have yet to see how this >75Hz refresh rate works in practice, suspecting that
it is an "overclocked" mode when using NVIDIA G-sync. The screen also offers
ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) for reduced perceived blur. The usual Asus preset
modes and gaming extras (crosshairs and the likes) are included as with
previous ROG models.
The screen has a frameless design as you can see
from the images above and the stand offers tilt, height and swivel
A couple of additional photos of the screen courtesy of
Current estimates from Asus UK are for a Q1 release
although no firm dates yet.
Update 29/1/16 - The screen will apparently be
available in February Worldwide. In the UK, the screen is now available to
Overclockers.co.uk at a retail price of £995.95. Asus's press material
talks about "the
new Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme, and built-in LED effects"
as well as a highlight.
Acer Announce Predator XB271HU, XB271HK and XB281HK
September 2nd 2015
Acer have announced today the forthcoming release of
three new models in their popular XB series for gamers. Firstly, the most
interesting is the update to the excellent
Predator XB270HU display, with the new 27" Predator XB271HU being shown
off at IFA 2015. This is pictured above - note the ultra thin bezel design. The main change comes in the form of a zero-frame design,
with popular features of an IPS-type panel, 144Hz refresh rate, ULMB support,
100% sRGB gamut coverage and NVIDIA G-sync support being kept from the old
model. Other details about the new screen aren't available at the moment but
we have asked Acer for further information. We expect G-sync ver II to be used
here so expect an HDMI input along with the usual DisplayPort.
Secondly there is the 27" Predator XB271HK which offers a zero-frame design as
well, along with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, NVIDIA G-sync support, 100%
sRGB and 60Hz maximum refresh rate (as far as we know).
Finally there is the 28" XB281HK (pictured), with 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1ms
G2G response time, TN Film panel, NVIDIA G-sync support and a 60Hz refresh rate.
The Predator XB1 Series will be available in North America in November with
prices starting at US$799.99, in EMEA in October with prices starting at €699.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. All three
models are being shown off at IFA 2015 in Berlin, so more information when we
Acer Announce 35" Predator Z35 with G-sync and
September 2nd 2015
Acer have just announced the forthcoming release of an
interesting new monitor in their gaming range. There were some rumours about
this screen a few months back but this is the first time we've seen official
information released from Acer. The Predator Z35 is 35" in
size, has a 21:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio and curved screen format. It utilises an
AMVA panel which is the same as the recently released BenQ XR3501. Like that
model, the native refresh rate of the panel from AU Optronics is 144Hz, but
Acer state in their press release that this can be overclocked to a whopping
200Hz! It remains to be seen how that will work.
Unlike the BenQ model, the Acer Predator Z35 will support
NVIDIA G-sync technology, which is presumably where the 200Hz refresh rate max
comes in, probably only supported when using G-sync although again that's to
be confirmed. The press release also confirmed ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur)
will be available too.
The resolution is relatively low, only offering 2560 x 1080
maximum, as opposed to the 3440 x 1440 we've seen from some 34" ultra-wide
screens. However, the much higher refresh rate makes up for this somewhat and
firmly positions this as a gaming screen.
Spec wise the screen is based on an AMVA panel (VA-type),
sporting a 4ms G2G response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 172/178 viewing angles
and 100% sRGB coverage. Static contrast ratio spec is not listed but we
suspect 3000:1. The screen is W-LED backlit and the curvature of the panel is
model will offer HDMI 1.4, DP and 4x USB 3.0 ports only from what we know so
far. There are 2x 9W
stereo speakers offered along with a tilt and height adjustable stand. The
screen should also be flicker-less (PWM not used for
backlight dimming) and have low blue light mode as well.
The Predator Z35 will be available in North America in
December with prices starting at US$1199.99, in EMEA in December with prices
starting at €1,099.
Gaming Monitor with G-sync and 144Hz
September 2nd 2015
Dell have recently announced something quite unusual
for them, a new monitor aimed at the gaming market. The forthcoming
S2716DG is highlighted by it's 27" 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel,
offering a 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz refresh rate and support for
NVIDIA G-sync technology.
The S2716DG will offer a full range of tilt, height, pivot and rotate
adjustments from the stand and will have DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 inputs
available. There are also 4x USB 3.0 ports and audio out / headphone out
Starting at $799.99, the new Dell 27 Gaming Monitor (S2716DG) will be available
in the US on Dell.com beginning Oct. 20. More news on UK price and availability
when we get it.
EV2750 with Flat Bezel-less Design
September 2nd 2015
Eizo recently announced the release of the FlexScan
EV2750, a 27-inch IPS monitor with an LCD screen that is flush with the
minimalist frame that surrounds it for a fully flat surface. The FlexScan
EV2750 features picture-by-picture capability and numerous ergonomic and
energy-saving features that make it ideal for business environments such
as trading rooms, control rooms, and back offices.
The cabinet is essentially bezel-less on the sides
and top with a frame that is just 1 mm in width. The LCD panel’s perimeter
has black borders of 5.5 mm. The depth of the cabinet is a mere 48.5 mm.
This minimalist design combined with a fully-flat surface makes for a
seamless visual experience. Furthermore, the cabinet is available in white
to blend in with modern desktop and office environments (black also
The 27" screen uses an LED-backlit IPS (in-plane
switching) LCD panel with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440. Its 178°
viewing angle minimizes colour shift. The typical brightness is 350 cd/m2
and the contrast ratio is 1000:1. There is also a 5ms G2G response time,
16.7m colour depth and standard sRGB gamut W-LED backlight.
The FlexScan EV2750 has an ergonomic stand with 155
mm height adjustment, 40° tilt (5° down, 35° up), and 344° swivel. It
pivots 90° clockwise and counter-clockwise to take advantage of the
ultra-slim bezels when using two or more monitors side-by-side in portrait
mode. A quick-release button allows for easy removal of the monitor from
the stand for reconfiguration on a VESA-compatible mounting device.
One DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D input terminals are
included for connection to various graphics boards. With
picture-by-picture, content from two inputs can be displayed at once.
The brightness dimming methods of conventional
LED-backlit monitors cause many people to see flicker which results in eye
fatigue. EIZO uses a hybrid dimming technology that makes flicker
unperceivable even at low brightness levels. Furthermore, in dimly-lit
work environments, brightness is adjustable to 1 cd/m2 which is
less than 1% of the maximum.
EIZO’s incorporates its own EcoView technologies to
reduce typical power consumption to 22 watts. Auto EcoView automatically
adjusts the screen’s brightness in accordance with the ambient brightness
to trim power usage while reducing eye fatigue. EIZO has upgraded Auto
EcoView so that it takes into account the human eye’s sensitivity to
changes in low brightness levels up to 100 cd/m2 and renders these changes
less noticeable for more comfortable viewing.
EcoView Optimizer 2 saves power by reducing the
backlight brightness and increasing the gain on screens consisting mostly
of dark content.
The FlexScan EV2750 is now shipping. Date of
availability varies by country.
and G2460VQ6 with FreeSync
September 2nd 2015
AOC have recently announced two new gaming monitors
in their line-up, with a focus on AMD FreeSync support for gamers, and
low-blue light filters for eye comfort. There are the 21.5" G2260VWQ6 and
the 24" G2460VQ6, both offering TN Film panels with 1920 x 1080
resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2
brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and sRGB gamut.
AOC's press release states: "Short
blue light waves significantly damage the human eye in several ways. To
eradicate the harmful part of the light, AOC’s Anti-Blue Light Technology
shifts the wavelength peak from 450 nm to the much safer 460 nm. As a
result, the hazardous light gets reduced by over 90%. By shifting the blue
light instead of just filtering or blocking it, colours remain as
brilliant as ever, with no loss in picture quality." The screens are
also flicker free which is nice to see.
Featuring AMD FreeSyn and a 1ms G2G
response time at 60 hertz, gamers get an ultra-smooth gaming experience
without image tearing, stuttering, input lag or motion blur. This ensures
absolutely unhindered gameplay for all types of gamers, casual gamers and
pro gamers alike. AOC previously announced two more models with AMD
FreeSync accommodating the needs of competitive gaming and featuring a 144
Hz refresh rate, the AOC G2460PF
More details about the AOC G2260VWQ6:
More details about the AOC G2460VQ6:
144Hz Panels Planned from AU Optronics
August 20th 2015
AU Optronics have a few interesting new panels in
production which we thought might be of interest. Firstly there is a new
AMVA technology (VA type) panel scheduled to go in to production in Q1
2016. It is 30" in size and is a curved, ultra-wide screen with 21:9
aspect ratio and 2560 x 1080 resolution. For those who felt the 2560 x
1080 res was too low on the 35" VA panel already available (used in models
BenQ XR3501), this might be an interesting new option once it's
adopted by display manufacturers. Like it's 35" brother, this new 30"
M300DVR01.0 panel offers a 144Hz refresh rate as well, something still
very rare for VA technology. It boats a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 300
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and sRGB colour gamut. It has a
2000R curvature as well. With production not starting until Q1 2016 don't
expect to see this available in any monitor until middle of next year.
In a smaller 23.8" size AUO also have a couple of interesting TN Film panels
planned. The new M238DTN01.0 and M238DTN01.2 panels will offer a 2560 x 1440
resolution for high pixel density viewing on a panel of this size, along with a
144Hz refresh rate. Being TN Film based they offer 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350
cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles and sRGB gamut. They are expected to go
in to production in October and December this year, so expect to see some
displays featuring them in the new year hopefully.
We have updated our extensive
panel parts database with the new panels as well.
UltraSharps Coming Next Year - 24 and 27" Models
August 18th 2015
As well as the
new UP series models expected in October 2015 we also know of a few other
UltraSharp models which should be available next year. We realise this is
a long way off and a lot of these models might be common sense given
previous Dell monitor refreshes. We thought it might be interesting to
know the new product names so you can keep an eye out for more information
as it appears. Note that it is the old U2414H model pictured above.
We don't have any
official details or specs yet, only model names. We can try and make a few
educated guesses at what the new models might offer. We expect all these models
to offer standard gamut backlighting since the UP series seems to be the higher
end professional range now. HDMI 2.0 is likely to feature widely as well.
The new models coming
U2417HA - expect this to be an update to the 24" U2414H model, probably
sticking with 1920 x 1080 resolution. We are not sure what the "A" represents
here on one version. The U2417H is expected to be available early Feb, with
the HA model coming end of Feb 2016.
Another version of the U2417H but again we're not sure what the "Wi" will
represent here. This model is expected mid April 2016.
U2717DA - We expect these to be updates to the current U2715H model, so
probably with 2560 x 1440 resolution still. We're not sure what the "A"
version represents, but they are both expected to be available late February
If you spot any
more information about any of these models, please
let us know. They are expected to be available 20 October 2015 in
New Dell UP
Models Coming Soon - UP2516D, UP2716D and UP3216Q
August 18th 2015
to be a few new Dell UP series screens in the works coming at some point
later this year. They have all appeared on
a Certification website, although official information other than
product names has yet to be released.
Note that it is the old UP3214Q model pictured above.
model names and what has come before them, we can take an educated guess
at some specs and features which will probably be offered on these models.
The UP models we believe represent the UltraSharp Premium range, and we
expect them to feature hardware calibration support and wide gamut
backlighting (although this isn't 100% confirmed):
UP3216Q - This is probably
the easier one to predict. We know that the 2014 UP3214Q (pictured above)
is planned to go end of life in late October this year, while this new
model is expected to appear for retail at the same time. This looks like a
straight replacement to that old
UP3214Q we have reviewed in the past. Expect some updates and
improvements including the screen being recognised as a single display
(SST) as opposed to multi screen (MST). The UP3214Q was a very early ultra
HD offering so things have moved on since then. The 'Q' in the product
name suggests it will have an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution like the
other models with the Q in their name (UP3214Q, UP2414G, P2415Q, P2715Q).
Expect a 31.5" sized IPS-type panel again, probably sticking with a Sharp
IGZO panel like the old model, or maybe even moving to a slightly larger
32" AU Optronics AHVA panel with Ultra HD resolution. Either would fit the
model name for Dell.
UP2716D - The existing
U2713H from 2013 is due to go end of life soon and so this is likely a
direct replacement for that model in 27" size. The UP suggests wide gamut
and hardware calibration high end features again, while the absence of a
'Q' in the model name suggests this will probably be kept at a 2560 x 1440
resolution. Dell don't have an Ultra HD 27" model though (only the 5K
UP2715K) so perhaps there's a chance this new model would be 3840 x 2160
after all. We suspect not though. This model is expected to be released
UP2516D - The existing 24"
U2413 is also expected to go end of life soon so it seems logical the
new UP2516D could be a replacement for that model. This time it looks like
it will be 25" in size, and so that suggests they will move to a 2560 x
1440 resolution like the
U2515H already available. The UP in the model name again suggests a
wide gamut / hardware calibration screen which would separate it from the
U2515H, although at the moment we aren't aware of any wide gamut 25"
panels in production. The absence of a Q again suggests this won't be
ultra HD resolution, which is again something we've not seen from any
current 25" panels anyway. An upgrade from the U2413's 24" 1920 x 1200
resolution to the UP2516D's 25" 2560 x 1440 seems a logical step up from
Dell though. This will again be available late October.
If you spot any
more information about any of these models, please
let us know. They are expected to be available 20 October 2015 in
Most TUV Rheinland Certifications for Low Blue Light
August 13th 2015
recently announced that 26 ASUS monitors have been certified by TÜV
Rheinland for low blue light — more than any other monitor brand. The
latest ultra-low blue light monitors
four filter settings to reduce blue light emissions by up to 70%. In
addition, 28 monitors have also been certified
flicker-free by TÜV Rheinland. This full range of ultra-low blue
light monitors is designed to reduce blue light emissions and onscreen
flicker for a comfortable viewing experience.
TÜV Rheinland is a professional certification organization and the world’s
leading authority on display testing. The company has developed a
display-specific standard (2PfG) for low blue light and flicker-free
testing and measurement.
extensive research, ASUS engineers have determined the right amount of
blue light reduction required for various tasks. The latest monitors
feature four different Blue Light Filter settings. Level 1 is designed for
web browsing and reduces blue light by 20% with minimal color shift. Level
2 is for viewing photos and videos, and reduces blue light emissions by
30%. Levels 3 and 4 reduce blue light by 50% and 70% for long periods of
reading and viewing in dim environments respectively.
can easily access these modes via an intuitive onscreen display (OSD) menu.
Flicker-Free technology uses Smart Dynamic Backlight Adjustment to reduce
flicker by avoiding low brightness levels that lead to high-speed LED
backlight cycling. Monitors with ASUS Flicker-Free technology help prevent
eye fatigue, irritation, or strains, so users can work on spreadsheets,
play games, or watch videos comfortably for hours on end.
latest ASUS ultra-low blue light monitor range protects users from harmful
blue light emissions. It includes the PG and MG Series for gaming, the
Designo Series for home entertainment, the PA and PB Series for graphics
professionals, and the Essential Series for everyday use. ASUS will
continue to develop reliable, high quality displays to expand its Eye Care
Professional Displays with 4:3 Format
August 13th 2015
You don't see many monitors in this size and format
nowadays but NEC are about to release a new 21.3" sized screen with a 4:3
aspect ratio and 1600 x 1200 resolution IPS panel. The P212 desktop
display is designed for use in digital image acquisition, command and
control, and industrial applications, and capable of 24/7 usage. In
medical environments, all of the P Series displays can even be calibrated
to the DICOM standard for conformance.
The P212 comes in four configurations (in USA at
least) – P212 (white cabinet), P212-BK (black cabinet), P212-SV
(SpectraView II model in white) and P212-BK-SV (SpectraView model in
black) – and features a conventional format 4:3 aspect ratio and 1,600 x
1,200 resolution in an IPS panel that covers 97.9 percent of sRGB colour
Spec wise the screen also offers an 8ms G2G response
time, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 440 /cdm2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles,
1.07b colour depth and sRGB gamut. The screen supports some of NEC's
professional range features including a programmable 14-bit 3D LUT and
Uniformity Correction (DUE) feature. There are DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, DVI
and VGA connections available along with a 3 port USB 3.0 hub. The stand
offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions and there
are also 2x 1W stereo speakers built in.
The new models will be available in September 2015 at
a minimum advertised price of $899, $899, $1,149 and $1,149,
BDM3490UC Curved 34" Display Launched
August 13th 2015
Philips are set to introduce a new 34"
ultra-wide curved screen (3800R) to the market, the BDM3490UC. The new
model is based around an LG.Display IPS panel with 3440 x 1440 resolution.
In other specs the screen has a 5ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 172/178 viewing angles,
10-bit colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and sRGB gamut.
The stand offers only a basic tilt
adjustment, and its central section actually houses the integrated 2x 7W
stereo DTS speakers. There aren't any VESA mounting options on this model.
There are 1x HDMI 2.0, 2x HDMI 1.4 (one with MHL), DisplayPort and audio
connections available on the screen along with 4x USB 3.0 ports. It can
also support various PiP and PbP options.
The new Philips curved UltraWide LCD
display will be available as of Q4/2015 for a price of £799.99.
Eizo Foris FS2735
with 144Hz IPS Panel, Freesync and Blur Reduction
August 5th 2015
Eizo have today announced a new gaming
monitor in their Foris range of screens. The 27" FS2735 features a 2560 x
1440 resolution IPS-type panel, 144Hz refresh rate and support for AMD
FreeSync. Not only that, but Eizo have also added a native blur reduction
mode for strobe backlighting which is excellent news. Flicker free
backlight and low blue light modes are also promoted, as well as Eizo's
familiar EcoView ambient light sensor. Other specs aren't provided at the
moment but expect them to be similar to the Acer XB270HU and Asus MG279Q
models as it will almost certainly be using the same AU Optronics AHVA
(IPS-type) panel. It is also being combined with Eizo's own smartphone and
cloud-sharing solutions and will be showcased at Gamescom 2015.
With the announcement of the FORIS FS2735,
EIZO is unveiling two new additions to its G-Ignition software solutions:
G-Ignition Mobile and G-Ignition Drive. G-Ignition
Mobile is an iOS- and Android-compatible application that works with
Bluetooth Smart technology built into the FORIS FS2735. For the first
time, gamers can use their smartphones to adjust the monitor’s brightness
colour, preset modes, and other settings when the FORIS FS2735 is
connected to any platform be it Windows, Macintosh, or a console. Gamers
can also enable G-Ignition Mobile to post a notification in the
corner of the FORIS F2735’s screen whenever they receive a call or message
on their smartphone. Gamers who use headphones no longer have to worry
about missing an important call or e-mail because they could not hear
their smartphone’s ringtone.
G-Ignition Drive is EIZO’s own
cloud service where FORIS gamers can upload and share their gaming presets
(monitor settings) with one another as well as download gaming presets
made by professional gamers such as Ninjas in Pyjamas. Both G-Ignition
Mobile and EIZO’s legacy G-Ignition software for Windows can be used
for accessing G-Ignition Drive. G-Ignition Drive is also
available for other current FORIS models, the FS2434 and FG2421.
Like the FORIS FS2434 before it, the FORIS
FS2735 is equipped with EIZO’s own Smart technologies to improve
visibility and clarity.
Smart Insight – Available
with the “Game” preset mode, this feature identifies dark areas of an
image and adjusts each pixel individually to vastly improve in-game
visibility. With the FORIS FS2735, EIZO has upgraded this feature and is
calling it Smart Insight Demolition. It now also identifies
areas that are too bright and adjusts them to enhance the contrast
between characters in a game and the background.
Smart Resolution –
Super-resolution technology that analyzes an image for noise and
blurring and then corrects the blur without accentuating the noise.
The FORIS FS2735 debuts a new slim cabinet
design. The backside features a sleek horizontal red stripe and silver
EIZO logo. Below the stripe is a handle for carrying the monitor to a LAN
party or gaming event. Dual one-watt speakers are built into the back of
the monitor. For viewing comfort, the stand provides 155 mm of height
adjustment, 40° of tilt (35° up and 5° down), and 180° of pivot (90° right
and left). A cable holder on the stand contributes to a clutter-free
One DisplayPort, two HDMI, and one DVI-D
input provide connectivity with PCs, consoles, Blu-ray players and
cameras. A USB 3.0 hub with one upstream and two downstream ports lets
users connect to USB 3.0-compliant storage devices. A line-out jack for
connecting to external speakers and a headphone jack provide further
The FORIS FS2735 will begin shipping this
winter. G-Ignition Mobile will be available for download free of
charge from Google Play and the App Store on iTunes when the FORIS FS2735
is released. G-Ignition Drive will be online for use with current
models (FORIS FS2434 and FG2421) by late September.
We will hopefully feature a review of this
screen as soon as it's available. We are also trying to confirm expected
retail price with Eizo.
with 1080p AMVA Panel
August 5th 2015
The confusingly named BL2420Z should not be
confused with the BenQ XL2420Z gaming screen, it is a follow up to the
Business Line (BL) series BL2410PT and BL2411PT models before it. This
time BenQ have reverted to using an AMVA panel in this new 23.8" sized
model, moving away from IPS of its predecessor. The design has been
updated with blue trim in places, a thinner bezel, smaller stand
foot-print and a brushed metal effect texture on the base.
The AMVA panel offers a 1920 x 1080
resolution, 7ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2
brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 60Hz refresh rate and 8-bit colour
depth. The W-LED backlight is flicker free and covers a normal sRGB gamut.
VGA, DVI and DisplayPort connections are provided along with 2x USB 2.0
ports. A full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments
are offered from the stand.
X34 to Support 100Hz Refresh Rate
Back in April we brought you news about the two new 34" ultra-wide
gaming screens from Acer, the XR341CK and (as it was known at the time)
the XR341CKA. These new screens offered 34" curved format screens with a
21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 resolution. They feature LG.Display
AH-IPS panels, boosted refresh rates and a selection of advanced gaming
features including AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-sync respectively.
At the beginning of July we were the first
to review the FreeSync model, the
XR341CK. This offered a refresh rate up to 75Hz. For those who have
asked, we didn't have any luck overclocking the refresh rate to anything
higher than the native 75Hz. We also experienced some issues with frames
being dropped from an NVIDIA system at 75Hz, which Acer are now
investigating. This FreeSync model still hasn't made its way to any retail
stores yet in the UK and at the moment it looks like it's expected in late
August. Retail price is expected to be around £840 GBP (inc VAT) by the
look of things.
The G-sync version is held up further still.
Originally we were informed this would be called the XR341CKA but more
recently Acer have decided to change it to the simpler "Predator X34".
There's been plenty of rumours floating around about the refresh rate of
this model and Acer have confirmed for us this week that it will
support refresh rates up to 100Hz. Some reports suggest that is only
available when using G-sync specifically, and we are still trying to
confirm the situation with Acer. If that is the case then AMD users and
non-G-sync users could only use the screen up to an expected 75Hz. We will
confirm when we know more.
According to the initial spec sheets we had
in April the G-sync model would also support ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur).
We have yet to confirm that this has not changed, but we hope to see it
included. It's feasible that even if the screen can only operate up to
75Hz outside of G-sync mode, the strobing could possibly be double to
150Hz to avoid noticeable flicker on the screen. 85Hz is commonly
considered a lower limit for strobing without flicker becoming too
distracting, but tricks to double the strobe frequency have been used by
other manufacturers before for lower refresh rates. We will see how this
pans out. Keep in mind you can't use G-sync and ULMB at the same time.
The estimated first ETA for the Predator X34
at the moment is the beginning of October for retail availability. That's
in the UK although given the manufacturing and distribution lines we
expect Europe to be around the same time. We are not sure about the USA
but don't expect it to be any sooner based on past experience. We will
hopefully have a review sample sooner, in early September so expect a full
review when have it. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates. We
expect the price to be more than the XR341CK given the G-sync module, but
a final retail price has yet to be announced.
Update 18/8/15: The Predator X34 is now
pre-order from Overclockers UK at £949.99 GBP. ETA is currently
30/9/15. We hope to have a review sample before then.
AOC Release New 32"
U3277Pqu and Q3277Pqu Displays
AOC have just introduced two new 32" sized
screens in their line up, with quite differing specs and panel
performance. The U3277Pqu has an Ultra HD Resolution of 3840 x 2160 and
features an AHVA (IPS-type) panel. The Q3277Pqu on the other hand has a
QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution and an AMVA (VA type) panel.
The U3277Pqu offers 3840 x 2160 resolution,
4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and
178/178 viewing angles. The Q3277Pqu has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 4ms G2G
response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178
Both models offer 100% sRGB gamut coverage,
1.07b colour depth (8-bit + FRC) and are flicker free as well. PiP and PbP
are also offered for multi-input viewing. The provided stand offers tilt,
height, swivel and rotate adjustments and the screens are also VESA 100
compliant too for mounting options. Connectivity options include
DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL, DVI and VGA, with the U3277PQU also offering HDMI
2.0 for 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz.
The AOC U3277Pqu and the AOC Q3277Pqu will
be available in August 2015. The MSRPs are £699 and £419 respectively.
Samsung SE370 Monitors with Wireless Mobile Charging Capability
July 30th 2015
Samsung this week introduced the SE370 displays, the
industry’s first monitors with an integrated wireless charging function
for mobile devices. Available in 23.6 (S24E370DL) inches and 27
(S27E370DS) inches, the SE370 monitors de-clutters work areas by doing
away with unnecessary cables and ports needed to charge mobile devices.
Samsung’s SE370 monitor works with all mobile devices that use the leading
Qi wireless charging standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power
Consortium (WPC). Qi is one of the most readily-available global interface
standards. For optimized convenience and productive multitasking, the
SE370 monitor consolidates the multiple charging ports found in other
displays with a circular wireless charging area integrated in the
monitor’s stand. Users simply need to place their device on the stand’s
charging area to initiate automatic charging, which is confirmed by an LED
The displays are a glossy white design which is fairly unusual as well.
Both screens are based on Samsung PLS (IPS-type) panels, offering 1920 x
1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 / 300
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and standard gamut backlights.
DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4 and D-sub connections are provided on both. The
screens have low blue light filters and flicker free backlights too which
is good news.
No word on price of release date yet.
Philips BDM3275UP with 32" Ultra HD AHVA
July 9th 2015
Philips have announced a new display with 4K Ultra High
Definition (UHD) resolution. The BDM3275UP display – at 32 inches a new size
for Philips Monitors with this resolution – responds to growing demand for
super-fine resolutions at comparatively modest screen dimensions. Users can
look forward to 4K UHD clarity for detail-rich entertainment such as movies
and games, as well as for data-intensive office applications.
The screen offers an ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, 4ms
G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth. It is based on an AU Optronics AHVA
(IPS-type) panel. VGA, DVI, HDMI 2.0 (MHL) and DisplayPort connections
are provided along with 4x USB 3.0, audio in and headphone out. Philips also
advertise this model as being flicker free and it features PiP and PbP options
for "MultiView" experience. There are integrated stereo speakers included as
The new Philips 32-inch display with
4K resolution will be available in July 2015. The RRP is £ 799.
BenQ SW2700PT For Professional
July 9th 2015
BenQ are releasing a new 27" monitor in their range,
aimed at professional photographers and colour critical work. The SW2700PT
sports a 2560 x 1440 resolution with wide gamut backlight offering 99%
Adobe RGB coverage. The screen features hardware calibration of it's
14-bit 3D LUT, factory calibration to dE <2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB
colour spaces, bundled "Palette Master Calibration software" and an
included shading hood.
BenQ's press release says "Every photographer
dreams of capturing that singular image, a sliver of time that will never
happen again. What if you could isolate the unique magic in every moment?
The SW2700PT is designed to effortlessly and accurately showcase the
creative vision of professional photographers, enhancing and empowering
the visual stories they communicate. With unprecedented colour accuracy,
attention to precise detail and user-friendliness, the SW2700PT creates
colours so true that it brings out the un-reproducible essence of every
photo, whether taken by a seasoned pro or amateur hobbyist."
The screen comes with BenQ's handy OSD controller
device, and offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate
functions. There are DL-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections offered
along with a headphone jack as well. The screen will be flicker free and
feature BenQ's low blue light modes too.
The SW2700PT will be released first in America,
Europe and Asia Pacific in July, 2015. Price is not listed yet.
Samsung UHD UE590 and UE850 Monitors With
July 9th 2015
Available in 23.5- U24E590D and 28-inch
U28E590D models form part of the new UE590 series, and are most applicable
for high-quality entertainment seekers and avid gamers who require
immersive visual detail. Both models support ultra HD 3840 x 2160
resolutions and AMD FreeSync dynamic refresh rates as key features.
The U24E590D offers a 4ms G2G response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m
colour depth and sRGB gamut. We're not aware of any 23.5" sized panels
which meet this spec, and in fact the
panelook website doesn't list any modules at all in that diagonal. We
wonder if the screen size was perhaps a slight typo as the spec seems to
line up with
Samsung's PLS panel available in 23.6" size nicely (LTM236FL01). The
stand offers only a basic tilt adjustment, and there are HDMI, HDMI 2.0
and DisplayPort connections offered. PiP and PbP are supported.
The 28" U28E590D has a lot of the same
features and connections but the panel spec is different. It is using a TN
Film panel offering 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 370
cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth and sRGB
Alternatively, there is also the new UE850 series displays (23.5"
U24E850R, 28" U28E850R and 31.5" U32E850R) with improved resolution and
dynamic connectivity drive efficiency for professional, creative and
analytical tasks. Panel specs vary between these three models but all of
them have a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments from
the stand. 3840 x 2160 resolution and AMD FreeSync support are again key
features offered by these models.
The supposed 23.5" U24E850R offers 4ms G2G
response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and sRGB gamut. We suspect again that
this could well be a 23.6" sized panel in the absence of any information
about panels in the 23.5" size. HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and Mini DP
connections are provided.
The 28" U28E850R is using a TN Film panel
offering 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 370 cd/m2
brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth and sRGB gamut. The
same spec as the U28E590D model discussed above in fact. HDMI, HDMI 2.0,
DP and Mini DP connections are offered.
Finally the 31.5" U32E850R offers a 4ms G2G
response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and sRGB gamut. HDMI, HDMI 2.0, DP and
Mini DP connections are offered.
All models discussed here in this article
are advertised as flicker free as well which is good news. Release dates
and prices aren't listed at the moment.
AOC G2460PF and G2770PF with FreeSync Support
July 9th 2015
AOC are set to release two new gaming
monitors with FreeSync variable refresh rate support. The 24" G2460PF and
27" G2770PF feature 1ms G2G response times, 144Hz refresh rate and use TN
Film panel technology. In other specs the screens both offer a 1920 x 1080
resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness (27" model), 350
cd/m2 brightness (24" model), 170/160 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC colour
depth and sRGB colour gamut. According to some reports the FreeSync range
supported is an impressive 30 - 160Hz, which actually seems to push the
refresh rate beyond the maximum 144Hz if correct. We will wait and see
what emerges but that is apparently what AOC have said.
The stands included with the monitor are
fully adjustable (tilt, height, swivel and pivot). The ports include
Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP 1.2a+, 4 USB ports (2.0/3.0 for 24”/27” model,
respectively), 3.5mm headphone jack and 2W stereo speakers.
More info on the
G2770PF can be found on AOC’s website. The screens will be available
in September 2015 in the UK at least at retail prices of £229 and £279
Eizo ColorEdge CS270 For Graphics Professionals
Eizo have recently announced their new ColorEdge
CS270, a 27-inch colour management monitor that fits the varying needs and
budgets of photo enthusiasts and graphic design professionals. The ColorEdge
CS270 offers many of the advanced features of Eizo’s ColorEdge line-up such as
a wide colour gamut and hardware calibration. It also delivers benefits not
usually available with cost-performance monitors such as dedicated calibration
software that supports compatibility with a wide range of third-party
calibration devices and a manufacturer’s five-year warranty.
The ColorEdge CS270 features a wide-gamut
IPS-type panel with a 2560 x 1440 native resolution and reproduces 99% of the
Adobe RGB colour space. With this extended gamut, images shot in RAW can be
converted to Adobe RGB or images shot in Adobe RGB will be displayed in
vibrant and lush colours. In other specs the screen offers a 15ms G2G response
time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The screen is also advertised as flicker free
which is good news. The ColorEdge CS270 comes equipped with DisplayPort, HDMI,
and DVI input terminals. With the DisplayPort input, the monitor offers 10-bit
display (more than one billion colours simultaneously) from a 16-bit look-up
table. In addition, it can display 10-bit colour via the HDMI input terminal
with Deep Color applicable devices. An ergonomic stand with 35° tilt, 344°
swivel, portrait mode, and 148 mm height adjustment lets users place the
screen in the optimal position. The stand has a sturdy build and includes a
cable holder for a clutter-free desktop.
Eizo's DUE (digital uniformity equalizer)
technology compensates for uniformity errors common to all LCD panels to
produce more even brightness and colour across the screen. With DUE, the
screen stays uniform even when calibrating the monitor to user-preferred
The screen is factory calibrated as well, but
for users that require a wide variety of calibration functionality, Eizo
bundles its proprietary ColorNavigator 6 software. Preset target values for
photography, printing, and web design are included for users looking for a
simple way to calibrate the monitor. Experienced users can set their own
target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generate an ICC
profile. ColorNavigator 6 offers several advanced functions such as measuring
the white of the paper to be used for printing for better screen-to-print
matching and profile validation for verifying calibration results.
Because ColorNavigator 6 is proprietary
software, EIZO has ensured it is compatible with a wide range of calibration
devices from X-Rite, Datacolor, and other manufacturers and supports
Macintosh, Windows, and Linux (Red Hat 6.4) operating systems.
NEC EA275UHD Announced with Ultra-HD Resolution
NEC have just announced their new EA275UHD
monitor, part of their 4K Ultra-High definition product portfolio. The
monitor’s UHD resolution (four times full HD), business-class features and
factory calibration are ideal for high-end corporate users, CAD/CAM engineers,
Command & Control personnel and entry-level graphics users as well as anyone
desiring more desktop space.
Spec wise the 27" screen features an AH-IPS
panel with 3840 x 2160 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and
sRGB colour space.
The EA275UHD display includes a multitude of the
latest connectivity options, including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI-D and a
USB 3.0 hub, and includes a UHD up-scaling feature to improve any non-UHD
content. It also is compatible with SpectraView II calibration software for
accurate colour reproduction and hardware calibration. The stand offers a full
range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments available. Integrated 2x
1W stereo speakers and a human motion sensor are included as extras.
The EA275UHD will be available in June 2015 at
an advertised price of $799 USD. An EA275UHD-BK-SV bundle also will be
available in June 2015 at a minimum advertised price of $949, which includes a
Spyder calibration sensor and the SpectraView II software with the display.