Eizo ColorEdge Prominence CG3145 Reference Monitor
Eizo today announced their new ColorEdge
PROMINENCE CG3145 – a 31.1-inch sized reference monitor with DCI-4K resolution
(4096 x 2160) for the professional HDR post production workflow. The name
“PROMINENCE” refers to the phenomenon known as a solar prominence – a
flame-like eruption which extends from the Sun’s surface. This image of the
bright sun shining against the deep black of space lends to the monitor’s
ability to accurately display both bright and dark content. HDR is the primary
focus of this screen and it offers a very high end spec (and price to go with
The screen will achieve 1000 cd/m2
brightness (typical) to conform to the
Ultra HD Premium HDR certification standards, and will be able to achieve
a typical contrast ratio of 1 million:1. Other information detailed for the
CG3145 are the expected (to be finalised apparently) 98% DCI-3 coverage, which
equates to 80% REC. 2020 and the 4096 x 2160 resolution which all conform to
the standards as well.
Eizo's press release talks about how the
CG3145 will not suffer from some of the HDR drawbacks of other screens
available: "This professional colour grading monitor is the first to
overcome the severe drawbacks of other HDR technologies that are available in
the market today – ABL and local dimming. ABL (Auto Brightness Limiter) is
equipped in other HDR monitors and limits the monitor’s ability to display
lighter scenes with tones over a specific range in order to prolong the
device’s lifetime. This causes those light areas to appear dimmer and the
colour duller as a result. Local dimming uses an area control backlight system
which adjusts the brightness in sections of the screen depending on the
content displayed. However, when an object on the screen falls outside of the
area of the backlight that is adjusted, a “halo” effect appears, making it
impossible to achieve full colour accuracy in smaller details. ColorEdge
PROMINENCE CG3145 achieves a true HDR visual experience without ABL or the
“halo” effect to ensure users always see accurate colours and brightness in
every pixel." Their press release and spec page don't actually go in to
detail about HOW they overcome those issues though.
In other areas their material goes on to
explain that "there are two gamma curves used for HDR video creation – HLG
(hybrid log-gamma) and PQ (perceptual quantization) curve. HLG is suitable for
live television broadcasting and the PQ curve approximates the human visual
system in terms of colour and light perception, making it ideal for films,
streaming, and other video content. ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3145 supports these
gamma curves so professional creators can rely on a monitor compliant with
industry standards for HDR video."
ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3145 supports
various video formats including HDMI input compatible with 10-bit 4:2:2 at
50/60p. The DisplayPort input supports up to 10-bit 4:4:4 at 50/60p. The
screen features a 10-bit colour depth and 24-bit LUT. The display also
supports hardware calibration and supports Eizo's ColorNavigator NX software.
It offers quality control and asset management of client ColorEdge monitors.
To suit the needs of a specific project, you can change the brightness, gamma,
and white point settings of the monitor's preset colour modes and calibrate to
the new values which are saved to the monitor itself.
In other specs the screens response time
has yet to be finalised apparently, but we do know that it will feature an
IPS-type panel with a wide gamut LED backlight system. There are 2x
DisplayPort and 2x HDMI connections available along with 3x USB 3.0 ports.
Stand functionality is apparently to be confirmed, although this will surely
offer tilt, height, swivel and probably rotate adjustments as well. A light
shield is included in the package.
HDR Gamma Support for Current ColorEdge Products
In addition to the new ColorEdge PROMINENCE
CG3145 HDR reference monitor, EIZO now offers optional HLG and PQ curves for
many of its current CG Series monitors. The optimized gamma curves render
images to appear more true to how the human eye perceives the real world
compared to SDR. This HDR gamma support is available as an option for
ColorEdge CG318-4K, CG248-4K, CG277, and CG247X. Both gamma curves were
standardized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as ITU-R
BT.2100. In addition, the PQ curve was standardized by the Society of Motion
Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as ST-2084.
With the new ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3145
monitor and HDR gamma support for a range of other monitors, EIZO now offers a
wide selection of solutions to cover HDR video creation, VFX, compositing,
colour grading, and more.
The ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3145 will begin shipping in late 2017. Select
ColorEdge CG Series monitors are now eligible for HLG and PQ curve gamma
support. Date of availability varies by country so contact the EIZO group
company or distributor in your country for details. Given the high retail
price of €5000
for the CG318-4K when that was released, we expect this new model to be in
that ball-park and probably a bit higher.
Dell UP3017Q OLED Display Now Available
There were rumours earlier this year that Dell had
scrapped the eagerly anticipate UP3017Q OLED display, and indeed it did drop
off Dell roadmaps for a while. It seems Dell had some development issues at
first, but out of nowhere the screen has now appeared
on Dell.com to everyone's surprise! We now know a lot more about the
screen since we first learnt of it
in January 2016, and some of the early spec discussions have now become
The UP3017Q is the first widely available desktop
monitor to use OLED technology. It is 30" in size and offers a 3840 x 2160
Ultra HD resolution. One of the key benefits of OLED is the incredible
contrast ratio, and Dell list 1,000,000:1 (1 million:1) here thanks to the
very low black depth possible. We will explain the contrast ratio of this
screen a bit more in a moment. The OLED panel offers a typical brightness of
300 cd/m2 when there is a ≤1% Load on the screen. Loading is proportional to
the screen content Dell explain, and a full white screen would be 100% loading
for instance. At 100% loading the typical brightness is 120 cd/m2. There
is also a specified minimum black depth listed of 0.0005 cd/m2 although that
is in fact limited by equipment measurement tolerances and in reality is lower
in fact. The very high 1 million:1 contrast ratio is referenced as the
"perceptual" contrast ratio should you be able to measure a black depth below
the 0.0005 cd/m2 listed. At ≤1% Load the contrast ratio is actually 600,000:1
and at 100% load it is 200,000:1. We are splitting hairs here really, as
bottom line is the contrast ratio is way beyond anything achievable from LCD
panels at the moment.
Another impressive spec is the 0.1ms response time
(well actually it is listed as 0.09ms in the manual), listed specifically here
for a black > white transition. The G2G response time figure is not listed,
but OLED is fast, and so this should be very low. Despite some early rumours
last year, the screen only offers a 60Hz refresh rate maximum at 3840 x 2160
according to the spec. Perhaps this is part of the reason for the delay, if
Dell were experimenting with interfaces beyond DP 1.2 to offer suitable
bandwidth support for 3840 x 2160 @ 120Hz? That seems to be a real struggle
for manufacturers at the moment, so reverting to DP 1.2 and 60Hz has at least
allowed them to release the screen. Gamers after all are not the primary
audience for this high end screen. The user guide for the screen does mention
"120Hz (selectable)" in the spec pages but we believe that to be either an
error, or perhaps an option if you are running at a lower resolution perhaps.
It is not very clear at all in the manual so we will have to wait to test the
screen, but we are pretty sure it won't support beyond 60Hz. No G-sync or
FreeSync support either incidentally.
The screen supports a wide gamut colour space as
well with 100% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709, 97.5% DCI-P3 and 85.8%
Rec. 2020 coverages. This equates to 114.8% of NTSC (CIE1931) or 126.5% NTSC
(CIE1976) if you are interested in those references. This is also supported by
a 10-bit colour depth and 1.07 billion colours, if you have a suitable graphic
card and 10-bit workflow. The only other spec we've not mentioned are the wide
178/178 viewing angles.
You may notice the lack of advertising for HDR on
this screen as well. The spec does meet some of the requirements for HDR but
not all of them, if we refer to the
Ultra HD Premium classification system that is. The resolution, colour
depth and connectivity specs are sufficient and the colour space coverage is
basically there at 97.5% DCI-P3 coverage. The peak maximum luminance is not
quite high enough for those standards though, which require 540 cd/m2 instead
of the available 300 cd/m2. Keep in mind though that Ultra HD Premium
standards are really designed for the TV market, where a higher brightness is
really a requirement. For the desktop monitor market, 540 cd/m2 is probably
far too high, and the OLED panel in the UP3017Q can still delivery incredibly
high contrast ratios which is really the key principle of HDR anyway.
Connectivity wise USB type-C is provided for a
single cable connection if you want, and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 are
also provided. There is also an audio out connection. The design
features aluminium edges, a thin edge design (11mm top and sides, 16mm along
the bottom) and a premium feel, and the stand offers a full range of tilt,
height, swivel and rotate adjustments. There is a uniformity compensation
feature available in the OSD menu although we have found these a bit hit and
miss on Dell screens in the past. No hardware calibration support though which
we might have expected given the price and market segment.
The UP3017Q is listed on Dell.com US for $3499.99
and apparently ships in 1 - 2 weeks, although we have seen some reports of
people who have already ordered and received a shipping notification. No sign
of it yet on Dell's UK site or a UK equivalent price. We will do our best to
get hold of a sample for review.
Professional Monitor Introduced
ViewSonic have recently introduced a new 27" screen
in their professional VP range. The VP2768 offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS
panel with a frameless design and is aimed at colour critical work,
photographers and graphics designers.
You may think that given its target use this would
be a wide gamut backlit screen, but actually it offers a standard sRGB gamut
with 99% coverage. The VP2768 comes factory calibrated with DeltaE < 2. An
integrated colour uniformity function ensures consistent chromaticity across
the screen, while a 14-bit 3D look-up table generates a palette of 4.39
trillion colours. For the ultimate colour accuracy, the VP2768 is hardware
calibration ready and can be used with the optional ViewSonic Colorbration
(yes, that does say "Colorbration") calibration tool
CS-Xri1. This kit
allows users to quickly and easily calibrate monitors for various
applications. It looks like it is a re-branded X-rite i1 Display Pro device
with ViewSonic's packaged calibration software and is available at an MSRP of
Spec wise the screen offers a 14ms G2G response
time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles,
8-bit colour depth. Connectivity wise there are DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort,
2x HDMI 1.4 and 4x USB 3.0, audio out and DP out connections offered.
The ViewSonic VX2768 will be available in April 2017
and listed on ViewSonic's site now at $539.99 USD.
Philips 349X7FJEW Ultrawide
Philips are releasing a new 34" sized ultrawide
screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 resolution and a white colour
design. It features a frameless design VA panel and also supports AMD
FreeSync. The optimal refresh rate is listed as 60Hz in the spec, although the
spec also lists a vertical refresh rate range of 40 - 100Hz so it is a little
unclear whether this will support 100Hz maximum. In other specs there is a 4ms
G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and 99% sRGB gamut
The 349X7FJEW also has a flicker free
backlight and low blue light modes, and the stand offers a tilt and 150mm
height adjustment. There are DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and 4x USB
3.0 connections available along with audio in and headphone out.
The new Philips
349X7FJEW X Line display, with an RRP of £759,
will be available in April 2017.
Philips spec sheet
ROG Swift PG27VQ with 165Hz and G-sync
Asus have recently announced a new 27"
monitor in their popular gaming ROG Swift range. The PG27VQ is 27" in size and
offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution panel with a 1800R curvature. The screen
supports NVIDIA G-sync and a refresh rate up to 165Hz, along with an
advertised 1ms G2G response time. No mention in the press release about
inclusion of ULMB, although we wouldn't be surprised to see it given the high
refresh rate. It looks like this screen, given the known spec, will be based
on an AU Optronics TN Film panel. The
M270DTR01.0 goes in to production during
April 17 and seems to fit.
Apparently "select versions of the PG27VQ
will also use quantum dot technology", so there are expected to be a couple of
different versions of this model it seem. Quantum dot will allow a slightly
extended colour gamut (around 125% sRGB instead of the typical 100% coverage).
The screen also has new illuminated accents on the back. The RGB LEDs are tied
into Aura Sync, allowing the monitor to match the glow of the rest of your
rig. This enables gamers to synchronize their illumination effects with the
on-screen action, as well as with other Aura Sync-capable peripherals,
providing unlimited personalization and style. There's very little information
on specs and features but given it's a G-sync screen that should mean that
DisplayPort and HDMI connections are offered.
Look for the PG27VQ in Q3 according to the
press release. No word on price yet.
BenQ EW2770QZ with Brightness Intelligence Plus
Announced a couple of months ago, but not
something we covered at the time, is the new EW2770QZ display fro BenQ. The
highlighted feature in their press release is the so-called "Brightness
Intelligence Plus" (B.I. +) system. The press release states: "Utilizing an
innovative light sensor to detect ambient brightness and color temperature
levels, B.I.+ customizes EW2770QZ’s display output to protect viewers’
eyesight and deliver optimal picture quality. EW2770QZ senses surrounding
brightness throughout the day for varying color temperatures of the ambient
light. Incorporating proprietary real-time algorithms, B.I.+ automatically
adjusts display brightness and color temperature to deliver the most
comfortable viewing experience, whether under relaxing warm lighting at home,
productive cool white lighting in the office, or sunlight shining through the
window. Simultaneously detecting the intensity of displayed content, EW2770QZ
also adjusts brightness to ensure bright scenes avoid overexposure while dark
scenes preserve subtle details and clarity. Even when brightness is dimmed,
B.I.+ enhances color hue and saturation to maintain absolute color accuracy
and smooth gradation quality."
So this looks to be a light sensor that not
only adjusts the brightness of the display (something we've seen before on
quite a few screens), but also adjusts the colour temperature. This is an
interesting extension of BenQ's eye-care initiative and it's combined as ever
with their flicker free backlight and low blue light modes. Beyond that
feature, the EW2770QZ offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS technology panel. It
offers a standard 100% sRGB colour space and 8-bit colour depth. In other
specs the screen offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. It has a tilt adjustment only from
the stand and comes with HDMI and DisplayPort connections. There are also
integrated speakers and a headphone jack.
Philips 276E8FJAB with Wide Color Technology
Why Philips can't adopt more simple product
names we don't know! Regardless, Philips are set to release a new 27" screen
in their E-line of displays. The 276E8FJAB offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS
panel and wide gamut colour space support. In terms of the colour gamut, this
new model will offer
114% coverage of the NTSC space based on CIE1976 and 132% sRGB based on CIE
1931, which far exceeds the typical 72% NTSC and 99% sRGB you see from most
mainstream monitors. In addition, the screen has a glass screen coating, and a
slim bezel design which is still quite rare in the market.
Spec wise the screen
offers 2560 x 1440 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio,
350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth. There is a
basic tilt from the stand but no other adjustments, and there are VGA,
DisplayPort and HDMI connections offered.
and SmartImage Lite technologies analyse the screen content, automatically
making adjustments in real time to contrast, colours, image sharpness and
backlight intensity to suit what is shown on the screen at the time.
Flicker-free technology minimises potential eye fatigue with a new solution
that regulates brightness and reduces flicker for more comfortable viewing.
There are also integrated speakers on this model.
The new Philips
276E8FJAB E-Line display, with an RRP of £339, will be available in May 2017.
AU Optronics and Samsung Panel Roadmaps Q2
Periodically we try to bring you news on the panels
in production or planning from the key panel manufacturers. Knowing what
panels they are working on can give us some early insight into the type of
monitors we might expect to see later on once they are adopted by the
manufacturers. The dates provided below are the expected dates for production
of the panels themselves, so there's normally a good few months before we then
see news of any monitors making use of them, and then a few more months lag
before any screens are actually available. Still, it gives us a nice
indication of developments we might see in the future.
We know that AU Optronics are investing in research
in to HDR supporting backlights as a priority. These start with global dimming
options with only 1 dimming area, and are of course the most cost effective.
Edge Backlight Unit dimming with 8 or 16 areas are also under development,
while the full flat direct backlight unit with >300 dimming areas is the best
option for true HDR. Have a read of
our HDR article for more information about this. AU Optronics are also
establishing the feasibility of offering a full array (>300 areas) backlight
for curved screens but it's not yet in development.
Panel wise, AUO will offer various HDR display
options. The edge backlight options will come in flat 32" (2560 x 1440) and
curved 35" (3440 x 1440) sizes and are based on VA panel technology. They will
offer 8 backlight areas and a colour space of DCIP3 >=90%. 400 typical and 600
cd/m2 peak brightness is provided and these panels are forecast to go in to
production in Q3 2017.
For full-array backlight options we already know
about the exciting 27" flat panel (panel part now confirmed as M270QAN02.2),
with an IPS-type AHVA panel, 3840 x 2160 resolution, 384-zone backlight, HDR
support, 600 - 1000 cd/m2 brightness, 144Hz refresh rate etc as featured in
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. The panel for that screen is due to go in to
production in July 2017 so the Q3 expected release date for the monitor might
well be possible. We will see. AUO are also now working on a 32" HDR IPS-type
AHVA panel, with similar features. A 3840 x 2160 ultra HD resolution, 384-zone
backlight, HDR support, DCIP3>=95% and 400 - 800 cd/m2 brightness. This 32"
version is expected to go in to production in Q4 2017 so is some way behind
the 27" model. No confirmation on refresh rate of the 32" panel, although we
don't believe it will be high refresh rate sadly as it is not listed in their
gaming panels, whereas the 27" version is.
We have already talked about the 27" 3840 x 2160 res
IPS-type panel with 144Hz above, featuring HDR support.
Away from HDR for a moment AUO also have a "normal" version of this panel
in plan (M270QAN02.3), with the same Ultra HD resolution and 144Hz refresh
rate, but with typical panel specs elsewhere. This includes a 350 cd/m2
brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, sRGB gamut. That's expected to go in to
production in Q3 2017.
Of other note is a new 27" curved panel in plan
(M270DTR01.0), which is based on TN Film technology. This will offer a 2560 x
1440 resolution but in this curved screen format (1800R), along with a 165Hz
refresh rate, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio. It's due to go in
to production in April 2017. There's also another 27" curved panel planned,
this time in VA technology and with a 1920 x 1080 resolution @ 165Hz refresh
rate (M270HVR01.0). That is due to go in to production in July 2017.
Samsung are investing in a couple of
unique and interesting options as detailed below. Part numbers are not known
at this stage:
49" mega-wide panel - this
panel will offer a massive 49" size, in a 32:9 aspect ratio which Samsung
are referring to as a "Grand Circle" format. We knew about the plans to
produce a panel like this
back in January 2016, but more details are starting to emerge now which
is good news. These are the current specs but could of course change between
now and mass production. The resolution will be 3840 x 1080 (referred to as
DFHD = double full HD). It will be a VA technology panel with a 1800R
curvature and a 3-side frameless design. The panel will offer a high 5000:1
static contrast ratio which is pushing the CR beyond current Samsung VA
panels in fact. Perhaps most interesting is that the panel will apparently
support a 144Hz refresh rate, along with options for AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA
G-sync. The panel is due to go in to mass production around September 2017.
Double 24.7" (44") - this is
an interesting option in their Grand Circle format. Creating a 29:9 aspect
ratio and ultrawide format, this is a double 24.7" sized screen which ends
up being 44" diagonal in size. It's designed to replace dual 24" sized
monitors really and offers a 3840 x 1200 resolution. It's a VA panel with
5000:1 contrast ratio, 1800R curvature, 8-bit colour depth and a 3-side
frameless design. There will apparently be 60Hz and 144Hz versions available
and it is expected to go in to mass production in September 2017.
40" Full HD - slightly less
interesting is a large 40" panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution VA panel.
This offers a 1800R curvature, 3000:1 contrast ratio and 8-bit colour depth.
This might well be aimed at TV / multimedia displays given the resolution
and spec. It is expected to go in to production in Aug 2017.
We have updated our
panel parts database with all this new information as well where possible
although part numbers are not known in many cases. We have also ensured our
High Refresh Rate Panel Roadmap article is up to date and even easier to use
AOC AGON AG271UG
with 4K, G-sync and IPS Panel
AOC presents the
first 4K (Ultra HD) model of its AGON line of gaming monitors. The AOC AGON
AG271UG boasts a 27″ Ultra HD IPS panel, which brings the latest games to life
in highly detailed graphics and accurate colours. In addition, the built-in
NVIDIA G-SYNC module allows a super-smooth and responsive gaming experience by
minimising screen tearing, display stuttering and input lag. The display’s
strong performance is complemented by several premium features designed to
protect gamers’ health and wellbeing: The AOC Ergo Dial Base offers ergonomic
adjustment options and a height scale, while the AOC Flicker-Free and low blue
light technologies prevent eyestrain during extended gaming sessions.
For an additional
advantage in darker games, the AOC Shadow Control option brightens extremely
dark screen areas without affecting the rest of the image. To make the
comprehensive package complete, a retractable headset holder lets gamers
safely deposit their headphones in between esports matches, and a convenient
carrying handle allows easy transport of the monitor to different locations.
Spec wise the screen offers a 3840 x
2160 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 60Hz max refresh rate (since this is a
4K panel and uses DP 1.2 connection only), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and sRGB gamut. There
are 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, audio out and mic in/out connections
provided. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments and there are
also integrated stereo speakers on this model.
AGON AG271UG will be available in April 2017. The MSRP is £699.
DGM Update Monitor Line-up
with Interesting Models
We haven't heard much from DGM as a monitor
manufacturer for a while, so thought it might be good to give a bit of a
round-up of their current range of screens, some of which are new (to us at
least). DGM are a European manufacturer who focus on reliable quality at an
affordable price. Here's the models listed in a recent spec sheet we were
IPS-2402W - A 24.1" sized screen
with an unusual 2560 x 1600 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. Spec wise the
screen offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colours. There are VGA, DVI-D and
HDMI connections offered. We aren't aware of any panels from LG.Display (or
anyone else actually) which offer this size and resolution, although DGM
list the screen as using an LG.Display panel so it must be a new one. This
model is priced at $199.99 USD.
IPS-2703WB - A 27" screen with a
2560 x 1440 resolution IPS panel from LG.Display. This model features a
"hard glass" screen coating which makes it fairly unique. The spec offers a
14ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth. There are VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and
DisplayPort connections offered. This model should retail for $339.99 USD.
IPS-3009WPHO - a 30" screen with a 2560 x
1600 LG.Display IPS panel. This model offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1
contrast ratio, 330 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour
depth (8-bit+FRC) and comes with VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort
connections. Retail price is $399.99 USD.
IPS-3210WPHO - a 32" sized screen with a
3840 x 2160 resolution AU Optronics AHVA (IPS-type) panel. This model offers
a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness,
178/178 viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC). There are VGA,
DVI-D, HDMI and DP connections available and the retail price is $529.99
LG 24GM79G with 144Hz,
FreeSync and Strobed Backlight
As an update to the LG 24GM77 screen, LG
are set to release their new 24GM79G model. The new screen retains much of the
design of its predecessor, with a rather chunky and industrial design by
modern standards. Spec wise the screen offers a 24" 1920 x 1080 resolution TN
Film panel with 144Hz native refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support. There is
a 5ms G2G response time spec, which is odd for a TN Film panel. LG do go on to
quote a 1ms Motion Blur Reduction response time mode, as the screen features a
strobed backlight for motion blur reducing benefits. There is also a
1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m
colour depth and sRGB gamut. There are some additional gaming features offered
including a "Dynamic Action Sync" mode to reduce input lag, Black Stabilizer
and a series of game preset modes.
HDMI and DisplayPort connections are
offered along with a 2 port USB 3.0 hub. Tilt, height and pivot adjustments
are offered from the stand. The screen is expected to be released very soon at
a price of around $350 USD.
AOC AGON AG322QCX with 31.5"
VA Panel and 144Hz Refresh
AOC are set to release another new screen
in their AGON gaming series of displays. The AG322QCX is 31.5" in size and
offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution VA technology panel, with a 144Hz native
This is coupled with support for Adaptive-Sync and therefore AMD FreeSync,
with a variable refresh rate range specified as 48 – 146Hz. The rest of the
spec offers 4ms G2G response time, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and sRGB gamut.
There are some
familiar AOC gaming features including the lighting system on the screen,
flicker free backlight, low blue light modes, Shadow Control feature and even
a Quick Switch accessory for controlling the OSD menu. Tilt, height and swivel
adjustments are offered from the stand and there are 2x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI,
1x VGA, 2x USB 3.0, headphone out and mic in connections provided.
The screen is due for
release in May at an MSRP of £519
Philips 278E8QJAB with
Curved Wide Gamut Screen
Philips have announced a new 27" model in
their range of desktop monitors, this time offering a curved format (1800R)
and a wider colour gamut. The spec page doesn't really talk about how this is
done, other than that it is at a hardware level so we are assuming this screen
will use Quantum Dot technology to boost that gamut. The 278E8QJAB (why can
Philips not come up with simple names for their screens?!) comes with a 1920 x
1080 resolution VA panel offering a 130% sRGB (104% NTSC) gamut coverage. In
other specs the screens offers 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio,
250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth. The stand
offers only a basic tilt adjustment and there are VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI
inputs available along with audio in, headphone out and integrated 2x 3W
new Philips 278E8QJAB E-Line display will be available in March 2017. The MSRP
AOC AGON AG352QCX
with 200Hz VA Panel
AOC are set to showcase their new AGON AG352QCX
display at this years CEBIT event from March 20 - 24th in Germany. This new
screen is 35" in size and will offer an ultra-wide format and 2000R curvature.
The AG352QCX offers a 2560 x 1080 resolution but with a maximum refresh rate
of 200Hz available from the VA technology panel. It is also paired with AMD
The AOC Low Input
Lag Mode and AOC Shadow Control offer additional advantages for an improved
gaming experience. It is designed to meet gamers’ individual needs by
providing several AOC Game Mode presets that can easily be selected with the
AOC QuickSwitch keypad that comes with it. These presets include RTS, racing
and FPS modes, but users can also save their own preferred settings. LED
lights on the back of the monitor further empower gamers to customise the look
of their monitor by enabling them to switch the LED colours and intensity.
Spec wise the screen
offers a 4ms G2G response time, 2000:1 static contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and sRGB gamut. There
are D-sub, HDMI and DisplayPort connections provided with DP needed to support
the maximum 200Hz refresh rate. Tilt, height and side to side swivel
adjustments are offered from the stand and there are also integrated 5W
Dell S2318NX, S2418NX and
S2718NX with Limited HDR Support
Dell are set to release a few new models in their
latest "Dell HDR" range. The new models are the 23" S2318NX, 23.8" S2418NX and
27" S2718NX and all feature the ever-popular IPS panel technology.
Interestingly the 23" and 27" models are expected to feature a glossy screen
coating, while the 23.8" model sticks to a normal AG coating. All 3 models
have fairly similar specs, with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6ms G2G response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles and sRGB colour gamut. The 27"
S2718NX offers FreeSync support over HDMI with an anticipated refresh range of
40 - 75Hz. The other two models are limited to the standard 60Hz refresh and
don't have any adaptive refresh rate technology support.
With the lack of a full-array dimming backlight,
wide gamut or high brightness support it's hard to really understand how Dell
are marketing these as HDR screens. Have a read of
our HDR article for more information, but these don't appear to meet any
real standards. They are probably more appropriately labelled as supporting
‘Dell HDR’, which is an intelligent processing algorithm used to enhance the
image where HDR10 content is being displayed. We have not yet had any
experience testing screens with this technology so it's hard to know how it
works, but we expect it may ‘enhance’ content in some ways without really
blowing users away in the sense that ‘real HDR’ might.
The connection options include VGA, HDMI (1.4a with
Adaptive-Sync on 27” model only) and 3.5mm audio output. The stand offers a
tilt adjustment only. Further information on the
S27 can be found on Dell’s website.
LG to Release new Ultra HD
Monitors in UD Series
LG are set to release 4 new models in their UD
series, each offering Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution. The flagship model is
the 31.5" sixed 32UD99 which we've already covered in detail in
another news piece. We won't go in to detail again here but that is a
model featuring HDR10 support and a whole host of impressive features.
Then there is another 31.5" model, the 32UD89, aimed
at "media prosumers". This model offers a 4-side borderless design and is
based on an IPS panel. It offers a 350 cd/m2 brightness, 99% sRGB coverage and
supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DP connectivity. There are USB
type-C, DisplayPort 1.2 and 2x HDMI 2.0 connections available and the stand
offers tilt, height and pivot adjustments. Unlike the 32UD99 there is no HDR
support, no hardware calibration and no additional USB ports. There are 2x 5W
Rich Bass stereo speakers though on the 32UD89 as well as on the 32UD99.
There are also two 27" sized models being released,
with 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS panels and aimed at "affluent game
enthusiasts". These are the 27UD69 and 27UD69P. The only difference as far as
we can tell is the stand, where the P model offers tilt, height and pivot (P =
Pivot we assume) but the 27UD69 only offers a tilt adjustment. In other specs,
these two 27" models have a 300 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms G2G response time, 60Hz
refresh rate, 99% sRGB gamut and support FreeSync over both HDMI and DP
connections. There are no USB type-C connections on these models, only 1x DP
and 2x HDMI.
All 3 models have a similar style and appearance. No
word on release date or price at the moment.
NEC MultiSync EX341R Ultra-wide Professional Display
NEC have recently
launched the EX341R, a 34-inch curved
widescreen desktop monitor. Ideal for applications in high-end offices and
financial trading floors, the monitor is developed for industries where large
displays are central to the user’s day-to-day activities. Providing the best
viewing angle and consistent distance from the screen for users, the EX341R
delivers the ultimate experience in user ergonomics. Added to this with
built-in Low Blue Light and flicker-free technology, the display supports
better eye health and overall comfort and wellbeing without compromising on
image quality. It also comes with full height adjustability and lower
positioning options, an ultra thin bezel to minimize visual intrusion and
integrated keyboard and mouse switch for multi-machine users. Along with this
the curved display features a variety of content arrangement and viewing
options including picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-by-picture (PBP) screen
splitting for side-by-side viewing of output sources. All these features
combine to offer unrivalled flexibility and ergonomic applications.
The EX341R has a 1800R curvature and
offers an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio with 3440 x 1440 resolution. It is
based on a Samsung SVA panel and offers a 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1
contrast ratio, 290 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 99.5% sRGB gamut
and 16.7m colour depth.
The display features NEC's ground-breaking
ControlSync technology combined with DisplayPort daisy-chain functionality to
simplify multiple monitor configurations as well as a picture by picture mode
to replace existing monitors. The EX341R also includes NEC's human presence
sensor, which can turn the display off when the user leaves the workstation.
In addition, the EX341R includes factory calibration and uniformity
correction, and can also be used with NEC's exclusive SpectraView software for
hardware calibration to ensure colours are uniform and accurate. The desktop
and SpectraView software are available separately or as a bundle, the
The curved display also includes multiple
connections for most modern devices, including two HDMI ports, four USB 3.0
ports, and DisplayPort 1.2 input and output. Further, the USB hub features
NEC's proprietary DisplaySync Pro, a technology that allows users to control
two computers with one keyboard and one mouse by using the display to switch
AOC Curved AGON AG322QCX and
Display specialist AOC expands its AGON premium
gaming monitor series with two new curved models: the 31.5″ AG322QCX with QHD
resolution and the 27″ Full HD display AG272FCX. Both come with an extremely
small curvature radius of 1800 for an added level of immersion. Thanks to
almost invisible bezels on the top and sides of the monitors, the “3-sides
frameless” design lets players focus on the gaming action even more.. A
refresh rate of 144 Hz and AMD FreeSync technology provide a super-smooth
gaming experience with no stuttering, tearing or motion blur. In addition, the
two models also boast all of the premium features of other curved displays
from the AGON line,, including a variety of gaming modes and settings
(adjustable with the included QuickSwitch keypad), a headset holder, a handle,
ergonomic adjustment options and customisable LED lights.
The two new 16:9 models expand the AOC
AGON curved monitor lineup with two new sizes: The AOC AGON AG322QCX boasts a
31.5″ (80 cm) VA panel with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels for razor
sharp game graphics. The AG272FCX, on the other hand, uses a more compact 27″
(68.6 cm) VA display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Both the
AG322QCX and the AG272FCX boast a high refresh rate of 144 Hz and also offer
AMD FreeSync support, which reduces stuttering, tearing and input lag. Gamers
looking for an even more responsive experience will benefit from the AOC Low
Input Lag Mode which bypasses most of the monitor’s internal video processing.
This way, players can see their control inputs reflected on the screen
immediately, which is advantageous in competitive action games. The AOC
Shadow Control feature gives an additional advantage in games with very dark
sections: it lightens overly dark areas of the image and darkens bright parts
without affecting the rest of the screen.
Game modes and other
settings can be conveniently toggled with the included AOC QuickSwitch keypad.
Instead of navigating through menus with the standard buttons on the monitor,
players can adjust the display settings via the controller. The perfect mode
for each specific game played can be set with the click of one button thanks
to FPS, Racing, RTS and customizable game mode presets.
To increase the comfort
of long gaming hours, the two new displays protect players’ eyes, using the
AOC Flicker-Free technology against eye fatigue and the AOC Low Blue Light
Mode against potential long-term effects from harmful blue light. For a
healthy posture while playing, the monitor stand AOC Ergo Base offers height,
tilt and swivel adjustment options. Moreover, a carrying handle empowers
gamers to easily transport their AGON display between different gaming
locations, and a retractable headset holder lets them safely deposit their
headset during breaks. A variety of connectors such as HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA
and USB 3.0 also makes the AG322QCX and AG272FCX compatible with a broad range
of input sources and devices.
In addition to its
minimalistic “3-sides frameless” design, the two new AGON models come with
customisable LED lights on their back and lower bezel. These can be set to
three different colours (red, green, blue) and three different brightness
levels, in order to adapt the monitor’s look to players’ and esports teams’
individual taste and preferences.
offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 2000:1 contrast ratio,
300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 100% sRGB gamut and comes with
2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x VGA and 2x USB 3.0 connections. There is an audio
out, mic in/out and integrated stereo speakers as well.
offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio,
250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 100% sRGB gamut and comes with
2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x VGA and 2x USB 3.0 connections. There is an audio
out, mic in/out and integrated stereo speakers as well.
The AOC AGON AG322QCX
and AOC AGON AG272FCX will be available in May 2017. The MSRP is £519 and
t is designed to meet gamers’ individual needs by providing several AOC Game
Mode presets that can easily be selected with the AOC QuickSwitch keypad
that comes with it. These presets include RTS, racing and FPS modes, but
users can also save their own preferred settings.
LED lights on the back of the monitor further empower gamers to customise
the look of their monitor by enabling them to switch the LED colours and
intensity. - See more at: http://aoc-europe.com/en/products/ag352qcx#sthash.xyEkH5pp.dpuf
AOC AGON AG352UCG with 100Hz VA Panel and
AOC have recently announced a new model in their
ever-growing AGON range of gaming monitor. The AG352UCG is 35" in size and
features a 3440 x 1440 resolution AMVA panel and a native 100Hz refresh rate.
This is similar to the recently announced
HP Omen X35 in fact,
and AOC's model will also support NVIDIA G-sync.
Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB)
is also specifically listed in the AOC press release which is good news, for
blur reducing benefits. While it is mentioned in the press release,
it is not listed on AOC's spec page and we have confirmed after receiving a
review sample that ULMB is sadly not available.
For gamers, the AG352UCG also features the Shadow Control
settings and headphone holder that we saw from the
recent review of the AG251FZ screen. AOC have also included an LED light
system along the bottom edge, much like we saw from models like the Acer
Predator XR341CK and X34.
The LED lights on the
AG352UCG’s back and lower bezel can be set to three different colours (red,
green, blue) and three different brightness levels.
To keep players’
posture healthy as well, the AG352UCG comes with a robust and highly ergonomic
stand called AOC Ergo Base. It offers height, tilt and swivel adjustment
options, which empower gamers to find a comfortable position and prevent back
pain. A convenient carry-on handle makes it easy to bring the AG352UCG along
to LAN parties and events, and a retractable headset holder lets players
safely deposit their headset during breaks.
In specs, the screen offers a
4ms G2G response time, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles and 100% sRGB gamut coverage. Connectivity wise there are 1x
DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and 4x USB 3.0 offered, along with an audio out and mic
in/out. Stereo speakers are also offered.
The AOC AGON AG352UCG will be
available in March 2017. The MSRP is £799. Review coming soon
HP Omen X35 with 100Hz VA Panel and G-sync
Showcased at CES this year was HP's new ultra-wide
display, part of their new Omen X line-up. The Omen X35 is 35" in size and
offers an impressive and interesting spec. The screen is based on a 3440 x
1440 resolution AMVA panel from AU Optronics, sporting their
new native 100HZ refresh rate panel. The screen is paired with NVIDIA
G-sync support as well, and along with the (rated) 4ms G2G response time this
makes it an interesting option for gamers. ULMB is not mentioned in their
features and specs though.
In other specs, the panel offers a 2500:1 static contrast
ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 100% sRGB gamut
coverage. The screen is curved in format (1800R) with an ultra-thin bezel
design, and will offer 1x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x HDMI 1.4 inputs for
connectivity. There are also an audio input/output and 3x USB 3.0 ports. Tilt
and height adjustments are offered from the stand.
The Omen X35 will apparently be available in March for
around $1300 USD.
ViewSonic VP3881, VP3268-4K and VX2781-UC Models
Recently announced by ViewSonic is their new 37.5" sized
display, the VP3881. This model offers a curved ultra-wide IPS panel
with a 24:10 aspect ratio and 3840 x 1600 resolution. This is their equivalent
LG 38UC99 we have already reviewed. To ensure that colour accuracy is at
its highest level, the VP3881 comes with hardware calibration that works with
the ViewSonic Color Calibration Kit. Connectivity options include: HDMI,
DisplayPort, USB 3.1 Type C and a USB hub. The screen should be available in
June at a retail price of $1,999 USD.
Another new monitor in ViewSonic’s professional display
line is the VP3268-4K monitor. A 31.5-inch, four-sided frameless
display, the VP3268-4K comes with 3840 x 2160 4K UHD resolution. It comes
pre-calibrated to achieve professional grade Delta E<2 and uniformity for
colour-critical applications. It comes with HDMI, DisplayPort,
Mini-DisplayPort and USB hubs for flexible connectivity. The screen should be
available in June at a retail price of $1,359 USD.
With an ultra-thin and minimalistic design, the ViewSonic
VX2781-UC is a 27-inch frameless monitor with an IPS type panel. Part
of the VX-series of multimedia/entertainment monitors, the VX2781-UC features
2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, and offers a great combination of color and
resolution detail. Its fully ergonomic design maximizes comfort and
productivity, delivering a large format screen and features for multimedia
applications. The VX2781-UC comes with a USB 3.1 Type C input that provides a
single cable solution for audio, video, power and data. The screen should be
available in June at a retail price of $749 USD.
BenQ PD2710QC Designer Monitor with 100% sRGB
Aimed at the designer market, BenQ's new PD2710QC monitor
sports an IPS panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution and a normal 100% sRGB colour
gamut. The PD2710QC features CAD/CAM, Animation, and Darkroom modes tailored for
specialized work and has an integrated USB-C docking station as well. This
connection enables laptop charging, data transfer, Internet connection, audio
and video transmission through just one USB-C cable. Simultaneously delivering
up to 61 watts of power to a laptop or mobile device, PD2710QC’s single 5Gbps
SuperSpeed USB-C connection powers its integrated hub featuring multiple audio,
video, network, and USB ports in addition to uncompressed 2K QHD video quality.
The screen is certified by Technicolor to meet strict standards for colour
accuracy used in Hollywood and throughout the media and entertainment
industries. Their usual flicker free backlight and low blue light modes are
featured as ever.
Spec wise the screen offers a 5ms G2G response times, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and 100% sRGB
gamut. There are DisplayPort, Mini DP and HDMI connections available along with
a headphone jack and 4x USB 3 ports. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and
Samsung CH711 Curved Quantum Dot Displays
Samsung’s new CH711
Quantum Dot curved monitors are designed with gamers in mind. Available in 27-
and 31.5-inch variations, and scheduled for an early 2017 commercial release,
the CH711 models deliver vivid images and colours with a 125% sRGB gamut
Both models offer a 1800R curvature along
with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 3000:1 static contrast ratio and 178/178
viewing angles. The other specs and features don't appear to be listed at the
moment, so more information when we have it although given the known specs
these look to be VA technology panels.
CH711’s sleek, sophisticated 360-degree design complements any desktop or
décor. Its clean, white chassis features an attractive three-sided Boundless
design, and neatly hides its power and HDMI cables out of sight inside the
No word on price yet.
Dell S2718D with World's Thinnest Profile
Dell's press release sums up the key selling points of this new display
announced for CES 2017 nicely: "Earning the distinction of CES 2017
Innovation Awards Honoree and featuring the world’s overall thinnest profile,
the new Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor’s striking design is sure to catch the eye.
With Quad HD technology and USB Type-C connectivity, the S2718D integrates a
sleek, modern design aesthetic to complement any space and offers an expansive
entertainment experience without borders, courtesy of Dell’s InfinityEdge
display. Position the stunning display however feels best with the articulated
hinge and enjoy an unhampered view from nearly any angle. Sophisticated and
understated, this state-of-the-art design beautifully and subtly houses the
critical components in a slim base, making it perfect for a multitude of
lifestyles and contemporary workspaces.
Not only is the ultrathin design remarkable but the S2718D also offers Dell’s
HDR feature, which allows you to experience the next generation of entertainment
with stunning visuals in high dynamic range, enhancing the experience with
exceptionally vivid images, higher clarity with visibly vibrant textures and
increased contrast. Sporting built-in USB Type-C connectivity for added
convenience of all-in-one cable management, ComfortView and a flicker-free
screen for eye comfort, the S2718D adds convenience to an already astounding
The screen is apparently only 6.9mm thick, the same as an iPhone 6! Spec wise
the screen offers an IPS panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 99% sRGB gamut coverage and
60Hz refresh rate. Interestingly the screen also offers a rare glossy screen
coating. The stand offers tilt and swivel adjustments only, and a large portion
of the electronics and controls for the screen are contained within the base to
allow for the ultra-thin profile. USB Type-C (USB-C), HDMI 2.0 and a 3.5mm audio
jack are provided for connectivity.
The Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor (S2718D) will be available March 23 on Dell.com in
the United States starting at $699.99.
Dell UP3218K with 8K Resolution Panel Announced
Shown off at this year's CES event in Las Vegas, Dell have unveiled their new
32" class (actually the panel is 31.5") UltraSharp display with a whopping 8K
resolution. The UP3218K has four times more content than Ultra HD 4K resolution
and 16 times more content than Full HD in addition to 33.2 million pixels of
resolution compared to a 5K monitor’s 14 million pixels of resolution. The 7680
x 4320 resolution offers 280 PPI for very fine detailed image quality. Clearly
the screen is aimed at the professional market, and it also has a wide gamut
backlight offering 100% Adobe RGB coverage, along with a 10-bit colour depth
In other specs the screen offers an IPS technology panel from LG.Display, 1300:1
contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 60Hz refresh
rate. There are 2x DisplayPort 1.3 connections and 4x USB 3.0 offered. The stand
has tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
Dell imagines it being used in "commercial fields where in-depth image zooming
is critical - such as photo and video editing, medicine and diagnostic research,
and oil and gas exploration." The retail price is expected to be $4999 USD and
should be available from 23 March.
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ - 4K, 144Hz, G-sync,
Quantum Dot and HDR
It might look like a wish list of all the latest features people are asking for,
but Asus have just announced their forthcoming ROG Swift PG27UQ monitor, to be
showcased at CES 2017 from January 5th - 8th. The screen offers an incredibly
impressive spec and will be the first 4K (ultra HD 3840 x 2160) resolution
screen to also support 144Hz native refresh rate. This is achieved through the
use of the next generation DisplayPort 1.4 interface which allows support for
the high bandwidth necessary to power this screen at that res/refresh rate. The
screen is only 27" in size, and so the need for this kind of high resolution and
163 PPI is perhaps somewhat debatable, although it will deliver crisp images
that's for sure. It does at least set the precedent that 4K @ 144Hz is possible
though. Perhaps the real benefits for many will appear when we see larger screen
sizes appear with 4K @ 144Hz.
Keep in mind you will need an extremely powerful system and graphics card to run
this kind of screen at this refresh rate and resolution, although NVIDIA G-sync
is also provided to help where refresh rate drops lower. The PG27UQ uses a new
version of G-Sync tuned for HDR in fact. High dynamic range refers to the
screen’s ability to produce a broader range of brightness, colour, and contrast
than typical displays. More specifically, the monitor supports the HDR 10
standard currently used by gaming consoles. The screen pumps out up to 1000
cd/m2 of luminance—around 3X the brightness of typical gaming monitors. That
would be a bit overpowering spread over the entire screen, but the backlight is
divided into 384 distinct zones. Selectively dimming zones maximizes contrast,
allowing the monitor to mix piercing whites with bottomless blacks.
Additionally, the PG27UQ will feature 'Quantum Dot' backlighting, offering a
boosted colour gamut designed to deliver more vibrant colours for gaming. The
PG27UQ supports the DCI-P3 color space commonly used by cinema projectors. The
wider gamut is literally more cinematic than the sRGB standard for PCs, and more
importantly, its palette has 25% more colours (i.e. 125% sRGB coverage). The
Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) helps to create deep saturated reds and
greens out of the blue light produced by the 384 controllable LED backlight
zones. First used on high-end HDR televisions, QDEF film is coated with nano-sized
dots that emit light of a very specific colour depending on the size of the dot,
producing bright, saturated and vibrant colours through the whole spectrum, from
deep greens and reds, to intense blues.
The following snippet is taken from the NVIDIA press release: "Created
in concert with AU Optronics, G-SYNC HDR displays are designed with the latest
technologies to deliver the ultimate gaming experience, with visuals that better
match the capabilities of the human eye. And unlike HDR TVs, G-SYNC HDR monitors
were designed from the ground up for the ultimate PC gaming experience, with
stunning image quality, tear-free and stutter-free G-SYNC smoothness, minimal
motion blur, and near-zero input latency, compared to the 22-41ms of latency
added by recommended HDR TVs. In addition, G-SYNC HDR monitors stand further
apart from other HDR displays through the implementation of full array 384-zone
backlights, and cutting-edge Quantum Dot technology."
As you might hope, the screen is based on an IPS-type panel (believed to be the
AU Optronics prototype shown off in June 2016) which delivers stable image
quality and wide viewing angles. The screen features dual DisplayPort 1.4
interfaces and an additional HDMI. The stand offers a full range of tilt,
height, swivel and rotate functions and there is built in AURA RGB lighting
also. No word in the current information whether the presence of G-sync means
that ULMB will also be offered, although the screen certainly supports a native
refresh rate high enough to make this likely.
It’s scheduled to arrive in North America in Q3 for around $2000 USD (corrected
price) according to Asus, although there's a good chance of delay to that we would
expect, so we anticipate Q4 most likely.
Update 3/4/17 - We now know the panel part
number for this screen which will be the AU Optronics M270QAN02.2 AHVA
(IPS-type) panel. The AU Optronics roadmap reveals mass production is expected
for this panel from July 2017 so a Q3 release date for this screen is still
AMD Announces FreeSync 2 for HDR Gaming
AMD have recently announced their latest development to
their FreeSync variable refresh rate technology which has been around now
since 2015. FreeSync 2 as it's being called is now just about variable refresh
rate, but accounts for High Dynamic Range (HDR) as well. It's not designed to
be a replacement for FreeSync, more of a side development focusing on what
AMD, its monitor partners and game development partners can do to improve high
end gaming. It's more aimed at the high end gaming market due to the costs of
developing this technology
Centre to this development is HDR support. As Brandon
Chester over at
Anandtech has discussed more than once, the state of support for
next-generation display technologies under Windows is mixed at best. HiDPI
doesn’t work quite as well as anyone would like it to, and there isn’t a
comprehensive & consistent colour management solution to support monitors that
offer HDR and/or colour spaces wider than sRGB. Recent Windows 10 updates have
helped a bit, but that doesn't fix all the issues and obviously doesn't
account for gamers still on older operating systems. Windows just doesn’t have
a good internal HDR display pipeline and so this makes it hard to use HDR with
Windows. The other issue is that HDR monitors have the potential to introduce
additional input lag because of their internal processors required.
FreeSync 2 attempts to solve this problem by changing the
whole display pipeline, to remove the issues with Windows and offload as much
work from the monitor as possible. FreeSync 2 is essentially an AMD-optimized
display pipeline for HDR and wide colour gamuts, helping to make HDR easier to
use as well as performing better. This will also help reduce the latency and
added input lag of the HDR processing. There's a detailed article over at
Anandtech which talks more about the development requirements and further
technical detail which is well worth a read.
Additionally AMD has tightened the standards for FreeSync
2. Now all certified monitors will be required to support Low Framerate
Compensation (LFC), which in turn means they’ll need to support a wide enough
range of refresh rates to meet the technology’s requirements. Consequently,
anyone who buys a FreeSync 2 monitor will be guaranteed to get the best
variable refresh experience on an AMD setup, as opposed to the less consistent
presence of LFC on today’s FreeSync monitors. AMD are also pushing to ensure
FreeSync monitors perform with low latency and lag in both SDR and HDR
content, which will be a welcome improvement for gamers.
Because all of AMD’s FreeSync 1-capable cards (e.g. GCN
1.1 and later) already support both HDR and variable refresh, FreeSync 2 will
also work on those cards. All GPUs that support FreeSync 1 will be able to
support FreeSync 2. All it will take is a driver update.
AMD is not setting any firm release dates and is not
announcing any monitors at this time. They are only announcing the start of
the FreeSync 2 initiative in general terms. They still need to finish writing
the necessary driver code and bring on both hardware and software partners so
it's likely to be a fair amount of time before it is properly introduced and
Acer Predator XB252Q and XB272 with 240Hz
We've already seen a few 24.5" sized models announced in recent months featuring
the new generation of 240Hz refresh rate TN Film panels. This includes Acer's
XB251HQT display. We know from our
High Refresh Rate roadmap article that AU Optronics also had a 27" sized
panel in plan which would follow a little later, and Acer are the first now to
announce a display featuring this larger panel option.
There are a couple of new models announced. First, the Predator XB252Q will
offer another choice in the 24.5" size, while the Predator XB272 will represent
the first available 27" option. Both offer a 1ms G2G response time along with
the native 240Hz refresh rate TN Film panel. They are combined with NVIDIA
G-sync and support Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) as well. Both sport a 1920 x
1080 resolution, which some may find a little low in the 27" size for day to day
use, but should be fine for a lot of gaming. The panels also offer a 1000:1
contrast ratio, 170/160 viewing angles and sRGB gamut.
Both screens offer tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments from the stand
along with DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI and 4x USB 3.0 connections. 2x 2W speakers are
also built in.
The XB252Q and XB272 will be available from February at an expected retail price
of $549.99 / 599 Euro and $679.99 / 699 Euro respectively.
Acer Predator Z301CT with Tobii
Picking up the CES 2017 "Best of Innovations" award, Acer
are showcasing their new Predator Z301CT monitor at this year's event. This is
a 21:9 aspect ratio ultrawide screen which features new Tobii eye-tracking
integration helping gamers intuitively aim, shoot and explore. This Tobii
eye-tracking is designed to complement existing PC gaming inputs as opposed to
replace them, using the gamers eye movement to create new input modality.
Pairing this with mouse, keyboard or gamepad controls gives gamers a richer,
more immersive experience as they are able to mimic actions that occur in real
life, such as looking for cover or aiming at a target. Camera angles also
automatically rotate as the gamer's eye focuses on the end of the screen,
while characters and game environments react as the gamer looks around. Tobii
eye tracking functionality can be found in over 45 titles like Elite
Dangerous, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Watch Dogs 2. The games' sounds and
graphics will dynamically adapt depending on where the gamers look.
Focusing on the rest of the monitor now, the screen is
30" in size and offers a 2560 x 1080 resolution and 1800R curvature. There is
a 200Hz refresh rate, 4ms G2G response time and supports NVIDIA G-sync. ULMB
is not listed in the press release however. There is also a 3000:1 static
contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles and an sRGB gamut. This is based on an
AU Optronics AMVA (VA-type) panel. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel
adjustments and there are also 2x 3W DTS sound speakers built in. DisplayPort
1.2a, HDMI and 4x USB 3.0 connections are offered.
The Z301CT should be available around February with a
retail price in USA of $899.99, and in Europe of 899 Euro.