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March 2017:

AOC AGON AG271UG with 4K, G-sync and IPS Panel
DGM Update Monitor Line-up with Interesting Models
LG 24GM79G with 144Hz, FreeSync and Strobed Backlight
AOC AGON AG322QCX with 31.5" VA Panel and 144Hz Refresh
Philips 278E8QJAB with Curved Wide Gamut Screen
AOC AGON AG352QCX with 200Hz VA Panel
Dell S2318NX, S2418NX and S2718NX with Limited HDR Support
LG to Release new Ultra HD Monitors in UD Series
NEC MultiSync EX341R Ultra-wide Professional Display
AOC Curved AGON AG322QCX and AG272FCX

January 2017:

AOC AGON AG352UCG with 100Hz VA Panel and G-sync
HP Omen X35 with 100Hz VA Panel and G-sync
ViewSonic VP3881, VP3268-4K and VX2781-UC Models
BenQ PD2710QC Designer Monitor with 100% sRGB
Samsung CH711 Curved Quantum Dot Displays
Dell S2718D with World's Thinnest Profile
Dell UP3218K with 8K Resolution Panel Announced
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ - 4K, 144Hz, G-sync, Quantum Dot and HDR
AMD Announces FreeSync 2 for HDR Gaming
Acer Predator XB252Q and XB272 with 240Hz Refresh Rate
Acer Predator Z301CT with Tobii Eye-Tracking

 

 

AOC AGON AG271UG with 4K, G-sync and IPS Panel
March 22nd 2017

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.

The AOC AGON AG271UG will be available in April 2017. The MSRP is £699.

Source: AOC

 


DGM Update Monitor Line-up with Interesting Models
March 22nd 2017

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 sent.

  • 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 USD.
     


 


LG 24GM79G with 144Hz, FreeSync and Strobed Backlight
March 22nd 2017

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.

Source: LG


 


AOC AGON AG322QCX with 31.5" VA Panel and 144Hz Refresh
March 22nd 2017

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 refresh rate. 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

Source: AOC

 


Philips 278E8QJAB with Curved Wide Gamut Screen
March 22nd 2017

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 speakers.

The new Philips 278E8QJAB E-Line display will be available in March 2017. The MSRP is £239.

Source: Philips

 


AOC AGON AG352QCX with 200Hz VA Panel
March 13th 2017

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 FreeSync support. 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 speakers.

Source: AOC

 


Dell S2318NX, S2418NX and S2718NX with Limited HDR Support
March 13th 2017

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 S23, S24 and S27 can be found on Dell’s website.

 


LG to Release new Ultra HD Monitors in UD Series
March 13th 2017

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. Spec page

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. Spec page

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
March 13th 2017

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 EX341R-BK-SV.

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 between computers.

Source: NEC

 


AOC Curved AGON AG322QCX and AG272FCX
March 13th 2017

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.

The AG322QCX 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.

The AG272FCX 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 £389 respectively

 

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 G-sync
January 25th 2017

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

Source: AOC

 


HP Omen X35 with 100Hz VA Panel and G-sync
January 25th 2017

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.

Source: HP

 


ViewSonic VP3881, VP3268-4K and VX2781-UC Models
January 25th 2017

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 to the 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.

Source: ViewSonic

 


BenQ PD2710QC Designer Monitor with 100% sRGB
January 25th 2017


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 rotate adjustments.

Source: BenQ

 


Samsung CH711 Curved Quantum Dot Displays
January 10th 2017

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 colour space. 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.

The 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 stand’s neck.

No word on price yet.

Source: Samsung

 


Dell S2718D with World's Thinnest Profile
January 10th 2017

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 visual experience."

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.

Source: Dell

 


Dell UP3218K with 8K Resolution Panel Announced
January 10th 2017

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 support.

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.

Source: Dell

 


Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ - 4K, 144Hz, G-sync, Quantum Dot and HDR
January 5th 2017

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.

Source: Asus, NVIDIA

 


AMD Announces FreeSync 2 for HDR Gaming
January 5th 2017

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 available.

Source: AMD, Anandtech

 


Acer Predator XB252Q and XB272 with 240Hz Refresh Rate
January 5th 2017

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 own forthcoming 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 Eye-Tracking
January 5th 2017

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.

 

 

 

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