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.
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.