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Dell Alienware AW3418DW with G-Sync and 120Hz Refresh Rate
October 9th 2017

Dell have recently released a new model in their Alienware gaming range of displays. The AW3418DW is 34" in size, featuring a curved 1900R IPS technology panel. The panel offers a full 3440 x 1440 resolution and the screen supports NVIDIA G-sync for variable refresh rates with no tearing or lag. Dell have managed somehow to overclock the refresh rate from the typical 100Hz available with models of this resolution to 120Hz which is impressive and achieved even with current DisplayPort 1.2a interfaces. The results of this overclocking have yet to be tested independently. Spec wise the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth, 178/178 viewing angles and 99% sRGB colour gamut.

The design is finished in a premium polished silver and has a 3-side borderless panel. A 'Triad lighting' system provides ambient light features as well while the stand offers tilt, height and side to side swivel adjustments. There are DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0, headphone out and audio out connections provided.

The AW3418DW is available on Dell.com now at a price of $1499.99 USD

 


BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P e-Sports Monitor Updates
October 9th 2017

BenQ have recently launched an interim update to one of their popular 24" gaming displays, the XL2411. In addition to the XL2411's original design, the XL2411P is equipped with a Display Port connector and Color Vibrance control. The Display Port allows the XL2411P to be used with graphic cards without a DVI connection. Color Vibrance provides more precise color grading and also allows color tone to be easily adjusted to personal preference. It gives you the flexibility to easily tune preferred color tone and makes color grading more defined. With 20 levels of Color Vibrance settings, you can get specific viewing requirements and preferences for all types of gameplay.

The XL2411P features a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time and 144Hz native refresh rate TN Film panel. The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments. Connectivity wise there are DisplayPort, HDMI and DL-DVI options along with a headphone jack.

Source: BenQ (spec page)

 


Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ with 1440p and 100Hz Refresh Rate
October 9th 2017

The brand-new ROG Strix from Asus XG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440x1440) curved monitor with a 100Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) technology and a 21:9 aspect ratio. It is based on a VA technology panel and offers a 4ms G2G response time, 2500:1 contrast ratio, 100% sRGB colour gamut and wide 178/178 viewing angles.

It features Aura Sync lighting on the back that can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities. RGB LEDs illuminate a ring on the back, providing a customizable ambient glow that frames your battlestation. The lighting can react to in-game audio, so it’s not just for aesthetics, but there are still plenty of options for visual flair. With Aura Sync, you can coordinate the colors and effects with other components, from external peripherals to internal parts. Support for the XG35VQ will also be added to the Aura SDK, which lets game and application developers control our lighting using their software.

Although not part of Aura, additional lighting projects the ROG logo onto your desk. It originates in the base of the stand, whose height, swivel, and tilt are all easily adjustable to help you get the screen in a comfortable position. Around the back, you’ll find HDMI 2.0 and 1.4 inputs alongside DisplayPort 1.2 and a headphone jack. A dual-port USB 3.0 hub completes the well-rounded spec with a convenient place to connect your keyboard and mouse.

Source: Asus (more info)

 


Asus Designo Curve MX38VC and MX32VQ Win Design Awards
October 9th 2017

Asus have recently announced two new models in their Designo range which have won IF 2017 product design awards. These new Designo models have a sundial-inspired design and exquisite edge-to-edge frameless design. There is the Designo Curve MX38VC (pictured) which is a 37.5" sized screen with 3840 x 1600 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. There is also the Designo Curve MX32VQ which is a slightly smaller 31.5" in size and offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.

Designo Curve MX38VC and MX32VQ feature ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, co-developed by Harman Kardon, for premium audio, and have extensive connectivity options — including DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, USB-C (MX38VC only) and a PC audio input — to support a wide range of multimedia devices. Each monitor's Halo Lighting Base syncs lighting with audio output and an intuitive volume and LED lighting control key lets users control the effect. Users can even connect a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet to Designo Curve MX38VC and enjoy their favorite music wirelessly. Designo Curve MX38VC and MX32VQ support ASUS GamePlus and Adaptive-Sync to deliver great gaming experiences with smooth visuals.

No more info on specs, price or release in the press release but we will update this article if we get anything else.

Source: Asus

 


AU Optronics Panel Production Plans inc. 4K at 144Hz Update
October 6th 2017

We have an update on some of the panel production plans from AU Optronics which includes some interesting new options, as well as updates to some of the eagerly anticipated panels already announced and expected this year - but delayed in some cases now.

4K @ 144Hz Panels and their Future

Highlights

  • 27" 3840 x 2160 resolution @ 144Hz panels already planned for several monitors

  • Production delayed until Nov 2017, release of displays expected Q1 2018

  • 32" version planned but not for panel production until Q3 2018 - displays not likely until Q4 2018

We have seen lots of news over the last year or so about the first 4K @ 144Hz panels being produced. It started with a prototype 27" panel being showcased in June 2016 which offered a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. It was created by AU Optronics and is AHVA (IPS-type) technology and would require DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity to operate at such a high resolution and refresh rate (not to mention a powerful system and graphics card to run games on it!) Later on in January 2017 we had the news of the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ which was the first display planned making use of this new panel. It was also listed as offering NVIDIA G-sync support, Quantum Dot for richer colours, a 384-zone local dimming backlight and HDR support. Certainly a wish-list of modern monitor features which looked very exciting. Later on in April came the announcement of Acer's equivalent, the Predator X27 offering very similar specs and making use of the same AUO panel. More recently in August AOC have announced their AGON AG273UG as well.

There's been quite a few delays with the production of this 27" 4K @ 144Hz panel and therefore the release of the monitors listed above. Latest indications are that the panel will go in to production in November 2017, with reports from Asus and Acer suggesting that their models will not be released until Q1 2018. Given the delays so far, we wouldn't be surprised if this slipped a little more, but we will try to keep you updated. At the moment, expect the 27" 4K @ 144Hz models during Q1 2018.

Looking beyond that then, we know that AU Optronics are also planning to develop a 32" version of this panel. AU Optronics are planning the same 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, AHVA technology, 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness, 384-zone  local dimming backlight, HDR support, Quantum Dot film (DCI-P3 coverage 95%) and of course the 144Hz native refresh rate. This 32" panel is expected to go in to production Q3 2018 so it will not be until the end of next year (at best) before any monitors featuring this panel will be available.

General Gaming Panels

Highlights

  • 240Hz refresh rate for TN Film panels including new 2560 x 1440 resolution offerings in Q2 2018, and 1920 x 1080 curved HD panels in Q3 2018

  • Colour space improvements from 100% sRGB to 90-95% DCI-P3 coverage

  • Peak brightness pushed to 600 cd/m2 to offer some improved HDR support

  • Pushing response times further

AU Optronics are continuing to push several developments in their gaming-oriented range of panels. When it comes to refresh rate they are investing in 240Hz for TN Film options. There are quite a large range of 24.5" TN Film displays around now, and some 27" versions with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 240HZ refresh rate, including the AOC AGON AG251FZ and Asus ROG Swift PG258Q for instance that we have reviewed. Perhaps of most interest are the plans to push the resolution of these 240Hz TN Film panels up to 2560 x 1440 in a 27" panel which is planned for production in Q2 2018. Other updates to 24.5"and 27" 240Hz TN Film panels with normal 1920 x 1080 resolution to account for other changes detailed below are planned for Q4 2018. AUO also plan to develop more curved TN Film panels for gamers, including a 25" 1920 x 1080 model with 240Hz refresh rate which is planned for Q3 2018.

For AHVA technology the typical 144Hz refresh rate support will be boosted slightly to 165Hz. Going higher is a challenge due to response time capabilities of this technology. New 27" panels are expected to go in to production during Q1 2018.

For these gaming panels we've mentioned, AUO will delve in to the HDR world a bit more as well, pushing peak brightness up to 600 cd/m2 with some of these panels. Not the full 1000 cd/m2 that the Ultra HD Premium spec defines as necessary for an LCD screen to support "true" HDR, but nevertheless an improvement where a level of HDR support can be offered. This is beyond the current maximum brightness of 400 cd/m2 (TN Film) and 350 cd/m2 (AHVA). Improvements in colour coverage will also be implemented as they push from the current sRGB standard offering to nearer to the DCI-P3 space (90-95% coverage).

AUO will also push response times on their main TN Film and AHVA (IPS-type) panel technologies even before overdrive circuits are applied. For instance this includes pushing the on/off, white>black response time on TN Film down from the current 5ms typical to 3ms, and for AHVA the G2G response times down from 14ms to 10ms. Obviously when overdrive is then also applied we would hope to see improvements in responsiveness across the board. 

Curved Gaming Panels

Highlights

  • 35" VA with 3440 x 1440, 120Hz and moderate HDR support planned for production January 2018

  • 35" VA with 3440 x 1440, 200Hz and full HDR support now delayed until Q2 2018 production - displays likely to be Q2 at best

Linked to the gaming panels are a range of large format curved panels scheduled. Of note are the 35" VA panels with high refresh rate and HDR support. Planned for production in January 2018 is the first panel, with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 90% DCI-P3 colour space and 600 cd/m2 peak brightness. We believe this will offer a multi-zone (probably 8) edge-lit dimming backlight system for moderate HDR performance and support. More exciting (and one we've seen before) is the 35" 3440 x 1440 resolution, 200Hz refresh rate VA panel. This will offer a 512-zone full-array local dimming backlight, 90% DCI-P3 coverage and 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness for true HDR support. This is the panel which will be featured in a couple of already announced monitors including the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ and Acer Predator X35. Those were originally expected to be released in Q4 2017 but we have been informed that they are now delayed until at least Q2 2018. That ties in with the fact that the AUO panel production is not now scheduled until Q2 as well.


Professional Panels

Highlights

  • 32" IPS-type full HDR panel with 3840 x 2160  res going in to production in Nov 2017

  • 32" VA-type 2560 x 1440 res panel going in to production in Q3 2018 with moderate HDR support, but with a high refresh rate option

Of note for professional grade monitors is the development of a couple of new panels from AUO. Firstly going in to mass production in Nov 2017 is a 32" sized AHVA (IPS) panel with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, a 384-zone full-array local dimming backlight and HDR support. It will offer 95% DCI-P3 coverage colour space, 1000 cd/m1 peak brightness and is quite similar to the high refresh rate (144Hz) gaming panel we've talked about above, except this version will not offer the high refresh rate and will be limited to 60Hz instead.

Secondly there is a 32" VA-type panel planned but not until Q3 2018. This will offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution and an 8-zone edge-lit backlight for more moderate HDR support. It has the same 95% DCI-P3 colour space coverage, but only a 600 cd/m2 peak brightness. There are options though for 60Hz and 165Hz versions of this panel.

 


LG.Display Panel Updates for 34" 1440p at 144Hz
October 6th 2017

LG.Display are planning to develop their very popular and widely used 34" Ultrawide panels over the next year. At the moment the main panels are defined by their 3440 x 1440, 60Hz refresh rate, sRGB colour space and SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) support. The overall plans involve developments to push refresh rate to 144Hz, extend the colour space to around 98% DCI-P3 coverage (equating to 135% sRGB) and offer HDR support at vary levels. Not necessary all at once, but there are plans to implement these changes as we finish up 2017 and go through 2018.

We've talked in the past about the new 34" ultrawide IPS panel from LG.Display which will offer a high refresh rate of 144Hz while maintaining the high 3440 x 1440 resolution. This has apparently now gone in to mass production as of September so we wouldn't be surprised to see some displays announced in the near future featuring this panel, probably not for release before the new year though we wouldn't expect. This module supports G-sync incidentally according to the LG.Display specs. Later next year there are plans to develop this panel category to also support G-sync HDR which is likely to involve a multi-zone (probably 512) full-array local dimming backlight along with the necessary specs to offer optimal HDR performance, including that boosted DCI-P3 colour space. That isn't planned for production until Q2 2018 though.

More on any 34" 3440 x 1440 @ 144Hz displays as we get any info.

 


LG 32GK850G with 165Hz and 27GK750F with 240Hz
August 30th
2017

LG Electronics will introduce two new gaming monitors at IFA 2017 in Berlin next week. LG’s newest 32- and 27-inch GK monitors not only offer action enthusiasts a visually stunning experience but deliver a winning edge in competitive gaming as well.

The 32" 32GK850G (above) features a 2560 x 1440 resolution panel with a native 144Hz refresh rate, and support for NVIDIA G-sync. This can be overclocked slightly to 165Hz as well. What’s more, the 32-inch monitor enhances the gaming experience in a distinct way with Sphere Lighting, which uses LEDs behind the monitor to create soft ambience lighting that increases the immersiveness of games and reduces eye fatigue while also adding a beautiful design element to the monitor. Unique features such as Black Stabilizer deliver clearer contrast to give gamers maximum visibility at all times while Dynamic Action Sync minimizes input lag so that players can react faster to the action. A friendly graphic user interface allows players to easily customize modes for different games and for maximum convenience, the monitor features a one-click stand which installs without the use of screws or tools and allows the monitor’s tilt, height, swivel and pivot angle to be adjusted with minimal effort.

The 27" 27GK750F is the first screen of this size, and the first larger than 24.5", to offer a native 240Hz refresh rate. We knew a 27" version of this AU Optronics TN Film panel was in production  and this looks like it will be the first monitor to feature it. This model offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time and is paired with AMD FreeSync support along with an additional Motion Blur Reduction backlight.

Visitors to LG’s booth at IFA 2017 in Berlin will have a chance to experience all these exciting gaming monitors first-hand. More news on specs, features and price as we get them.

Source: LG

 


AOC AGON AG273UG with 4K 144Hz Panel, G-sync and HDR
August 30th
2017

Not far behind the models already announced from other gaming manufacturers like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27, AOC have recently showcased their next AGON series 3 gaming screen, the AG273UG. This is their equivalent 27" screen featuring an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 ("4k") resolution and 144Hz native refresh rate IPS-type panel from AU Optronics (AHVA technology). This is also paired with NVIDIA G-sync support for dynamic refresh rates, as are the Acer and Asus equivalents - and ULMB is likely too although full official spec is not yet available.

It will also have a 384-zone Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight system producing higher contrast ratios and support for HDR content. This HDR support is also backed by the 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness spec and a wide DCI-P3 quantum dot delivered colour gamut. More details on spec and features of this AOC model as we get them.

You will need a high end graphics card to power this screen, with an NVIDIA 10 series with DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity required. The panel production for these 3 screens has apparently been delayed until December 2017 so don't expect to see the AOC or other competing models until around June 2018 sadly. No word on retail price yet.

Update 6/10/17 - The panel production from AUO is scheduled for Nov 2017 and so this display is still expected to be available during Q1 2018

 


AOC AGON AG273QCX and AG273QCG with 0.5ms Response Time
August 30th 2017

AOC have recently announced details of their new AGON 3 series gaming monitors due to be released next year. Of interest from a spec point of view is the fact AOC are touting a 0.5ms G2G response time. Obviously this is largely marketing and real-life performance is unlikely to be drastically different to any existing 1ms G2G spec panel, which to be honest don't reach quite that low overall without introducing lots of overshoot. So it probably doesn't mean much in real terms, but it was just interesting to note that are pushing this new spec. Expect to see other gaming monitor manufacturers follow suit to keep up.

Anyway, the AG273QC monitors come in two versions, the X model with AMD FreeSync 2 support and G model with NVIDIA G-sync. The X model (FreeSync) uses a TN Film panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz, while the G model (G-Sync) according to some sources apparently has a VA panel and 165Hz refresh rate. If it is a VA panel then that 0.5ms G2G response time is very questionable and is likely related to some kind of blur reduction backlight mode (ULMB perhaps supported but not confirmed). If not, it could well be a TN Film panel like the X model, which would be our expectation based on the spec and the X model. We have had confirmation from AOC that the G model is also based on a TN Film panel, and that the mention of VA was an error in early spec sheets. Both X and G models are TN Film basically.

The FreeSync X model will offer some level of HDR support including a wider colour gamut, although how that is achieved and to what extent HDR will function from this apparent TN Film panel remains to be seen. Some comments from AOC talk about how the TN Film panels offer new and improved colour quality and viewing angles, but that again remains to be seen. We will take that with a pinch of salt for now, and expect typical TN Film behaviour really from these new screens. More information and specs as they emerge.

The X model is due in April 2018 at €599 while the G model is due in May at the same price.

Source: pcgamesn.com

 


Philips to Showcase 43" HDR Display, 8K monitor and 49" Ultrawide
August 30th 2017

Philips are set to showcase various new and interesting displays at this years IFA 2017 in Berlin, from 1 until 6 September 2017, at the booth in hall 22. Philips' extensive line-up includes curved, Ultra Wide-Color, HDR, USB-C docking monitors and professional displays with 4K or 8K resolutions.

Some details on the show highlight products:

436M6VBPAB – part of the upcoming Philips Momentum line and to be seen in the entertainment zone – a 4K HDR screen with the unique Ambiglow feature, this is an all-round multitasking and entertainment solution, allowing USB-C docking and simultaneous notebook charging. This screen can act as the ultimate docking station, allowing you to easily use it with anything – from the latest 4K gaming consoles to any high end graphics processing designer computer.

328P8K – this monitor not only has a stunning frameless design, but also impresses with a dazzling 8K resolution on a large screen of 32 inches. It is also geared for comfort during long hours of professional work – the Smart Ergo Base makes it easy to adjust for any position and the USB docking functionality facilitates easy management of all peripherals.

492P8 (pictured above) – an Ultrawide monitor with stunning curved design, created for fast-paced multi-taskers. This 49-inch beauty entirely substitutes two 27-inch monitors. What is more, this screen has the latest USB-C docking functionality, allowing you to connect all peripherals to it and to use it as a docking station which streams all video and audio through one single cable, while simultaneously also charging the notebook.

More details and specs to be published once they are released, probably during the IFA dates.

 


ViewSonic VP3268-4K for Professional Users
August 30th 2017

We haven't covered this in any real depth before, but the ViewSonic VP3268-4K is now available for those looking for a large screen with Ultra HD resolution. The VP3268-4K is 31.5" in size, offering a 3840 x 2160 IPS technology panel with a frameless design. It is aimed at professional users and carries a factory calibration with dE <2 while also supporting hardware calibration of the screens 14-bit 3D LUT (Look Up Table). There is also an additional digital uniformity correction feature, all recently featured on their VP2768 display as well that we reviewed.  In other specs there is a 7ms G2G response time, 1300:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles an 8-bit+FRC colour depth and standard sRGB colour gamut.

Connectivity wise there are 2x HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort 1.2a connections provided, offering a 60Hz maximum refresh rate at the 3840 x 2160 resolution. There are also 4x USB 3.0 ports, an audio input and output and 2x 5W integrated speakers available.

The screen is listed on ViewSonic's website at a retail price of $999.99 USD

Source: ViewSonic


Samsung CH89, CH80 and SH85 Monitors for Work Environments
August 30th 2017

Samsung Electronics announced this week three new professional monitors for the modern workplace, the C34H89 (34-inch curved ultrawide model), C27H80 (27-inch curved model) and S27H85 (23.8- and 27-inch flat-screen models) at IFA 2017. These new screens feature the USB Type-C interface for seamless connectivity, as well as optimized clarity and colour presentation at the 3440 x 1440 (CH89), 1920 x 1080 (CH80) and 2560 x 1440 (SH85) resolutions. The monitors also feature a three-sided, bezel-less design, with the CH89 and CH80 further amplifying the bezel-less effect through an 1800R curved structure. By streamlining setups that typically required multiple screens and equipment to a single monitor, the compact displays additionally free up coveted workplace space and reduce maintenance.

Professionals additionally can customize their content presentation through Samsung’s Easy Setting Box software. Within the program’s intuitive interface, users can select from a detailed library of split-screen template and screen-size optimization options and choose their preferred viewing parameters.

For convenient collaboration and screen sharing, the CH80 and SH85 monitors feature DP Out Daisy Chain technology. Users can extend their current desktop across single monitors or monitor groups through one DP connection, preventing the need to synchronize each monitor with a PC or other external device. Samsung’s customizable CH89, CH80 and SH85 monitors drive a more comfortable, ergonomically-friendly workspace. All three displays contain a height-adjustable stand as well as swivel and tilt capabilities, allowing users to set the monitor at their ideal viewing distance and position. The CH80 and SH85 models also offer rotate adjustment as they are not ultra-wide format. These models also include Samsung’s Flicker Free and Eye Saver features, which deter harmful visual effects that can otherwise cause eyestrain during long-term usage.

Source: Samsung

 


BenQ EX3501R Curved Display for Video Enthusiasts
August 30th 2017

BenQ have just announced their new flagship curved monitor, the 35" ultrawide EX3501R. This screen offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, along with a 1800R curved screen format. It's aimed at video enthusiasts and multimedia uses primarily and features a VA technology panel offering typical specs of 4ms G2G response time, 2500:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. There is a 100Hz refresh rate offered and the display also supports AMD FreeSync for stutter and tearing free dynamic refresh rates.

Oddly BenQ's spec and press release talk about it being an HDR capable screen and even mentions "HDR10 support". However as far as we can tell it lacks the specs to truly support HDR, at least in regards to the main Ultra HD Premium standards. The resolution is not quite Ultra HD (which would require 3840 x 2160) but is close. There's no "peak brightness" spec and only the 300 cd/m2 typical brightness listed, so reaches nowhere near requirements. It only has a 100% sRGB colour gamut, so does not meet the extended colour space necessary to cover the DCI-P3 space. It has an 8-bit colour depth instead of the required 10-bit support and there's no talk anywhere about any local dimming support - whether that was with a FALD or with edge-lit dimming. There are 2x HDMI 2.0 ports and 1x DP 1.4 available so connectivity wise it meets requirements, but apart from that it doesn't seem to come anywhere close. It looks to us like the HDR "badge" has been added to this screen because it's now seemingly the done thing, but this screen doesn't truly support HDR as far as we can tell.

Moving on, the screen offers a wide range of connectivity options including a USB type-C for single cable connectivity if you want. There are also the aforementioned 2x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DP 1.4 connections, along with a headphone jack offered. Tilt and height adjustments are offered from the stand.

Source: BenQ

 


BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 e-Sports Monitor with DyAc
July 31st 2017

The new BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 with DyAc will make its tournament debut at DreamHack Atlanta 2017 where it has been selected as the official monitor for competitors. This update to the existing XL2540 display now offers an additional "Dynamic Accuracy" (DyAc) feature helping to maintain clarity during in-game movements and offering a smoother experience. This feature has previously been offered on other displays in the range like the XL2735, but was not included on their XL2540 when it was released at the end of 2016.

Like the XL2540 before it, this new model is 24.5" in size and features a 240Hz native refresh rate TN Film panel from AU Optronics. The screen offers a 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 320 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles. There are DL-DVI, 2x HDMI and DisplayPort connections provided along with 3x USB ports a headphone and mic jack. The provided 'shield' hood helps minimise distractions during gaming if you want to attach it. Other familiar features for gaming include the Black eQualizer, Game mode presets, Color Vibrance controls, along with the fully adjustable stand and provided S-switch OSD control puck.

Source: BenQ (spec page)

 


AOC 31.5" AGON AG322QCX and 27" AG272FCX Displays Released
July 31st 2017

Display specialist AOC’s two new curved AGON gaming monitors with almost bezel-less design on 3 sides are now available in stores. Both the 31.5″ QHD AG322QCX and the 27″ Full HD AG272FCX are equipped with a curved display with an extremely small curvature radius of 1800 mm. Boasting a 144 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support, the two new members of the AGON premium gaming line-up will satisfy gamers with a super-smooth experience without motion blur, tearing or stuttering.

The 31.5" AG322QCX will offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution VA panel while the 27" model features a 1920 x 1080 resolution VA panel. 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort (2x on 31.5" model) and 1x VGA connections are provided on both, along with a 2 port USB 3.0 hub, audio out and mic in/out connection. Both offer a 4ms G2G response time and 100% sRGB gamut colour space. The 31.5" model offers a 2000:1 contrast ratio while the 27" model has a 3000:1 spec.

Additional features include the Low Input Lag Mode, which reduces lag even more, bypassing some internal video processing of the monitor. AOC Shadow Control also enables players to see details masked by overly dark or bright sections. With the included AOC QuickSwitch controller, users can easily change various presets and settings without navigating through the OSD.

To keep players healthy and relaxed, the AOC Flicker-Free technology and the AOC Low Blue Light Mode help to protect their eyes during long gaming sessions. Height, tilt and swivel adjustments thanks to the AOC Ergo Base help to improve their posture as well. Customisable LED lights on the back and the lower bezel, the retractable headset holder and a carrying handle bring convenience and style together to make the impressive feature set complete.

The AOC AGON AG322QCX and AOC AGON AG272FCX are available now. The MSRP is £519 and £389 respectively.

 


BenQ SW271 with 27" Ultra HD Panel and HDR Capabilities
July 31st 2017

The SW271 builds upon the success of its award-winning predecessor and sets a new benchmark for wide gamut monitors taking image quality to the next level with the addition of HDR capabilities. The new screen offers a 27" sized IPS technology panel with Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, along with a wide gamut backlight offering 99% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB coverage (93% DCI-P3). 10-bit colour depth support is also provided. There is some limited HDR support then from this screen but it is not an Ultra HD Premium compliant display. The brightness spec is still listed at 350 cd/m2 and contrast ratio at 1000:1. There is no talk about any full array local dimming (FALD) backlight here, so we assume some kind of edge lit local dimming.

In other specs the screen offers a 5ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate and 178/178 viewing angles from the IPS panel.

The SW271 supports high end professional grade features such as hardware calibration, allowing you to adjust the monitors 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT). Factory calibration offers a dE of <2 in both sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces. There is a USB type-C connection allowing a single cable transfer of data and video. The screen comes packaged with a 'hotkey' puck for quick and easy OSD control and setting changes, and there is also a bundled shading hood. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments and there is a 2x USB 3.0 hub and card reader integrated in to the monitor.

Source: BenQ

 


Dell U3818DW with 37.5" Ultra-wide IPS Panel
June 22nd 2017

Adding to the current line-up of monitors designed for multi-client and dual-monitor set ups like the Dell 43 Ultra HD 4K Multi-Client Monitor and Dell 34 UltraSharp Curved Monitors, Dell introduced the company’s first 37.5-inch ultrawide curved screen monitor. The Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor (U3818DW) is ideal for financial customers, engineering and other segments looking for a well-designed monitor and expansive screen to boost multitasking and productivity. With a panoramic WQHD screen that delivers approximately 25% more viewing content than a 34-inch WQHD 21:9 monitor, users see outstanding visual detail and vibrant, consistent colour. The screen supports a 3840 x 1600 resolution and has a 24:10 aspect ratio as a result, while the panel offers a 3-side borderless design and is based on an LG.Display IPS panel.

Users can view applications between two PCs simultaneously and manage content with a single keyboard and mouse with the convenient KVM feature. With Dell Display Manager, the monitor allows users to customise screen layout for viewing multiple applications side-by-side with Dell Easy Arrange or to work on multiple tasks simultaneously with Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture features. The monitor also features a convenient single cable with 100W USB Type-C connectivity that transmits power, audio and video between the laptop and monitor. Integrated dual 9W speakers power a full video editing experience or lifelike gameplay, while 99 percent sRGB factory calibration delivers accurate colours, right out of the box.

The specs are not really known at this time including the refresh rate. We have already reviewed the LG 38UC99 last September which is based on a 37.5" IPS panel and supported up to 75Hz from AMD cards. We know that LG.Display also have a 144Hz version of this panel on their roadmap but that's not expected to go in to production until Q4 2017, so the refresh rate of this Dell screen is likely to be 60Hz, 75Hz if you're lucky.

Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor (U3818DW) will be available to purchase in the EMEA region from June 30. Pricing available at launch according to the press release but word is that it will be around $1500 USD over in USA market.

Source: Dell

 


Samsung C49HG90 with 49" 32:9 Aspect Ratio, 144Hz and FreeSync 2
June 22nd 2017

Samsung have recently announced the very interesting and unusual C49HG90 screen in their range. This is a mega-wide 32:9 aspect ratio panel which measures a whopping 49" diagonally, based on a Samsung VA panel that we discussed back in March 2017 when looking at their roadmaps. This huge screen has a 32:9 aspect ratio and is the equivalent of 2x 27" 16:9 displays side by side. It has a 3840 x 1080 resolution and the panel is also curved at 1800R.

As well as the large screen size and mega-wide aspect ratio the screen offers some pretty impressive specs and features. The panel technology is VA, so it will offer a strong static contrast ratio of 5000:1. The panel has a native 144Hz refresh rate and even supports AMD's FreeSync 2 technology for dynamic refresh rate support. Samsung also talk about a supposed 1ms MPRT response time and also a "four channel scanning technology" (Samsung's 'Impulsive Scanning' strone backlight) to reduce motion blur. The 1ms response time spec will presumably be based on using that blur reduction feature, however it might work and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The panel is combined with Quantum Dot to form what Samsung are referring to as a QLED display, which gives you a boosted colour gamut equivalent to 125% sRGB, or 95% of the DCI-P3 space for HDR content. It looks like the screen will offer 'HDR10' support but not a fully fledged HDR solution as the brightness is not expected to be high enough to meet the Ultra HD Premium standards, and there is no FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) backlight being used here.

The monitor includes an ergonomically flexible stand, offering tilt, height and swivel adjustment. The stand attachment point also features a ring of blue LEDs that can be made to pulse according to any audio routed through the monitor. If it’s similar to other models with the feature, where they can be set to blink constantly or disabled if you'd rather. The ports of the monitor are located beneath a removable cover and include; 1x DisplayPort 1.2a, 1x Mini DP 1.2a, 2x HDMI ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm audio input. 2x USB 3.0 ports also feature.

The monitor is due to be released globally in the coming months, it’s currently up for pre-order in the US for ~$1500 with a 30th June 2017 ETA.

Samsung are also releasing the 27" C27HG70 and 31.5" C32HG70 models soon with similar specs and features. Those models used curved VA panels with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1440 resolution. They do offer the same 1ms MPRT, 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support and Quantum Dot extended colour gamut. More detail in the press release below on those models.

Source: Samsung

 


Acer Predator X35 with 200Hz, G-sync and 512-zone FALD HDR
June 22nd 2017

As a direct alternative to the recently announced Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ display, Acer are also set to release their Predator X35 around the same kind of time, at some point during Q4 2017. Like the Asus model, the Predator X35 is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440 resolution) curved gaming monitor with High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. It features a VA-type panel from AU Optronics (AMVA) with a 200Hz refresh rate for stunning and smooth gaming experiences, while the HDR technology delivers a peak luminance of up to 1000cd/m² for brighter images that allow gamers to see even the darkest darks. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 512 zones (FALD - Full Array Local Dimming) to further highlight the subtle differences between white and black hues and offer optimal HDR performance. Quantum-dot technology provides a wider colour space and supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 colour gamut (90% coverage). It also features G-SYNC technology to eliminate screen tearing and to minimize display stutter. While G-sync is mentioned in the press release, there is no word on whether ULMB will feature, although given the high native refresh rate we expect to see it supported at some refresh rates if not the full 200Hz range.

The screen has an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect-ratio curved display that provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience. There isn't a full spec listed yet but the NVIDIA press release talks about the screen using DisplayPort 1.4 which will be needed to power 3440 x 1440 resolution at the very high 200Hz refresh rate.

Release is expected in Q4 2017 at the moment, no official word on price yet but expect it to be expensive. You will also need a very powerful graphics card and system to power this resolution and refresh rate.

Update 6/10/17: the panel production for the utilised AU Optronics VA panel is not scheduled until Q2 2018 according to the latest information we have, and we have been informed that we should not expect this display to be available until at least Q2 next year. There was a recent Acer press release from the end of August which mentioned Q1, but that has since slipped.

 


Dell UP2718Q HDR Display with 384-zone Full Array Local Dimming
June 22nd 2017

We did bring you some basic news about this model back in April, but we now have more information to share. A new model in Dell's UltraSharp Premium (UP) range has been launched, offering a more robust HDR experience than some of their earlier "Dell HDR" models. The UP2718Q is 27" in size, features an IPS-type panel and offers a .384-zone Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight for optimal HDR experience. In fact, it's a similar panel to that being used in other recently announced HDR screens like the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q and Acer Predator X27, although this Dell equivalent does not feature the high refresh rate (it's 60Hz only) and gaming features that the Asus/Acer models do (no G-sync). Instead, Dell are focusing on a multimedia HDR experience as opposed to aggressively going after the gaming market. You would hope that the retail price will be lower than the gaming models Asus and Acer are launching as well.

With the 384-zone FALD backlight the UP2718Q is able to offer a 20,000:1 contrast ratio (1000:1 otherwise), and Dell advertise a typical luminance of 400 cd/m2 and maximum of 1000 cd/m2 which meets the Ultra HD Premium standards for HDR content. The screen also supports the required Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 along with 97.7% DCI-P3 coverage to again conform to the standard. The wider gamut supports equates to 76.9% of the Rec.2020 space, while covering 100% sRGB, 100% Adobe RGB and 100% Rec.709. The screen comes factory calibrated with specific preset modes for sRGB and Adobe RGB, calibrated with a dE <2. Furthermore the screen supports hardware calibration through compatible X-rite calibration devices and can also support 10-bit colour depth if you have a suitable graphics card and workflow. Other than that, a 6ms G2G response time is quoted along with the 60Hz refresh rate we mentioned earlier.

The UP2718Q offers DisplayPort 1.4, Mini DP 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 4x USB 3.0 ports. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.

The UP2718Q is listed on Dell.com now at $1479.99 with a 1-2 week ETA on availability.

Source: Dell

 


Dell Alienware AW2518H/HF with 240Hz TN Film Panels
June 22nd 2017

Also hopping on the 240Hz gaming bandwagon recently are Dell with their "Alienware" branded AW2518H and AW2518HF models. While most manufacturers have backed either FreeSync or G-sync for variable refresh rate support from their 240Hz models, Dell are offering the buyer the option to choose as the AW2518H supports NVIDIA G-sync and the HF model supports AMD FreeSync. Nice.

Spec wise things are quite familiar if you've been following our news or reviews of other 240Hz gaming screens. These models offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel from AU Optronics, with a 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles and 6-bit+FRC colour depth. The refresh rate range is 30 - 240Hz for the G-sync H model and expected to be 48 - 240Hz for the FreeSync HF model.

There are three LED strips on the back of the screen as well as an Alienware logo towards the top right. These are independently controllable through the ‘AlienFX’ software included with the monitor. The stand itself offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments and there are connections for DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0, headphone jack and audio input.

The H model (G-sync version) has a retail price of $699.99 while the HF (FreeSync model) has a price of $499.99. Availbility is expected soon.

Source: Dell H model, HF model

 


ViewSonic XG2530 with 240Hz Refresh Rate and FreeSync
June 22nd 2017

ViewSonic have recently released their option in the growing range of 24.5" gaming monitors with 240Hz refresh rate. We've already reviewed the AOC AGON AG251FZ with FreeSync and the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q with G-sync in recent months. BenQ and Acer also have their own equivalents available. ViewSonic are now releasing the XG2530 screen which they have decided to pair with FreeSync support. The 24.5" sized screen will feature a TN Film panel with a 1ms G2G response time and 240Hz native refresh rate. The XG2530 is "engineered with an exclusive ColorX gaming mode that delivers optimum speed and visual effects, making it ideal for First Person Shooter [FPS] games, such as Overwatch" according to the press release. The “ColorX” option delivers the optimal refresh rate, response time, and color for FPS games. A “Game Mode” hotkey opens pre-calibrated settings that deliver the best combination of color and technology for specific gaming scenarios. In addition, the XG2530 has two customizable “Gamer” settings that allows individuals to create and save preferences for specific games.

The screen also offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 170/160 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC colour depth and sRGB gamut. The XG2530 comes with versatile connectivity options such as DisplayPort® 1.2, HDMI® 1.4 and 2.0, as well as USB 3.0 A/B ports. Two integrated built-in speakers and audio-out provides a complete multimedia experience.

The ViewSonic XG2530 should be available now for an MSRP of $587.00 (USD)

Source: ViewSonic

 


Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ Ultrawide with 200Hz, G-sync and HDR
May 31st 2017

Asus have recently showcased a very interesting new model in their popular ROG Swift gaming range at this years Computex event. The ROG Swift PG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440 resolution) curved gaming monitor with High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. It features a VA-type panel from AU Optronics (AMVA) with a 200Hz refresh rate for stunning and smooth gaming experiences, while the HDR technology delivers a peak luminance of up to 1000cd/m² for brighter images that allow gamers to see even the darkest darks. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 512 zones to further highlight the subtle differences between white and black hues and offer optimal HDR performance. Quantum-dot technology provides a wider colour space and supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 colour gamut. It also features G-SYNC technology to eliminate screen tearing and to minimize display stutter. While G-sync is mentioned in the press release, there is no word on whether ULMB will feature, although given the high native refresh rate we expect to see it supported at some refresh rates if not the full 200Hz range.

The ROG Swift PG35VQ has an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect-ratio curved display that provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience. It also takes gaming aesthetics to a new level, with ASUS Aura Sync lighting on the back cover to synchronize with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice. There isn't a full spec listed yet but the NVIDIA press release talks about the screen using DisplayPort 1.4 which will be needed to power 3440 x 1440 resolution at the very high 200Hz refresh rate.

Release is expected in Q4 2017 at the moment, no official word on price yet but expect it to be expensive. You will also need a very powerful graphics card and system to power this resolution and refresh rate. Acer are also releasing an equivalent model with their X35 monitor around the same time although details of that model are limited so far.

Update 6/10/17: the panel production for the utilised AU Optronics VA panel is not scheduled until Q2 2018 according to the latest information we have, and we have been informed that we should not expect this display to be available until at least Q2 next year.

Source: Asus

 


Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ, XG27VQ and XG258Q Gaming Monitors
May 31st 2017

Asus have recently announced their new ROG Strix lineup of monitors, an all-new gaming monitor series designed for intermediate gamers — and with a great variety of screen sizes on offer.

ROG Strix XG32VQ is a 31.5-inch 2K 2560 x 1440 resolution curved (1800R) monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio for panoramic gaming and a 144HZ refresh rate for incredibly smooth gameplay. It features ASUS Aura Sync lighting on the back panel, and light effects can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities.

The 27-inch ROG Strix XG27VQ gaming monitor also has a curved panel to provide an immersive and panoramic gaming. It features a 1920 x 1080 resolution wide-view panel with a super-narrow bezel, which makes it perfect for multi display surround setups. The display’s curvature ensures every point is equidistant to the player’s eyes. Strix XG27VQ also has a 144Hz refresh rate to provide super-smooth gaming visuals, and a gaming-inspired design that features ASUS Aura RGB lighting on the back to add ambience to any gaming setup.

ROG Strix XG258Q (pictured) is a 24.5inch Full HD gaming monitor that has an incredibly fast 240Hz native refresh rate without overclocking, making it twice as fast as conventional 120Hz monitors. This results in amazingly-fluid gaming visuals with no frustrating lag or motion blur, giving gamers the upper hand in first-person shooters, racing, real-time strategy and sports titles. ROG Strix XG Series gaming monitors feature ASUS-exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur technology to make objects in motion look sharper, so gameplay is more fluid and responsive. This series also features Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) technology, which eliminates screen tearing and choppy frame rates to give seamless visuals and smooth gameplay.

No word on prices or release dates yet

Source: Asus

 


AOC AGON AG251FG Gaming Display with 240Hz and G-sync
May 31st 2017

Following on from the AGON AG251FZ model we reviewed in January, AOC are set to release a G-sync version of this screen now (compared with FreeSync on the other model). The AG251FG will feature the same 24.5" sized TN Film panel, sporting a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time and 240Hz native refresh rate. NVIDIA G-sync is provided along with ULMB (ultra low motion blur) support.

Like all AGON monitors, the AG251FG comes with a range of premium features to boost players’ comfort and performance. These include the AOC Ergo Dial Base, with tilt, swivel and height adjustment (and a convenient height scale), a retractable headset holder and a carrying handle. To prevent eye fatigue during extended gaming sessions, AOC Flicker Free technology also minimises flickering, and AOC Low Blue Light mode reduces potentially harmful short-wavelength blue light. For an extra advantage in dark game environments, the AOC Shadow Control option empowers gamers to brighten extremely dark areas without affecting the rest of the screen. HDMI, DisplayPort and 4x USB 3.0 connections are offered along with audio out and mic in/out

The AOC AGON AG251FG is expected to be available in August 2017. The MSRP is £519

 


Asus ProArt PA32UC and PA27AC Monitors Announced
May 31st 2017

Asus have recently showcased a couple of new ProArt series screens at this years Computex event. They come in 32" and 27" sizes. The flagship model is the PA32UC, which is 32" in size and sports a 3840 x 2160 ultra HD resolution IPS panel. This model offers a 384-zone backlight system along with 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness for HDR operation.  The ProArt PA32UC features a wide colour gamut of 85 percent Rec.2020, 99.5 percent Adobe RGB, 95 percent DCI-P3 and 100 percent sRGB colour spaces for exceptional colour fidelity. The monitor is factory-calibrated for a colour accuracy value of dE < 2, with ASUS ProArt calibration technology ensuring professional-grade colour accuracy. The PA32UC has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI port and a USB 3.0 hub. 

There is also then the 27" PA27AC (pictured) which features a 2560 x 1440 IPS panel and a four-sided frameless design. It provides a 100% sRGB colour space coverage with a standard gamut backlight, and HDR 10 support. This is a lower grade HDR implementation as explained in our HDR article, and a full-array backlight is not offered here as it is on the PA32UC. The monitor is still factory-calibrated for a colour accuracy value of dE < 2, with ASUS ProArt calibration technology ensuring professional-grade colour accuracy. The PA27AC has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI port and a USB 3.0 hub.

No word on pricing or release dates

Source: Asus

 


Acer ProDesigner PE320QK for Content Creators
May 31st 2017



Acer have recently announced their new 31.5" ProDesigner range screen with ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and aimed at content creators. Photographers, video editors and others working in creative industries will appreciate the new PE320QK's "HDR Xpert technology", which enhances brightness for a vivid contrast between lights and darks, while covering a wider gamut for truly vibrant colours. This is achieved with an edge-type LED dimming HDR panel. The press release does confirm that it supports 130% of the sRGB and 95% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut and the spec we have been given also confirms 10-bit colour depth support (8-bit+FRC) along with HDMI 2.0 interfaces (x2) so it does conform to some of the defined Ultra HD Premium HDR standards.

The monitor’s sleek ZeroFrame designs virtually eliminate the screen bezel for a seamless visual experience, with an added style benefit by adding a touch of modernity to the office. It includes a reversible USB-C port for easily connecting and charging devices to reduce desktop clutter, supporting power delivery of up to 85W. Additionally 2x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2 connections are provided. The ProDesigner PE320QK monitor produces accurate colours with a low Delta E < 1 out of the box.  The monitor also sports Acer VisionCare technology to reduce eye strain and fatigue during long editing sessions.

In other specs the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. There are tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments available from the stand. PiP and PbP are also supported and there are 2x 2W speakers built in.

Release is scheduled for July but no word on price yet.

Source: Acer


 


Acer XF250Q / XF250QA with 240Hz and FreeSync Support
May 31st 2017



Acer are soon to announce the launch of two new 24.5" models in their ever-expanding gaming range of the screens - the XF250Q and XF250QA. Both models are very similar, with the A model featuring a borderless design, added motion blur reduction mode, an additional added HDMI 2.0 connection and an integrated 4 port USB 3.0 hub. Apart from that, the specs and features are largely the same between the two screens.

The key highlights of these two new models are their gaming features. They feature a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel with a native 240Hz refresh rate supported. They are both paired with AMD FreeSync support and offer a 1ms G2G response time. In other specs the screens offer a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and standard sRGB gamut. Both offer DL-DVI, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2a connections, with the A model also offering an additional HDMI 2.0 connection and 4 port USB 3.0 hub. There are a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments provided by the stand and also integrated 2x 2W stereo speakers.

Release is expected around July.


 

 

Acer Predator Z35P with 35" VA Panel and 120Hz Refresh Rate
May 8th 2017

Acer have just announced their new Predator Z35P gaming screen with an 1800R curvature and 21:9 aspect ratio. This new model is 35" in size and unlike its predecessor, the Z35, this model boosts the resolution from 2560 x 1080 to 3440 x 1440. This model makes use of a VA technology panel, also featuring a native 100Hz refresh rate and combined with NVIDIA G-sync for variable refresh rate support. In other specs the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time, 2500:1 static contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. There are tilt, swivel and height adjustments offered from the stand, and DisplayPort and HDMI video connections are available along with some USB 3.0 ports. This model is direct competition from similar models from AOC and HP, namely their AG352UCG (which we have reviewed) and Omen X35 models respectively.

Interestingly an aspect not listed on the spec page (linked below) but reported by some early buyers is that there is an overclocking feature available in the OSD menu which allows you to boost the refresh rate up to 120Hz. Despite this higher refresh rate support, Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) is not available on this model.

Price is listed as $1099.99 and it appears to be available in some places already.

Source: Acer 

 


HP DreamColor Z31x and Z24x G2 Studio Displays
May 8th 2017

Designed in collaboration with top visual effects and animation studios, the new HP DreamColor Z31x Studio and HP DreamColor Z24x G2 displays are enabling artists, photographers and filmmakers to do what they do best – create – without having to worry about lacklustre display performance. The HP DreamColor Z31x Studio Display delivers abundant features designed for colour professionals, including an expansive colour gamut for remarkably vivid colours, innovation to deliver incredible blacks, a built-in colorimeter for self-calibration, and intuitive workflow and management tools. These features, along with HP product reliability, are critical for finishing editors, online editors, colourists, lighters, compositors, photographers, graphic artists and designers. The HP Z31x is crafted with a high-quality, custom panel and technology that allow users to see amazing colours, deep rich blacks, and professional level craftsmanship to withstand years of use.

DreamColor Z31x

HP has once again pushed the limits of innovation to bring users outstanding accuracy and consistent colour from displays, to the big screen and print. Each new feature of this 31-inch diagonal DreamColor Studio Display is a result of direct feedback from customers looking for new ways to transform the way they work. The key features include:

  • Precise image quality from any viewing angle.

  • Reliable and accurate colour with an advanced built-in colorimeter capable of measuring and adjusting on-screen performance automatically or at scheduled intervals or on demand.

  • Workflow accelerating features that allow users to create in Cinema 4K resolution, view in True 2K, and speed projects from concept to completion with onscreen markers and keyboard-based input switching between devices.

The HP Z31x image quality is delivered on a true 10-bit Real IPS panel with more than 1 billion colours, including consistent on- and off-axis black levels. HP improved on this IPS technology – inventing new processes that allow for incredible deep blacks, minimal black lift and rich shadow detail.   

The pop-up colorimeter of the HP Z31x automatically calibrates the display on demand or on a regular calibration schedule and can even be scheduled to run off hours so creative juices aren't interrupted. The built-in colorimeter can also be aligned with an in-house reference instrument for consistent, accurate colours facility-wide. The built-in colorimeter maintains perfect colour accuracy, and the display works in true 10-bit colour delivering HP’s widest colour gamut ever (99 percent of DCI-P3).

The HP Z31x is designed with the features demanded by industry-leading digital creators: an integrated KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch, True 2K viewing, markers and masks, and much more. The built-in KVM of the HP Z31x can switch between two computers with a quick keyboard shortcut, allowing the user to share one display, keyboard and mouse between two computers. Many artists have two computers, a Linux® box with their animation/compositing app and a Windows® box with Adobe® Photoshop or internet access. Users can minimize distractions with auto dimming front buttons and select between red lights for minimal impact to night vision, or turn off completely for a distraction free environment.

Spec wise this 31" sized screen uses an IPS-type panel which offers a 4096 x 2160 resolution,  20ms on/off response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, true 10-bit colour depth and a colour gamut covering 100% sRGB, 100% BT.709, 100% Adobe RGB, 99% DCI-P3 and 80% BT.2020. Tilt, height and swivel adjustments are offered from the stand and there are 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x USB Type-C connections available. There is also an integrated 4 port USB 3.0 hub.
 

DreamColor Z24x G2

The HP Z24x G2 DreamColor Display delivers the colour accuracy and consistency that has become synonymous with the HP DreamColor brand. This DreamColor display’s affordable price allows every artist to have a professional colour accurate display on their desks. The HP Z24x, HP’s most affordable colour-critical display, offers:

  • A 24-inch diagonal DreamColor panel that produces up to 1 billion colours from a massive colour gamut covering 99 percent of Adobe® RGB.

  • Pure, consistent colour accuracy from design to production with colour calibration on the amazingly affordable display.

  • Push-button colour space selection.

  • Calibration software for both Windows® and macOS supporting both the X-Rite i1Display Pro and the Klein Instruments K10-A colorimeters

Spec wise this 24" sized display uses an IPS technology panel and offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit+FRC colour depth, and a colour gamut covering 100% sRGB, 100% BT.709, 99% Adobe RGB and 96% DCI-P3. Tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments are offered from the stand and there are 1x HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort in, DisplayPort out and DVI-D connections available. There is also an integrated 4 port USB 3.0 hub.
 

The HP DreamColor Z24x G2 Display is scheduled to be available in early July for $559.00. The HP Z31x DreamColor Studio Display is scheduled to be available later this year for $3,999.00.

Source: HP (and specs available here)


Acer ProDesigner BM320 for Graphics Professionals
May 8th 2017

Acer have just announced the release of their new 32" screen aimed at professional colour users - the ProDesigner BM320. Outfitted with the Acer ColorPlus technology suite, the Acer ProDesigner BM320 ensures consistent colour output in addition to sharper and clearer visuals. These technologies include built-in 100 percent Adobe RGB and 100 percent sRGB coverage for storing, producing and presenting a wide and accurate range of hues required for colour matching across applications and print output. Providing the ability to adjust hue and saturation, 6-axis colour adjustment lets professionals obtain the exact shade they prefer. In addition, super sharpness technology optimizes the quality of even low resolution images by slightly enhancing the edges.

Video editors and directors can work with confidence with 100 percent of Rec. 709 and 90 percent DCI-P3 colour coverage, the standard format for HDTVs. It ensures that every hue is authentically represented, critical for video editors during post-production work and animators dealing with colour-critical projects. With support for 10-bit colour, the Acer ProDesigner BM320 provides significantly more color depth than conventional 8-bit monitors. It’s also factory pre-tuned and tested to ensure a Delta E<1 colour accuracy with hues so precise, it’s the smallest difference the eye can see. In addition, integrated uniformity compensation helps maintain colour and brightness consistency across the screen.

Featuring a sleek ZeroFrame design, the Acer ProDesigner BM320 provides maximum viewing area and virtually eliminates the screen’s bezel for a seamless visual experience in multiple display setups. Adjustable, Acer’s ErgoStand lets users easily swivel (+/- 45 degrees), tilt (-5 to 25 degrees), pivot (+/- 90 degrees) and alter the height (up to 5.9 inches) to find the optimum viewing position and it also comes with a VESA mount for hanging it on the wall to save space. Integrated AcerVisionCare includes Acer Flicker-less, BlueLightShield, Low Dimming and ComfyView technologies, which can reduce screen glare, flicker and blue light, for more comfortable viewing, critical during long work days.

Spec wise the 32" sized screen offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth. The panel is IPS technology.

Excellent connectivity includes DVI, HDMI v2.0, DisplayPort v1.2, Mini DisplayPort and USB 3.0 hub (1 up/ 4 down). The monitor also comes with two 2W speakers.

Estimated selling prices begin at $1,299

Source: Acer (and spec page)

 


Philips 328E8QJAB5 with 31.5" Curved VA Panel
May 8th 2017

Philips have announced the release of a new 31.5" sized curved monitor in their E line of displays for home users. The 328E8QJAB5 offers a 1800R curvature and a VA panel, delivering a 1920 x 1080 resolution and wide gamut colour technology. On a screen this size, the relatively low resolution might look a bit chunky for some users and seems an odd choice, but for general lower end office use with larger font sizes, and multi-media uses the large screen size and full HD resolution might be adequate. The screen offers a wide gamut covering 103% of the NTSC space and 126% sRGB (CIE 1931) which is again a little odd, as this kind of wide gamut support is usually reserved for higher end graphics displays where people want and need to work with wider gamut content. It might give a vibrancy boost for casual gaming and movies but may be somewhat problematic for any colour work. The screen offers FreeSync support for adaptive refresh rates in games although only a maximum 60Hz refresh rate.

In other specs the screen offers a 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI connections are available along with audio in and a headphone out. The stand offers only a basic tilt function. The screen features a curved stand to match the curving screen and the whole display is finished in glossy black and gun metal colours.

The display is available in May at an RRP of £279.

Source: Philips

 


BenQ PD2500Q Professional Designer Monitor
May 8th 2017

BenQ have now introduced the PD2500Q designer monitor, the first of its displays to be individually calibrated by factory engineers to produce 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 colour precision. It even offers Technicolor Color Certification to meet Hollywood and the entertainment industry’s exacting color standards. Furthermore, BenQ announced that all PD Series designer monitors will be professionally factory-calibrated going forward. PD2500Q offers an abundance of smart tools specifically developed for designers, including the following specialized modes:

  • CAD/CAM Mode activates superior contrast for lines and shapes in technical illustrations, accentuating the finest details in Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CATIA, or other design software.

  • Animation Mode enhances the brightness of dark areas without overexposing bright regions, to overcome often-challenging design work with intricate details in dark images.

  • Darkroom Mode creates the optimal image brightness and contrast for work in darkened post-processing environments for superb clarity and detail sharpness.

The screen features a 25" size IPS technology panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution. There is a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth offered. The stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustments and there are DisplayPort, Mini DP, HDMI, headphone and audio in/out connections available.

Source: BenQ (and spec page)

 


ViewSonic VX4380-4K with 42.5" Ultra HD IPS Panel
May 8th 2017

It seems several manufacturers are going to be releasing new 42.5" sized screens, as we've also just seen the announcement of LG's equivalent - the 43UD79. It's a similar story with ViewSonic's latest VX4380-4K model which uses an IPS panel with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution. Given the large screen size this is useable without the need for scaling, providing a large desktop area for work and multi-tasking. The panel offers a 12ms G2G response time, 1100:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth support and standard sRGB gamut.

ViewSonic MultiPicture features include Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture functionality. Connectivity wise there are DisplayPort® 1.2, DisplayPort Out, HDMI® 2.0 and 3x USB 3.0 ports offered. Built-in 7 watt speakers offer stereo sound for a complete multimedia experience. Only a basic tilt function is offered from the stand.

The ViewSonic V4380-4K should now be available for an MSRP of $1,038.00 (USD).

Source: ViewSonic (and spec page)

 


LG 43UD79 with 42.5" Ultra HD IPS Panel and FreeSync
May 8th 2017

LG have recently announced the release of their new 42.5" sized 43UD79 monitor. This massive new screen uses an IPS technology panel with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution which is useable without scaling on a screen as large as this, giving you a great desktop area to work in for multi-taskingg. It offers an 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and sRGB gamut. FreeSync is supported on this model but it only offers a native 60Hz refresh rate still. There is a 4-side borderless design and there are even 10Wx2 Harmon Kardon Speakers integrated in to the screen.

The screen carries a factory calibration and offers a decent range of connectivity options including USB Type-C, Display Port 1.2, HDMI 2.0a x 2, HDMI 1.4 x 2, USB 3.0 Downstream x 2.

The 43UD79 is available for pre-order in the UK at an expected retail price of £649.99. The US retail price is expected to be around $697 and should be available imminently over there.


 

 

 

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