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Asus, Acer and HP Announce 65" Big Format Gaming Displays with G-sync
January 10th 2018

Announced in conjunction with NVIDIA, this week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas Asus (image on left), Acer (image on right) and HP (image below) have all showcased their massive new 65" large format displays aimed at PC gaming. Despite the huge size, these new screens are not a TV, they are a computer monitor and will feature support for 120Hz refresh rates and NVIDIA G-sync. This is a true native 120Hz refresh rate, not interpolated like many available LCD TV's and so will support frame rates of up to 120fps. This is then supported by the G-sync function to allow for dynamic variable frame rates. Low input lag is also being promoted as a key feature, which separates these large format displays from most TV screens.

The Asus ROG Swift PG65, Acer Predator BFGD and HP OMEN X65 Big Format Gaming Displays offer an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and even supports high-end HDR functionality through the use of a Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight system, with peak brightness of 1000 cd/m2. This HDR feature is supported by the 125% sRGB colour gamut, offering ~90% DCI-P3 coverage thanks to the use of Quantum Dot coating.

Users can also enjoy 4K HDR content streaming with the integrated NVIDIA SHIELD, the most advanced streamer with video, gaming, voice control and smart home command capabilities.

It remains to be seen whether a screen this large is really practical for users, as it's aimed at PC gaming really and how many people have the desk room for a 65" display, or can sit a comfortable viewing distance of a few meters away for PC gaming? You could have it as a living room display given the size, as it's probably larger than most people's TV screens, although it's unlikely to feature all the integrated TV tuners etc that you might need, and it's probably unlikely again that users will have their PC in the living room to game from. Perhaps this is more of a concept than something which will sell in high volume, although it's certainly interesting as a display option.

Pricing and additional details will be released closer to the availability date, which is expected to be later this year.

Source: Asus, NVIDIA, HP


 


Asus ProArt PQ22UC for Professionals with 4K OLED Panel
January 10th 2018

Of exciting note from CES 2018 is the new Asus ProArt PQ22UC display. Aimed at professional users and video and photo editing, the PQ22UC will venture in to the World of OLED display technology, something which has barely made a dent in desktop monitors so far. Around a similar time in 2016 Dell announced their 30" UP3017Q display, which featured an OLED panel. This emerged for sale in the US but never made it to Europe and was quite quickly withdrawn from sale. At the moment there are no viable desktop displays using OLED technology.

The Asus PQ22UC is something quite interesting then. This model is small by today's standards at only 21.6" diagonal, although perhaps if the concept does well we will start to see larger screen sizes emerge later on. This model features an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 "4k" resolution (at 206 PPI) and even includes HDR 10 support. This includes a 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut, although peak brightness was not mentioned in the press release. Given it is an OLED panel, expect peak brightness to be in the region of 500 - 600 cd/m2 (now confirmed to be 350 cd/m2), but with the ability to offer very high dynamic range thanks to the super-low black depth that OLED can achieve. The native contrast ratio of the panel is 1,000,000:1 in fact. It is a 10-bit "true RGB stripe OLED panel that produces primary hues natively rather than filtering white light”, Asus say in their press release. It has been factory calibrated to dE < 2 as well and offers hardware calibration support.

The screen is also very thin in profile and weighs only 0.9Kg in total, making the screen portable according to the press release. A 0.1ms response time is also mentioned, again another strength of OLED technology. This is not a screen aimed at gamers though keep in mind and we expect it to be limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. So although pixel response times should be nice and low, you are limited by refresh rate when it comes to gaming. The screen is also not expected to include any variable refresh rate technology like G-sync or FreeSync.

The OLED panel being used here is produced by JOLED, a joint venture between Japan Display, Sony and Panasonic. JOLED says that it is ”aiming for printing OLED panels to penetrate the market for medium-sized professional monitors”.

The monitor offers 2x USB-C and micro HDMI ports. It also has an angled stand that is detachable. The screen is expected to be available around the Spring time, but no word on pricing yet.

Update 11/1/18: Correction to the response time spec which is 0.1ms as opposed to 0.01ms. The typical brightness of the screen is 140 cd/m2, with peak brightness of 350 cd/m2. Keep in mind that this is an OLED and high dynamic range will be supported thanks to very low black depth and high static contrast ratios. 2x USB type-C connections are provided along with a micro HDMI 2.0b port.

Source: Asus, JOLED


BenQ ZOWIE XL2740 with 27" 240Hz Refresh Rate Panel
January 4th 2018

BenQ have recently released a new 27" model in their e-Sports range of gaming screens. The ZOWIE branded XL2740 is a larger version of the 24.5" XL2540 which has been available for a while now, this time offering a larger 27" screen size. It has the same 240Hz native refresh rate which is the key selling point of this model, for super fast frame rates and great motion clarity benefits. This XL2740 despite being larger, has the same 1920 x 1080 resolution as the XL2540 model, which is a current limitation of providing the super-high 240Hz. This model is also an upgrade to the older XL2720 model, which also featured the same 1080p resolution but had a maximum 144Hz refresh rate.

In other specs the TN Film based XL2740 offers a 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 320 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and sRGB gamut.

Other gaming features include the light shield, familiar black eQualizer settings, loads of game preset modes and an S-switch accessory for quick OSD and setting changes. There is a tilt/height/swivel/pivot adjustable stand, and there are DL-DVI, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 connections provided for connectivity. HDMI 2.0 or DP 1.2 are needed to run the full 240Hz refresh rate. Headphone and mic jacks are also included along with 2x USB ports.

Source: BenQ


 


Samsung C34J791 with Thunderbolt 3 Connection
January 4th 2018

At CES 2018, Samsung Electronics will expand the connectivity and performance capabilities of its signature curved display line-up with the debut of its new CJ791 monitor, the first curved monitor to feature Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Designed for entertainment and business audiences, the 34-inch CJ791 ~(presumably the C34J791) model aligns single-source power and processing speed with an exceptional picture quality for a comfortable and productive user experience.

Through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, CJ791 users can link and dock their monitor and laptop without extensive wiring. The Thunderbolt 3 connection provides processing speed of up to 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) – a rate nearly four times faster than USB alternatives – allowing users to enjoy connectivity across a full ecosystem of docks, displays and peripheral devices including Macs, USB type-C laptops, and other desktop accessories like storage drives or external graphics cards. The Thunderbolt 3 interface also enables the CJ791 to provide up to 85 watts (W) of laptop charging power.

The CJ791 offers a 34" screen size in an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio, with a 3440 x 1440 resolution. It comes with a steep 1500R curvature and features Quantum Dot coating to increase the colour gamut to around 125% sRGB. The response time is also mentioned in the press release at 4ms G2G although refresh rate is not mentioned. This will presumably feature one of Samsung's own SVA panels, but we do not know if this will be one of the newer 100Hz panels or just a 60Hz version. The extended colour gamut means that it can offer the colour space coverage for HDR standards, but again there is no mention in the press release of HDR support or corresponding details for peak luminance etc. We do know that the stand provides tilt and height adjustment (no mention of side to side swivel).

Full spec and pricing information to follow when we get it, but expect more news during CES 9 - 12th Jan.

Source: Samsung

 


Asus ProArt PA32UC with FALD Backlight and HDR
January 4th 2018

Asus have recently added a new 32" sized screen to their ProArt series of displays. The PA32UC is a professional grade monitor supporting high-end HDR capabilities. This model has a Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight system to deliver optimal local dimming for HDR material, certainly a preference over simpler edge-lit local dimming. Have a read of our detailed HDR article if you want to know more about these techniques and about HDR in general. The FALD backlight offers 384 zones on this 32" screen, and the rest of the spec offers high end HDR experience as well. This includes a 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness, 95% DCI-P3 colour space (85% Rec.2020, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB) and 10-bit colour depth support. Asus even mention "1 micro second operation" (=0.001ms) to show they have tried to ensure fast local dimming, which has become a requirement under the recent DisplayHDR standards introduced by VESA, and something we found slowed down the experience on the FALD equipped Dell UP2718Q when we tested it recently. How this translates back in to actual "lag" of the FALD we don't know yet.

The screen comes factory calibrated and hardware calibration is also supported for high end professional calibration and control. In other specs the screen features an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution from its IPS-technology panel. There is a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 1.07b colour depth, 178/178 viewing angles. FreeSync is also supported up to the maximum 60Hz refresh rate. Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.2 and 2x USB-type-C (one in and one out) connections are provided for connectivity. There are also 2x USB 3.0 ports, a headphone hack and 2x 3W stereo speakers included. The stand features a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.

No word on price or release date yet.

Source: Asus


 

 

 

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