News piece now updated from 20/8/19 with new information.
Hopefully you’re already aware of the “Big Format Gaming Displays” (BFGD) that NVIDIA have been promoting over the last year or so, including at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas. Those are very large format 65″ LCD displays aimed at gaming, offering 4K resolutions, 144Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA G-sync and a 384-zone FALD backlight for HDR. The first of those 65″ BFGD’s to be available is expected to be the HP Omen X Emperium 65 which we talked about earlier this week. This week, Dell have announced their own large format gaming display in the form of the Alienware 55. Unlike the BFGD’s though, this is an OLED screen!
At CES 2019 Asus have showcased their forthcoming ProArt PA32UCX display, aimed at professional users and colour critical work. The PA32UCX is 32″ in size and most interesting of all is its 1000+ zone Mini LED backlight system. This offers superior, more detailed local dimming capability for HDR content, beyond the current FALD backlights used in the top end displays right now . Those are limited to around 384-zones on current 27″ models, so the move to Mini LED and a 1000+ zone offering is a big step change, and could offer vastly superior HDR experience.
At this year’s CES event in Las Vegas Viewsonic have announced the launch of a new sub-brand of professional gaming monitors. ViewSonic ELITE™ gaming products are specifically designed with a sleek and minimalist aesthetic, while boasting practical gamer-centric designs.
The XG240R and XG350R-C are the first monitors to be aligned with partnered software programs that enable customizable RGB lighting capabilities. Through partnerships with the industry’s top PC peripheral manufacturers, ViewSonic ELITE™ products allow gamers to take full control over their RGB ecosystems when using these partners’ software. When running the software, the RGB lighting harmoniously syncs with other RGB-equipped gaming peripherals and hardware.
At this year’s CES event in Las Vegas, Asus announced the release of several new ROG Strix gaming monitors in their range. Of particular interest was a couple of very large sized screens. Here’s a run down of the new 43″ ROG Strix XG438Q display.
Lenovo aren’t a major manufacturer in the monitor market, but at CES 2019 this week they have announced the forthcoming release of several new displays in their lineup which look interesting.
The Legion Y27gq is 27″ in size and features a 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel. It is aimed at eSports gaming and also boasts a very high 240Hz refresh rate, and support for NVIDIA G-sync. This will be the first 240Hz refresh rate panel we’ve seen which has a 1440p resolution, with previous 240Hz screens being limited to 1920 x 1080. We knew these panels were in development from AU Optronics, as detailed in our recent news article about their roadmap. Panel production we expected late Q4, so this looks like it will be the first to emerge using the new res/refresh rate option.
Lenovo aren’t a major manufacturer in the monitor market, but at CES 2019 they have announced the forthcoming release of several new displays in their lineup which look interesting.
Most interesting is the Lenovo Legion Y44w which is aimed at gaming. This is a 43.4″ sized ultrawide model with a 1800R curvature, 29:9 aspect ratio (often less accurately listed as 32:10 for ease) and offering a 3840 x 1200 Ultra HD resolution VA panel, combined with a high 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-sync/AMD FreeSync 2 is also supported for variable refresh rates from compatible graphics cards. In other specs there is a 4ms G2G response time and 450 cd/m2 brightness mentioned so far.
We heard about these massive “Big Format Gaming Displays” (BFGD) back at CES last year, with 65″ sized models expected from Asus, Acer and HP. At this year’s CES event NVIDIA announced that the HP model is expected to be the first available, and should be released in February and is available for pre-order now. It doesn’t come cheap though, the pre-order price is a whopping $5000 USD!! Other BFGD models are expected later this quarter they say as well.
At this year’s CES event in Las Vegas NVIDIA have announced some exciting changes which will impact the desktop monitor market. Perhaps most exciting is the announcement that NVIDIA will allow support for variable refresh rates from Adaptive-Sync (aka FreeSync) displays when used with compatible NVIDIA graphics cards. Read on for more information.
Towards the end of 2017 VESA launched a series of certifications designed to help classify HDR in the desktop monitor space. Their ‘DisplayHDR’ specification introduced at the time three tiers of HDR, with DisplayHDR400, 600 and 1000 being available. This represented different levels of HDR performance, with varying requirements in terms of local dimming, contrast, peak brightness etc. You can read about HDR and these VESA standards in our detailed HDR article if you want to know more.
VESA have now announced 3 new tiers in this scheme, including most interestingly the new ‘DisplayHDR True Black’ specifications which designed for “emissive display technologoes, including organic light emitting diode (OLED) and future microLED displays”.
Samsung have gotten ahead of the CES 2019 news rush by releasing their press release already for some new monitors they have planned. Of most interest is the new CRG9 display, a massive 49″ curved (1800R) ultrawide, 32:9 aspect ratio screen aimed at gamers. Unlike previous Samsung 49″ models like the C49HG90, this new model has a boosted resolution to go along with the high refresh rate.