South Korean panel maker Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. that develops and manufactures display panels, have announced this week their intention to cease LCD panel production by the end of 2020. The company runs two LCD production lines at factories in South Korea and two LCD-only factories in China.
This would would mark the departure of one of the key panel providers from LCD desktop monitors as well as from the LCD TV space. Samsung currently make a range of LCD panels for monitors, primarily based on their SVA (VA-type) and PLS (IPS-type) technologies. Many of which (e.g. 49″ ultrawide) are fairly niche segments at this time for them. Much of this article is focused on the TV market and there is not much clarity on what this might mean for the desktop monitor market at this time.
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Back in July 2019 Coolermaster entered the monitor market with their first couple of displays. They are a well known manufacturer in the PC case segment, but very new to monitors. They have a new model listed in their range now as well, the GM34-CW. This is a 34″ ultrawide display with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 1500R curvature and a range of impressive gaming specs.
We’ve recently completed our review of the excellent Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM, a 27″ IPS monitor boasting a 280Hz refresh rate (the fastest currently available), 1ms G2G response time, G-sync/FreeSync support and the ability to use a motion blur reduction mode at the same time as variable refresh rates via Asus’ ELMB-sync feature. That model is 27″ in size and has a 1920 x 1080 resolution. If you are looking for something a little smaller, or prefer this 1080p res on a smaller sized screen then Asus are also set to release the 24.5″ sized VG259QM now.
Philips are set to release a new 49″ ultrawide screen later this year. We don’t have a massive amount of information about it at this time, but we do know that the 498P9 is expected to be available around June time. It’s a 49″ ultrawide display with a 32:9 aspect ratio, a 1800R curvature and a 5120 x 1440 resolution. This is the same as dual 27″ 2560 x 1440 screens size by side.
Originally showcased at IFA 2019, we had chance yesterday to hear more about and see the new 43.4″ sized ultrawide monitor from Philips, their 439P9H. This monitor is packed with productivity- enhancing features such as a built-in USB-C docking station, a Windows Hello pop-up webcam, and a MultiClient Integrated KVM switch, as well as numerous comfort-boosting features designed to provide an enjoyable experience from beginning to end.
At yesterday’s UK press event we had chance to see one of the latest Philips monitors which we haven’t talked about before on TFT Central. The 346P1CRH is a 34″ ultrawide display aimed at office and business users with a focus on comfort and productivity. USB-C provides simple single-cable connectivity, and a secure pop-up webcam with Windows Hello increases your productivity.
Yesterday at the AOC UK press event we had chance to hear about a forthcoming new gaming monitor, in their top end AGON series. The AGON AG273QZ is 27″ in size and features a 2560 x 1440 resolution (Quad HD) TN Film panel along with a native 240Hz refresh rate. There’s only a couple of 1440p 240Hz screens available in the market so far (Lenovo Legion Y27gq and HP Omen X 27) so it will be great to see more options released, from well-established gaming brands.
Philips have announced their new 23.8″ size 243B1 monitor. Equipped with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), USB-C docking technology and HDMI connectivity as well as a rich variety of features and technologies designed for optimal comfort and productivity, this monitor is an excellent choice for the ecologically-minded: it not only meets strict environmental standards such as ENERGY STAR, EPEAT and TCO but is equipped with a PowerSensor that can save as much as 80% of energy costs.
MSI have recently announced their new eSports monitor, the Optix MAG251RX. This model is 24.5″ in size and features a 240Hz refresh rate IPS panel. It offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution along with a 1ms G2G response time spec and adaptive-sync support for VRR from both NVIDIA and AMD systems. NVIDIA G-sync Compatible is mentioned as well suggesting that the screen will be certified by NVIDIA.