This is something new we thought we would try, for those who perhaps can’t keep up with all the news and information on a regular basis. We will try and provide a round-up of some of the key things going on in the monitor world each month. If you want to keep up to date but on a less regular basis, this should be all you need! There is also some information about possible future reviews and content included.
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The first detailed review of the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ anywhere!
A screen we’ve been waiting on for literally 2 years, and we finally had chance to test the very high end Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ gaming display, with 35″ ultrawide VA panel, 3440 x 1440, 200Hz and FALD supported HDR1000. It’s not for everyone, and is very expensive, but it’s got some very high end specs and features to offer. Read our full review here!
More panel development news, this time from LG.Display and Innolux
LG.Display are one of the largest providers of IPS-type panels in the market. Sadly a lot of the updates seemed to be about delays, or likely delays to many exciting new panels. The 27″ 1080p IPS panel with 240Hz has slipped back to Q4 production, the 27″ 4K IPS panels with 144Hz has slipped back to H2 2020! There’s even concerns that the 37.5″ IPS panel with 144Hz might have slipped, which could impact the release of the eagerly anticipated LG 38GL950G. We don’t have any confirmation of that yet, so let’s hope release is still planned for around Sept 2019.
For Innolux there were exciting new panel plans in the IPS-type space, although these are likely to be a long way off being available and most will only enter prototype stage during 2019. Most interesting were new 28″ and 31.5″ sized panels with 4K resolution and 120/144Hz refresh rates. Some of the 31.5″ models planned even have excellent HDR backlight dimming solutions including a 10,000 zone Mini LED option and a “Megazone” backlight with more than 1 million zones! These all sound very exciting when they eventually appear.
Apple Pro Display XDR attracts a lot of (negative) pricing attention
Announced this month was the high end professional display from Apple, their Pro Display XDR. It’s a very expensive screen, and attracted a lot of negative press because Apple want to charge you $999 for an additional stand! That aside, it’s got some interesting specs and capabilities for high end professional uses and HDR workflows. Our full write up available here.
Higher Refresh Rates on their way…
This month we saw the first 240Hz native VA technology panel emerge, being used in the forthcoming Samsung C27RG50 gaming display. That will be interesting to see if response times have been driven low enough to meet the higher frame rate demands. They will need to be consistently and reliably under 4.16ms G2G to keep up which seems a stretch. No sign of any 240Hz IPS monitors announced yet just this first VA offering.
There’s also some positive news for those looking for 4K @ 144Hz gaming in the future, with the announcement that Asus are working on a 43″ sized screen that will use Display Stream Compression (DSC) to fit the res/refresh rate in to the bandwidth capabilities of DisplayPort 1.4, and avoid the need to use colour and chroma compression. If this works well, there’s no reason this technology couldn’t be used for other sized screens to offer 4K @ 144Hz without any colour sacrifices being needed. That might be useful for these very cutting edge screens for the time being, to last us until…
The new DisplayPort 2.0 video connection has been announced by VESA, with 3x the bandwidth capabilities of DP 1.4. This could allow for future refresh rates of up to 1000Hz even. Obviously something like that is a long way off, but it’s good to see that the video interface won’t be holding things back hopefully.