A long time coming
To say that the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ has been a long time coming is a bit of an understatement. In the computer hardware world where we are generally lucky to know about a product for 6-months, the PG27UQ is a product that has been around in some form or another for at least 18 months.
Originally demonstrated at CES 2017, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ debuted alongside the Acer Predator X27 as the world's first G-SYNC displays supporting HDR. With promised brightness levels of 1000 nits, G-SYNC HDR was a surprising and aggressive announcement considering that HDR was just starting to pick up steam on TVs, and was unheard of for PC monitors. On top of the HDR support, these monitors were the first announced displays sporting a 144Hz refresh rate at 4K, due to their DisplayPort 1.4 connections.
However, delays lead to the PG27UQ being displayed yet again at CES this year, with a promised release date of Q1 2018. Even more slippages in release lead us to today, where the ASUS PG27UQ is available for pre-order for a staggering $2,000 and set to ship at some point this month.
In some ways, the launch of the PG27UQ very much mirrors the launch of the original G-SYNC display, the ROG Swift PG278Q. Both displays represented the launch of an oft waited technology, in a 27" form factor, and were seen as extremely expensive at their time of release.
Finally, we have our hands on a production model of the ASUS PG27UQ, the first monitor to support G-SYNC HDR, as well as 144Hz refresh rate at 4K. Can a PC monitor really be worth a $2,000 price tag?
Subject: Displays | June 20, 2018 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: C32HG70, Samsung, freesync, freesync 2, hdr, quantum dots, 144hz
There is a lot to parse in Guru 3D's review of the Samsung C32HG70 a 32", 1440p, 144Hz curved VA panel as they delve into details about HDR and FreeSync as well as discussing the merits of 4k versus 2560x1440 or 3440x1440. If you are already familiar with those topics you can jump into the meat of their review of this impressive panel. The display offers great SDR performance but truly shines when you enable HDR and install the latest firmware updates, after which you can test your experience in Ultimate FreeSync which offers a dynamic range of 48-144Hz or in Standard which limits the range to 120-144Hz to prevent tearing which might occur in some setups. There is a lot to go through in this review, so you might as well get started.
"This Quantum Dot 2560x1440 monitor can do 144Hz combined with FreeSync and FreeSync2. That eliminates stutter and tearing while gaming in HDR. The Samsung C32HG70 is fitted with a VA panel offering proper image quality, connectivity, and features."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- FreeSync 2 in Action: How Good Is It (Right Now)? @ TechSpot
- AOC G2590PX 24.5in 144Hz Gaming Monitor @ Kitguru
- AOC AGON AG352UCG6 Gaming Monitor @
- MSI Optix MPG27C RGB Gaming Monitor @ Kitguru
Subject: Displays | June 4, 2018 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VG49V, ultrawide, PA34V, freesync, computex 2018, CG32UQ, asus, 3840x1080, 144hz
ASUS is showing off three very different displays at their Computex booth, one designed specifically for console games, one for those who like their 1080p displays doubled up and curved and one for those who use their monitor for creative purposes.
The CG32UQ is a 31.5" 4k display with HDR10 support and VESA DisplayHDR 600 compliance as well as 10bit colour, assuming your console can provide a compatible source. In addition to this list of features, the display uses FreeSync to vary the refresh rate between 40 to 60Hz to prevent tearing when you are pushing the console to the limits of its ability to send video to the display. As it is a gaming display there are a couple of unique features, two USB charging ports on the base to make sure your wireless controllers are always juiced, with two additional USB ports available for peripherals. Last, it comes with a remote which can control the displays OSD so you don't have to get up from the couch to change your settings.
Next up we have the professional ASUS ProArt PA34V IPS display, a 21:9 aspect ratio 31.9" monitor with a resolution of 3440x1440 and a 1900R curvature. The slightly lower resolution offers a wide adaptive sync window, from 40 to 100Hz. More important to the professional is this monitors ability to display the entirety of the Adobe sRGB gamut as well as letting you save colour profiles on the monitor itself, as opposed to your computer. Connections on this monitor include a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, offering an impressive variety of ways to connect devices to your monitor.
The third one is the one you have been waiting for, as ASUS outdoes the Samsung C49HG90 Ken was so impressed by. The VG49V is also 49" of 32:9, 3840x1080 VA panel glory but it sports a proper 1800R curvature, no straight ends here! This monitor's FreeSync range covers 48 to 144Hz, perfect for high end gaming, with ASUS' Extreme Low Motion Blur kicking in at 85, 100, or 120Hz. The PR also mentions GameFast technology, which ASUS claims to have delivered input lag of 11.9ms when they tested the monitor.
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2018 - 12:02 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Predator X27, PG27UQ, hdr, g-sync, asus, acer, 4k, 144hz
Thanks to a listing that appeared on Newegg this morning, we seem to finally have an idea of what pricing will be like for the long-awaited 27" 4K HDR G-Sync displays in the US region.
For the amount of $2,000, you can now preorder the Acer Predator X27 monitor from Newegg, with a scheduled release date of June 1, 2018.
While $2,000 is a lot for a display, this pricing doesn't come as a surprise. After several rumors and leaked pricing from other territories, it became apparent that this would be a costly product.
Originally announced at CES 2017, G-SYNC HDR displays have been delayed several times, with the latest word being that they will be available by the end of the month.
We still have no word on pricing of the ASUS PG27UQ with the same specifications as the Predator X27, but I would expect it to be very similar if not nearly identical.
Subject: Mobile | April 27, 2018 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: x-rite, laptop, i7-8750h, gigabyte, coffee lake h, aero 15Xv8, 144hz, 1070 Max-Q
Gigabyte's Aero 15X is a working laptop, it may have a GTX 1070 Max-Q powering its 144Hz panel, but it does not offer G-SYNC. Instead it has X-Rite Pantone certification, perfect for professional work. The 15.6" laptop is 18.9mm thick and weighs in at 4.4lbs, with a fair amount of that being the 94Wh battery. TechSpot was somewhat disappointed to discover the 16GB of DDR4-2666 is on a single DIMM, and suggest picking up another immediately to enjoy the benefits of dual channel memory. If you are looking for a laptop you can design graphics and video on, with enough power for occasional gaming then check out the Aero 15X.
"Today we're taking a closer look at the Gigabyte Aero 15X, launched alongside Intel's new H-series Coffee Lake processors which brought up to 6 cores and 12 threads to the laptop form factor. Gigabyte is key to stress this isn't just a gaming laptop, but a machine designed for productivity, and that shows with features like an X-Rite certified display."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
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- MSI GT75 TITAN 8RG-201 Gaming Laptop @ Kitguru
- MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review: MSI's Best Laptop Design Yet @ TechSpot
- MSI GE73 Raider RGB 8RF @ Kitguru
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review: Iterative Upgrade, Exynos Fail @ TechSpot
Subject: Mobile | April 3, 2018 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: aorus, gigabyte, gaming laptop, Aero, i7-8750h, Core i9-8950HK, X9 DT, X7 DT V8, X5 V8, 144hz
Gigabyte have updated their Aero and Aorus family of laptops with the new 8th generation Intel chips. Depending on the model, you will find either a i7-8850H or i9-8950HK inside as well as a GTX 1080 or 1070.
The Aero laptop has a 'bezel-less' 144Hz monitor, by which they mean a 5cm bezel surrounding the 15.6" 4k display. The chassis is an impressively svelte 1.8cm thick, especially when you consider they squeezed a GTX 10X0 inside. Audio is provided by Dolby Atmos and Sound Radar and of course there are RGBs below your keyboard which you can program, along with macro keys. The 94.24 Wh battery will keep you gaming for quite a while, even when you are on the go.
Also announced were the The Grand Trio, the X9 DT, X7 DT V8 and X5 V8 gaming laptops. All three models feature a 144Hz IPS G-SYNC panels which have been X-Right Pantone corrected. They sport the same Dolby Atmos audio as the Aero as well as RGB infested keyboards. Storage is provided by a pair of M.2 PCIe SSDs as well as a 2.5" HDD for your larger files. Connectivity includes a Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Gen.2 Type-C port as well as a USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen.2 Type-A ports, with both HDMI and DP video out.
The basic specs of the laptops can be seen below.
Subject: Displays | November 13, 2017 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: AOC, AGON, AG322QCX, 144hz, freesync
The AGON sacrifices 4k resolution to provide refresh rates of up to 144Hz; instead the 31.5" curved display offers a 1440p resolution, demonstrating its focus on gaming. The monitor also includes a QuickSwitch control, a physical keyboard which you can control the settings on your monitor, an extremely effective alternative to navigating an OSD with the buttons build into monitors. Kitguru tested the monitor out found it to be great for large screen gaming, but perhaps not for movie viewing as all the presets are gaming focused. The inputs were another point of contention, while comprehensive with two HDMI 2.0, two DisplayPort 1.2, VGA, headphone and mic jacks as well as two USB 3.0 ports, the placement is not the most convenient for some. Drop by for a look.
"Curved screens are really starting to come of age for gaming. We are seeing more and more of these, in many different sizes, and the latest to grace the KitGuru testing table is the AOC AGON AG322QCX. It’s pretty sizeable at 31.5in, but unlike many larger screens it’s still packed with features to please the serious gamer."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Eizo Foris FS2735 144 Hz @ TechPowerUp
- Acer Predator XB321HK 4K 60Hz G-Sync @ Kitguru
- LG 24MP48HQ-P 24 Inch IPS LED Monitor Review @ NikKTech
- Philips Moda Slim 245C7QJSB Designer Monitor @ Kiitguru
- Datacolor Spyder5 Elite+ Easy Monitor Calibration Tool Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Displays | August 31, 2016 - 01:44 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Z271T, XB271HUT, XB251HQT, Tobii, Predator, montior, gaming, g-sync, eye-tracking, display, curved, acer, 240Hz, 165hz, 144hz
Acer has announced three new G-Sync gaming monitors, all of which come equipped with eye-tracking technology from Tobii. The displays announced range from 24.5" to 27" in size, with refresh rates ranging up to 240 Hz.
Acer Predator Z271T
"Each new monitor features NVIDIA G-SYNC and high refresh rates for smooth gaming experiences without lag. The new Predator gaming monitors are available in different sizes and configurations to meet the needs of a wide range of users looking to take their gaming experiences forward."
- Predator Z271T: 27”, curved screen (1800R curvature), FHD 1920 x 1080, 144 Hz)
- Predator XB251HQT: 24.5”, flat ZeroFrame screen, FHD 1920 x 1080, 240 Hz)
- Predator XB271HUT: 27”, flat ZeroFrame screen, WQHD 2560 x 1440, 165 Hz)
Acer Predator XB271HUT
The Z271T is the sole curved display option, offering an 1800 radius curve and standard 1920x1080 resolution at 144 Hz. The flat-paneled versions provide a choice between very high refresh rates (240 Hz with the 1920x1080 XB251HQT) and higher resolution (2560x1440 at 165 Hz from the XB271HUT).
Acer Predator XB251HQT back, side view
U.S. pricing and availablity have not been announced.
Subject: Displays | January 19, 2016 - 04:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: XR3501, mva, benq, 2560x1080, 144hz
Benq made some interesting design choices on the XR3501 which some will love and some will absolutely despise. A 35" MVA panel at 144Hz is impressive to behold and one with "2000R Ultra Curve Technology" is even more so as it is a significantly higher curve than most other monitors. The 2000R is actually an industry standard and denotes the radius, in millimetres, of the circle this monitor would describe which in this case is 2 metres. Most other curved monitors are 4000-4500R, as in 4 to 4.5 metres radius.
On the other hand, the monitor does not have adaptive sync technology and the resolution of 2560x1080 will cause some disappointment, as may the ~$1000 price tag. You can either check out Hardware Canucks' full review here or just scroll on in disgust.
"Massive curved gaming monitors seem to be the flavor of the day and BenQ's XR3501 may be one of the most insane. It boasts a 35" curved MVA panel with a 144Hz refresh rate."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC Ultra-wide 21:9 Curved Display @ Kitguru
- Acer Predator X34 Review @ OCC
- Acer Predator XB270HU G-Sync Display @ Kitguru
- Dell S2716DG G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- AOC U3277PQU 32-inch 4K display @ Kitguru
Another TN Option for FreeSync Fans
If you had asked me a year ago how many monitors we would be able to store in the PC Perspective offices, I would have vastly underestimated the true answer. It seems that not only is the demand from readers for information about the latest and greatest display technology at a demand that we have never seen, but vendors that sell high quality monitors for enthusiasts and gamers are pumping out more models than I can keep track of.
But this is good, right? The more options we have, the more likely we are to find the best choice for each user, for each budget and for each required feature set. But more choices can also lead to confusion - that's where we continue to chime in. Today we are taking a look at the ASUS MG278Q monitor, a 27-in 2560x1440 display with support for AMD FreeSync technology and sporting a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. With a TN panel rather than IPS, the MG278Q has a current selling price of just $399, well under the equivalent G-Sync monitors.
Even better, since we started our evaluation on the display, AMD released the Radeon Crimson driver, introducing a new feature called Low Frame Rate Compensation. This essentially allows most of the FreeSync displays on the market to match NVIDIA G-Sync's ability to handle lower frame rates without resorting to V-Sync tearing, etc. If you haven't read about it, do so in the link above.