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The Best Gaming Monitors at CES 2018

CES 18 has been really interesting this year. We saw a lot of innovative startups, machines, concepts, and hardware, that are truly going to change our future for sure. However, focusing more on the gaming vertical, we saw a lot of futuristic gaming gadgets as well. But we were really amazed by seeing all the new huge gaming monitors that we might get our hands on this year.

Since most of the monitors were really impressive in terms of image reproduction and design, it was really hard to pick the best out of them. Still, keeping different standards in mind, we have brought to you few of the best gaming monitors that we saw in the CES 2018 and we hope to see them out there in the market really soon.

Best Gaming Monitors at CES 18

LG 32UK950 Monitor

The LG 32UK950 UHD 4K monitor is the new monitor that LG showcased at CES 18. The special thing about this monitor is that it uses the LG’s advanced Nano IPS technology and is the first monitor to use that. If you do not know about the Nano IPS Technology, it makes use of nanometer-sized small particles in the screen that are responsible for absorbing unwanted lightwaves of different wavelength coming from the screen. Thus, the color coming out of the monitor is even more pure, dense, rich and accurate like you are watching them live. According to LG, the 32UK950 monitor can reproduce 98 percent of DCI-P3.

In addition to that, it is also the first LG monitor to feature Thunderbolt 3 display. This has been added to support the 4K UHD resolution and also so that the users can go for a wide dual UHD 4K display setup. In case you have a MacBook Pro or any other Thunderbolt 3 notebooks, you can connect them to the monitor just via Thunderbolt 3 cable and nothing else is required. The Thunderbolt 3 cable is more than enough to transmit all the 4K UHD content as well as the power to charge a 60W laptop.

Nvidia BFGD Monitors

We already discussed the BFGD monitor in a post over Nvidia new introductions at CES 18 in the last post. If you have missed that, Nvidia announced a whole new line of gaming monitors which are everything that you expect from a gaming monitor. They possess all the feature you will generally find on a gaming monitor like 120Hz, super smooth gameplay output, G-Sync, 4K resolution and an absolute support for the HDR. That is not all, if we go into a bit of more detail, you get quantum dot technology that offers super sharp colors to your eyes from a 65-inch wide gaming monitor.

There is no doubt in the fact that this is the only monitor you will ever need for a high-end gaming experience. If you are wondering about the BFGD, it refers to Big Format Gaming Displays and the monitors that we saw in the CES 18 exactly match this description. However, these monitors won’t be sold by Nvidia themselves but will hit the market under different brands like Acer, Asus, and HP, which will also add few customizations before they release it for the users. The release date, as well as the price of these monitors, is still not announced by the company but they are expected to hit the market in the latter half of the year.

Dell Ultrathin Gaming Monitors

Dell brought two ultrathin monitors to showcase at CES 18, the Dell S2419HM and Dell S2719DM. The size of these monitors is 23.8 inch and 27 inches, and both of them feature a very slim and sleek design from each and every angle. The screen thickness is just 5.5 mm and both the screens feature IPS display as well. The color reproduction is more than 99 percent all thanks to the IPS panel. The borderless design also brings forward the InfinityEdge that is really amazing while you play different games stretching to the border.

You will find a clean curvature surface on the back with a stand fixing point and few connection ports. You can connect AC Power, HDM, audio input, and output. You can tilt the monitor up to 5 degrees upwards as well as 21 degrees backward so that you can adjust it to your comfortable viewing angle.

The users can get the monitors in two different resolutions in the monitors, the 1920 x 1080 Full HD and 2560 x 1440 QHD. Both of the Dell monitors are going to support the HDR videos with the brightness peak touching 600 nits. Dell has also infused their very own Comfortableview technology that makes the screen flicker-free and tear-free for the players by reducing the blue light emissions coming out of the screen.

Lenovo ThinkVision P32U

Lenovo brought a new P32U professional monitor on display at CES 2018. The new ThinkVision P32U monitor features Ultra HD resolution along with the Thunderbolt 3 technology allowing the players to connect TB3 devices to it. Tike all the other professional gaming monitors out there, Lenovo ThinkVision P32U has the IPS display panel measuring 32 inches in size and covered with an anti-glare coating. The screen resolution is 4K UHD with the maximum brightness of 300 nits and contrast ratio of 1000:1. The Grey to Grey response time is 6ms, refresh rate of 60Hz and viewing angle of 178 degrees.

Lenovo also mentioned something about “multi-color space capability”, that means that the P32U will be able to display the images in various color spaces. It might also mean something else but its something which has not be clarified by the company till now.

There is nothing very special about the monitor but still is not that bad. The ThinkVision P32U offers 4K Ultra HD resolution like many monitors already out there. Also, the brightness, as well as the contrast of the screen, might not impress everyone and turn out to be less for many gamers. However, unlike many monitors, the best thing about this monitor is its connectivity options. You get an HDMI 2.0 input with DisplayPort 1.2. Lenovo has also included Thunderbolt 3 technology in it using which people can connect and even charge other Thunderbolt devices with the professional monitor. The Thunderbolt technology is not new and has been there for more than two years in the market, still there are very less gaming monitors that support is on the market. There are USB Type A ports as well and a quad-port for USB 3.0.

LG 34WK95U Ultrawide Monitor

LG 34WK95U is another great monitor that we got to see in CES 2018. This is a professional monitor which is designed especially for editors, designers, and gamers. You can comfortably edit Ultra high-resolution images still having a lot of room for the editing panel, without making you feel short of space.

The users get 21:9 aspect ratio from the 34-inch screen with screen resolution of 5120 x 2160. So, if you are a person who is planning for a dual monitor setup, you might find the solution to all your problems from this single monitor only. You don’t even need to worry about the images you see on the screen as the monitor has already awarded DisplayHDR 600 designation by VESA. The great image quality is all because of the Nano IPS screen technology which LG has used in the LG 34WK95U monitor.

Talking more of the nano-technology used in the display, it is capable of achieving 98 percent of the cinema-grade DCI-P3 color space. LG believes that the same technology will be able to produce similar results with the 5K resolution. You get different types of connectivity options in the monitor, especially Thunderbolt 3 port. LG said that theThunderbolt 3 “enables the transmission of 5K resolution images at 60Hz with a single cable.”

BenQ PD3200U Gaming Monitor Review

4K UHD Screens are very popular among gamers nowadays. They offer a great resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels that serves great images to the eyes while playing heavy games on consoles or PC. However, one big problem with such kind of monitor is regarding the scaling. This this is more visible when you have smaller sized screens in front of you. But the monitor we are going talk about in this review is something that takes care of all these problems. We are talking about the BenQ PD3200U gaming monitor which features a screen size of 32 inches, thus reducing the problem of scaling to a large extent. Despite having the huge display size, the PD3200U BenQ monitor does not fail to offer a high pixel density to you.

There are a lot of positive points that we are going to discuss in this detailed review comparing it to the predecessor BenQ BL3201PT monitor as well. Find more about this new BenQ PD3200U monitor below.

BenQ PD3200U Specifications

The BenQ PD3200U features a 32 inch IPS display panel with a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The monitor has a 10-bit color with a special grey to grey response of 4ms.  We are going to discuss more it in later part of this section.

BenQ PD3200U Design

The BenQ PD3200U has a smart as well as sleek design which is very different from the predecessor monitor from BenQ. You will find the bezels a bit slender with the width of just 0.9mm at the top side and just 20mm on the bottom side. There is a sensor suite present on the bottom bezel which also incorporates the “Eye Protect” light sensor that prevents your eyes during long gaming sessions, and an “Eco” proximity sensor as well.

The outer chassis of the monitor is made up of black matte plastic, with satin black finish and powder coated metal finish. There is a stand neck with a blue hole in the middle which helps you to keep the table tidy by managing the different wires connected to it. The best thing in the looks was the 32-inch large screen with matte as well as anti-glare finish.

The gamers can control the OSD or On Screen Display with the help of touch-sensitive controls on the bottom bezel or using the remote that you get along with the monitor. You can see the touch-sensitive are brightening up when you bring your fingers very close to it. On the other hand, you can use the puck in order to connect Mini USB drive.

You get the real technical image of the monitor by looking at it from the right-hand side. You will find a lot of ports on the back right side of the monitor which include 2 x HDMI ports, 1 x mDP 1.2, 1 x DP 1.2, 2 x USB 3.0 port, SD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Having HDMI 2.0 port is a plus point as you can then utilize the high-resolution with 60Hz refresh rate using a DP or HDMI. This also means that if you have a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, you can play 4K games on this monitor up to 60 FPS.

The stand of the monitor is very adjustable as well as robust and you can tilt is 5 degrees forward, 20degreese backward, height adjustment till 5.91 inches, 45 degrees right and left swivel and 90 degrees clockwise rotation as well. The total depth of the monitor with the stand is 8.43 inches so that you can comfortably place it at some distance from your eyes and face for comfortable gaming.

On the back side of the monitor, the stand is attached to the center of the monitor along with a quick release bracket that you can use to de-attack it from the main monitor. All you have to do is press the button that is present under the attachment point, hidden behind the neck of the stand. You will also find two 100mm x 100mm VESA holes on the back side that could be used for mounting the monitor on the wall.

There are also two 5 W speakers on the back end which offer you basic, dynamic as well as bassy sound which is not the best and you will require a good speaker if you wish to get full high definition gaming experience. All the other ports are present on the downside at the back as well which include a Mini USB port, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, AC power input, a zero watt power switch and a 3.5 m audio jack.

As a part of the box, you get an HDMI cable, a MiniDP cable, a power cable and a USB cable too.

BenQ PD3200U Performance

Calibration

BenQ has applied a very light matte surface on the screen which offers a leas haze value and kind of direct emission of the light coming out of the monitor. However, this results in very vibrant images as they appear very close to the monitor screen and does not look like they are under a matte screen surface. On comparing it with the previous BenQ BL3201PT/PH monitor, the surface texture is a bit grainier which we didn’t like in this new monitor from the company. You might not find the smoothness you are looking for while observing the bright white and the dark spots, like the previous one, had.

BenQ has used the standard Red, Green and Blue stripe subpixel layout in BenQ PD3200U which is something that is expected in default by the modern Windows operating systems. So, in case you are using a Windows OS along with the monitor, you won’t have to run through the ClearType in order to get clear colorful images. However, you can still change it as per your preference. If you use a Mac, you may find some text fringing, but do not worry too much about it since it is a very common complaint coming from the MacOS users which used subpixel layout instead.

The Presets

There are a lot of presets that you get in the BenQ PD3200U monitor. There is a ‘CAD/CAM’ mode, ‘Rec. 709’ mode, ‘sRGB’ mode, ‘Low Blue Light’ mode, ‘Animation’ mode, ‘Standard’ mode, ‘User’ mode and ‘Darkroom’ mode. You can also play around with the setting of the monitor manually by varying the ‘Gamma’ level and other parameters.

On using the monitor, we found it really bright as well as well balanced. We found the gamma tracking as the company has promised and falls close to ‘2.2’. The white point was also close to 6500K or D65 as mentioned by the company. The users do have the option to increase or decrease the gamma setting, but in the default mode, the overall color representation was quite good. BenQ also features a whole huge range of Low Blue Light setting which you can activate or deactivate as per your requirement. You can directly access few of these modes from outside the main menu. The users also have an option to assign a special button to the preset so that you do not have to scroll all the way through the huge list. If you prefer using different game screens throughout the day, this setting will turn out to be very useful to you.

Contrast

The average contrast ration of BenQ PD3200U, with only brightness adjustment, comes close to 972:1 which is not bad and way above the expectations if you look just at the specifications of this monitor. However, there is some drop in contrast when you switch to the ‘Low Blue Light’ screen modes but that is something that is bound to happen.  The maximum luminance of the monitor is 299 cs/m2 and the minimum goes to 54 cd/m2. With this huge range of luminance value, you can easily adjust it to any point you find comfortable to your eyes.

You may also find some graininess in the areas of lighter shades. But that is not a big thing to worry. All in all, BenQ PD3200U offers a good performance to you.

You also have the option to activate the “Dynamic Contrast” setting from the Standard preset and could set its value to anything between 1 and 5. More will be the number you set, higher will be the screen response to change in the brightness. The Dynamic Contrast setting gives the control of the brightness to the monitor itself that increases or decreases it based on the overall darkness of the image which is being displayed on the monitor screen. The change is not very drastic but offers comfort to your eyes when if you plan to stay glued to the monitor for a long period of time.

Pulse Width Modulation

We would like to inform you that this BenQ PD3200U monitor does not make use of the Pulse Width Modulation to adjust at any brightness level. Instead a Direct Current of DC supply is used for altering the brightness. This is the reason why you will find the backlight coming from the screen free from any kind of flicker.

We checked the monitor by playing Battlefield 1 on it. Both the shaded as well as dark areas had good reasonable depth. The details are not bad and are spread equally across the screen. However, due to AHVA glow, the corner on the bottom side lose some amount of details, but that is fine. The white areas or the bright areas contrasted better when compared to the shaded and dark areas.

Responsiveness

You get a small tool named SMTT 2.0 along with a sensitive camera which measures the input lag that BenQ PD3200U suffers from. On calculating we found 7.05ms of input lag as a combination of pixel responsiveness and signal delay.

However, we found some blur while playing Battlefield 1 on it. But there were no problems while running Blu-ray HD movies. Even playing movies with over 60 FPS frame rate, there was no noticeable weakness.

4K UHD Experience

BenQ has been boasting the ‘4K UHD experience’ in the monitor, and we checked how this huge 3840 x 2160 4K UHD resolution works out on a 32-inch screen. You will be easily able to work and watch movies on the monitor without any kind of scaling.  The scaling is more prominent when the screen size is less, especially below 28 inches. On the other hand, the 3-inch screen helps in bringing a good pixel density of 139 ppi, thus offering you great clarity as well as detailed images while you are busy gaming. You won’t need any extra anti-aliasing because the monitor offers you way extra clarity.

The Verdict

The new BenQ PD3200U is no doubt a good upgrade to the BL3201PT/PH. You won’t find much change in the written specifications, but on using the monitor, it tells a whole new different story. It is way better than what it seems on paper. The monitor is very made up of strong plastic offering your superb ergonomic flexibility as well. The screen resolution and size is perfect for watching movies and deep gaming sessions with well-detailed images free of scaling. The introduction of the matte finish on the screen is nice and does not produce any graininess. However, you might experience some when light from any other source is falling on it. But that is something you have to deal with if you want an anti-glare screen for gaming. It is a small change that most of the general users would won’t even mind, but it is something that we found on close inspection.

The BenQ has kept the factory calibration very tight in the new monitor. We would especially like to mention the sRGB mode. Which handles the white point matching as well as the gamma reproduction perfectly. In addition to this shade consistency, the AHVA panel together makes up a great combination. You get good contrast performance from BenQ PD3200U which is a bit better from the predecessor monitor. The static contrast of the new monitor is a bit less from the previous one but matches the specification. Responsiveness of this monitor remains same and we can’t see any improvement in that.

Addition of HDMI 2.0 is a good idea and good addition to the monitor which stays tighter to the factory calibration. We still don’t know why BenQ did not notice the screen graininess, but that is definitely not the show stopper here. The BenQ PD3200U is quite pocket-friendly, but the performance and specifications that this monitor brings along is definitely top notch.

Asus MG279Q Gaming Monitor Review

The Asus MG279Q is counted among the best gaming monitors that you can have installed on your machine if you are a true gamer. This gaming screen from Taiwan tech giant features 1440p display resolution and a screen size of 27 inches in diagonal. Don’t stop at this, in addition to that you also get AMD FreeSync adapter that makes the game run buttery smooth and different screen modes that take care of different game types that you play on this Asus gaming screen.

The Asus MG279Q will cost you around $550 or which is a huge amount for a gaming monitor. But is it really worth it? Let’s find out in the review below:

Asus MG279Q Design & Specifications

Most of the gaming monitor out there suffer visual tearing and other lags while running heavy games on PC. This is the reason why Asus MG279Q has AMD FreeSync as one of the most important features installed on it. It is manufactured to reduce the stutters and tears when the screen refresh rate of the monitor is not in sync with the refresh rate of the graphics card. The AMD FreeSync does this matching between for the hardware devices so that you get smooth gaming experience no matter what game you are playing on it.

Nvidia has already tried a similar thing with their Nvidia G-Sync, but that is different from FreeSync because it is just an addition to the display port of the monitor, making it a lot more commonplace than Nvidia. However, you need to have an AMD graphics card installed on your machine as well for it to work.

As we told you before, Asus MG279Q has a 27-inch 1440p display panel, the best among the mid ranged gaming monitors and a perfect competitor to the popular BenQ XL2730Z gaming monitor. You also get IPS screen in this monitor, ensuring accurate bright colors as well as excellent viewing angles to the gamers. However, you might see some disturbances in the response time of the monitor, but that does not happen too often. Asus MG279Q features excellent 144Hz refresh rate. In simple words, it has the capability to offer twice the refresh speed. Having a good refresh rate is very important since different games have different graphics refresh rate, and if your monitor is not able to handle them, it might show some tearing of screens, that degrades your gaming experience.

However, the company has included a lot of other features as well that will make your gaming experience less strainful and enjoyable. There is a GamePlus option that actually lays a crosshair on your screen, there is a timer on the top of the screen panel, and also there is a blue low-light mode and flicker free feature that in combination reduce the strain your eyes face when gaming for a long period of time.

Asus has provided height adjustment until 150mm which is pretty great. You can adjust it as per your choice. Not only that, you can use the monitor in the portrait mode as well. All you need to do is, pull up the stand, swivel the screen in portrait mode and that is it. Gamers can tilt is left or right or forward as per their need. The monitor has an HDMI port, mini DisplayPort, and 3 USB ports. The only problem is that they are located in the downward facing panel that makes them hard to reach. Asus has provided a carry handle that players can use to take the monitor anywhere with them.

Asus MG279Q: The Display Performance

The image quality of Asus MG279Q is really very great. The 330 nits brightness level is enough to illuminate any type of game with any kind of scenario. The black level is 0.27 nits making the darker areas darker. This results in 1222:1 contrast ratio, which is excellent.
The average Delta E level of the monitor is 1.65 and the gamma level is 2.1. Anything under 2.0 for Delta-E level is a good score. Many of the gamers might not like the 7767K color temperature of the screen which makes the images look chilly but not too much.

However, the Delta E and color temperature is better in the BenQ XL2730Z, but at the same time, the RGB gamut coverage and the black level and contrast are better in the Asus monitor. Asus has used IPS panels in their new Asus MG279Q monitor which gives it great viewing angles. But you can also see some darkness covering the screed on viewing it at odd angles. You get this in both vertical as well as the horizontal pane. But on comparing it with the rival BenQ model since it possesses this problem for the vertical viewing angles as well. So, in case you have a multi-monitor setup or are planning for a multi-monitor set up, you should definitely go for the Asus gaming monitor.

Asus MG279Q – Different Screen Modes

The Asus MG279Q brings a lot of gaming screen modes that actually help in improving the types of games you play by making fine adjustments to screen settings. For example, if you play an FPS game on the Asus monitor, you will get high brightness as well as a contrast so that you can differentiate the darker and lighter object on the screen efficiently. The brightness gets set to 329 nits and the black point of the monitor goes up to 0.47 nits. The resulting contrast ration turns up to 700:1. The main aim of the monitor is to brighten up the dark areas and that makes the game look deeper. There is a cinema mode that is obviously for when you are watching movies. According to the company, these gaming modes help in bringing out the best environment for better gaming experience. In addition to that, their primary function is to reduce the input lag.

There is a scenery mode that is perfect if you are watching photos on the Asus monitor. In this mode, major change comes in Delta E which gets set to 3.27, while the contrast, as well as the color temperature, remains consistent. The color temperature jumps up to 10,304K, so you might feel a bluish tint on your screen.

Verdict

The Asus MG279Q features some really great features like AMD FreeSync and refresh rate of 144Hz, because of which it is able to offer high contrast sharp images in almost all kinds of Game types. You can also have a look at the rival BenQ XL2730Z monitor, but if you are looking better viewing angles for multi-monitor setup, Asus MG279Q could be a perfect pick for you.

Philips Plans to Introduce 32-inch 8K Monitor in 2018

The 4K display technology is already out there and the new devices that are manufactured today are all made compatible for it. However, the next big thing in the TPV Technology vertical is 8K Ultra HD display. We saw an example of it on the IFA trade show which was held in Germany, this year. The display was showcased by Philips in the form of the 328P8K monitor. They also told that this new monitor will become the part of the regular company’s lineup, but will be made available only in the next year.

This is not the first time we are seeing an 8K Ultra high display, instead, Philips is the second company to come up with such technology. The first 8K UHD monitor we saw came from Dell, and they have also been selling it to the consumers for about half a year now. People going for such high-end monitors are actually looking for superb screen resolution as well as color enrichment. Till now there was only one contender in the market, but it looks like Dell is going to face some serious competition when Philips 328P8K comes out next year.

There were not many details available about the monitor, however, the basic specifications of the monitor said that the screen size of the monitor will be 31.5 inches with a screen resolution of 7860 x 4320 pixels. The HDR 400 feature is going to offer 400 nits of brightness to the player’s eyes with 60Hz refresh rate.

The connectivity options of the monitor are similar to as of the Dell 8k UltraSharp UP3218K monitor. There are two 1.3 DP cables available for connectivity. They have not used DP 1.4 or DP 1.2 because using DP 1.3 eliminates the Display Stream Compression and makes sure that the gamers get excellent as well as accurate images and colors on the screen.

Another best part about this upcoming monitor is that it will be equipped with a webcam. It is something that we have not see in current generation monitors till now. In addition to the webcam, the users will also get a couple of 3 Watt speakers along with a USB Type – A and a USB Type-C. It is good to have a USB Type – C port in the monitor keeping in mind the future devices that might try to connect with it.

The company has not revealed the original manufacturing company of the display panel, however, looking at the similar specifications of both UP3218K and Philips new monitor, it looks like they have been manufactured by a single manufacturer only.

The Philips 328P8K 8K Ultra High definition monitor will hit the market sometime in next year’s Q1 or maybe Q2. The exact release date of the monitor is still not announced by the company. Not only that, there is no info regarding the price of the monitor as well. So, all we can do is wait and watch for new monitor news and see what Philips have planned for the gamers who are already excited about this upcoming Ultra high definition 8K monitor from Philips.

ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ Review

The wait is finally over and Asus has finally announced the most awaited ROG Strix XG27VQ gaming monitor in the market. The monitor was earlier seen on Computex and now it is officially out. This is the new addition to the Asus XG series. The highlights of Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ include refresh rate of 144Hz, Adaptive Sync (FreeSync), curved full HD monitor and Low Motion Blur.

ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ Review

The gamers get a full HD display and that too curved at 1800R. The 144hz refresh rate was obvious to add since no gaming monitor is complete without it nowadays. The design of the monitor is inspired by passionate gaming and also features ASUS Aura RGB lighting system. This lighting is customizable and projects a bit of shadow lighting below the monitor surface, offering an enriched gaming environment as well as gaming experience to the players.

Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ Features

ROG Strix XG27VQ brings along a lot of features with it for the gamers. It measures 27 inches in diameter with full HD display and the screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. The curved screen is for immersive display experience, kind of adding on to the Adaptive Sync. You can connect the monitor to your machine or console via Display Port, DVI or HDMI. We have already told you about the ASUS Aura RGB lighting which projects the shadow to the base for some extra effects. The new Extreme Low Motion Blur technology takes care of motion blurs and screen smearing as well.

Design

Asus has provided a very intelligent design to the monitor. The players can tilt as well as swivel the monitor to get the perfect view. The viewing angle, as well as the viewing experience, is taken care very well by the curvature of the screen. Not only this, it also helps in reducing the eye stress laid by the monitor on the player’s eyes.
The curved screen was designed in order to increase the viewing spectrum of the users and not limiting them to the specific field of view. So, if you are playing a game on this screen, you will be able to make use of the entire peripheral vision a lot better than you do on flat screen monitors. There is a bit of 3D effect as well that the player can experience while changing their viewing angle from one side to another.

Performance

We were not able to get our hands on this new monitor, but we did watch its performance while it played different types of heavy games. There was no such thing noticeable like screen tearing and screen flickering, all thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate as well as the Extreme Low Motion Blur technology. The combination is perfect for people who love to play online games, as it can easily handle the continuously changing frame rate. Multiple viewing angle and 1800R curvature require special mention. You do not see any kind of image distortion while you change your viewing angle. It is one of the biggest problems which most of the common monitor with curved display possess. The colors do not go beyond the line and the outlines are sharp at all angles. You can even adjust your vision by tweaking up the base light and setting it to the one which your eyes find suitable the most. The light also offers optimum light on your keyboard, providing you better visibility while playing in the dark.

Connectivity

We gave you a brief about the display connection ports available on the monitor, but talking in detail, there are two Display Port 1.2, USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.0 available for connections. You get an extra DVI port, but just one DisplayPort. The company has not yet revealed whether there are inbuilt speakers in the monitor or not. But that is something we will soon find out.

Software

ASUS has also included a DisplayWidget that allows the user to get access to setting tweaking which you can configure the GameVisa; Sync, Blue Light Filter, and other settings. Well, there are many settings that you can even access via the on screen menu and using the buttons and joystick, the ASUS DisplayWidget is just easy to use as well as faster. There are several presets that the user can use while playing various kinds of games like RPG, FPS, Racing, MOBA etc.

Release Date and Price

You will be able to purchase the Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ monitor from 4th of September for about $499 only.

Conclusion

ASUS is undoubtedly one of the best company that manufactures quality as well as budget gaming monitors for passionate gamers. And with their new product, ROG Strix XG27VQ is another example of excellence by the company. Obviously, the monitor focuses wider field of view and sharp graphics without any problem of tear and lag. In case you are planning to buy a new gaming monitor for yourself, you should definitely give this new Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ a thoughtful consideration.

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AOC adds two new Gaming monitors to Agon 3 series

AOC has been into new for their new gaming products since quite few time. Now they have announced two more new gaming focused monitors in their Agon 3 monitor series. A fast, as well as accurate monitor, is very crucial for an HD gaming experience. And it looks like AOC has come up with these new monitors keeping high definition gaming experience in mind. One of them is a G-sync gaming monitor while the other one is a FreeSync 2 gaming monitor. The two AOC monitors are special since they offer a very little response time of 0.5 milliseconds.

For those who have very little idea how it matters, a normal TN panel has an average response time of 5 milliseconds. The notebooks that most of the people use possess IPS panels and they have a response time of around 30 to 60 millisecond.

However, the AOC monitors, with so little response time and with super high refresh rate and along with the sync technology, have emerged as two amazing options for the gamers to grab right away.
Both the new AOC monitors spread 27 inches in diameter and feature a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440. Another best thing about them is that they are curved in design.

However, there are some minute differences in both the gaming monitors. One of the offers 144 Hz refresh rate along with FreeSync and HDR support for better color output. On the other hand, the better one feature refresh rate of 165 Hz and a VA panel for much better as well as accurate color detailing but does not features HDR.

But, there is one bad news. Both of these monitors will be launched next year. The company has given no official date, but looking at various sources, we can expect the monitor with FreeSync to hit the European market in April 2018. The consumers will have to pay around $715 or 600 Euro for it. While the other monitor which features G-Sync technology will be available in the month of May 2018 and consumers will have to pay $835 or 700 Euro for it.

Samsung CHG90 Launched -Largest Ultra-wide QLED Gaming Monitor

Monitors are in trend right now and every tech giant is coming up with better and bigger screens for the consumers year after year. Earlier this year, we got a look at the super wide monitor from Samsung that was expected to be 49-inch wide. Now, Samsung has officially introduced this huge monitor in the market and the company is claiming it to be the world’s largest QLED gaming monitor as well. This new Samsung CHG90 Gaming monitor has been specially designed to offer IMAX-style viewing angles and experience to the gamers right in front of their desk.

It is hard for normal users to imagine the curvature and design of this gaming monitor. In order to help you, just imagine this new monitor as a concatenation of two 27 inch monitors that have been merged in between resulting in 49 inches with a curvature of 1800r. The huge Samsung monitor offers32:9 aspect ratio along with 3840 x 1080 screen resolution operating at a refresh rate of 144 Hz. However, the users have an option to switch to 60Hz or 120 Hz FPS when needed. In addition to that, the screen has an amazing response time of 1 millisecond.

The new Samsung CHG90 features the new Samsung Quantum Dot technology with support for HDR. However, early rumors told us that the monitor will be based on a VA panel. But that has not been officially confirmed by the Samsung officials. For those who do not know what VA panels are, they take midway between the IPS and TN panels offering better color and contrast output to the users when compared to TN panels but with less response time when compared to IPS display panels.

Seog-gi Kim, the Executive vice president of Samsung Electronics’ Visual Display business said, “Gamers can have a more immersive and realistic experience with the new CHG90 monitor”. He also added, “This is the latest in our series of innovative monitors designed to delight users and give them an edge over competitors while also increasing their comfort.”.

Samsung has come up with this monitor especially for those gamers who have been using two monitors in combination in order to enhance their gaming experience. They think that their new CHG90 gaming monitor will provide the gamers a better solution to this problem.

Company was found saying that, “gamers no longer have to worry about multi-monitor set-ups: with no bezels impeding the view and a single power cable for minimal clutter, gamers can multitask seamlessly”. “n addition, the Easy Setting Box enables gamers to partition the screen or display multiple screens of different sizes with just one click, and the Picture-by-Picture functionality allows them to connect and view input sources without degrading the original image quality.”, they added.

The players or users have an option to play around with the height of the monitor with the help of swivel that you get along with it. There are two HDMI ports made available by the company to connect PCs and other devices. There is one display port on the monitor and one audio port.

There was no mention of the price of the monitor but they did tell that the monitor will hit the German as well as the European market in some time. They are planning to showcase the monitor in the IFA 2017 meet to be held in Berlin next month.

Asus Set to Launch a New Range of Gaming Monitors, Strix XG27VQ

Asus has been really active in the gaming vertical this year. They have already introduced a whole range of really impressive gaming monitors. The range featured 4K resolution which was a treat for all gamers. But it seems, they are not done yet. Asus has recently announced a new EOG Strix XG series. The new series features a whole new Strix XG27VQ display. The company is planning to bring them to the market next month in September.

Asus has designed the new ROG Strix XG with professional and mad gamers in mind. One of the spokespeople from the company said that the “silky-smooth graphics and gorgeous aesthetics to deliver incredible gaming experience”.

Asus has been popular for introducing as many features possible as they can in their products. And this time as well, the case is not different. The series has the new latest Low Motion Blur technology along with the Adaptive Sync which makes even high detailed textures appear very smooth on the screen. There are two more things special for you, the Display Widget and Asus GamePlus. With the help of the Display Widget software, gamers can play around with the monitor settings as well as different applications. There are many presets to try, you can change the Blue Light Filter setting, App Sync and a lot more. With GamePlus, players can set their hotkeys and can also set a timer to keep track of time elapsed while playing.

Talking about the display, Strix XG27VQ has a curved display measuring 27 inches with an amazing refresh rate of 144Hz. Asus has incorporated AMD graphics card in the machine for Adaptive Sync, which reduces screen tearing and stuttering o a large extent.

However, there is not much change in the design and you see the same black color on the monitors. The stand on which the monitor stands is really impressive. The light coming out of the screen does not hits your eyes directly but are directed downwards. Asus has provided gamers an option to customize the light coming out of the stand. You can play with the light with the help of Asus RGB software.

There are other common things included in the series as well. For example, there is one HDMI port as well as one DisplayPort, both of them featuring Adaptive Sync compatibility. Talking about the price of Strix XG27VQ, you can get it for yourself on 4th of September for £409.99.

ASUS MX279H Review: 27-inch Full HD IPS Frameless Monitor with Ergonomic Design

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Whoever said that looks don’t lie must have had the Asus MX279H HD IPS Frameless gaming monitor in mind. At a first flip through, you would imagine that this gaming monitor has been taken out from a Sci-Fi playbook.

The overall appearance is proof that Asus is indeed going the extra mile to include the “futuristic look and appeal” for gaming monitors.

When I decided to buy this gaming monitor, I had its aesthetic look and appeal in mind. But besides its elegance charm, a lot of users would agree with me that it has great features that any gaming lover will fancy for improved gaming experiences. These features have created a hot purchase system with a futuristic design that has taken elegance to whole new higher levels.

Let’s have a complete and thorough Asus MX279H review and understand what this contemporary and seemingly game-centric monitor brings to the gaming industry.

But not that first!

First, let us review Asus—the company behind the Asus MX279H HD IPS Frameless gaming monitor.

About Asus

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Asus is a renowned Taiwanese company that has been in existence since 1989. The company has been manufacturing hardware such as mobile phones, computers, tablets, wearable devices and other technological gadgets for more than 20 years. The Asus brand is globally well-known and trusted by the majority of consumers and not just in Taiwan.

This company has been known for its computer and electronic equipment that are laced with cutting-edge features capable of competing on a global scale without the over-the-ceiling costs and overrated distinction. In particular, all the Asus devices have minimalistic designs that have been deprived of the loud and showy accents.

Throughout its existence as a global manufacturer of leading computer and mobile devices, Asus has been known to place its bet on premium-quality gadgets. As a testament to its global outreach, Asus has graced numerous magazine covers and awards, including being nominated as one of the top 10 companies in Asia in IT category.

In fact, it is one of the top 10 leading companies that are known to have marketed more than 7% of the total global market shares for quite some time as a computer and mobile device manufacturer.

An Overview of the Asus MX279H Monitor

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The Asus MX279H is in a sense a one-half of the Asus’ design series. This is a 27-inch gaming monitor while the other half of the series is 4 inches smaller.

Two important things that you can instantly note in the monitor once you plug it in is its frameless edges that are equipped with an excellent backlight.

One striking feature that I have come to like is its slender and sleek appearance. With a minimal thickness of roughly 1.76 centimeters, it is practically difficult to find another model that can be thinner than that. If you have a penchant for design, then you’ll be impressed with its sleek structure, built and the IPS technology that makes it appear thin and compact.

From an aesthetic point of view, the Asus MX279H is developed to provide you with an edgeless—you can also call it borderless—viewing experience. For design-conscious gamers like me, it is apparent that the sundial-inspired stand is a massive advantage. It is no wonder that this model was recognized in the 2012 Good Design Awards. It reminds me of the aluminum iMacs, even though it is clearly not made from metal.

It is obvious that Asus has gone a step further when it comes to integrating technological innovation with their products, and this is particularly the case with the Asus MX279H monitor. This monitor has also been equipped with the Asus Sonic Master technology. I know you’re now thinking, “What the hell is this Sonic Master Technology?”

Well, the Asus Sonic Master technology ensures that the monitor generates top-notch immersive sound. In particular, the crisp audio that this technology produce ensures that distinct vocals that are louder come out of the 3.2-centimeter inbuilt speaker in a seamless manner. This technology also ensures that a maximum resonance chamber (up to 100cc resonance), as well as better bass performance, is achieved.

In other words, the sonic master technology provides the clarity of sound is excellent to allow you have an enhanced gaming experience. But this gaming monitor isn’t only for games. If you fancy watching movies and editing videos or even images on your computer, you will find the Asus MX279H appropriate for visual purposes because of its powerful high-contrast ratio.

The different pre-set modes that are offered through its hotkey system makes optical adjustments a lot easier and faster to access on any flat and thin-screen computer. If you want to combine design, quality, and performance in one monitor, then I am sure you’ll bet with the MX279H monitor. As a matter of fact, the MX279H monitor provides a competitive edge without the expensive tag compared to other brands.

Coming from Asus—a brand that most people trust—this gaming monitor leaves a striking impact in the field of standalone computers that can rival other high-end brands at a fraction of a cost. Whether you are a gamer, a graphic designer or even an image enthusiast who wants an appropriate and elegant monitor without going overboard with your expenses, then Asus MX279H will be fit the bill.

Technical Specifications of Asus MX279H

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Here are technical specifications of Asus MX279H monitor:

#1: Panel size

The Asus MX279H monitor is 27” with a wide screen. It is based on AH-IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology. The IPS technology provides the best color accuracy and has the best viewing angles. It also offers a strong gray-scale performance when compared to other related technologies such as TN and VA panels.

While the Twisted Nematic (TN) panels are the widespread panels among the majority of gamers because they provide high refresh rates and response times, they have inferior color representations and poor viewing angles. Therefore, when the Asus MX279H monitor is compared to the other monitor, it offers a rich set of colors with increased accuracy and better viewing angles.

On the other hand, the Vertical Alignment (VA) panels can provide high contrast ratios laced with a fair color representation and capabilities. However, these panels can also generate ghosting effects which may impact the gaming experience. It is against this backdrop that Asus decided to use IPS as an approach for improving the gaming experience amongst gamers.

#2: Resolution

It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Being 27 with a wide screen means that the Asus MX279H monitor is large enough to accommodate Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) resolutions that always work well with the majority of the graphics card to produce an excellent gaming experience. When your PC has a powerful graphics card, then any reasonable FPS will be generated with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 to improve your gaming experience.

You can even downscale your games’ resolution if you feel that FPS is becoming an issue during gaming. Obviously, higher resolutions that are outside games will allow you to browse and work better on your computer because you’ll now have more pixels available to use. On the other hand, lower resolutions can restrict the tasks that you are undertaking on your PC.

Similarly, you may not just want to use a 1080pixels on a 27-inch monitor, as it will make look silly with such a pixel density. If your computer can only accommodate one 27-inch monitor, then you’ll be required to tweak the refresh rates and response time to improve the performance. You can also tweak the viewing angles to increase the gaming performance.

#3: Viewing Angles

It can be viewed from 178 degrees for both horizontal and vertical directions. In my opinion, 178 degrees is enough to view graphics from any angle—something that any gaming monitor should provide. Because the Asus MX279H monitor is utilizing the IPS technology, it means that you can flip your monitor to any angle—so long as it is within the ranges of 178 degrees—to play games.

And because of its 178-degree viewing angle for both the vertical and horizontal orientations, you can always view graphics in top quality format from any direction. The 178-degree viewing angles are vital to point for gamers who want to maximize the ergonomic efficiency of their gaming space.

#4: Pixel Pitch

The monitor has a 0.311-millimeter pixel pitch. With such a pixel pitch, cases of fast moving images appearing blurry will be a thing of the past. Also, the 0.311-millimeter pixel pitch will ensure cases of screen tearing—that can make your gaming experience dull and uninspiring—don’t occur.

#5: Response Time

It has a response time of 5ms (Gray to Gray). With a response time of 5 milliseconds, it means that you can enjoy watching fast-moving pictures, especially on active 3D systems without hitches. Although ghosting and screen tearing are artifacts that normal eyes can’t spot, having a gaming monitor with a high response time such as Asus MX279H can take your gaming experience to a whole new level.

#6: Is it a Full HD 1080P

Yes. The Asus MX279H monitor is a full HD 1080P gaming monitor. One of the key features that majority of gamers often look out for on any monitor is whether it supports full HD or not. By full HD, I mean that the monitor can display most graphics—especially in 3D—without problems of screen tearing, ghosting and efficiently using the PC resources.

The Asus MX279H monitor is a full HD 1080P monitor. Alongside its IPS technology, this full HD ensures that you’ll view the best color accuracy at the best viewing angles. It also provides you with a strong gray-scale performance that takes your gaming experience to a whole new level.

#7: Stereo Speakers

It has 3w x 2 Stereo RMS-equipped that are equipped with ASUS Sonic Master technology. This technology ensures a booming and high-quality sound system from your monitor. In fact, the quality of the audio that will come from your monitor will be crisp and audible to ear. This monitor a great system for gamers that fancy listening to music while playing.

#8: Does it support the Tracer Free Technology?

Yes. The Tracer Free Technology boosts both the refresh and responses time making it reactive enough to adjust accordingly and enhance your gaming experience. In fact, the tracer free technology will ensure that you have better motion replays and faster playbacks when watching fast-moving videos on the screen, therefore minimizing ghosting and screen tearing effects.

First Impressions with the Asus MX279H Monitor

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Asus is known for utilizing unique and cutting-edge technological features to their products. The Asus MX279H is no exception. When I first came across this monitor, one of the first finest features that actually fascinated me was the Trace Free Technology.

The Trace Free Technology is Asus approach to providing improved gaming experience by minimizing the impacts of tracing and ghosting during video playback.

And truly enough upon testing the monitor, I found the monitor very useful in eliminating elements tracing and ghosting during video playback. Furthermore, the Tracer Free Technology also boosts its response time. In fact, the technology boosts the response time by controlling its voltage levels so that it remains at 5 ms.

If you’re looking for a gaming monitor with minimal response time, then I am certain you’ll bet for Asus MX279H. If you are a passionate gamer, you can expect a silky-smooth flow of motion pictures and a fluid-flow of video playback while gaming. Suppose you spot a hint of red or even green color the screen, you can immediately opt to turn off the feature, and these spots will instantly disappear.

Not only is the MX279H an excellent option for gamers, but it is also an appropriate component for photographers. It has a feature that is called the QuickFit Virtual Scale. If you’re a passionate photographer, the QuickFit Virtual Scale will let you get an accurate preview of your photos or any on-screen documents before printing them.

This is an excellent tool especially if your job demands graphic designing or brochure designing. There will be no problem working on documents of the A4 length or photos of standard sizes such as the 3 x 5, the 2 x 2, and bigger ones such as 5 x 7 and 4 x 6.

The monitor can only be adjusted to up to a certain level. For instance, it can only be tilted up and down. Moving it around on the left and the right direction isn’t possible unless you want to change the orientation of its round metallic stand completely. Also, the height of the monitor can’t be easily manipulated.

Critics of Asus MX279H monitor have rightly pointed out 1920 x 1080 is not the best resolution because it is a wide-screen size monitor. While I agree with them, you should also realize that this monitor compensates for the low resolution through its crisp and clear graphics that pop out from the screen creating a visual experience that leaves impressions on gamers.

If you love gaming experience that has striking coloring effects, then I am sure you’ll trade off the resolution with the truly mind-blowing coloring features that makes the graphics clear and crisp during gaming. What also makes this unique monitor different is its ability to produce fast video playbacks without the risk of ghosting through its free tracer technology.

Display Quality

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The Asus MX279H allow you to enjoy a 27” Full HD AH-IPS (1920 x 1080) gaming experience. The resources used for this model are more robust, especially the housing. You can clearly spot the touch-sensitive buttons that are placed right at the button where you can configure the settings and operate your screen. Since the bezel has been reduced to less than a centimeter wide, the display appears virtually frameless.

With this 27-inch widescreen, the entire display will appear to be larger making it perfect for the improved gaming experience. The MX279H display is also matte-finished. This eliminates the glares and seamlessly diffuses reflections. Even though you will be working close to a window or under any lighting conditions, the quality of MX279H images will remain the same.

Best of all, it doesn’t add any strain to your eyes. If there is another striking feature of the display, then it is the backlight luminance. The backlight luminance allows the images you see on the screen reach their brightest whites and deepest blacks. This provides you with life-like visuals that make the gaming experience even more exciting. The adjustments have been made possible by another feature that is called the Asus Smart Contrast Ratio of 80000000:1.

This feature also boosts the sharpness and brightness of the screen to provide the best visual and imaging results. As per the color calibrator results, the Asus MX279H monitor has got a respectable score of 97.1% of the sRGB scale when at the default settings. If you are keen on getting a monitor that has an excellent wide-view angle visibility, then Asus MX279H can be an excellent option.

Because it has a 179-degree viewing angle (for both vertical and horizontal directions), you can see that the graphics remain of the top quality from any direction. One of the first tests that I did was to verify whether I can tilt the panel itself. This is a vital point for gamers who want to maximize the ergonomic efficiency of their gaming space.

The good news of this monitor is—yes, you can tilt your panel with much ease. In fact, you can move to up to the 20 degrees. The only downside of tilting the panel is that the monitor doesn’t rotate to a different orientation. It also does not swivel either. For you to tilt to a different orientation, you have to move the entire monitor stand to change its position.

Along with the Tracer Free Technology, gamers can relish quick and fluid responses to the 5-millisecond response making it reactive enough for the improved gaming experience. This means one thing—better motion replays and faster playbacks when watching fast-moving videos on the screen. Ghosting is also eliminated for better gaming experience, especially for newbies.

Its QuickFit Virtual Scale feature also ensures it easy to view various documents without cutting back the image and losing quality in the process. This is a plus for photographers who love to edit pictures and create designs because it provides a quick and actual run-down of the finished product before it can be printed.

One of the drawbacks that come along with the Asus MX279H monitor is its highly strong colors. These colors may seem too striking for some gamer’s tastes. While the Tracer Free Technology can help create an actual representation of the image on the screen, it can sometimes generate too many colors with highly-calibrated hues of RGB colors making your gaming experience rather dull and uninspiring.

If you don’t like strong colors that bleed out a bit, this can be a big letdown along with your computer’s strong whites and blacks. However, if you fancy watching videos and images on full screens, this feature can prove to be a feasible feature that can help you enjoy your immersive gaming experience.

For the 27-inch screen, the resolution of 1920 x 1080 can be a bit low. Some PCs can fair off at a higher resolution of 2560 x 1440 and above. However, if you don’t intend on putting too much gaming activities on your PC for hours to an end, then this feature is somewhat passable. With its ergonomic and the space-saving design, this monitor might have skimped out when it comes to the display.

Sound Quality

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The Asus MX279H is equipped with the SonicMaster technology, a cutting-edge technology that has been applied to other notebook computers. This features provides a booming and high-quality surround sound system that comes out from its two speakers and the 3.5-millimeter jack. The quality of sound that comes from the monitor is clear and crisp, with the high-modulation sound quality that generates realistic and booming audio effects that make this monitor a great system for gamers that fancy listening to music while playing.

With a 32-millimeter speaker diameter and having a rich resonance that complements the amplifier, the gaming monitor provides an immersive theater-like experience on the computer screen along with a pounding bass. The sonic master technology has been made possible through the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower.

Since Bang & Olufsen ICEpower is one of the established brands when it comes to delivering the best audio technology, it means the MX279H monitor has the edge over its competitors when it comes to sound quality. With or without the use of the additional speakers, the MX279H monitor holds up fairly well in the audio category, and for those gamers who like watching movies on the Internet, this monitor’s sound quality complements entertaining movie marathons without compromising the audio performance.

Other Features

Other features that are worth mentioning in Asus MX279G monitor are:

#1: Vivid visuals

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The Asus MX279H monitor is equipped with the latest IPS technology. Because of the IPS technology, Asus MX279H monitor prides itself on having the best color accuracy.

And because it also features the 16:9 aspect ratio LED-backlit screen, the technology it ensures that minimal color shift has been achieved when on the vertical and horizontal planes are viewed from a wide-view angle.

The edge-to-edge borderless panel, as well as the incredibly vivid graphics, also help increase gamers viewing experience. Even though you will be working close to a window or under any type of lighting conditions, the quality of MX279H images will remain the same.

#2: Stylish overall design

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As I had mentioned earlier, the Asus MX279H monitor is truly outstanding. In fact, any Asus MX279H review can’t be complete without mentioning its sophisticated design.

Both monitors from the ASUS Designo MX series have extreme-slim profiles that make them stand out from a horde of fierce competitors when it comes to design.

The tiniest point of the display only measures 17. 5 millimeters while the bezel has a minimal breadth of only 0.8 millimeters. For the design-conscious gamers, you will instantly love the design of the sundial-enthused, ergonomic design stand and the sturdiness of the Asus monitor.

The monitor can easily be mounted as a standalone system with no intricate installations required. With its impressive 178-degree wide view angle, you can view images both horizontally and vertically without losing the quality and the visibility of the pictures on display.

#3: Connectivity

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Any excellent gaming monitor should have essential input options. When it comes to connectivity, it is apparent that Asus Company prefers to keep it simple yet very efficient. This Asus Designo MX279H has a D-sub (VGA) and the dual HDMI input. It comes with a single VGA input and the two 1.4 HDMI ports that are found on the back of the display to connect with various consoles. It also has a headphone and microphone for connecting to external speakers.

It also supports Full High Definition resolution (of 1920 x 1080). With the goal of enriching the entertainment experience of its users, the monitor’s ports that are included are guaranteed compatible with different groups of multimedia devices such as game consoles, the digital cameras, and even the Blu-ray disc players.

I tested these ports on X-Box 360 gaming console, and I found that there was no problem connecting to it. Furthermore, the surround sound is certainly a plus when you connect to these devices. The downside which you can get with the connectivity is that you’ll have to invest in an adapter to make the monitor connect with wireless connection enabled gadgets. While the absence of the USB slots can be an issue for some gamers, there’s nothing a good adapter can’t practically fix.

The other downside is that the DVI port is missing at the back of the monitor which is a bit of a disadvantage especially if you wish to use different devices for the connection. A USB slot is also lacking in place, which is another minor flaw to this elegantly-designed futuristic gaming monitor considering the fact that you may want to connect numerous devices.

Is This Gaming Monitor Right for You?

The Asus MX279H can leave any gamer who has a penchant for design enthralled with its sleek structure that has been built in the form that makes it a futuristic gaming monitor. A thin and compact display that is placed on the top of a metallic circular base will surely leave you with a certain air of robotic facade that any gamer can’t afford to miss out.

Apart from its slim and ultra-sleek design that makes it really stand from other IPS displays in the market, its integrated and impressive built-in Bang and Olufsen ICEpower-designed speakers and the 32mm diameter inbuilt speakers provides superb resonance and a smoother sound system. The internal amplifiers is also a big plus.

But that is not all.

Strictly speaking, this monitor isn’t just about the look. To match its highly elegant exterior, it also comes with great power-packed features that provide fast video playbacks, high-contrast graphics, and videos that will enhance gaming experiences. Cutting-edge technologies such as IPS, tracer free and sonic master have all been incorporated in the monitor to ensure that your gaming experience is truly entertaining makes it not just perfect for gaming but ideal for watching videos and general computing purposes.

Overall, the Asus MX279H monitor is a handy device which leaves a passable rate particularly if you want a decent-looking gaming monitor that exceeds expectations on the design and quality. Its features aren’t entirely complete considering that it can only connect to a limited number of devices due to the absence of some USB ports.

However, if you want a gaming monitor that is worth the size of your pocket and is built above the standard range, then the Asus MX279H fits the bill.

Acer H236HL Review: Budget IPS Monitor for Gaming

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When it comes to multimedia, most customers are ready to take their time and effort to choose the best one. Apart from the general aspects, most people look out for features like a comfortable viewing angle and image quality.

Looking out for the perfect monitor is a tiresome job, and there are many challenges and compromises included. A lot of research is required beforehand to make a choice one would not regret later on. When you are investing so much in one monitor, you must make sure it turns out to be the best.

The Acer H236HL is one of the most popular gaming monitors available in the market right now. Yet, there are a number of questions people have and all want to know if it is enough for all their gaming needs.

The main attraction of the monitor is that it not only has a gorgeous and amazing 1080p resolution, but it has a great overall look as well. It fits perfectly on the base developed with it.

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The Acer H236HL comes with excellent configuration and has a 3 year standard Acer warranty. Let us go through its features and specifications.

Acer H236HL Product Specifications​

    • Screen Size: 23 inches
    • Maximum Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 15.9 inches
    • Item Weight: 7.9 pounds
    • Color: Black
    • Full HD Resolution

The Glossy Screen

Some people have personal preferences like a matte screen without much reflection. But, if you are a fan of the glossy screen, this monitor is made for you. The Acer H236HL comes with a glossy screen and high quality display. In fact, this is one of the highest quality glossy screens one could ever find. Generally, glossy screens provide a better picture quality, and you definitely get it with this monitor. A very sleek look and feel is one of the major advantages of using this piece.

Moreover, it is sturdy and you can finally get rid of the shakiness that other monitors have when you bump your desk. The base is strong to keep the monitor in place.

Multiple Connections

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These days, with transportability having become so easy, information is never kept at a single place. Most people prefer to carry their favorite video games and music along with them at all times. Development in technology has made this much easier with tablets, cell phones, and other portable devices.

Having such an easy data transport has a major advantage that the output can be achieved in so many different ways just by using standardized connectivity modes to help people connect.

Usually, an HDMI connection is used to connect to a display. However, if you have a different type of connection then you need not worry. The monitor supports HDMI, DVI, and VGA connections, all ready to use. The Acer H236HL excels in this matter.

With so many options, you have a wider spectrum of choice to use whichever device you want to connect. It could be your PC, smartphone, or notebook, and you could connect them and enjoy your media within minutes. As such, entertainment is powered and extended accordingly.

Moreover, the monitor comes with power-saving technologies to cut down costs and resources. This makes sure there is no wastage, and you can relax.

Zero Frame Design feature

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The main feature of the Acer H236HL is the Zero Frame Design feature. Multiples of this monitor make video walls much easier. The monitor was created keeping this one thing in mind. The frame is designed so that when you put multiple monitors side by side you get an immersive experience. Isn’t that really amazing?

Most people prefer to use two more monitors to make work easy. It lets you organize your Skype, Twitch, and other applications much more easily and you could run them simultaneously with no glitches.

As such, you could use dedicate one monitor to Skype, live Twitch chat, and other general applications while the other one is exclusively or your game. This way, you get to focus on your game uninterrupted. This is the advantage of using more than one monitor, and the Acer H236HL is the best choice for that.

Fully Optimized Image Quality

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The Acer H236HL boasts of a sharp and clear image, highly superior to several other monitors available in the market. With an IPS display, it shows every detail on the screen vividly and clearly with no color difference, irrespective of the viewing angle.

The Zero Frame Design feature makes sure to put no boundary on the visual enjoyment for the user. Along with it, the brushed hairline finish stand matches all kinds of environment and also comes with a magnetic clip base. Detailed imagery is achieved with full HD resolution and a highly superior 100 Million: 1 contrast ratio. This makes viewing photos, reading documents side by side and browsing the web much easier and enjoyable. The Rapid 5ms Response Time feature makes sure that game play is highly optimized. It reduces the deviations in the transition time to deliver amazing high quality moving images and brings immersive graphics to all your movies and games.

The Acer H236HL comes with a 23 inch full HD display which offers excellent detail with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. As such, it is perfect for HD productivity and multimedia applications. Moreover, the zero frame design is a sleek feature which creates a unique visual experience with no boundaries. As such, it is ideal for building video walls by using multiple monitors side by side. The magnetic base with brushed hairline finish helps you keep the desktop clean by acting as a helpful aid for paper clips.

What the Customers Think

Customers all across have also shared their views and reviews about the Acer H236HL monitor.

The wide array of connectivity features is mentioned in one o the first reviews. Along with the image resolution, this feature is what has attracted many users. Many shoppers have claimed these two to be really good.

The comfortable set up qualities of the monitor is mentioned in another comment. This is possible due to the firm T-shaped base. It is convenient and reliable, and also allows easy screen accommodation.

There are some unhappy reviews as well, mostly in reference to the unusual gloss on the screen. People with really sensitive eyesight might find this a bit annoying, especially inside shiny room. Being an LCD screen, this is bound to happen. However, this can be improved if you dim the lights in the room. The inconvenience is reduced this way.

In short, the Acer H236HL is a fine choice at a reasonable price which offers excellent quality. It is one of the best budget monitors available in the market today which is worth a buy.