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Hello NCX, thanks for all your hard work over the years.

I currently use an IPS monitor and have been planning to buy a 27" VA as the second monitor for a while now since I consume a lot of dark content and annoyed by the glow in the corners of the screen.

So I've read your "best 144-165hz 1080p monitors" thread, and I guess I will have to choose between AOC C27G1 and MSI OPTIX MAG271C since Philips 278M6 is not available in where I live.

However, I have two other options in the same price range: Acer XZ272 and Asus TUF Gaming VG27VQ.

I'm having a hard time making a decision.

Any insight you can provide on them would be greatly appreciated.

144hz 1080p monitors are ranked here (the AOC is the best since the Philips is not available), and the Acer XZ272 and Asus VG27VQ are untested so I can't recommend them. 

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Acer ConceptD CP7271K

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 4-5K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.


Matte, height adjustable, 3840x2160 AUO AHVA panel with 384 zone local dimming, with 24-144hz Nvidia G-Sync, Displayport, HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Auido Out.  The Acer ConceptD CP7271K has a native 1100:1 contrast ratio (FALD or local dimming disabled), 90.9% DCI-P3 (HDR) and 96.9% sRGB (when the SDR Color sRGB mode is enabled which prevents the over-saturation of non-HDR content) color space coverage, and very accurate color presets out of the box.  The CP7271K has a low glow AHVA panel, especially when local dimming is enabled, and fast pixel response times; =DEAD= does not test for input lag.


Acer Nitro XV273 X

Added the Review by TFT Central to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 240hz Monitors buying guides.

Matte 1920x1080 240hz AUO AHVA panel (marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync (48-240hz range), Displayport, VRB (120, 144 and 240hz back-light strobing), 2x HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Audio Out and  4x USB 3.0.  The Acer XV273 has a native 1170:1 contrast ratio, can fully cover the sRGB color space (with 9% over-saturation), and is quite accurate.  The XV273 has negligible input lag at all refresh rates, and fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot at both 60hz (OD Off) and 240hz (OD Normal) which makes it great for both 60hz console and 240hz PC gaming.

AHVA Acer XV273 X versus Acer XF252Q TN panel 240hz oscilloscope measurements by TFT Central.


Asus PG279QE

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.


Asus VG27AQ

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

The VG27AQ is a fully adjust-able, matte, 144hz (over-clocks to 165hz over Displayport), 2560x1440 AUO AHVA panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-165hz range), back-light strobing (ELMB) Displayport (over-clock-able to 165hz), 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VG27AQ has very accurate preset color accuracy (Racing Mode), and has very low or negligible input lag.  The VG27AQ needs to have the overdrive (Trace Free) reduced from 60 to 0 to get rid of excessive overshoot ghosting at 60hz and has slow pixel response times at 60hz, but performs well at 144, 155 and 165hz when the over drive (Trace Free) setting is kept to the default 60 setting.  TFT Central provides Trace Free 80 measurements which prove that the VG27AQ suffers from over 20ms of overshoot ghosting during many transitions which I find unacceptable which is why I recommend using Trace Free 60.


BenQ EX2780Q

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte 144hz, 2560x1440, wide gamut (DCI-P3/HDR coverage) IPS panel (unsure if AHVA or IPS) with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, a remote control, USB-C and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The BenQ is very accurate when set to the Standard Picture Mode uses the native wide gamut which covers 94% of the DCI-P3/HDR color space and over-saturates SDR color (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) by 33%.   The REC 709 mode locks the color controls, has high, slight black crush inducing 2.4 gamma and is limited to 93.6% sRGB color space coverage which combined with the locked color controls, is below average.  The BenQ has negligible input lag (<4ms measured with the SMT Tool) and fast pixel response times when the preset AMA High Response Time setting is used, but it's not as fast as IPS competitors like the LG 27GL850 which Playwares measured a 3ms pixel response average time compared to the BenQ's 6-7ms average.


Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q

Added the Review by=DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 2560x1440, 165hz wide gamut/HDR IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The FI27Q over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) out of the box by over 30% since it has a wide gamut panel which tries to cover the DCI-P3 (HDR) color space, but it is very accurate preset gamma and color (previous 3x hyperlink source=PC Lab PL).  The sRGB emulation mode of the unit IT Hardware tested is good while the FI27Q Belgium Hardware tested significantly reduces the gamma and RGB level color accuracy (Standard versus sRGB), as well as looks washed out since the sRGB mode's gamma is too low.  The FI27Q has negligible input lag and less (2.7%) overshoot ghosting than the AD27Q (20%), but slower pixel response times resulting in more color streaking or ghosting.


LG 27GL850

Added the Review by PROHARDVER to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Very accurate and fully adjustable matte 2560x1440 144hz wide gamut LG IPS with G-Sync compatible AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz over Displayport and 48-100hz over HDMI) Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0. RGB Lighting, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out. To prevent the wide gamut (DCI-P3/HDR) panel from over-saturating the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, the 27GL850 needs to be set to the sRGB mode (which is fairly accurate and has adjustable brightness, but has a preset pink tint and locked color controls[/url]).  The 27GL850 has quite accurate and nearly full DCI-P3/HDR color space coverage, but has a slight, though easily reduce-able preset blue tint.  The 27GL850 has negligible or very low input lag and very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, but the overdrive needs to be set from Normal to Fast at 144hz to provide the fastest pixel response times, and to Normal at 60hz to prevent obvious overshoot ghosting.


Philips 241E1

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors buying guide.

Matte 24" 1920x1080 IPS panel with 75hz, AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, HDMI, VGA, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The 241E1 is quite accurate, but can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB) color space like many other 23-24" IPS panels.  The 241E1 has negligible input lag (2-3ms measured by the SMT Tool), but slow pixel response times unless the Smart Response setting is switched from Off to Low.


Razer Raptor 27

Added the Review by Rtings to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte, fully adjust-able, 144hz, HDR/wide gamut, 2560x1440 resolution IPS* panel with AMd Free-Sync and G-Sync compatibility.  The Razer Raptor has Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB-C and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Razer Rtings tested is quite inaccurate RGB balance wise (4.8/10 rating for over-saturation of red and under-saturation of blue's in the RGB balance measurements) while the Razer Tom's Hardware tested is very accurate, but has a slight preset red tint.  The Razer also over-saturates the color of non DCI-P3 content (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) by 36% since it uses a wide gamut and HDR capable panel without a properly functioning sRGB emulation mode.  The HDR mode is more accurate than the SDR modes, and the Razer has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times for a non-TN panel, but it's a bit slower than some of the fastest panels.


ViewSonic VA2719-SH

Added the Review by Les Numeriques to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors buying guide.

Matte, 27" 1920x1080, IPS panel with HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VA2719 is very accurate, has 1050:1 contrast, negligible input lag and good, overshoot free overdrive with fast pixel response times for a 60hz non-TN panel.


ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD

Added the Review by Rtings to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte, 144hz, 2560x1440, IPS panel with 20-144hz AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Pixio PX7 Prime and ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD have negligible input lag, superior gamma tracking and sRGB (99.5% measured by Rtings) color space coverage than the LG 27GL83A-B which has faster pixel response times (less ghosting) and less color bleed (in gradient tests) than both the Pixio and ViewSonic.  The Pixio PX7 Prime comes with a height adjustable stand, 165hz support and more inputs than the Viewsonic, but the ViewSonic  VX2758-2KP-MHD has better black uniformity (based on Rtings reviews) and slightly faster pixel response times (less ghosting).

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« on: January 04, 2020, 02:20:56 pm »
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« on: December 24, 2019, 06:26:57 pm »
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For low glow panels should I try to look for AHVA panels?

Only specific panels are low glow, and I listed the 1440p+ low glow panels already.  Also, the Acer X27 and Asus PG27UQ are only low glow when their 384 zone local dimming is activated.  The BenQ PD3200U is the only affordable 1440p+ and natively low glow panel.

What do you think of the newer AOC Agon AG251FZ2 240hz monitor? Is it worth it at $280 usd compared to other 240hz monitors?

Untested so no comment.

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It boasts a 1500:1 contrast ratio.

PC Mag measured 1100:1., and it's normal for professionally oriented monitors to have 10-30% lower contrast than advertised.  Significantly more money buys the Acer X27 or Asus PG27UQ with low glow (when local dimming is enabled) and 384 zone local dimming panels, but they suffer from flash lighting (watch the Lim's Cave review).

I thought you bought a low glow Eizo EV2736W with a Samsung LTM270DL04 or 06 PLS panel in 2013-2014 during the [H]ard Forum days.  No affordable (sub 2,000$) LCD panels compare, yet.  The Acer X27 and Asus PG27UQ have higher contrast, but I prefer the low glow, but sadly discontinued and very rare Samsung panel's lack of flash lighting.

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I'm looking for the best black levels

The non-professional-oriented AHVA/IPS/PLS all have around 1,000:1 contrast, grain free matte coatings, and almost all new monitors have fake bezel/frame-less casings with perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezels (example) which make the potential contrast gains (1300 vs 1000) irrelevant.  The BenQ PD2700Q (very accurate; review links) and Asus MG279Q (144hz but less accurate than the BenQ; review links) have perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezels, but normal contrast.

If you already have a decent 60hz 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS panel the 32" 4K BenQ PD3200U (review links) is a true upgrade since it has has a low-glow AHVA panel and a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel. The Asus PG27UQ and Acer X27 with local dimming  are the only 27" monitors which best the BenQ contrast and glow wise, but at double the price.

Have any VA panels caught up to the quality of IPS panels yet?

No and never.

The Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q seemed like good build quality but a little more than I wanted to spend.

The Dell uses PWM flicker despite their Flick Free claims so I can't recommend it, especially since it's significantly less accurate than the Philips and equal to the LG's which are PWM/Flicker Free.  The Philips 276E8VJSB is as accurate as the 500$+ models, PWM/Flicker free, but does not have a height adjustable stand.  The BenQ PD2700Q (very accurate; review links) is a good 1440p alternative with a height adjust-able stand in your price range.

Do you know more about the monoprice? Would you suggest that panel?

No and no since I don't recommend untested monitors.

AHVA IPS or a IPS in my case?

It doesn't matter in this price and panel range, and AHVA/IPS/PLS with above 1,100:1 contrast are very rare, and black uniformity, lack of back-light bleed and perceived black depth(grey, silver or white bezel) are far more important than small contrast differences.

The BenQ PD2720's sRGB mode provides worse image quality than standard gamut monitors (it under saturates sRGB by 5% and locks the color controls) which is normal for wide gamut monitors in this price range.  Wide gamut monitors in this price range are a waste of money and a detriment (more glow and worse sRGB modes with locked color controls) if not needed for work with programs which support color management.

There are many better standard gamut 4K monitors (here) and 1440p monitors than versus the S2719DC which has below average preset RGB level accuracy (S2719DC versus Samsung S27H850QFU) compared to the monitors I recommend here

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« on: December 06, 2019, 01:53:27 pm »
Acer Predator XN253QP

Added the Review by PRAD to my Best Reviewed Flicker 240hz TN Panels buying guide.

Matte 1920x1080 144hz AUO TN panel with a fully adjustable stand, Nvidia G-Sync (30-144hz), Displayport, HDMI, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The XN253QP has mediocre image quality (even for a TN panel) can only cover 90-91% of the sRGB color space, and has low and non linear preset gamma resulting in washed out colors and shades.  At 60hz PRAD measured a 23.2ms signal delay which is high for a 60hz panel, and a negligible 1.5ms at 144hz, and it offers top tier (fast and overshoot free) overdrive performance when the default Normal Over Drive setting is used at both 60hz and 144hz.  The XN253P offers excellent gaming performance at 144hz, but has bad image quality compared to multiple competitors which offer equal gaming performance for a similar price.


Asus CG32UQ

Added the Review by PC Monitors to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte, fully adjust-able, wide gamut (DCI-P3 or HDR capable), 3840x2160 VA panel with 40-60hz Adaptive Sync, Displayport, 3x HDMI 2.0, 2.x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The CG32UQ's default Racing Mode is very accurate, has >3,400:1 contrast, but over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC709 & sRGB) content since it has a wide gamut panel which covers 96% the DCI-P3 color space.  The CG32UQ has  low (8.7ms measured by with the SMT Tool) input lag and decent overdrive for a 60hz VA panel, but it does smear fast transitions of some dark colors and shades, and there's no way to reduce the smearing without introducing obvious overshoot ghosting.

Lenovo Y27GQ-25

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte, 240hz, 2560x1440 TN panel with Displayport, G-Sync (24-240hz range over Displayport), Harmon Kardon 360 Speakers, HDMI 2.0, 3x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out. The Lenovo Y27GQ-2 can fully cover the SDR (HDTV & sRGB) color space and only slightly over-saturates colors, is quite accurate over all, and can be improved by selected the sRGB mode, but has average 800:1 contrast and suffers from obvious dark scene banding.  The Lenovo has very fast pixel response times with no overshoot when the default Normal Over Drive setting is used; =DEAD= does not test display lag.


Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 2560x1440, 165hz wide gamut/HDR IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The FI27Q over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) out of the box by over 30% since it has a wide gamut panel which tries to cover the DCI-P3 (HDR) color space, but it is very accurate preset gamma and color (previous 3x hyperlink source=PC Lab PL).  The sRGB emulation mode of the unit IT Hardware tested is good while the FI27Q Belgium Hardware tested significantly reduces the gamma and RGB level color accuracy (Standard versus sRGB), as well as looks washed out since the sRGB mode's gamma is too low.  The FI27Q has negligible input lag and less (2.7%) overshoot ghosting than the AD27Q (20%), but slower pixel response times resulting in more color streaking or ghosting.


LG 27GL850

Added the Review by =DEAD= and the Measurements and Review by NL Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Very accurate and fully adjustable matte 2560x1440 144hz wide gamut LG IPS with G-Sync compatible AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz over Displayport and 48-100hz over HDMI) Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0. RGB Lighting, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out. To prevent the wide gamut (DCI-P3/HDR) panel from over-saturating the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, the 27GL850 needs to be set to the sRGB mode (which is fairly accurate and has adjustable brightness, but has a preset pink tint and locked color controls[/url]).  The 27GL850 has quite accurate and nearly full DCI-P3/HDR color space coverage, but has a slight, though easily reduce-able preset blue tint.  The 27GL850 has negligible or very low input lag and very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, but the overdrive needs to be set from Normal to Fast at 144hz to provide the fastest pixel response times, and to Normal at 60hz to prevent obvious overshoot ghosting.


LG 32UL950

Added the Pro Hardware PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Fully adjustable matte 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS with AMD Free-Sync (40-60hz) Displayport, hardware calibration (requires compatible colorimeter), HDMI 2.0, HDR Color*, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, USB-C.  The LG needs to be hardware calibrated to be truly competitive, as well as operate as well as possible.

*Belgium Hardware was able to achieve 90% DCI-P3 (HDR) color space coverage through hardware calibrate with an accurate colorimeter (X-Rite i1 Spectrophometer) while Rtings unit was limited to 76% DCI-P3 which is achievable by standard or non-wide gamut panels, and basically fake HDR.

The unit PRAD tested uses high khz PWM (non detect-able flicker), has high DCI-P3 color space coverage (91% before calibration and 95% after) and decent preset color accuracy.  The preset color accuracy of the unit Rtings tested is mediocre for the price, and it uses motion clarity ruining 240hz LED PWM Dimming or flicker.


Philips E-Line 245E1S

Measurements and Review by NL Hardware.

Matte, 75hz 2560x1440 IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync (49-75hz), Displayport, HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Philips 245E1S is very accurate both gamma and color wise, can fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC709 & sRGB) color spaces and has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times for a 75hz non-TN panel.  The Philips 245E1S is a great budget monitor for casual gaming and work which requires accurate color.


Samsung U32R59C

Added the Review by Tom's Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte 3840x2160, curved (1500R) VA panel with Displayport, HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The U32R59C has very skewed and black crush (loss of detail) inducing gamma caused by the incorrectly preset HDMI Black Level setting which is preset to Low for a 16-235 signal while the Samsung outputs a 0-255 signal and needs to have its HDMI Black Level set to Normal.  the U32R59C has negligible input lag (for a 60hz panel) and fast pixel response times for a 60hz VA panel.


ViewSonic XG270QG

Added the Review by PRAD to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte, fully adjust-able, 165hz, HDR/wide gamut, 2560x1440 resolution IPS* panel with G-Sync and 120hz ULMB (back-light strobing) over Displayport.  The ViewSonic XG270QG has Displayport, HDMI 1.4, 3x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The XG270QG is very accurate aside from a slight warm preset green tint, and can fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, but has average contrast (850:1) and over-saturates the color of non DCI-P3 content (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) since it uses a wide gamut and HDR capable panel without a properly functioning sRGB emulation mode.  The ViewSonic XG270QG has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times for a non-TN panel at 144-165hz with the response time is set to the Standard (no overshoot; 60hz measurements by PRAD) and Advanced (faster but with minor overshoot; 165hz measurements by PRAD) settings.  The XG270QG does not support YCbCr 4:2:2 and YCbCr 4:4:4 signals properly when connected via HDMI; read the Unterstützte Farbmodelle und Signallevel (Supported colour models and signal level) section at the bottom of page 8 in PRAD's review for more information.

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thanks.  any thoughts on the eizo ev2456?

Great but significantly overpriced versus the Samsung S24E650PL, though if the Samsung is not available then the Eizo is the most accurate 24" 1080p IPS around.

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Need some advice please.  I'm not looking for a gaming computer, but one for work.  I have a very hard time with eye strain, and would like to get the best one I can.  I'm thinking around 24" Thank you very much!

Anything from here will do; the Dell S2419H (glossy) and Samsung S24E650PL (matte) are both stand outs and are competitively priced.  Eyestrain is usually caused by cranking the display brightness (preset to near maximum or higher) in a dimly lit room and/or LED PWM Dimming or Flicker, and I only recommend PWM/Flicker Free displays.

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Yamakasi

Yamakasi Catleap Q270

The Yamakasi Catleap uses the same glossy, 8 Bit LG S-IPS panel as the MOTV M2700 I reviewed and offers nearly identical performance. I have tested both, and the MOTV had slightly better color presets and contrast, but this is a result of inter-panel variance. The MOTV M2700 is cheaper and is easier to VESA mount since the Yamakasi needs to be taken apart to remove the gray plastic piece on the black which blocks the VESA holes.

The single input 1440p Korean S-IPS panels all suffer from an obvious preset green tint, green over-saturation after calibration, lack menus with color controls and only work with PC's when connected with a Dual-Link DVI cable.

Yamakasi Picture Gallery #1 (Bioshock Infinite PC)
Yamakasi Picture Gallery #2 (Assassin's Creed, Defiance, Fallout 3 and The Bureau)
Yamakasi Picture Gallery #3 (The Bureau X-COM Declassified)
Yamakasi Catleap Gallery #4 (Lost Planet 3 PC)
Yamakasi Catleap Gallery #5 (Shadowrun)

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« on: November 23, 2019, 02:30:10 pm »
BenQ SW270C

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

The BenQ SW270C is a matte, fully adjustable 2560x1440 wide gamut IPS* panel with AQCOLOR, CalMAN Pantone hardware calibration, Displayport, 1x HDMI 1.4a, 1x HDMI 2.0, a monitor hood, an SD Card Reader, USB-C, 2x USB 3.0 and a 16 bit 3D Look Up Table.  The Adobe RGB, DCI-P3, M-Book and sRGB modes are all very accurate, and the sRGB mode provides from emulation with significant over and under-saturation, but the SW270C suffers from gradient banding both before and after calibration which is a shame since it has a 16 bit 3D Look Up Table.  The SW270C has fast pixel response times for a 60hz AHVA/IPS/PLS panel, and is free from obvious overshoot ghosting (AMA On), but has a 20ms  (measured by Playwares with the SMT Tool 2.0) or 31ms (measured by PRAD with an oscilloscope) delay or input lag.


Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q

Added the Review by IBXT to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 2560x1440, 165hz wide gamut/HDR IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The FI27Q over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) out of the box by over 30% since it has a wide gamut panel which tries to cover the DCI-P3 (HDR) color space.  The sRGB emulation mode of the unit IT Hardware tested is good while the FI27Q Belgium Hardware tested significantly reduces the gamma and RGB level color accuracy (Standard versus sRGB), as well as looks washed out since the sRGB mode's gamma is too low.  The FI27Q has negligible input lag and less (2.7%) overshoot ghosting than the AD27Q (20%), but slower pixel response times resulting in more color streaking or ghosting.


HP Elite S270n

Added the Review by Les Numeriques to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 4-5K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte 3840x2160 resolution, LG LM270WR3-SSA1 IPS panel with low glow, a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel, Displayport, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and USB-C.  The HP has low contrast (around 700:1), high preset gamma (2.4 average) which can not be reduced, and can cover 98.4% of the sRGB color space.  The HP has good overdrive (fast pixel response times with no obvious overshoot) when the Over Drive setting is set to Level 4; the reviewer did not test the delay or input lag. 


LG 27GL83A-B

Added the Review by Rtings to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 2560x1440, 144hz IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The 27GL83A-B does not over-saturate the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content since it has a standard, or non-wide gamut panel which tries to cover the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB (SDR) color spaces.  The preset Gamer 1 Picture mode is quite accurate, but not as accurate as some competitors, especially since the 27GL83A-B can not fully cover the sRGB color space while the more accurate, and more expensive , even when set to the sRGB mode.  The 27GL83A-B [url=https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gl83a-b#comparison_1435]has negligible input lag and extremely fast pixel response times which are faster than many competitors.


MSI MAG271CQR

Global Hardware HD (sub 1.95 average gamma) to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

Matte, curved (1800R), semi-wide gamut, 2560x1440 144hz VA panel with a height adjustable stand, AMD Free-Sync, Displayport (48-144hz Free-Sync range), 2x HDMI 2.0 (48-120hz Free-Sync range) and 2x USB 3.0.  The MSI has skewed preset gamma which varies significantly between the tested units, a slight blue tint and over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content by 20% since it has a semi-wide gamut panel which is also not capable of fully covering the DCI-P3 (HDR) color space, though MSI only claims it can cover 90% (IT Hardware PL measured 85%). 


Pixio PX7 Prime

Added the Review by Rtings to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able, matte 2560x1440, 165hz IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync (20-165hz), 2x Displayport, HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The PX7 Prime is quite accurate, and can fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces.  The PX7 Prime has neligible input lag and very fast pixel response times when the Middle overdrive setting is used, but it's not as fast as a fastest AHVA/IPS/PLS competitors, those being the the LG 27GL83 and 27GL850 which are faster and almost overshoot free unlike the Gigabyte AD27Q.


Samsung C27RG50FQ

Added the Review by Pro Hardware and Review by Tom's Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker 240hz Panels buying guide.

Curved (1500R), matte 1920x1080 240hz, 8 bit VA panel with a Nvidia G-Sync compatible AMD Free-Sync (30-240hz), 144hz ULMB (back-light strobing) Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VA panel in the C27RG50FQ has over 3,000:1 contrast, and fairly accurate preset colors, but very high (in the 0-20% white range) and skewed gamma which causes black crush, or the loss of details in dark scenes, but can be improved by changing the gamma setting from 1 to 3.  The C27RG50FQ has fast pixel response times and negligible input lag, but the default HDMI black level setting is set to Low which may cause black crush depending on the device the monitor is connected to (read the Set Up and Calibration section of Tom's Hardware Review).


ViewSonic VX3276-4K-mhd

Added the Review by PRAD to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide

Matte 3840x2160, wide gamut VA panel with 38-60hz AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, Mini Displayport, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VX3276-4K-mhd's preset Native mode is fairly accurate, but suffers from an obvious preset blue tint.  The VX3276-4K-mhd has a 12ms signal delay and fast pixel response times for a 60hz VA panel.

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Do you know how long is the base? Those protruding "spikes" could be a problem as a sideway display (my XB241H has those things too).

Also, on Amazon in my country that monitor is 200€, do you think I could wait for some more discount? (it was added only 2 months ago)

No and don't know, but doubt it will go on sale since it's already competitively priced against 60-75hz IPS.

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