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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


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 32UL950

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by PRAD
Pro Hardware PL
Review by Rtings

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.


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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« on: November 17, 2019, 05:40:54 pm »
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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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Fallout 3 and Skyrim PC on the glossy 2560x1440 resolution Yamakasi Catleap.  Yamakasi Catleap Flickr Gallery.


DSC_0164 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0165 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0057 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0056 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0055 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0053 by Dr NCX, on Flickr


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The Bureau: X-Com Declassified PC on the glossy 2560x1440 resolution Yamakasi Catleap.  Yamakasi Catleap Flickr Gallery.


DSC_0149 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0150 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0152 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0153 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0156 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0158 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0159 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0161 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0162 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

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The Bureau: X-Com Declassified PC on the glossy 2560x1440 resolution Yamakasi Catleap.  Yamakasi Catleap Flickr Gallery.


DSC_0139 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0140 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0141 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0142 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0143 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0144 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0145 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0147 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0148 by Dr NCX, on Flickr



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a good 1080p 144hz IPS/VA panel? (found the VA Samsung C24FG73,  C27FG73 and MSI Optix G27C2, and IPS Aoc 24g2 Gaming).

Always good IPS or VA over TN, especially since the Dell S2719DGF is worse than some of the best 144hz 1080p TN panels since the Dell may come with very washed out colors and lacks gamma controls which can improve it.

I recommend the AOC 24G2 over 144hz VA panels.  Make sure to read and/or watch my guides about display height, display brightness and room lighting.

IPS vs TN: Right & Wrong Ways To Use Or View; How To Vastly Reduce AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow & Vastly Increase The Perceived Black Depth

Display Brightness & Room Lighting: The Importance Of Light


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« on: November 09, 2019, 02:55:45 pm »
Asus PA32UCX

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

Matte fully adjustable 3840x2160, wide gamut/HDR panel with Back-light Dimming, Displayport, Hardware Calibration (Asus ProArt which does not work properly), 3x HDMI 2.0, 2x Thunderbolt USB-C (1 In & 1 Out), 3x USB 3.1 and Uniformity Compensation which reduces the contrast and does not work very well.  The PA32UCX-K is quite accurate (2.14 out of the box gamma is disappointing), but needs to be set to the accurate but too red REC 709 (Tom's Hardware preset color accuracy section) or sRGB mode to prevent the over-saturation of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content since the PA32UCX-K uses a an HDR-capable wide gamut panel which is preset to use the native DCI-P3/HDR color space, and unfortunately locks the color controls when the HDR mode is enabled.

The PA32UCX-K's color temperature changes and normalizes over a period of two hours when turned on after calibration, as well as suffers from varying color accuracy depending on how long it is turned on and which settings are changed.  The Asus has low input lag and fast pixel response times (for a 60hz non-TN panel) with minimal overshoot ghosting when the preset Trace Free 60 setting is used, and almost full HDR support thanks to the 1152 zone back-light dimming, 1500cdm/2 maximum brightness and wide gamut panel. The PA32UCX-K is a good 60hz gaming and media viewing display, especially once calibrated, but is not suitable for professional use over monitors from Eizo and NEC due to the Asus's improperly working hardware calibration (ProArt) and Uniformity compensation modes, and color-changing issues which occur over time after being turned on, and when settings are changed.


BenQ EX2780Q

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.

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 and Rec 709 Picture modes; the Standard 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% while the REC 709 mode accurately emulates the REC 709 color space without significant over or under-saturation and should be used when not viewing HDR content.  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 It Hardware PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 2 PC on the glossy 2560x1440 resolution Yamakasi Catleap.  Yamakasi Catleap Flickr Gallery.


DSC_0172 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0171 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0170 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0163 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

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I'll start this off with photos of BioShock Infinite displayed on the glossy 2560x1440 IPS panel in a Yamakasi Catleap I owned in 2014.  Yamakasi Catleap Flickr Gallery.


DSC_0188 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0187 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0186 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0183 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0179 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0174 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

DSC_0173 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

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I really don't know if there is a real input lag difference between these two

Most monitors have so-low-it's negligible amounts of input lag (<5ms) these days, including the AOC and ViewSonic.  The main difference between AHVA/IPS/PLS and TN panels is the pixel response time difference (amount of ghosting; TN are faster) and image quality.  If set at the correct height the AOC offers vastly superior image quality to the ViewSonic, and the AOC's pixel response times are fast enough to satisfy the vast majority of players.  Compare the AOC to the ViewSonic XG240R which has nearly identical pixel response time performance with the VX2458:


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