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ViewSonic

ViewSonic VP3268-4K

Review by =DEAD=

Matte, fully adjustable 10 bit (8 bit +FRC) 3840x2160 AH-IPS panel with Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, mini Displayport, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The VP3268-4K is very accurate, and supports hardware calibration with a compatible accurate colorimeter such as the X-Rite i1 Display Pro and has a 14 bit 3d LUT which reduces banding and preserves the quality of gradients when calibrated.  The overdrive (Response Time) is set to Standard, but can be improved without adding overshoot ghosting by selecting the Advanced setting.

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« on: June 29, 2019, 07:37:28 pm »
AOC 27V2Q

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

75hz Matte 1920x1080 LG AH-IPS panel with Displayport, HDMI and AMD Free-Sync.  The AOC can only cover 90% of the sRGB color space and has skewed preset gamma and a blue tint out of the box.


BenQ GW2480T

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

Matte, fully adjustable 1920x1080 IPS with Displayport, HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The GW2480T is very accurate and offers excellent 60hz gaming performance (negligible input lag and fast pixel response times without obvious overshoot ghosting) for a 60hz non-TN panel, but can not fully cover the sRGB color space (typical for 24" 1080p IPS/PLS).


MSI MAG271CQR

Added the Review by IT Hardware PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors

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, but still fairly accurate preset gamma, a blue tint and over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content 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%).   


MSI MAG321CQR

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors

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 2.0.  The MAG321CQR has low (1.99) preset gamma and over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB content), but has negligible input lag, good overdrive for a VA panel and back-light strobing.


MSI MAG321CURV

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

Matte, curved (1500R) 3840x2160 and fully adjustable VA panel with Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB-C 3.1, 2x USB 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The MAG321CURV offers great 60hz gaming performance for a VA panel, is quite accurate, but has slightly too low preset gamma (2.13 average), can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, and has a fake bezel or frame-less casing with a perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezel.


MSI MPG27CQ

Added the Review by Rtings to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors

Matte curved (1800R) semi-wide gamut matte 2560x1440 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz range) 2x USB 3.0, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, a height adjustable stand and a fake frame-less casing with a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel.  The preset color accuracy can very significantly, so read the reviews before buying.


Philips 326M6VJRMB

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

Matte, wide gamut (HDR), 3840x2160 Innolux VA (TPV-M315DJJ-K31) panel with a height adjustable stand, AMD Free-Sync (40-60hz), Displayport, edge-lit back-light dimming for HDR, 3x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The 326M6VJRMB offers very accurate DCI-P3 color accuracy out of the box, but the sRGB mode significantly under-saturates colors which leaves one with over-saturated and inaccurate color when viewing SDR or non-HDR content created for the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB color spaces.  The HDR image quality offered is quite good due to the high brightness (>700cdm/2), high DCI-P3 color space coverage and edge-lit back-light dimming.


Viewsonic XG240R

Added the Review by IBXT and  Review by Tom's Hardware (skewed gamma) to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1080p Monitors buying guide.

Fully adjust-able matte 144hz 1920x1080 AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz from), Displayport, 2x HDMI (120hz), 2x USB 3.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Viewsonic has accurate 60hz image quality, but suffers from a significant gamma drop (60hz 2.3 to 1.9 at 144hz), and loss of color and shade accuracy and vibrancy when set to 144hz.  Setting the Gamma to 2.6, and setting the Gaming Settings to Custom 1 and 2 (best) improve the 144hz gamma.  The Viewsonic has negligible input lag, balanced overdrive (fast pixel response times and minimal overshoot) with the Faster Response Time OD setting, but has a perceived black depth decreasing matte black bezel versus the XG2401's perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel.

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So I did some new measurements with the i1 Display Pro, here's the PG279QZ

Looks very similar to mine, and the more precise measurements make it seem like AUO is targeting sRGB gamma with most of these (certain batches?) G-Sync AHVA panels.

aren't they both edge-lit considering the panel used?

Don't know, but I think Rtings is incorrect and that Asus is using the same casing and panel since it would be a waste of money for them not to since they didn't change panel suppliers like with the PB278Q which they switched from PLS to AHVA, and changed the casing for in 2014.

Oh, and in my XG2402 adjustments, a third button snapped off. Great and sturdy buttons you got there Viewsonic.

Email them, perchance they will give you something for free or a gift card which never expires; the squeaky wheel gets greased.

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Do you have anymore recommendations for this price target?

No.  Monitors not listed in my Best Reviewed Flicker Free buying guides are more likely to be untested rather than mediocre or awful.


I live in Portugal and the current asked price for the Acer Nitro VG270UP is 405.  I don't mind spending more money if I think that it is a better deal and that will last. The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is 608. Is the the 200 difference worth it?

No.  The Gigabyte is basically the same monitor with more accurate color presets.  The money saved can be put towards an accurate colorimeter (X-Rite colormunki or i1 display pro) for calibration which will provide much better image quality.

Make sure to read my articles or watch my videos about display brightness, display height and 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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Thanks, will likely report back with colorimeter readings once I get them. Maybe even updated readings from my XG2402, as I don't really trust my current i1Pro 2's highly varied results (And is just sometimes a pain to use as things don't seem to always support it right by default)

If you value your time pay the extra money for the i1 display pro which reads much faster than the Colormunki.  Also, in HCFR click the Measures Men>Parameters and set Number of Grayscale Measurements to 100 and the rest to 16 for much more precise measurements (Yasamoka, the creator of the ICC Profile enforcing Color Sustainer program told me about this).  Doing so will take much longer, but also make your adjustments more precise, and measurements more accurate.

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I haven't really seen you directly compare the best Freesync ones with the best Gsync ones

There's no point since 99.9% of people I've seen ask about 144hz "IPS" either don't want to spend more than a certain amount which excludes G-Sync monitors, or 100% want Free-Sync for their AMD gpu or G-Sync for their Nvidia gpu.  Also, I won't recommend monitors not officially confirmed by Nvidia (the Acer XF270HU isn't, yet) to be G-Sync compatible for G-Sync compatible gaming, as well as avoid the subject due to compatibility issues.

The PG279QZ is the best choice if willing to buy a colorimeter,  to ensure variable overdrive functionality, as well as slightly superior overdrive performance compared to the XF270HU:


Rtings proved the PG279QZ and PG279Q's overdrive performance is nearly identical so I'll use PRAD's measurements to better compare the Acer and Asus



Neither monitor is perfectly accurate, and the XF270HU has gamma settings to combat the potentially low gamma the AHVA panels can come with (PRAD measured nearly linear 2.3 gamma while PG279Q's usually come with sRGB gamma curves), but the PG279QZ has better overdrive and G-Sync.  I might switch my recommendation to the XF270HU if Nvidia listed it as officially supported, but I have not read much about or gamed with a G-Sync compatible monitor (I have a 980 ti) and thus can not confidently do so.

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if the switch from 1080 to 4k is worth the price jump and the trade off of glossy to matte?
 

I can't answer this for you, especially since there are so few glossy options now.  The HP 24 Envy comes the closest to matching good 4K monitors SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color space and vibrancy wise, but needs to be calibrated to compete with the best affordable 4K monitors, the Philips 276E8VJSB and LG 27UL550 which is not as accurate, but supports Free-Sync and has a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel.  The Dell S2419H uses the same panel as the 24 Envy, as well as is a bit more accurate, but has the same issue with blues and oranges:

These panels suffer from <1mm thick vertical black lines which span from top to bottom of the panel when viewing some light colors such as light blue and orange.

The Xbox One X can down-sample 4K to 1080p monitors, but not with 4K Netflix content (15.26mb/s), which is significantly higher quality than most of the 1080p content (2-6mb/s streaming rate).  The Xbox One X also supports 1440p, so if in the US and able to deal with 20-27ms delay consider the Planar PXL2790 with Plasma Deposition Coating.  Clarity and Vibrancy: The Last Of The Plasma Deposition Coated 2560x1440 IPS.

There are zero TV's under 800$ US I'm willing to recommend due to low frequency LED PWM Dimming use and/or poor preset color accuracy.

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Conclusion: Planar Superiority?

HP 24 Envy TO 1886 Statue Tape Off vs Tape On by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Neither of these monitors will likely appeal to non-casual gamers due to their 20-27ms delays and 60hz refresh rates, but I think they are some of the best monitors around for casual gaming, media viewing and text, especially if non-stick perceived black depth increasing grey or silver tape is put in the bezel. I use this silver Scotch tape on a few fake border or frame-less monitors I own such as the HP 24 Envy (with and without tape) and Acer G257HU. I've removed and re-taped a few monitors after a few months and not had issues with residue, however I must warn that adding tape to a monitor may void the warranty.

Lastly, it may seem that the Planar is the outright superior monitor since it is more accurate, has lower input lag and higher contrast (1100:1 measured by Tom's Hardware versus Nixeus <800:1 measured by Tom's Hardware), however, it has one flaw which some may deem fatal which is the very high minimum brightness of 174cdm/2 versus the Nixeus which can dim down to 58cdm/2 when the menu brightness is set to zero.

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5K? 5120x2880 Plasma Deposition Coated IPS

iiyama (XB2779QQS) and Planar (IX2790) sell 5K or 5120x2880 resolution AH-IPS with Plasma Deposition Coating, but they use semi-wide gamut panels which over-saturate the colors of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, including games, by more than 25%.  Belgium Hardware reviewed the iiyama XB2779QQS which has a 27.6ms delay (top screen Leo Bodnar device measurement), marginally too low preset gamma (2.11 average) and disappointing preset RGB level accuracy, for the price.


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The Nixeus has high input lag (around 27ms if measured with the Leo Bodnar device) for a modern (2019) 1440p monitor since most have <3ms delays, however, 27ms is acceptable for casual gaming, as well as a decent result in the TV realm since the fastest TV's have 10-30ms delays. 

I tested the Planar and measured a 20ms delay with the Leo Bodnar device while Tom's Hardware, using their own testing methodology, measured 88ms for the Nixeus and 81ms for the Planar, which is a 7ms difference, hence my 27ms estimation for the Nixeus. 

Both monitors have good overdrive or pixel response time performance for 60hz non-TN panels, and the Planar's pixel response time settings are controlled by the Over Drive settings which is preset to 60 and consists of six settings, those being 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100. The default setting (60) causes a bit of overshoot while 20 is completely overshoot free, and 40 offers a nice balance between speed and overshoot with the panel I tested.

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The Nixeus is less accurate than the Planar, even when set to the User mode: Nixeus versus Planar RGB Level Measurements by Tom's Hardware

The Nixeus also has less accurate, but still excellent preset gamma versus the Planar: Nixeus versus Planar gamma measurements by Tom's Hardware.

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Plasma Deposition Coating
Matte versus PDC versus Glossy


BenQ BL2710PT vs Crossover 2755AMG vs Qnix QX2710 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

sdadad by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Plasma Deposition coating is an anti-glare treated edge-to-edge glass fused to glossy IPS panels, and is the clearest, most vibrant and least reflective glossy coating. However, PDC is not flaw-less since the glass can be chipped and broken, and because PDC coated monitors have a glass covered black bezels which vastly reduces the perceived black depth.  The perceived black depth can be increased with bias lighting (light placed behind the display) or by placing non-stick silver tape tape on the black bezel.

Two years ago I bought a Planar PXL2790MW with a broken panel and put a spare PDC coated panel from a Korean monitor (Crossover 27QW HDMI) in, and used grey duct tape to hold it together, and vastly improve the perceived black depth.  Planar PXL2790MW photo gallery.

The panel I put in the Planar was not as accurate, so I was only able to achieve either 2.1 average gamma (resulting in slightly washed out color and shades) with the 2.2 menu setting or 2.3 average gamma (resulting in slightly too dark color and shades) with the 2.4 Gamma menu setting versus the nearly perfectly linear 2.2 gamma of the Nixeus and original Planar.

Compare the plasma deposition coated panel in the Planar to many others all brightness matched and menu calibrated with a colorimeter in my The Order 1886 Comparison Gallery. Here are examples of each time of coating:

Glossy SubGear AD27

SubGear AD27 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Low Haze/Almost Glossy Qnix UHD32R

Qnix UHD32R The Order 1886 Statue by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Matte ViewSonic VP2780-4K

Viewsonic VP2780-4K TO LON 10s by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Plasma Deposition Coated Planar

Planar PXL2790MW The Order 1886 2.1 Gamma by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Semi-Glossy HP 24Envy

HP 24 Envy The Order 1886 Statue by Dr NCX, on Flickr


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I'm not sure why, but I did not give the Plasma Deposition Coated (Steemit article with glossy photo comparison photos) Nixeus PRO VUE27S and Planar PXL2790MW (Fall 2013 release) the attention they deserved, but am now since both are still available in North America. Europeans can look for the iiyama XB2779QS (review links) which is very similar to the Planar.

Nixeus NX-VUE27S Review by Tom's Hardware

Planar PXL2790MW Review by Tom's Hardware


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Best Reviewed Flicker Free Monitor Buying Guides / Yamakasi
« on: June 15, 2019, 08:54:48 pm »
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: June 08, 2019, 06:23:05 pm »
BenQ BL2581T

Added the Review by PRAD to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 1920x1200 IPS monitors buying guide.

The BenQ BL2581T uses a matte 1920x1200 LG AH-IPS panel with a fully adjustable stand, Displayport Duak-Link DVI, VGA, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out ports.  The BL2518T is very accurate, has high contrast (1200:1), balanced overdrive (AMA High setting) without overshoot, but has a high 26ms signal delay or input lag, and can not scale 16:9 signals properly if not sent from a PC.


Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD

Added the Review by PC Monitors 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 semi-wide gamut Innolux IPS with Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0. RGB Lighting, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out. PC Monitor's review is the sixth review to confirm that the Gigabyte is consistently very accurate, and that the Speed overdrive setting causes obvious overshoot.


LG 27UL500

Added the Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 4-5K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte height adjustable 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS panel with 40-60hz AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Auido Out. The 27UL500 is least accurate of the tested 27" 4K monitors on the market, and while not awful, is not competitive or worth purchasing.  It has low 2.05 (average) gamma and slightly slower pixel response times than the many better options


LG 27UL550

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

Matte height adjustable 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS panel with 40-60hz AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The UL550 is pretty much the same as the UL650 aside from the fact that the UL550 has a perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel while the UL650 has a fake bezel or frame-less panel with a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel.  The 27UL550 is quite accurate, especially when set to the SMPTE-C mode, as well as offers top tier 60hz gaming performance (negligible input lag and fast pixel response times without overshoot ghosting).  Belgium Hardware's Standard Mode RGB Level Measurements (as well as others) are extremely similar to the 27UL550 I tested.


LG 27UL650

Added the Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 4-5K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte height adjustable 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS panel with 40-60hz AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Auido Out.   The 27UL650 is pretty much the same as the UL550 aside from the fact that the UL550 has a perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel while the UL650 has a fake bezel or frame-less panel with a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel.  The 27UL650 is quite accurate, as well as offers top tier 60hz gaming performance (negligible input lag and fast pixel response times without overshoot ghosting).  Belgium Hardware's Standard Mode RGB Level Measurements (as well as others) are extremely similar to the 27UL550 I tested.

Gigabyte Aorus KD25F

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

Matte 1920x1080 240hz AUO TN panel with a fully adjustable stand, AMD Free-Sync (40-240hz), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 (240hz), 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The KD25F is very accurate, can cover 98% of the sRGB color space, has good contrast for a 240hz TN panel (860:1), and has very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, but has high input lag at 60hz (240hz not measured; 19.8ms top screen Leo Bodnar device measurement).


Philips 276E8VJSB

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

The Philips 276E8VJSB has a fake bezel or frame-less 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS panel with a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel. Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and a 3.5mm Audio Out jack.  Set the overdrive (Response Time) to Faster for top tier 60hz gaming performance (negligible input lag and fast pixel response times without overshoot ghosting.


Philips 328M6

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors

Curved, matte, semi-wide gamut 2560x1440 144hz VA panel with height adjustable stand, AMD Free-Sync (-144hz), 2x Displayport, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The 328M6 is very accurate, has high contrast for a VA panel (4,000:1 versus 2,300-3,000:1 for most VA monitors), can display an HDR signal (not properly since it lacks all of the features required for true HDR), and has fast pixel response times and negligible input lag.  While not mentioned in the Playwares review, expect typical VA smearing of black, browns and greys due to VA panels slower pixel response times. The Response Time setting needs to be switched from the preset Off setting to Faster for the best performance and fastest pixel response times without overshoot ghosting.


Philips 329P9H

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

Matte fully adjustable 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS panel with Displayport In & Out, Gigabyte-LAN port, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB-C 3.1, 4x USB 3.1.  The 329P9H is very accurate, has almost 1400:1 contrast and fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot when the Response Time (overdrive) setting is switched from the preset Off setting to Faster.  PRAD measured a 25ms signal delay which is almost a two frame delay (32ms), which is far too high for competitive 60hz gaming, but is fine for casual gaming and in line with most TV's.

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