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Brightness & Contrast

DSC_0668 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

HP 25f B & C by Dr NCX, on Flickr

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Flicker/PWM Dimming

DSC_0655 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: February 12, 2019, 01:45:31 am »
HP 27x

Added the review by Review by Les Numeriques to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

Fully adjustable matte 2560x1440 144hz AUO TN panel with Nvidia G-Sync, Displayport, HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  I don't know what type of matte coating it uses or if it suffers from the same dark scene banding as the Dell S2417DG or S2716DG, and it has very poor preset color accuracy and washed out colors thanks to the average 1.8 preset gamma.  Not recommended.

iiyama XUB2493HS-B1

Added the Review by IT Hardware Poland to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors buying guide.
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Fully adjustable matte 1920x1080 IPS with Displayport, HDMI, 2x 2W speakers, VGA, and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The iiyama can't fully cover the sRGB color space (87.6% coverage) and has low preset gamma resulting in very washed out colors. 


LG 24CK550W-3A

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

Fully adjustable matte 1920x1080 IPS with a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel,  Displayport, HDMI, 4x USB 2.0 (side, 2x USB 3.0 (back() and 3.5mm Audio Out & Microphone In (side).  The LG is fairly accurate, but can't fully cover the sRGB color space (90% out of the box versus 95% for the best 24-25" IPS/PLS) and has slightly too low preset gamma.

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:55:33 pm »
AOC I2790PQU

Added the Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors

Fully adjustable and very accurate matte 1920x180 LG AH-IPS with Displayport, HDMI, VGA, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The I2790PQU is more accurate than the 24" version, and the 27" version is one of the most accurate, and best 60hz 27" 1080p IPS/PLS monitors.

Dell S2719DGF

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

Fully adjustable 155hz (overclocked; 144hz native) 2560x1440 AUO TN panel with a grainy and sparkle free matte coating, Displayport, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, and 2x 3.5mm Audio Out, of which one is amplified or has volume control while the other has fixed volume output for speakers.  The Dell has excellent preset color accuracy aside from the gamma which may be too low, resulting and dull and washed out image quality.


Philips 275P4VYKEB

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

Accurate wide gamut, glossy 5120x2880 resolution Samsung PLS panel with a fully adjustable stand, 2x Displayport (required for full 5K signal) and 3x USB 3.0

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: January 31, 2019, 09:05:59 pm »
Dell S2719DGF

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

Fully adjustable 155hz (overclocked; 144hz native) 2560x1440 AUO TN panel with a grainy and sparkle free matte coating, Displayport, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, and 2x 3.5mm Audio Out, of which one is amplified or has volume control while the other has fixed volume output for speakers.  The Dell has excellent preset color accuracy aside from the gamma which may be too low, resulting and dull and washed out image quality.

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: January 30, 2019, 09:22:27 pm »
Asus PG279QZ

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

The Asus PG279QZ is an updated version of the PG279Q (2015), released in 2019, and with zero improvements.  The PG279QZ is fully adjustable, has Displayport (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync), HDMI, G-Sync (Nvidia GPU required), ULMB (120hz back-light strobing), 2x USB 3.0 and the same fake-thin matte grey casing with an inner black bezel which decreases the perceived black depth.  The PG279QZ Rtings tested has excellent all-around performance, however, without more reviews available, it's impossible to know if it is consistently accurate unlike the PG279Q.

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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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Best Reviewed Flicker Free Monitor Buying Guides / X-Star
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:50:02 am »
X-Star

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:45:25 am »
AOC CQ32G1

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

Matte curved 2560x1440 144hz VA panel with a Displayport, 2x HDMI and a height adjustable stand.  It's far less accurate and has half the contrast ratio (2,500:1) as the 1080p C32G1 (5,000:1) which also has slightly faster pixel response times or less ghosting the the best overdrive/response time setting (Medium) is used.  Playwares unit came with slightly too low preset gamma (2.05 average) which was improved by setting the Gamma to Mode 3.


Asus VG279Q

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1080p Monitors buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 1920x1080 144hz AUO AHVA panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz), Displayport, Dual-Link DVI (120hz), HDMI, 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The Asus can fully covers, as well as slightly over-saturates colors of the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB (SDR) color spaces, and has accurate color presets overall (default=Game Visual MOBA), which can be marginally improved by setting the Low Blue Light Filter to Level 1.  As expected, the Asus has very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, even when using the default overdrive (Trace Free 60) setting, and has negligible input lag (4-5ms measured by Playwares with the SMT Tool 2.0 vs a CRT).


BenQ GW2480

Added the Review by Les Numeriques to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors

Matte 1920x1080 IPS with Displayport, HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  It's fairly accurate but has low sRGB color space coverage compared to the best options, and has high preset gamma which averages around 2.4, but can be improved by changing the Gamma.


Dell S2719DM

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

Matte 1920x1080 fake* four-sided border/frame-less IPS with AMD Free-Sync (48-75hz range), 2x HDMI, 3.5mm Audi Out and fairly accurate color presets hampered by the skewed and slightly too high gamma curve.

*Four sided border/frame-less monitors have a thin inner black bezel which reduces the perceived black depth.


HP DreamColor Z27x G2 Studio (2NJ08AT)

Added the Measurements by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Fully adjustable matte 2560x1440 wide gamut IPS with Displayport, 2x HDMI, USB-C, 3.5mm Audio Out, 4x USB 3.0 and USB-C.  The HP suffers from a slight preset green tint, has nearly 2.4 average gamma and high input lag (35.7ms Leo Bodnar device measurements).


Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD

Added the Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware, and the  Review by IT Hardware PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors, and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjustable matte 144hz 2560x1440 Innolux IPS with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz range) Displayport, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The Gigabyte has very accurate preset color accuracy, but has a very minor preset pink tint, and slightly slower pixel response (some transitions are 2-3ms slower) times, and significantly more overshoot ghosting (20%) than 144-165hz 1440 AUO AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) Belgium Hardware tested such as the Acer XB271HU (15%), Asus MG279Q (5%), and Asus PG279Q (3%).

The Gigabyte over-saturates SDR (130% or 30% over-saturation of the HDTV/REC709 and sRGB color spaces used by non-HDR content) colors by default since it has a semi-wide gamut panel with DCI-P3 (HDR) color space coverage (>92%) and capability (>400cdm/2 brightness), but it does have a good sRGB mode to prevent over-saturation.

Viewsonic XG240R

Added the Review by PC Monitors to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1080p Monitors buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 144hz 1920x1080 AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz from all inputs), 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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You should add PCMonitor's XG240R review to its list of reviews: https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/viewsonic-xg240r/

It's on the list along with >4 other monitors to add, and probably more when I actually do update the site on Monday.

Curious as to why you have it rated decently lower than the XG2402, as it seems mostly the same, however I could be missing something obvious :P

I put the XG240R last since I didn't know if it had the dark scene banding issue at the time, because it has low and skewed-down preset gamma (PRAD measurement), and worse overdrive performance compared to the VX2458 which has better preset gamma than the rest of the Viewsonic monitors (assuming consistency), as well as very fast and balanced overdrive (Ultra-Fast).  The VX2458's main flaw is the perceived black depth ruining glossy black bezel.  The XG2402 and 0R have only slightly-less bad matte black bezels, and glossy plastic is better for putting perceived black depth increasing silver tape on, and are easier to clean, and are hard to stain.

January 28th Update:

I re-evaluated everything and re-ranked the 24-27" 144hz 1080p Free-Sync monitors with the dark scene banding heavily weighed, which is why I excluded a few monitors previously featured.  I removed the 24GM79G after seeing Belgium Hardware's measurements, and because I don't know if it has the same dark scene banding issues as the Dell S2417DG, S2716DG and XG2402.

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:14:53 pm »
LG 32UL950: Not Recommended

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

Standard gamut 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS with AMD Free-Sync (40-60hz) Displayport, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, USB-C, and a fully adjustable stand.  The preset color accuracy is bad for the price, it doesn't support HDR since it lacks a wide gamut panel (yes it can take the signal but the panel is not wide gamut), and it uses motion clarity ruining 240hz LED PWM Dimming or flicker, which makes it a joke. 

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Quote from: peat moss link
Is there any loss of picture quality when watching 2K content on a 4K monitor?

Yes, but it's not worth worrying about at all unless viewing low (non blu-ray or sub-1080p) content.

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NCX Live Streams & Videos / Re: NCX Live
« on: January 12, 2019, 07:42:42 pm »

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: January 12, 2019, 02:17:56 am »
AOC AG273QCG

Added the Review by PC Monitors to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

Curved, semi wide gamut, matte 165hz 2560x1440 AUO TN with Nvida G-Sync (30-165hz range), a fully adjustable stand, Displayport, HDMI and a medium matte coating which is normal for these types of monitors.  The AOC has failrly linear gamma and a semi-wide gamut panel which slightly over-saturates colors.


Dell S2719DC

Added the Measurements by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.


HP 27Fh

Added the Measurements by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors

Significantly less accurate (than the 27F) matte 1080p IPS with AMD Free-Sync (48-75hz range), native 75hz for both AMD and Nvidia cards, a height adjustable stand, 2x HDMI (Free-Sync) and 1x VGA.  Set the Response Time setting to Level 2 for the best balance between fast pixel response times and minimal overshoot ghosting.

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« on: January 12, 2019, 01:17:56 am »
Acer BM320

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

The Acer uses a 3840x2160 matte wide gamut AUO AHVA panel with color/uniformity compensation, Displayport, mini-Display-Port, Dual-Link DVI (3840x2160 @30hz) HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, 3.5mm Audio In & Out and a fully adjustable stand.  Since it uses a wide gamut panel the Acer's colors are vastly over-saturated for SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, but has multiple color space emulation modes such as the Adobe RGB, sRGB and REC 709 (HDTV/ movies), however, severe and non-reduce-able black crush is introduced when the color space emulation modes are selected, which makes them useless and leaves on at the mercy of their operating system and/or programs ability to use color management to prevent vast over-saturation.


BenQ EW3270U

Added the Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte 4K VA panel with an extended color space and faux HDR support.  The BenQ has a good sRGB mode which prevents over-saturation and does not significantly under-saturate colors like some 4K 32" VA panel using competitors.


HP 27 Omen

Added the Review by =DEAD= (Proof of lighter matte coating vs non-Dell G-Sync TN panels) to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

Matte 144-165hz AUO TN panel with Nvidia G-Sync (30-165hz range) and back-light strobing (ULMB up to 120hz)


Samsung C27JG50QQI

Added the Review by Dmitry Vasiliev to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

LG 32UL950

Added the Measurements by Belgium Hardware  to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

Accurate matte standard gamut 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS with AMD Free-Sync (40-60hz) Displayport, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, USB-C and a fully adjustable stand.


Samsung C27JG50QQI

Added the Review by Dmitry Vasiliev to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

The Samsung uses a curved standard gamut VA panel without Free-Sync in a fake border/frame-less casing which has a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel versus the older C27HG70's perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel.  The is fairly accurate, but can't fully cover the SDR color spaces (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) which prevents it from displaying colors as accurately and vibrantly as the C27GH70's sRGB emulation mode, and slightly over-saturated non-sRGB mode semi-wide gamut colors.

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