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Work In Progress.  27x reviews.

Took time off for family and gaming.  I beat Dishonored, Dying Light 1 (for the 3rd time), Far Cry: Instincts Predator, Gears Of War 4, Gears of War5, Warhammer: Mechanicus and Warhammer Vermintide 2.


Acer Predator XB273GX
Added the Review by =DEAD= 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 (M270HAN03. 0 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 XB273X has an 1150:1+ contrast ratio (100-530cdm/2 brightness range), can almost fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces.  The XB273GX is very accurate, and also has an SRGB mode which gets rid of the preset 10% over-saturation of greens and yellows, but under-saturates color slightly versus the sRGB standard, and locks the brightness controls at a very high 215cdm/2.  The XB273GX's overdrive is preset to the Normal setting which offers very fast (for a non-TN panel) pixel response times with minimal to no overshoot, and is competitive with other brands top performers.

Acer XB273UG

Acer Predator xb273UG (2560x1440) [] https://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/obzor_acer_predator_xb273ugsbmiiprzx/


Alienware AW2521HF

Alienware AW2521HF (1920x1080) [] https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/dell-alienware-aw2521hf/


Alienware AW2720HF

Alienware AW2720HF (1920x1080) [] https://www.ixbt.com/3dv/alienware-aw2720hf-review.html


AOC C27G2ZU

AOC C27G2ZU (2560x1440) [] https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-cq27g2u-cq27g2/ [] https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-aoc-c27g2zu-240-hz-curved-gaming-monitor/



AOC Q27G2

AOC Q27G2 (2560x1440) [] http://playwares.com/dpreview/57847394

AOC Q27T1

AOC Q27T1 (2560x1440) [] https://www.lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/aoc-q27t1-p58281/test.html

Asus VG249Q2

Asus VG249Q (1920x1080) [] https://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/igray_dostupno_obzor_i_testirovanie_igrovogo_full_hd_ips_monitora_asus_tuf_gaming_vg249q/

us VG279QM

Asus VG279QM (1920x1080)

Asus XG27UQ

Asus XG27UQ (3840x2160) [] https://3dnews.ru/1012372/obzor-asus-rog-strix-xg279q/page-1.html [] https://www.ixbt.com/3dv/asus-rog-strix-xg27uq-review.html [] https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-rog-strix-xg279q/6

Asus XG279Q

Added the Review by =DEAD= and Review by Tom's Hardware  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, semi-wide gamut, 170hz, 2560x1440 IPS (probably AHVA) panel with AMD Free-Sync, ELMB (back-light strobing), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The XG279Q has 1100:1 contrast, and is quite accurate DCI-P3 color space coverage (91%; it over-saturates SDR color by over 25% and does not have a good sRGB mode) and colors aside from a minor blue tint (6900k measured color temperature) and slightly too low and downward-sloping gamma which averages around 2.09.  The XG279Q has negligible input lag, great 60hz and 144-170hz overdrive with fast pixel response times and minimal overshoot when the Overdrive 3 setting is used.

BenQ EW2780Q

BenQ EW2780Q (2560x1440) [] http://playwares.com/dpreview/57854123


BenQ PD2750Q

BenQ PD2705Q (2560x1440) [] http://playwares.com/dpreview/57816030


BenQ SW321C

Added the Review by PRAD to my

Fully adjust-able, matte, 3840x2160, wide gamut AUO AHVA panel with a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel, 16 Bit 3D LUT, BenQ Palette Master Element (hardware calibration), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1, 2, USB 3.0, and SD Card Reader and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The SW321C has a grainy matte coating, mediocre 600 (PRAD) to 680:1 (=DEAD=) contrast ratio, is preset to the Adobe RGB mode which is accurate, covers 94.8% of the aRGB mode, and over-saturates sRGB color by 42%.  The sRGB mode covers 97.6% of the sRGB mode which is very accurate.  The SW321C has a high 28.8ms delay, but fast pixel response times (for a 60hz non-TN panel) when the AMA On overdrive setting is used.



Dell U2520D

Dell U2520D (2560x1440) [] https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/ultrasharp-u2520d


Dell U2720Q

Dell U2720Q (3840x2160) [] https://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/zhizn_v_sovremennykh_realiyakh_obzor_i_testirovanie_4k_monitora_dell_ultrasharp_u2720q/

Eizo CS2740

Eizo CS2740 (4K) [] https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-eizo-cs2740-4k-monitor-fuer-kreative-ueberzeugt/

Gigabyte G32QC

Gigabyte G32QC (2560x1440) [] https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-g32qc


LG 27GN750-B

LG 27GN750-B (1920x1080) [] https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gn750-b


MSI MAG272CQR

MSI MAG272CQR (2560x1440) [] https://www.lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/msi-optix-mag271cqr-p58003


MSI MAG321CURV
/test.html

MSI Optix MAG321CURV (2560x1440) [] https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-optix-mag321curv


Philips 326M6VJRMB

Philips 326M6VJRMB (3840x2160) [] https://prohardver.hu/teszt/philips_momentum_monitor_326m6vjrmb/philips_momentum.html

Samsung Odyssey G7

Samsung Odyssey G7 (32" 2560x1440) [] https://www.techspot.com/review/2059-samsung-odyssey-g7/


ViewSonic XG270QC

ViewSonic XG270QC (2560x1440) [] https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-xg270qc-gaming-monitor-macht-laune/
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Here's a backlight bleed test.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXHcRiSK_ys

My two HP monitors test almost perfectly. The Asus Eye Care IPS (the generation just before the current release) had really bad backlight bleed according to this test.

Are my HP units unusually good, or was the Asus with very noticeable bleed an anomaly?

I'm also wondering if how roughly the monitor is handled during the shipping process from the factory to the customer affects backlight bleed.
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Also please refer to this thread where two users claim eye strain from a Dell UltraSharp:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/4as1dj/ips_eye_strain_is_this_a_thing/

One gets relief from a VA screen. However, they seem to believe it may not be the IPS that is to blame but the backlight that particular Dell uses.

But like I say, he got relief from a VA screen: "i assume its the ips panel as much of a bummer that is... i bought an ultrawide 3440x14400 samsung after that and had 0 issues with eye strain. its a VA panel..though i took it back because of colour banding/dithering/black crush issues."
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Well, many have said they find VA screens more comfortable than IPS.

Someone says, "I guess in theory VA would be better because it has better contrast (which will make it easier to read text) and dark parts of an image will be darker (so less light going into your eyes)."

"I must admit that VA are in some way more like flat surface in that eyes have at least surface to focus at, unlike IPS which seems to be more like watching transparent mosaic of colored glass."

But I'm mainly referring to real-world anecdotes, like: "It's been a couple of more weeks. Still no eye fatigue from a VA monitor. And I did end up staying with the 32UD60, despite the uniformity issue. Eye comfort is way more important to me. And after years of dealing with eye fatigue from monitors, no way I would go back to IPS or TN."

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« Last post by NCX on May 24, 2020, 01:50:16 pm »
Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 240-280hz Monitors buying guide.

Matte, fully-adjust-able, 1920x1080, 240hz IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-240hz) Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The XF250Q has a 860:1 contrast ratio, very accurate color, but very low preset gamma (sub 1.9 average resulting in washed out colors and shades), and the XF250Q the can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces like most 240hz TN panels.  Overall it has poor image quality for a TN panel due to the low gamma, low input lag but slow pixel response times, though PC Lab does not provide much much information about the overdrive so I can not properly compare it to competitors until more detailed reviews come out.


Acer XF252QX BMIIPRZX

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 240-280hz Monitors buying guide.

Matte 1920x1080 240hz AUO TN panel with a fully adjustable stand, VRB (back-light strobing), AMD Free-Sync (40-240hz), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 (240hz), 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Acer is fairly accurate but has high (2.5 average) gamma which causes black crush (loss of detail in dark scenes), though it can be reduced by setting the gamma to 1.8, but doing so sets the gamma slightly too low resulting in slightly washed out colors.  The XF252QX the can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces like most 240hz TN panels.  The XF252Q has negligible or extreme low input lag and the fastest pixel response times out of all the monitors TFT Central tested (oscilloscope measurements) which means it is one of the fastest LCD panels in existence, however it does suffer from a tiny bit of overshoot, especially at 60hz.

The XF252Q PC Lab PL tested came with very low (sub 2.0) gamma,or washed out colors and shades, but came with similarly accurate preset colors (PC Lab PL unit is too blue but accurate like the unit TFT Central tested) and 1000:1 contrast.

Acer XF272U PBMIIPRZX

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

Fully adjustable matte 144hz 2560x1440 TN panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz), Disaplayport (144hz), 2x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The XF272U has an 876:1 contrast ratio, slightly too low but still very accurate preset gamma, an accurate (RGB levels) wide gamut TN panel with 91.5% DCI-P3 (HDR) color space coverage.  The Acer over-saturates SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color by over 30%.  The XF272U has negligible input lag (measured with an oscilloscope), and PC Lab does not provide much information about the overdrive so I can not properly compare it to competitors until more detailed reviews come out.

Alienware AW2518HF

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 240-280hz Monitors buying guide.

Matte 1920x1080 240hz AUO TN panel with a fully adjustable stand, VRB (back-light strobing), AMD Free-Sync (40-240hz), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 (240hz), 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The AW2518HF has accurate but too high gamma, accurate but too blue color, and like most 240hz TN panels can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces (caps at 93%; over and under-saturates some colors).  Overall it has great image quality for a TN panel, low input lag and good overdrive, though PC Lab does not provide much information about the overdrive so I can not properly compare it to competitors until more detailed reviews come out.


Asus VG259Q

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hzhz 1080p Monitors buying guides.

Fully adjust-able, matte, 1920x1080, 165hz, TN panel with AMD Free-Sync, back-light strobing (ELMB), Displayport, Dual-Link DVI (120hz), HDMI 1.4, and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The VG248QG has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times, but very dull and washed out colors and shades (very low sub 1.9 gamma), de-saturated reds with a preset blue tint, and can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, but is typical for a 24" TN color space coverage wise.  Do not buy.


Asus VG279Q

Added the Review by PC Lab PL[/url] to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hzhz 1080p Monitors buying guides.

Asus VG259Q

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hzhz 1080p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitorsbuying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 1920x1080 144hz IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The VG259Q has a 1437:1 contrast (30% higher than most AHVA/IPS/PLS) fully cover, 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; accurate preset RGB level measurements by PC Lab PL).  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 (9.2ms measured with an oscilloscope by PC Lab PL); more overdrive information required to provide more detailed comparison versus competitors.

MSI G271

Added the Review by Plawywares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hzhz 1080p Monitors buying guide.
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I'll update on the new monitor LG27UL550 once I've tested it out.

Interested to read your thoughts.  If the LG does ruin the MSI for you, you can always sell the MSI locally and buy a second AHVA/IPS/PLS, though I don't recommend doing so right away in case B & H Photo changes their mind and demands it back or cancels the refund.

Any thoughts on this?

Monitor Nerds is not a real review site.  They are an Amazon affiliate site which puts monitor specifications in paragraph form and makes the rest up.  VA text is less sharp than AHVA/IPS/PLS, it's not possible for VA to be easier on the eyes unless the AHVA/IPS/PLS has a very grainy matte coating, and usually only professionally oriented monitors do.
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Any thoughts on this?
https://www.monitornerds.com/asus-va249he-preview/

I know you seem generally to prefer IPS to VA, but I've encountered many people saying VA is more comfortable for those prone to eye strain.
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Thank you for the kind comments.  The MSI has a fake-bezel/frame-less casing with a perceived black depth decreasing black bezel which partially negates the point of having a VA panel, especially when also dealing with the slower pixel response times and less sharp text vs AHVA/IPS/PLS, and warped curved image.  3$ silver tape can be put on the inner bezel, but the MSI, but there are better 32" 4K VA panels, though no monitor come close to the Samsung plasmas.  I highly recommend saving up for the BenQ PD3200U.  The PD3200U competes with VA panels perceived black depth wise since the PD has a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel and low glow AHVA panel.

I use this silver Scotch tape on a few fake border or frame-less monitors I own such as the HP 24 Envy (HP 24 Envy with and without tape and HP 25er without and without tape) and 25er.  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.


If you really want a VA panel the BenQ EW3270U (review links) and LG 32UD59 review links both have better image quality than the MSI, proper bezels/cases and should be competitively priced against it.  The BenQ requires some research and set-up to use properly since it has a native DCI-P3 (wide gamut) panel, passable HDR and a good SDR mode.


Hi NCX and monitor community - a crazy update on this. Firstly, I'm enjoying the MSI MAG321CURV, nice black levels, colours are good, like the curve, but I found somewhat noticeable dead pixels up close and the backlight bleed can sometimes be noticeable.

More importantly, when I decided to ask BHPhotoVideo about an exchange for the LG 27UL550 due to a potentially defective monitor, they didn't even give me a chance to confirm and just decided to issue me an exchange, immediately informed me of the new order and even threw in that there is no need to return my 'defective' monitor.

So now I get to keep the MSI and I'm getting a brand new LG 27UL550, the one you NCX reviewed so well, for free. Maybe it's meant to be that I got that one, as I had my eye on it for quite some time, plus it's IPS and seems to have rendered great reviews by you and across the community for its many pros.

A part of me doesn't want to try it once I get it because I don't want it to veer me off from the MSI or see the difference and become subjective. It will be my second monitor that I never planned to get hah. But alas I digress, I'll update on the new monitor LG27UL550 once I've tested it out.

Thought you'd enjoy/appreciate this update. Take care and be safe all.
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Really weird (or stupid xD ) idea-question: to achieve a "glossy" coating over a matte monitor, would something like the "Displex Scratch Remover" do anything good?

Someone made an Acer XB271HU glossy accidentally with scratch remover, but have not seen this process repeated; there's no surefire way to make the fake bezel/frame-less panels glossy, and often those who try the distilled water + paper towel method end up removing the polarizer and ruining their display. 
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That's a curious result on the post; weird people has not found a method to do it "safely", although not sure how that can look in real life :D .
Thanks ;) .
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I have my eyes on the Aoc C27G1 and the Samsung C27FG73. They apparently have a static contrast of ~3000:1, and besides that get they get great reviews in a lot of places, including this site.
But the thing is, I donīt really care about the 144hz these monitors offer. So if there are any HD monitors with similar or better quality/contrast/colours you know of, [perhaps even cheaper than the ones mentioned as of the missing refresh rate,] please let me know. Size also wouldīt be a problem, my previous one was 23".

The Samsung has vastly superior perceived contrast versus the AOC since the Samsung has a matte grey bezel versus the AOC's inner black bezel.  The smaller Samsung C24FG73 is equally as good as the 27".  The older, tested, 60hz + 1080p and non-curved 24" VA panels were significantly worse than the 27" models and I don't know of any newer tested 24-27" 60hz VA panels which are good.  Also, the newer 144hz Samsung panels also have fake bezel/frame-less bezels like the AOC monitors, so I'd definitely try out a C24FG73 before it gets replaced.

Really weird (or stupid xD ) idea-question: to achieve a "glossy" coating over a matte monitor, would something like the "Displex Scratch Remover" do anything good?

Someone made an Acer XB271HU glossy accidentally with scratch remover, but I have not seen this process repeated; there's no surefire way to make the fake bezel/frame-less panels glossy, and often those who try the distilled water + paper towel method end up removing the polarizer and ruining their display. 

I wouldn't expect HP to help me given that I bought this in early 2017.

No harm trying.
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