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@NCX Sorry for the late reply, but thank you so much for all the resources and recommendations!!! Ordered the LG 27UL550 :)
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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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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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Hello,
Thanks for all the info you have been providing us. ;)

I have a 9 year old samsung that I have been trying to replace for almost a year. :(
Last year, I bought a ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q on a Black Friday promotion. But after going through 2 units, I requested my money back because of the scary amount of back Light bleeding.
I had no idea that the quality control was this bad for monitors, specially for monitors that are so expensive.

I have been following your reviews for some months now, and I am looking to get the Acer Nitro VG270UP, Innolux version, because is the only version available.
I have been reading some reviews that talk about Flickering issues with this Innolux panels, specially this VG270UP model. Others also complain about dead pixels and back light bleeding.
The reviews are from the beginning of the year. Do you think this problems have been fixed?
Do you have anymore recommendations for this price target?
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?
I mainly use the monitor for some coding, gaming, browsing the web and occasionally a Movie/Show.
Thanks.


 
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So I did some new measurements with the i1 Display Pro, here's the PG279QZ with only brightness lowered:
https://imgur.com/m2iYWcM
https://imgur.com/tNZJ8PT (Mostly the same image, just showing the grayscale and contrast above instead)

Here's about as good as I can get with menu adjustments: (The small RGB adjustments I did seem to hit the measured contrast by about 100 on average) (R99, G95, B100)
https://imgur.com/tk1KLNs
https://imgur.com/6b6IqTr (Same as above, just showing grayscale and contrast instead of primaries/secondaries)

New readings for my XG2402: (Menu adjusted) (Had to make different adjustments compared to last time, the i1Pro 2 really was sensitive to TN panels)
https://imgur.com/4bFNu5z
https://imgur.com/otjWkih

The XG2402 measurements aren't too far from recent readings I got from the older i1Pro 2 the other day, though the i1 Display Pro seems to be consistent with these new readings at least, especially contrast. Not sure what leveled out my XG2402's gamma curve a bit, just went like that after a couple more RGB adjustments (The i1 wasn't moved in that time) (Used to consistently hit like 2.6-2.7 at the higher end, with a single spike to 2.8 )

Back to the PG279QZ, max brightness for me was recorded at 401.579, much higher than Rtings unit. Not sure how FPS mode was more accurate for them, on my unit it adds a weird saturation increase on some colors that doesn't seem to get measured? (Saturation was at default 50 still) Confused me a bit. Sticking with "Racing Mode" just to be sure, seemed identical in accuracy anyway, just without that weird saturation increase to some colors.

Backlight uniformity seems good, just some minor IPS glow, and some slight slivers of backlight bleed at the left and right edges.

Honestly, the only thing that makes me raise my eyebrows a bit, was the 100 measured contrast ratio decrease after minor RGB adjustments, though it doesn't seem to noticeably hurt the image in any way, so I'm going to assume it's perfectly fine. Seems like I just didn't win the over 1200:1 contrast lottery is all (Edit, on second thought, it seems to be working exactly as tftcentral's PG279Q, so I guess this is normal. Ignore me)

I've been seeing rumors that the Z version is "edgelit" instead of "backlit", but I honestly have no idea where those came from. If I'm not wrong, aren't they both edge-lit considering the panel used?

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