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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« Last post by NCX 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
« Last post by NCX 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
« Last post by NCX 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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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: General Discussion
« Last post by NCX on January 26, 2019, 05:01:53 pm »
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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You should add PCMonitor's XG240R review to its list of reviews: https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/viewsonic-xg240r/

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
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« Last post by NCX 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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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on January 16, 2019, 09:51:03 pm »
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
« Last post by NCX on January 12, 2019, 07:42:42 pm »
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Is it better to watch Blu-ray movies on a computer monitor, or a dedicated television? If a computer monitor is 1440p (or 2160p, etc) and has to scale to 1080p does it lose any image quality compared to a TV? If so, would it be better to watch a Blu-ray movie on a native 1080p TV?

The larger the display the more obvious downloaded and streamed media banding and compression is, regardless of the display or source resolution.  For example, 1080p Netflix show X with a 3.8mbs bit rate will look significantly worse than 1080p Netflix show Y which has an 8mbs bit rate.  Up-scaling of 1080p on a 1440 or 4K display set to the native resolution is negligible, but the size rule still applies: the larger the display the more obvious source flaws are. 

If used with bias (light behind the display) or bright room lighting the best 32" 4K monitors under 1000$ US like the BenQ PD3200U (matte) and Qnix UHD32R (glossy; I prefer it over my Sony 49X900E for non-HDR content) are better for viewing media since they use AHVA panels with less glow than IPS in TV's like the 2018 Sony 43X750F I tested, and don't suffer from horizontal gamma shift and center black crush like VA panels do, as well as have significantly more ghosting (smearing of blacks, browns and greys), and PWM flicker+blur in most cases. 

I don't making Best Reviewed Flicker Free TV buying guides since there are very few PWM/Flicker free Tv's, but I read reviews as well as have tested quite a few.  The only TV sold currently around 1000$ that I would consider is the Sony 49X900F (Rtings tested the 55" version), but it must be viewed from quite far away (5ft) to avoid viewing angle issues while a 32" 4K AHVA panel can be viewed from a little over 2.5ft without seeing discoloring or washout at the sides of the panel.  32" 4K VA panels need to be viewed from a bit further away.

Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS

A note about TV reviews: Pay attention to the size reviewed since a Sony 49X900F is not necessarily as good as the more expensive 55" version, as was the case with my Sony 49X900E which came with 1.9 gamma (washed out colors) and is significantly less accurate than the 55" version.  The same is also true of the Samsung 43NU71000 I tested (measurements aren't up yet) which is significantly more accurate than the 55" version Rtings tested, but sadly still uses PWM, and the VA panel viewing angle issues made it annoying to use as a monitor from less than 4ft away.

Thanks NCX.  Is there any loss of picture quality when watching 2K content on a 4K monitor?  Is it better to watch blu-ray content on a native 1080p monitor?

I am wondering about any scaling issues.
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