We're not far away from a world where 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors are a thing, with the high-end gaming displays teased at CES 2017 earlier this year, Acer held its own press event in New York City to display its latest and greatest - including their upcoming Predator X27 gaming display.
Acer's upcoming Predator X27 display is a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor with the sublime 144Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA's G-Sync tech sprinkled on top, but introduces HDR tech as well. There are 384 individually controlled LED zones that will provide a wide color contrast, so expect this to be one of the best gaming displays ever released.
Victor Chien, the President of Acer's Digital Display Business said: "Acer is excited to be expanding our premium gaming monitor line-up with two new quantum dot models to make gameplay more lifelike than ever before. The Predator X27's 4K resolution at 144 Hz and Acer HDR Ultra technology create dazzling visuals that must be seen to be believed".
Inside of Acer's new Predator X27 is NVIDIA's ULMB tech, or Ultra Low Motion Blur, which sees the Predator X27 being one of the most lighting fast displays yet. We have up to 1000 nits of brightness, and 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, with a 4ms response time. Acer has also included Tobii eye tracking technology, and while most gamers won't use it - at least it's there if you ever want it.
Dell unveiled three new monitors during the National Association of Broadcasters conference, with the new HDR10-capable 4K display in the UP2718Q, but Dell thought they could confuse people by dropping the P and releasing the U2718Q at the same time.
Now, Dell's new U2718Q (see, no P) is a new 27-inch display that is joined by its smaller 25-inch sibling, the UltraSharp 25 (U2518Q). The U2718Q is the first adventures of InfinityEdge being pushed into the non-laptop display world, as they have blown us away previously - especially with Dell's amazing XPS15 laptop, something I own in the 4K version and it's amazing.
The new U2718Q boasts a 4K native res, while the smaller U2518Q has a lower resolution that Dell hasn't announced yet, but if I had to guess I'd say 1440p. We should expect sRGB coverage on both displays, while the U2718Q gets priced at $699.99, the smaller U2518Q is $499.99 - with both displays launching in July.
Dell has just launched their new high-end UltraSharp UP2718Q, the first HDR10-capable display from the company, backed up by its native 4K resolution and the UHD Alliance Premium Certification.
The new UltraSharp UP2718Q has 76.9% of the Rec 2020 color gamut, with Dell calibrating each display before it leaves the factory, and an adjustable lookup-table, so that you can tune it perfectly. On the HDR side of things, Dell is stating up to 1000 nits on its new UP2718Q, which is assisted by the full-array backlighting.
Dell is pricing its HDR10-capable UltraSharp UP2718Q at $1999.99, and a delivery of May.
Dell teased its UP3017Q monitor back at CES 2016, rocking a huge 30-inch size and 4K native resolution all on a delicious OLED panel at 120Hz. Well, Dell is back with the UP3017Q and while it retains its 30-inch OLED panel and 4K resolution, the refresh rate has been kicked down to 60Hz.
The entry price for a high-end OLED display is hefty, with Dell pricing its new UP3017Q at $3499. You'll get perfect colors and coverage in Adobe RGB, but the color and depth on Dell's new UP3017Q will be so amazing, professionals will still have to tweak their photos and videos on a regular LCD because they're less saturated, and better represent real-world light and color.
Dell has still used a 0.1ms response time, so while its limited to 4K60, the OLED panel should be delivering images faster than a traditional LCD display. There's no G-Sync or FreeSync options, but I'm sure that'll change on future revisions. For now, a delicious 30-inch 4K OLED panel is now available for $3499 from Dell.
I'm one of the biggest advocates of UltraWide monitors, so when Samsung announced they're working on 32:9 aspect ratio gaming displays, my excitement meter reached its end - and luckily I also have an UltraWide excitement meter.
Samsung teases its massive 49-inch 'mega-wide' panel with its 32:9 aspect ratio, something the company refers to as the "Grand Circle" format. It will rock a 3840x1080 resolution (which Samsung refers to as DFHD, or double full HD), on VA panel technology and a super-curvy 1800R curvative. The new 3840x1080 resolution panels will support up to 144Hz, with options for both AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync.
The next monitor Samsung announced was the 'double 24.7-inch' which comes in at 44 inches, and a 29:9 aspect ratio. It is built from 2 x 24.7-inch displays, which end up being 44 inches in diagonal size. This new 44-inch monitor is meant to replace dual 24-inch displays, offering the higher 3840x1200 resolution.
We will see the displays reaching a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, which is absolutely fine for all first-person shooters - and even twitch shooters like CS:GO, and all other eSports games.
Samsung has production set for September 2017 - meaning we'll see them teased later this year, and most likely at CES 2018 in early-January.
Dell is the first to market with an 8K display, unleashing its new UltraSharp UP3218K: a new 31.5-inch LCD with a native 7680x4320 resolution, or 8K. The cost? A huge $5000.
Now remember that 8K isn't a cakewalk, and that DisplayPort 1.3 is limited to 4K60 - so you'll need to use 2 x DisplayPort connectors on Dell's new UP3218K to hit the native 8K resolution. Dell includes 100% of Adobe RGB coverage, 100% sRGB, and 98% of DCI-P3 wide color gamut on the UP3218K.
For gamers, Dell's new 8K monitor is out of this world - as you'd need two of NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards to even get close to 60FPS gaming at 8K. But still, that doesn't stop me from wanting, and soon getting one.
HDR monitors are the next big push for 2017, but 4K and HDR? Oh yeah. LG teased its 32-inch 4K HDR-capable 32UD99 monitor previously, but now it is confirming a March 28 release for $999.
The official website for LG's upcoming 32UD99 monitor says it's "coming soon", but a listing on B&H says it's coming on March 28. What should we expect from the 32UD99 other than 4K and HDR? I'm guessing a 60Hz refresh rate, especially for the $999 price - considering ASUS will be launching its 4K HDR-capable G-Sync monitor with its game changing 144Hz refresh tech for north of $1500. Still, 60Hz and HDR is still going to be great for productivity, HDR/4K content, and light gaming.
The official specs are tasty:
- USB-C, DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports
- AMD FreeSync Technology
- 5ms response time
- Built-in stereo speakers
Microsoft has a competitor to its expensive, but glorious Surface Hub - which arrives in a $9000 model, but can be purchased as an 84-inch touchscreen beast for $21,000 - while Google is targeting Surface Hub with its new Jamboard.
Google's new Jamboard is a 4K-capable 55-inch smart TV that you can draw on, capable of taking 16 simultaneous touch points, Google Cast abilities, a built-in camera (for the CIA to watch you and your important meetings through), NFC, handwriting abilities, and even shape recognition.
Jamboard will cost $5000, alongside a $600 annual "support fee" - but considering Surface Hub starts at $9000 and scales to $21,000 - Google has a good chance of scooping some of that Surface Hub marketshare away from Microsoft with Jamboard.
LG released their new UltraFine 5K monitors last month, an exclusive for high-end MacBook Pro models from Apple - but they were plagued with issues. So much so, that Apple has halted sales of the 5K display until it can fix the monitor, permanently.
Last week I wrote an article saying that early models of the 5K display were affected, and they should'lve been fixed - but according to Business Insider's sources, Apple is halting the sales of the LG UltraFine 5K display because of hardware-based issues within the monitor.
Apple won't have any new high-end 5K displays to sell alongside their new MacBook Pro for at least another 6 weeks or so.
4K is all the rage right now, with BenQ stepping up to the home theater plate with its new flagship HT8050 home theater projector.
BenQ's new HTG8050 projector offers 4K video, and THX HD Display certification, which is something IMAX theaters have - so BenQ is aiming for quality here, folks. BenQ uses 14 elements that the company says improves sharpness, color, and brightness.
How much will BenQ's new 4K-capable HT8050 home projector cost? $7999. It'll arrive on February 24, perfect for Valentine's Day - and remember, use the excuse "but we can Netflix and Chill TOGETHER streaming 4K Netflix" to your significant other.