Acer unveiled a slew of new products at IFA 2016, with an expansion of their Predator range of gaming monitors, including a new 24.5-inch model that has a huge 240Hz refresh rate.
The new Predator XB251HQT is a 24.5-inch TN-based monitor with a native 1080p resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz. Until now, we've only had 165Hz as our ceiling right now on the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, which had a higher 2560x1440 panel.
Acer has been a long time G-Sync supporter, with the Predator XB251HQT featuring NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, which scales all the way up to the crazy heights of 240Hz. Acer is using something it calls ZeroFrame, with the ultra-thin bezel being perfect for multi-monitor setups. Imagine the GPU horsepower you're going to need to render 5760x1080 at 240FPS!
Acer unveiled two new Predator gaming displays at IFA 2016, with the Predator Z271T and Predator XB271HUT both being gaming displays with 144Hz refresh rates and NVIDIA G-Sync technology.
Starting with the Predator Z271T, we have a curved 27-inch, VA-based panel with a native resolution of 1920x1080. The Z271T has a 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, with 8-bit color depth, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 2 x 7W built-in speakers. We have DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity, too.
Acer's new Predator XXB271HUT kicks things up a notch, with a 27-inch flat TN-based panel and a native resolution of 2560x1440. We have a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate, with 8-bit color depth and 1000:1 contrast ratio. Acer also includes 2 x 2W built-in speakers, you know - just in case.
LG has just teased the world's largest curved UltraWide monitor, with the introduction of its new 38-inch display, the 38UC99.
The new 38-inch curved UltraWide rocks a huge resolution of 3840x1600, so not quite 4K, but more than the 3440x1440 native resolution of popular 34-inch UltraWide monitors. LG's new 38UC99 display rocks an IPS panel with a wide color gamut covering 99% of the sRGB color space.
This means professionals and enthusiasts alike will enjoy the crystal clear images of the IPS panel, while the 3840x1600 resolution provides plenty of desktop real estate. It's also the first UltraWide monitor to feature USB Type-C connectivity, allowing you to connect your smartphone - like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or a laptop into the display to charge or sync data.
AMD now has an arsenal of over 100 monitors that feature its FreeSync technology, with the introduction of the Lenovo 27-inch Y27f monitor, a curved 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate, as well as FreeSync.
With a range of over 100 monitors compatible with FreeSync, AMD is definitely ahead of the competition, outflanking NVIDIA and its smaller number of G-Sync monitors. Samsung has even teased their upcoming 34-inch curved UltraWide monitor rocking a 3440x1440 @ 100Hz panel, with FreeSync supported. It will be the new UltraWide gaming display that Radeon owners will want on their wishlists.
Samsung has just teased its upcoming 34-inch monitor, with the CF791 featuring a 3440x1440 native resolution and a refresh rate of up to 100Hz. Samsung's upcoming CF791 display will also have support for AMD's FreeSync technology.
Samsung says that the VA panel in its new display offers better contrast, and reduced light leakage when compared to IPS panels, especially when it comes to curved displays. The upcoming CF791 is "the most curved in the world" according to Samsung, with a curve of 1500R. Samsung is using quantum-dot technology, with Samsung explaining that the shift to quantum-dot allows them to reproduce 125% of the sRGB gamut.,
Radeon owners will want to enjoy AMD's FreeSync technology on the Samsung CF791, since it will offer 3440x1440 at 100Hz with FreeSync on top, offering a super-smooth UltraWide gaming experience. Another nice touch is that Samsung has made the monitor "bezel-less" on three sides, with the CF791 looking mighty sharp with its looks.
Dell has just unveiled its new 24-inch gaming monitor, known as the S2417DG. Dell's new S2417DG is a 24-inch gaming display with a native resolution of 2560x1440, and a maximum supported refresh rate of 165Hz, as well as support for NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.
Dell says that with support for G-Sync, as well as the refresh rate support between 30Hz and 165Hz will help gamers enjoy a great gaming experience. Dell teases: "No screen tearing, no stuttering and no ghost images means there is nothing to get in the way of your performance".
The new S2417DG includes various gaming profiles that let gamers quickly set optimal settings for RTS, FPS and RTG games. We have DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 1.4, four USB 3.0 ports, and tilt, swivel, and pivot support. Dell's new S2417DG has 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7 million color depth, and standard sRGB gamut.
LG invested $905 million in flexible OLED displays last year, and apparently it liked the results, because it's putting $1.75 billion into it this year (the investment was rumored last month, and now the company has confirmed it). The end goal with its investment is to produce bendable screens for use in mobile phones, at least one of which doubles as a tablet.
It's said the company sees flexible phones as part of an "approaching era", and so is putting its gobs of money where its mouth is. Its already released the LG G Flex and G Flex 2 to that end as well. Market research firm IHS DisplaySearch says it anticipates flexible OLED shipments to grow from 59 million shipments this year to 416 million in 2020.
Dell has released an absolute monster of a display, with their new UltraSharp UP3017Q being revealed back at CES 2016 - it was their first monitor to use an OLED panel, and has some serious specs behind it.
Dell's new UltraSharp UP3017Q is a 30-inch OLED display with a huge 120Hz refresh rate, making it the first 4K 120Hz OLED panel in the world. With a 30-inch panel and 3840x2160 native resolution, we have a pixel density of 146PPI, with a super-low 0.1ms response time. This means it can be used not only as a professional screen, but high-end enthusiast gamers will have wet dreams over Dell's UltraSharp UP3017Q.
The UltraSharp UP3017Q can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, with a color gamut of 100% Adobe RGB and 97.8% DCI-P3, with a 400,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Dell has included USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0 and miniDP 1.2 ports for display connectivity. Now that we have established how much of a beast Dell's new UltraSharp UP3017Q is, we need to know the price, right? Dell has slapped a rather large $4999 price on it - which is expected from a super-fast, 4K-capable OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
All I know is that I want one, and I will get one.
AMD's FreeSync technology is on its way to TVs, according to the company's chief gaming scientist (what a title) Richard Huddy, who later clarified he was not speaking on record for AMD.
Huddy cites the adoption of Adaptive Sync by the HDMI standard this year as paving the way for FreeSync in the living room, which is now easy for TV manufacturers to support. He expects the tech will come to all kinds of TVs, including HDTVs, Ultra HDTVs, and more starting this year.
Dell has just launched its new 70-inch touchscreens for schools and offices, with the C7017T designed to replace whiteboards in schools and boardrooms.
Dell's new 70-inch touchscreen has a native resolution of 1920x1080, is capable of taking in 10-finger touch, as well as two pens for collaborative sessions in schools and boardrooms. It doesn't compare to Microsoft's impressive 84-inch Surface Hub, with Dell pricing it at $5000.