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MSI announces Optix MAGG322CR gaming monitor: 31.5-inch 1080p 180Hz

By Anthony Garreffa | Feb 8, 2020 09:28 pm CST

MSI has just shown off its new Optix MAGG322CR gaming monitor, with a native 1920 x 1080 resolution, super-fast 180Hz refresh rate, and 1500R curvature.

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The new MSI Optix MAGG322CR gaming monitor is aimed at first-person shooter gamers who want a large 31.5-inch panel, but super-fast 180Hz refresh rate. MSI rocks out with an 8-bit VA panel with Frame Rate Control (FRC) technology that has the Optix MAGG322CR offering a more full-color spectrum inside of the 8-bit range.

It wouldn't be a new MSI Optix gaming monitor without the gorgeous Mystic Light RGB goodness, so there's that -- something that is customizable through the MSI Gaming App. On top of that we have HDR support, something I wouldn't entirely recommend, but you can't knock MSI for giving it to you.

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Xbox Series X might support UltraWide monitors thanks to Samsung

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 30, 2020 09:40 pm CST

An interesting new rumor has surfaced onto the World Wide Web today, with Samsung reportedly talking with the team at Xbox on getting UltraWide aspect ratio support onto the Xbox -- and I'm sure more specifically, the next-gen Xbox Series X console.

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PCGamesN is reporting that Samsung is "pushing and talking" to Microsoft to get UltraWide resolution support on Xbox, with the site saying that Samsung says it has worked with Microsoft in the past to "implement ultrawide gaming on an ad hoc basis. However, the functionality has never seen the light of day in a public release".

I think UltraWide support on next-gen consoles would be great, as I'm a huge 21:9 and 32:9 monitor fan myself. The new consoles will have the additional CPU and GPU grunt required to drive the new aspect ratio, and with FreeSync support built-in, it just makes sense. Come on, Microsoft -- do it, add UltraWide aspect ratio support on the Xbox Series X.

ASUS teases 17.3-inch 1080p 240Hz external USB-C gaming monitor

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 25, 2020 02:28 am CST

ASUS has just unveiled what seems to be the best-specced portable gaming monitor on the market, with the introduction of its new ROG STRIX XG17AHPE external LCD.

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The new ASUS ROG STRIX XG17AHPE external LCD is a fairly large 17.3-inch external monitor with a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, but super-surprising and super-fast 240Hz refresh rate. ASUS includes a built-in battery pack so you can have 1080p 240Hz goodness on the go, which is pretty damn awesome.

ASUS is using a 17.3-inch IPS panel with up to 300 nits of brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 3ms GtG response time. ASUS includes some of its own gaming-focused features with GamePlus and GameVisual modes, while Shadow Boost brightness up dark areas in games and GameFast input tech also makes an appearance.

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MSI Optix MAG251RX: 24.5-inch 1080p 240Hz esports monitor announced

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 12, 2020 11:27 pm CST

CES 2020 - MSI revealed its new 24.5-inch esports gaming monitor at CES 2020, with the new MSI Optix MAG251RX monitor having a native 1080p resolution and super-fast 240Hz refresh rate.

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MSI's new Optix MAG251RX gaming monitor is also G-Sync Compatible, with an IPS panel that will provide beautiful colors and a wide viewing angle. MSI also has HDR through VESA HDR 400 certification, while the 24.5-inch 1080p panel rocks 240Hz with a 1ms response time.

Where MSI does things a little different is through a feature called Night Vision, which sees the monitor adjusting dark areas of the screen individually to improve the picture. Other monitors would brighten the entire screen, which would see parts of the screen overexposed and would end up looking washed out.

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GIGABYTE debuts new gaming monitors at CES: 1440p 165Hz, and more

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 12, 2020 09:33 pm CST

CES 2020 - GIGABYTE unveiled their own gaming monitors at CES 2020, joining their expanded range of AORUS gaming monitors that have AMD's newly-focused FreeSync branding.

GIGABYTE's new gaming monitors rock native resolutions of 1080p and 1440p depending on the panel, with refresh rates hitting 165Hz. The company is offering up great gaming monitors without the insane bells and whistles that most people seriously don't need, with prices that won't break the bank.

The new GIGABYTE monitors are led by the flagship G32QC which has a 31.5-inch 1440p panel with a 1500R curvature, and super-fast 165Hz refresh rate. GIGABYTE has VESA DisplayHDR 400 with 90% of the DCI-P3 color saturation, as well as FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync Compatible.

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ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX: 32-inch IPS panel and 4K 144Hz G-Sync Ultimate

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 7, 2020 07:40 pm CST

CES 2020 - ASUS has just unveiled its new ROG Swift PG32UQX which could be the new ultimate 4K gaming monitor, rocking a 32-inch IPS panel with a native 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.

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The new ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX gaming monitor rocks 1152 mini LED zones that make the PG32UQX one of the brightest monitors on the market with peak brightness of a huge 1400 nits. The mini LED-powered ROG Swift PG32UQX can have its backlights turn off when required so that darker scenes in movies and games will look super-black.

NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate certification is here with the ROG Swift PG32UQX, with every G-Sync Ultimate certified display needing to go through a validation process that involves 300 image quality tests before it gets certified. Tying up the ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX we have a huge 32-inch IPS-based panel with a native 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, with DisplayHDR 1400 certification. Beautiful work, ASUS.

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ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ: 43.4-inch 4K 144Hz with DSC tech

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 7, 2020 07:20 pm CST

CES 2020 - ASUS has just unveiled its new ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ gaming monitor, rocking a large 43.4-inch VA panel and native 4K resolution with 144Hz refresh rate.

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The new ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ gaming monitor has its 43.4-inch 4K 144Hz panel pumping those pixels and frames out thanks to Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology. DSC enables 4K at 144Hz over a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection, as monitors without DSC running 4K at 4:4:4 HDR can only hit 98Hz -- but the new ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ has DSC which means we're looking at the full 144Hz glory.

We have Variable Refresh Rate goodness through AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync, with G-Sync Compatible certification on the new ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ. The new ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ has VESA DisplayHDR 1000 cerfitifcation as well, with local dimming support, and over 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut with full 10-bit color support.

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Panasonic's new HZ2000 OLED TVs are the first with Filmmaker Mode

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 6, 2020 10:40 pm CST

CES 2020 - Panasonic might have just unveiled some of the best OLED TVs on the market with its new HX2000, the first OLED TV to market that supports Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker Mode.

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First off, Filmmaker Mode is an interesting addition as it will be aimed at enthusiasts and cinephiles who want to watch their movie exactly how the director intended it, where it will disable any and all "soap opera" motion smoothing. Filmmaker Mode sees Panasonic's efforts making sure the correct color, aspect ratio and framerates are displayed.

Panasonic's new HZ2000 also has support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG Photo modes while having an in-house Panasonic "Master HDR OLED Professional Edition" panel that gives users 20% more peak brightness compared to other OLED TVs on the market.

Sony's new Z8H TV vibrates the frame of the TV to generate sound

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 6, 2020 10:00 pm CST

CES 2020 - Sony had quite a lot to show at CES 2020 with its new range of TVs, led by the flagship Z8H 8K LED -- but joined by the A9S 4K OLED, A8H 4K OLED, X950H 4K LED and X900H 4K LED TVs.

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What impresses me the most about Sony's new flagship Z8H 8K LED is that not onyl does it have a native 7680 x 4320 (8K) panel, but it has a new Frame Tweeter technology. I know what you're thinking: "Sony, what the hell is Frame Tweeter technology?" and I'm here to report that it freaking vibrates the frame of the TV itself to generated sound... yeah, that's kinda awesome.

Sony adds onto the audio experience of the Z8H (and also the X950H) with its Sound-from-Picture-Reality feature that will provide owners with direction sound that is based on what is happening on-screen at the time. This is pretty kick ass on its own, without talking about the actual visuals and other technology inside of Sony's new TVs.

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LG Signature Series OLED TV R: rollable TV costs $60,000

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 6, 2020 08:01 pm CST

CES 2020 - LG has teased its rollable TV at CES 2020 once again, but this time they've made it more official with the Signature Series OLED TV R -- a super-thin rollable TV that is like nothing else.

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LG also teased another rollable TV model that it is working on back in South Korea, something that can be installed directly into your ceiling. You know, for those times when you're laying down and want to watch the ceiling -- now you won't need to watch paint dry, you can watch a gorgeous 4K stream of your favorite show or movie on a beautiful LG OLED display.

We now know that LG's new Signature Series OLED TV R will sell for $60,000 -- according to David Katzmaier from CNET. LG confirmed that it will ship in the US in Q3 2020.