2023 looks set to be the flagship year for gaming monitors based on some of the new products we saw at CES 2023 this year. The gaming monitor segment is incredibly diverse, with multiple screen sizes, resolutions, panel types, refresh rates, and more. Ultrawide and OLED panels seem to be gaining momentum. best gaming monitor.
Ultra high refresh rate monitor
2023 could be the year of ultra-high refresh rate gaming monitors led by Alienware and Asus. Alienware hit the first blow with AW2524His 24.5 inches wide and uses a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 10-bit IPS panel. Keep in mind that the monitor has both HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports, but the HDMI 2.1 port maxes out at a native refresh rate of 240Hz. When switched to DisplayPort 1.4, the AW2524H will have a native refresh rate of 480Hz. To achieve the magic 500MHz refresh rate figure, you need to enable the OC feature.
Other specifications of the AW2524H include VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, 400 nits typical brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, Nvidia G-Sync Authentication and the usual complement of RGB elements on the back of the monitor. The stand is fully adjustable on the AW2524H and has fully allocated USB ports for connecting peripherals such as keyboards, mice and headsets. According to Alienware, the AW2524H will be available later this quarter at an undecided price.
|Header Cell – Column 0||Alienware AW2524H||Asus Swift Pro PG248QP|
|Screen size||24.5 inches||24 inch|
|refresh rate||480Hz (native, DP 1.4), 500Hz overclock||540Hz (overclocked)|
|contrast ratio||1,000:1||to be decided|
If you thought 500Hz was impressive, Asus is taking the one-upmanship game to the next level.Company’s Swift Pro PG248QP is also a 24″ Full HD monitor, but overclocked to a refresh rate of 540Hz.
Before you jump in your excitement, you’ll notice that the Swift Pro PG248QP uses a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel instead of the IPS panel found on the AW2524H. This means that viewing angles and color reproduction may not be very good. However, as long as you sit front and center (as you do with a 24-inch monitor), the viewing angle drawback isn’t too much of a concern.
Super Ultra Wide and Ultra Wide Gaming Monitors
If an ultra-wide gaming monitor just isn’t enough, why not push the horizontal resolution even further to make it ultra-ultra-wide? Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 It has a massive dual UHD resolution (7680 x 2160), but the screen stretches to a massive 57 inches. This monitor uses a Mini LED panel with a claimed 1,000,000:1 native contrast ratio, DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity (one of the first on the market), a 1000R curve, and a 240Hz native refresh rate.
The Odyssey OLED G9 is slightly smaller in height and 49 inches wide while maintaining a 32:9 aspect ratio at 5120 x 1440 resolution. Rather than relying on mini LED panels, the Odyssey OLED G9 uses Samsung’s Quantum-Dot OLED technology (it also features a native contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1). The Odyssey OLED G9 also boasts a native refresh rate of 240Hz and supports Samsung’s Gaming Hub for PC/console-free access to cloud gaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now.
|Header Cell – Column 0||Samsung Odyssey Neo G9||Samsung Odyssey OLED G9||MSI 491C||Alienware Predator X45|
|Screen size||57 inch||49 inches||49 inches||45 inch|
|panel type||Mini LED||QD-OLEDs||QD-OLEDs||Organic EL|
|contrast ratio||1,000,000:1||1,000,000:1||to be decided||1,500,000:1|
MSI is also in that game 491C, which has similar specs to the Odyssey OLED G9 (both likely using the same panel). The 491C supports 5120 x 1440 resolution, 0.1ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate while adopting a QD-OLED panel.
I saw the 491C up close at CES, but the prototype I had was plagued with graphical glitches. These things can be expected from the prototype, which was likely cobbled together in time for the show’s deadline, but the shipping unit should be solid when it arrives in late 2023.
If “just” an ultra-wide big-screen monitor fits your computing needs, Acer Predator X45This is another OLED panel but it measures 45 inches with UWQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution. This monitor features a tight 800R curve, 1,000 nits peak brightness, 0.01 ms response time, an impressive 1,500,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 240 Hz refresh rate.
The Predator X45 features dual HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4 port, plus a built-in USB 3.2 hub. This includes a USB-C port with 90 watts of Power Delivery (perfect for powering and connecting to your laptop with one connection). ). According to Acer, the Predator X45 will be available in Q2 2023 and will cost $1,699.
Organic EL monitor of 32 inches or less
OLED panels are slowly starting to encroach on the gaming monitor space. Especially at larger panel sizes (as you can see on the ultra-ultra-wide monitor above). However, panel tech is slowly filtering into smaller monitors, some of which we saw at CES.
Acer’s Predator X27U features a QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, and supports AMD FreeSync Premium. It has a contrast ratio of 1,500,000:1 and a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits (typically a fairly low 150 nits). The X27U’s port layout is the same as its much larger sibling, the Predator X45, which boasts his DCI-P3 coverage of 98.5% along with dual 5-watt speakers. The Predator X27U will debut next quarter and will be priced at $1,099.
|Header Cell – Column 0||Acer Predator X27U||Asus ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM||Asus ProArt Display OLED PA32DCM|
|Screen size||27 inch||27 inch||32 inch|
|panel type||Organic EL||Organic EL||Organic EL|
|contrast ratio||1,500,000:1||to be decided||to be decided|
Asus’ ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM is slightly smaller and features the same QHD resolution with a 27-inch panel size. The OLED panel has a 0.03 ms response time, a 240 Hz refresh rate, and fills 99% of the DCI-P3 color space. Peak brightness is listed at 1,000 nits, and while Asus doesn’t mention typical brightness, it’s supposed to be pretty low (which is typical for OLED panels).
The Asus ProArt Display OLED PA32DCM isn’t a gaming monitor, but it’s worth noting that it sports a vibrant 31.5-inch OLED panel. With 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, it brings a great feature set to the table. PA32DCM not only claims an impressive Delta E <1 color error, but also covers 99% of the DCI-P3 color space. Asus claims the monitor reaches a maximum brightness of 700 nits and is VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified (500 nits with 10% pattern).
Given that the PA32DCM is primarily aimed at creative professionals, the monitor’s stand is smaller (50% smaller than its predecessor) to free up desk space. There are also two Thunderbolt 4 ports onboard, providing fast access to USB-C and Thunderbolt devices. One of these ports supports 90 watts of Power Delivery to charge your laptop (the other USB-C port only supports 15 watts of charging). Asus has not announced a price for his PA32DCM at this time.
mainstream gaming monitor
Not everyone wants to spend a fortune on a gaming monitor to get an OLED or Mini-LED panel. for that reason, Lenovo has two monitors It won’t break the bank, but it still promises to deliver great performance.
The Legion Y27qf-30 features a QHD (2560 x 1440) panel with a native refresh rate of 240Hz. However, the monitor does support overclocking features, slightly increasing the refresh rate to 250Hz. It also features DisplayHDR 400 compliance, AMD FreeSync Premium support, and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.
|Header Cell – Column 0||Lenovo Legion Y27qf-30||Lenovo Legion Y27f-30|
|Screen size||27 inch||27 inch|
The Legion Y27f-30 uses the same chassis design as the Y27qf-30, but uses a Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel instead. It also has a native refresh rate of 240Hz, but jumps to 280Hz when overclocked. The Lenovo Legion Y27f-30 and Legion Y27qf-30 will be available in his May, priced at $399 and $599 respectively.