We are very excited for what the year will bring in terms of best gaming monitors 2016 and other gaming related hardware. As you may or may not know, CES, an international event for technology held in Vegas, Nevada. And what the monitor producers revealed there, is quite interesting.
Without Further Due…
The “chit-chat” is delayed to after the full presentation of what we are about to expect of gaming monitors 2016. The news about the different monitor producers is held afterward and updated as we get more info. Where it says “n/an” in the table, shows that the info was not available at the specific time it was updated. If you have suggestions or information we don’t have, please write us so we can update it.
CES 2016 Monitor reveals
|Model||Refresh Rate||Response Time||Resolution||Panel||Additional Features||Available||Price|
|(Curved) Acer XR342CK, 34"||n/a||n/a||3440x1440||IPS||Freesync, OSD Joystick||March||$1,200|
|(Curved) AOC C3583FQ, 35"||144 Hz||4ms||2560x1080||AMVA||Freesync||February||n/a|
|(Curved) ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q, 34"||100 Hz||4ms||3440x1440||IPS||G-Sync||February-April||$1,300+|
|Acer H7 (series), 25"-27"||60 Hz||4ms||2560x1440||IPS||USB-C, Ultra-thin 7mm bezel||February||$499 (starting)|
|Acer R1 (series), 21.5"-27"||60 Hz||7ms||1920x1080||IPS||Ultra-thin 7mm bezel||February||$130 (starting)|
|ASUS MG24UQ, 24"||144 Hz||4ms||3840x2160||IPS||Freesync||n/a||n/a|
|ASUS MG28UQ, 28"||n/a||1ms||3840x2160||TN||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Dell U2717DA, 27"||60 Hz||n/a||2560x1440||n/a||n/a||March||$719|
|Dell U2417HA, 24"||60 Hz||n/a||1920x1080||n/a||n/a||March||$349|
|Dell UP3017Q, 30"||120 Hz||0.1ms||3440x1440||OLED||USB-C||April||$4999|
|Lenovo Y27g, 27"||144 Hz||n/a||1920x1080||n/a||G-Sync||June||$550|
|LG 27UD88-W, 27"||60 Hz||5ms||3840 X 2160||IPS||Freesync||March||n/a|
|Monoprice, 27"||75 Hz||n/a||3440x1440||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Samsung CF591, 27"||60 Hz||4ms||1920 x 1080||VA||Freesync Over-HDMI||n/a||n/a|
|ViewSonic VX2257, 22"||60 Hz||2ms||1920x1080||TN||Freesync||Available||[maxbutton id="50"]|
|ViewSonic VX2457, 24"||60 Hz||2ms||1920x1080||TN||Freesync||February||$228|
|ViewSonic VX2757, 27"||60 Hz||2ms||1920x1080||TN||Freesync||Available||[maxbutton id="51"]|
|ViewSonic VX2776, 27"||60 Hz||n/a||1920x1080||IPS||Freesync||April||$317|
|ViewSonic XG2401, 24"||144 Hz||1ms||1920x1080||TN||Freesync||Available|
|ViewSonic XG2700-4K, 27"||60 Hz||5ms||3840x2160||IPS||Freesync||Available|
|ViewSonic XG2701, 27"||144 Hz||1ms||1920x1080||TN||Freesync||Available|
|ViewSonic XG2703-GS, 27"||165 Hz||1ms||2560x1440||IPS||G-Sync||March||$1,217|
ViewSonic Present 8 New Gaming Monitors 2016
ViewSonic is a well-known brand for producing low priced gaming monitors. A brand that isn’t quite frequently described on our website, but their announcement at CES might change that. 8 new gaming monitors will be released defined by 4 VX series and 4 XG series and ranging from 200$ to 1,200$. The specs are described below and as you might imagine, we can’t wait to present them! Check out comparable gaming monitors in our buyers’ guide, such as the AOC G2460VQ6, the Nixeus Vue NX-VUE24A, the AOC G2460PF or the Philips 272G5DYEB for the VX models. For monitors to compare to the XG models, try checking out the Acer XG270HU, the BenQ XL2730Z, the ASUS MG279Q, the ASUS ROG PG279Q or the Acer Predator XB270HU, or the LG Electronics MU67 27MU67 for a 4K monitor with Freesync.
|Ports||DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA||DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA||DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA||DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA|
|Special Features||AMD Freesync||AMD Freesync||AMD Freesync||N/A|
|Ports||Displayport, HDMI, VGA||Displayport, HDMI, VGA||Displayport, HDMI, VGA||Displayport, HDMI, VGA|
|Special Features||AMD Freesync||AMD Freesync||AMD Freesync||NVidia G-Sync|
The VX2257 and the VX2757 are already available while the VX2457 is released in February and the VX2776 in April. The XG2401 and XG2701 supports a 144 Hz refresh rate while the XG2700-4K supports HDMI 2.0 60 Hz for 4K resolution. The priciest and probably the most anticipated for gamers, specs-wise, is the XG2703-GS which is expected to support 165 Hz refresh rate.
Acer Presents New Series & XR341CK Successor
Our beloved Acer admitted that they are releasing a range of new super-thin IPS gaming monitors, ranging from 21.5”-27”. The new monitors are released on a new series name called R1 and hold a resolution of 1920x1080p (Full HD). The panel is just 7mm thick! That’s the same as a newer smartphone guys! The prices for the R1 starts at 130$ and is expected to be out around March 2016.
Now, for the interesting part of the Acer presentation. Remember the curved 34” IPS gaming monitor called the XR341CK? Well, they announced the release of its successor the XR342CK. It will be the tightest curved monitor to date, with only 1900R, IPS panel and a resolution of 3440x1440p. Of course, the AMD Freesync is included but also it includes DTS audio and a joystick for OSD navigation among other things. Price is expected to be about 1,100$. For comparable curved monitors with adaptive sync check out the Acer Predator XR341CK or the Acer Predator X34-bmiphz.
USB-C Within Acer Monitors
And Acer was not done. Have you heard of USB-C technology? If not, the brief description is the new standard for USB connectors, since 2015. It is twice as fast as USB 3.0 (and it is also called USB 3.1), it is thinner to accommodate the even thinner monitor bezels, smartphones, and laptops, and lastly it has no up or down side, which means you never have to flick the USB port. It will always fit. Acer is introducing a range of new H7 series which all supports USB-C. The specs are in the table below and is expected released in February 2016.
|Acer H7 Series|
|Display||25″ and 27″ IPS panel, 178-degree viewing angle|
|Ports||USB-C, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DVI, VGA, USB 3.0 (2x)|
|Features||ZeroFrame Design, Acer True Harmony, DTS Sound, 100% sRGB color gamut support|
Samsung To Release Freesync Over-HDMI Curved Gaming Monitor
Being one of the pioneers of curved monitors, Samsung revealed a new monitor to be released, namely the CF591. It is a 27” curved monitor with a curve of 1800R, which is quite a change from the SE591CS that also was 27” but had a curving radius of 4000R. For gaming purposes, it includes a nice VA panel and AMD’s Freesync technology. The resolution will be 1920x1080p (Full HD) and the Freesync technology will be the new Over-HDMI, so you don’t need the DP to use it.
Dell Introduce UP3017Q, An OLED 4K Gaming Monitor!
With the presentation of 3 new UltraSharp models, one, in particular, stood out as an over-performing gaming beast. The UP3017Q is, besides the 4K resolution, based on a new trending panel phenomenon – an OLED panel display. There are a lot of advantages for the OLED panel type. The thickness – or rather thinness – is amazing to look at, for a 4K monitor, to look as thin as they do use the Dell specific Infinity Edge bezel technology. Then there is the super-fast response time of 0.1 ms, the 100% Adobe RGB color gamut spectrum coverage (1.07 billion colors) and lastly the color production. Compared to any other display type, the OLED has the best black color performance as well as the grey-scale performance of them all, and compared to LCD displays, the OLED generally have less motion blur as well. The downside, however, is the price. The UP3017Q is expected to be released sometime in March with a starting price tag of $5000 in the US.
Dell’s U2717DA and U2417HA
Besides the UP3017Q, Dell presented another 2 UltraSharp models with Infinity Edge bezel technology for the external appearance. They are almost similar in specs, with the U2717DA having a larger screen size and a higher resolution which affects the price. One noticeable thing about the Dell launches is the stand. Instead of a normal stand, they have designed an “arm-stand” for the convenience of the user so that there is more room on the table.
ASUS Gaming Monitors 2016 Edition
Ah, the moment most of us have been waiting for. The revelation of what ASUS are going to do for the many gamers around the world. We were quite fond of the PG279Q which was an IPS based 165 Hz, G-Sync monitor. This year they revealed the introduction of 3 new gaming monitors, their so-called gaming monitors 2016.
Presenting The Curved ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q
To top off what they ended in 2015, ASUS is trying to cope with the increased competition and demands from gaming relevant curved monitors for the FPS games. This 34″ 2000R curved IPS based monitor is equipped with a 100 Hz refresh rate, a 4ms response time, a resolution of 3440×1440 (Ultra-Wide Quad HD, or UWQHD) and to top it off it comes with nVidia’s G-Sync adaptive sync technology. The price is not specified but ours and other monitor experts suggest a price tag of above $1,300 and expected release date is set to Q1 of 2016.
The Introduction Of 2 Brothers, The MG28UQ & The MG24UQ
ASUS’s presentation of gaming monitors 2016 edition comes with 2 additional gaming monitors. Both of them will have a 4K resolution while the differences lie within the panel type which evidently reflects the refresh rate and response time as well. The MG28UQ will be a 28″ TN-based monitor with a revealed response time of 1ms. There was no information about the refresh rate but seeing it as a TN panel, the qualified guesses would be 144 Hz. There was additionally nothing to add to the features such as adaptive sync, but as Freesync is becoming a DisplayPort standard, it is difficult to imagine it without it. However, since no info regarding this theme was confirmed, the table says “n/a”.
The MG24UQ will be a 24″ IPS based 144 Hz, 4ms response time monitor with Freesync. Besides this, the appearance will be the same for both the MG28UQ and the MG24UQ.
Besides the monitors, ASUS has further released a bunch of other gaming related equipment such as headphones, GPU’s, Motherboards, laptops, etc. For a full view of ASUS’s contribution to CES click here.