The last time I had a couple of grand spare, it was tax time and I badly needed a new laptop. I do not have $2100 to blow on tech right now. But if I did, and given the fact that I'm only rocking two tiny 23" screens at home, I've got a pretty good idea of what I'd get.
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Here's Linus Tech Tips with a chiropractor's dream: playing a single PC game across 16 monitors at the same time.
With perhaps the most flexible stand of any gaming monitor on the market and a sleek design, Samsung's 27-inch curved CFG70 screen certainly stands out. For a first attempt at bringing quantum dot technology into the gaming monitor market, it's not a bad attempt. But while there's much to like, there's also some key flaws - some of which might be deal-breakers.
There's some pretty crazy high-end tech on the floor of Computex in Taipei this year. Chief amongst them are two new monitors that take the absolute best tech from high-end TVs and cram it into desktop-friendly sizes, although the price tags will probably put any other peripheral you could ever think of to shame. If you're cashed up and ready to frag, the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ and the Acer Predator X35 are equally worthy of your attention.
Buying a gaming monitor has always been a bit like Australian broadband. You could have really nice image quality, 4K and HDR support, a 120hz or 144hz refresh rate, plenty of real estate, but you couldn't have it all especially if you wanted it to be affordable. And even if you're prepared to spend a pretty penny, chances are you'll still have to compromise somewhere.
You couldn't have it all in a gaming monitor. Well, that used to be the case.
Given that Samsung was one of the first companies to start offering a 120Hz mode on their LCD monitors, it's a bit weird to hear the company talk about entering the gaming monitor market for the first time. But semantics aside, Samsung is here, and it's bringing its quantum dot technology from its TV line with it.
First it was 4:3. And then gaming moved to a widescreen world, where 16:9 monitors and resoultions become the norm. And the next thing on the horizon is ultrawide monitors - screens with a 21:9 aspect ratio - and they're sick.
But the question for gamers has always been: why make the jump to a 21:9 world? But with more games supporting ultrawide resolutions, and more advanced monitors like LG's 34UC79G-B, there's never been a better time to make the switch. Here's 7 games that are infinitely better on an ultrawide monitor.
Year by year, the world is migrating from 1080p. 1440p is now become the sweet spot even for mid-range graphics cards. Even consoles are making a break for the 4K horizon, courtesy of the PS4 Pro and Microsoft's Project Scorpio.
But if you want to purchase a 4K monitor today, it's not enough to do it for gaming. There has to be a productivity benefit. So over the last few months, I've been using one of LG's latest 4K monitors - the 27UD88-W, a $900 4K monitor with an IPS panel, FreeSync and a very versatile USB-C port.
"Quantum Dot". I know it sounds like a TV show where a guy jumps backwards through time, taking over the bodies of other people and helping them with the grammar and punctuation, but it's a real technology. Honest. In fact, Samsung was one of the first off the mark to integrate quantum dots into its displays, which now includes computer monitors with the announcement of the curved, 24-inch CFG70.
It took a while, but eventually manufacturers were able to give gamers monitors larger than 23" with the high refresh rates they've come to know and love. But the bar didn't stop there. People are looking towards a 4K future, and they're not prepared to sacrifice their buttery smooth 144hz for it.
Problem is that's too much for the current generation of monitors. But it looks like a 4K, 144hz future isn't too far off.
The other day my esteemed boss, Mark, popped the question: he needed a new monitor that he could plug his console into. Not a TV -- he's got one of those. Just a monitor. It had to be around 26 to 32 inches, and he didn't want to break the bank to get his gaming fix.
Fortunately, one of our colleagues came up with an incredibly helpful reply -- one that you might find very useful if you're in a similar position.
If you have a powerful gaming PC, you know that 60 frames per second is not enough. Newer LCD monitors can display up to 144 frames per second, but it's surprisingly hard to find exactly which monitors support this standard, as well as more advanced tech like FreeSync and G-Sync variable refresh rates. So, we've rounded them all up into one big list.
I've been toying with the idea of purchasing an Ultra HD monitor since toying around with the enhanced resolution early last year. With the release of the first 4K screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V on PC, the time for toying is over.