Okay, so we know this isn’t news about G-SYNC specifically, but we wanted to share it anyways. Samsung has just announced three new curved monitors that will all feature a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, full HDR support, quantum dot technology and support for FreeSync 2. The aspect ratio is a massive 32:9, which is essentially two regular 16:9 widescreen monitors fitted into one huge monitor. The panel type is VA and the resolution is 3840×1080.
The size of the screen? 49-inches.
Curvature is rated at 1800R. Connection ports include DisplayPort, MiniDisplayPort and two HDMI ports. There’s also two USB 3.0 ports, audio-out and a microphone jack.
One of the most exciting displays this year is the Acer Predator Z35, a 35-inch UltraWide G-SYNC VA panel-based beast! Acer has made a dedicated promotional video for this monitor and you can watch it right below.
As you see in the video, you can achieve up to an incredible 200Hz with the G-SYNC mode enabled. We will see how well that performs in the benchmarks before the official release, but we are already excited Are you? Let us know in our social media accounts.
The ultimate gaming monitor of the year, the Acer X34 or Acer Predator X34 as it is also called, will feature a 100Hz maximum refresh range with the G-SYNC feature enabled. The minimum refresh rate is 30Hz and thus the effective G-SYNC range is 30-100Hz, which is more than any other UltraWide G-SYNC monitor you will find out there. The monitor is part of the Acer Predator series and is overclocked by default. The G-SYNC feature is overclocked even more and this is what allows the monitor to reach up to 100Hz, pushing the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 interface.
This monitor was previously named Acer XR341CKA, but that name is no longer valid, so bear that in mind when searching for this monitor elsewhere.
The Acer X34 is the ultimate 34-inch gaming monitor. It features a 3440 x 1440 resolution (WQHD+) in an UltraWide aspect ratio, resulting in a more immersive gaming experience. With G-SYNC enabled, you can enjoy any games you would like without any screen tearing or increased input lag. On top of all that, you get a curved IPS panel, which offers superior color quality, greater viewing angles and deeper blacks. The demand for IPS panels are only getting higher and higher and they are already down to 4ms GtG response time, so we will we more IPS monitors in the future.
The stand is adjustable by tilt and height and you will find four USB 3.0 ports that you can use to connect your mouse, keyboard or anything else you would like.
The Acer X34 will be released in September 2015. The retail price will be $1249.
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Acer XB270HU is one of Acer’s newest monitors and it has taken the world by storm. Since its recent launch, it has become the best-selling new release monitor in various retailers, including Amazon, the world’s largest and most trusted online retailer. It had some problems with the first batch of products, which suffered severe backlight bleeding but the problem has been taken care of now and now you just have to live with the regular IPS backlight bleeding, which is completely unnoticeable when playing games. The product has now undergone quality control tests and you will be getting a high quality monitor if you go and buy one of these right now at any retailer, unless they were from the first few batches that were being sold. Amazon has removed the bad quality ones from their inventory, so will not have to worry about these issues when buying from there.
This monitor for sure has taken the role from ASUS PG278Q as the best gaming monitor 2015, because of the IPS panel which enriches the general color quality and viewing experience of a monitor, be it gaming, everyday use or professional use.
The overall build quality of this monitor is nice and is completely identical to the larger 4K G-SYNC monitor, the Acer XB280HK. The panel itself is coated with an anti-glare coating, which is encased in a glossy and black bezel. The stand is round and black/red, and it offers full adjustments, including height, swivel, tilt and pivot options. That ensures that you can get the best viewing position and allow you to rotate the monitor into portrait mode.’
Under the bottom bezel, you will find five buttons and a power switch. You can use the buttons to navigate the on-screen display menu and select a picture preset, which includes Standard, Movie, Graphics, User and ECO. You can also enable ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur), which reduces the motion blur, but you can not use it alongside G-SYNC, because ULMB requires a static refresh rate to strobe the display at. Brightness, Color Temperature, Gamma and Contrast can also be adjusted in the menu.
The first thing you will notice when you start using the monitor is the WQHD (2560 x 1440) 1440p resolution with a refresh rate of an impressive 144Hz. Not only that, but the monitor also supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and has an IPS panel (In-Plane Switching) that gives you superior color quality and super good viewing angles. The drawback is the extra 3ms response time, but this is a very little drawback and most people will not notice it at all. Another noteworthy thing to mention is that the input lag on this monitor is quite low, which makes it suited for the FPS gamer too. When you have all these specs and you mix them together, you will get a monitor of the highest caliber and that is exactly what this screen is.
As with most other G-SYNC monitors, the connectivity options are pretty sparse. There is only one DisplayPort 1.2 input, which is required for G-SYNC to work, and three USB 3.0 ports, whereas one of them is upstream and two of them are downstream. You will also find two USB 3.0 ports on the left side of the monitor. Within the package you will receive when you buy the monitor, you will get a 6-inch DisplayPort cable, but that is simply too short for many and you will most likely have to invest in a longer DisplayPort cable if you haven’t got any yet. You simply cant rely on a HDMI converter so you will have to use a DP to DP cable.
2560 x 1440
Max Refresh Rate
Response Time (GtG)
Height, tilt, swivel, pilot
Display Quality, Responsiveness and Value For Money
As already discussed, the Acer XB270HU has an IPS panel, which offers a superb color quality and great viewing angles, which means that the colors won’t be shifted when looking at the monitor from the sides, unlike a TN panel for instance. So if you like a great looking monitor with a vibrant and colorful color reproduction, and also the same effects when looking at the screen from different angles and positions. The IPS panel is the best type of panel you can get right now, except OLED, but they are so expensive and impractical for PC monitor usage that they will not even be considered (burn-in, etc.). The downsides with IPS panels are that the technology has backlight bleed problems and a little bit extra response time, but these issues are very minor and play a little role in the overall gaming experience. Factors like screen size, refresh rate, G-SYNC support, resolution and color quality weigh a lot more.
With a response time of just 4ms, this monitor is actually on the very low end of response time considering it is an IPS panel. Most other IPS panels respond slower, which makes this monitor superior in that area too. If you are a very dedicated competitive gamer and every millisecond literally matter then you might want to grab a monitor with lower input lag instead, such as the Asus MG278Q ROG Swift, which has a lower input lag due to the nature of TN panel. For a vast majority of people, the Acer XB270HU will be the best choice right now, since both monitors are similarly priced most places.
The G-SYNC technology, 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms response makes this a very powerful and responsive monitor with low motion blur and responsiveness. The ULMB mode allows you completely get rid of ghosting, which can be annoying for people that play high-paced games. All these features and traits mentioned above makes this monitor the best gaming monitor 2015. More precisely said, the best 27-inch gaming monitor 2015. We generally believe that 27-inch monitors like the Acer Predator XB270HU is suitable for a majority of people, but some people want smaller or larger monitors, so we will review monitors of all sizes here, so stay tuned for other reviews like this Acer XB270HU review for example.
With that said, another disadvantage is the $750 price mark. You certainly get what you pay for, but it is still a lot of money to give for a monitor. In the other hand, you will most likely not change your monitor the next five or so years, so you have to choose wisely and make a good investment. We feel like this monitor has all the good traits a gaming monitor should have, which is why it gets a perfect “value for money” score.
NVIDIA G-SYNC allows a smooth and response gameplay without screen tearing
IPS panel offers superior viewing angles and color reproduction
144Hz refresh rate
All the necessary stand adjustment options: tilt, height, swivel and pivot
Backlight bleed due to the nature of IPS panels
Sparse connectivity options for digital output
Acer XB270HU is one of Acer's newest monitors and it has taken the world by storm. Since its recent launch, it has become the best-selling new release monitor in various retailers, including Amazon, the world's largest and most trusted online retailer. It had some problems with the first batch of products, which suffered severe backlight bleeding but the problem has been taken care of now and now you just have to live with the regular IPS backlight bleeding, which is completely unnoticeable ...
The Acer XB270HU bprz G-SYNC monitor is the best in its class right now. With specs that include G-SYNC, WQHD (1440p) resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, IPS panel and USB hub, it is awarded the title as the best gaming monitor 2015. If want to invest in a gaming monitor right now, then this monitor is the perfect choice.
The ASUS PG278Q was the world’s first G-SYNC monitor when it was released back in August 2014. Since then, gamer’s have had the opportunity to enjoy a tear-free, responsive and clear gameplay that they could not experience before. The display had a warm reception and people loved it, but there were some problems with the quality control and a decent amount of people got some bad quality monitors. Since then, ASUS has improved the quality control and you will almost certainly get a high quality display if you were to buy a new one now.
At first glance, you will notice the excellent build quality. It has a modern look to it, and is equipped with a slim bezel so that it can easily be used in a multi-display system. The monitor itself is grey and it features a fully adjustable stand with tilt, height, swivel and pivot options, so that you can get the best viewing position possible. The pivot functionality allows you rotate the monitor in portrait mode in case you need it. There are also two USB 3.0 ports under the monitor, as you can see in the image below.
When you turn on the monitor and start using it, you’ll certainly be impressed with the WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution running at 144Hz. The high resolution combined with the NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and the 144Hz refresh rate really shows what a monitor of that quality is capable of. The only downside is the TN panel, but that allows for faster response times and it actually has very good color quality considering the panel type.
As far as connectivity goes, this monitor follows the same standard as most other G-SYNC monitors. It has only a single digital output connector, the DisplayPort 1.2. This monitor was designed for G-SYNC usage, so if you might as well forget it if you are trying to convert HDMI sources to DisplayPort with an active converter. We had trouble testing the input lag in our ASUS PG278Q review, so we had to test it next to another low-input lag and the results of this screen were amazing.
Asus PG278Q ROG Swift
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Response Time (GtG)
Height, tilt, swivel, pilot
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Display Quality, Responsiveness and Value For Money
The ASUS PG278Q features a TN panel, and while that is typically not so great for color reproduction and viewing angles, this monitor’s panel was surprisingly good. If you are a person who are critical about viewing angles then you should get another monitor with a VA panel or IPS panel instead, since TN panels can not match their superior viewing angles. For a majority of gamers, viewing angle and display quality is not too big of a deal, while other factors like resolution, screen size, refresh rate and G-SYNC support weigh a lot more.
What is most impressing about this monitor is the super low response time of 1 ms and very low input lag. Now take this and combine it with a 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC and you have got yourself an extremely powerful monitor with superb motion clarity and responsiveness. This monitor is an ideal choice for competitive gamers, where every frame or millisecond matters and want to be one step ahead of the competition. This is due to the fact that TN panels in general have lower input lag than other panel types, which makes them ideal for this specific audience. We have not tested a 27-inch monitor with an input lag as low as this specific computer screen.
The other disadvantage is the high price tag of around $740 right now. That is a lot of money to give for a monitor, and you with the release of the ASUS PG279Q, which is a 144Hz 1440p IPS G-SYNC monitor that is planned for release in Q4 2015, we feel like it is not the best “value for money” pick right now, hence the rating of 9 here. If it had IPS panel, then it would have gotten a perfect score of 10 in this field.
NVIDIA G-SYNC allows a smooth and response gameplay without screen tearing
144Hz refresh rate
Very low input lag, the FPS gamer’s choice
Good build quality
Thin bezel, great for systems with multiple displays
Bad connectivity options
The ASUS PG278Q was the world's first G-SYNC monitor when it was released back in August 2014. Since then, gamer's have had the opportunity to enjoy a tear-free, responsive and clear gameplay that they could not experience before. The display had a warm reception and people loved it, but there were some problems with the quality control and a decent amount of people got some bad quality monitors. Since then, ASUS has improved the quality control and you will almost certainly get a high ...
Aorus is a new brand on the market, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming a well-known and established brand of gaming laptops, keyboards, mice and other accessories. The’re a subsidiary of Gigabyte and they became popular when they released the X7 back in the beginning of 2014, a super high-performing 17-inch gaming laptop. The Taiwanese company have also released the smaller sized X3, which is only 13.3-inches. Both X3 and X7 have SLI setup variants, which makes even the heaviest games run smoothly.
For a lot of people, 17.3-inches is too large and 13.3 is too small, and this is where the Aorus X5-CF1 comes in. With the 15.6-inch screen, it makes the perfect gaming laptop candidate for these users. It was first shown back at CES 2015 in January, but has since lost a lot of attention. It has paid off for patient people who waited since January for this laptop to launch, since this is the world’s first gaming laptop with an Intel Broadwell CPU and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.
Upon first look, the Aorus X5 has a nice, sleek and aesthetic look that is very appealing. It looks very similar to the larger model, X7, with vents on the front edges, triangle-shaped exhausts on the rear and a laser-engraved cross on the front tip. Furthermore, the laptop weighs 2,5kg, which isn’t exactly MacBook lightweight, but when you take into account the gear it has hidden under the hood, it’s not that bad. When closed, the laptop measures a 15.35″ width, 8.66″ depth and a 0.9″ height, making it easily fit in a bag or rucksack that you can bring with you anywhere you go. All in all, it’s a very thin and light compared to other laptops that have similar specs.
The laptop has an overall good build quality with an aluminium chassis that hides two NVIDIA 965M chips underneath along with a 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) and two 256GB solid state drives (SSD), totaling a whopping 512 SSD storage. That’s plenty of space to store all your favorite games in and use the 1TB HDD as storage. It also has a range of additional features that are gaming-specific, such as the five programmable macro keys to the left of the keyboard and the integrated numpad. The keyboard is also equipped with full LED backlightning and an ambient light sensor. The full-size keyboard has low, high and off backlighting settings, so that you’re able to turn it off to optimize battery life. The keyboard is very good and so is the trackpad. It has a nice mirror-ish look to it with a matte finish, and the bottom section is textured to better highlight the buttons. The texture has a nice feel to it, but unfortunately it’s not touch sensitive. The other negative thing is the imprinted logo inside the trackpad, which is really unnecessary. You will rarely use the trackpad for gaming anyways, so it’s not really a big issue anyways. The notebook also allows you to add your own dedicated hardware encoder, which takes care of livestreaming and recording the gameplay instead of letting your CPU handling it. This is without a doubt a very strong gaming machine capable of running high-demanding AAA or AAA+ games at high resolution while maintaining a stable frame rate.
As far as connectivity goes, the laptop has Killer Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless AC, four USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, one mini-DisplayPort connector, one VGA port, an SD card reader, audio jacks and a power supply connector for the 200W adapter. It also has Bluetooth 4.0 support, so you can easily connect to your favorite Bluetooth devices, such as your wireless Bluetooth headset if you got one.
Something that you will immediately notice when you turn on this laptop is the display. The Aorus X5 has an 15.6-inch IPS display, which is manufactured by Panasonic and has the model numberÂMEI96A2. The matte IPS screen gives great viewing angles, superior color quality and deep blacks. Furthermore, it has an impressive native resolution of 2880×1620 (WQHD+/3K) and a 60Hz refresh rate. The older MSI Ghost Pro laptops also have the same resolution as this laptop, but a lot have improved in the tech field the last year and the Aorus X5 is the better choice at the present moment.
The display also supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, which is what makes this laptop really unique. This is the world’s first 15.6-inch laptop with full G-SYNC support, allowing you to enjoy a tear-free gameplay without stuttering and high input lag. This is a technology that you just have to experience first hand to fully realize what you’re missing. Once you have first enjoyed G-SYNC gaming, you will find it very hard to go back to gaming on a regular screen without NVIDIA G-SYNC that we have all become used to until the recent years, where G-SYNC has gained more and more attention. The screen along with the insides makes this a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Now you may think that the 2880×1620 resolution requires some serious processing power to drive. That is 100% correct, but Aorus have taken care of that by equipping the laptop with a new Intel Broadwell CPU, the fifth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7-5700HQ processor. With 47W power use and Hyper-Threading technology, the processor can reach speeds up to 3.5GHz and it has an integrated Intel HD 5600 graphics unit. Since this is a gaming laptop with a 3K native resolution, Aorus has chosen to equip the laptop with something more extreme. The X5 features two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M discrete graphics cards in SLI configuration. Each GPU has 4GB of raw GDDR5 memory and 2048 shader units. This is what makes gaming at the laptop’s native resolution possible at nice frame rates, but the SLI configuration is bad for battery life, since Optimus can not switch to the low power-consuming Intel IGP when necessary.
It takes a lot of cooling to prevent the three heat-generating processors from overheating and Aorus have done a good job with their cooling array. The black aluminum body has several exhaust ports, which helps facilitate the heavy cooling necessary to run the Aorus X5. The side vents also have the racing-car style to it, and the rear vents quickly signals that there’s a lot of power under the hood. The downside with the aesthetic and good looking design is that the fans get really noisy when the laptop is performing heavy CPU or GPU activities. You can eliminate the fan noise with software, but it greatly diminishes the performance that makes this laptop so appealing.
Going through the rest of the very promising specifications this laptop have, we’ll find that the laptop has 16GB DDR3L RAM running at 1866MHz, with two additional slots allowing for a total of 32GB RAM. A very nice extra feature that Aorus has added in the laptop is the AverMedia CM311B HD capture device, which takes a lot of stress from your CPU when streaming games. The specs alone makes this one the best gaming laptops under $2500, but how well does it perform?
As you can see from the benchmarks above, the quad-core mobile Broadwell Intel Core i7-5700HQ processor is very good. The Sager NP9773, which has the non-mobile Intel i7-4790K unlocked at 4.0GHz, completely dominates all the benchmarks. Its processing power is unlike we have ever seen, but that’s because it doesn’t use a mobile CPU and therefore falls short on battery time instead. And what is the point of a laptop when it has an extremely short battery time with a low portability?
The fifth-generation Intel CPU have been tweaked so that instruction throughput per clock cycle are greater than its Haswell counterparts. This performance boost is nonexistent in the single-threaded PiFast benchmark, but can easily be seen in the multi-threaded Cinebench and HandBrake benchmarks. The Aorus X5 delivers the best CPU performance of all the laptops that we have tested with a mobile CPU and we have not tested a 15.6-inch laptop with a better performance than this notebook device.
With 16GB DDR3L RAM running at 1866MHz, the laptop does great in the tests as you can see in the benchmarks above.
The X5 is equipped with two 256GB M.2 SSD’s, which does pretty well in the tests. The differences between the SSD benchmarks are negligible, but it’s interesting to see that the X5 is capable of hitting a whopping 997 MB/s reading speed in the CrystalDiskMark Sequential Read benchmark.
Benchmarks: Graphics Card
With two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M in SLI, you would expect that the laptop would be getting great benchmark results, and that is indeed the case. With a PCMark score of roughly 4300 points and a 3DMark score of almost eight thousand puts this at the top of 15.6-inch gaming laptops. It’s beaten in performance by the Aorus X7 Pro Sync-CF1 and the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1423, which have GTX 970M in SLI and GTX 980M in SLI, respectively. You’d also expect them to get better results.
The X5 also gets great results at all the Heaven and Valley benchmarks, getting over the desired 60FPS in each test. This means that the laptop can easily run the latest AAA games at 3K WQHD+ resolution with graphics set to max well above 30FPS. At the tests we ran at 3K WQHD+ resolution, we got a stable 50FPS in BioShock Infinite (max quality settings) and 35FPS in Battlefield 4 (max quality settings). When we set the resolution to 1920×1080 (Full HD), we got 100FPS in BioShock Infinite and 70FPS in Battlefield 4. So if you find the gameplay choppy at the 3K resolution, you can easily downscale the resolution for a nice boost to frame rates.
We also ran the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a visually high-demanding AAA+ game, and we got an impressive 50FPS at 1080p resolution with graphics quality set to high. The NVIDIA G-SYNC also makes the gameplay buttery smooth with super clear motion clarity, no stuttering and low input lag. The benchmarks along with the fact that this is the world’s first and currently also the only 15.6-inch G-SYNC gaming laptop, makes this laptop the Editor’s Pick 2015. Games have never looked so good on a laptop! If you’re looking for a high-performing 15.6-inch gaming laptop, then this laptop is the one to get.
Benchmarks: Cooling System
The Aorux X5-CF1 does pretty well, considering it has to cool down an Intel Core i7-5700HQ and two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics cards. It can get hot during heavy load, but it keeps at very reasonable temperatures considering it’s a gaming laptop after all and you probably wont be sitting with it on your lap running high-demanding games. What is annoying though is the noise that the fans produce when performing heavy computations, but that can, as previously mentioned, be adjusted with a fan adjusting software. You just have to be careful not to blindly mess around with the fan settings, as it may cause damages to your system and void your warranty.
Benchmarks: Power Use and Battery Life
The other weak point of this laptop is its battery life. It’s simply too short to enjoy longer periods of
The trackpad and fan noise have been the X5’s two weak links thus far, and we’ve almost inevitably come across the third: battery life. It’s a bit on the low end and you will have to stay closely attached to a power outlet almost all the time. When we did our battery test, we had the brightness set to 30 percent and had a 10-hour long video play at full screen, and we found that the non-removable 73Wh battery would be used up after roughly three hours of usage. So if you need a gaming laptop that can last very long time, the Aorus X5 might not be for you, but we don’t think that a lot of the gaming audience would find this a big deal. We weren’t bothered with it so much and we didn’t give it a large weight in our total score.
This extremely powerful mobile gaming PC with a gorgeous screen takes whatever is thrown at it with ease, but you will find yourself closely attached to a power outlet nearby. Hopefully Aorus makes a new version of this laptop with greater battery life and a less noisy fan profile out of the box. For now, this is the Editor’s Choice 2015, as we find it the best 15.6-inch gaming laptop.
NVIDIA G-SYNC redefines how you look at games
Beautiful screen with WQHD+ resolution
Excellent gaming performance and faster than most desktops
Aorus is a new brand on the market, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming a well-known and established brand of gaming laptops, keyboards, mice and other accessories. The're a subsidiary of Gigabyte and they became popular when they released the X7 back in the beginning of 2014, a super high-performing 17-inch gaming laptop. The Taiwanese company have also released the smaller sized X3, which is only 13.3-inches. Both X3 and X7 have SLI setup variants, which makes even the heaviest games ...
We have finally launched and we hope that you receive us well. Our goal is to give consumers a helping hand choosing their next gaming monitor or laptop powered by the NVIDIA G-Sync technology. Enjoy crystal clear, tear-free and responsive gaming that redefines your gaming experience. Say goodbye to those irritating screen tears with V-Sync off and the horrible input lag and micro stuttering with V-Sync on. NVIDIA G-Sync fixes all these issues with the exclusive G-Sync module, which was first introduced to monitors and just recently to laptops. You can read more about how G-Sync works at our home page, and if you are unsure about some of the specifications or just want to learn more, then check out our detailed gaming monitor glossary.
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