Monday, September 24th 2018

Acer Announces XZ1-Series of FreeSync, Curved Gaming Monitors - VA WQHD, 144 Hz, HDR10 Ready

Acer has announced two incoming budget-yet-premium gaming monitors to power AMD's FreeSync-supporting graphics cards. The new XZ1 series will come in 27" (XZ271U) and 31.5" (XZ321QU), thus appealing to two different market segments. The new monitors both sport a 144 Hz, 1 ms, 16:9 VA panel with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. Both are curved affairs; contrast stands at 3000:1; color coverage is at 85% of the NTSC color-space; and we're saying they are HDR10 ready because with their maximum brightness of 250 and 300 cd/m², respectively, they'll never be able to showcase the tiniest amount of HDR10 detail. Like the initial HD ready TVs which only supported 720p resolution but could process higher-density images, so does this HDR10 badge not mean there's an actual ability to properly display HDR10 content as it was meant to be.

Connectivity stands at 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x mini DisplayPort 1.2, and 2x HDMI 2.0 headers. There are two 7 W stereo speakers and a headphone jack in each monitor, as well as a quad-port USB 3.0 Type-A hub. The stands can tilt between -5 to 25 degrees, swivel +/- 25 degrees, and provide height adjustments of up to 120 mm. Both panels can now be purchased at Amazon.com, with pricing set at $527 and $550 respectively (not final retail pricing for the Americas).
Sources: via AnandTech, Acer XZ271U, Acer XZ321QU
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8 Comments on Acer Announces XZ1-Series of FreeSync, Curved Gaming Monitors - VA WQHD, 144 Hz, HDR10 Ready

#3
atomicus
HDR10 and 300 nit. Utterly ridiculous. This crap needs to stop NOW!!
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lynx29
"atomicus said:
HDR10 and 300 nit. Utterly ridiculous. This crap needs to stop NOW!!
yeah I am really surprised HDR400 and HDR600 certified monitors are not rolling out yet... I guess they are trying to clear inventory but no one seems to be buying to many monitors so the rest of us have to keep waiting
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mtcn77
"lynx29 said:
yeah I am really surprised HDR400 and HDR600 certified monitors are not rolling out yet... I guess they are trying to clear inventory but no one seems to be buying to many monitors so the rest of us have to keep waiting
We still don't have saturation scaling displays. The technology exists, but because of the analog nature of LCDs, it is hard to transpose saturation to reflect the dynamic contrast of backlight scaling. However, it is supposed to respond faster than the backlight.
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lynx29
"mtcn77 said:
We still don't have saturation scaling displays. The technology exists, but because of the analog nature of LCDs, it is hard to transpose saturation to reflect the dynamic contrast of backlight scaling. However, it is supposed to respond faster than the backlight.
MSI has an HDR400 monitor out, the one the RGB lights at the bottom, for a long time. and it looks fantastic, I have seen it in person, really does enhance the game just having nits at 400
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Caring1
"lynx29 said:
….. really does enhance the game just having nits at 400
I think I was 5 last time I had nits :laugh:
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mtcn77
"lynx29 said:
MSI has an HDR400 monitor out, the one the RGB lights at the bottom, for a long time. and it looks fantastic, I have seen it in person, really does enhance the game just having nits at 400
Yes, brightness is, at least, better than the unfounded contrast ratios. Ambient light dulls saturation anyway, so at least you'll have the saturation with or without a dark room.
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