This 27-inch Asus gamer screen is one of the most prestigious Full HD models in the TUF family. A sought after ergonomics and technologies present in number to improve the display quality and the fluidity of the games for less than 450 euros? Difficult to resist.
Razer’s Raptor 27 is the brand’s first gaming display. This 27-inch matte panel displays a 1440p definition. Its 144 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync compatibility, guarantee the most demanding gamers a responsive display without distortion.
Pros and Cons
|Asus TUF||Razer Raptor|
|FreeSync/G-Sync Compatible||Excellent HDR contrast|
|Smooth overclocked 280Hz refresh||144Hz refresh rate|
|Wide viewing angle||Sturdy build quality|
|No USB hub||A little expensive|
|Asus TUF||Razer Raptor|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Weight with Stand||12.3 pounds||30.5 pounds|
|Dimension||619.4 x 362.65 x 50.58 mm||7.4 x 24.1 x 19.25 inches|
|Asus TUF||Razer Raptor|
|Display Type||IPS-Type LCD||IPS|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080||2560×1440|
|Pixel Density||81 PPI||109 PPI|
|Response Time||1 ms (GtG)||4ms|
|Refresh Rate||280Hz||144 Hz with FreeSync|
|Asus TUF||Razer Raptor|
|HDMI||2.0 x 2||1 x HDMI 2.0|
|DisplayPort||Yes||1 x DisplayPort 1.4|
|Audio Out-put||3.5 mm||3.5mm|
|USB||No||1 x USB Type-C|
2 x USB 3.0
|Memory Card Slots||–||–|
Which is better!
The Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM monitor is THE 27-inch Full HD monitor that we want to recommend with closed eyes to those who love first-person shooter games. And more particularly to all those who want the best of the technologies that can be found in the gaming monitors of early 2020. The quality of the image is really good, the finish too. The ergonomics are dazzling and it would even have been perfect if the change of video outputs could have been programmed on a shortcut button.
The Raptor 27 from Razer is the first screen for a player of the brand. This 27-inch matte panel displays a 1440p definition. Its 144 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync compatibility guarantee even the most demanding gamers a responsive display without distortion. but not always of quality. And yet, it is certified HDR 400 compatible, 90% DCI-P3, and the dynamic contrast ratio is given as 1000: 1.
ViewSonic 32 Inch Curved Gaming Monitor Review
The 32-inch screen has a 1500 R curvature, a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz, and a very high contrast of 3000: 1
The ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD is a gaming monitor with a 32- inch MVA panel and 2560 x 1440 pixels. The screen has a 1500-R curvature, a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz, and a very high contrast of 3000: 1.
A response time of 3 ms (GtG) and the FreeSync premium functions are intended to inspire gamers, particularly for the monitor. A flicker-free backlight and a high sRGB color space coverage, on the other hand, should also appeal to different user groups.
Signals can be played back via the two HDMI inputs or the DisplayPort. The sound can be reproduced either from the two built-in 2-watt speakers or via the headphone output.
On the other hand, the existing stand is not very flexible but can be replaced if necessary using existing VESA 100 holes.
The monitor comes with a power and DisplayPort cable, a quick start guide, four screws. The monitor has a cross-slot device in the lower part with which the leg can be attached to the monitor. Users who want to operate the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD via HDMI must purchase an additional cable.
|Good price for curved gaming monitor||Bad ergonomics|
|Good depth in settings and options|
|Outstanding color gamut|
The stand is attached to the stand with a screw without tools. This combination must then be mounted on display with four screws. A small tool is included for this, which means that you do not need your tool.
The base protrudes almost 25 cm on the desk. However, the two narrow areas are a maximum of 2 cm wide, which makes it look more delicate overall.
The monitor has a modern design that is almost frameless on three sides. An area of around 6 mm on these three sides is not used for the image display during operation. Since the entire design was made matt, there are no reflections.
The back has the manufacturer’s logo and ventilation slots in the upper area. VESA 100 holes have been made in the middle, which the attached stand has not been blocked. For example, a mini-PC can be attached to it. Alternatively, it is possible to attach an alternative bracket to compensate for the hardly available setting options of the original stand.
As already mentioned, the stand is not very flexible. The distance from the desk to the lower edge of the monitor is therefore always around 9 cm. The image display begins after about 11 cm.
The 1500 R curvature of the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD is noticeable when viewed from the side. The outer areas are more towards the center when viewed from the front, which is very pleasant after a short period of familiarization.
The inclination is the only setting option that the stand offers and can be adjusted continuously. The adjustment range is quite tight, so two hands should be used. As a result, the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD remained in its position at any desired point. 3 degrees to the front and 21 degrees to the rear are possible.
The build quality of the monitor is good. The matt finish also makes it look high-quality, even if it was mainly made of plastic. The look of the feet is a matter of taste – from our point of view, they protrude a little far on the desk.
|ViewSonic 32 Inch|
|Released||July 16, 2020|
|Dimension||28 in x 9.6 in x 20.1 inch – with stand|
|Tilt adjustment||Tilt/Forward Only|
|Display Type||LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix|
|Display Colors||16.7 million colors|
|Response time||1 ms|
|Resolution||WQHD 2560 x 1440|
|Contrast ratio||3000:1 Static Contrast Ratio|
|Refresh Rate||144 Hz|
|Sync Technology||FreeSync (AMD Adaptive Sync)|
The large 32-inch display requires around 32 watts of electricity at 140 cd / m². This leads to the excellent energy efficiency of 1.2 cd / W. At full brightness, we measured consumption that ViewSonic states as typical. Fortunately, we are still a long way from the maximum manufacturer specifications.
The ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD does not have a power switch. However, this is bearable since the device hardly draws any power when switched off and is still frugal even on standby.
Both the screen surface and the finish of the case are matt, which means that there are no annoying reflections in any area.
The ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD not delivered at full brightness level; the picture looked appealing the first time when switched on. The contrast was high, and the overall picture was pleasant. In addition, no noticeable conflicting effects were visible.
The ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD behaves in this area like many non-curved competing products with MVA panels. The brightness and contrast decrease at extreme viewing angles, but there is no general color falsification. In the case of a curved monitor, however, a central position is still more critical since straight vertical lines, in particular, can be perceived as distorted when looking at the screen from a lateral position. We generally do not recommend curved displays for viewing by several people at the same time.
The ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD offers the fixed aspect ratios 4: 3, 5: 4, 16: 9, and 16:10 for the display non-native resolutions.
|Audio||3.5MM AUDIO OUT|
|Connectivity||DisplayPort and HDMI|
It is advantageous for the operation of an alternative bracket if the connections are led away flat downwards. This is the case with the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD, which means very narrow shelves can also used.
The power connection is on the right-hand side, and the four other sockets are on the left-hand side when viewed from the front. Two HDMI 2.0 connections, a DisplayPort 1.2, and an audio output are installed.
Both the HDMI and the DisplayPort inputs can operate the native resolution with the maximum possible 144 Hz.
When it comes to the OSD menu 2 buttons and a small joystick are located under the right side of the monitor. However, if the monitor is very close to a wall or another display, problems can arise because the subject cannot rotate.
The joystick can be easily operated with one finger and is both tight and smooth. Pressing the joystick produces a deafening mechanical clicking noise, while movement in one direction is relatively quiet. Quick navigation is possible as you almost only have to navigate in one of the four directions to activate a setting.
However, a certain amount of familiarization is necessary as the center is pressed intuitively when the activation is to be carried out. In the test, this often led to the OSD closing unintentionally.
The other two keys also have a pleasant pressure point but feel slightly spongy and not so perfectly balanced. The last button switches the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD on or off; the other calls up the shortcuts. Both are therefore not required for the actual navigation in the OSD.
A press of the middle button brings up a quick menu. It has various options that can be switched through with the joystick and cannot be exchanged by the user. The picture modes, volume, brightness, contrast, and input signal are therefore always available.
To the right of the quick menu and in the actual OSD, it shows which direction of the joystick triggers which function. The button on the monitor is only required to call up the quick functions and does not have to be touched afterward.
The main menu is divided into six tabs. The division makes sense, even if only the volume can be adjusted in the audio settings. The OSD is also permanently displayed at the bottom right.
The background light of the monitor is not reduced by pulse width modulation (PWM), so there are no interruptions in the luminous flux (flickering). Thus, the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD is suitable for more extended sessions even with reduced brightness.
The monitor supports FreeSync from 48 to 165 Hz, shown to us in the graphics card driver. There is no explanation of this in the manual. The 1 ms mode, which we will go into in more detail below, cannot be used when FreeSync is activated.
The ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD has two 2-watt speakers, the volume of which can be controlled in the OSD. This option is also available in quick access. Alternatively, the audio signal can be passed on to headphones, for example, via the audio output.
The ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD was able to achieve a good grade in many of our evaluation categories.
The response time is no longer in a perfect range, with an average of over 10 ms. For casual gamers, however, these results are perfectly adequate.
In contrast, the device does well in other areas. It has a very high contrast of over 4000: 1 and a perfect sRGB color space coverage of 99%. After calibration, the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD is quite suitable for image processing at home.
Some manual intervention options are available for the feed of external signals. However, the aspect ratio manually and that strange formats can therefore lead to distorted images.
For users looking for a simple gaming monitor, the ViewSonic VX3268-2KPC-MHD is not the best choice. As an all-rounder, however, it scores with good image quality and solid switching times.
MSI Optix G273QF: IPS Gaming Monitor Review
Today, we will introduce another MSI monitor, which provides an optimal set of parameters for universal use: IPS matrix, 27 diagonal, and 2560×1440 pixels resolution. For the sake of reducing the price, the Optix G273QF model sacrificed secondary functionality (the stand has tilt adjustment only, and there are no built-in speakers, USB hub, or RGB lighting at all). Still, the main parameters meet the highest gaming requirements.
The product includes:
- external power supply;
- power cable with Schuko plug;
- DisplayPort cable
- user guide;
- quick installation guide;
- a booklet with information about warranty service;
- fasteners for fixing the screen on a standard stand or VESA-compatible mount;
|High pixel density, wide color gamut||Tilt-Only Stand|
|Wide viewing angles||Low contrast ratio|
The MSI’s most affordable 27-inch WQHD IPS gaming monitor. Simplifications concerning more advanced models touched upon the stand (adjustable only by the angle of inclination) and secondary functionality (no USB hub, built-in speakers, and external lighting).
However, the main detail of any gaming monitor – the matrix – has not been saved: the monitor uses a fast IPS panel with an extended color gamut (up to 93% DCI-P3 and 125% sRGB) and a refresh rate of 165 Hz.
|MSI Optix G273QF Monitor|
|Released||January 6, 2021|
|Weight||4.5kg / 7.5kg|
9.92lbs / 16.53lbs
|Dimension||614.9 x 444.6 x 228.38 mm|
|Tilt adjustment||Removable, tilt angle from -5 to 20 degrees|
The monitor is designed in a classic MSI style: relatively modest but quite recognizable. The bezels on three sides of the screen have a minimum thickness – only the bottom edge of the monitor is fairly thick (this allows, if necessary, to build multi-monitor configurations with minimal borders between screens). The back wall is decorated with a relief pattern; however, in this model, unlike some more expensive ones, the LED strip of external RGB backlighting Mystic Light is not hidden under it.
The only control is a five-way mini-joystick on the back of the display for the most convenient and intuitive setup process. Shaking the joystick allows you to select “quick” functions (both installed initially and reassigned by the user), and pressing it opens the main menu. It is supplemented only by the power off button located on the screen’s bottom edge next to the signal LED.
The MSI Optix G273QF has a set of game settings: some genres preset, display a crosshair, lighten dark areas of the image activate the MPRT mode with the insertion of a “black frame.” Care has been taken for the user’s eyes: there is a mode for reducing the level of blue, which is in demand with prolonged use of the monitor.
The stand provides the tilt adjustment from -5 to 20 °; a solid metal base ensures reliable fixation on the surface. The relatively small area occupied by the stand will allow you to place the monitor even on a very compact table. Also, of course, VESA-mount compatibility 100×100 mm is available.
|Display Type||IPS WQHD|
|Size||27″ (69cm) 16: 9, 109 PPI, 165 Hz, 1 ms (GtG)|
|Colors Rendering||125% sRGB, 93% DCI-P3, 178 ° H / V viewing angles, 300 cd / m2 brightness|
|Display Colors||16.7 Million|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 (2K WQHD)|
The maximum brightness is declared at the level of 300 cd / m2; the static contrast ratio is 1000: 1, and the matrix can display 16.7 million shades (honest 8 bits per channel without using FRC). HDR support is not announced, but it is better: only models with a peak brightness of 600 (or even better – 1000) cd / m2 can demonstrate truly spectacular effects of a high dynamic range, but monitors with such screens cost very different money.
Like other MSI IPS gaming monitors, the Optix G273QF used a fast IPS panel with 1ms GtG response time and extended color gamut (93% DCI P3 and 125% sRGB). Also available is a high refresh rate of 165 Hz and official support for adaptive frame sync technologies AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync, which will avoid unpleasant picture tears when using video cards from any manufacturer.
|HDMI||2 (HDMI 2.0)|
|Audio input||1x Earphone out|
|Ports||1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x HDMI 2.0, |
3.5mm audio jack
There is only one DisplayPort 1.2 input (it is with it that a refresh rate of 165 Hz is available) and a pair of HDMI 2.0 connectors (when connected using them, you will have to limit yourself to 144 Hz). In addition, there is a 3.5mm headphone output. The monitor lacks built-in speakers, but, in our opinion, this is more an advantage than a disadvantage: the speakers built into the monitor are capable of usually sounding only Windows system sounds.
An external adapter with a power of 65 W is responsible for powering the monitor, while the model’s power consumption is declared at 32 W.
Perhaps the only drawback of the Optix G273QF is the lack of sRGB emulation mode, which makes it challenging to use the monitor for serious work with color. In case of hardware calibration of the monitor, it will ensure color rendering in applications with CMS (Color Management System) support, including almost all utilities for viewing and editing images while preserving the juiciest game picture.
The monitor has already appeared in retail sales: the price tag ranges around $300 in various online portals and stores. In our opinion, such a price is too high for the capabilities offered by this model. Still, the monitor barely hit the shelves, so we hope that the cost of the MSI Optix G273QF will decrease, which will significantly increase its attractiveness for the general gaming masses.
Huawei MateView GT Review: Monitor Dedicated to Gamers
Huawei MateView GT is the second high-end monitor introduced to the market. It is distinguished by its design, curved screen, and built-in soundbar.
The Huawei MateView GT PC monitor is gaming-oriented. It is a variant of the classic Mateview, but their only common point is the audio (2 microphones and 2 speakers of 5W).
Its curved screen measures 34 inches, with a display in WQHD (3440 x 1440 pixels) with a ratio of 21: 9, a maximum refresh rate of 165 Hz, a contrast ratio of 4000: 1 and a brightness of up to 350 nits. It has full connectivity (USB, DisplayPort USB-C and HDMI).
|Immersive widescreen form factor||Screen reflects|
|Integrated soundbar||Awkward port placement|
|High 165Hz refresh rate|
|Excellent colors and contrast|
There are no overcomplicated, colorful elements known from gaming equipment. There is a solid, metal foot and a plastic monitor with relatively thin frames around the screen. The only gaming accent is the strap located on the base, which is also a soundbar.
We can set the backlight in any color and add an animation to it but not have to. Moving, blinking, or swimming. The bar is also tactile, and with its help, we can easily adjust the volume level. It’s convenient, and it looks pretty good too.
|Huawei MateView GT|
|Weight||6.2 kg (13.67 lbs)|
|Height adjustment||110 mm (±5 mm)|
|Tilt adjustment||5° to 18° (±2°) forward and backward|
Huawei has simplified its design as much as possible, but also the installation of the monitor. No screws to put since the screen is simply wedged on foot using a system of metal notches. If we were doubtful initially, it turns out that the slab is very well hung and that the maintenance is exceptionally reliable. In terms of solidity, the screen fulfils its contract. It does not move at the slightest shock and remains stable even if handled. It is also possible to hang it on a VESA mount if you wish. With the foot, the product weighs 9.5 kilos.
The Mateview GT is also very flexible; the screen part can rise and fall to a height of 14 centimetres to almost stick to your desk in its lowest position. It can also tilt 25 degrees. Convenient to place it exactly how you want it. However, it should note that it does not rotate and should be used exclusively in landscape mode.
As for the back cover, Huawei keeps it simple. We have a brushed plastic shell with the simple mention of the brand above the clip. The connection is hidden under a magnetic cover and is therefore easy to remove if necessary. The ports are placed on the bottom, which does not make them very accessible, but it is not so bad on this type of screen.
|Screen Format||94 %|
|Gamut||98 % DCI-P3 (typical) / Covers 100 % sRGB|
|Response time||8 ms|
|Resolution||3840 x 2560 pixels 4K+|
|Brightness||500 nits (typical)|
|Contrast ratio||1200:1 (typical)|
|Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
The Huawei MateView GT has a resolution of 3440×1440 pixels (UWQHD, Ultra Wide Quad HD) and shows a sharp picture with a pixel density of 110 pixels per inch (110 dpi).
The refresh rate of the monitor is up to 165 Hertz (images per second). Fast games like “Overwatch” and “League of Legends” run smoothly, and the sharpness does not decrease even when moving. The response time averaged a short 10 milliseconds (ms), but depending on the brightness level, switching times three times as long led to a mediocre rating on this point.
In terms of colours, the monitor was all the more convincing. The deviations in colours and grayscale were very small. The monitor completely displayed the standard colour space of websites, films and games (sRGB), 90 per cent of the extended DCI-P3 colour spectrum. Image and video editing programs particularly benefit from the natural colour display. The reflective screen surface can be annoying if users have a window or a lamp on their backs.
Huawei has equipped the monitor with three functions that provide advantages when gaming. The “Dark Field Control” feature brightens dark areas in the game, making opponents more visible. This can be an advantage, especially with first-person shooters such as “Counter-Strike – Global Offensive” or “Call of Duty – Warzone”. If you want to see the frame rate while paddling, you can use the “Refresh Rate” function to display it. With the “Crosshair” feature, the screen shows an adjustable red or green crosshair. These are all excellent gimmicks for gamers.
The monitor functions are controlled by a small joystick located in the middle of the bottom edge. All ports can be found on the back, behind a removable plastic plug.
|HDMI||HDMI 2.0** x 1|
|Audio input||1x 3.5 mm headset and microphone 2-in-1 jack|
|USB||USB-C x 1 (only for 135 W power supply)|
USB C x 1 (supports display, data transfer, and 65W max.)
|Loudspeaker||2 x 5 W (watts)|
|Ports||1x Mini DisplayPort (DP1.2)|
2x USB-A 3.0
The connection, precisely, goes to the point. We have two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm jack port, and a second USB Type-C port; this one is only dedicated to power. Moreover, note that the screen has an external power supply the size of an ultraportable, discreet.
We regret the absence of a “channel” or unique notch to bring together and hide the different threads. There is just a velcro fastener to fix it, which is suitable for quality cable management and a bit outrageous when you see the overall finish of the screen.
The Huawei Mateview GT is a screen that perfectly fulfils its purpose. With an excellent finish (failing to have a striking design) and an extremely well-calibrated panel with a high contrast ratio, it offers an admirable experience.
Thanks to the high refresh rate, crisp resolution and fast response time, gaming on the super-wide MateView GT is fun. However, Huawei could have saved the soundbar. It looks chic but doesn’t bring the sonic opulence to the big picture. For loud sound, you need separate PC speakers or a gaming headset.
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