The three biggest monitor panel manufacturers LG, Samsung, and AU Optronics have revealed what they have planned for 2019 and 2020. The improvements include bigger panels, higher resolutions, higher refresh rates, faster response times, and many more cool upgrades.
Here’s what you can expect from each panel manufacturer. Keep in mind that the dates below imply when the said panel should go into mass production and that these dates may change.
For news regarding OLED monitors, check out our dedicated article about OLED panels.
- October 2019:
– The AOC 24G2 and the AOC 27G2 1080p 144Hz IPS models are now available on Amazon!
– Included more info about the upcoming Aorus FI27Q and the Aorus FI27Q-P and how they compare to other models based on the same Innolux panel.
– Added the MSI MAG272RX, a 1080p 240Hz VA panel display with a flat screen and 1ms MPRT.
- September 2019:
– The ASUS TUF VG259Q is now up on ASUS’ website.
– ViewSonic introduced new gaming monitors including the ViewSonic XG270QG which will be based on the same Nano IPS panel as the LG 27GL850. However, it will have a G-SYNC module (maybe ULMB too) and be overclockable to 165Hz. It will also offer premium design with RGB lighting, mouse bungees, and a headphone hook. Naturally, it will be more expensive than LG’s model. It will be priced at $600 while the release date is in November. More info here.
– Other interesting newly announced monitors include the AOC AG273QCX2 and the ViewSonic XG270QC 27″ 1440p 165Hz curved (1500R) VA gaming monitors with FreeSync 2, 550-nits peak brightness, 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, 3ms (GtG), and 1ms (MPRT).
– Three of ASUS’ TUF gaming monitors with ELMB-SYNC are now available on Amazon.
– There are new 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS models revealed including the Lenovo Y27Q-20 and Pixio PX7 Prime.
– The Philips 328E1CA is now available on Amazon for $350.
– The ASUS PA32UCX Mini-LED monitor is up for pre-order.
– MSI announced new monitors including a 1200R curved 24″ 1080p 144Hz model and a 30″ 2560×1080 200Hz ultrawide display.
– Tables in this article are now mobile-friendly!
– Acer introduced four new displays to their Nitro XV3 series, all of which will be based on AUO’s IPS panels including 25″ 1080p 144Hz and 25″ 1080p 240Hz 1ms (GtG). For more info, go here.
– ASUS revealed a new monitor called the ASUS ProArt PA32UCG which will be based on a 32″ 4K 120Hz IPS panel with an 1152-zone mini-LED local dimming system for a peak brightness of 1,600-nits.
– ASUS unveiled a gaming laptop with a 300Hz refresh rate screen.
– ViewSonic revealed their 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor, the ViewSonic VX2480-HD-PRO, which uses the same panel as the Acer VG240YP.
– Acer introduced the Acer VG272 X, a 27″ IPS 1080p gaming monitor with 240Hz, 1ms (GtG), and HDR400.
- August 2019:
– The ASUS VG259Q, a 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor based on a 24.5″ IPS panel by AUO, has appeared in China.
– The ASUS TUF VG32VQ with ELMB-Sync is now available on Amazon.
– AUO has announced new 65″ and 32″ VA panels with Mini LED backlights.
– The ASUS XG438Q 4K 120Hz FreeSync 2 HDR (600) display has appeared on Amazon, if you want to track its availability, you can do so here.
– Added the LG 27GL83A, a 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor with 1ms GtG and G-SYNC compatibility like the 27GL850 model, but without the wide color gamut, only the standard sRGB.
– AOC has released a 27″ 1440p 144Hz VA-panel curved gaming monitor with FreeSync and 1ms MPRT for only $280, the AOC CQ27G1.
– Philips revealed three new Momentum-series displays for console gaming.
– AOC has announced plenty of new displays which you can check out here.
– Added a few new 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitors including the budget-friendly ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD which is already up for pre-order for only $355.
– The Acer Nitro VG240YP is now available on Amazon.
– The LG 27GL850 is now available on Amazon.
– Added several newly announced monitors. Some of the more interesting ones include the Dell AW2720HF 1080p 240Hz IPS monitor, the ASUS XG27UQ and XG43UQ 4K 144Hz models with DSC, and the HP Omen X27 1440p 240Hz TN display.
– Added three more ASUS monitors from the TUF gaming series.
– The Samsung C27RG5, the first 240Hz monitor with a VA panel, is now available on Amazon.
– The first 1440p 240Hz monitor, the Lenovo Y27QG, is now available in certain regions.
– A 30″ 2560×1080 ultrawide gaming monitor with 200Hz is now available by Sceptre.
– Added more info about the upcoming 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitors by AOC, Philips, and ASUS.
– For older updates, go here.
|Samsung VA Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|49” 5120×1440 60Hz Curved||Now available||Samsung 499P9H|
|49” 5120×1440 120Hz Curved||Now available||Samsung CRG9|
|43” 3840×1200 120Hz Curved||Now available (The Samsung model)||Samsung C43J89|
ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ
(+HDR400 and FreeSync 2)
|43” 3840×1200 144Hz FreeSync 2 HDR Curved||Now available (in some regions)||Lenovo Legion Y44W|
Lenovo ThinkVision P44W
|34” 3440×1440 144Hz Curved||Now available||MSI Optix MPG341CQR|
|32” 4K 120Hz Curved||N/A||N/A|
|32” 4K 60Hz Curved||Now available||Samsung U32R590|
|27″ 1440p HDR600||N/A||N/A|
|24″ 1920×1200 HDR400||N/A||N/A|
|24″ 1920×1200 HDR600||N/A||N/A|
|31.5″ 1440p 60Hz Curved||N/A||N/A|
|31.5″ 1440p 165Hz FreeSync 2 HDR400 Curved||August ($600)||Dell S3220DGF|
The mini-LED technology shouldn’t be confused with the micro-LED technology.
In short, miniLED panels are improved versions of LED-backlight displays with higher contrast ratio and faster response time speeds, whereas microLED is similar to OLED as it produces its own light but it’s also brighter and more stable.
|AUO Mini-LED Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|32” 4K IPS FALD||H2 2019||ASUS ProArt PA32UCX|
|27” 4K IPS FALD||N/A||ASUS ProArt PA27UCX|
|27” 4K 144Hz IPS FALD||Q4 2019||ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQX|
|32″ 4K 144Hz IPS FALD||Q1 2020||N/A|
|65″ 4K 144Hz VA 1000-zone FALD, 2500-nits peak||N/A||N/A|
|32″ 4K 144Hz IPS 1000-zone FALD, 1500-nits peak||N/A||N/A|
AUO TN Panels
|AUO TN Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|27” 1440p 240Hz 0.5ms G-SYNC||Now available in some regions||Lenovo Legion Y27GQ|
|27” 1440p 240Hz 1ms 90% DCI-P3, HDR, FreeSync 2||September ($649 )||HP Omen X27|
|27” 1440p 240Hz 0.5ms 90% DCI-P3, HDR, FreeSync 2||December||AOC AG273QZ|
|25” 1080p 240Hz 0.4ms G-SYNC||Now available||Acer Predator XN253Q X|
|25” 1080p 240Hz 0.3ms FreeSync||Now available||Acer Nitro XF252Q X|
|27” 1080p 240Hz 0.3ms FreeSync||N/A||Acer Nitro XF272 X|
AUO IPS Panels
|AUO IPS Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|27” 4K 144Hz HDR FreeSync||Now available||Acer Nitro XV273K|
|27” 4K 144Hz HDR G-SYNC||Now available||Acer Predator XB273K|
|24.5″ 1080p 144Hz DisplayHDR 400||October 2019 ($200, XV253QP)||Acer Nitro XV253Q P|
Acer VG252Q P
|27″ 1080p 144Hz||Now available||ASUS VG279Q|
|27″ 1080p 144Hz G-SYNC||N/A||Acer XB273P|
|24.5″ 1080p 240Hz 1ms (GtG) DisplayHDR 400||November 2019 (XV253Q X)||Acer Nitro XV253Q X ($389)|
|27″ 1080p 240Hz 1ms (GtG) DisplayHDR 400||September 2019 ($469, XV273X)|
Now available ($449, AW2720HF)
|Acer Nitro XV273X|
Acer VG272 X
Dell Alienware AW2720HF
|27″ 1440p 240Hz||December 2019||N/A|
|32″ 1440p 240Hz||January 2020||N/A|
|32″ 4K 144Hz FALD||Q4 2019||N/A|
|27″ 1440p 165Hz 90% DCI-P3 1ms (GtG)||January 2020 ($590)||Acer Nitro XV273U S|
|27″ 1440p 165Hz HDR600 Adobe RGB||September 2019||N/A|
|32″ 1440p||November 2019||N/A|
|27” 4K 60Hz 99% Adobe RGB||N/A||N/A|
|32” 4K 60Hz 99% Adobe RGB||N/A||N/A|
|32” 4K 60Hz 90% DCI-P3 DisplayHDR 400||N/A||BenQ EW3280U|
AUO VA Panels
|AUO VA Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|35” 3440×1440 200Hz FALD-HDR||Now available||Acer Predator X35|
ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ
AOC AGON AG353UCG
|35″ 3440×1440 120Hz FreeSync 2 HDR||Q4 2019||Cooler Master GM219-35|
|43”4K 60Hz HDR600||June 2019||N/A|
|43”4K 120Hz FreeSync 2 HDR||September 2019||ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q|
|65” 4K 144Hz FALD-HDR||N/A||HP Omen X Emperium 65|
Acer Predator 65
ASUS ROG Swift PG65UQ
|43” 4K 144Hz HDR600||Q3 2019||N/A|
|43” 4K 144Hz FreeSync 2 HDR1000||Q3 2019||Acer Predator CG437K|
|27″ 1080p 200Hz||N/A||N/A|
|30″ 2560×1080 200Hz||Q4 2019/|
|Cooler Master GM219-30|
|27″ 1080p 240Hz Curved||Now available|
|27″ 1080p 240Hz||N/A||MSI MAG272RX|
|32″ 1080p 240Hz||September 2019||AOC C32G2Z|
|27″ 1440p 240Hz||Q1 2020||N/A|
LG boasts their Nano-IPS technology which covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and 135% sRGB which is meant to combat Samsung’s rivaling quantum-dot technology with 95% DCI-P3 and 125% sRGB.
Additionally, LG plans to improve the response time overdrive in their IPS panels with the goal to bring the standard 5ms (GtG) to 1ms (GtG).
Next, they are working on the Crystal Sound Display technology which basically consists of built-in speakers that output sound throughout the entire screen.
Audio specs include 200Hz – 20KHz frequency range and 75dB @ 50cm sound pressure. The first monitor with this audio technology should be a 34-inch 1440p ultrawide display scheduled for Q4 2018.
Moreover, LG plans to make ‘real borderless’ displays. Unlike the regular “ultra-thin bezel” monitors which may have narrow bezels, but have a black border around the screen, LG wants to completely remove the black edges making the image edge-to-edge. This first display with this design should be available in Q4 2019 though.
Nano IPS Panels
|LG Nano IPS Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|32” 4K 98% DCI-P3 HDR||Now available||LG 32UL950|
|27” 4K 98% DCI-P3 HDR||N/A||N/A|
|34” 5120×2160 HDR||Now available||LG 34WK95U|
|27” 1440p 144Hz 1ms||Now available||LG 27GL850|
|27” 1440p 165Hz 1ms NVIDIA G-SYNC||November ($600)||ViewSonic XG270QG|
|27” 4K 144Hz 1ms HDR600||H2 2020||N/A|
|38” 3840×1600 175Hz HDR400 G-SYNC Curved||Available for pre-order||LG 38GL950G on Amazon|
|34” 3440×1440 144Hz HDR||Now available||LG 34GK950F|
|34” 3440×1440 120Hz G-SYNC||Now available||LG 34GK950G|
LG IPS Panels
In order to rival Samsung’s super ultra-wide models, LG is preparing a 49-inch 5120×1440 32:9 monitor with an IPS panel and a subtle 3800R curvature for mass production in Q3 2018.
There should also be a 144Hz model available in Q4 2019.
Finally, LG has a 31.5″ 4K IPS monitor in the works which will support VESA DisplayHDR 1000 and a wide BT.2020 color space coverage.
Innolux has a few IPS (which they call ‘AAS’) panels in the works. There are three 32″ 4K 120Hz (with 144Hz overclocking) IPS panels with different backlights and two 28″ 4K models with DCI-P3 color gamut: a 120Hz/144Hz version and a 60Hz variant.
There will be prototypes of the 32″ models this year, but the actual products will most likely be available in 2020 while the 28″ models might be available this year.
Innolux plans to increase the response time speed of their panels from 14ms (GtG) to 7ms – 5ms (GtG). They are certainly behind LG in this regard as LG managed to increase the response time speed to 1ms (GtG) from the standard 5ms (GtG) on their IPS technology.
The 32″ 4K 120Hz panel will be available in the following variants:
- ‘Megazone’ backlight: with over 1 million local dimming zones, HDR1000, and 90% DCI-P3
- 10,000-zone MiniLED backlight: with a wider 95% BT 2020 color gamut and HDR1000
- Standard backlight: with a 300-nit peak brightness and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut
|Innolux IPS Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|Megazone 31.5” 4K 120Hz/144Hz|
|MiniLED 31.5” 4K 120Hz/144Hz|
|31.5” 4K 120Hz/144Hz 90% DCI-P3|
|28” 4K 120Hz/144Hz 90% DCI-P3|
|28” 4K 60Hz 90% DCI-P3|
|27″ 1440p 144Hz DP 1.2||Available||ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD|
|27″ 1440p 144Hz *DP 1.2 HDR400||Available||Acer VG271UP|
|27″ 1440p 144Hz **DP 1.2+ HDR400||Available (AD27QD)||Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD|
Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q
|27″ 1440p 165Hz ***DP 1.4 HDR||Available||Pixio PX7 Prime|
|27″ 1440p 165Hz DP 1.4 HDR400||N/A||Razer Raptor 27|
Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q-P
*Although the Acer XV272U specifies DisplayPort 1.4, it actually uses DP 1.2 as it’s limited to 120Hz at 1440p with 10-bit color depth which is the limitation of the DP 1.2 bandwidth. More about this in our XV272U review.
**The Aorus AD27QD offers the ‘DP 1.2 + HDR’ option which allows it to simultaneously run FreeSync and HDR which is not possible on Acer’s XV272U/VG271UP models. Visit our AD27QD review for more info. It’s unclear whether the FI27Q will have this option too.
***The Pixio PX7 Prime specifies DisplayPort 1.4, however, we currently cannot confirm whether it’s actually DP 1.4, or it’s the same case as with the XV272U.
All of the 27″ 1440p 144Hz/165Hz models in the table above are based on the same M270KCJ-K7B AAS (IPS) panel by Innolux.
Acer ConceptD Monitors
Acer’s newly announced ConceptD series (CP3, CP7, and CM7) of monitors consist of the following displays:
- Acer ConceptD CP3271K P – 27″ 4K 144Hz gaming monitor. It boasts AMD FreeSync, entry-level DisplayHDR 400 certification, and professional-grade Delta E < 1 factory-calibration with Pantone certification. So, more or less identical to the Acer XV273K. No word on pricing and availability yet.
- Acer ConceptD CP3271U – 27″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, DisplayHDR 400, and Delta E < 2 Pantone certification.
- Acer ConceptD CP7271K – 27″ 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with G-SYNC Ultimate and VESA DisplayHDR 1000, just like the Acer X27 and PG27UQ. The release date is scheduled for July with a $1,999 MSRP.
- Acer ConceptD CM7321K – 32″ 4K 60Hz professional display with an 1152-zone mini-LED backlight, DisplayHDR1000, and 99% Adobe RGB and 89.5% Rec2020 color gamut. The release date should be in September with a $2,999 MSRP.
Acer Nitro XV273X
The Acer XV273X is the first 240Hz display to be announced with an IPS panel. Other specifications include a 27″ screen size, 1080p resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 8-bit color depth with 99% sRGB gamut, and a 1ms response time speed!
It will also feature AMD FreeSync and HDR support with VESA’s entry-level DisplayHDR 400 certification indicating true 8-bit color depth (without dithering) and a peak brightness of at least 400-nits.
The stand of the monitor provides versatile ergonomics with up to 115mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt, and +/- 20° swivel as well as 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. Connectivity options include two HDMI ports, DisplayPort, a headphones jack, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, and two 2W built-in speakers.
It seems that the monitor is already up for pre-order in China for ~$430. More info here.
ASUS TUF Gaming Monitors
ASUS announced two new displays including the ASUS VG27AQ (or VG27AQE) and the ASUS VG32VQ to their new TUF series of displays.
What differentiates these two gaming monitors from the rest is the ability to run VRR (variable refresh rate such as FreeSync/G-SYNC) and backlight strobing simultaneously via ASUS’s innovative ELMB-Sync feature.
The ASUS VG27AQ is a 27″ 1440p IPS monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate (overclockable to 165Hz) while the ASUS VG32VQ is based on a 31.5″ curved VA panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution.
Both monitors will feature AMD FreeSync, but only the VG27AQ model is certified as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA. The 27″ model also supports HDR but via software emulation only.
There is also be a TN variant called the ASUS VG27BQ with 1440p resolution, 155Hz, FreeSync, 0.4ms specified response time speed, and ELMB-Sync.
Update 1/2: ASUS added two more gaming monitors to their TUF series including the ASUS VG27VQ a 1080p 165Hz curved display with a VA panel, FreeSync, software-emulated HDR, and 1ms MPRT achieved via ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur). This model, however, won’t have ELMB-Sync for simultaneous VRR and MBR.
The other one is the ASUS TUF VG35VQ which is a 35″ 3440×1440 100Hz gaming monitor with a VA panel, FreeSync, software-emulated HDR, and ELMB-Sync. Release date is unknown while the price should be around 600 EUR (roughly ~$670).
ASUS XG27UQ & ASUS XG43UQ
So far, 4K 144Hz gaming monitors such as the ASUS PG27UQ and the Acer XB273K were forced to use chroma subsampling if you wanted to get up to 144Hz at 4K UHD due to bandwidth limitations of DisplayPort 1.4.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ and XG43UQ models will be the first monitors to incorporate the DSC (Display Stream Compression) technology in their DisplayPort connectors. This will allow them to reach 144Hz at 4K without any compression or sacrifice in image quality.
The downside to using DSC is increased input lag, luckily, it’s only ~0.1ms which is imperceptible.
Now, some monitors, such as the Acer XV273K can technically get up to 144Hz at 4K without any compression by using two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs. However, when using two cables, you can’t use VRR or HDR. With DSC, you’ll be able to use both VRR and HDR, and get 144Hz at 4K without chroma subsampling.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ is a 43″ 4K 144Hz monitor with FreeSync 2 and DisplayHDR 1000 (1000-nit peak brightness, 90% DCI-P3 color gamut). It will be available in Q4 2019 for ~ 1,500 EUR (roughly $1,670).
The 27″ model is based on an IPS panel, but it will only offer DisplayHDR 400 with 90% DCI-P3 color gamut. Release date is expected in Q4 2019 as well with a 900 EUR (~$1,000) price tag.
ASUS ProArt PA32UCG
The ASUS ProArt PA32UCG is a 32″ 4K 120Hz IPS monitor aimed at video game developers and other professional use. It will undoubtedly be a great display just for gaming too, but the price won’t be low.
Further, the monitor will use a 1152 Mini-LED local dimming backlight and carry VESA’s DisplayHDR 1400 certification which implies a 1000-nit brightness (sustained) with a peak brightness of 1600-nits as well as a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 according to ASUS. Supported HDR formats include HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG.
Other specs include wide color gamut, delta E < 1 factory-calibration, AMD FreeSync support with a 48-120Hz VRR range, and a 5ms GtG response time speed.
The design will offer full ergonomic support while connectivity options include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, three HDMI 2.0 ports, and three USB 3.0 ports.
No word on pricing yet while the release date is set for Q1 2020.
ASUS ProArt PA32UCX
The PA32UCX is the stripped-down version of the PA32UCG. It has a refresh rate of only 60Hz and a peak luminance of 1200-nits.
It also uses an 1152-zone MiniLED local dimming with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG support as well as wide color gamut, 4K resolution, and extensive connectivity options (two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three HDMI 2.0b ports, DP 1.2, and three downstream USB ports).
The ASUS ProArt PA32UCX is already available for pre-order for $4,000. For more info about the monitor, check out the video above.
LG 27MD5KL UltraFine 5K Display
Apple has released a new version of the LG 5K UltraFine display dubbed as the 27MD5KL. It offers all the same features (5120×2880 resolution, 99% DCI-P3 color gamut, 500-nit peak brightness, etc) as the previous models (the LG 27MD5KA and the LG 27MD5KB), except that it will have a more efficient power charging with up to 94W as opposed to 85W of the earlier versions.
The new 4K UltraFine model, the LG 24MD4KL, is a bit more different than the previous variant.
Unlike the older LG 22MD4K with a 21.5″ screen and 4096×2304 resolution (218 PPI), the new 4K UltraFine model will feature a slightly bigger 23.7″ screen but the lower 4K UHD resolution with 3840×2160 pixels (186 PPI).
Other specs of the new LG 24MD4KL include a 500-nit peak brightness, a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, 14ms response time (no overdrive available), 60Hz, 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, two Thuderbolt 3 ports (input and output with 85W PD), three USB-C ports, and two 5W built-in speakers. It’s available for $700.
New Console Gaming Displays
Philips has introduced three new console gaming monitors to their Momentum series:
- Philips 558M1RY – 55″ 4K 120Hz display with HDR 1000 and edge-lit local dimming. It also offers three HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, and a quad-USB 3.0 hub. The HDMI ports are limited to 60Hz at 4K or 120Hz at 1440p. For 4K 120Hz, you will need to use the DisplayPort input.
- Philips 328M1R – 32″ 4K 120Hz monitor with HDR 600, 1ms MPRT, and the same connectivity options as the 55″ variant.
- Philips 278M1R – 27″ 4K 60Hz display with software-emulated HDR, two HDMI ports, Displayport, four USB 3.0 downstream ports, and 1ms MPRT.
New AOC Gaming Displays
AOC is preparing a bunch of new gaming monitors as well. Some of the models in the table above have already been announced, such as the AOC 24G2 and the 27G2 1080p 144Hz IPS models.
New additions here that are noteworthy include the CU34G2 and the CU34G2X ultrawide models. We hope that they will be priced even cheaper than the currently available alternatives by MSI such as the MSI MAG341CQ and the MPG341CQR.
Other gaming monitors by AOC that were announced (not in the table above) include the following displays:
- AOC AG273QX – 27″ 1440p 165Hz VA with FreeSync 2 HDR
- AOC AG273QZ – 27″ 1440p 240Hz 0.5ms TN with FreeSync
- AOC 24G2Z and 27G2Z – standard 1080p 240Hz TN models with FreeSync
- AOC C32G2Z and C27G2Z – 1080p 240Hz curved VA models with FreeSync
New Curved MSI Gaming Monitors
MSI introduced three new gaming monitors based on high refresh rate curved VA panels with AMD FreeSync and 100% sRGB gamut:
- MSI PAG241CR – 24″ 1080p 144Hz model with an unusually steep 1200R curvature
- MSI PAG271CQR – 27″ 1440p 144Hz model with a 1500R curvature
- MSI PAG301CR – 30″ 2560×1080 ultrawide model with 200Hz and 1800R curvature
New 24" 1080p 144Hz IPS Models
24″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitors with the IPS technology have been long anticipated as they would offer vibrant and accurate colors and a quick response time speed (faster than that of the VA counterparts, but not as fast as TN) as well as a high refresh rate and an affordable price!
The first 1080p 144Hz IPS models were 27″ in size which repulsed many users due to the low pixel per inch ratio. So, here’s what we know about the upcoming 24″ models.
It turns out that the following 24″ models will most likely be based on a 23.8″ IPS/IGZO panel by PANDA which has a specified response time speed of 7.5ms GtG. Such response time speed isn’t great, but we have yet to see how it performs.
Either way, if you’ve been waiting for a 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS monitor for a while, you should keep an eye on the upcoming gaming monitors which will be based on a 24.5″ 1080p 144Hz IPS panel by AU Optronics that should have a faster response time speed.
AOC’s new G2 series consists of four gaming monitors you can check out in the table below. All four displays are based on IPS panels with essentially identical specs; there are two 24″ and two 27″ models, and both variants will be available with 75Hz and 144Hz.
The 1ms MPRT specified response time refers to a backlight strobing technology, so the actual gray to gray pixel transition speed is not specified while the 85% NTSC gamut indicates a wider color space coverage than sRGB (~122% sRGB). No word on which panel manufacturer is in question nor when the monitors will be available, but those prices are looking good.
More info on AOC’s official product page for the AOC 24G2. The AOC 24G2U is the same monitor, but for the European market.
Acer Nitro VG240YP
As there has been no news about AOC’s G2 series gaming monitors for a while, it seems that the Acer Nitro VG240YP will be the first 24″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor with an IPS panel.
It will be based on the same panel as the AOC 24G2, so you can expect the following specs: 8-bit color depth, 178-degree viewing angles, a 250-nit peak brightness, and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.
It also seems that the 24G2 will have a slightly wider color gamut as it covers 85% of the NTSC color space whereas the VG240YP has 72% NTSC color gamut which is equivalent to ~100% sRGB.
The Acer VG240Y P also boasts AMD FreeSync and the Visual Response Boost backlight strobing technology for the 1ms MPRT pixel transition speed while the regular GtG response time speed isn’t specified.
Allegedly, it uses an IGZO panel by Panda with a 7.5ms GtG response time speed which doesn’t seem all that great, but we’ll hopefully review the monitor soon and have more information.
It will have a tilt-only stand (-5°/20°) with VESA mount compatibility (100x100mm) while connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 input.
27″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitors such as the Acer VG271 have been available for a while, but a lot of gamers have been waiting for the 24″ versions for a while as they offer a higher pixel density and/or because they prefer smaller screens for gaming.
Update: The monitor is now available on Amazon.
Note that there’s also the Acer Nitro VG240Y (without ‘P’ at the end) which is a similar monitor but with a 75Hz refresh rate.
Philips will also release a 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor based on the same 23.8″ panel with 250-nit peak brightness, 125% sRGB color gamut, FreeSync, and 1ms MPRT. It will also be available as a 27″ variant which is dubbed as the Philips 272M8. Both monitors are part of the Momentum series.
ViewSonic has also announced their model, the ViewSonic VX2480-HD-PRO, based on the same panel. They also announced the ViewSonic XG2405 with the same specs, and the ViewSonic XG2705 as a 27″ model.
New 27" 1440p 144Hz IPS Models
There are many new interesting 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitors announced. This combination of specs is favored among gamers as it offers an excellent balance between image quality and performance.
First off, we have the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q which is an updated model of the Aorus AD27QD based on the same Innolux panel.
However, the FI27Q will have a bit higher 165Hz refresh rate and it will feature DisplayPort 1.4 instead of DisplayPort 1.2 of the AD27QD. This will allow it reach 1440p at 165Hz while using 10-bit color depth whereas the AD27QD was limited to 120Hz at 1440p if you wanted to use 10-bit color.
On a related note, Pixio also launched a new model called the PX7 Prime, based on the same Innolux panel with 1440p, 165Hz, and AMD FreeSync.
Next, there’s the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q which is also a 27″ 1440p 165Hz IPS model. The official product page isn’t up yet, so we cannot confirm whether it will have DisplayPort 1.4 or the more common DP 1.2. In the latter case, you’d need to limit the color depth to 8-bit in order to get to 165Hz at 1440p.
ASUS also specifies a 2ms GtG response time speed which seems too fast for Innolux’s IPS panel, so we’re not sure which panel is used here. Other specs include 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, DisplayHDR 400, and FreeSync. The price should be around $600; no word on the release date yet.
Further, ViewSonic has a more budget-friendly variant for us. It is already up for pre-order on Amazon for only $355 which is a great price for a 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS monitor.
The ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD features AMD FreeSync and the 1ms MPRT backlight strobing technology while the GtG response time speed is rated at 3ms GtG. Other specs include dithered 10-bit color depth support, a 350-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, tilt-only stand, VESA mount compatibility, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2, built-in speakers, and a headphones jack.
Additionally, there’s the Acer Predator VG272UP which seems to be Acer’s version of the LG 27GL850 based on the same Nano IPS panel with 98% DCI-P3 color gamut and 1ms GtG response time speed. No information regarding its price and availability is yet available.
LG plans to release another 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS model with a 1ms GtG response time speed like the LG 27GL850 model, but without the wide color gamut; the LG 27GL83A will only cover the basic sRGB color space.
Lenovo also launched an IPS model with a 165Hz overclockable refresh rate, 1ms GtG, and 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, the Lenovo Legion Y27Q-20, which most likely uses LG’s Nano IPS panel.
Finally, there’s the Acer Nitro XV273U S with a 165Hz refresh rate, 90% DCI-P3 gamut, and 1ms GtG response time. It should be released in January and priced at around $590.
New Display Technology
ASUS ROG Strix XG17 - 240Hz IPS Portable Gaming Monitor
Who would’ve guessed that the very first (announced) 240Hz monitor to feature an IPS panel would actually be a 17″ portable display?
The ASUS ROG Strix XG17 is a 17.3″ 1080p (127.34 pixels per inch) portable monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, a quick 3ms response time speed, wide viewing angles, and support for Adaptive-Sync with a 48Hz-240Hz VRR range.
It’s powered by an AC adapter and has a 7.800mAh battery with ~3 hours of juice. It can also be powered by its two USB-C ports. Other connectivity options include a micro HDMI 2.0 port and two 1W integrated speakers.
More information can be found at the official product page.
Apple Pro Display XDR
Apple’s latest monitor, dubbed as the Pro Display XDR, will be based on a 31.5″ IPS panel with a 576-zone full-array local dimming implementation and a stunning peak brightness of 1,600-nits which Apple fittingly calls Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR).
The 6K (6016×3384) resolution on a 31.5″ screen results in an exceptionally high pixel density of 219.13 pixels per inch which becomes ‘Retina’ at 16″ (41cm) away from the screen. This means that at 16″ away from the screen, your eyes won’t be able to distinguish the individual pixels on this monitor.
Moreover, the Pro Display XDR supports the following refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 59.94Hz, and 60Hz which will along with the other specs certainly appeal to professional users.
The price, on the other hand, is not as appealing. Once available (Fall 2019), it will cost $5,000 – or $6,000 with the optional matte coating.
What’s more, the stand is not included in the price. It will cost you an additional $1,000 yet the stand doesn’t even have the ability to swivel the screen to the left/right; only tilt (-5°/25°), height, and pivot adjustments will be available. Alternatively, you can buy the VESA mounting kit which will be $200.
300Hz Gaming Laptops
Both Acer and ASUS announced that they will be implementing 300Hz refresh rate screens in some models of their laptops (Acer Predator Triton 500 and ASUS Strix/Zephyrus).
In short, such impeccable technology will greatly increase the laptop’s price ($2,800 for the 300Hz Triton 500) yet the different between 240Hz and 300Hz isn’t particularly noticeable.
That’s it! These are the panels which will be featured in the upcoming monitors; stay tuned as we will be editing this article as soon as something new comes up.
- July 2019: Added two new 240Hz monitors to the list (the Acer Nitro XF252Q with 0.3ms GtG and FreeSync, and the Acer Predator XN253Q with 0.4ms GtG and G-SYNC) as well as Apple’s new 4K and 5K UltraFine displays by LG: the LG 24MD4KL and the LG 27MD5KL respectively.
– The Acer Nitro XV273X appears to be the very first 1080p 240Hz desktop gaming monitor with an IPS panel! It will feature a rapid 1ms response time speed, AMD FreeSync, and DisplayHDR 400. Click here for more info!
– The Acer Predator X35 is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
– The MSI Optix MPG341CQR has appeared on Amazon. It’s the first 3440×1440 144Hz ultrawide gaming monitor with a VA panel.
– A new 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS model has surfaced, the Acer Nitro VG240YP.
– The MSI Optix MAG321CURV is now available on Amazon.
– Added more information about the ASUS PA32UCX.
- June 2019: Added panel development plans by Innolux.
– Just like the LG 27GL850, LG’s new 38″ ultrawide display based on the next-generation IPS technology, the LG 38GL950G, will have a 1ms (GtG) response time speed.
– Samsung announced their first 240Hz model, the Samsung C27RG50. It will also be the first 240Hz monitor that’s based on a curved VA panel. Other specs include 1080p resolution, FreeSync with G-SYNC compatibility, and a 4ms response time speed. It should be released in July and it will be available for just under $400.
– More information about the LG 27GL850 is now available. It will be the first IPS panel with a 1ms (GtG) response time speed.
– The Samsung C49RG9 is now available on Amazon.
– Added Apple’s new 6K (6016 x 3384) display dubbed as the Apple Pro Display XDR. It’s a 32″ IPS monitor with 576-zone FALD, 1600-nit peak brightness, Thunderbolt 3, and a $5,000 price tag – and that’s without the stand! More info here.
– Cooler Master announced their first two gaming monitors, the Cooler Master GM219-30 30″ 2560×1080 200Hz gaming monitor with FreeSync and HDR, and the Cooler Master GM219-35 35″ 3440×1440 120Hz FreeSync 2 HDR display. Both ultrawide VA-panel curved gaming monitors will be released in Q4 2019 with $399 and $999 MSRP respectively. Other known specs include height-adjustable stands and 1ms MPRT.
- May 2019: AUO announced several new panels including 32″ 4K 144Hz and 1440p 240Hz IPS models as well as 240Hz VA panels.
– Added the MSI Optix MPG341CQR, the LG 27GL850, and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQX to the list. Also added a new heading where we’ll keep track of new monitors. Added two ASUS TUF gaming monitors with ELMB-Sync (simultaneous VRR and backlight strobing) and a 17″ 240Hz IPS portable monitor, the ASUS ROG Strix XG17.
- April 2019: AOC has announced a new G2 series of gaming monitors which consists of four IPS models including the very first 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS model to be announced!
– Added four monitors from the new Acer ConceptD series: Acer CP3271K (27″ 4K 144Hz model), Acer CP3271U (27″ 1440p 144Hz HDR400), Acer CP7271K (27″ 4K 144Hz G-SYNC Ultimate), Acer CM7321K (32″ 4K mini-LED).
– The Acer Predator CG437K has been announced. It’s dubbed as LFGD (Larger Format Gaming Display), similar to the 65″ BFGDs (Big Format Gaming Display). It won’t have FALD nor G-SYNC as previously speculated though. Instead, this 43″ 4K 144Hz gaming monitor offers FreeSync and DisplayHDR 1000 with edge-lit local dimming, so it’s priced significantly lower as well ($1,300 vs $5,000 BFGD).
– We finally have more information about the long-awaited 35″ 3440×1440 200Hz G-SYNC HDR ultrawide displays with 512-zone FALD. The AOC AGON AG353UCG should be available in June (or October at the latest) 2019 with an estimated price tag of $2,000 – $2,500.
– Changed the release dates to Q2 2019 for the monitors not released in Q1 2019 as scheduled. Hopefully, they won’t get abandoned. Some displays did get released which are now marked as ‘now available‘ in the tables below.
- January 2019: Added the Samsung CRG9, the Samsung UR59C, and the LG 27GL850G.
Also added the Lenovo Legion Y27GQ (27″ 1440p 240Hz AUO panel), Lenovo Legion Y44W (43″ 3840×1200 144Hz FreeSync2 HDR VA panel), and the ASUS XG438Q (43″ 4K 120Hz AUO panel).
The HP Omen X 65 Emperium BFGD is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
- December 2018: Added the LG 49WL95 49″ 5120×1440 display and the LG 38GL950G 3840×1600 144Hz G-SYNC gaming monitor (LG IPS models).
- November 2018: Updated the article. Some release dates have been pushed back, some of them due to certain panel changes.
Also, new panels have been announced. The most interesting new panels include the 27″ 1440p 165Hz 1ms (GtG) IPS and 1080p 240Hz 1ms (GtG) IPS models by LG as well as the 25″ and 27″ 144Hz/240Hz IPS models by AUO.
- October 2018: Added the Dell U49149W (LG IPS panel).
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.