The annual Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas each January showcases cutting edge technology and ideas for the future. This year’s show, held January 8-11, was no different. Many new monitors were shown off this year, with others being announced around the time of the show as well. If you are looking for an upgrade in 2019 but aren’t sure what’s out there, take a look at our guide.
An upgraded version of the CHG90 49-inch curved desktop monitor, this new version comes with QHD resolution. A 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120 x 1440 resolution display means this monitor takes the place of two 2560 x 1440 QHD screens. With a 120Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, HDR10 support, an HDMI port, two DisplayPorts, and a USB jack, the CRG9 monitor is built for gamers. And if you are into multitasking? The Picture-by-Picture (PBP) functionality included allows two video sources to be viewed on the same screen. No release date or price have yet been announced (the current CHG90 goes for around $1,099 currently), but if you want this one, you’d better make sure your desk is big enough first!
Samsung Space Monitor
If you don’t have enough space for a 49-incher or are looking for a more minimalistic design, Samsung’s new Space Monitor is a unique option. The screen is attached to a movable arm which is clamped to the desk and allows the screen to be shifted how you like – from flat against the wall when not in use, to pulled towards you for working, even tilting and able to be lowered enough to touch the surface of the desk. The arm also contains the power and HDMI cords, furthering the clean look. Two versions are coming out this month: a 27-inch QHD and a 32-inch 4K UHD, priced at $399.99 and $499.99 respectively.
Lenovo ThinkVision P44W & Legion Y44w Gaming Monitor
China’s Lenovo, currently the biggest producer of PCs in the world, has joined the mega display crowd by announcing two 43.4-inch curved monitors. The screens themselves are identical, with the stands being slightly different. Their resolution is 3840 x 1200 (DWUXGA) and have a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response rate, and use AMD’s FreeSync 2 adaptive synchronization. These means the displays will be able to vary the refresh rate as necessary to provide a smooth rendering. These Lenovo monitors also have two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, two USB-C ports, and four regular USB ports. Similarly, to the Samsung CRG9, the monitors allow two video sources to be seen at the same time, either side by side or picture in picture. The gaming monitor also will include removable Harman Kardon speakers. The monitors are scheduled to be released in April, the ThinkVisionP44W for $1,299.99 (with a 3-year warranty) and the Legion Y44W Gaming for $1,199.99 (with a 1-year warranty).
LG UltraGear Gaming Monitor
Just before the end of 2018, LG announced a new gaming monitor, the UltraGear 38GL950G. The monitor is a 38-inch 21:9 curved “UltraWide”, with a 3840 x 1600 WQHD+ resolution. The refresh rate is the same as Lenovo’s Legion Y44w with 144Hz but with a 5ms response rate. The virtually borderless design and Sphere Lighting cater to gamers. The Sphere Lighting has six color settings that can be changed both to fit your mood, but also to help reduce eye fatigue during long gaming sessions. There are only one HDMI port, one DisplayPort, and three USB 3.0 ports with no integrated speakers, but rather a headphone port. No release date or price have been announced.
Asus ROG Strix XG Gaming Monitors
Asus is putting out three ROG Strix XG gaming monitors this year: the XG438Q, the XG49VQ, and the XG32VQR. All three have FreeSync 2 support, DisplayHDR certification, and big VR panels.
The largest of the three is the XG49VQ, a 49-inch ultrawide 32:9 panel with 3840 x 1080 resolutions and a refresh rate of 144Hz. The DisplayHDR400 will also help when playing fast-paced games.
A little smaller at 43-inches, the XG438Q is a 4K monitor with a higher DisplayHDR of 600 but a slower refresh rate of 120Hz. The monitor does have two built-in 10W stereo speakers and could be seen as more of a TV than a PC.
The smallest of the three, the XG32VQ, is 31.5 inches and has a 16:9 1440p resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate like its biggest brother, but is the one of the three with the highest coverage of the DCI-P3 at 94% (versus 90%). If your GPU isn’t made for 4K, this is a good option for a fairly immersive picture.
The XG32VQ is currently available at a list price of $699 with the other two set to be released soon at yet-unknown prices.
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