Best 4k UHD 144hz Gysnc HDR Gaming Monitors 2017

It seems PC Gamers wish come true at CES 2017. Guess what! The long waiting is over.Finally, not one but two 4k gaming monitor with 144hz refresh rate and virtually  zero input lag and top of that Gsync and HDR!Overkill!

First, Here's side by side comparison of these 4K 144HZ. Let me know what else you wanted to see in the table. More monitors will be added upon announcement. Sorry about the font.

 4k UHD 144hz Gysnc HDR Monitors


Model
 Screen Size
Resolution
Peak Brightness
(nits)
Adaptive Vsync
ASUS ROG  Swift
PG 27UQ

27"
3840x2160P
1000
Gsync
Acer Predator
XB-272 HDR

27"
3840x2160P
1000
GSync
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA



If you recall, 4K UHD monitors are faking 144HZ for a long time now. Not anymore. The first announced ROG Swift PG 27UQ can do the incredible 144HZ. The brother Acer Predator XB272-HDR uses the same panel. Both are supplied by AU Optronics and spec wise both are identical. Can't go wrong with both. What's more impressive is the Quantum dots and HDR. They promise deeper black and color accuracy even though HDR has nothing to with 'deeper black.'
The black level depends on the display technology used. But this monitor can get deep black due to the full array local dimming (FALD). The 384 backlight zones in this monitor is enough to surpass some of the flagship TVs out there.

This monitor is not just a headline. The features are really impressive. Although it's 4K UHD (Ultra HD 3840×2160 resolution) rather than true 4K, it flashes more than 8 million pixels in front of you. The pixel density is 163PPI across 27" IPS panel if you are wondering. It's more than capable of displaying detailed images.

One of the most impressive features of this monitor is the 144HZ refresh. It's capable for the smooth gameplay you could ever get. This monitor promises 6.9ms to update its contents which we are aware what a 144HZ refresh rate can do. A regular 60hz monitor takes ~16.6ms to update its content. So the input lag is virtually low and the animations are super fast. Because the refresh rate is 144HZ, it cuts the delay between frames compared to 60HZ monitor offering a spectacular experience and edge against opponents (if you have any).
The high resolution will help every artists and content creators out there, and serious gamers will benefit from this fast 144HZ refresh rate.
It'll surely satisfy those who care about everything about the monitor and squeezing the last pixel of it.

Those who are getting this monitor should make sure getting the best graphics cards out there. Single GPU's won't be enough to push this into 144HZ. We are sure your single GPU's will fail to push it to 144fps. In the demo at CES 2017, they are rumored to be showing off the 144HZ via Quadro P6000 SLI.
This monitor requires Some beasts out there. However, thanks to nVidia Gsysnc technology you don't have to worry about the frames dipping. Gsync will smooths out the frames and screen tears.

If you don't know, HDR increases latency. But Gysnc HDR is tuned for HDR. Speaking of HDR, This is not an average performer. It can go up to 1000nit peak brightness which is something UHDA specifies for the displays to get certified for UHD premium. It's worth comparing it to typical monitor which only goes 300-350 nits today.

PG27UQ supports HDR10 Supports. Although the standard does not supports dynamic metadata (pros working towards it), It still kicks displays that do not support HDR. 1000 nits is really troublesome if there's no backlighting, but the 384 backlight zones are there for controlling the zones and no worries about backlight bleed.The pitch-perfect black is impossible on this monitor as marketing professionals say because it still uses LCD tech. But it does have more peak brightness than OLED displays.

There's this quantum dots tech on top of all this, although it doesn't have anything to do with the actual theory lads saying. Quantum dots is actually an improvement over the existing LCD tech.  But it does offer better colors and contrast compared to the typical monitors and supports the DCI-P3 color space. And the IPS panel gives better wide angles, colour reproduction, and accuracy.

There's some additional fantasy light works on PG27UQ and it sports dual DisplayPort 1.4 inputs and one HDMI to connect multiple devices.

Overall: - New Kings of the monitors crowned.
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Best HDR Gaming Monitors

So I was watching new displays revealed at CES 2017 and 2017 is the year of HDR. If you landed here somehow you might be interested in this new technology as well. And it's coming to monitor space as we thought. LG teased it first, and many other followed. It's time to move beyond 4K  and jumps to jaw-dropping visuals, the best we've ever seen. If you got AMD’s FreeSync 2 (upcoming), the you are on different league! It optimizes the image and reduces lag (HDR tone mapping) further. Nvidia cards support High dynamic range as well

HDMI

And the most important news is, HDMI Forum revealed new HDMI 2.1 spec. They call it Dynamic HDR (which is the dynamic metadata as many call it.). Do I have to care? yes. There's a difference you have to know. See the difference in quality?

HDMI 2.0a

HDMI 2.0a uses a single HDR grade for a video.

HDMI 2.1
Dynamic HDR optimizes individual scenes and frames to the capabilities of your hardware.So you’ll always have the best brightness, contrast, and color gamut.
Haha. But wait.Only the proprietary Dolby Vision supports dynamic HDR. DisplayPort 1.4 already supports dynamic HDR metadata. Dynamic metadata may come soon to HDR10 standard.

HDR10?

Oh well. There are other types of HDR. HDLG, Dolby Vision (DV) and HDR10 (10bit). DV is proprietary, and HDR10 is an open standard. If you are looking for a monitor for PS4 Pro or console, look at this guide here.Because there's a lot more to tell on that

Thought i should compile the list of HDR monitor here to see for everyone interested. As more displays get unfold, We'll add it here. Help us to find if you spot a new one as well. It's super helpful to everyone.

Needs confirmation -1/11/2017
Update : - I found these on Nvidia g-sync hdr white paper.

"While NVIDIA GPUs support HDR over both the HDMI and DP display interfaces for PC platforms, DisplayPort 1.4 is considered the more popular choice going forward. In particular, using the High Bit Rate 3 (HBR3) link rate allows DisplayPort monitor inputs to support 4K@144 Hz versus 4K@60 Hz maximum for the latest HDMI 2.0b standard. In fact, G-SYNC HDR monitors driven by the NVIDIA family of Pascal GPUs supporting DP 1.4 with HBR3 are the first display device (TV or monitor) to demonstrate HDR and 4K@144 high refresh rate"

and this from somewhere else

HDR functionality monitor is entirely controlled and depends upon a ‘G-SYNC HDR’ compatible Nvidia GPU being used. Only PC's with Nvidia Graphics cards can properly use this monitor.

and from Asus blog

The PG27UQ uses a new version of G-Sync tuned for HDR. High dynamic range refers to the screen’s ability to produce a broader range of brightness, color, and contrast than typical displays. More specifically, the monitor supports the HDR 10 standard currently used by gaming consoles.

So needs confirmation on these

1. Gsync HDR monitor's 'HDR functionality' works without an nVidia GPU?
2. HDR feature works or not with PS4 pro and Xbox 1S

What ya think?


LG 32UD99

Only monitor that seems to work with PS4 Pro
32UD99

They teased it first. Its's a 4K 60HZ IPS 32" screen and supports DCI-P3 Color Space (95%). It does have a USB - C port as well. We think it's for professionals. It's more like a universal display rather than gaming in our opinion. If you are a Mac user who is looking for external display, see this guide.

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ



PG27UQ

However, Asus is the first one to fulfill gamers dream; They paired High dynamic range and G-Sync together. The PG27UQ is a 4K (3840x2160) monitor with 144Hz refresh rate on an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. I Assume you know what it means. We're not sure how many Vega's or 1080Ti's you needed to get that jaw-dropping resolution and fps. We believe this monitor is not for ordinary.It's for the best. To conclude, it features quantum dot and HDMI 2.0 and display port 1.4...*faints*


Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor S2718D


S2718D


This is an incredibly thin monitor featuring 27-inch Quad HD (2,560 by 1,440 pixels) screen. Not much wow factors like Asus one but the HDR10 support, Ultra thin design and the affordable price tag makes it appealing enough.PS4 Pro image on this will get scaled. it's not suitable for pro.If you read the guide you already know  i guess.

Acer Predator XB272



XB272

Hmm. Another one for gaming is revealed. It's a 4K G-Sync HDR at 144Hz monitor. It boasts 384-zone backlighting system and a Quantum Dot filter to enhance the color palette of the display.

Asus 32" Pro Art PA32U 

This monitor won't support HDR via HDMI. So PS4 Pro HDR won't work with this monitor. 


It's another monitor from Asus for professionals and designers. This 32" monitor has 384 zones and could hit peak brightness of 1000nits. It supports wide color gamut too.



The update is in progress, and more goodies will join as soon as more monitors announced.


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Best Monitor for New Macbook Pro, Air and Mac mini 2017

Looking for a new external display for Mac? Tada. We may be able to help to choose the correct monitor for your Mac Pro, Air, and mini.We are pretty much sure you are looking for a monitor for Photo or video editing or working with a multitude of windows, and watching high-resolution videos. Or you may be extremely uncomfortable with your current display. Or the iMac screen is set too high and is not height adjustable.

Before you buy

You should know that Thunderbolt 2 and DisplayPort 1.2 supports up to max 3840×2160 at 60HZ. But it only covers Retina display up to 20" and non-Retina resolutions up to about 40-inch. 2016 model, MacBook Pros, can run 27-inch Retina displays because of Thunderbolt 3.

Apple designed  MacOS differently. It created for people's comfort in mind and pixel density of about 110 PPI for non-Retina, and about 220 PPI for Retina. Which means, other than 110PPI or 220PPI there will be scaling issues like text larger or smaller. However, there's a workaround to fix it, but it results in higher memory usage and GPU work leading to shorter battery life and also blurry pixels which we assume you don't want it. So we added the PPI in each of monitor so you can avoid it if you don't want and added a PPI calculator at the end so you can check your display is compatible with the requirements or not.

5K 

If you are looking for a 5k monitor on the market that can compete with the 27 inch 5K retina display, then you should consider these two. In our research, these two are the only ones that can rival 5K iMac (217.6 PPI). Dell UP271K (217.6 PPI) and LG Ultrafine 5K Display(217.6 PPI). However, these are not fully compatible with all Mac platforms. See this Abnormal behavior on some Mac platforms with Dell 5k.
http://www.dell.com/support/article/in/en/inbsdt1/SLN295089#Abnormal_behavior_on_some_Apple_Mac_platforms

And,

The LG UltraFine 5K Display supported Mac computers (Thunderbolt 3) are

( MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016)
(MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
(MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)

4K

You can use 4K displays with these Mac platforms

MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013) and later
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) and later
Mac mini (Late 2014)
MacBook Air (Early 2015)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) and later


If you are going to get the LG UltraFine 4K Display then supported  Mac computers are ( DisplayPort Alt-Mode over USB-C)

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) and later

sRBG and Wide Color Gamut

If you only need sRGB, buy an sRGB only display. WCG means Adobe RGB, Display P3, and DCI-P3 color spaces supported.Incorrectly set up, a wide gamut display may result in over-saturated colors.

LG 38UC99 (110.9 PPI)

If you are looking for a large monitor with all the latest tech this one has it all. Price is still on the higher side but can't complain because its indeed worth its gold especially for digital artists.

LG 32UD99 (137.68 PPI) (HDR)

LG 32UD99 is a new 32-inch IPS display. What makes more interesting this unit is the HDR10 support and 4K Ultra HD resolution.In addition to HDR, the 32UD99 covers over 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut as well. The brightness may not be the best what we see on HDR TV, but it does pass other 4K and HDR checks as well. It can connect to the new MacBook Pro or 12-inch MacBook as well.

LG 34UC98-W (109.68 PPI)

34UC98 is 34"  Curved QHD IPS Monitor with 21:9 aspect ratio. It does have two Thunderbolt 2.0 and supports USB 3.0 Quick Charge. The stand is height/tilt adjustable.It does support screen Split 2.0 (with PIP Mode) and sRGB Over 99% making it suitable for photographers, graphic designers or anyone looking for highly accurate color. It does have a game mode as well. But if you are connecting PS4 Pro into it then the image will get downscaled.


Dell UltraSharp U2715H (108.79 PPI)

Dell Ultrasharp is famous among professionals. New refreshed models does have added features as well. It boasts a 27" QHD resolution 16:9 aspect ratio with an ultra-thin bezel. One best feature is fully adjustable stand. Features like tilt, swivel, height adjust including pivoting both 90 Degree clockwise or counter-clockwise. So it allows the thinnest possible edges to be placed side by side if you are using with multiple monitors.It's easy to set up. The only downside is the price. It's still pricey. A little bit more money could get you a 4k monitor. It won't support PS4 Pro as the image will get downscaled on a QHD screen


ASUS MX27AQ (108.79 PPI)

It boasts a 27" WQHD 2560x1440 IPS display with a frameless panel design which looks aesthetically nicet. The connectivity includes HDMI and Display Port as well.

Other Monitors

We go through more than 30+ displays. All screens can't be described here. However, here are other displays which come close to the requirement. These are also good non-retina displays for MacBook.

30- 34 Inch

Acer Predator X34(109.68 PPI)
Dell U3415W(109.68 PPI)
LG34UC97 (109.68 PPI)
Philips BDM3490UC(109.68 PPI)
Samsung S34E790C (109.68 PPI)

25- 29 inch

Dell U2717D(108.79 PPI)
EIZO CS2730(108.79 PPI)
EIZO CS270  (108.79 PPI)
NEC EA 275WMI-BK(108.79 PPI)



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Best Wireless Routers for Large Homes in 2017

wireless routers for home
smart Wi-Fi routers
Everything from toothbrushes to the closet is connected now. You need the latest and robust advanced technology to connect everything in your home Wi-Fi network if its too large.Now stable Wi-Fi is very important.There won't be any dead spot or zones, and the improved signal strength remains same throughout the home with improved speed.What smart routers cool compared to conventional router
is the aesthetics and modern technology that compatible with connected laptops, TVs, fridges, and washing machine and hundreds of other devices in your home or office. Here’s what you need to know before pick the right surfing buddy for your needs.


Google Wi-Fi


Google is no longer a search engine. They make smartphones, Chromebook, and many products. These products only see the light if its meets their quality standard. This brand new mesh router is one of that lucky guy. If it's plugged into the modem, you can extend the coverage to 1,500 square feet. Cascade a couple together and you can reach up to 4,500 square feet. It's easy to setup and control. The app can be used to pause access at bedtime, making it convenient for parents.

Eero

A pricey alternative to Google Wi-Fi. But, still one of the best networking options. Features are similar to Google router. But it edges out Google router a bit in range. The modular expansion, Alexa integration and easy to run and pause access app are very useful. It does have aesthetics as well. Well, they started the router redesign craze.

Luma

This pentagon shaped mesh Alexa-enables system may not appeal to many. But it does have the best security features and parental control.The security software runs in the cloud. If it detects any malware on any connected device, it immediately quarantines it and eliminates the threat.In addition to Luma’s curated lists of G-, PG-, and PG-13-rated websites which keep them out of the bad internet, it can also pause your kids’ web access at bedtime. Price is also fair considering the features.

Portal

If speed is your concern, then this one might be good for you. Well, portal router uses dynamic frequency selection and uses spectrum reserved for military communications and radar. Good thing is there's not much traffic there and don't have to worry about slow speed

OnHub

TP-Link does have their alternative for home users too. There are few variations as well. The good thing is you can setup a mesh network with OnHub and Google Wi-Fi and control them all with Google Wi-Fi app.

Netgear Orbi

This one is a big router compared to similarly priced rivals, and it does have faster speeds and wider mesh range. And a security vulnerability that affected several of its routers didn’t affect Orbi, which shows security is excellent on this router. It's still on the pricey side, though.

Linksys Velop

This one is very powerful and can cover the range up to 2000 square feet. It can work along with Alexa as well. It's indeed one of the best strong mesh network looks like a speaker.

If you are looking for router for dedicated gaming check this routers guide. Thanks

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