ASUS and ACER announced their first of the line 144Hz 4k monitors in CES 2017 following the lastest tech of that year. A prototype was shown during the conference but it was not finished yet, after a wait of a whole year, Acer has now pulled out their first monitor that is capable of providing the refresh rate up to 144Hz at 4k.
With ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ set to be released soon, Acer is releasing its Predator x27 gaming monitor too. The highlight of the monitor apart from the refresh rate is the Nvidia’s proprietary module that will help to maintain the hefty refresh rate.
That said, this article will review the specifications of this monitor, bearing in mind the question. Why is the monitor priced at $1999.99 and how does it differ from the rivals?
Starting with the specifications of the monitor, it is a 27 inch IPS (AHVA) panel boosting the resolution of 3840×2160 (4k UHD) with the stock refresh rate of 120Hz that is overclockable up to 144Hz making the response time only 4ms, that too is complemented by the Nvidia’s G-sync technology making it the first 4k monitor too with the G-sync.
This monitor illuminates upto 1000 lumens with base brightness of 600 nits, the contrast ratio is 1000:1 making sure you see dense blacks and true whites not that mushy pale white look that is usually seen, with the FALD 384 backlighting zones, the display itself is a quantum-dot display that is pretty much self-explanatory for the consumer in the market that is complemented by the 178 degrees field of view for both horizontal and vertical angles.
Apart from this, the pixel density is 163 pixels per inch with the color gamut of 100% sRGB and 99% of Adobe’s RGB making sure you get true to life colors with the brightness of 1000 lumens that should be the highlight out of the box.
The peripherals include two Display ports 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0 port, two 4 watts speakers that will mostly be used in providing sound to the operating system, 4 USB 3.0 ports and a stand that will give a tilt of -5 to 25 degrees, height adjustment of 130mm, supported by the 100×100 VESA mount, and lastly it will require 68 Watts power to run.
Cons and pricing
After looking at the specifications above it can be inferred that this thing is a beast that is capable of doing everything that any game developer can offer, but it has its disadvantages that are mostly related to its cost, it is the most expensive monitor yet priced at $1999.99 that is a lot more than the 4k HDR TVs supporting the quantum display, the hefty price is due to the Nvidia’s proprietary module that alone boosts the costs by a minimum of $100. Other than the pricing you would require a beefy pc with at the very least GTX 1080 graphics to run this monitor that too adds the cost of buying for an average consumer.
If you are that person who is annoyed by your friend’s argument that only console gaming supports HDR, and you have a wallet that can support the price tag of this monitor than you might have to look at it, but if you are an average consumer who wants to enjoy gaming at its peak than $1999.99 price tag must be the grain in the salt, the advice would be to wait for at least 2-3 months that can be extended to a year depending upon the availability of the technology for other monitors like this with somewhat less price tag, but if you are looking for the Asus’s counterpart it would be priced the same, so waiting would be applicable to that too if you are an average consumer.