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Acer, Asus & LG unveil monitors with HDMI 2.1 for 4K120, VRR

13 Jan 2021 | Rasmus Larsen |

At CES 2021, Acer, Asus and LG have announced their first monitors with HDMI 2.1 to let users enjoy 4K at up to 120 Hz, with or without VRR, from game consoles.

Monitors with HDMI 2.1

120Hz and even higher frame rates have been supported on PC monitors for years. However, if you want to connect a PC monitor to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X and enjoy 4K120 (4K at 120 frames per second) you need HDMI 2.1. At CES 2021, Acer, Asus and LG have unveiled their first monitors equipped with HDMI 2.1 ports. Acer XV282K is a 28-inch LCD monitor, Asus PG32UQ is a 32-inch LCD monitor, and LG 27GP950 is a 27-inch LCD monitor.

Acer and Asus HDMI 2.1

Asus (left) and Acer (right) have announced HDMI 2.1 monitors at CES 2021

The new monitors support 4K120 over HDMI 2.1, and at least two of them support 4K120 with VRR over HDMI 2.1. Also read: LG's first OLED monitor is the 31.5-inch 4K 32EP950 All three monitors use 4K (3840x2160) IPS LCD panels so expect poor contrast but fast response. All three can also run at a higher 144Hz refresh rate when connected to a PC. Acer and LG also announced other new monitors for 2021 at CES. More information on specifications, pricing, and availability is available below.

LG 2021 monitors - specifications

LG 2021 PC monitors

Acer 2021 monitors - specs/description

Acer Nitro XV282K KV - 4K UHD Monitor with Support for the Latest Game Consoles The Nitro XV282K KV immerses users into spectacular worlds in incredible detail with its 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS panel, features a 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio to display sharp visuals and covers 90% of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut to allow for intense color representations. Also featuring AMD® FreeSync™ Premium technology, the 144 Hz refresh rate panel boasts a 1 ms response time for speedy frame rendering. Additionally, the Acer Nitro XV282K KV comes with HDMI 2.1 and a cable for hassle-free support for the latest gaming consoles at 4K UHD 120 Hz with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). The monitor has also achieved TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe certification and features Acer’s new Agile-Splendor IPS technology to deliver clear images, even at wide viewing angles. The new Acer Nitro XV2 series monitor features Acer HDR 400 and liquid crystal IPS for increased image quality, while Acer VisionCare 3.0 incorporates several technological innovations to help reduce eye strain experienced by heavy users such as programmers, writers and graphic designers. These technologies include LightSense, ColorSense, ProxiSense and BluelightShield Pro. The Nitro XV282K KV monitor will be available in North America in May starting at USD 899.99; in EMEA in May starting at EUR 949.00; and in China in February, starting at RMB 6,999. Predator XB323QK NV - 31.5 Inches of 4K Resolution The new Predator XB323QK NV is a 31.5-inch NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible UHD (3840 x 2160) gaming monitor with a rapid 144 Hz refresh rate. On top of the buttery smooth visuals that this technology entails, games look pleasantly vivid with the vibrant range of colors offered by the monitor’s DCI-P3 90% Wide Color Gamut. It also includes Acer’s Agile Splendor IPS and a VESA DisplayHDR™ 400 certification. The Predator XB323QK NV monitor will be available in North America in May starting at USD 1,199.99; in EMEA in May starting at EUR 1,199.00; and in China in March, starting at RMB 8,999. Predator XB273U NX - Mythic Speed for a Professional Gaming Experience The Predator XB273U NX gaming monitor is for gamers seeking a cutting-edge gaming experience. Packed full of the latest gaming and display innovations, the 27-inch monitor brings gamesto life with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) panel, 275 Hz refresh rate (overclocked) and up to a 0.5 ms response time (G to G), allowing it to deliver smooth and tear-free visuals even when fast-moving objects race across the screen. The HDR capable monitor covers 95% of the DCI-P3 spectrum to offer vibrant colors and deeper blacks, and its display is further enhanced by Acer’s Agile-Splendor IPS technology that makes crystal clear images possible even at wide viewing angles. The recently launched NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, a revolutionary system latency measurement tool that detects clicks coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels (i.e., a gun muzzle flash) to change on screen, while NVIDIA G-SYNC® provides tear-free gaming in addition to an expanded contrast ratio and color palette. The Predator XB273U NX monitor will be available in North America in May starting at USD 1,099.99; in EMEA in May starting at EUR 1,179.00; and in China in March, starting at RMB 7,999.

Asus 2021 monitors - specs/description

ROG Swift PG32UQ ROG Swift PG32UQ is the world’s first 32 -inch HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor and features a 144 Hz IPS panel with a 1ms moving picture response time (MPRT). It has two HDMI 2.1 ports to support up to 4K visuals at up to 120 Hz on the latest gaming consoles. It also has Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology, a compression standard for transporting ultra-high definition video streams across a single interface at high speed with no perceptible loss of visual quality. It allows PG32UQ to support up to 4K 144 Hz visuals via a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection. PG32UQ is G-SYNC Compatible ready and features ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB Sync) technology and ASUS Variable Overdrive technology for consistently smooth visuals at variable frame rates. For color performance, PG32UQ is DisplayHDR™ 600 compliant, has 160% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 color gamut support, and is factory pre-calibrated to ensure Delta E < 2 color accuracy.  ROG Swift PG32UQ will be available at the end of the first quarter of 2021.
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