Curved monitors offer a more immersive experience while also presenting a bit more screen real estate than a traditional flat panel and Samsung’s newly announced Odyssey G7 curved gaming monitors aim to do that and more.
The new Odyssey G7 curved gaming monitors have a precise 1000R curvature and come in 27-inch and 32-inch sizes along with adjustable height and subtle blue lighting to lend it a touch of style.
Both sizes sport Samsung’s QLED panels that have WQHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolution, have a blazing fast 1ms(GTG) response time and a 240Hz refresh rate. To ensure colour accuracy, the displays have ability to serve up to 95% of the DCI-P3 colour space for accurate colour reproduction.
Samsung Odyssey G7 preorder specials
To kick things off, Samsung is holding a special preorder exercise for the 32-inch and 27-inch Odyssey G7 curved gaming monitors. The preorder programme will start on 29th June and end on 5th July 2020 or while stocks last.
If you buy the 32-inch Odyssey G7 monitor that’s priced at RM2,899, you get a free HW-T450 soundbar worth RM799. If you purchase the smaller 27-inch Odyssey G7 that’s priced at RM2,399, you’ll get a free HW-T420 soundbar worth RM649. To plunk down your preorder, check out the official Samsung online store at https://shop.samsung.com/my/preorder-odyssey/
Professional gamers are a rather interesting lot with a rather unique series of requirements in their hardware, depending on the particular genre of gaming they specialise in. BenQ’s top-shelf Zowie XL2546 is a 24.5-inch Full HD gaming monitor that has been designed from the ground up to cater to this unique and demanding clientele as every aspect of its design has been engineered both from within and without for maximum performance and effectiveness for an esports gamer. The BenQ Zowie XL2546 comes in a nondescript box with the contents sturdily packed in form-fitted styrofoam cutouts to ensure it remains intact during shipment. Unboxing and assembling the monitor proved to be a relatively elementary process and the procedure proved to be an educational one as it allowed us to admire the thought and engineering that has gone into designing the monitor. The weighted base screws into the vertical stand that holds up the monitor which in turn has a slot-in bracket that allows the monitor proper to slide-in and lock with a reassuring click.
Externally, the monitor is done up in a matte black plastic with red trim in strategically placed spots all around to accent the clean, minimalist design. The XL2546 is all business and it shows by eschewing fripperies like glowing LED lights, loud paint schemes, massive logos and other bling save for the Zowie logo emblazoned on the back of the monitor. The base itself is a very sturdy affair with a rounded groove for the innovative S-Switch Arc shortcut control that consists of a mouse wheel and a series of buttons that allow you to navigate the hardwired On Screen Display (OSD( menu of the monitor to tweak the settings and to also activate three preset profiles on demand. This added touch is a godsend and a timesaver indeed as it allows you to get to the business of scoring kills rather than having to laboriously pore through a series of menus with the built-in monitor buttons like a retro game of Mastermind.
Midway through the strut holding up the display panel is a strategically cut-out hole for efficient cable management. Other gamer-centric conveniences include a slide out hook on the left of the monitor to conveniently hang a pair of headphones.
The left side of the monitor hosts a pair of USB 3.0 ports as well as a mike and headphone jack within easy reach. Of note is the sturdy articulation of the monitor stand that lets you move it up and down as well as swivelling it left or right to some degree for comfort. You’re even able to rotate the monitor into a straight up vertical position if you deign to do so. The stand itself also has a series of indicator marks to show its height, tilt and pivot settings to make the monitor easier to deploy in your favourite angle when on the move.
Another interesting addition for pro-gamers is the inclusion of a carrying handle up top; handy if you’re hauling it from match to match as well as a soft-carrying case to protect the display.
The underside of the monitor comes with a Display Port 1.2, a pair of HDMI slots with one of them being a HDMI 2.0 port and a DVI-DL port which makes for a rather comprehensive selection of ports for most scenarios. The monitor itself is fairly plain with rather wide bezels and a series of controls in the lower right corner to navigate the menus in lieu of the S-Switch controls.
The aforementioned bezels aren’t there just for show; they’ve been specially designed to reduce light reflections from the display, another subtle but welcome bonus for esports gamers. Users also have the option of installing screw-on side shield panels, ostensibly so that users can maintain focus while gaming.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Specifications and Performance
As you’d likely surmise from the Zowie brandname, the XL2546 is built from the get-go as a gaming monitor and prioritises gaming performance over other concerns. The XL2546 is a 24.5-inch Full HD resolution TN panel which has an impressive 240Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time and includes Zowie’s unique Dynamic Accuracy (DyAc) tech which deals with blurring onscreen in a decisive fashion.
Getting it hooked up and running was a simple task and exploring the monitor’s comprehensive menu reveals a wealth of features that make it superb for esports gamers along with several that will offer a decisive edge in your next firefight or melee scrum.
You’re able to tweak the brightness, contrast, sharpness, gamma correction and colour temperature and set picture modes depending on what content you’re enjoying including specific settings for FPS games, RTS games and movies for your delectation. Of note is a Low Blue Light mode that makes it slightly easier on the eyes by squelching the blue light spectrum; useful if you’re reading a ton of stuff. It also has a Black eQualizer mode that enhances dimmer areas in a game without making the better lit spots overexposed which makes it much handier for dealing with ambushers and other sundry undesirables who enjoy lurking in darker spaces on a game map.
Colours are fair out of the box unless tweaked in the settings and viewing angles barring straight ahead for the player are middling at best but all these are secondary to its emphasis as a superior gaming monitor with staggeringly good refresh rates at 240Hz and their vaunted DyAc tech. Minus the techspeak, Zowie’s proprietary DyAc mode essentially squelches blur onscreen for improved ingame performance. The average gamer likely won’t experience life-changing benefits but for those who make it their bread and butter, DyAc makes for a literal game changer.
With DyaC fired up, games, especially first person shooters where reflexes and in-game positioning are paramount to survival, were markedly better to play. In-coming ordnance, barring hitscan weapons of course, were easier to visually track and, most important of all, recoil from firing heavier hardware seemed to be minimised which makes it handy to ensure that most of your lead going downrange hits the intended target such as Counterstrike:Go.
The Black eQualizer mode works as advertised on the tin with about twenty selectable levels of correction available on hand. Performance, especially with the XL2546’s 240fps feels smooth as silk as well. If you’ve been working with an older 60Hz display and going up to the XL2546, the difference is almost night and day.
In watching movies, the monitor proved a fair, if unremarkable contender on account of its middling viewing angles and modest colour accuracy but that’s not its primary forte. It’s an otherwise fair hand for general viewing.
The S Switch initially seems like a bizarre and unnecessary add-on to the monitor but after using its advantages become apparent after using it for awhile and it makes navigating the monitor menus a cinch rather than a chore. It’s so useful that it ought to be included as a standard option in all monitors in the future.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Price and Conclusion
The BenQ Zowie XL2546 gaming monitor isn’t exactly something designed for general purpose use. Like a throughbred race horse or a destrier, it’s bred, or rather in this case designed to excel in one particular endeavour – esports gaming and in particular fast-paced games like first person shooters, RTS games and the like.
It eschews aesthetics with a keen eye on ‘form follows function’ in every aspect of its design from its solidly engineered stand that lets you tilt, swivel and adjust the height at will to its novel S Switch remote and it’s novel slide-out headphone hanger, the XL2546 is a through and through gamer’s delight.
Fortunately, it has the performance to back up its design. BenQ Zowie’s DyAc mode made for an impressive means to up your game and their Black eQualizer tech made for an advantage in games with lots of shadowed and dark areas. Naturally, this is also contingent on your rig having enough pixel crunching power and decent ping to rack up kills. If cash is no object and you’re a serious gamer, you’ll appreciate the charms that the BenQ Zowie XL2546 offers. Users with more generalised needs can opt for the more compact and more affordable BenQ EW277HDR that’s half the price and has support for HDR content. The BenQ Zowie XL2546 can be acquired online at BenQ’s official store on Lazada in the link here.
Specifications Price RM2,299 Display 24.5-inch TN, 1920 x 1080 pixels Aspect ratio: 16:9 Response time: 1ms (GtG) Brightness 320 cd/m² Refresh rate 240Hz Speakers: None Connectivity: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI, 1 x DVI-DL, 4 x USB, 1 x audio jack, 1 x microphone jack Size/Weight 515.43 x 569.94 x 226.04 / 11.3kg * Review unit courtesy of BenQ Malaysia
What we liked Well thought out design, maneuverable monitor stand, excellent for fast-paced gaming, handy S Switch control, handy headset hanger, DyAc What we didn’t Shield flaps seem superfluous, looks somewhat plain We say The BenQ Zowie XL2546 has been built from the ground-up for esports gamers and it shows in every inch of its design and features with its innovative DyAc tech and fast 240Hz refresh rate. In that regard, it delivers as a high-performing gaming display ideal for fast-paced games. If cash is no object, this is a sound acquisition for the discerning esports FPS gamer.
IFA is usually the perfect time for tech vendors to show their most powerful hardware and Acer’s massive, beefily specced Predator Orion 9000 certainly fits the bill when it made its stage debut in Berlin. The exterior of this huge edifice of desktop gaming is all manly lines and chrome along with tweakable RGB lighting for the front bezel and interior. It’s so huge that they’ve even added in two handles and wheels to make it easier to move around.
What’s under the hood of the Orion 9000 is what can give any gamer pause as it has enough room to be kitted out with an 18-core, 36-thread Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, up to 128GB quad-channel DDR4 RAM, up to 4-way AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics or a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX100i graphics in SLI; this setup easily allows it tackle 8K once we eventually get around to it that is. Much like the nitro button on a sports car, the Orion 9000 also has an ominous button on the chassis that allows for overclocking with just one press of a button. This much pixel crunching power means it needs a ton of cooling and the whole affair sports built-in liquid cooling and their IceTunnel 2.0 tech that separates the system into multiple zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to keep things cool with the option to add up to five 120mm fans for superior airflow.
Also making an appearance is an equally impressive gaming monitor that they’ve dubbed the Acer Predator X35, a 35-inch 21:9 curved gaming monitor with a razor sharp 3,440 x 1,440 pixel resolution, NVIDIA G-SYNC support and Acer’s HDR Ultra tech. A fast 4ms response time, 200Hz refresh rate in tandem with NVIDIA G-SYNC and the ability to cover 90-percent of the DCI-P3 colour standard make it something truly ogle-worthy indeed. Prices for the Predator Orion 9000 start at USD1,999 in December in the US and in Europe starting from €1,999. The Predator X35 gaming monitor has no price tag yet but it will be available sometime in Q1 2018. No word on when this massive gaming rig will land in Malaysia or what price tag it will come with but we’ll keep you posted.
BenQ today took the wraps off their new Zowie XL2540 24.5-inch Full HD gaming monitor that comes with a host of refinements optimised for professional e-sports gamers.
Its main calling card is that it has a 240Hz refresh rate for exceptionally smooth frame rates, assuming your gaming rig supports it of course. The XL2540 also has a stated 12 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio with a 1ms response time. The XL2540 also integrates a number of additional features for optimised gaming like their Colour Vibrance setting that optimises colours based on gaming genre as well as a Black eQualiser that optimises dark settings in-game without overexposing bright areas.
An unusual addition to the monitor is the addition of a pair of adjustable side-flaps that act a bit like horse blinders to eliminate distractions when gaming. Another BenQ specific addition is the inclusion of an S Switch control that lets you swap between different settings at will. In terms of ports, it notably comes with a DVI-DL, a pair of HDMI outputs, four USB ports and a headphone jack.
The Zowie XL2540 will retail for RM2,399 with a launch date slated sometime in mid-March. For more details drop by www.benq.com.my.
Samsung has just taken the wraps off their latest CFG70 Full HD series curved gaming monitors that are angled at casual and professional gamers alike. The new gaming monitors come with a host of tech optimised for gaming with the most important being the integration of their Quantum Dot technology into the panel.
Culled from their high-end SUHD TV line, Quantum Dot tech, boiled down, allows a display to show vastly better blacks, brilliant whites onscreen and better colours. The CFG70 also sports several other improvements that gives it an impressive sRGB 125% support that enables it to have significantly richer, lusher colours onscreen.
Combined, all this imaging tech gives it a nippy 144Hz refresh rate and a silky smooth 1ms moving picture response time (MPRT) that reduces ghosting between animations and fast moving objects displayed on the CFG70. Samsung has also leveraged AMD’s FreeSync Tech over HDMI to synchronise the refresh rate of the display with a users’ AMD graphic cards to minimise stutter or image tearing.
Externally, the CFG sports a gentle 1800R curvature on its display for an immersive gaming experience and a rather manly looking design with a sturdy double hinge that allows you to reposition the monitor in a vertical position along with a modicum of pivotability and height adjustability. There’s even a nifty little hook on the back on the hinge armature that allows gamers to hang their headphones. On the portage front is sports two HDMI ports, a display port and an audio out on the back.
The emphasis on gaming doesn’t end there. The CFG70 also has baked-in firmware that allows users to optimise the display’s contrast ratio, black gamma and white balance levels to optimise it for specific game genres including FPS, RTS, RPG and AOS games. If all this has piqued your interest, the Samsung CFG70 Quantum dot curved gaming monitors come in two different sizes with commensurately different price tags.
The 24-inch version retails for RM1,699 while the 27-inch version retails for RM2,099 with both coming at Full HD resolution which is sufficient for most games these days. Both are available for preorders on Lazada and if you’re one of the first 100 customers to preorder it, you can snag a free gift worth RM264. The preorders start from today till 26th January. After that, you can drop by and visit selected retail outlets nationwide to admire them up close and buy them too. For more details swing by www.samsung.com/my