Gigabyte AORUS FV43U 144Hz 4K UHD VA model

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For an immersive experience at the desk or the ability to sit back and enjoy the content, ~43″ 4K models can be an attractive proposition. The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U delivers such an experience. The monitor has a TV-like design, as usual for models of this size. The screen itself is the dominant feature, with a fairly slender bezel at the top and sides. And a thicker bottom bezel which includes forwards-facing speakers. The stand consists of two feet at the bottom of the screen, one either side. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick that faces downwards beneath the central AORUS logo. Alternatively, using the included infrared remote – or ‘OSD Sidekick’ software, if preferred.

The big screen experience

A 43″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) VA panel is used. This has a very low haze (glossy) screen surface, with a specified 4000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° viewing angles. A 144Hz refresh rate is supported, alongside Adaptive-Sync. With an assumed 48 – 144Hz VRR range (plus LFC). The monitor supports 10-bit colour via 8-bit + FRC, whilst a flicker-free Quantum Dot LED (Quantum Dots + blue LED) backlight is used. This provides a colour gamut of 97% DCI-P3 (99% Adobe RGB and 150% sRGB) and a 750 cd/m²+ typical maximum luminance (1000 cd/m² peak for HDR). VESA DisplayHDR 1000 support is included, allowing the monitor to put its powerful backlight, 10-bit colour support and colour gamut to good use. In addition to a degree of local dimming. We’re not expecting a complex FALD solution, but the manufacturer describes the backlight as ‘direct’ as opposed to edge-lit which should reduce problematic glow near the edges under high brightness. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the including Aim Stabilizer Sync strobe backlight setting. Which can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. The included stand offers no adjustability, with 200 x 200mm VESA holes included for alternative mounting. The ports are found at the left side and include; a 3.5mm audio output, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 (with DSC), USB-C and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream). AC power is used, with an internal power converter rather than external power brick. 2 x 12W Space Audio speakers are included, facing forwards on the bottom bezel as noted earlier. These should offer fairly powerful and rich audio output, with a range of presets included in the OSD. The monitor also includes KVM functionality, allowing sharing of the USB devices connected to the monitor between multiple systems. And PIP/PBP, for good measure.

VESA holes and side-mounted ports

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$1100 USD.

Gigabyte AORUS FV43U