Acer Z35 with curved 200Hz G-SYNC VA panel

One particular monitor that has drummed up a lot of interest and sparked a bit of debate is the BenQ XR3501. Some people are put off by the pixel density offered by the 2560 x 1080 resolution spread over a 35” area, whilst others see real potential in its generously curved 144Hz VA panel. The Acer Z35 represents an interesting alternative.

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BenQ BL2711U ‘4K’ UHD AHVA model

It has been known for some time that panel manufacturer AUO were producing 27” and 32” panels with a ‘4K’ UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160. The first monitor known to be using the 27” variant was the ASUS PB279Q. BenQ, who are the parent company of AUO, then released some details on the BL3201PT which uses the 32” panel.

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BenQ GC2870H wide gamut VA

A little while back we brought you news of the EZ2450L, a monitor which seemed to be shooting towards the affordable wide gamut solution space. That was actually first discussed by us in August 2014, so needless to say that monitor appears to be vapourware. For those keen on a wider colour space but not quite ‘wide gamut’ in the traditional sense, the BenQ GC2870H could be an intriguing solution.

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LG 34UM88 3440 x 1440 UltraWide model

With all this talk of new curved monitors and something of an emerging trend for even more steeply curved monitors, it’s easy to forget that some users would prefer a flat screen. This may just be a general preference, or alternatively they could have a good reason for wanting that – perhaps they’re designers and they don’t want their work to be adulterated by screen curvature.

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LG 27UD68 ‘4K’ UHD model with FreeSync

The LG 27UD68 (also referred to as the 27UD68-P or 27UD68-W for the black and silver coloured stand, respectively) adds to the ever-expanding range of monitors with VESA Adaptive-Sync. By supporting this standard, the monitor can be used with AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to help eliminate stuttering and tearing from transitional frame rate and refresh rate mismatches.

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Acer XR342CK highly curved 3440 x 1440 FreeSync monitor

The Acer XR341CK was the first monitor to combine a 34” 3440 x 1440 panel with support for AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. Its gentle curve is also enough to give a little subtle extra depth to the gaming and movie-watching experience whilst bringing the edges of the screen a bit closer to the eyes.

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