Acer’s New 28-inch Nitro Monitor Was Made for Next-Gen Consoles

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Right now, pickings are kind of slim for anyone looking for an HDMI 2.1 monitor to pair with a new PS5 or Xbox Series console, but that’s about to change thanks in part to Acer’s newest 28-inch Nitro monitor.

Featuring a 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response, the $900 Nitro XV282K KV combines support for VRR or variable refresh rates when connected to one of the new next-gen consoles. Alternatively, for PC gamers, the Nitro XV282K KV also comes with AMD FreeSync Premium, while the monitor’s new TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe certification has been added to help reduce harmful blue light.

With coverage for 90% of the DCI-PR color gamut and a 100 million to 1 contrast ratio, the Nitro XV282K KV should produce rich colors and good contrast. While they aren’t super powerful, the Nitro XV282K KV even comes with built-in dual 2-watt stereo speakers, so next-gen console owners won’t be restricted solely to headphones for audio.

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And, of course, the Nitro XV282K KV comes with an HDMI 2.1 port, which is required for unlocking the ability for the PS5 and Xbox Series X to output 4K/120 fps gameplay to a connected display. So even though the Nitro XV282K KV is a bit pricey at $900, for people hoping to get the best performance from their next-gen console, Acer’s latest Nitro monitor is looking like a strong contender.

Aside from the new Nitro XV282K KV, Acer also has two other new monitors for the general PC crowd in the new 31.5-inch Predator XB323QK NV and the 27-inch Predator XB273U NX.

The larger Predator XB323QK NV starts at $1,200 and comes with a 3840 x 2160 4K resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate, a 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, and VESA HDR400 certification. And while it doesn’t have AMD FreeSync support, Acer says the Predator XB323QK NV is Nvidia G-Sync compatible.

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Meanwhile, the smaller 27-inch Predator XB273U NX starts at $1,100 and is aimed toward competitive gamers with a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, 0.5ms response time, and 240Hz refresh rate than can be overclocked to 275Hz. Like its larger sibling, the XB273U NX also features an IPS panel with VESA HDR400 certification, with the small 27-inch monitor getting a bonus discrete Nvidia G-Sync module that supports Nvidia’s new Reflex Latency Analyzer system, which attempts to calculate how long it takes your PC and peripherals to detect inputs in order to help increase responsiveness.

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In North America, all three monitors are expected to go on sale sometime in May, with the Nitro XV282K KV starting at $900, and the 27-inch Predator XB273U NX and 31.5-inch Predator XB323QK NV going for $1,100 and $1,200, respectively.

And if you want to see more new gadgets and devices from CES 2021, click here to read our complete coverage.

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Dell’s New Curved 40-inch Ultra-Wide Monitor Might be the Perfect Home Office Display

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To kick off 2021, Dell just announced what it claims is the world’s first 40-inch curved 5K2K display, and judging by its specs, it might be the ideal high-end display for working from home (maybe make your office pay for it though).

Starting at $2,100, the new Dell UltraSharp U4021QW ain’t cheap, but when compared to more expensive monitor’s like $5,000 Apple’s Pro Display XDR, Dell’s 40-inch curved display seems to offer a great balance between size, resolution, and features.

With a resolution of 5,120 x 2160, the U4021QW’s 21:9 aspect ratio leaves plenty of room for side-by-side multitasking, while its 2500R curve helps ensure anything on screen is easily within view without excess distortion. And with a color gamut that covers 100% of the sRGB spectrum and 98% of DCI-P3 spectrum, while it might not be quite as colorful as an Apple Pro Display XDR, it’s not that far off.

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That said, with a rated typical brightness of just 300 nits, the U4021QW’s brightness is just OK. That level of brightness shouldn’t be a big issue for anyone doing general productivity work, but it is less than ideal for any digital artists or people looking for HDR support.

However, what the U4021QW lacks in luminance, it makes up for in connectivity and features with the monitor including support for Thunderbolt 3 docking (up to 10Gbps of data and 90 watts of power), the ability to connect the display to multiple PCs thanks to a built-in KVM feature, and handy bonuses like an onboard Ethernet jack and dual 9-watt speakers. And to make sure your work (or play) doesn’t impact your sleeping habits, the U4021QW also comes with ComfortView Plus to help prevent blue light from disturbing your circadian rhythms.

Port selection on the U4021QW is also quite good with Dell including a huge array of options including one DisplayPort 1.4 port, two HDMI 2.0 ports, one USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3, one USB Type-B upstream port, one USB 3.2 Type-C port, four USB 3.2 Type-A ports that support 15-watt charging, another USB 3.2 Type-A port, a headphone jack, and the aforementioned RJ45 jack. And as you’d expect from a monitor like this, the U4021QW is height adjustable and can be tilted and swiveled, just not all the way into full portrait mode.

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Elsewhere, for those looking for a more portable work from home option, Dell has also announced its revamped line of commercial Latitude 9000-series laptops, whose most notable new feature is a “SafeShutter” webcam with a shutter that automatically opens and closes when it detects you are using a video conferencing app. The idea is that by automatically blocking the webcam when you’re not on a video call, you don’t have to worry about constantly opening and closing the manual shutters found on some other laptops. And to make sure your audio only gets sent out when you want it, the new Latitude 9000 laptops also have “secure” mic and mute keys.

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The Latitude 9000 laptops are available in two sizes, the 14-inch Latitude 9420 and the larger 15-inch Latitude 9520, which will come in both standard clamshell and 2-in-1 configurations.

The new UltraSharp U4021QW monitor is slated to go on sale on Jan, 28 for $2,100, while the new Latitude 9000 laptops becoming available sometime later this spring starting at $1,950 for the smaller Latitude 9420.

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The Best Monitors for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, According to Our Readers

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Over the past few weeks, we asked our readers what the next monitors were for next-generation consoles. We wanted to know what people were using to play their Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles, so they could better take advantage of each system’s 4K ready capabilities and 120Hz refresh rate support. What we quickly found was that our readers were just as curious as we were. It’s clear why when you start to look deeper into options. Grabbing a monitor that truly can take advantage of next-gen power isn’t exactly easy or cheap. There’s a level of compromise involved as companies roll out screens that are more console-ready.

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Our readers were eager to tell us what they ideally wanted in a monitor. It just became a question of “Does that really exist right now?” To better answer your questions, we brought in some experts to help guide you along. When I spoke to Gizmodo’s Sam Rutherford, it was clear good solutions exist, but a little extra research is needed to ensure a monitor can really do what you want it to. The big thing to keep in mind? HDMI 2.1.

“HDMI 2.1 is just the latest iteration of the HDMI standard. The connector is physically the same, but the new spec supports data streams up to 40 or 48 gigabits per second, which is what you’d need to push 4k/120fps.”

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The running theme in our conversation was that there’s a certain amount of features you need to push consoles to their limits, but there’s a ceiling too. There’s no real reason to grab anything that goes beyond 4K or 120Hz unless you’re still planning on using that monitor for your high-end PC. With all that in mind, we found some strong contenders between your comments, expert recommendations, and our own research based on what you wanted. Here’s what we came up with.

BenQ EW3270U | $630

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“Unfortunately, no monitor can really live up to the features offered by current consoles, since HDR is in such a sorry state and HDMI 2.1 isn’t common yet—and sadly, the PS5 doesn’t even support 1440p, which disqualifies most monitors I’ve tested in the past few years. Hopefully monitors will improve in these areas, but if I were to recommend an affordable display for desk-based PS5 gaming today, it’d probably be the BenQ EW3270U. With its VA panel, it won’t have quite the color accuracy or motion handling of its IPS competitors, but it’ll have deeper black levels, which is ideal if you game in a dark room (like I do). Its wide color gamut also helps eke a bit of HDR goodness from your games, even if it doesn’t have the brightness or local dimming to take true advantage.” – Whitson Gordon

LG 27UK650-W | $450

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“The PS5 can support [120fps] but no modern games coming out for it are going to. They are going to be too busy pushing “true 4K” resolution and [ray tracing] effects. I’d say you are completely fine with a good display that can handle [60fps]. It’s a shame it doesn’t support [the 1440p] resolution because we PC gamers have long figured out that the cost to benefit ratio of 4K isn’t always worth it.” – Nilus

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Based on that comment, the 27″ LG 27UK650-W is a suitable option. It caps out at 60Hz, but if picture quality is more your priority, it’s a sound choice for 4K gaming on either console.

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Samsung UJ59 | $390

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A cost-effective 4K/60Hz alternative, Samsung’s 32″ UJ59 monitor features AMD FreeSync, which provides smoother gameplay with less screen tear. While it doesn’t capitalize on frame rate capabilities, it’s something of a bargain considering its size.

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“I prefer 1440p/120Hz/HDR, but of course, most people are playing consoles on 1080p/60[Hz] or 4K/60[Hz]/SDR TVs.” – Orangecar Blackheart

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On the other side of the aisle, many readers said they would rather prioritize refresh rate over resolution. In that case, the Asus ROG Swift is a solid all-around option that accomplishes exactly what the reader above looks for in a gaming monitor. It has a 165Hz refresh rate, which makes it a versatile pick if you still want to use your monitor for PC gaming as well.

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Those who aren’t as concerned with price and just want to max out their consoles at all costs should check out the Acer Predator x27. When it comes to new consoles, it can really do it all with its 4K display and 144Hz refresh rate. It also has built-in speakers, so you won’t need to use a headset while playing, which is also something to consider when thinking about monitor choices. Those features don’t come cheap, but the x27 is top of the line for anyone who doesn’t want to wait as companies slowly roll out next-gen ready models.

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What’s the Best Monitor for PlayStation 5?

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Recently, we asked for your thoughts on the best monitor for an Xbox Series X is. We’ll be compiling your responses in a post soon, but first we need to ask you about the other side of the next-gen equation. While the Series X appears to be the powerhouse for graphics this generation, the PlayStation 5 is no slouch either. Sure, its main innovation comes in the form of the new DualSense controller, which features haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, but it’s still capable of putting out some seriously impressive images. So once again, we’re here to get your take on what monitor is best for the system.

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Here’s what you need to consider when it comes to the PlayStation 5’s output potential. Like the Series X, Sony’s new console supports 4K gaming, so you’ll likely want something that can take advantage of all that ray tracing technology. It can run games at 120 frames per second (fps) and thereby supports 120Hz output. The system is also compatible with 8K displays, thanks to its use of HDMI 2.1, but that’s not exactly something realistic to strive for at this stage in the console’s early days unless you really have the money to burn. As always, the balance here is between resolution and refresh rate. An 8K image will be very pretty, but it likely won’t be able to hit that 1280fps sweet spot anytime soon. A good 4K monitor, on the other hand, is.

There’s really two ways to go about picking a monitor that suits all of this. On one hand, you could buy something cheap and wait for prices on beefier monitors to come down in the next few years. On the other, you could go the future-proof route and grab a premium monitor you likely won’t need to update during the console’s lifespan. Have you already made that choice? We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think the best monitor for the PlayStation 5 is and we’ll collect the answers alongside your Xbox Series X picks.

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Now that you have a question to chew on, here are some rules for first time Co-op responders:

1) Your nomination should contain the name of a specific monitor, why you think it’s the best, a link where it can be purchased, and an image.

2) You can nominate multiple products, but please put each one in a separate comment.

3) Vote by starring someone else’s nomination.


What’s the Best Monitor for Xbox Series X?

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The Xbox Series X is a rectangular monster when it comes to technical specs. Microsoft’s new console supports 4K and has the ability to output at 120Hz. That’s all exciting for the technical gamer who wants PC levels of power in a home console. There’s just one catch: it’s hard to find a display option that can take advantage of all that power at launch. For those looking to play on a monitor instead of a TV, the Series X gives potential buyers a lot to consider before making a purchase.

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Buying the right monitor that can take full advantage of the Series X is a tricky balancing act. The higher your resolution, the lower your refresh rate tends to be. That means that it can be difficult to find something that outputs at 120Hz while still playing in 4K. That may be less of a problem down the line, but early adopters may have to sacrifice one to buff the other without breaking the bank or selling their soul to some demonic entity.

So we want to know, what’s the best monitor for an Xbox Series X? Some can display games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in full, bloody detail with true 4K resolution, while others will raise the framerate bar, making something like Dirt 5 into an eye-popping experience. Is there anything out there that can do both justice and actually display Series X games as intended without making players wait three years for technology to catch up?

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There’s a lot to consider here, so here are some rules for first-time Co-op responders:

1) Your nomination should contain the name of a specific monitor, why you think it’s the best, a link where it can be purchased, and an image.

2) You can nominate multiple products, but please put each one in a separate comment.

3) Vote by starring someone else’s nomination.