7 Must-See Gaming Monitors From CES 2020

Get in the game with some of the most promising panels we saw at the show this year.
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7 Must-See Gaming Monitors From CES 2020

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The world of gaming monitors has been changing rapidly over the last couple of years, as new display technologies allow manufacturers to make some of our favorite models bigger, brighter, and faster-responding than ever. But what do these new technologies look like in person, and will they really make us better gamers? We ran around every corner of the Las Vegas strip at CES this year to find out.

  • Acer Predator X38

    You don’t have to read my reviews of Acer’s lineup of ultrawide Predator gaming monitors to know how much I love these displays—I’ll take any opportunity to evangelize them as the current ultimate in gaming-screen glory. And while this year’s entry into the fray, the Predator X38, doesn’t do as much to move the genre forward as its predecessors did, it still improves on the formula in all the right ways.

    Right now, the largest Predator ultrawide you can find is our Editors’ Choice, the Predator X35, and the Predator X38 takes things up a couple of notches, increasing the available screen size from 34.5 inches to 37.5. This extra screen real estate, along with the boost to a 175Hz refresh rate (from the Predator X34p’s 120Hz) and a slight gain in resolution (up to 3,440 by 1,600 pixels, from 3,440 by 1,440), make it a must-have for any gamer who craves speed, beauty, and size all in one package.

  • Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX

    Want a monitor that games well, creates even better, and will almost definitely punish your wallet by the time it goes on sale? Look no further than the Asus ROG Swift PA32UCG. This mini-LED-based IPS gaming display will run a 4K signal at 144Hz, hit above 90 percent coverage in DCI-P3, and might actually burn your retinas with its astoundingly bright DisplayHDR 1400 rating. No pricing or availability information yet, but you can bet we’re looking forward to reviewing this spec monster once it hits the market.
  • XPG Photon

    At first, it seems there isn’t a whole lot special happening with the new XPG Photon. (That is, aside from the fact that ADATA’s XPG performance division is making monitors now?) But I’m including it here because a rep for the company assured me that the monitor, which has only USB-C ports, will be capable of displaying a 4K signal at 144Hz.

    I’ve done some research, and although it doesn’t seem that USB-C can do more than 4K 60Hz, perhaps there’s some kind of special sauce happening under the rear panel of the Photon that makes this possible. (Which brings us to a second aspect, the back, which has a nifty, embedded triangular RGB stripe, and a cloth covering; XPG is also tinkering with the idea of offering the Photon with an articulating arm.) Color us intrigued, and we’ll be interested to see how this panel develops when it comes to market.

  • Asus ROG Swift 360Hz

    Psssh, you only play your games at 240Hz? Part of what the company calls its “road to 1,000Hz”, this new 360Hz ROG-branded monitor was a big draw at the show for both Asus and Nvidia. And after I had the chance to try it out at Nvidia’s suite this year, I can’t wait to see what that road looks like in the coming years.

    The test, designed by Nvidia, was to see how many times I could hit an enemy bot jumping between two doors in Counter Strike: Global Offensive. And I have to say: The effect was clearly noticeable. Now, my eyes probably can’t tell the difference between 240Hz and 360Hz, but for young and upcoming esports professionals, that 120Hz gulf might mean the difference between first and 21st place in your next Fortnite Battle Royale tournament.

  • Lenovo Y25-25 Gaming Monitor

    240Hz at 1080p? Who hasn’t seen that a dozen times before already? Well, I bet you haven’t seen a 240Hz IPS monitor before, now, have you? The new Lenovo Y25-25 breaks the 240Hz mold, eschewing the VA- and TN-based models of yore, bringing more color, vibrancy, and accuracy to this specific monitor subclass like no other esports-focused monitor has before.

    The best part? On release, the $ 319 Y25-25 will actually be cheaper than any other 240Hz VA or TN panel out there. Not an easy feat, to say the least!

  • MSI Optix MAG342CQR

    Though MSI didn’t have a huge showing of ground-breaking monitor tech at this year’s show (though it did stick a mini-LED panel into a content-creation laptop!), it had an interesting entry in the form of the new Optix MAG342CQR, a 34-inch ultrawide monitor with a 1000R curvature. This is a much tighter curve than most other ultrawides in this size class (most top out at around 1800R), which means your experience is that much more immersive, as you’re literally enveloped in the action. Samsung also announced identical-curvature gaming panels, the G9 and G7.
  • LG’s BX and CX G-Sync TVs

    What makes a display a monitor, as opposed to a TV? I’m afraid to say: That line is blurrier than ever, thanks to LG’s new line of G-Sync-enabled 120Hz TVs.

    For almost a decade, TV manufacturers have been claiming their sets can run at 240Hz, but this isn’t actually true. What the TV is actually doing to achieve this is using a technique known as “interpolating,” which is a fancy way of saying motion smoothing, a technology that’s largely hated by filmmakers and viewers alike.

    LG’s new TVs are both G-Sync-enabled and run at a true 120Hz, and do both for a head-scratchingly reasonable price. All models that carry the 120Hz refresh rate will be based on OLED technology, and are prepped and ready for the coming generation of new consoles in 2020 that should be able to maintain 120fps in your favorite multiplayer titles.

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