( 4.6 Average / 8 Ratings )
I came from a Macbook Pro 15 Retina display so I had a good benchmark.
Initial impressions were a lack of "pop" of colours that you get with an IPS, and that colours changes when the vertical viewing angle changed a lot. The horizontal angles were fine though - GF and I watch movies on it perfectly from different horizontal angles.
It is way too bright out of the box and needs a good calibration using some websites to check. I still found it wasn’t as “colour correct” as my old retina, but the size and the smoothness makes up for it – and you have to be really concentrating to notice the difference with anything moving.
With gaming – what this is meant for, it’s great, the resolution is crisp, and the smoothness is great.
I would say the difference between 60hz to 144hz is noticeable only if you’re looking for it. But the FreeSync function does work very well to reduce tearing. I think I’ve only seen 4 instance of a quick judder in about 20 hours of gaming – and that’s probably because I’ve left Vsync off too.
I would also say that (and I know this is all personal preference) that the difference of going from 60hz to 144hz is not as big of a difference as going from a cheap TN panel to a QUALITY IPS panel. I think the colour pop of an good IPS gives a bigger WOW effect than the extra hz. Keep in mind though, that this TN panel is not a cheap TN panel and is very good in its own right, so if you have a good TN panel like this, then the upgrade to IPS may seem not that big. However, if you have a monitor that is old and rubbish, than a good quality IPS panel (and not a cheap one to tick the box of having that tech) will give you more of a wow when you use it.
Note that there is no height adjustment, and that’s really needed if you have a TN panel as the vertical viewing angle makes a significant difference on the colours. I would say for most around 510-6ft you’re in luck as its perfect height if on a normal desk and chair height at elbow height. But anyone else would possibly require some stacking underneath its x shaped base or tilting (it only pivots up or down).
Also the colour isn’t as MAD as the photos make out/paint is nowhere near as vibrant. It’s such a big panel and the edge is so thin that you don’t notice the orange/red, especially when there is an image on the screen.
I run Star Wars Battlefront (most graphically awesome game atm) on auto settings – this put the game at 1440 on ultra and it looks amazing. Really much better than the YouTube videos I’ve seen of the game at 4k – but likely due to compression and fps of the video that YT impose.
Overall I would definitely recommend this monitor but only if getting for under £350 – it is great value. GSYNC equivalents are much more expensive and although this is a TN panel, it is a very good one. I would however say if you’re spending more than £370 on this then get an IPS unless you’re some kind of superhuman pro gamer who 3ms response time will make a difference (not the case for 99% of people playing games which have their own input lag like BF4).
I love this monitor, I almost said next year I'll upgrade from 1080p 60hz, but with this monitors competitive price, I took a shot on it. I am not disappointed. Its, beautiful and clear, 1440p looks like two monitors at 27in. 144hz works, free sync works, games are CHUGGING away.
Would buy again.
I took off one star for three reasons: 1) it's a bit too bright at night in a dark room, even with the brightness turned all the way down; 2) I had to do some calibration to get it looking right; and 3) the back panel is very staticky and attracts a lot of dust and cat hair.
Great Monitor! Super Small Bezzel!
Not sure if it's my monitor or GPU but I get this halo effect sometimes in games. The 144Hz is a nice improvement from my last ones. Cheaper and I would have purchased 2. Watch out for static when you unpack it. No dead pixels. Vibrant colors. Perfect for FPS gaming.
Freesync 144hz 1440p. A pretty noticeable difference coming from a standard 1440p 60hz monitor. Most of the f2p type games I play I can easily get 144fps at 1440p.
Got it for $400 (woohoo Microcenter) and I'm very satisfied with it - much more than I was with the VG248 initially. The colors look perfectly reproduced out of the box, which I'm extremely happy with for a low-end TN panel, and the inbuilt speakers are surprisingly high quality - in fact, if you're not insanely discerning on audio quality I'd say they'd even be fine to use as your primary audio device.
A slew of inputs are offered, including HDMI2, DP and DVI-D DL. Cables for all of these are in the box.
There is no VESA pattern. The X-shaped stand is cool looking but less stable than, say, just a normal circle or square. I wouldn't nudge or bump your desk too hard with this monitor.
It's a great display if you get it on sale when it's $360. The viewing angles are not the best, but for a 1440p 144Hz 1ms monitor you really can't beat that sales price. The hideous burnt orange accents might be fine for some people, but I can't stand it. Will be painting it very soon. Probably going to get another one when it goes back on sale just to keep things the same.