When buying a display nowadays, you have many options. Besides the physical size of the screen, you must decide on resolution. While 1080p was once considered a remarkable spec, it is now looked at as old-tech. Now, 4K monitors are all the rage, and for good reason - they are gorgeous and with every passing day, more affordable.
The problem is, which manufacturer's monitor do you pick? It's a hard question to answer, as they are all rather similar. However, an unlikely manufacturer has created a unique model that makes it stand out from the rest. Acer has announced the XB280HK, which is the first-ever 4K monitor to take advantage of NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology.
"Part of the new XB0 line of large gaming monitors, the Acer XB280HK is intended to be paired with enthusiast PCs for immersive, ultra high-end gaming. It features a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with 4k2k Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) that's four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD, and presents stunning high quality images for outstanding visual enjoyment", says Acer.
The manufacturer further says, "with a GeForce GTX-powered PC, NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology synchronizes the display's refresh rates to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag to deliver smoother, faster, more breathtaking gaming experiences. Scenes appear instantly, objects look sharper and more vibrant, and gameplay is more fluid and responsive providing gamers with significant performance advantages".
The company touts the following features:
- Flicker-less technology - stable power supply eliminates screen flicker particularly beneficial for heavy users by helping to reduce eye strain.
- Low dimming technology - adjust to as low as 15 per cent brightness in low light environments to make it easy on the eyes. Standard monitor settings start at 30 per cent brightness level.
- ComfyView technology - the non-glare panel reduces reflection from light source.
For connectivity, the monitor uses the DisplayPort standard. Most NVIDIA graphics cards that can push 4K should have this as an option. What is particularly cool though, is that a 4-port USB 3.0 hub is built into it, which is great for keyboards, mice and flash drives.
If you are in the market for a new 4K monitor, you might as well aim to get G-SYNC technology, even if you aren't a gamer -depending on the price of course. Unfortunately, pricing is not yet available and the markets will be limited to Pan America, EMEA, Japan, and Taiwan in Q2 2014.