The CES 2023 It is over and has left us with many curiosities. There are cars that change color and even one from Sony, glasses for watching 130-inch movies, wireless televisions, console controls, a video game streaming system for the car, the RTX 4000 for laptops, headphones for sleeping and, of course, monitors of course. Monitors of all kinds, gaming included.
Those of us who play on computers are used to seeing monitors with high refresh rates, the most common being 144 Hz. However, that figure was surpassed a long time ago (and in what way) and in this edition of CES there has been a clear trend to present monitors who they leave 144 Hz at the height of the bitumen. Not to mention the OLED panels at a high refresh rate, something that has also already begun to arrive.
Two cups of hertz and one of OLED, please.
First of all, a reminder: the refresh rate is expressed in hertz and, roughly, indicates the number of images per second that a monitor is capable of reproducing. The fact that a monitor has a refresh rate of 144 Hz indicates that it is capable of reproducing up to 144 images per second, more than double that of a conventional monitor. This translates into greater image fluidity, something that is valued, above all, in eSports.
That being said, the palm goes to the ROG Swift Pro PG248QPthe new ASUS monitor that reaches a refresh rate of 540hz. Its resolution, yes, remains in FullHD and the panel is TN, which already suggests that it is designed for games like ‘Valorant’, ‘Counter Strike’ and company.
In second place we have the Alienware AW2524H, Dell’s monitor with 500 Hz refresh rate (with overclock, the panel actually has 480 Hz). The difference is that this panel is IPS, which should translate to better color representation than the previous model. The resolution, however, is FullHD, which on a 24.5-inch monitor translates into a modest 90 pixels per inch.
These have been the fastest models, but the truth is that there are more interesting innovations and that, all told, have been slow to arrive: the OLED gaming monitors. Unlike IPS or TN panels, OLEDs can achieve better image quality and lower response times. Now, finally, we have been able to see them at CES 2023.
LG has been one of the brands that has opted for this technology with the UltraGear OLEDs, two 27-inch and 45-inch models with 1440p resolution, 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.03 millisecond response time. In the lineup are Acer’s two OLED monitors, the Predator X27U and X45, which share technology, size, resolution and refresh rate.
Another firm that has announced OLED gaming monitors is ASUS. Not only does he have a 540Hz monitor, but his ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM has a 27-inch OLED panel, 1,440p resolution and 240 Hz refresh rate. What’s more, because it has even an integrated ventilation system to avoid the burns typical of this technology. We’ll see how that technology works.
Corsair hasn’t been far behind either. Although we already know the device, the company has taken the opportunity to show the Xeneon Flex, its 45-inch OLED monitor whose screen can be flat or curved. Again, 1,440p resolution and 240 Hz refresh rate. Do you detect a certain pattern here?
Finally, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, Samsung’s latest ultrawide beast, deserves a special mention. This incorporates a 57-inch mini LED screen with a resolution of 7,680 x 2,160 pixels (32:9 format) and a 240 Hz refresh rate.