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The best PC monitors of CES 2020
CES 2020 is one of the biggest showcases for PC gaming hardware. That includes the latest in monitors, which are not only getting bigger but are also getting faster refresh rates. Here’s a look at the best PC monitors at CES 2020.
ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz monitor
Say you are a serious online PC gamer. You likely want to compete online with friends, or maybe you are even a pro esports competitor. If that’s the case, you know it’s important to get a smooth performance out of your PC when running games. For the past few years, it has become increasingly important for gamers to have as fast of a refresh rate as possible for their monitor.
At CES 2020 this week, ASUS officially announced a new PC gaming monitor, the ROG Swift 360Hz. As the name suggests, this monitor will offer up to 360Hz refresh rates. ASUS worked with NVIDIA to put this faster technology into this 24.5-inch Full HD monitor. Naturally, the ROG Swift 360Hz is compatible with NVIDIA’s GeForce graphics cards and its G-Sync tech.
Gamers who play online titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, and Fortnite can get frame rates up to 360 FPS if they have a powerful PC. The ASUS ROG Switf 360Hz monitor will allow those gamers to play with little to no graphic tearing or bumps. You will get a clearer image of the game, with lower latency, and that could be all the difference between winning or losing a match.
The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz is definitely one of the best PC monitors of CES 2020. It will go on sale sometime later this year but no price point has been revealed.
ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX
Here’s another great upcoming PC monitor from ASUS. The ROG Swift PG32UQX is a 32-inch 4K resolution monitor with 1400-nit peak brightness. It also has an 1152-zone Mini LED backlight, which allows games to show off bright highlights and darkest blacks for terrific contrast.
This monitor will also support NVIDIA’s G-Sync graphics technology. It includes up to a 144Hz refresh rate. It also supports HDR 1400 content and covers over 90% of the DCI-P3 color space.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX is coming later in 2020 but ASUS has not announced a specific release date or a price. However, we expect the final cost to be pretty expensive.
Acer Predator X32
The Acer Predator X32 monitor is a high-end gaming monitor at an equally high-end price. The 32-inch UHD 3,840 x 2,160 resolution monitor supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync graphics technology, has a 144Hz refresh rate, an 1152 zone local dimming mini LED panel. and a brightness up to 1440 nits.
This monitor covers 99% of the AdobeRGB and 89.5% of the Rec2020 color gamut, which means gamers who also make their own videos should enjoy the rich and fluid colors. The monitor also has three HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4, four USB 3.0 ports, and two 4W stereo speakers.
It’s due for release in April, but with a hefty $3,599 price tag.
Acer Predator CG552K monitor
If you want a really, really big PC gaming monitor, you won’t be able to do much better than the Predator CG552K. It’s a truly massive 55-inch 4K OLED display with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. This monitor is NVIDIA G-Sync compatible, with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
The monitor has up to 400 nits of brightness along with Delta E <1 color accuracy and 98.5% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. It has a light sensor that automatically detects the room’s light level and adjusts the monitor’s brightness accordingly. It has three HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort v1.4 ports, a USB Type C port, and two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. Finally, the monitor has two built-in 10W speakers.
This is certainly one of the best PC monitors of CES 2020. The Acer Predator CG552K will go on sale in North America in the third quarter of 2020, with a price of $2,999.
Viewsonic Elite XG550
The Viewsonic Elite XG550 is yet another monster 55-inch OLED display, and one of the best PC monitors of CES 2020. It will have a 4K Ultra HD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 and a 120Hz refresh rate. It is also supposed to have a 0.5 ms GtG response time and a 99% DCI-P3 color gamut. Unfortunately, we don’t know yet if this monitor will support NVIDIA G-Sync or AMD Radeon Freesync GPU tech.
The Elite XG550 is due for release in the fourth quarter of 2020. The price has yet to be revealed but we suspect it will be extremely high.
Lenovo ThinkVision Creator Extreme
For PC users who want to get some work done, the Lenovo ThinkVision Creator Extreme is perfect. This is a 27-inch 4K HDR monitor with a 1,152-zone full-area local dimming mini-LED array. The monitor has a 1,000 nit peak brightness level and offers highly accurate color levels for the professional content maker, with 100% of the sRGB and 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
The monitor includes a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, and one USB Type-C port with 90 W Power Delivery. One interesting addition is the monitor’s stand, which includes a groove designed for you to place your smartphone so you can save some desk space.
The Lenovo ThinkVision Creator Extreme is due in April for $2,499.
Lenovo Legion Y25-25 Gaming Monitor
Lenovo’s Legion hardcore PC gaming brand also offers monitors, but at more affordable prices. That’s the case with the Lenovo Legion T25-25. The monitor is due out in June and will be priced at $319.99, which should make it attractive for gamers who want solid monitors on a budget.
The Legion T25-25 monitor has a 24.5-inch IPS panel, but what really makes it stand out is its high 240Hz refresh rate and its 1sm response time. Combined with its support of AMD’s Radeon Freesync GPU tech, meaning it should offer gamers smooth and crisp gaming even at high frame rates. It also has support for up to 400 nits brightness and a 99% sRGB color gamut. Finally, there’s four USB ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a DisplayPort 1.2.
MSI Creator PS321UR and PS321QR monitors
MSI announced two 32-inch PC monitors at CES. Both monitors have color-accurate IPS panels with 100% sRGB, 99% Adobe RGB, and 95% DCI-P3 coverage. That said, each monitor is made for a different audience.
The PS321UR supports up to 4K resolution, making it better for content creators who want to have more real estate for projects. Meanwhile, the PS321QR’ has a higher 165 Hz refresh rate — perfect for hardcore gamers who are looking for better performance and visual clarity. There’s no word yet on pricing or a release date for these monitors.
MSI Optix MAG161
If you want to take your PC gaming desktop to a LAN party, but don’t want to lug your huge monitor as well, MSI has the solution. The Optix MAG161 monitor has a 15.6-inch Full HD panel but it has a fast 240Hz refresh rate. The IPS panel includes AMD Radeon FreeSync support, along with HDMI and USB Type-C ports.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a release date or price for the Optix MAG161 monitor. Hopefully, we will get more info on this cool gaming display soon.
Those are our picks for the best PC monitors of CES 2020. Which of these is your favorite?