Top positive review
for regular level PS4 / XBOX ONE CONSOLE GAMERS ... A HIDDEN GEM
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2020
this review is TOTALLY WITH CONSOLE GAMERS IN MIND ( PS4/XBOX ONE ).
also ok with PS5 .... (at least until 4 k hdmi 2.1 monitors 120hz drop below £1000 )
THIS IS A GREAT CONSOLE GAMING MONITOR ...28 INCH FLAT SCREEN ..137+ PPI ...4K
DELIVERING GENUINE 60 HZ /60FPS POTENTIAL ( GAME DEPENDANT ).
VIA ITS HDMI 2.0. TO ITS MINIMALISTIC ..SLIM BEZEL ... IPS SCREEN ...
GREAT FOR CONSOLE USERS / 6MS QUOTED OVER HDMI ...no issues I can detect .
GORGEOUS STOP AND LOOK AT THE SCENERY COLOURS especially suited to RPG GAMERS
IT HAS A VESA 100 MM MOUNTING OPTION... FAB AT THIS PRICE...
( THE INCLUDED STAND IS BASIC.. WITH NO REAL ADJUSTMENT OPTION....
SO VESA STAND OWNERS CAN JUST SWAP IT OUT )
SERIOUSLY.... I LOVE THIS MONITOR
... ITS THE BEST BANG FOR BUCK IVE FOUND IN A 7 MONITOR SEARCH !!!
(INCLUDING BIGGER NAMES AT UP TO 3 TIMES COST )
FOR ANYONE WITH FURTHER INTEREST.......
Most MODERN monitors provide AT LEAST a display port and a hdmi port
The GREAT specifications headlined on most monitors adverts
ONLY APPLY TO USING THE DIPSAY PORT CONNECTION TO THE PC / COMPUTER.
(THE performance being attained via specific high end grafix cards in gaming machines )
CONSOLES CANT ACCESS THOSE display port FEATURES.( they don't have the display port interface )
CONSOLE CONNECT VIA HDMI port..... which will literally DELIVER sometimes
less than HALF the ADVERTISED performance.
The ps4 pro /xbox one console both have an hdmi 2.0 out
... which in theory can deliver up to 60fps at A 60 hz match to the monitor at a maximum resolution of 4k.
Current generation console games are all written as NATIVE 1080p resolution
so play well on 1080p resolution screens ... but very happily SCALE UP TO 4K
( via the monitors mathematical algorithms)
because the full specs of a 4k screen are 3840 x 2160 pixels
... 1080 x 2 = 2160 pixels
so 2 physical pixels are used for every one written in the games native 1080p code ...
and it takes relatively low processing power to make 2 whole pixels active
( 2 for 2160 ie 4k ) ( 1 for 1080 ) in any give nano second !!
WITHOUT DOUBT ....Native 1080 p visuals look best ON up to 24 inch screen size monitors
and provide the defacto obligatory standard of 91 pixels per inch resolution.
(ANY SCREEN SIZE / RESOLUTION EQUATION MUST EQUAL AT LEAST 91 PIXELS PER INCH TO LOOK GREAT )
but 1080p looks VERY POOR at 32 inch as the ppi drops to 68 ppi .. grainy.
( which is why you you don't see 32 inch 1080 screens...... and only a few 27 inch 1080's)
Now ... seated at a desk a 24 inch monitor GIVES 91 PPI ,, at fastest speeds
( its why this combination of screen size and resolution is the PRO GAMER choice )
A 27 INCH monitor at 1080 resolution will give less ppi... about 81 ,,, and Ive seen 2 panels that give a very good experience ( in my non technical opinion ) at this resolution.... see my other review for these models ... )if you need more than a 24 inch screen at your desktop.
so if thats your set up... at a desk ... those are your first 2 benchmarks...to chose from .
Then follows the need for information on HOW FAST the screen can draw that gorgeous
native 1080 visual VIA HDMI !!!
So now you need to know .....IF .....your MONITOR is providing HDMI 2.0 HOOK UP
......TO YOUR CONSOLES HDMI 2.0 OUTPUT
..... if both are HDMI 2.0 ... you get the possibility of 60 fps at 60 hz MAXIMUM.
EVEN IF THE MONITOR specifications STATE 120 HZ OR 240 HZ.
sadly ... via the humble hdmi...interface YOU WILL GET 60 HZ MAX..... regardless.
BUT .... a true 60 hz max at 60 fps on a console is FABULOUS.... ignore all the pc supremacists
... it is a great set up to get that match !!
TROUBLE IS .... THAT MOST MANUFACTURERS HIDE THE FACT THAT ON MANY MONITORS
THEY ONLY SUPPLY. HDMI 1.4 CONNECTORS ........
so your lovely hdmi 2.0 60fps / 60 hz output from your console GETS THROTTLED DOWN....
TO 30 HZ OR 30 FPS.... OR LOWER !!!!
SO YOU NEED TO DRILL DOWN AND FIND THOSE HIDDEN HDMI SPECIFICATIONS..
HDMI 1.4 IS A DIFFERENT THING TO HDMI2.0......AND YOU WOULD BE SHOCKED TO FIND SOME TOP END 600£ MONITORS WITH FANTASTIC SPECS VIA DISPLAY PORT TO PC USERS ....
FITTING THE lowly hdmi 1.4 ...delivering less than 30hz/30fps MAX to console users !!!!!!!
( in fairness they are really in the pc market.....the hdmi is an add on.... but its still shocking to me )
EVEN IF FREESYNC IS ADVERTISED VIA DISPLAY PORT... it may not apply to hdmi2.0
and most likely will not be there for hdmi 1.4
I know this because ive just been through the long and winding process of trying to find honest specs on monitors online........ its not always available... and sometimes you just have to try the monitor and see for your self which options your console can see/use and which get greyed out...
..( in my defence I always ordered an AMAZON opened warehouse return..if available ...... knowing that on monitors ... the chance of a simple mis-match is high... often the monitor is perfect.. at a discount... )
I wanted a bigger monitor than 27 inch so started looking...
AT 32 INCH SCREEN SIZE.... WE ARE ON THE SEARCH FOR A RESOLUTION THAT CAN DELIVER AT LEAST 91 PPI
WE KNOW 1080P CANT.. SO WHATS NEXT ?
1440p RESOLUTION monitors deliver 91 ppi at 32 inches.... GREAT !! ( thought !! )
But in actual fact any 1440 p monitor ..using hdmi to a console .. ( CERTAINLY TO A SONY PS4 PRO )
MEANS THE CONSOLE REJECTS THAT RESOLUTION.!!!!
in the ps4 display options screens on a 1440p monitor the only available option is 1080 p !!!
all other resolution option tick boxes for choice get greyed out...
Sony ps4 can do 1080p or its direct multiple. 2x 2160..aka 4k ) it won't touch 1440 p which would necessitate the use of algorithms to deliver 1.5 pixels on screen per 1 written in 1080p game code.
and as we know 1080p on a 32 inch monitor is delivering 68 ppi ...horrid...grainy .
so if you want a BIGGER MONITOR ( 28 -32 INCH ) you have to jump up to 4k.
... ie ...... two times ( dr disrespect ) and move up to ITS LUXURIOUS 137 ppi
SO WHATS THE CATCH ???
the console / monitor is now moving massive amounts of data around per nano sec.. to deliver all that detail at that size....... and those better panels are not cheap..... 4k at 60hz at 32 inches has to be delivered by hdmi 2.0
go and look for yourself how many can supply that for under £1000. get the spec sheets out.... you'll be gobsmacked at hOw many manufacturers sell their monitors without advertising WHICH HDMI port they supply. cost is no guide !!!!!!
I couldn't find one. ( that 4k 32 inch hdmi 2.0 tends to be coupled with moving up to 10 bit panels.. and throw the price way above £1000 late 2020)
but I did find this gorgeous Lenovo 28 inch 4 k genuine 60hz over hdmi 2.0 at under £300
a hidden gem.................( it even has 8 bit panel with FRC .. so emulates a 10 bit panel here ...
YES I know its 2 inches short of my dream... but I also found that many so called 32 in curved panels are closer to 31.5 ,, and with the curve ..actually seem a bit smaller than that .... comparable to this 28 inch flat screen.)
so Im sticking here ,,,, until THE PS5 LANDS WITH ITS HDMI 2.1 OUT PUT.... PROMISING 120 HZ AT 4 K ....
.. budget monitors with hdmi 2.1 will be many many months away ... but at least with the Lenovo Ill get 60 fps / 60 hz :)
ps regarding xbox one x
( there may be specific game patch exceptions to this ( Witcher 3 ) where 120 hz may be available if the monitor can match that... but good luck with finding a monitor that can supply that over hdmi 2,0 !!!!!! )