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Samsung 27-inch Curved Gaming Monitor review: All you could ever want

A great gaming display thanks to high refresh rate and curved built.

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A lot of people find something nice about a curved display. I personally think that this kind of display gives you an illusion of depth to anything you put on it. Whether it’s playing a game or watching a video in full-screen mode, it gives you that sense of immersion. Of course, part of it also comes with bright and accurate coloring.

This is what I feel the Samsung 27-inch WQHD Curved Gaming Monitor offers, on paper. It’s a widescreen, curved display mostly suited for competitive gamers thanks to its high refresh rate. With multiple features suited for the competitive player, it’s the ideal monitor for people looking to build their first gaming setup.

But if you’re just looking for a great monitor for your home/office space, or if you’re just a casual gamer, should you even consider this? 

For starters, there’s the high refresh rate and it’s curved

The Samsung 27-inch Curved Gaming Monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate, a staple for most. Obviously with such a high refresh rate, you get some kind of increase in gaming performance. With this monitor, my experience was just along what you’d expect.

Every time I played a game on it, the whole experience just felt smooth. I’m not the most competitive gamer in the whole world, as long as I get to run the game. However, to me it still hits differently when you see the game run smoothly as you trudge along the battles.

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As the name suggests, it’s also a curved display — and I felt this is the ideal way to construct a gaming monitor. Now, for most games I’ve played, having a curved display has its perks. With such a large amount of screen space that just curves along, I roughly get to see the whole game’s environment. In essence, you feel some semblance of immersion every time you play Fortnite or Call of Duty Warzone.

Port selection is pretty great for the most part

Along with the high refresh rate, the Samsung 27-inch Curved Gaming Monitor also has a nice selection of ports. It comes with two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort 1.2, all of which you can switch to on the fly. I feel like this is more of a standard across most gaming monitors, but Samsung does things differently with their ports.

From L to R: HDMI 1, HDMI 2, DisplayPort 1,2m Audio, Power

Apparently, only one HDMI port actually grants you the 144Hz refresh rate. Out of the two HDMI ports that come with the device, only the HDMI 2 port gives you the high refresh rate. I’m not entirely sure why Samsung decided to do this. I’ve heard that some of their other products also place the high refresh rate option on a specific port.

Furthermore, I would have loved for them to include a DisplayPort cable along with the HDMI cable. Given that most GPUs come with a DisplayPort anyway, I think this would have been a nice move. Also, the DisplayPort supports the 144Hz refresh rate so I felt this was a missed opportunity on their part.

Speaking of missed opportunities

Another missed opportunity for this monitor was giving it FreeSync or G-Sync support. I know that other similar models of the Samsung 27-inch Curved Gaming Monitor come with FreeSync support. However, the model I have didn’t — the DisplayPort doesn’t support it, and it honestly would have made the display perform better.

With FreeSync, you’re able to play your games at a stunning rate without losing much detail. In essence, it allows you to react faster — especially for most FPS games like Valorant and CS:GO. Obviously, FreeSync also raises some risks especially when you’re playing for longer hours. However, it would have provided this monitor with better performance if it supported it.

As a casual gamer, I honestly didn’t mind that FreeSync wasn’t supported mostly because I was still happily playing at 144Hz anyway. However, there were instances when I felt the game lag behind a bit. It would have been nice if the amount of lag I experienced was reduced, and FreeSync would’ve been a great thing to have.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

For PhP 27,199 (US$ 562), the Samsung 27-inch Curved Gaming Monitor is a pretty decent curved gaming display. It’s biggest selling point is in its high 144Hz refresh rate, which fits both competitive and casual gamers alike. Also, it being a curved display allows for greater immersion during gameplay.

Of course, this does have some missing technologies that would have made it better. I felt that this monitor had some missed opportunities that would have improved its performance in the long run. But, as a casual gamer, it honestly doesn’t matter to me as much as it would to others.

Overall, this gaming monitor serves its ideal purpose for those who need it. If you’re more casual than competitive, this is honestly all you could ever want.

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Honor offers special Halloween deals for its devices

Freebies, coupons, and more are up for grabs

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The Halloween season may not be exactly the time for gadget deals, but Honor is changing that. From October 20 to 31, European buyers can get massive discounts and vouchers on purchases of select Honor devices.

It is worth noting that Honor’s deals vary between European countries.  Participating countries include the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Depending on the country, buyers may get up to 60% off or snag a handy 200 EUR coupon upon purchase.

 United Kingdom

  • MagicBook 14 / MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — free Honor Router 3 and 70 GBP coupon
  • Watch GS Pro, Watch ES — free Honor Bluetooth earbuds

France

  • MagicBook 14 / MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon for the MagicBook 14, 50 EUR coupon for the MagicBook 15
  • Watch GS Pro — 30 EUR discount
  • Watch ES — free Honor Mini speaker

Germany

  • MagicBook 14 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3 (promo code: A100EUROVOUCHER)
  • MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 50 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3 (promo code: A50EUROVOUCHER)
  • Watch GS Pro — 50 EUR discount
  • Watch ES — 10 EUR coupon

Italy

  • MagicBook 14 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon and free Honor Bluetooth Mouse
  • MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 50 EUR coupon and free Honor Bluetooth Mouse
  • Watch GS Pro — 50 EUR discount
  • Watch ES — 10 EUR coupon

Spain

  • MagicBook 14 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3 (promo code: AMB147NM100)
  • MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 50 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3
  • Watch GS Pro — 50 EUR discount
  • Watch ES — free Honor Sport Bluetooth Earphones

More exclusive perks from Honor

Subscribing to Honor’s website also gives buyers the chance to win exclusive prizes and perks depending on the country. Prizes include:

  • Watch ES — UK
  • Watch GS Pro — France
  • 9X Pro — Spain
  • 10 EUR — Germany
  • 110 EUR — Italy

The “100 Hours of Survival” role-playing game is also available to play this October 26. Honor UK will choose the winners on a regular basis, entitling them to a voucher which they can purchase to an Honor Watch GS Pro or a Watch ES.

Winners of Honor TALENTS Global Design Awards will also have their watch faces featured on the Watch ES watch face store. Plus, smartwatch users can also get up to five Halloween-themed watch faces for free.

For more information about Honor Halloween deals, visit their global website or follow them on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter page.

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Acer has 6 new Predator and Nitro gaming monitors

Which one to pick???

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Just like Michael Jordan’s six trips to the NBA Finals, Acer is giving us SIX Predator and Nitro gaming monitor options that are all winners.

We’re just going to run this down real quick.

Predator XB3 Series for Pros and Avid Enthusiasts

The new Predator XB3 series monitors are a line of FHD (1920×1080) or QHD (2560×1440) displays that feature high refresh rates and VESA DisplayHDR certifications.

From there, each monitor has been optimized around different criteria: The XB273U NV is Eyesafe-certified, the XB253Q GW boasts an 280Hz refresh rate (overclockable) and 0.5ms (G to G) response time, and the XB323U GX is color-accurate with 99% Adobe RGB coverage.

Predator XB273U NV – Easy On the Eyes

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The Predator XB273U NV, part of the XB3 VisionCare series, has been designed to give players as comfortable a gaming experience as possible. One of the first gaming monitors to be certified by Eyesafe. The Predator XB273U NV manages high-energy wavelengths in order to selectively filter out blue light while maintaining crisp and vivid color quality.

Additionally, Acer VisionCare 4.0 incorporates a range of technologies — LightSense, AdaptiveLight, ColorSense and ProxiSense — that measure environmental and ambient light and then automatically adjust the monitor’s brightness and color-temperature to match it, helping reduce eye strain.

The monitor’s crystal-clear 27-inch QHD (2560×1440) Agile-Splendor IPS1 display features wide viewing angles, a fast 1ms response time and up to an overclocked 170Hz refresh rate, while 95% DCI-P3 color spectrum coverage and a Delta E<1 rating.

VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, the XB273U NV has true 8-bit image quality and dynamically adjusts screen brightness to suit the displayed scene for noticeably darker darks.

This model has RGB LightSense for synchronizing the screen’s colors to music, media and eSports tournaments. A built-in TX transmitter can wirelessly sync lighting colors and rhythm to additional networked monitors for an even more dramatic effect.

An ergonomic stand helps users find just the right angle by letting them adjust the monitor’s tilt, swivel, height and pivot.

Predator XB253Q GW — High FPS for Smooth Gameplay

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The Predator XB253Q GW’s 24.5-inch NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible FHD (1920×1080) IPS panel can be overclocked to an incredibly fast 280Hz refresh rate (overclockable) with up to a 0.5ms (G to G) response time to keep up with even the fastest-paced action scenes, making it ideal for first-person shooter and racing games where precision is paramount.

Integrated RGB LightSense with nine different special effects synchronizes RGB to the beat of the music, games and more. The monitor has also been ergonomically designed, allowing users to adjust its tilt, swivel, height and pivot.

Predator XB323U GX – Stunning, Vivid Visuals

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NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible and featuring a 32-inch QHD (2560×1440) panel with a speedy 270 Hz refresh rate (overclockable) and up to a 0.5ms (G to G) response time, the Predator XB323U GX’s fluidity and low latency serve to drastically reduce motion blur during fast-paced gameplay.

The 99% AdobeRGB coverage makes this an excellent choice for players who create videos of their gameplay, and a VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification indicates that the XB323U GX features 8-bit image processing and local-dimming, enabling the screen to adjust dynamically to what’s happening on the scene for deep blacks and impressive highlights.

To optimize comfort during long gaming sessions, the Predator XB323U GX provides users with the ability to adjust its tilt, swivel, height and pivot.

Predator X34 GS for Gamers Desiring Curved Immersion

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The Predator X34 GS extends users’ peripheral view with a giant 34-inch curved UWQHD (3440×1440) screen, working in tandem with an Agile-Splendor IPS panel that delivers clear images even at wide viewing angles.

NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible, it renders smooth action with up to a 180 Hz refresh rate (overclockable) and an ultra-fast 0.5ms (G to G) response time. VESA DisplayHDR 400 illuminates the finer details to create sharper images, so no important targets or details are missed, while 98% DCI-P3 spectrum coverage brings images to life in vivid color.

The flexible stand provides a multitude of viewing options, giving users the ability to adjust its tilt, swivel and height. Two integrated 7 watt speakers eliminate the need for external speakers.

Nitro Series Monitors — Get Into the Game

Two new 27-inch Nitro series models, the Acer Nitro XV272U KV and Nitro XV272 LV, are ideal for casual gamers that want to get as much value out of their devices as possible.

Both are Eyesafe-certified to help prevent eye fatigue and further viewing comfort, and an ergonomic stand lets gamers find just the right viewing angle by adjusting the monitors’ tilt, swivel, height and pivot.

The Acer Nitro XV272U KV offers stunningly clear QHD (2560×1440) gameplay with a low Delta E<1 rating and 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color spectrum. Performance is fast and fluid with up to 170 Hz (overclocked) and a 1ms (G to G) response time on an Agile-Splendor IPS panel that also provides wide viewing angles to maximize the view.

Nitro

Beyond just looking great, the monitor is also equipped with LightSense, ColorSense and ProxiSense technologies, giving users a more comfortable experience by automatically adjusting the monitor’s settings based on ambient lighting in the environment.

The Nitro XV272 LV sports an FHD (1920×1080) Agile-Splendor IPS panel and offers up to 165Hz (overclocked) for smooth visuals even in busy action scenes. With 90% DCI-P3 color coverage and a low Delta E<1 rating.

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Pricing and Availability

The Predator XB273U NV will be available in North America in January 2021 starting at US$ 549.99; in EMEA in January 2021 starting at EUR 549; and in China in November 2020, starting at CNY 3,999.

The Predator XB253Q GW will be available in North America in January 2021 starting at US$ 429.99; in EMEA in January 2021 starting at EUR 449; and in China in December 2020, starting at CNY 2,999.

The Predator XB323U GX will be available in North America in January 2021 starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in December 2020 starting at EUR 999; and in China in November 2020, starting at CNY 6,999.

The Predator X34 GS will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 999.99; in EMEA in December starting at EUR 1,099; and in China in November, starting at CNY 7,999.

The Nitro XV272U KV will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 399.99; in EMEA in December starting at EUR 469; and in China in November, starting at CNY 2,999.

The Nitro XV272 LV will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 279.99; in EMEA in December starting at EUR 319; and in China in December, starting at CNY 1,999.

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Kingston launches new USB-C flash drives

DataTraveler80 and DataTraveler70 feature compact design, fast performance

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Kingston Technology just launched two new flash drives catering to different user needs: DataTraveler 80 and DataTraveler 70. Both of these come in a compact form factor and with a USB-C port for wide compatibility and on-the-go expandability.

First up is the DataTraveler 80. Targeted towards individuals who require the best performance in a flash drive, it features fast read speeds of 200MBps and write speeds of 60MBps. Further, it comes in a compact and capped case with a durable casing and a key-ring loop. It is compatible with any devices that have a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port. Storage options come in choices of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

Then, there is also the DataTraveler70. This one is geared towards value-conscious consumers. Consumers can get faster transfer speeds on this flash drive, thanks to its USB 3.2 Gen 1 performance. It also comes in a lightweight and portable design. There are only three storage variants for this drive: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

Availability

Both the DataTraveler80 and DataTraveler70 are available now on Lazada. Every purchase of these Kingston flash drives come with a free five-year warranty and technical support.

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