ViewSonic launches a ton of FreeSync and G-Sync monitors


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ViewSonic has announced a ton of new gaming-centric monitors at CES 2016, ensuring that a wide variety of users can find a product they like. The company is also very clearly on the variable refresh bandwagon, with every display bar one featuring either Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync technology.

The most expensive of the new monitors is the XG2073-GS, a $1,217 27-inch 2560 x 1440 "SuperClear IPS-type" monitor with a maximum refresh rate of 165 Hz. This panel supports G-Sync, and is quite a bit more pricey than Asus' competing ROG Swift PG279Q, which also sports a 165 Hz 1440p display for just $799.

If you're after a 4K display, ViewSonic will sell you a 27-inch one with FreeSync for $913 in late January. This monitor also uses a "SuperClear IPS" display, and features 5ms response times with what appears to be a maximum refresh of 60 Hz. Connectivity includes a HDMI 2.0 port and DisplayPort 1.2a.

For AMD users out there, ViewSonic has two new 1080p displays that support FreeSync: the 24-inch XG2401 and 27-inch XG2701. Both of these displays go up to 144 Hz, and both sport 1ms response times, which indicates this panel uses a TN-type display. You can grab the 24-inch model for $404, and the 27-inch for $529 in late January.

Moving down the product stack we find the VX2776-smhd, a 27-inch 1080p IPS display. ViewSonic claims this monitor features a "contemporary borderless design", and its built-in speakers make it "the ideal multimedia display". There's no FreeSync or G-Sync in this panel, which will go on sale in April for $317.

And finally we have ViewSonic's entry-level 1080p monitors, all which support FreeSync and deliver 2ms response times. There are three models in total: the 22-inch VX2257-mhd, which costs $201 and is available now; the 24-inch VX2457-mhd, available in February for $228; and the 27-inch VX2757-mhd, available now for $323.

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Uncle Al

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My big Samsung monitors don't have a problem keeping up .... I think I'll save the $1,200


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How do you get 2K from "2560 x 1440"?

4K - 3840 x 2160
8K - 7680 x 4320​

The proportions don't work out with 2K being "2560 x 1440". That's closer to 2.5K resolution.

2K Resolution
2K resolution is a generic term for display devices or content having horizontal resolution of approximately 2,000 pixels. Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) defines 2K resolution standard as 2048×1080.

In the movie projection industry, Digital Cinema Initiatives is the dominant standard for 2K output. In the digital film production chain, a resolution of 2048×1556 is often used for acquiring "open gate" or anamorphic input material, a resolution based on the historical resolution of scanned Super 35mm film.

Comparison to 1080p:
Occasionally, 1080p (Full HD or FHD) has been included into the 2K resolution definition. Although 1920x1080 could be considered as having a horizontal resolution of approximately 2,000 pixels, most media, including web content and books on video production, cinema references and definitions, define 1080p and 2K resolutions as separate definitions and not the same.

Although 1080p has the same vertical resolution as DCI 2K resolutions (1080 pixels), it has a smaller horizontal resolution below the range of 2K resolution formats.

According to official reference material, DCI and industry standards do not officially recognize 1080p as a 2K resolution in literature concerning 2K and 4K resolution

And in another article I noticed 1920x1080 referenced as 1K. While at the same time 2560x1440 was referenced as 2K.