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Introducing KTC – Who They Are, Their International Expansion and Gaming Monitor Line-up

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Introduction

We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our audience to a display manufacturer who you may hear a lot more of in the coming years. KTC Technology (here-in shortened to “KTC”) are a well known manufacturer of display products in the Chinese market, ranging from tablets to TV’s, smart displays and monitors. They have their own line-up of KTC-branded products, but also supply monitors and technology to other vendors and global partners such as NEC, Samsung, ViewSonic, and many more in different product ranges.

But they are far less known in other regions like the USA, Europe and the UK as their products have not been promoted or sold in these regions. KTC have aspirations and plans to expand their market outside of China and reached out to us to discuss their monitor products. We thought it would be useful to give you a bit of background about who KTC are, and take you through their monitor range as a round-up. We will be reviewing and testing a couple of their top end monitors in the near future as well so keep your eyes on the site and our social channels for updates on those.

KTC Company Background

KTC Technology Co., Ltd was established in 1995 in Shenzhen China as an advanced display manufacturer and consumer electronics company. They initially focused on tablet displays and smart products like digital whiteboards, signage and smart mirrors for instance; but after a couple of years have also moved in to the monitor and TV market.

With more than 6,000 employees, including over 1000 R&D engineers, KTC established smart manufacturing industrial parks in Shenzhen and Huizhou. They have accumulated international developing experience in frontier technology like smart display, multimodal human-machine interaction, ultra-high-definition audio video control, green energy conservation, the third-generation three-dimensional display, and transparent display.

KTC say on their website that they “uphold technological aesthetics as its developing philosophy, combining science, technology, and development with aesthetics, arts, and design”, meaning not only are they focused on improving technology, specs and price points, but they keep a close eye on design and product appearance,

As KTC explain on their website “for 27 years in the display hardware market, KTC is basically the OEM manufacturer for some premium and medium Monitor Brands…while KTC’s own brand is blank”. In 2021 they announced and began to promote their own brand of products as well (KTC standing for “Key To Combat” apparently), and are primarily focused on gaming monitors.

With cutting-edge technologies, high end features and a focus on producing high quality products, KTC could be a key competitors in the market before long. Their mission as they explain it, is to offer monitors that are the same price as competing offerings, but with better specs; or alternatively offer models with the same specs as the competition, but at a lower price point. Either way, this could be a win for the consumer.

KTC Monitor Range Round-Up

We wanted to provide a brief round-up of the KTC gaming monitor range. Remember these are all aimed at gamers, so high refresh rates and related features are all included. On the main KTC website there are a range of displays only available in China, but there is a separate website at KTCplay.com which is what we are focusing on here. These are the models being launched in other regions, some of which may be very similar/equivalent to those on their Chinese website. There’s some interesting models that will be available including those listed here.

Full details for these are provided below, but here’s a quick summary:

G42P5 OLED

A 42″ OLED display designed to be a monitor as opposed to a TV. Featuring an LG OLED panel with 4K resolution, 138Hz refresh rate, 0.1ms G2G response time and adaptive-sync. Also includes DisplayPort, HDMI 2.1 and USB type-C connections for PC use, and a tilt-adjustable stand (optional)
M27P20 Pro

A 27″ sized monitor with a 4K resolution Fast IPS panel and 576-zone Mini LED backlight for high end HDR performance. Also includes 160Hz refresh rate, DisplayHDR 1000 certification, adaptive sync and USB type-C connectivity.
G34S18

A curved 34″ ultrawide screen with 3440 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. It’s based on a VA panel and has a 4000:1 contrast ratio and wide colour gamut, along with USB type-C connectivity
H27T22

A 27″ display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution Fast IPS panel and 165Hz refresh rate with adaptive-sync
H27S17

A 27″ curved display with a VA-type panel and 2560 x 1440 resolution. This has a a 165Hz refresh rate, 4000:1 contrast ratio, adaptive-sync and extended colour gamut
H32S17

A 32″ larger sized version of the 27″ model above, with a curved 2560 x 1440 resolution VA-type panel. This model also has 165Hz refresh rate, a 4000:1 contrast ratio, aptive-sync and extended colour gamut

G42P5 – 42″ OLED Monitor with 4K 138Hz

One of their most interesting screens is the G42P5, a 42″ LG.Display WBE (aka “EX”) OLED panel which will be directly competing with popular models like LG’s 42C2, and the more recent Asus ROG Swift PG42UQ (both reviewed). It uses the same LG.Display OLED panel as those screens, offering a 3840 x 2160 resolution (4K) and all the familiar benefits of OLED technology. This includes per pixel dimming for HDR, excellent true blacks, basically infinite contrast ratio and near-instant response times.

Like the Asus screen, KTC provide a slightly boosted refresh rate up to 138Hz along with VRR support for both NVIDIA and AMD systems. There are AMD ‘FreeSync Premium’ and NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ certifications as well. In other specs there is a 0.1ms G2G response time, 135,000:1 contrast ratio, 10-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 99% DCI-P3, 99% Adobe RGB and ~133% sRGB. Brightness is listed at 450 nits for SDR. HDR peak brightness is listed as 600 nits and we expect similar performance to other 42″ OLED models in this area.

Like the Asus PG42UQ, the KTC G452P5 will offer a DisplayPort 1.4 connection for simpler PC connectivity and monitor-like connection options. It will also have 2x HDMI 2.1 ports useful for modern graphics cards and consoles, making the screen user-friendly for console gamers, and also an additional USB type-C reverse-charging connection, something not featured on the LG or Asus models. This will include 90W power delivery and DP Alt mode for handy single cable connectivity from supporting devices which is useful to see included. There’s also 2x USB data ports and a headphone jack provided along with 2x 8W speakers built in. The screen will also include RGB lighting, and a built in KVM switch too. Like Asus’ model, their 42″ OLED has an anti-reflective screen coating and includes monitor-type features, as well as a limited but useful tilt adjustment stand.

The G42P5 is available now in the UK from Geekbuying.com and in the US from KTCplay. It is also available from some regions via Amazon now too. (affiliate link)

Our full review of the G42P5 is available now!

[More info on KTC’s website here]

M27P20 Pro – 27″ Mini LED Monitor with 160Hz

The flagship model in their LCD range is the M27P20 Pro. This is a 27″ sized screen offering a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution and a Mini LED backlight. This offers better performance than common edge lit dimming screens when it comes to HDR, with more dimming zones, better content control, better contrast ratios and reduced blooming and halos. There’s 576 dimming zones on this model which is decent.

It’s built on an AU Optronics “Fast IPS” panel and offers a 3ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 480 nits brightness (SDR), 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit+FRC colour depth and a very wide colour gamut covering 118% DCI-P3, 118% Adobe RGB and ~160% of sRGB. HDR 1000 certification is listed on their product page so there will be a high peak brightness for HDR here >1000 nits. The screen also offers a high 160Hz refresh rate with adaptive-sync support for VRR from both NVIDIA and AMD systems.

The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments. For connectivity there are 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (with DSC), 1x USB type-C (with 90W power delivery and DP Alt mode) and 2x HDMI 2.1 connections provided. 2x USB data ports and a headphone hack are provided. A KVM function and RGB lighting are also included.

Note that the M27P20 Pro will replace the older M27P20 model (without the “Pro”) which you may see mentioned online in places. The Pro model is brand new and includes some updates such as an improved refresh rate (from 144Hz to 160Hz), a newer AUO “Fast IPS” panel and a wider colour gamut for instance. The M27P20 Pro is expected to be released across the USA and China, as well as in Germany and the UK. It will retail for $899 USD or the equivalent. It’s available in some regions now from Amazon. (affiliate link)

Our review of the KTC M27P20 Pro is available now!

G34S18 – 34″ curved ultrawide with 144Hz

There’s very little information on their website about this model at this time other than that it is a 34″ ultrawide screen with a 1500R curvature, 3440 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. We have confirmed with KTC some other details though.

This 34″ ultrawide screen is based on a CSOT VA technology panel and will offer a 6ms G2G response time, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 400 nits brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 96% DCI-P3.

The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments. There are 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x USB type-C (inc DP Alt mode and 65W power delivery) and 2x HDMI 2.0 connections provided, along with 2x USB data ports, a headphone jack and even an RJ45 Ethernet connection on this model. RGB lighting, a KVM function and PiP/PbP modes are included on this ultrawide model too. The H34S18 is expected to be launched in the USA and China only. Pricing to be confirmed.

H27T22 – 27″ with 1440p ‘Fast IPS’ Panel and 165Hz

This is a 27″ sized model with a 2560 x 1440 resolution Fast IPS panel from AU Optronics. It has a 165Hz refresh rate, along with adaptive-sync for VRR including FreeSync Premium and G-sync Compatible certifications. In other specs there is a 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 nits brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and a 99% sRGB colour gamut.

The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments. There are 2x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x HDMI 2.0 inputs on this model along with a headphone jack. The H27T22 is expected to be available in the USA and Germany at a retail price of $299 USD or equivalent. It’s available on Amazon in the US already here (affiliate link)

KTC provide a short promotional video about the features of the H27T22 as well here:

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[More info on KTC’s website here]

H27S17 – 27″ with 1440p HVA Fast Panel and 165Hz

This model has a 27″ screen size, 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rare like the H27T22 discussed above, but this time it is based on an HVA technology (VA-type) panel instead from CSOT. The HVA panel is curved, with a 1500R curvature and offers AMD FreeSync Premium and NVIDIA G-sync Compatible certifications for VRR. In other specs there is a 3ms G2G response time, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 350 nits brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and an extended colour gamut covering ~120% sRGB.

For connectivity there are 2x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x HDMI 2.0 inputs provided along with a headphone jack. The stand offers a tilt-only adjustment on this model. This display is expected to be released in the USA, but not other regions at this time. Retail price is expected to be $249 USD and it’s available from many regions on Amazon now (affiliate link).

[More info on KTC’s website here]

H32S17 – 31.5″ with 1440p HVA Fast Panel and 165Hz

This is a larger version of the H27S17 discussed above, measuring in at 31.5″ in size. It has the same 2560 x 1440 resolution and is based on an HVA technology panel from CSOT again, offering 165Hz refresh rate. The VA panel is curved, with a 1500R curvature and offers AMD FreeSync Premium and NVIDIA G-sync Compatible certifications for VRR. In other specs there is a 3ms G2G response time, 3500:1 contrast ratio, 300 nits brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and a standard colour gamut covering 99% sRGB (no wide gamut support on this model).

For connectivity there are 2x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x HDMI 2.0 inputs provided along with a headphone jack. The stand offers a tilt-only adjustment on this model. This display is expected to be released in the USA and also Germany, but not other regions at this time. Retail price is expected to be $299 USD and it’s available from many regions on Amazon now (affiliate link).

[More info on KTC’s website here]

Bonus Screen – 32″ MeetU Smart Display

Not in their gaming line-up, but for something a bit unusual in the display space, check out their short video of their 32″ MeetU Smart Display here:

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“For Everyone, Anywhere! – Introducing the KTC 32″ MeetU SMART Display with a 32″ LG IPS panel, 16:9 aspect ratio, 178° wide viewing angles and Wireless Projection. Creating a new experience of watching whatever you want at any time, anywhere!”

Availability, Warranty and Our Reviews

KTC are in the process of coordinating retail availability in each region. Geekbuying.com will be the retailer in the EU we are told, and some models have started to be listed on their website now. Retailer availability for the USA is still being finalised, we will update this article when we have more information. KTC confirmed that all warranties and support will be handled locally in each region, there’s no need to send things back to China or anything like that which is obviously good news.

Our review of the KTC G42P5 42″ OLED is available now!

Our review of the KTC M27P20 Pro is available now!



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