Add another manufacturer to the list of those venturing in to the OLED monitor market. Gigabyte have just announced their new Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ display, a super ultrawide 49″ model with a 5120 x 1440 resolution, QD-OLED technology panel and a 144Hz refresh rate. This is an alternative to the Asus ROG Swift PG49WCD we reviewed recently, which is the only other current 49″ OLED model with a lower 144Hz refresh rate. There are quite a few others which have a higher 240Hz refresh rate, such as the Samsung Odyssey G95SC we’ve reviewed for instance, or the recently announced AOC Porsche Design PD49.
Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ Specs
Anyway, the new Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ is 49″ in size with a super ultrawide format and a 32:9 aspect ratio. It’s built around a Samsung Display QD-OLED technology panel. It has a 5120 x 1440 resolution, 0.03ms G2G response time spec, 250 cd/m2 SDR typical brightness, 1.5M:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 99% of the DCI-P3 colour space.
The screen has a 144Hz refresh rate which is supported by adaptive-sync for VRR from compatible systems, with the screen also being certified under the AMD ‘FreeSync Premium Pro’ and the fairly recent VESA ‘ClearMR’ scheme as well.
A familiar range of ‘Tactical’ gaming extras are included like Black equalizer, crosshair, timer etc. The main product page includes mention of ‘Aim Stabilizer’ which is Gigabyte’s strobing blur reduction backlight technology (on LCD’s), but this is not listed in the spec table or in the user manual and we believe this to be an error on the main page. We don’t expect this screen to feature any blur reduction mode, called BFI (Black Frame Insertion) where it is used on OLED panels.
Because the screen is OLED technology it can offer excellent HDR capabilities with per pixel level dimming, near infinite contrast ratio (in the right ambient lighting conditions that is!) and the avoidance of blooming and halos. Gigabyte don’t list a peak brightness spec for HDR for some reason, although we expect it to reach around 1000 nits as per other desktop OLED monitors right now. The screen is certified under the VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black tier (not to be confused with the lowly HDR400 tier for LCD’s).
- Related content: Find out more about QD-OLED black depth and contrast here
Connectivity options and other features
The CO49DQ has 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1 and 1x USB type-C connections (with DP Alt mode and 18W power delivery – quite low). Gigabyte also list VRR and ALLM against the HDMI 2.1 spec which should mean these features are supported for consoles. PiP and PbP modes are also supported and the screen also features 2x USB data ports and a headphone jack. There are also 2x 5W speakers built in to the screen. The stand seems to only offer tilt and swivel adjustments according to the spec page.
According to their website, “AORUS uses AI-based algorithm to minimize the risks of burn-in issues and deploys it across a series of OLED protecting technologies on the AORUS CO49DQ”. The user manual lists a pixel clean function, “static control” (perhaps an ASBL feature?), pixel shift, “APL stabilize” (not sure what this is) and a logo dimming feature.
No details on pricing or launch date yet
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