At this year’s CES 2021 event ViewSonic have announced a selection of new Elite gaming screens in their range. One model in particular deserved it’s own news piece given it’s high end spec and feature set. The Elite XG321UG is a 32″ sized IPS screen offering a 4K resolution, high 144Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA G-sync Ultimate and a Mini LED backlight with HDR 1400 certification.
The XG321UG looks to be ViewSonic’s alternative to the already announced Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX and Acer Predator X32 displays, based on the same 32″ AU Optronics panel and with many similar specs and features (from what we know from ViewSonic so far).
The panel offers a 3840 x 2160 4K resolution. There is also an “Absolute control” 144Hz refresh rate – we are not entirely clear what this “absolute control” refers to other than perhaps the screen is also capable of supporting the new NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer technology. We will try to find out more about what this “absolute control” refresh rate refers to. The spec list also mentions NVIDIA G-sync Ultimate certification and the screen features a Native G-sync hardware module.
We do know that the screen will feature a 1,152 zone Mini LED backlight and is capable of offering a peak brightness of 1400 cd/m2. ViewSonic mention VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification although we believe this is probably HDR 1400 given the fact they also mention that specific peak brightness in the spec. With the 1,152 zone Mini LED backlight it helps to offer high end local dimming support beyond previous FALD backlight options with more dimming zones. There is also a wide colour gamut with 99% Adobe RGB coverage offered, along with a 10-bit colour depth to support HDR content.
The screen is designed to be a productive companion outside of games, too. Making full use of the desktop real estate offered by a 4K resolution isn’t always practical on a 27” monitor. Many users take advantage of 4K displays’ high pixel density by scaling up the Windows desktop for smoother text rendering, but for those who want to use all of the real estate available from a 4K resolution, the 32” diagonal expanse of the XG321UG offers a pixel density which may be better suited to running the Windows desktop without scaling., or if not, at least at a lower scaling level to give you a bit of a boost in desktop real-estate.
For connectivity there are DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 along with 2x USB ports and an audio output.
The XG321UQ is expected to be available in Summer 2021, no confirmation of pricing yet but expect it to be expensive.