A while ago, you guys let me know that you were interested in seeing a video about the bestgaming monitors.
Our buddies at BenQ immediately answered the call but, we didn't want this video to betoo one sided.
So Dell and Acer also decided to throw their hats in the ring.
Let's see which one of these 4k gaming monitors is best to hooking up all of your game consolesto and, yeah, you know what sure your computer too why not.
[Intro]A lot of people have their consoles plugged into their TVs.
I like to have mine plugged into one of my computer monitors.
I spend most of my time on the computer, I don't watch TV, and I stream.
So I need my consoles to be with the rest of my junk.
Maybe YOU play games on your PC but ALSO have some consoles?You can use these monitors for both!All of these monitors have at least 1 Display Port for your PC and at least 1 HDMI portfor your consoles.
If you got more than one you might need an HDMI splitter but that's nothing new for TVseither.
In my opinion, games on a good gaming monitor look even better than games on a high endTV.
And if you're going to be doing any sort of competitive gaming, then having that low responsetime of a computer monitor is gonna be a very valuable asset.
Plus you're a lot closer, to the screen, you're in a chair so you're upright more attentive,you're not slouching around on a couch about to fall asleep.
The whole things better The whole things a lot better.
If you're looking for a gaming monitor that fits all of this criteria, you're going towant a response time of idk less than 5ms.
You're going to want something that's 4k because 4k monitors are relatively inexpensive nowand even if you don't have any 4k devices you could future proof your setup.
We should be testing these monitors with the best hardware possible, so I bought myselfan Xbox One X NOT BECAUSE I NEEDED ONE OR WANTED ONE AT ALL, but JUST because this videocalled for.
You're also going to want to keep an eye out for HDR, or "High Dynamic Range" when you'relooking for a monitor.
This is a mode that's supported by both the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro that just increasesthe ranges of colors and shades in an image.
Where a normal monitor might crush the black levels together, an HDR monitor will showyou the full range of detail in those blacks.
All of these companies wanted to send me Ultrawide, curved monitors at first.
It seems to be the new schtick, the new gimmick that they're trying to push.
Like 3D TVs.
remember those?I told them that most of you people watching are console gamers.
So ultra-wide wouldn't really work if you plug a console into them you get these bigblack bars on the sides.
It wouldn't fill the whole screen.
Plus most ultra-wide monitors aren't even 4k.
They're half of 4k.
They're 1440p this way and 4k this way.
So picture a normal 4k screen, but cut in half.
That's why it's ultra wide.
Like, why even?But BenQ sent me an Ultrawide anyway.
How very nice of them.
I'll get to that.
But they also sent me the EL2870U 28" 4k gaming monitor with HDR.
For transparencies sake it's important to note that this video is NOT sponsored, butBenQ did send me two of their monitors to keep, and Dell and Acer only loaned me theirmonitors (sad face).
The BenQ comes with a high speed HDMI cable.
2 HDMI inputs for 2 game consoles, 1 Display Port for your computer, and a headphone jackwhich is important if you wanna mix game audio and computer audio into the same speaker system.
And when you got your discord chat going, and your proximity chat and pubg.
It also has speakers.
They're not great, they never are when they're built in, but I appreciate that they're there.
Sometimes you don't have the luxury of external speakers and SH*** speakers are much betterthan NO speakers at all.
This monitor is great for what it is.
A budget 4k gaming monitor with HDR.
It is very fast.
BUT, right out of the box the picture looks very washed out compared to the other ones.
Luckily, it supports 10-bit color mode, so if you're going to be playing your Xbox OneX switch that color mode to 10-bit and the picture quality improves DRASTICALLY.
Not every game on the Xbox One X supports HDR.
Forza does, and it looks good, but the difference is incredibly subtle.
HDR adds a TON of value to a TV or a monitor, but I personally don't think it's somethingthat is very important.
I don't think it should make or break your purchase.
This BenQ monitor also doesn't have any vertical adjustment.
It just tilts up and down.
The best thing about this gaming monitor is that it is under $500.
BenQ is known for being a budget monitor company.
This isn't to say that they make low quality stuff, because they typically don't.
But it's hard to find other monitors at this price point with the same technology packedinto it.
Or, at least it WAS.
Dell now owns Alienware and they have a bunch of great gaming monitors including one thathas a 1ms response time and a 240hz refresh rate BUT that monitor was only 1080p so wehad to throw that right out of this round.
For this video, they sent me the UltraSharp 27 4K Monitor U2718Q.
It has 1 HDMI port, 1 Display Port, 1 MINI Display port, a headphone jack for your HDMIaudio output, and 4 USB ports.
There are no speakers.
It comes with a Displayport to Mini Display Port cable for some reason, and a USB 3.
NO HDMI cable.
Unless mine was missing something.
Right out of the box, the picture is gorgeous.
Not much changes when you switch to enabling 10 bit color.
Maybe some deeper blacks but that's about it.
Nowhere on the spec sheet for this monitor does it say that it has HDR.
In fact Dell sells a monitor that's $1000 more than this one that looks to like thesame exact monitor, just with HDR included.
However, the Dell U2718Q, the one that I'm testing, has what they call Smart HDR.
Enabling this makes PUBG look a little better, but otherwise the changes are very subtle.
I reached out to Dell to clarify what exactly is going on here.
Their response was very complicated, but essentially the super expensive HDR monitor is HDR10 Certified.
It is the "truest" HDR you can get.
This monitor that we have in our hands only supports Dell HDR, which uses a hardware enginein the monitor to process HDR metadata and deliver "true-to-life color, contrast anddetail.
"From Dell's website "For professionals who need HDR10 certified monitors for color criticaldesign work, the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR monitor is a one-stop solution that offersDell PremierColor features with wide color coverage, color accuracy and user calibration.
For users looking for a monitor with HDR10 viewing capability and perfect for everydaytasks with a desktop monitor, we recommend our Dell HDR monitors.
this monitor is "kinda" HDR.
But so is the BenQ.
All BenQ says is that it "supports HDR content.
"NONE OF THIS MATTERS!It doesn't matter.
HDR barely makes a difference.
You're already seeing your game in crystal clear 4k with a beautiful color range.
Plus when you flip on that 10bit, don't even worry about it.
This Dell monitor has fantastic color range, but i did notice a very warm tint wheneverthere were warm things on screen, almost like it was affecting the white balance of theentire image.
This was a minor issue.
This monitor LISTED at $740, which is way more than the BenQ, but now you can find themfor under $500, which is the same price as the BenQ.
(Grits teeth) Not lookin' that good for BenQ.
Finally we have my favorite, my love.
My guy, the Acer Predator XB1 27" or XB271HK.
I actually bought this monitor myself on January 1st of last year because I was looking fora good IPS monitor for the truest colors possible when doing design work, and I also neededa really fast monitor for gaming.
IPS monitors typically have a really SLOW response time in order to process all of thosecolors.
At the time, the Acer Predator was the only monitor to have an IPS panel and be able toplay games that quickly.
Because of this, it was expensive as all hell.
The price has since gone down but when I asked what Acer had for me that was a good 4k gamingmonitor that was 16:9 they sent me this.
thanks?But I have one alreadyEvery game I play on here is IMMACULATE.
I've been playing my Nintendo Switch on here for a year.
People complain about the RGB range being limited on their docked Switches.
But not ME!It ALWAYS looks stunning.
And of course, editing on this thing is always great.
I can see all of the fine details\ in the darker colors.
I often have to move my project over to a crappier screen just to make sure normal peoplecan see the same level of detail that I can.
AND, this monitor isn't even HDR.
It just has THAT GOOD of a Dynamic Range just by the nature of being an IPS panel.
this monitor does have one liiiiiittle tiiiiiny flaw.
that ended up being a biiiiighuge flaw.
It has 1 HDMI port, 1 Display port, 4 USB ports, speakers, a headphone jack and it comeswith an HDMI cable, a Display Port cable and a USB 3.
BUT, the HDMI port, is an HDMI 1.
That means, it does NOT support 4k above 60hz.
Meaning the Xbox One X refuses to even appease the Acer with a resolution over 1080p.
This is ABYSMAL.
It's not like the monitor isn't capable of 4k 60.
I can run that stuff all of the time out of my PC, even out of my Mac partition, and intothe Display Port on the monitor.
It's a BEAUTIFUL MONITOR.
But for some ungodly reason, the HDMI port on the back does not support high data speeds.
So the Xbox One X is not utilized to it's full potential.
It's an absolute shame, because when running games like Fortnite on all of these monitorsat once at 1080p 60, the Acer Predator was the clear winner.
Even without HDR you can see so many more colors.
But without the ability to display 4k out of my Xbox One X, this monitor gets thrownright back to the bottom of the pile.
It makes me REALLY, really sad.
And at the price of around $700 now, don't get this monitor unless you're only gonnaplay PC games on it, and maybe a Nintendo Switch out of the HDMI port.
Acer recently announced the ACER Predator X27.
Which looks like the same exact monitor just with HDR, A refresh rate of 144hrtz, AND mostimportantly, an HDMI port that supports HDMI 2.
0, so, it would work with an Xbox One X.
But it isn't out yet, and when it does come out, it's estimated to cost $1000 to $2000dollars.
(chokes on words)So the clear winner here is the Dell.
The BenQ is a VERY nice, but if you can get the Dell for the same price and the picturequality is THAT MUCH BETTER, why WOULDN'T you just get the dell?BenQ WAS nice enough to offer us a promo code for 15% off of their monitor.
*but that'sstill not much cheaper than the Dell monitor.
For now, I'm gonna stick with my Acer as my main monitor, but I'll be using the BenQ asmy 2nd monitor just so I can use my brand new Xbox One X to it's full potential.
This whole situation is a god damn shame.
As for ultra-wides, I haven't forgotten about you.
The EX3501R, they really need to do something about these, is a really cool monitor.
If I had room, it'd be great to just plug my laptop into when I'm at home.
It has a USB type C input so it works great with my Macbook.
Not only does that one cable handle the display, it also CHARGES my Macbook.
But, it's not 4k, it's HALF of a 4k screen.
My laptop is only 1440p so this isn't a deal breaker.
But I NEED 2 screens when I game.
1 screen dedicated to gameplay, and one full screen for OBS and the chat and whatever othercrap.
I actually just ended up using this monitor to edit my video tonight and it was, it worksreally well.
As you could see I have a big massive timeline and still have room for other stuff.
Having one USB type C cable plugged in is great because I can use the monitor as a USBhub and I can use the monitor to charge this thing but, Adobe premiere is so power hungrythat this laptop couldn't charge fast enough.
So it was actually killing the battery while plugged in.
So I had to have the Apple charger plugged in while I was using the monitor to charge,it was, it was a mess.
So this is a cool concept, and I totally get why people might want this if hey'rer a 1monitor workstation kinda guy like my brother.
And I would totally pass this monitor off to him too if he willing to give me the $800for it-WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK about all of these different gaming monitors?What are YOU looking for in a gaming monitor?Do you mostly play on a TV?Is this video totally misguided?Leave it in the comments below, @ me on Twitter, all of this other social media garbage.
Also tell me why.
TODAY, today this video is released, we will be streaming Sea of Thieves over on Twitch.
tv/wulffdenon my brand new Xbox One X.
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