Pricing for the first of those Nvidia G-Sync 4K HDR 144Hz is out and, er, they’re as horrifically expensive as we’d all feared. Both the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ have the ultimate dream package in terms of monitor specs, cramming in every bit of technology you could feasibly want for the pixel-perfect PC gaming experience.
As for that all-important pricing, the prices vary from €2,442 to €2,919 for the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ, equivalent to between $3,017 and $3607. Only one store has the Acer Predator X27 up for pre-order, and that currently costs €2,487 in Denmark, or $3,068.
In short, these monitors just as much as the rest of the hardware you’d even need to take advantage of them. In terms of future-proofing, they’re unmatched, however. 4K GSync (3840 x 2160 resolution) will be fantastic enough, but throw a 144 Hz refresh rate into the mix, along with support for the latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology and you’ve got an incredibly specced monitor for a suitably eye-watering price. They’re the first monitors in the world to support Nvidia G-Sync HDR technology. Mainstream these ain’t.
Both monitors are using the same AU Optronics’ M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel with a DCI-P3 colour range and 1000 nits brightness. They’ll be using direct LED backlighting with 384 zones, a feat currently only matched by a single other monitor.
Both the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ should be ready to ship by the end of this month, although they may not be ready until early May. We’d expected the pricing to be around $2000, so they’ve ended up being a lot more expensive than we were hoping for. However, these are European prices so it’s likely they’re going to be available for a cheaper price over in the states.
Is anyone brave/loaded enough to think about buying one of these top-end gaming monitors? Or are you happy to wait until the tech matures and they’re available for a reasonable price? If so, what would you consider the price you’d be prepared to pay?