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Sony InZone M9 monitor review: The ultimate PS5 HDR monitor?

Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor

MSRP $900.00

“The Sony InZone M9 challenges the state of HDR in gaming monitors under $1,000.”

Pros

  • Excellent HDR for under $1,000
  • Auto tone mapping with PS5
  • Works with G-Sync and FreeSync
  • Easy to use OSD and software
  • KVM switch with two USB ports
  • DisplayPort over USB-C

Cons

  • Vignetting around the edges
  • Stand doesn’t get high enough
  • SDR is lacking behind VA panels
  • Poor color and brightness uniformity

Sony is entering the world of gaming monitors, and it clearly isn’t content to do that quietly. The Sony InZone M9 challenges the old guard of 4K gaming monitors, upping the ante with full-array local dimming, HDR that isn’t terrible, and a unique, space-saving design — oh, and all for under $1,000.

A spec sheet would have any display enthusiast sold on the M9 in a heartbeat, and some of that is earned. However, for as much as Sony’s first gaming monitor gets right, it also gets a number of things wrong. The stand doesn’t make sense for most people, and I experienced panel issues on two separate units. And, if you don’t care about HDR, there isn’t much to sell you on the M9 over the competition from LG and Samsung.

For that group with a PlayStation 5 and a PC that cares about HDR performance, though, the InZone M9 is offering something that the market just doesn’t have right now. And most importantly, it’s a step forward for the largely stagnant market of the best monitors.

Specs

  Sony InZone M9 (SDM-U27M90)
Screen size 27 inches
Panel type IPS
Resolution 3840 x 2560 (4K)
Peak brightness 600 nits
HDR DisplayHDR 600 w/ Full Array Local Dimming (96 zones)
Response time 1ms GtG
Refresh rate 144Hz
Curve None
Speakers 2x 2W
Inputs 2x HDMI 2.1, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C
USB ports 2x USB-A, 1x USB-B
Adjustments Height adjustment (2.5 inches)
List price $899

Design and features

Destiny 2 running on the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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The InZone M9 looks great, especially next to a PlayStation 5. They’re purpose-built for each other, with the monitor wrapping stark white plastic around a black interior for a futuristic look. The monitor even has a glow behind it like the PS5, as well, which you can adjust to match the look of the LEDs on the console.

The stand is where things get funky though. It has three legs, unlike the standard two you find on most monitor stands. It’s certainly a unique look, and it’s a huge space saver on cramped desks.

I’m just not sure what Sony was thinking with the ergonomics here. It’s just tall enough. Even at its highest point, I couldn’t find a position where I wasn’t tilting my neck downwards. The range of height adjustment is so low, too, so there’s very little room to adjust it how you want. Unless you have a lot of room for height adjustment with your desk and chair, the InZone M9 was uncomfortable to use without a monitor arm. There’s a touch of tilt adjustment to help, but you’ll still be angling your neck down in most cases.

The ergonomics are a shame because the M9 and its stand really do look fantastic. Sony took advantage of the PS5 beyond looks, too. The M9 features an automatic genre mode that can toggle between the low-latency Game mode and quality-focused Cinema mode depending on what you’re doing on your PS5.

The back of the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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More importantly, the M9 does automatic HDR tone mapping. The PS5 can detect the M9 as the monitor, and it will adjust the color and brightness values it spits out to cater to Sony’s display. I’ll dig more into that in the performance sections below, but spoiler alert: the HDR tone mapping is really good.

Ports and controls

Menu on the Sony InZone M9 monitor.
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The M9 has a great selection of ports: two HDMI 2.1 to support 4K at 120Hz on the PS5, a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection, and even support for USB-C. You get a couple of USB ports if you hook up the USB-B connection to your PC, and thanks to the KVM switch inside the M9, you can swap your peripherals between devices just by changing the input. All thumbs up here.

What’s more exciting is the OSD. I’ve praised the menus on monitors like the Acer Predator X28, but even they don’t hold a candle to the M9. You get a large, clearly legible, and understandable OSD that’s dead simple to navigate with the joystick behind the right side of the monitor. Sony uses a separate power button, too, so you won’t accidentally switch off the display.

The InZone Hub invites a deeper level of monitor customization

You don’t have to use the OSD, though, and I recommend you don’t. The InZone Hub app gives you all of your monitor settings on your desktop, and unlike the MSI MPG32-QD, you don’t need to hook up a USB cable to use the software.

Inside, you’ll find five picture modes: Cinema, Standard, FPS, Game 1, and Game 2. The two gaming picture modes are actually custom slots where you can adjust brightness, contrast, etc. Otherwise, the picture settings are locked outside of the black equalizer and local dimming setting. None of them are bad, but the Standard mode is scorching bright, while the Cinema mode has a signature warm color temperature that only really looks good if you’re watching a moody drama.

I adjusted the brightness of the first gaming mode down to a comfortable level and went to a neutral color temperature, but that’s all I had to do to get the monitor looking how I wanted.

InZone Hub on the Sony M9 monitor.
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I suspect most people don’t configure their monitor settings because, frankly, it’s annoying dealing with an OSD and a joystick. The InZone Hub invites a deeper level of customization, which I love, and manages to provide all the crucial picture settings you need without getting into advanced color calibration that only a small fraction of people will take advantage of.

Image quality

A SpyderX sitting over the Sony M9 monitor.
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I strapped my SpyderX on the M9 to verify the specs listed by Sony, and almost everything checks out. It’s a wide gamut display that covers 100% of the sRGB spectrum and 92% of DCI-P3 based on my testing. Sony says it covers 95%, but my results are close enough that I’m content. My panel was surprisingly color accurate, too, with an average Delta-E (difference from real color) of 1.14. Less than 2 is ideal for colorwork, though the M9 certainly isn’t a display for video or photo pros.

The other results are straightforward for an IPS panel. In SDR, the M9 topped out at a peak brightness of 419 nits, with a contrast ratio of 900:1. The higher 600 nit mark that Sony quotes comes with local dimming and HDR turned on, and I actually measured a much higher value of 834 nits with VESA’s DisplayHDR Test tool. That’s super bright for an IPS panel, but keep in mind that this test blasts 10,000 nits at the screen at once. It’ll rarely get that bright in use.

The HDR can outpace even the best VA panels on the market.

Native contrast isn’t going to floor you; this is an IPS panel, which universally have poorer contrast compared to VA options. It’s the HDR contrast that stands out. With HDR and local dimming on, I measured a contrast ratio of 5,180:1, which outpaces even the best VA panels.

The specs and my testing checks out, but my subjective experience with the M9 was far from perfect. My initial review unit arrived with a few panel defects — not a huge deal, these things are bound to happen to at least a few of any monitor — and Sony swiftly sent out another one.

The second unit didn’t come with defects, but it showed clear vignetting. It was never a problem when a lot of colors were on screen from a game or movie, but it was distracting with just a web browser open, as my eye would shoot to the corner to double-check that my vision wasn’t going. My first unit came with some vignetting, as well, though not as much as the second one. I reached out to Sony about both issues, and I’ll update this review when I hear back.

I’m really torn on the M9. As I’ll dig into in the next two sections, it easily offers one of the best HDR and gaming experiences available today. No question. But it’s hard to overlook issues with the panel, especially when two separate units each come with their own problems.

HDR performance

An HDR video playing on the Sony InZone M9.
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The InZone M9 is certified with VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification, which, as monitors like the Samsung Odyssey G7 show, doesn’t always indicate great HDR performance. For the M9, the big deal isn’t its DisplayHDR certification. It’s Full Array Local Dimming (FALD).

Unlike the Odyssey G7 and LG’s ever-popular 27GP950, which have dimming zones on the edges of the display, the InZone M9 comes with dimming zones all around the screen. And it comes with 96 zones, which compares to only eight zones on the Samsung monitor and 16 zones on LG’s. Those zones make a huge difference. Unless you seek out a QD-OLED panel like the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, you’re not going to find a better HDR experience below $1,000.

This is easily the best HDR experience you’ll get on a PC under $1,000

DT contributor Arif Bacchus actually saw the M9 right next to LG’s popular 27-inch monitor, and he didn’t mince words: “I’m telling you, the Sony is better.”

I started with Destiny 2 to test HDR performance, which has become my litmus test with its eye-scorching contrast. And it looked great. HDR monitors have been lagging behind TVs for a while, and the InZone M9 is finally raising the bar. Due to the 96 dimming zones, you get much higher contrast in games like Destiny 2 without seeing individual parts of the monitor adjust how bright they are.

Destiny 2 on the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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HDR gaming is great, easily the best experience on PC you’ll find for $900 (at least at this resolution). PS5 is even better due to the automatic tone mapping. I played through some of Tales of Arise and Returnal, both of which looked fantastic. Tales really shined with its watercolor-esque art, as the tone mapping and local dimming squeezed out hidden areas of contrast I never paid any mind to.

Gaming performance

Tales of Arise on the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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Gaming is a treat on the M9, especially if you have a PC and PS5. I had both hooked up, and I swapped back and forth between my machines instantly thanks to the deep integration the M9 has with Sony’s hardware. The console picked up the M9 right away and optimized the PS5 picture settings, and all I had to do was tickle the brightness slider to get a fantastic image. This is Sony taking advantage of its gaming ecosystem.

For raw gaming features, the monitor support variable refresh rate (VRR) and goes up to 144Hz. It’s G-Sync Compatible, which means VRR works across Nvidia and AMD GPUs, and the PS5 automatically turned on VRR in the settings once I hooked the monitor up.

I used the M9 as my primary gaming monitor for just over a week, trying everything from Destiny 2 to Tale of Arise to Neon White — whatever I happened to be playing at the time. And it’s fantastic. Even with HDR turned off, the local dimming offers a nice bump in contrast to some PC games, and the always-on HDR on the PS5 takes the local dimming nicely.

The PlayStation Store on the Sony InZone M9.
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VRR support and a 144Hz refresh rate take the M9 outside of Sony’s console, too (though, you’ll need one of the best graphics cards to drive those frame rates at 4K). The only minor issue is some ghosting at high overdrive levels. The M9 allows you to lower the response time with overdrive, and as these settings typically do, there was some ghosting behind moving objects. It was far from a problem, though, and the monitor defaults to having overdrive turned off.

Pricing

Price is the key factor that the M9 lives and dies by, and Sony is choosing to live. The list price is $900, which will almost certainly catapult the M9 to the go-to monitor for 4K gaming. The past few years have been dominated by two monitors around the same price — the 28-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 for $800 and the LG 27GP950 for $900 — and the M9 beat them point-for-point.

It’s finally a step forward for gaming monitors. There are at least a half dozen other 28-inch 4K monitors with a 144Hz refresh rate, but they’re all around the same price with only slight deviations in features. The Gigabyte M28U is cheaper and comes with a KVM switch, for example. The M9 stands apart with its 96-zone FALD.

My main question is how much the M9 will actually sell for. List price to list price, it’s a great deal. But the standard guard of 4K monitors around this price are frequently on sale, below $600 in a lot of cases. And in that situation, better HDR performance doesn’t quite seem worth the premium.

Our take

Panel issues aside, you can’t ignore the M9. There isn’t another monitor at this price that does everything the M9 does. It’s the best HDR monitor for gaming you can buy under $1,000 right now, and it’s even better if you can pair it with both a PC and PS5. HDR is the big selling point, though. If HDR isn’t important to you, the tried and true options from Samsung and LG offer a similar experience (and usually for less money).

Are there any alternatives?

Yes, there are several alternatives. The two main competitors are the LG 27GP950 and Samsung Odyssey G7, which are around the same price when they’re not on sale. They’re almost identical to the InZone M9, though they lack full-array local dimming.

Meanwhile, the Alienware 34 QD-OLED offers an even better HDR experience, though you’ll have to pay considerably more for it.

How long will it last?

Most IPS monitors will last at least a decade and often longer. The M9 shouldn’t be any different, though be wary of panel defects.

Should you buy it?

If you highly value HDR, yes. There isn’t another monitor offering what the M9 does at this price. If you don’t care about HDR, and especially if you’re strictly a PC gamer, the LG and Samsung alternatives offer a better value overall.

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Sony’s first gaming monitor is under $1,000 and all-in on HDR

Sony is known for televisions, but it is now getting into the PC gaming market with a new InZone brand. Coming this summer and winter are both the InZone M9 and InZone M3, which are Sony’s first gaming monitors designed with PC and PlayStation gamers in mind.

Priced at $900, the InZone M9 is the new 27-inch flagship monitor from Sony, meant to rival other gaming displays like the LG Ultragear 27, as well as the 28-inch Samsung Odyssey G7. The display features DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1, USB-C connections, a 4K resolution IPS panel, and 144Hz refresh rate, as well as a 1ms response time.

Since this is a gaming monitor, you’ll also find support for variable refresh rates, G-Sync compatibility, and full-array local dimming. There’s even a KVM switch, and certification for VESA’s DisplayHDR 600. Sony says that full-array local dimming should make for brighter highlights and deeper blacks, for better depth perception in games like Elden Ring or CS:GO where this is important.

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Other gaming features on the InZone M9 include an FPS game picture mode that can optimize brightness and contrast, a black equalizer, cross hair options, and a frame rater counter. There’s even automatic HDR tone mapping for PS5 consoles and a feature that will select different picture modes on the PS5 based on what you’re doing. These modes can be used to reduce input lag to make movies and games look more expressive.

As far as the design goes, Sony has kept it simple to match the white design of the PlayStation 5. The monitor has joystick controls for navigating menus, and there’s also an app that can be used on a PC to control image settings. The stand is quite minimalistic, and the monitor has full tilt and pivot controls, where the monitor arm sticks out at a unique angle. Dual 2-watt speakers also come with this monitor along with an LED ring of light at the rear top.

The back stand of Inzone monitor
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The InZone M9 will be coming this summer, but the budget monitor, the InZone M3, is set for release this winter. It’s also a 27-inch monitor, but with a lower Full HD resolution, DisplayHDR 400 certification, and without features like full-array local dimming. The InZone M3 will cost $529.

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Riot Games will monitor ‘Valorant’ voice chat to combat disruptive players

Abusive Valorant players could soon have their verbal tirades come back to haunt them. In a published on Friday, Riot Games outlined a plan to begin monitoring in-game voice chat as part of a broader effort to combat disruptive behavior within its games.

On July 13th, the studio will begin collecting voice data from Valorant games played in North America. According to Riot, it will use the data to get its AI model “in a good enough place for a beta launch later this year.” During this initial stage, Riot says it won’t use voice evaluation for disruptive behavior reports.

“We know that before we can even think of expanding this tool, we’ll have to be confident it’s effective, and if mistakes happen, we have systems in place to make sure we can correct any false positives (or negatives for that matter),” the studio said.

Some players will likely bristle at the thought of Riot listening in on their voice comms, much like they did when the company introduced , its kernel-level anti-cheat software. But Riot says it sees voice evaluation as a way for it to “collect clear evidence” against players who take to comms to abuse and harass their teammates. The tool will also give the studio something it can point to when it provides sanctioned players with feedback.

“This is brand new tech and there will for sure be growing pains,” Riot said. “But the promise of a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone who chooses to play is worth it.”

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Get this QHD gaming monitor with 1ms response time for $290

The HP X32 QHD gaming monitor is a better choice than most of the monitor deals that retailers are offering if you’re planning to use it for gaming, as it comes with features that will help you maximize your investment in gaming PC deals. You can buy it from HP for an affordable $290, after a $100 reduction from the gaming monitor’s original price of $390.

While it’s not as advanced as the top-of-the-line options in Digital Trends’ best gaming monitors, you can’t go wrong with the HP X32 QHD gaming monitor if you’re on a tight budget. Your powerful gaming desktop will be wasted if you’ll be playing video games on an old display, so even if it’s a relatively cheap alternative, this display will still provide a better gaming experience. For this reason, we’re not sure how long HP’s stock of the product will last, so you have to finalize your purchase as soon as possible to make sure that you get your own HP X32 QHD gaming monitor for even cheaper than usual.

Why you should buy this 32-inch gaming monitor

The HP X32 QHD Gaming Monitor with a serene landscape on the display.

Why Buy

  • 1ms response time ensures clear images during fast motion sequences
  • 165 Hz refresh rate prevents tearing
  • Eye Ease technology blocks harmful blue light

The HP X32 QHD gaming monitor comes with a 32-inch display that supports up to Quad HD resolution, which will let you better appreciate the graphics of modern video games with lifelike colors and sharp details. In terms of response time, which is how long it takes for a pixel to shift from one color to another, according to our guide on what to look for in a gaming monitor, you’re looking at 1ms. This means that the monitor displays clear images during sequences with fast motion, and in multiplayer games where a fraction of a second may spell the difference between victory and defeat, such a fast response time could be the advantage that you need.

The monitor features a 165Hz refresh rate, which refers to how often the display refreshes the image per second. The higher the number, the better. To further prevent tearing, which is what happens when a monitor doesn’t refresh as fast at the frame rate of the gaming that you’re playing, the monitor supports AMD’s FreeSync Premium. If playing for long hours is your deal, HP’s Eye Ease technology will make sure that blue light, which is harmful to your eyes, is filtered out, without sacrificing the color quality of the other images that are shown on the screen.

Whether you’re upgrading from an old display or buying one alongside a new gaming PC, it will be hard to ignore HP’s $100 discount for the HP X32 QHD gaming monitor, which pulls its price down to $290 from its sticker price of $390. The deal may disappear at any minute, so you shouldn’t be wasting time if you think this monitor is the right one for you.

More gaming monitor deals you can shop today

Alienware 38 Curved Gaming Monitor showing video game scene, on a white background.

HP’s discount for the HP X32 QHD gaming monitor makes it one of the cheapest gaming monitor deals, similar to Dell’s price for the Dell 25 gaming monitor. You can also go with Lenovo’s price cut for the Lenovo 34-inch WLED curved gaming monitor, but if you want the best quality while you’re playing video games, consider shelling out for Dell’s offer for the Alienware 38 curved gaming monitor.

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If you’re planning to buy a gaming monitor, and you have lots of extra cash, you might as well think about buying from gaming PC deals. If you want the best gaming experience, you need to make sure that your gaming desktop and gaming monitor go hand in hand in running today’s video games.

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The LG DualUp 2-in-1 monitor is now selling for $700

The LG DualUp monitor (28MQ780) is now available on LG.com and from select LG-authorized dealers for $700.

The uniquely designed product is a first for LG, and one of the most interesting new monitors to launch this year. Having been showcased at CES in January, the monitor won the CES 2022 Innovation Award. It is essentially two 21.5-inch landscape-oriented displays stacked vertically, to create one large portrait display with a 16:18 aspect ratio.

The monitor itself measures 28 inches diagonally. Its Nano IPS display features a double QHD (2,560 x 2,880) resolution for the upper and lower portions of the monitor, as it also offers a vertical split view function. This allows for the display to be set as two separate screens for multitasking and customization purposes. LG said it hopes to target “modern home-office workers and creators” with this product.

In terms of display quality, the LG DualUp monitor features a DCI-P3 98% color gamut, HDR10, brightness up to 300 nits, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and a response time of 5 milliseconds.

The monitor features three-sided, super-slim borders and a second-generation Ergo stand, with pivot, height, tilt, and swivel movements. This allows the DualUp monitor to go beyond its standard portrait position to maximize ergonomic comfort for users.

Ports on the LG DualUp monitor include USB-C supporting power delivery up to 90 watts, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, one USB hub upstream, and two downstream. Audio on the monitor includes 7-watt, two-channel stereo speakers powered by Waves MaxxAudio.

The DualUp monitor isn’t the only product LG is introducing to the market at this time. LG recently announced pricing and availability for its UltraGear 48GQ900 OLED gaming monitor, which is now available for pre-order in the U.K.

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This desktop PC and monitor combo is perfect for a home office

It’s rare that one of the best desktop computer deals is also one of the best desktop monitor deals, but today that’s the case, as Best Buy has bundled the Dell Inspiron compact desktop computer with a Dell 24-inch LED monitor, and priced the package at just $700. That’s a combined savings of $240, with a savings of $150 coming from the computer and a $90 savings on the monitor. Any offer that lets you take home a desktop computer and an HD monitor home for just $700 is worth pouncing on, and you won’t be the only one trying to do so, so click over to Best Buy now to claim this awesome bundle.

Dell has been one of the biggest names in computing for a long time, and it’s with good reason. It brings great value to a computer purchase, and with its performance capabilities, cool modern design, and expandability options, the Dell Inspiron compact desktop easily fits the Dell mold. It has a six-core Intel i5 processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive as it’s spec’d for this deal, but it has the option to add more RAM and even more internal storage should that ever appeal to you. It’s also expandable externally, as it is able to connect to many devices through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and able to connect to devices such as monitors and hard drives with its many connectivity ports. It also has a built-in media reader for easy photo and video transfer.

When it comes to putting the Dell Inspiron compact desktop computer to work, it pairs perfectly with the Dell S2421NX 24-inch LED monitor that’s bundled in this deal. This is a great monitor for creatives and anyone who just likes to spread out at their desk with a little screen real estate, but it’s also great for gamers, as it has an impressive 75Hz refresh rate and a 4-millisecond response time. It features AMD FreeSync technology, which synchronizes the frame rate output between your graphics card and monitor. This dynamic refresh rate eliminates tearing, stuttering, and jerkiness, making for smoother gameplay, or smoother playback of fast-paced action, whether that may be come in the form of watching movies or editing your own.

When it comes to the best desktop computers and the best monitors, it’s rare to find two great options bundled together at such a low price. But right now at Best Buy, the Dell Inspiron compact desktop computer comes with a 24-inch Dell LED monitor, and you can have them both for just $700. It’s a $240 combined savings, and it’s also good reason to click over to Best Buy now.

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LG’s first OLED gaming monitor matches its smart TVs in price

LG has finally revealed the price for its LG UltraGear 48GQ900 OLED gaming monitor and made it available for pre-order, three months after its initial March announcement.

The monitor appears to be available only in the U.K. at the moment, where it will sell exclusively at Overclockers UK for 1,400 pounds ($1,724). The peripheral stands as LG’s first OLED gaming monitor, and is priced comparably to the LG C2 Smart OLED TV in the U.K. NotebookCheck pointed out.

The 48-inch UltraGear 48GQ900 is LG’s first OLED gaming monitor.

The availability of the gaming monitor outside of the U.K. remains unknown.

In comparison, the LG C2 Smart OLED TV sells for $1,400 in its 42-inch option in the U.S., however, it also comes in 48-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch options, which quickly exceed that price. OLED panels are much more common in the TV market, and the LG C2 series uses advanced OLED evo panels, the publication added.

The LG UltraGear 48GQ900 features a 47.5-inch panel with a 4K 3,840 x 2,160 resolution and a 120Hz minimum refresh rate, which can be overclocked to 138Hz. There is still no word on what kind of OLED technology is being used on the monitor, which is still not overly expensive given its size.

Traditional OLED is known as an expensive technology, which is likely why its rollout to monitors has been so slow and many brands have opted for cheaper alternatives. The popular Alienware 34 monitor sells for just $1,300 and features a Samsung QD-OLED panel, for example.

Other specs for the monitor include a 10-bit panel, HDR support, an antiglare coating, 1-millisecond gray-to-gray response time, a DCI-P3 color gamut with 98.5% coverage, built-in speakers, and a purple design in the rear. It also features two additional HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and a headphone jack, as well as AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility.

There is no word on an exact release date for the LG UltraGear 48GQ900, however, Overclockers U.K. said it expects to receive stock in the August time frame.

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LG newest gaming monitor is a 48-inch OLED behemoth

LG has just announced the upcoming release of three exciting new monitors, including a real treat for those who like to game on a large screen: A 48-inch OLED gaming monitor.

Aside from LG’s first OLED display made for gamers, there are also 4K Nano IPS and QHD Nano IPS monitors to choose from.

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LG’s new UltraGear lineup includes the following models: 32GQ950, 32GQ850, and 48GQ900. As you can see, two of them sport a 32-inch screen, while one is an enormous 48-inch beast. Perhaps more importantly, it’s a first for LG, because it’s the brand’s first UltraGear OLED gaming monitor.

All three of the monitors share a similar aesthetic that brings e-sports to mind with its sharp angles. The bezels are fairly thin, although the two 32-inchers have a considerably wider bottom bezel. Another thing they all have in common is that they all offer access to HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and by extension, features such as a variable refresh rate (VRR) as well as 4K gaming.

Each of the new LG UltraGears is compatible with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium, but the 32-inch models support FreeSync Premium Pro. In addition, each of the monitors has a headphone jack with support for surround sound DTS Headphone:X, so you can plug in a headset as you game. However, most people will still prefer to simply plug the headphones directly into the PC or console.

Let’s start with the most impressive entry of this lineup, and that, undoubtedly, is the 48GQ900 — a 48-inch 4K gaming monitor with an OLED panel as well as 120Hz refresh rates and a 0.1ms response time. The 120Hz refresh rate can be brought up to 138Hz by overclocking.

Being an OLED monitor, the screen has the potential to deliver beautiful colors and deep contrasts. LG tops it off with an anti-glare low reflection coating. If you want a large-scale immersive gaming experience, it sounds like this UltraGear screen could be the choice for you, but LG hasn’t revealed its price yet. One thing is almost certain — it won’t come cheap.

LG UltraGear monitors announced at Computex 2022.
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Moving on to the two 32-inch (or more precisely, 31.5-inch) monitors, they share the same size and panel type: Nano IPS, as well as the same 1ms response time. Unlike the larger model, they have more flexible stands, which means they can pivot and they are tilt as well as height adjustable.

The UltraGear 32GQ950 gives you access to 4K gaming with its 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. It’s also LG’s first model to implement ATW Polarizer technology. LG teases that using this tech will ensure stunning colors, deep blacks, and strong contrasts, all across a wide viewing angle. The monitor is VESA Display HDR 1000 certified, meaning its brightness peaks at 1,000 nits. The refresh rate is slightly higher than on the 48-inch model, bringing 144Hz that can be overclocked up to 160Hz.

Lastly, we have the 32GQ850, and although it has a few things in common with its sibling, you’ll also note a few key changes. This is a QHD monitor with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution that brings the refresh rates up by a considerable amount, peaking at 260Hz when overclocked. The brightness is toned down from the other 32-inch screen, seeing as this one is VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified.

LG hasn’t talked about the pricing yet, but it has announced an approximate release date. The monitors will first hit the market in Japan starting this month. Markets in North America, Europe, and Asia are to follow at an undetermined time, but it probably won’t be too long before they start climbing the rankings of the best gaming monitors.

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This 27-inch Alienware Monitor is Unbelievably Cheap Today

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After taking advantage of desktop computer deals, you also have to invest in monitor deals for displays that will give justice to the increased processing power of your new PC, especially for gaming purposes. If you’re already on a tight budget, don’t worry, as there are discounts waiting for you, including Dell’s $230 price cut for the Alienware AW2720HF monitor that makes it more affordable at just $330, down from its original price of $560.

The Alienware AW2720HF monitor features a 27-inch screen with Full HD resolution for an expansive display that will let you appreciate the details of the games that you’re playing or the shows that you’re watching. The monitor also offers a refresh rate of 240Hz, resulting in smoother movements and reduced input lag, according to Digital Trends’ computer monitor buying guide. It also promises a 1-millisecond response time, which is how quickly the display shows image transitions — faster response times are necessary for fast-paced action and twitchy gameplay. Like most of the best computer monitors designed for gaming, the Alienware AW2720HF monitor also supports AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync technologies, which make sure that the monitor and your PC’s graphics card are synchronized.

Alienware utilizes its Legend Industrial Design for the Alienware AW2720HF monitor, with a minimal but iconic design that characterizes the Dell-owned, gaming-focused brand. The monitor’s stand saves space on your desktop, with legs that slide under your keyboard to place it at the perfect angle while playing games. It also helps with cable management, as you can pass cables through the stand and access the monitor’s ports below the screen. Additionally, for a more comfortable viewing angle, you can adjust the height, tilt, pivot, and swivel of the monitor until you find the perfect position.

If you’ve just upgraded to a powerful PC, you shouldn’t settle for a basic monitor. You’ll have to purchase a worthy screen such as the Alienware AW2720HF monitor, which is available from Dell with a $230 discount that brings its price down to just $330 from its original price of $560. There’s no telling when the deal will end, so if you want to purchase this display for much cheaper than usual, you shouldn’t hesitate. Click that Buy Now button as soon as you can to secure your own Alienware AW2720HF monitor.

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New Relic allows enterprises to monitor ML model performance

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San Francisco-based New Relic, a company that offers a cloud-based observability platform to help enterprises visualize, analyze, and optimize their entire software stack, has announced a solution to monitor the performance and accuracy of machine learning models in real-time.

In today’s data-driven landscape, organizations are heavily leaning towards AI and machine learning applications to improve business resilience and gain a competitive advantage. A recent survey conducted by IBM revealed that almost one-third of businesses are now using artificial intelligence, and as many as 43% have accelerated the rollout of AI as a result of COVID-19.

However, as the adoption continues to increase, the gap between data science teams developing ML models and DevOps teams operating those models is also increasing. The reason? Most engineers build and train models in siloed environments, resulting in reduced collaboration to monitor and govern the models in production. Such situations mean teams could fail to notice models that might be becoming irrelevant over time, particularly models based on static data, and consequently lose out on millions.

New Relic integrates model performance monitoring

To prevent this, New Relic is extending the capabilities of its flagship observability platform — New Relic One. The company said on Wednesday that the solution can now be enhanced with model performance monitoring integrations, providing data science and DevOps teams a single place to monitor and visualize model performance telemetry data, including critical signals such as recall, precision, and accuracy.

The platform, as New Relic’s General Manager for AIOps Guy Fighel explained in a blog post, is getting support to integrate popular MLOps frameworks such as AWS SageMaker, DataRobot (Algorithmia), Aporia, Superwise, Comet, Dagshub, Mona, and TruEra. Each of these would appear within New Relic Instant Observability (I/O) — an open-source ecosystem of quickstarts, integrations, and resources in New Relic One — and could be integrated within minutes, complete with custom performance dashboards and other observability building blocks.

This will ultimately allow companies to monitor their ML models and interdependencies with the rest of the application components and make necessary changes to ensure that the algorithms remain relevant in the long run — for maximum business impact.

New Relic also notes that data science and DevOps teams can use the offering to enable predictive alerts for unusual model-related changes in advance. This way, once the issue is detected, they could collaborate in the production environment to contextualize the situation and take decisions to address the problem.

“We are committed to making observability a daily best practice for every engineer, and with the launch of New Relic Model Performance Monitoring, we deliver the only unified data observability platform that gives Data Science and DevOps teams unprecedented visibility into the performance of their machine-learning-based applications,” Fighel said.

Growing space

The development comes as the latest step from New Relic to strengthen its footprint in the enterprise observability space and take on players like Dynatrace and DataDog. Back in February, the company had added a visualization tool called Explorer to make it simpler for IT professionals to discover the root cause of issues.

Globally, the IT monitoring and observability market is estimated to be a $17 billion market opportunity.

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