One of the most popular keyword in PC games is 'competition between users'(Player vs Player, PVP). And one of the important bases for winning the competition is 'PC performance'. The same is true of monitors. When purchasing a gaming monitor, the most important factor is its performance, not the size of the monitor.
Especially, the 'refresh rate' of monitors is considered important. The refresh rate is important when playing certain games such as FPS(first-person shooter) games. In the past, 60Hz was considered sufficient, but these days more is required.
Major companies have started to launch gaming monitors with high refresh rate. The refresh rate of mainstream products has exceeded 120Hz and some of them are even 165Hz. And QNIX launched a new gaming monitor ‘QX2716 REAL 165’, a 27-inch gaming monitor that has a 165Hz refresh rate in South Korea in December 2018.
Let’s look at the product. Bezels are very thin. If you look at the entire monitor, the thickness of the non-screen area is only 8mm. The monitor can be tilted up to 30 degrees. There is also a stereo speaker with 5W output. The front glass of the monitor reflects little light. You won’t see your face while using this monitor.
The V-shaped stand is made of metal. There is space on the stand. A lot of monitor stands have space like this, so you can put lines in it. However, I couldn’t pass lines through this space. Thin lines could not pass if they had noise filters. There are one DisplayPort 1.2 slot and two HDMI 2.0 slots. There is also a slot for 3.5mm audio cables.
‘QX2716 REAL 165’ uses a TN panel with FHD(1980X1080) resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. The advantage of a TN panel is fast response time. This monitor offers the response time of 1ms. And it has the viewing angle of 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical. It has a contrast ratio of 1,000: 1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000: 1. The dynamic contrast function can be activated from the Brightness menu. This function makes the dark areas of the screen darker and makes the bright area of the screen brighter. This monitor consumes 29 watts.(less than 5 watts when it is in sleep mode)
‘QX2716 REAL 165’ offers a multitude of visualization solutions including Flicker-Free technology and LowBlueMode, AMD FreeSync, and overdrive.
In the main menu, you can adjust the brightness of the screen, the color temperature of the screen, the aspect ratio, etc. In addition, you can set hotkeys for a lot of modes: ▲ Basic ▲ Movie ▲ Game ▲ Document ▲ ECO ▲ FPS(first-person shooter) game ▲ RTS game. The game mode makes the screen brighter, and the FPS game mode makes the dark areas brighter and makes the bright areas darker.
4 different types of crosshairs are available to improve aiming in FPS(first-person shooter) games. You can also choose the color of the crosshair. (red or yellow)
You can control the monitor with the wireless remote controller. You can operate the power, screen, volume, crosshair, mute, etc. It was very convenient to use the remote controller. After using the remote controller, I never pressed the button on the monitor.
I played ‘Battleground’ and ‘Fortnite’ on this monitor. If you have a high-end PC, you can play at 165 frames per second. However, my PC performance was not that good. I played at 120 frames per second. Despite the intense movements in both games, this monitor showed very smooth movements.
Especially, the crosshair overlay feature was a great help when playing 'Battleground’. In a new map ‘Vikendi’, there are a lot of snow-covered roads and mountains, so it was hard to see the crosshair of the game. However, the crosshair that this monitor offers made it much easier to aim.
'QX2716 REAL 165' offers useful functions for games and supports a wireless remote controller. It is priced at 220,000 KRW(about 200$) in South Korea. If you are planning to purchase a gaming monitor, you might want to consider ‘QX2716 REAL 165’.
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