In the past, the line between TV and monitor was clear. However, as technology advances, the boundaries between TV and monitor are gradually falling apart.
One of the criteria that separates a monitor from a TV is size. The monitor started at 17 inches and grew to 32 inches. The TV suddenly grew to 80 inches. In this situation, the size at the border between TV and monitor is also being determined, which is 42 inches. I'm used to a 32-inch monitor, but it's true that a 42-inch monitor is a bit burdensome to use.
However, a company recently said, 'The bigger the screen, the better.' You may not be used to using a large monitor at first, but once you start using it, you quickly get used to it.
Qnix Group, a display specialist, recently unveiled a 43-inch 4K monitor that has a neat design and a huge size with excellent performance and convenience. That is the QX431U 4K IPS HDR monitor.
When looking at the product for the first time, it is difficult to tell whether it is a TV or a monitor. Monitors usually have a single post that supports the panel and has the ability to change the angle. However, this product is equipped with two fixed stands that 42-inch or larger TVs have.
So, you can’t change the angle of the screen. However, thanks to this design, it is suitable not only for the room but also for the living room.
The color of the product is black. Only the product name and Qnix logo are in white. When looking at other Qnix products, there is a Qnix logo on the center bezel. This product has the Qnix logo at the bottom. This logo lights up and works as a status indicator of the monitor. When the product is in use, the logo lights up, and when the product is not in use, the logo turns off and the red light on the right turns on.
The width of the product is 976mm and the length is 568mm. The thickness of the top of the monitor is 15.8mm and the thickness of the bottom is 63.4mm. It weighs 12kg, so one person can barely carry it. It was a bit cumbersome to assemble and install by yourself. It is recommended that two people install the product together.
The thickness of the bezel is 16.1mm, and an aluminum frame that gives a luxurious feel is applied. The surface is applied with a special aluminum processing technology, giving it a luxurious feel.
On the right side of the product, there is a control panel. There are power buttons, menu buttons, and input selection buttons. The legs that support the product are made of aluminum, so it is strong. The size of the VESA Mount is 200 X 200. Two 10W stereo speakers are attached to the bottom of the product.
The input terminal consists of one DP 1.2 port, one HDMI 2.0 port, two HDMI 1.4 ports, one VGA port, 3.5 mm audio in/out, optical output port, and USB 2.0 port. Thanks to this, it can be connected to PCs, set-top boxes, and game consoles. Note Only dual DP ports and HDMI 2.0 ports support 60Hz at UHD resolution.
USB port is for upgrading firmware. When a new firmware is released later, you can download the file from the Qnix homepage and put it on a USB device to upgrade.
This product says it consumes 80W per hour. In standby mode, it consumes 0.5W per hour. In testing, it consumes from 75 to 78W per hour. In standby mode, it consumes 0.5W.
This product is equipped with LG Electronics' 43-inch 3840 x 2160 IPS panel. The advantage of IPS panels is that they represent colors close to real life. This product is capable of 10-bit natural color expression showing 1.07 billion colors. The viewing angle is up to 178 degrees up, down, left and right, the brightness is 250cd, the basic contrast ratio is 1,300:1, and the dynamic contrast ratio is 500,000,000:1. Usually, IPS panels do not have a high contrast ratio, but this product has a very high dynamic contrast ratio.
When I photographed the panel, it was confirmed that it adopted the BGR (Blue Green Red) standard. Monitors usually use the RGB (red green blue) standard. The difference between RGB and BGR is the order of color arrangement. There is no difference between the two standards in the function of expressing images.
The BGR standard is advantageous for straight line expression and enables accurate color expression. However, when using a PC, the Windows is optimized for RGB, so it may be a little inconvenient to view text. In this case, it can be solved by setting the clear type function of the font.
The basic response speed of the panel is 8ms, and when the overdrive function is activated, the response speed is 4ms. As this monitor is not a gaming monitor, this level of response speed is adequate.
It also supports various functions. It supports both AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA GSync. It also supports a flicker-free function that prevents flickering on the screen and a low blue light function that suppresses blue light. The picture below shows the low blue light function adjusted in steps of not set-low-medium-high.
There is also a function that prevents distortion or blurring of subtitles and text at higher resolution. With its own noise reduction function, it is possible to reduce the screen noise of digital signals. Even if I looked closely at the letters as in the photo below, I couldn't find any smearing.
It also supports a screen setting mode that can be used in various situations. Basically, there are normal and eco modes, and there are settings such as movies and games, FPS, and RTS. In addition, there is a line of sight mode, which is a great help for FPS games, and it provides a total of four lines of sight in a combination of circle and cross, and green and red. Note that the sight line exposure and setting can only be done through the remote control.
Above all, it supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) function to express the contrast by making dark places darker and bright places brighter, similar to the actual scenery seen by the eyes. This function can be turned on or off by the user in the monitor menu, or the monitor can change it by itself through automatic detection.
In addition to this, there is a black level adjustment function that was difficult to see on other monitors. It is a function that allows you to adjust the display density of black, so if the place of the game is quite dark, you can increase the black level to brighten the dark areas.
The picture below is the appearance of changing the blue level setting. The first picture has 10 stages, the second picture has 50 stages, and the third picture has 90 stages. It's a different concept from the brightness control of the monitor itself, so if you use it properly, you can get a big help.
As it is a large-sized monitor, it is also equipped with a function to show two or more video sources. First, the screen division function PBP (Picture by Picture) is a function that simultaneously displays the input source on the divided screen. It can be divided into 2 divisions, 3 divisions, and 4 divisions, so you can see the screens of various devices such as PCs, set-top boxes, and console game consoles at once. The picture below is from 2 to 4 divisions, and the same source can be output.
In addition, there is a PIP (Picture in Picture) function that displays other video sources like a separate window, so the main screen can display the whole and another source can be displayed separately like a window at a desired location. The size of the screen can be changed in three ways, and it can be floated in four positions: top left and right and bottom left and right.
As it is the size of a TV, it also supports a remote control for convenience. The remote control, which has a size that fits comfortably in one hand, has an intuitive design and doesn't seem to have many buttons, but it is arranged so that you can use functions that are necessary and frequently used.
Through the remote control, operations such as power, transfer and cancel, menu and check, menu movement and set value increase, line of sight change, PIP/PBP switch, volume control and mute, screen mode change, dynamic contrast ratio setting, input selection, etc. are possible. .
Since it is an infrared method, smooth operation is possible even from a long distance. So, if you use it for TV, you can sit on a chair or sofa a little further away and operate the main functions.
Actually, I played games using this monitor. Pearl Abyss' PC MMORPG 'Black Desert' is set to 4K resolution, and display options are set to the maximum. The world of Black Desert on a 43-inch monitor that was unfolded was overwhelming.
When the character was enlarged, the graphic quality realized in 4K was at a glance, and when fighting against the enemy, it looked like an action movie unfolding on the big screen. As it was not a gaming monitor, it was expressed up to 60 frames, but there was no problem in enjoying the game.
As such, Qnix QX431U 4K IPS HDR monitor is a very suitable product for consumers who want to use a single monitor instead of dual monitors for various purposes. The screen itself is sized so that you can see without problems even if you have many windows on one screen like a dual monitor, and you can enjoy two or more video sources on one screen through functions such as PIP or PBP.
Above all, the price stands out. The price of general products is about 400,000 KRW, and the price of ‘zero defects’ is about 500,000 KRW. Other companies' products with the same size and similar specifications cost more than 500,000 KRW, and the price of some products is about 1 million KRW.
To sum up, Qnix QX431U 4K IPS HDR is a 43-inch monitor that can be met at a lower price than other companies in addition to its large size, extended connectivity, performance beyond basic, and convenience based on remote control.
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