Bob eWan Kenobi 2019-03-29

Great Budget 144hz Monitor

The setup was quite easy. Two screws into the back of the monitor and two more into the stand was all it took, a Phillips screwdriver was included. To take advantage of the 144hz, you must make the change in the Windows 10 settings menu. Once done, the text is crisp and the mouse movement is fluid. To take advantage of AMD FreeSync, that too must be turned on in the monitor settings as well as the AMD Control Panel. Using an AMD rx580, I found the Free Sync to be wonderful. I was able to leave all VSync off, letting the variable refresh rate operate unimpeded. I used AMD Chill to keep the refresh rate withing the FreeSync range. Playing Apex Legends, I fluctuated between 80 and 120 fps, but game remained very smooth with zero tearing. The 144hz is immediately noticeable. Once you try it, you‘ll never be able to go back to 60hz, it‘s that drastic. The monitor has a plethora of advanced calibration settings: gamma, temperature, red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta. Plus several pre-sets. The movie setting was quite saturated, but crushed the black levels. I found the FPS pre-setting pretty good. I also found the default color slightly bluish-green, I lowered both of those several ticks. I also lowered the gamma from 2.2 to 1.8 and set the temperature to normal, which appears to be 6500k. With a little tweaking, the colors can be quite good. With professional calibration, I‘m sure they could be great. I found this monitor to be excellent for gaming and very good for the price. 24" inches is a good size for 1080 and I enjoy the curve to the display. I would recommend this monitor to anyone wanting to move up to 144hz.