Offering a list of monitors is simple, but as an interested buyer in one of them, it is convenient to know what we are buying. Therefore, it is best to understand precisely what this new Nano IPS technology consists of, because of OLED, although we have spoken at length, there are no competitive and performance monitors on the market, at least for now.
Nano IPS, direct competitor of OLED?
Not quite. They are two totally different technologies in operation, base and concept. OLED is undoubtedly more technically advanced, but also more complicated to manufacture and above all, it continues to have the problem of burn-in due to the nature of its pixels. The degradation due to permanent image retention means that in terms of PC and especially gaming we talk about a technology that will undoubtedly occupy the TOP position in gaming monitors: Nano IPS.
This replaces the traditional IPS panels and comes to fill the position that OLED cannot currently, that is, fill the market with a new batch of gaming monitors with high resolution and high hertz. Although we have already talked about this technology in our own article, in summary we will say that in this case and unlike traditional IPS we will have a layer of fixed retention nanoparticles that drives colors through a W-LED matrix.
What is achieved with this is a better color, a smaller particle (about 2 nm) and above all a fidelity with the color spaces of the industry much more capable, thereby improving the capabilities of this type of panels compared to the competence.
Why buy a Nano IPS and not wait for OLED?
Basically because OLED monitors for gaming, despite the efforts of the industry, are still a unicorn, a chimera that still and after billions do not finish arriving even after the alliance of panelists and patents as is finally JOLED as a company.
Nano IPS is cheaper to produce, it is already a reality, they even manage to manufacture UWHD panels with a high rate of hertz and prices, although somewhat expensive for now, will drop when all manufacturers implement it and we forget IPS as an outdated technology. That said, what monitors are there currently to buy on the market within the professional or gaming sector? In stock there are really very few and they are all focused on players, but the offer will grow because its adoption is being very fast, so let’s get to know them.
Viewsonic Elite XG270QG
It is the first ViewSonic monitor to include this type of technology in a panel that acquires a size of 27 inches with 2K or QHD resolution. Therefore and as a good Nano IPS panel we will have a really low response time of only 1 millisecond, especially if we consider that we will need good hardware to move its 165 hertz. It surprises its high static contrast with 1000: 1 to achieve a brightness of 350 cd / m2.
The panel is defined as 10 bits, but they are not real as such, since it is an 8 bits + A-FRC, which, without being what is specified, actually achieves a result practically as sharp in terms of colors. The angles are the typical 178º for vertical or horizontal, something that we will appreciate considering that we will have a G-SYNC module to end the flickering, stuttering and tearing.
It has a blue light filter, Flicker-Free technology, achieves 98% of DCI-P3 coverage, 94% of NTSC, 133% of sRGB, a 3.5mm Mini-Jack, an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort , three USB-A 3.1 and one USB-B 3.1. Lastly, it has RGB as ambient LED lights.
He is the youngest of the brothers that have been released. LG as a manufacturer of Nano IPS panels is logically having the best monitors for gaming with this technology and this is a good example. It contains a 27-inch panel with a 2K resolution that is capable of working at 144 Hz with a response time of only 1 ms.
As a good Nano IPS panel it obtains a contrast of 1000: 1 and a brightness exactly equal to that of the ViewSonic with 350 cd / m3. It also includes a depth of 10 bits, these being really 8 bits + A-FRC.
As additional features it is compatible with HDR 10, FreeSync, LFC and Dynamic Action Sync, so we will have the full spectrum within the VRR in the absence of G-SYNC in any of its versions. Regarding connectivity, it claims to have two HDMI (it does not specify version), a DisplayPort 1.4, Daisy Chain, a USB-A 3.0, two USB-A output in version 3.0.
It is the older brother of the previous model and is possibly the most complete 27-inch monitor to date. Because despite sharing this size, the resolution goes up to 4K and the response time remains the same as the 144 Hz. As if that were not enough, it integrates G-SYNC Compatible and FreeSync Premium Pro.
The rest of the features are inherited from its younger brother, so this is a really surprising monitor being a Nano IPS.
This is one of the first and only UWHQ monitors on the market, with a size of 34 inches and a 5K resolution of 5120 x 2160 pixels and includes an amazing brightness of 450 cd / m3 and a contrast of 1200: 1 no less.
Of course, it only has 60 Hz and 5 milliseconds GTG, but it is not a monitor for gaming, but for professionals in the audiovisual sector, since it achieves a coverage of 98% of the DCI-P3. It integrates two HDMI, a DisplayPort and a Thuderbolt 3, without forgetting the two USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or the 3.5 mm Mini Jack for audio. Can you ask for more from a monitor of this type?