Providing a list of monitors is easy, but as a buyer interested in one, knowing what we’re buying is handy. Therefore, it is better to understand precisely what this new Nano IPS technology is all about, because because of OLED, although we have talked at length, there are no competitive and high-performance monitors on the market, at least. for the moment.
Nano IPS, a direct competitor of OLED?
Not exactly. They are two totally different technologies in operation, basic 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. Degradation due to permanent image retention means that in terms of PC and especially gaming we are talking about a technology that will undoubtedly occupy the TOP position in gaming monitors: Nano IPS.
This replaces traditional IPS panels and comes to occupy the position that OLED cannot currently, i.e. fill the market with a new batch of high resolution, high hertz gaming monitors. 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 the colors through a W-LED matrix.
What is obtained with this is a better color, a smaller particle (about 2 nm) and above all a fidelity to the color spaces of the industry much more efficient, thus improving the capacities of this type of panels compared to the competence.
Why buy a Nano IPS and not wait for the OLED?
Basically because OLED monitors for games, despite the efforts of the industry, are still a unicorn, a pipe dream that again and after billions does not finish arriving even after the alliance of panelists and patents such as JOLED as a business is finally.
The Nano IPS is cheaper to produce, it is already a reality, they even manage to manufacture UWHD panels with a high hertz rate and the prices, although a little expensive for the moment, will drop when all the manufacturers will implement it and we will forget the IPS as an outdated product Technology. That said, what monitors are there currently to buy on the market in the professional or gaming sector? In stock there are really very few and all of them are player-oriented, but the offer is going to grow as its adoption is 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 a 2K or QHD resolution. Therefore and as a good Nano IPS panel, we will have a very 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 in 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 almost as clear in terms of colors. The angles are the typical 178º for vertical or horizontal, which we will appreciate given that we will have a G-SYNC module to stop flickering, stuttering and tearing.
It has a blue light filter, Flicker-Free technology, achieves 98% DCI-P3 coverage, 94% NTSC, 133% sRGB, a 3.5mm Mini-Jack, an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort, three USB-A 3.1 and one USB-B 3.1. Finally, it has RGB as ambient LED lights.
He is the youngest of the freed brothers. LG as a manufacturer of Nano IPS panels logically has the best monitors to play with this technology and this is a good example. It contains a 27 inch panel with 2K resolution capable of running at 144Hz with a response time of just 1ms.
In 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 10 bit depth being those really 8 bit + 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 VRR in the absence of G-SYNC in any of its versions. Regarding the connection, it claims to have two HDMI (it does not specify a version), a DisplayPort 1.4, a Daisy Chain, a USB-A 3.0, two USB-A outputs in version 3.0.
It’s the big brother of the previous model and is perhaps 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 weren’t 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.
It 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 astonishing brightness of 450 cd / m3 and a contrast of 1200: 1 nothing less. .
Of course, it only has 60 Hz and 5 milliseconds GTG, but it is not a monitor for games, but for professionals in the audiovisual sector, since it achieves 98% coverage of the DCI-P3. It integrates two HDMIs, a DisplayPort and a Thuderbolt 3, not to mention the two USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or the 3.5mm Mini Jack for audio. Can you ask for more from a monitor of this type?