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Acer Unveils 50,000:1 Contrast Ratio Gaming Monitor

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Acer Unveils 50,000:1 Contrast Ratio Gaming Monitor

The Acer Predator Gaming PC is one extreme rig - even if recently outgunned by Asus' monolith ARES CG6155 - so it needs a monitor of suitable madness to stand beside it and boy, has it found one...

The 'G24' (yep, no Predator/Monster/Animal/mineral or vegetable branding here) is a 24in LCD which Acer claims will sport a mind-bending 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. For those with good memories that's 5x the previous high boasted by LG's W2252TQ and a darn sight higher than most HDTVs.

Of course I can't let such a claim go by without pointing out the horribly ambiguous nature of contrast ratio scoring. There is no set industry standard, dynamic is not the same as static and allows for greater manipulation of the numbers and it isn't stated whether this is a grey-to-grey or colour figure (with the former easier to achieve it is almost certain to be that). On the other hand, it is a huge amount so we'll be keen to get it into the office for testing.

Aside from this headline feature, the G24 ticks all relevant boxes for its size: the 1920 x 1200 'Full HD' capable native resolution, a rapid 2ms response time, high 400 nits brightness, the pre-requisite proprietary technology (in this case Acer's 'CrystalBrite' colour enhancement system) and the option of HDMI connectivity.

Price and date remain typically shrouded in mystery but expect a healthy premium over most 24 inchers and not too long to wait. So who's ready for 100,000:1? 1,000,000:1...?

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Press Release

Xiphias

July 4, 2008, 7:32 pm

Even if it is dynamic contrast then if 400 is the brightest it'll go then 0.008cd/m&#178 must be the lowest, which is rather unbelievable (a good LCD now can get down to about 0.050CD/m&#178).





I do hope acer are planning a serious gaming monitor here, with the market wide-open in the 24" sector they will grab some seriously good reputation if they can bring out an IPS with zero input lag and really dark blacks.





On the other hand, if they decide on an overpriced TN then everyone's going to forget it as soon as alienware's super-wide DLP monitor appears.

Hugo

July 4, 2008, 7:37 pm

I used one of these at the Predator launch event and it seemed nice enough - although I wouldn't take that as a definitive review.

TheLostSwede

July 4, 2008, 8:02 pm

Well, with a rated response time of 2ms, this ain't no IPS panel. All the good panles seems to be sold by NEC/Mitsubishi and EIZO these days with the rest of the companies mostly bringing out cheap crap... oh well, I guess it's not all bad, as you can pick up some cheap displays if you don't care too much about the quality.

Matthew Bunton

July 5, 2008, 5:45 pm

Who on earth would want an orange bezel around their screen?





These contrast figures can be taken with a pinch of salt, marketing hype as usual.

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