Top critical review
Bad backlight hysteresis in HDR mode
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020
Unfortunately, I'll be returning this one. Here's what I liked, and what I didn't:
-Fantastic build quality! The aluminum stand is extremely thick, and the fabric on the back is an awesome touch. Very different, and VERY nice. Definitely what I would call Apple-quality build level here.
- Great color
- Razer Synapse is very nice, if you're into that sort of thing!
- Controls are easy to use, and menus are clear
- Tons of cables included!
- 144Hz is great, in games, just in the OS, etc. Overall much smoother - the kind of thing you don't realize you'll notice, until you try to go back.
- If you want to control the base through Razer Synapse, or use the rest of the USB ports for things that connect to your PC for data (headset, etc), it means that you have to use USB-C for video. That seems to be the only way it works, and that's supported by the documentation that comes with it. The big CON to this, is that you have two choices: You can have 144Hz and USB 2.0 speeds, or you can have 60Hz and USB 3.0 speeds.... Not possible to have both.
- SEVERE BACKLIGHT HYSTERESIS (flicker) in HDR mode. HDR was one of the major reasons I bought this monitor. Unfortunately, when in HDR mode, the backlight struggles to keep up. It's strange - doing simple things like scrolling through pictures on this thing, when in HDR mode, is painful. It takes several seconds for the backlight to move properly from a dark picture, to a light one - and the picture looks like garbage until it catches up. I've owned other HDR monitors before, and I've never seen this issue before. The other HDR monitor I just received works perfectly, as expected, so it is just this monitor.
- ZERO backlight adjustment in HDR mode. It's grayed out, so you can't adjust brightness. At the brightness this monitor can produce, it is, if you can get past the hysteresis, unusable in the dark.
- Contrast isn't very good for the price. I've had other monitors in this price range and above - monitors that are also IPS, but not high-refresh monitors - that look much, much better in dark scenes.
I really wanted to love this monitor, but unfortunately, it's just terrible at some of the things I really wanted it to be great at. Quite a shame, but that's just how things go sometimes! Hopefully they will bring out a new version soon, and address some of these downfalls. Until then, I guess I'll try a Samsung Odyssey G7, or just drop the bundle of money on an Acer X27.