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High refresh rate IPS models are popular amongst gamers for their mixture of speed and colour quality. This can also make them attractive for content creation and general usage. The Gigabyte M27Q X is one such offering, combining a 240Hz IPS-type panel with WQHD resolution. The monitor has the usual no-frills styling associated with the company’s ‘M’ series, with matte black plastics used extensively and a lightweight low-profile stand base. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, combining a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen and a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front. A dedicated KVM button is found above this, allowing quick swapping of USB peripherals between systems.
A 27″ IPS-type panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution and 240Hz refresh rate is used, possibly the same Sharp LQ270T1JG04 seen in the FI27Q-X. Adaptive-Sync features, including FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 240Hz VRR range plus LFC. A light to very light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° viewing angles also feature. 10-bit (8-bit +FRC) colour is supported, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a typical maximum luminance of 350 cd/m² and 92% DCI-P3 colour gamut. Based on the panel we believe is used plus a specified 140% sRGB gamut, very strong Adobe RGB coverage may also be provided. VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included, delivering a basic HDR10 experience. This includes a peak luminance of at least 400 cd/m² but doesn’t require a particularly high brightness by HDR standards or the use of local dimming to enhance contrast. It also allows the wide colour gamut and 10-bit colour reproduction to be put to good use.
Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote a more relaxing viewing experience. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual don’t put too much weight on this figure. Aim Stabilizer Sync also features, a strobe backlight setting which can be used alongside Adaptive-Sync if you wish. The stand attaches by 100 x 100mm VESA and can be replaced by a compatible alternative if preferred. It offers tilt and height (130mm or 5.12 inches) adjustment. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4 (with HBR3), USB-C (18W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and DC power input (external ‘power brick’). 2 x 2W speakers are also included, whilst PiP/PbP and KVM functionality is also included.
Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Information on price and availability still to come.