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Saturday, November 28, 2020
By: Nick Hiebert
From: Winnipeg, MB
Firstly, I'll lay this out immediately for people who won't read to the end. The ghosting on this screen is absolutely atrocious, and no combination of settings helps with it. It genuinely is a 200Hz display with additional compatibility for 60Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz. However, the backlight operates at 60Hz only. This means that, while the pixels do support higher refresh rates, the 60Hz limit of the backlight means that moving images create duplicate artifacts behind moving images. This is called ghosting. Moving in a video game causes everything in the scene to darken due to pixel smudging. The effect is also noticeable in videos or movies as well. Secondly, the actual backlight itself lights the display unevenly. In dark scenes, bright orbs of light can be seen through the LCD in every corner of the display. I thought this was a vignette effect in the game I was playing when I first noticed it. But no. It's the display itself. The display is also VA, not IPS. Which means that the curved design actually creates blurring effects along the edges at any reasonable viewing distance as well. The display simply isn't what you think you're getting. I got suckered by hyped up advertising and didn't do my due diligence to avoid getting ripped off. Hopefully this review keeps someone from making the same mistake.