It’s a 24.1-inch 1080p G-Sync panel that’s unfortunately saddled with TN screen technology, known for its refresh rates rather than viewing angles or wide color gamut. But the monitor pulls a pretty cool trick: the stand lets you pop in and out its feet to fit in narrower spaces and lock them in place.
The other thing it has over the Alienware is a price: Asus rep Cat Tompkins tells The Verge it should cost $899 USD.
It’s also got a built-in ESS Quad DAC with “near-zero audio latency,” presumably to pipe killer audio from your PC to its 3.5mm headphone jack. Asus boasts that it actually has “above 90% DCI-P3” in terms of the colors it can display. Its twin HDMI ports are HDMI 2.0 rather than 2.1, which means you probably won’t have variable refresh rate for your game consoles, though you’ll probably be using DP 1.4 from your PC to achieve the high refresh rates anyhow. Like the Alienware and some earlier monitors, it comes with Nvidia’s Reflex Latency Analyzer.
I still think 500Hz monitors are overkill for the reasons I laid out this morning: “the response time difference between a 360Hz panel and a 500Hz one is less than one-thousandth of a second — 0.78 milliseconds, to be exact — and only in games where your graphics card or chip can actually deliver 500 frames per second,” I wrote.
But if that’s exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll have at least two options this year.