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NZXT Canvas 27Q (Bild: NZXT)

NZXT: WQHD 165Hz gaming display debuts

American company NZXT, which is actually better known for its PC cases, is celebrating its gaming display debut with two models. The Canvas 27Q (27-inch) and Canvas 32Q (31.5-inch) have a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (WQHD), achieve a maximum refresh rate of 165Hz, and eliminate tearing with the help of FreeSync Premium.

Canvas 27 Q in black finish and with stand (Image: NZXT)

The 27-inch is flat and uses IPS, while the 31.5-inch comes with 1500R curvature and what appears to be a VA panel. The latter is still unclear, as the datasheet mentions a contrast ratio of 1000:1, which is more typical for IPS, which should actually be at least 2500:1 or 3000:1 for VA. We are currently consulting with the responsible German press office to clarify this.

The other key innovations are largely identical: 8-bit color depth, 300 cd/m² luminance, 99 percent sRGB, and HDR10 support are offered. In addition, there is talk of a response time of 1 ms; whether this refers to the gray shift or is an MPRT specification is not clear from the information material. We are currently trying to find out about this as well. On the connection side, there are two HDMI 2.0 inputs, a DisplayPort 1.2, a USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack, and USB-C with DisplayPort Alternate Mode.

NZXT 32Q Canvas Print (Image: NZXT)
32Q curved canvas with white base (Image: NZXT)

The canvas screens are available in different colors (black, white, black and white) and optionally with or without support. Alternatively, a monitor arm (single or double) can also be reserved on request. Of Canvas NZXT 27Q is available from 409 euros directly from the manufacturer, while for the Canvas NZXT 32Q at least 499 euros will be owed. By the way, both products have in common blue light filtering, flicker-free backlighting, VESA mounting (100 x 100 mm), and a three-year warranty.

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NZXT Display Specifications

panel type PI(27Q)
AV (?) (32Q)
resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels (WQHD)
diagonal 27 or 31.5 inches
pixel density 109 and 93 dpi, respectively
color depth 8 bit
Update frequency 165Hz
luminance 300cd/m²
Response time (G2G) 1ms (?)
contrast ratio 1000:1 (27Q)
interfaces 2xHDMI 2.0
1 display port 1.2
1x USB-C
2 x USB 3.0 (downstream)
1 x USB 3.0 (upstream)
1 headphone output
ergonomics Blue light filter, VESA mount (100 x 100 mm), flicker-free backlight, stand (optional) or monitor arm
Synchronization technology FreeSync Premium
HDR support HDR10
Miscellaneous Different selectable color variations

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General Comment

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