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I remember a time where we were all minding our own business, playing video games on a 60Hz screen, no idea what constitutes a refresh rate or why we should go higher than 60. Then 144Hz monitors came and gamers who love fast-paced shooters were all gawking, eyes-wide with how smooth the movement in the monitor is. Recently, companies have been pushing the limit to how fast you can run monitors. Engineers didn’t call it a day when they achieved 144Hz, no. They decide to push the technology even further. Thus, the 240Hz panels were born, offering almost twice as much as the performance of a 120/144Hz display, but it’s not without compromise. Fast monitors tend to have poor picture quality in order to accommodate the fast nature of their panels.
And ASUS didn’t want to stop at 240Hz. ASUS Republic of Gamers recently launched the PG259QNR, sporting the fastest refresh rate available in the market today with a whopping 360Hz. Beef up your machine because you need to pump at least triple the FPS you used to when you were using a 144Hz monitor.
The PG259QNR is a 24-inch monitor with a fast IPS panel that has a built-in NVIDIA G-Sync and Reflex Latency Analyzer technology. It also includes an ROG Desk Mount kit and will be available in Q4 2020. Another variant is going available this month, which is the PG259QN and doesn’t have the Reflex Latency Analyzer and the ROG Desk Mount kit.
So what is this feature and how are gamers going to benefit from it? This is an integrated system latency measurement tool, which is useful if you’re a competitive gamer that needs to make sure that all of his/her peripherals are working just the way they should. Competitive gaming is all about response time and the Reflex Latency Analyzer detects clicks coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the display to update the corresponding pixels. This technology used to be done with specialized high-speed cameras and equipment, and now gamers have the tool available at the palm of their hands to give them confidence that their machine is working as it should.
The PG259QNR delivers 50% more frames per second than a 240Hz gaming monitor. It also features a fast IPS panel which can provide a 1ms gray-to-gray response time because of its liquid crystal elements that can turn on/off 4x faster than regular IPS panels.
How I wish this can become a standard as mounting your monitor on a desk saves you a lot of desk real estate, not to mention cleaner cable routing, and saves you the hassle of looking for a reliable third-party solution. But then, you’d have to have a solid desk that can support the weight of the monitor. The PG259QNR has sort of a hybrid system. You can set it to be clamped to the edge of a desk via the Desk Mount Kit and it also has a space-saving V-shaped stand that will give you some of your desk back, but not as much as having it mounted.