Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ Gaming Monitor Review

Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ Gaming Monitor Review

Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ Gaming Monitor Review

Gigabyte has launched a new Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor in India. Gigabyte has launched this latest offering in the form of a curved monitor, which has a 99% DCI-P3 color gamut and also gives a more lively experience while gaming or doing anything, including video editing, content creation, or multitasking. Now, let’s move over to its price, specifications, and features .

Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ QD-OLED monitor Price In India

The GIGABYTE AORUS CO49DQ QD-OLED gaming monitor is priced at ₹1,29,000 and will be available through authorized Gigabyte dealerships in India from April 31.

AORUS CO49DQ QD-OLED Monitor

The monitor is about 1195 x 559 x 262 millimeters and has a mass of about 11.28 kilograms, including the stand. It features a 49-inch curved QD-OLED screen, which does not blink. The screen resolution is 5120 x 1440p or DQHD. The viewing angle is 178 degrees with a 250 nits brightness and 144 Hz refresh rate, something that gives a very sharp feel to the eye. It is essential to mention that the screen is anti-reflective, hence flattening off the excess light on the eyes.

It also supports VESA ClearMR 8000 and VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400, further enhancing the picture quality—super quick response time of 0.03ms (GTG). HDR10 supported, 99% DCI P3 color gamut, so obviously, the colors look alive and real. It’s got 10-bit color depth on this screen, and the aspect ratio is 32:9.

The monitor is also compatible with numerous particular technologies, including AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, VESA Certified Clear MR, and VESA Certified DisplayHDR. Other features include OSD Sidekick, Black Equalizer, Dashboard, Crosshair, Timer, Counter, PiP/PbP, Auto-update, KVM Switch, and 6-Axis Color Control.

Gaming experience

 I observed that with the QD OLED, the screen simply brightens up with brilliant colors and inky blacks combined, manifesting a visual treat. You can’t clearly describe in words what this monitor has to offer if you see a movie or play games in 4K HDR without actually experiencing it firsthand.

With that 32:9 aspect ratio, it frames your view in something so vast that it is almost unnatural, and you really will get a perspective on those games you’ve played before. I got to play God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, and Horizon Zero Dawn on this thing in the super-ultrawide aspect ratio, and the experience was unmatched.

Although the list of games supporting the 32:9 aspect ratio is increasing with time, it’s important to note that there are many games out there that still don’t support this aspect ratio. If you intend to hook up a console to it, you will also have to be happy with those black bars on both sides. Some gaming-oriented features can be turned on through the OSD menu of the monitor to get the most out of the gaming experience. For instance, the Black Equalizer makes dark areas of the monitor appear deeper in detail. While this feature should be off while watching movies, as it brightens dark places, it can be pretty effective in FPS games. It also comes with a Timer to keep track of elapsed time, a Crosshair to shoot better, and an HDR mode to precisely adjust the output according to the content (games, movies, and HDR 400 mode of high-brightness mode).

If you want to calibrate the screen, you have the 6-axis color control. There, you can tune the color as per your expression: red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow.

Work Experience

I connected my MacBook Air M1 laptop to the monitor, and I have to share with you that it was an addictive experience.

I could even do side-by-side two apps without problems because the monitor supports an equivalent of two 27-inch 16:9 windowed screens. I even managed to squeeze another app (Slack) between these windows. You can also have two input sources in a 16:9 aspect ratio side-by-side using the HDMI/Display port.

In effect, the same result usually achieved via a two/three-monitor setup can be reproduced on the AORUS without any bezels in between. For those of you who have to edit videos or music, this is a dream screen for ultimate convenience. The PIP and PBP features allow you to view different video sources on screen at the same time as well. Panel protection The elephant in the room, of course, we have to address: the burn-in on a QD-OLED panel. This problem is evident with OLED monitors, and QD-OLEDs suffer from this problem much more than W-OLED panels, if your workstation with your laptop/PC has many static elements on the screen.

To address this problem, Gigabyte has also integrated an AI-based algorithm into the AORUS CO49DQ to minimize the risks of burn-in issues and spread it across the host of OLED-protecting technologies in the display. That said, the effectiveness of this is impossible to test in the review as such issues usually pop up after months, if not years, of usage. But it is always great to know that the panel has some extra safety mechanisms in place. Sound

 

I suggest that gamers use gaming headsets instead of relying on a monitor’s built-in speaker system. Those who prefer to watch movies or TV shows really need a soundbar. You can’t shake the feeling that something is missing, but you can work with these dual 5W speakers on the AORUS CO49DQ. These speakers are good enough, working for an indoor setting, and with the surround sound option on, they provide a decent audio experience.

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