Smartwatches have rocketed from a fringe piece of technology with limited uses back in the early 2010s to a very important component of any discerning technophile’s style arsenal. A recent development has seen the rise in popularity of smartwatches especially autonomous e-sim smartwatches. A smartwatch with eSim can make and receive calls, send and receive messages without a phone is at hand. This offers complete independence from larger smartphones that sometimes just get in the way.
The best smartwatches do more than let you know if you are getting a call or text message on your wrist. They are everything in one: a fitness tracker for getting healthier, and in some cases, it can act as a phone, even if your smartphone is nowhere nearby. However, the best smartwatch does all these things better than others. Some have huge numbers of apps you can download, and some have batteries that will barely last a day, while others can go nearly a week or sometimes more on a single charge.
In addition, there is style and design: The best smartwatches come with premium materials from glass, to titanium to ceramic, materials that will surely blend to match any outfit. In this guide, we included the top smartwatches that are all equipped to work with their own eSim or SIM card and do not need to be tethered to a phone to work.
HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro
Battery life: 5 days in smart mode – 21 days in ultra-long battery life mode
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
LTE: Yes (eSim)
Operating system: HarmonyOS 2
The most elegant eSim smartwatch with the longest-lasting battery life supports standalone connectivity. By activating the eSim service on their smartphones, users can share the phone number as well as voice and data plans between their smartphone and smartwatch. Additionally, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro features an ultra-long battery life, supporting up to five-day battery life in smart mode and provides 21 days in ultra-long battery life mode.
The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro is an outstanding smartwatch, featuring 3D curved glass, hi-tech ceramic materials, heavy-duty titanium watch body, a 3D rotating crown, and stylish watch straps. As well as this, it is also a masterpiece, polished by the top watch designers with top-notch technologies to achieve mirror-level polishing that is comparable to traditional watches’ precision and premium quality. The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro is made of aerospace-grade titanium fused with a sapphire glass lens that guarantees durability.
This smartwatch is not only aesthetically pleasing but also capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions and the test of time, offering an incredible level of protection at any given moment. The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro offers all-day health management features ranging from skin temperature detection with the new high-precision temperature sensor, fall detection to SOS alert. Coupled with heart rate and 24 hours SpO2 monitoring, sleep, and pressure, Huawei’s latest smartwatch comprehensive feature set allows users to stay up to date on their health condition.
Moreover, users can turn the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro into their personal assistant and view flight status, track food orders and taxi information by raising their wrist, saving them from the hassle of having to juggle their smartphone. The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro also comes pre-installed with AppGallery, where users can download third-party apps. The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro also supports Smart Hand Gesture Control, which intelligently senses various hand gestures. For instance, you can answer an incoming call by releasing a clenched fist with a raised wrist.
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The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro offers an upgraded sports monitoring feature, providing over 100 workout modes including 17 professional workout modes, 12 outdoor workouts, and 7 indoor workouts. No matter what sports you are interested in, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 is ready to take the challenge with you.
Apple Watch Series 6
Size: 40mm, 44mm
Battery life: 18 hours
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Operating system: iOS
This watch from Apple is cellular-enabled, though users must own an iPhone that shares a plan with their smartwatch. This smartwatch from Apple allows users to make calls, send and receive texts, receive data, e.g. social media and weather updates, access maps, and use Apple Music, all without their phone in hand.
The Apple Watch Series 6 looks great, it is not exactly quintessentially Apple – but the round-edged screen and smooth case are quite pleasing. It is not large, heavy, or cumbersome, but it has a good weight to it and feels good on the wrist just like how a solid piece of technology should. Overall, the design is different from most smartwatches available in the market.
The big issue with Apple watches in the past has been battery life. Advanced features like 4G/LTE connectivity and GPS tracking tend to drain battery life. The Apple Watch Series 6 does better than previous models but the improvement is not really significant. The battery life is about 18 hours tops.
The Apple Watch Series 6 supports sports monitoring features with 80 workout modes in addition to health managing features ranging from ECG function to heart rate, and exercise tracking in addition to SP02, albeit SPO2 has to be turned on manually.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Size: 41mm, 45mm
Battery life: up to 2 days
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Operating system: Tizen OS
The latest offering from Samsung, the Galaxy Watch 3 is available with an LTE cellular connection, and hence, it allows users to leave their phones behind, as they stay connected with the world from their wrist. Text, call, payments, maps, travel info, weather, and social media all with a flick of a wrist.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has more classic styling with a round face and traditional straps. It comes in two sizes of 41mm and 45mm and has a variety of finishes and styles. The rotating bezel allows users to navigate the menus easily by scrolling through options with a quick turn. In terms of battery life, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 long-lasting battery can go for more than a day on a single charge, and users can always get a quick boost from compatible Galaxy phones with wireless reverse charging.
Extensive fitness tracking means it is a great companion and motivator when indulging in outdoor activities. It will also monitor heart rate and SPO2 if you want by checking manually and also track sleep to help users stay on top of their health.
Choosing the right one
Making the final choice comes down to the user and their preferences. A variety of reasons including specifications, cellular compatibility, battery life, health monitoring features, aesthetics, screen size, and of course price point will be the ultimate deciding factors on what your next smartwatch should be.
ASUS Middle East Announces Mega Offers on its Networking Products for Amazon’s 11.11 Sale
ASUS Middle East has announced that it is participating in Amazon’s 11.11 sale, which will run from November 10th to 12th, 2021. ASUS is all geared up with its own offers, which are being offered by the company on its wide range of networking products.
Check out the outstanding deals below and avail them before it’s all gone!
The ASUS RT-AC86U is the ultimate choice for gaming, with blistering 2917Mbps Wi-Fi speeds, MU-MIMO technology and powerful game-boosting features including the WTFast game accelerator and Adaptive QoS. Whether you’re gaming online in a heated competition or streaming a live event in 4K UHD, lag and buffering are simply not an option. NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology delivers the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream (4×4) speeds of up to 2167Mbps, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2917Mbps. So everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming!
AED 799 AED 499
This AX1800 Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router supports MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology, with AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro, and is compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system. The RT-AX56U supports 80MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 1800Mbps — 574 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1201 Mbps on the 5GHz band. Supporting not only MU-MIMO but also OFDMA technique to efficiently allocate channels, communicate with multiple devices simultaneously.
AED 599 AED 409
This AX3000 Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router supports MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology, with AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro, and is compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system. The RT-AX58U has lifetime free AiProtection Pro, powered by Trend Micro with automatic, regularly updated security signatures to protect your devices and personal data from internet threats. This strong security offers advanced parental controls, including the ability to block specific websites and mobile app types.
AED 799 AED 599
ASUS XD4 (B-1-PK)
The ZenWiFi AX Mini system consists of one ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 router and two extending node, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. ZenWiFi AX Mini puts your WiFi into top gear! With a total bandwidth of up to of 1800 Mbps, it’s up to 1.4X faster than WiFi 5 routers. Uniquely, ZenWiFi lets you choose how you name your WiFi networks: a single name for everything, or separate names for each frequency band.
AED 649 AED 509
RT-AX55 is a 2×2 dual-band WiFi router that provides 80MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 1800Mbps — 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1201Mbps on the 5GHz band — RT-AX55 is 1.5X faster than 802.11ac 2×2 dual-band routers. With a revolutionary combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology, 802.11ax technology provides up to 4X greater network capacity and efficiency in traffic-dense environments. Target Wake Time (TWT) allows RT-AX55 to schedule designated intervals for devices to transmit data. This allows them to sleep when there is no need to wait for a router signal, reducing power consumption by up to 7X for significantly improved battery life.
AED 329 AED 259
ASUS RT-AX53U AX1800 Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router is a 2×2 dual-band WiFi router that provides 80MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 1800Mbps — 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1201Mbps on the 5GHz band. It supports the New-Gen WiFi Standard – WiFi 6(802.11ax) standard supporting MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology for better efficiency and throughput. Supporting not only MU-MIMO but also OFDMA technique to efficiently allocate channels, communicate with multiple devices simultaneously.
AED 329 AED 259
Powered by 5th-generation Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi), the 802.11ac chipset gives the RT-AC59U super-fast wireless speeds. RT-AC59U delivers up to 867 Mbps at 5 GHz, also with 4×4 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz which is 2X faster than current 300 Mbps routers. The RT-AC59U is equipped with four Gigabit LAN ports that can pump up to 4Gbps simultaneously. Smart TVs, game consoles, cable boxes, media players, NAS storage devices and more can now have their own dedicated ports, making the RT-AC59U your home’s lag-free media hub.
AED 219 AED 179
ASUS CD6 (1-PK)
The ZenWiFi AC Mini system consists of one ASUS AC1500 router and two extending node, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. Uniquely, ZenWiFi lets you choose how you name your WiFi networks: a single name for everything, or separate names for each frequency band. AiProtection Classic with Parental Controls is free for life. It gives you total peace of mind, and you can keep an eye on everything that’s happening on your network via the mobile app.
AED 399 AED 329
The GS-AX5400 is a dual-band WiFi 6 gaming router, that is PS5 compatible. It comes with a Mobile Game Mode, VPN Fusion, lifetime free internet security, Instant Guard, Gear Accelerator, Gaming Port, Adaptive QoS, port forwarding, and support for ASUS Aura RGB. Get the competitive edge with ROG Strix GS-AX5400, a WiFi 6 gaming router that gives you the fastest, smoothest WiFi gaming connections ever. With ultrafast WiFi speeds up to 5400 Mbps, it’s ready for the most intense matches, and with fully customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects, it looks great too. If you take gaming seriously, you need the GS-AX5400.
AED 1,199 AED 999
ASUS XT8 (B-2-PK)
The ZenWiFi AX system consists of a pair of ASUS AX6600 WiFi 6 routers, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. ZenWiFi AX puts your WiFi into top gear! With a total bandwidth of up to of 6600 Mbps, it’s up to 2.2X faster than tri-band AC3000 (WiFi 5) routers. Uniquely, ZenWiFi AX lets you choose how you name your WiFi networks: a single name for everything, or separate names for each frequency band.
AED 2,699 AED 2,299
The GS-AX3000 is a dual-band WiFi 6 gaming router that is compatible with PS5. It also comes with Mobile Game Mode, VPN Fusion, lifetime free internet security, Instant Guard, Gear Accelerator, Gaming Port, Adaptive QoS, port forwarding, and support for ASUS Aura RGB. Get the competitive edge with ROG Strix GS-AX3000, a WiFi 6 gaming router that gives you the fastest, smoothest WiFi gaming connections ever. With ultrafast WiFi speeds up to 3000 Mbps, it’s ready for the most intense matches, and with fully customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects, it looks great too. If you take gaming seriously, you need the GS-AX3000.
AED 959 AED 819
ASUS XD6 (W-1-PK)
The ZenWiFi XD6 system consists of a pair of ASUS AX5400 WiFi 6 routers, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. ASUS ZenWiFi XD6 gives you alternative backhaul options: Ethernet and WiFi. The router intelligently chooses the most reliable method for you based on connection quality. If you prefer, you can also manually choose the type of backhaul connection. ZenWiFi XD6 puts your WiFi into top gear. With a total bandwidth of up to 5400 Mbps, it’s up to 2.2X faster than WiFi 5 routers.
AED 1,099 AED 939
This AX5700 Dual Band WiFi 6 Gaming Router is compatible with PS5, and comes with Mobile Game Mode, Lifetime Free Internet Security, Mesh WiFi support, 2.5G Port*, Gaming Port, Adaptive QoS, and Port Forwarding. You can enjoy ultrafast speeds up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels. It minimises lag and latency for mobile gaming with just a tap on the ASUS Router app.
AED 1,099 AED 939
Enjoy the fastest, smoothest WiFi gaming connections ever with the ASUS RT-AX82U dual-band WiFi 6 router. It delivers ultrafast WiFi speeds up to 5400 Mbps, and is packed with advanced technology, including Mobile Game Mode for a lag-free, low-latency mobile gaming experience. RT-AX82U brings you all the benefits of WiFi 6 (802.11ax), and works perfectly with all your existing WiFi devices. ASUS RT-AX82U features ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects that include multi-color modes with hundreds of colors. You can choose from a variety of lighting effects and customize lighting to align with specific modes.
AED 959 AED 829
The TUF Gaming AX5400 Dual Band WiFi 6 Gaming Router comes with a dedicated Gaming Port, 3 steps port forwarding, AiMesh for mesh WiFi, AiProtection Pro network security, and AURA RGB lighting. You can enjoy speeds up to 5400 Mbps and 4X network efficiency with OFDMA and 160 MHz channels. It has a dedicated gaming port to prioritise connected gaming devices.
AED 749 AED 649
The RT-AX92U with 4×4 tri-band Wi-Fi that provides 160MHz* bandwidth and 1024-QAM* for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 4804Mbps on the 5GHz-2 band, RT-AX92U is 2.7X faster than normal 802.11ac 4×4 routers. You can enjoy the technology from the future now and still connect it with the latest 802.11ax devices when they come out in the near future. ASUS proprietary technology – AiMesh allows RT-AX92U to work with any compatible routers to turn your home WiFi into the latest mesh WiFi system. All the AiMesh routers talk to each other and keep an eye on the signal strength to your device, and switch it seamlessly to another source if necessary.
AED 1,249 AED 1,099
Experience the next-gen 802.11ax WiFi performance with the RT-AX89X. Featuring MU-MIMO, OFDMA, and other ASUS exclusive features, enjoy blazing fast speeds with, efficient, stable performance. The RT-AX89X features Dual 10G Ports with 10GBase-T and 10G SFP technology port, and offers 8x gigabit LAN ports and 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports for flexible connectivity.
AED 1,999 AED 1,799
Game with your friends like never before with the quickest, slickest WiFi gaming connections with the ASUS RT-AX86U dual-band WiFi 6 router. The ASUS RT-AX86U proffers ultrafast WiFi till 5700 Mbps for a smooth mobile gaming experience. Swift and speed 2 Gbps Internet along with 2 Gbps WAN support connections, and brawny WiFi 6 helps you remove WiFi congestion and delivers lightning speed. The Mobile Game Mode is also designed to reduce latency for gaming in mobile with only a click on the router app.
AED 1,299 AED 1,199
The RT-AX88U AX6000 Dual-Band Gigabit Router from Asus features support for the 802.11ax standard, which utilizes OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology to bring improvements for Wi-Fi connectivity across the board. Specs-wise, it has a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 256 MB of flash storage. It utilizes four external antennas, operates on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, and can reach speeds of up to 6000 Mbps. Moreover, it has Adaptive QoS and built-in wtfast for enhanced gaming, AiProtection Pro for network security, and Asus AiMesh for network expansion. Should you opt for a wired connection, the RT-AX88U has eight Gigabit LAN ports for your convenience.
AED 1,499 AED 1,399
The RT-AX68U takes the pain out of managing your home network. It’s easy to set up and easy to keep an eye on what’s happening, via the intuitive PC interface or the ASUS Router app. With just a few taps or clicks, you can see when new devices connect or when new updates become available, and change settings to suit your needs. It also supports Router supporting AiProtection Pro network security, Advanced Parental Controls, WAN aggregation and ASUS Router App for easy setup and management.
AED 899 AED 859
UAE 2021 Earbuds Buying Guide: Pick Up the Right Audio and Travel Companion for This Summer
There are many TWS earphones on the market that are in-ear: they provide better physical noise cancellation, a better seal and are also more stable because they fit better inside the ear canal. When compared to open-fit designs, they offer more advantages. There are many reasons why people choose open-fit earphones, including the fact that they are more comfortable than in-ear earphones.
Additionally, open-fit earphones are now catching up with them by packing in active noise cancellation (ANC) capabilities. The most popular open-fit earphones on the market right now are Apple AirPods 2, Samsung Galaxy Buds Live and Huawei FreeBuds 4. Let’s find out how they stack up against each other!
HUAWEI FreeBuds 4
A 14.3mm dynamic driver on the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 produces excellent and impressive bass sounds, which is the most important consideration for most consumers when selecting earphones. HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 are equipped with a newly upgraded bass enhancement engine, bass tube, and motherboard that create an independently sealed sound chamber. What’s more, the HUAWEI AI Life app enables users to record ambient sounds, as well as use Voice Mode to enhance voice recognition and reduce background noise.
Apart from the dynamic driver, the ANC technology also plays an important role. An ergonomic simulation platform is used by the earphones to objectively evaluate the comfort of the earphones. The curvature and size of the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 are optimised and polished at the micro-level. This makes the earphones fit better in the ears, thus providing better comfort and noise cancellation, thanks to an airtight seal. The earphones also come packed with a dual-microphone hybrid de-noising technology that helps improve noise cancelation.
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 are also the first open-fit earbuds in the industry to use Adaptive Ear Matching (AEM) noise cancellation technology. When noise cancellation is switched on, the earbuds will automatically detect the users’ ear shape and determine the optimum noise cancellation setup for each user, resulting in the most comfortable noise cancellation experience. HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 can achieve up to 25 dB which is one the deepest extent in open-fit ANC TWS earphones.
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 also brings in new enhancements, such as the support for dual device connection with various kinds of devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, smartwatches, and smart TVs. It also supports dual device connection with smart devices running on different operating systems such as Android, iOS, and Windows systems. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 also comes with a smart interactive experience, that lets you effortlessly enable active noise cancellation, adjust the volume, answer calls, press play, and switch songs right from the earphone stems, with simple Swipe/Double-tap/Long press touch controls.
Apple Airpods 2
The Apple Airpods 2 come with a dynamic driver that measures 14 mm compared to the HAUWEI FreeBuds 4’s 14.3mm. This essentially means that the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 will be able to produce higher audio output and better bass performance. The Apple AirPods 2 also does not come with the Active Noise Cancellation features – this means you won’t be able to experience a quiet listening session.
The colour of the earphones is very important, especially when you are looking at personalising your overall experience. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 comes in Ceramic White and Silver Frost, while the Apple AirPods 2 are only available in white colour. In terms of stability of connectivity, the Apple Airpods 2 really do a good job. However, they are limited to the Apple ecosystem, and the dual device connection can only be used between iOS systems.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live come packed with a 12 mm driver. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also offers an Active Noise Cancellation function. However, the ANC only offers 10db, while the HUAWEI Freebuds 4 can achieve up to 25dB. In terms of colours, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is now available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black, which offers great options for those looking to personalise their experience. But then, Samsung Galaxy Buds Live do not support dual device connection.
So there we have it – these are some of the options you can consider if you are looking for the perfect audio accessory to take with you as your travel companion this summer.
UAE Monitor Roundup: Read Through Our Top Picks for the Best Monitors of 2021 So Far
Monitors have become more than just an important part of a PC setup. Whether you’re playing a game, writing a document, or even editing a video, monitors have innovated over the years and have become more than just a display. Finding the right monitor that suits your needs can be beneficial on how you’ll be using it: focusing on work, writing for school, playing games, or even completing professional work and that could mean the difference between ultimate viewing comfort and a major inconvenience.
There’s not one single monitor that will work best for everyone and factors such as size, features and price are all the best things that users should look out for. But this guide should hopefully give you an overview of some of the best-rated monitors that you can buy.
- Screen Size: 28.2-inch (3850 x 2560 pixels) 60Hz
- Aspect ratio: 3:2
- Brightness: 500 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1200:1
The Huawei MateView comes with 28.2-inch display and a 4K+ resolution and the 3:2 aspect ratio brings more vertical room perfect for viewing documents and web pages. The ultra-thin bezels gives a more immersive feel and the DCI-P3 colour gamut gives the monitor with 1.07 colours and ∆E<2 colour accuracy. There is also HDR support as well as 500 nits of brightness.
The Huawei MateView leverages technologies that allow it to take advantage of multi-device collaboration. It supports real-time PC casting using a wireless connection and users can also utilise the Huawei MateView as an extended display while connected to a laptop. From there, content can be dragged and dropped between the two screens. Once a screen is projected, users also have the ability to control the tablet interface and apps using a connected keyboard and mouse on the monitor.
The rectangular design of the monitor features ultra-thin bezels for a borderless viewing experience. There are also two speakers that offer an impressive soundstage. The USB-C port allows data transfers as well as monitor input and charging all through the use of a single cable.
Also part of the monitor is the Huawei Smart Bar, a touch OSD that is hidden underneath the screen where all the monitor functions can be performed by a simple tap and touch.
- Compatibility with Huawei’s other Super Devices
- 4K+ resolution
- Smart bar
- Lower response time
- Screen Size: 32-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 60Hz
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Brightness: 500 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
BenQ’s massive 32-inch display brings a large 4K resolution perfect for editing images and videos. It comes with a factory-calibrated display that’s designed for creatives and even professionals. It covers 100% of the sRGB and Rec. 709 colour space, offering some of the best colours that you will find on a display.
The anti-glare monitor features an ergonomic design, with a stand that supports height, tilt, pivot, stroke, and swivel adjustments. It comes with modes like Animation Mode and Darkroom Mode that effectively adjust the level of brightness perfect for the task it will be used for. Features like Flicker-free and Low Blue Light Technology are also present to help filter out harmful blue light to reduce eye strain brought about by long-term usage.
- 4K resolution
- Large display
- Designer-specific features may not apply to everyone
- Screen Size: 27-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 60Hz
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Brightness: 350 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1300:1
Dell’s UltraSharp U2720QM brings the best colour reproduction with the 4K resolution in a 27-inch size monitor. This monitor also offers 99% sRGB and 99% Rec 709 colour coverage that showcase true-to-life colours perfect for viewing images and editing videos. The high 1300:1 contrast ratio also means that you will see ultra-clear details even in dark shadows for brightly lit areas.
The monitor connects via USB-C, offering up to 90W of power delivery which is the highest power delivery in its class. Through this, you can enable uninterrupted productivity using only a single cable to handle video, audio, and power.
- Great design
- Coninvinent USB-C connection
- A higher refresh rate would have been better
- No VRR support
LG UltraGear 38GN950
- Screen Size: 38-inch (3840 x 1600 pixels) 144Hz
- Aspect ratio: 21:9
- Brightness: 450 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
The LG UltraGear 38GN950 has dubbed as the ultimate gaming monitor thanks to its ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio and a high 144Hz refresh rate that’s actually overclockable to 160Hz. Features like 1ms response time, support for DisplayHDR 600, G-Sync, and FreeSync compatibility are just of the gaming-centric capabilities that it has.
The monitor also features a Nano IPS display that offers the best vivid images and life-like textures. The increased refresh rate practically eliminates ghosting and motion blur that’s perfect for games. The expansive 3840 x 1600 pixel resolution also gives a wide-open space so you can open and compare multiple documents or web pages with ease.
- High 144Hz refresh rate overclockable to 160Hz
- Price is at a premium
- HDR could be better
Apple ProDisplay XDR
- Screen Size: 32-inch (6016 x 3384 pixels) 60Hz
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Brightness: 1000 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1,000,000:1
Apple’s insanely expensive ProDisplay XDR boasts one of the best displays on this list. Coming with a 6K colour-calibrated panel that brings an incredible 6016 x 3384-pixel resolution, it also has the same lattice pattern seen on the new Mac Pro. The panel uses blue-coloured LEDs for improved contrast ratio and HDR capabilities – in fact, it comes with a rated 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
It’s also insanely bright, offering 1000 cd/m2 of brightness, and can even reach 1600 cd/m2 of peak brightness. It uses a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port for connections and is compatible with nearly all of Apple’s devices. The only catch is the insanely high price, which limits this monitor sorely for professionals or creatives that can afford it.
- Excellent display technology perfect for professionals
- 1,600 cd/m2 peak brightness
- Very expensive
- Uses only Thunderbolt 3 as input
- Screen Size: 31.5-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 60Hz
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Brightness: 250 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 3,000:1
Samsung’s new 4K UHD Smart Monitor brings the best of streaming video to your desktop. Its smart capabilities mean that it can run streaming apps so you don’t have to connect your laptop to be able to watch content. The built-in speakers also mean that the monitor can pretty much function like a TV.
The monitor also comes with basic productivity applications installed, so simply connect a mouse and a keyboard and you should be able to edit documents even without a computer connected.
- Smart features that work without a computer
- Supports wireless projection from compatible smartphones
- Not suitable for gaming
A lot of these monitors offer the best combination of features and performance but in the end, it’s up to the user to find the right one to suit their preference. The choices may vary, but these monitors we’ve rounded up all deliver the best possible viewing experience.
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