I've waited several weeks to highlight this monitor deal, because when I originally wanted to write it up, the display quickly sold out. Today I received an alert that it's back in stock. So, what is it? This is Monoprice's 27-inch Zero-G curved gaming monitor, and it offers some nice value for the $179.99 asking price.
Monoprice is not the first name that comes to mind when thinking about monitors, and I've never used one of their displays before. However, it's my go-to destination for various cables (HDMI, Ethernet, and so forth).
Branding aside, this is a 27-inch VA display with a 1920x1080 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (MPRT), and FreeSync support. According to the listing, the panel is actually made by Samsung (LSM270HP09).
Monoprice 27-Inch Zero-G Curved Monitor | 1080p | 165Hz | FreeSync | $179.99
You get a lot of bang for your buck with this deal, as no other 27-inch monitor at this price offers a 165Hz refresh rate (most are either 60Hz or 75Hz).
The vast majority of 27-inch monitors priced below $200 are much slower—60Hz or 75Hz. And if narrowing the field to 165Hz displays, pricing on Newegg starts at $219.99 and quickly goes up, shooting north of $300.
Whether you're willing to take a flyer on a Monoprice display is obviously up to you, but the bang-for-buck proposition on this one is high. And according to Monoprice, this monitor features an "A grade panel," backed by a 1-year "PixelPerfect" guarantee. There's also a "hassle free 30 day money back guarantee" attached to Monoprice's monitors.
If you're willing to spend a little more for a higher resolution, Monoprice is also selling a 27-inch Zero-G model with a 2650x1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and DisplayHDR 400 certification for $249.99. It's also based on a Samsung panel (LSM270DP02).
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Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).