Monitors without bezels seem to be all the rage these days. This is even more so as multi-monitor setups are becoming more popular with the introduction of the G-Sync (and soon, possibly the V-Sync as well) technology. Ultra-thin bezels will mean that multi-monitor gaming setups will be as seamless an experience as a curved 30″ and above monitor, which easily costs over $2000 now. Even then, with the lack of compatibility with the current graphics card and affordability, the support for such monitors will practically be non-existent.
At least for the next 5 years or so, we’ll likely to continue seeing a huge demand for 27 or even 30 inch gaming monitors (flat-screened, of course). This will probably go on until the currently present irks like screen tearing or stuttering issues are completely resolved. Only then will the monitor makers likely to branch out into newer and less explored areas like curved screens.
Acer’s XG270HU monitor for gaming
With that said, the XG270HU seems to be very close in achieving a seamless gaming experience. Known as an “edge to edge” display, Acer has attempted to build a gaming monitor that has almost no bezel at all. Regardless of how thin a monitor bezel can get though, there will still be a slight gap or edge that will be present in between 2 different gaming monitors. The only way to overcome this would be to have a completely adjoined screen in one package. While this might seem far-fetched, even in the current age, it still is possible. I don’t expect the price to be anywhere near the gaming monitors nowadays though, and it’ll probably be multiple times the price of the most expensive gaming monitors today, including the 4K displays.
What G-Sync does
Now, I’d like to reiterate what I said earlier regarding how G-Sync monitor trumps any other monitor setups. Because G-Sync offers such a fluid gaming experience, motion blur will be reduced as well, and while this might not seem as realistic when watching movies (many compare this to watching a soap opera), a lot of gamers will be very happy with this. The BenQ XL2420Z is an excellent example of a gaming monitor that’s been upgraded into its newer G-Sync capable XL2420G.
In fact, the smoother the motion or in this case, the transition in frames are, the better we will be able to notice the little details as we move about in the gaming world, as opposed to seeing them flash past in a blur. Such graphical details, regardless of how minor, will be a waste of resources and as a result, our gaming experience will suffer a direct degradation as well. All in all, the next time you consider upgrading your graphics card to cinch out a couple more frames per second in your games, you might want to consider upgrading your monitor to a purely gaming one instead.