If you thought 360Hz gaming monitors were overkill for the majority of people, display manufacturer AUO has something that might surprise you. During the SID 2022 Display Week (which is this week), AUO showed off a range of new displays it’s working on (first spotted by ComputerBase), including two panels with a whopping 480Hz refresh rate.
The panels come in two sizes: A 24-inch model that’s meant for desktop monitors, and a 16-inch version for laptops. Both panels come in at Full HD resolution, as you might have expected for such a high frame rate. The desktop display uses a TN panel, which should have faster pixel response times, and it makes more sense for high-refresh-rate displays. AUO touts a response time below 1ms for this model. Meanwhile, the laptop display has a response time that’s somewhere between 1ms and 2ms, though AUO’s video isn’t very specific.
Gaming displays have become increasingly fast in recent years, with 360Hz panels only becoming widely available a couple of years ago. You shouldn’t take this announcement to mean that AUO’s 480Hz displays will be available in consumer products anytime soon, since these still need to be sent to manufacturers, and companies have to design matching display controllers and processors to drive this kind of panel. However, it’s bound to happen at some point.
That’s not all AUO showed off at the event, with other panels including a 34-inch WQHD curved display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 200Hz refresh rate, and support for DisplayHDR 1000; a 16-inch 2.5K display at Quad HD resolution and with a 240Hz refresh rate, also with HDR 1000. These two panels use AmLED (Adaptive mini-LED) technology to deliver higher contrast ratios and more vivid colors. Additionally, a 4K panel with a 160Hz refresh rate was also shown.
You may not know AUO by name, but the company makes a lot of panels inside popular laptops and monitors. It should only be a matter of time until these start making their way to consumer products.
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