Update: The AMD FreeSync technology that this monitor supports, can be enabled with one of two available ranges. Either 56Hz-144Hz or 35Hz-90Hz has to be chosen, which should cover many players setups nicely. Price is €1099 in Europe and will be released in mid-January 2016.
EIZO has just announced the FORIS FS2735, a FreeSync gaming monitor in the high end of the spectrum. This 27-inch monitor features incredible specs, such as a 2560 x 1440 resolution (WQHD), IPS panel (In-Plane Switching) and the glorious 144Hz refresh rate. The FreeSync range has not been revealed yet by EIZO.
Along with this announcement, EIZO also unveiled two new additions to their G-Ignition software: G-Ignition Mobile and G-Ignition Drive.
The G-Ignition Mobile software is an IOS and Android compatible app that uses Bluetooth Smart technology, which is built in the EIZO FORIS FS2735 monitor. This allows users to use their smartphone to adjust the brightness, color, preset mode and other settings, and this is truly unique and has never been done before. The display is compatible with Windows, Mac, consoles and all other devices that can be connected with the FS2735.
That’s not all though. G-Ignition Mobile also allows gamers to get a notification in the corner of the FORIS FS2735 display whenever they receive a call or message on their Android device or iPhone. This is very great news for gamers who use headphones, as they no longer have to worry about missing a call or alarm because they can not hear the smartphone ring.
G-Ignition Drive is a cloud service powered by EIZO that allows gamers to share their gaming presets or download other gaming presets from pro gamers. G-Ignition Mobile and the Windows G-Ignition software can be used to access the G-Ignition Drive. The G-Ignition Drive also becomes available for the EIZO FS2434 and the EIZO FG2421.
EIZO is known for having their own technologies to improve gaming experience and motion clarity, which is also the case with this screen, as it features:
Smart Resolution: A Super-resolution technology that analyzes for blur and noise and then proceeds to correct these inaccuracies without accentuating the noise in any way.
Smart Insight: This technology is only available in the “Game” preset mode. It identifies dark areas and then analyzes each pixel in these areas to dramatically improve in-game visibility. EIZO even went and upgraded this technology and calls it Smart Insight Demolition. Now it also identifies too bright areas and enhances them to match the contrast in a game and a background.
Other than the 144Hz refresh rate and the Smart Resolution technology, this monitor also features some additional technologies to optimize the gaming experience even further. One of these technologies is the EIZO motion blur reduction feature that strobes the LED backlight and can thus give you CRT-like motion clarity with practically zero ghosting at 144Hz. The other technology is the support for AMD FreeSync, which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering. This gaming monitor features two FreeSync ranges actually, 56Hz to 144Hz and 35Hz to 90Hz. Response time is noted as 4ms.
This monitor is great for gaming, but besides that, it’s also a pleasure to watch movies, view photos, surf the internet and read documents on the beautiful IPS-panel that this monitor has. This monitor comes with in-built preset modes that include: Game, Cinema, sRGB, Paper and user adjustable modes. EIZO will also upload custom modes and settings for graphics work to G-Ignition Drive.
This monitor has a slim design and on the back, you will even find a handle that you can use to carry the monitor to a LAN event or just somewhere else very easily. The display also features two 1W speakers and it has tilt, height and pivot adjustment options for maximum viewing comfort. It also has a cable holder on the stand so you don’t have to deal with cable clutter on your desktop.
Connection options include a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports and a DVI-D connector, so you can connect this monitor to anything, including PCs, consoles, Blu-Ray players and cameras. The USB 3.0 hub on this monitor (one upstream, two downstream) allows you to easily connect to your USB 3.0 devices or phone. You will also find a line-out jack to connect to external speakers and a headphone jack on the back.
The EIZO Foris FS2735 also has flicker-free technology at all levels of brightness, reduced blue light emission with the Paper preset mode so that you can view documents more comfortably and prevent eye-strain. The Auto EcoView sensor detects the ambient lighting and adjusts the brightness of the screen to the most ideal level. You also get five years limited manufacturers warranty when you purchase this monitor.
We will see if this monitor can beat the ASUS MG279Q in Quality Control (QC) and Image Quality tests, as they pretty much match each other in terms of specs (144Hz, IPS, 1440p, FreeSync). We will try to see if we can get hold of an early sample so we can review it.
The FORIS FS2735 will be available in this winter (mid-January 2016). The G-Ignition Mobile app will be available for download (free) on the App Store and Google Play Store when this monitor is released and the G-Ignition Drive will be available by late September and can then already be used with the current 24-inch models (FORIS FS2434 and FORIS FG2421). The monitor will be available for purchase at major retailers at its release. We will keep you updated when this monitor starts shipping to customers.
The price for this gaming monitor is 1099 EUR upon release in Europe, and will most likely also cost $1099 USD too in the United States.