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Gigabyte Aorus 17G laptop has an RTX 3080 GPU and 300Hz screen for super-smooth gaming

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Gigabyte has announced a bunch of refreshed laptops at the virtual CES 2021, including Aorus gaming machines and Aero creator notebooks, all of which now pack Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 30 series laptop GPUs.

The new gaming models comprise of the revamped Aorus 17G, plus fresh versions of the more compact 15G and 15P.

The flagship Aorus 17G is a 17.3-inch gaming laptop which uses (up to) an Intel Core i7 H series processor, which is now twinned with a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card as the most powerful option.

This notebook also benefits from an IPS screen with a refresh rate of 300Hz, providing some seriously smooth frame rates in conjunction with that powerful GPU (the display has a Full HD resolution to help keep those frames per second figures up, too).

The Aorus 17G further offers a proper mechanical keyboard with Omron switches which Gigabyte boasts feel crisp and responsive under your fingertips.

Gigabyte’s overhauled Aorus 15G is a 15.6-inch laptop which is more portable than the 17G, of course, but can still pack in the same CPU and GPU combo. Again, the RTX 3080 is driving a Full HD IPS screen, although slightly notched back at a 240Hz refresh rate in this case. Battery longevity that’s in excess of eight hours is promised.

There’s also the Aorus 15P which is a ‘performance’ model, and this drops the spec to (up to) an RTX 3070 graphics card (still with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU), and has the same display as the 15G with a 240Hz refresh rate.

Aero notebooks for creatives

Moving onto the Aero thin-and-light laptops aimed at creative pros, Gigabyte revealed four refreshed models, one of those being the revamped Aero 15 OLED.

As the name suggests, this 15.6-inch notebook comes with an AMOLED screen which is 4K resolution (and supports HDR). The laptop maker observes that this is the world’s first Xrite Pantone color calibrated OLED display, and is VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certified, covering 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. It’s a gorgeous display, as we’ve seen in past models, and is perfect for photo and video editing.

The Aero 15 OLED can be equipped with up to an Intel Core i9 processor along with an RTX 3080 GPU.

There’s also a refreshed vanilla Aero 15 which provides a Full HD IPS screen rather than 4K OLED, and drops the hardware spec to (up to) an Intel Core i7 and RTX 3070.

There are two larger models, starting with the revamped Aero 17 HDR which is a 17.3-inch laptop with a 4K HDR IPS screen, again pairing an (up to) Core i9 CPU with an RTX 3080.  The vanilla Aero 17 has a Full HD IPS screen, with up to a Core i7 processor and RTX 3060 graphics card.

As you might expect, the Aero laptops have some serious connectivity chops including HDMI 2.1, mini-DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 ports (and a UHS-II SD card reader).

Pricing has yet to be announced, but these Gigabyte Aorus and Aero laptops should be on pre-order imminently.

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12 Jan 2021

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  • Black Friday monitor deals 2021: early sales are underway now

    With Black Friday 2021 now only a few weeks away, it's almost time to make some pretty big savings on a new monitor. 

    Regardless of what kind of display you use, from 4K monitors for photo and video editing, to crisp high-refresh gaming monitors, this year's sales should bring some of the best Black Friday monitor deals for us to enjoy.

    Standard office monitors will also be available of course, but if you're confused by all the specialized displays, this the perfect time to swot up and do your homework.

    You can be sure that hundreds of monitors will go on sale throughout Black Friday 2021, which this year falls on November 26. That means the next few weeks will be a great time to upgrade your existing monitor or finally upgrade to the multi-monitor setup of your dreams.

    But that means we've got a decent amount of time to get ready for the oncoming onslaught of sales. And if you want to grab one of the best monitor deals possible on the day, preparation is key. 

    With that in mind, we've pulled together everything you need to know to bag a brilliant Black Friday monitor deal this year. Below you'll find our advice on when and where we expect to see the lowest prices, to what specs you'll want to look out for to get the best value for money. 

    What if you're ready to buy today? That's fine! We've also rounded up a few of the best deals on offer right now if you're after an early bargain. 

    And if you're after a specific style of display, we also have a guide to the best 4K monitors and the best business monitors that are perfect for both work and play

    Today's best monitor sales

    While the official Black Friday sales may still a few weeks away, now we're in November there are a few great early bargains to be found. 

    If you really can't hold off until the big day, then we've compiled a few of the best deals available to buy right now across the US and UK, though it's worth remembering that we expect more prices to fall in the run up to Black Friday itself.

    That doesn't mean you're guaranteed to see a specific monitor at a discounted price though, so if you find what you're looking for early don't hesitate to buy it before it flies off the shelf.

    Black Friday monitor deals: Our predictions

    A Lenovo Legion monitor against an abstract backdrop

    (Image credit: Lenovo / Future)

    When will the best Black Friday monitor deals start in 2021?

    Black Friday officially lands on November 26, but we expect the discounts will begin before then. However, the best discounts usually land on the day itself, so if you're after a real Black Friday monitor bargain you might want to set a reminder in your calendar.

    If you can't wait that long, plenty of early discounts have already started. Those that hold out will be rewarded though, as the biggest discounts will likely drop the week of Black Friday. (If you need a hand searching for the best Black Friday monitor deals, be sure to bookmark this page and keep checking back as this is where we'll be rounding them up.)

    If last year is anything to go by, we might also see the best deals land slightly earlier than usual. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic we found that deals began dropping in late October and mid-November, before plummeting at the start of Thanksgiving week. Monitor prices then stayed low into the first week of December. 

    With many brick-and-mortar stores closed thanks to the local pandemic restrictions, and more people than ever shopping online - plus with Covid-19 causing logistical challenges such as shipping delays - it made sense for retailers to spread the deals out.  

    Our money's on retailers looking to space their best offers out once again. As always, we recommend having your eyes peeled from now until Black Friday just to be safe. 

    Where will the best Black Friday monitor deals be?

    You'll find all the best Black Friday monitor deals here as soon as they drop. However, some retailers are better than others for monitor discounts, and it can be helpful to know which online stores are good for what. We've listed the retailers we most recommend shopping at for monitor deals over Black Friday - they're worth browsing in the run-up, to get a feel for current, pre-deal pricing on any devices you're interested in.

    Top US retailers
    Amazon
    : gaming monitor, 4K monitor
    Best Buy: great HD monitor deals
    Walmart: HD and 4K monitors available with free delivery

    Top UK retailers
    Amazon: gaming monitor deals
    Currys: free delivery, plus a wide selection of monitors
    Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap monitor locally today
    John Lewis: extended warranties on premium monitors

    Two Alienware gaming monitors against a sparkly background

    (Image credit: Dell Alienware / Future)

    Which monitors will be discounted for Black Friday?

    We expect to see a wide range of discounts across HD and 4K monitors that will be perfect for both work and gaming. This will include many of the best monitors from last year but will likely include monitors that were released in early 2021 as well.

    Be on the lookout for monitors from a range of brands too like Dell, Asus, Samsung, and BenQ (many of which have devices that feature in our best PC monitors list). We might not see their most powerful monitors get much of a discount, but if you're after a premium experience on a budget, Black Friday is the time to look.

    What should I look for when buying a monitor on Black Friday?

    When you're browsing through the Black Friday monitor deals, it can be difficult to tell what device is actually a good buy and what monitors aren't even worth the discounted price. We're here to help you decipher the deals but telling you what specs to look out for.

    Firstly you're going to want to understand HD (sometimes called FHD or Full HD) vs 4K (also called UHD or Ultra HD). 4K monitors will be filled with more pixels, and therefore put out a better image, than HD monitors in general. However, they can cost quite a bit more and are only really worth it for gamers or those who need high-quality monitors for their job.

    If you're after a great viewing experience you'll also want to look out for key terms like HDR (high dynamic range), brightness, and color support. These features will mean that your monitor will be able to output a wide spectrum of colors, making bright moments pop and helping you decipher what is going on during dark scenes.

    Next up are refresh rates.  You might have heard of people playing games at 120FPS, but to do that you'll not only need a PC that's powerful enough to run a game that well but also a 120Hz monitor that can produce the image. If you aren't a gamer though, high refresh rates aren't going to be too important so if you can save even more by going with a lower option we'd generally recommend that.

    Finally, you might want to compare flat monitors with curved screens. Curved monitors offer you a wider field of view, a more immersive experience, and many people find them more comfortable though they're also larger and generally take up more space. If you're short on desk space, are looking for a multi-monitor setup, or are on a budget, flat monitors will be your best choice.

    The 3 best monitors to watch out for on Black Friday

    The LG UltraGear 38GN950 at an angle on a white background

    The ultra-wide LG UltraGear 38GN950 is the ultimate gaming monitor. (Image credit: LG)

    1. LG UltraGear 38GN950

    A killer ultra-wide gaming monitor

    Screen size: 38-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 | Brightness: 450cd/m² | Response time: 1ms | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Color support: DCI-P3 98% | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Weight: 20.3 lbs

    Has many great gaming-centric features
    Super-responsive and smooth performance
    HDR can’t compete with high-end TVs

    It’s hard not to be impressed by the LG UltraGear 38GN950. If you’re looking for the ultimate gaming monitor, this is certainly the one to beat, with a 144Hz refresh rate that can be easily overclocked to 160Hz, 1ms response time, spectacular image quality, and many other gaming features like G-Sync, an ultra-wide aspect ratio and DisplayHDR 600. If you’re serious about gaming and want lots of screen real estate, then this is the best gaming monitor to get – if you can afford it, that is.

    Read the full review: LG UltraGear 38GN950

    BenQ SW321C PhotoVue showing a photo of a frog

    (Image credit: BenQ)

    2. BenQ SW321C PhotoVue

    Affordable pro-level 4K photo monitor

    Screen size: 32-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 | Brightness: 250 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 | Color support: 99% AdobeRGB, 95% P3, 100% sRGB | Weight: 25.6kg

    Improved brightness and colour uniformity
    USB-C connectivity
    Hardware calibration with 16-bit LUT precision
    Main connection bay is hard to reach
    ‘Paper Color Sync’ needs refining to be truly useful

    Pro-level displays are no longer the premium priced, inaccessible purchase they started out to be. At least as far as the BenQ SW321C PhotoVue is concerned. This 32-inch 4K photo monitor is up a step or two in terms of both performance and usability, featuring an incredibly wide color gamut of 99% of the Adobe RGB color space and 95% of DCI-P3. 

    If you’re in the cinematography or photography sphere, that’s exactly what you need. And, that’s on top of all the other features this monitor boasts. This is among the best monitors for photo editing you’ll find, and the best part is you’re getting it for cheaper than all others.

    Read the full review: BenQ SW321C PhotoVue

    The curved Samsung Odyssey G7 from the front on a white background

    The curved Samsung Odyssey G7 packs 1440p resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate. (Image credit: Samsung)

    3. Samsung Odyssey G7

    Best of both Worlds

    Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 | Brightness: 350 nits | Refresh rate: 240Hz | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V) | Contrast ratio: 2,500:1 | Color support: 95% DCI-P3

    Impressive VA Panel with 240Hz refresh at 1440p
    Has both G-Sync and FreeSync for a smoother experience
    Needs some calibration before use

    The best gaming monitors typically fall into two camps: fast refresh rate or high resolution. But, they almost never do both. With the Samsung Odyssey, that’s not the case. It manages to pack 1440p resolution in the same display as a 240Hz refresh rate as well as excellent HDR, making this an ideal choice for any gamer that likes to play Esports one day and jump into an immersive open-world game the next. It’s not perfect as it does take some work getting it up and running, but the Samsung Odyssey G7 is an ideal choice for gamers who have some variety in their gaming libraries.

    Read the full review: Samsung Odyssey G7

    US: the best Black Friday monitor deals last year

    If you want to get a feel for the best deals coming this year, check out what monitor deals were available last year. These were the biggest savings we could find on great monitors last year.

    We found a wide range of options available for every budget – with everything from the cheapest displays to premium business screens – so keep that in mind when you're digging around for deals. Just because the best monitor isn't discounted very much doesn't mean that other deals won't be available on monitors that are almost as good.

    HP V21 20.7" LED 1080p Monitor (HDMI, VGA) Black $99.99 $59.99 at Best Buy
    Save $40
    on this basic but good quality monitor from HP. Rated at 4.4 out of 5 on Best Buy, this FHD/1080p monitor has VGA and HDMI inputs, an adjustable viewing (tilts between 5 degrees forward to 20 degrees backwards), and a Low Blue Light mode, which makes it easier on the eyes. Perfect for a second screen.

    Acer 27-inch IPS LED 1080p Monitor (HDMI, VGA) $199.99 $119 from Best Buy
    Save $80 on this FHD 1080p monitor from Acer. This is a great price for a monitor that's great to use as your main screen. At 27-inches, you'll get plenty screen real estate to view docs side-by-side and its 75Hz IPS panel with means it'll be easy on the eyes with smooth motion and accurate colors.

    Asus TUF Gaming 23.8-inch IPS 1080p 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor (DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI) - Black $199.99 $119 from Best Buy
    Save $80 on this high refresh-rate Asus monitor. Don't let the 'gaming' part put you off: this is an excellent monitor for business use. The near 24-inch screen provides a serious upgrade from your laptop's screen, and that IPS panel running at 144Hz gives you a superb image quality, especially at this price. And if you do fancy a bit of gaming after-hours, then it's great for that too.

    Samsung SR650 Series 27-inch 1080p Monitor for Business $229.36 $179.99 from Amazon
    Save $49.37 on this excellent business monitor from Samsung. This monitor's 1080p 27-inch screen is perfect to use as your main monitor either for a desktop or laptop PC. It has an IPS panel, which means that colours will look bright and vibrant and it has plenty of connectivity, with a built in USB hub. It can even rotate 90 degrees so you can view documents in portrait view. Oh, and its Eye Saver and Flicker Free modes reduce eye-strain. An excellent choice for the business user.

    Samsung T85F Series 27-inch 1440p 75Hz Monitor for Business  $349.99 $249.99 from Amazon
    Save $100 on another great business monitor from Samsung. With a 1440p panel, this 27-inch screen has a higher resolution than your typical 1080p business monitor, so you can view more documents at the same time, increasing productivity. Connectivity is excellent, with HDMI, DisplayPort, and a built-in USB Hub. Comes with a 3-year warrantee.

    Acer CB282K 28-inch UHD 4K IPS Home Office Monitor $349.99 $279.99 from Amazon
    Save $70 on this multi-purpose monitor from Acer. If you're looking for a monitor which is great for business and for entertainment as well, then this is a great choice. Its 4K resolution is perfect for work and for movies, and it supports the DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut, which is perfect for viewing and editing photos. It also comes with FreeSync tech, so works great with a gaming PC too.

    Samsung Business 34-inch 3440x1440 Ultrawide Curved Monitor for Business $593.21 $479.99 from Amazon
    Save $113.22 on this superb ultrawide curved monitor from Samsung. As long as you have the desk real estate, ultrawide monitors look fantastic and basically do away with the need for a second monitor. This one's fantastic for the business user with the laptop or desktop PC to power it. It has HDMI, USB-C and DisplayPort connectivity, a 100Hz refresh rate, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and a highly adjustable stand. It also comes with a 3-year warrantee, so you know it's a quality product.

    Samsung 49-inch CRG9 3440x1440 Curved Gaming Monitor, Black $1499.99 $999.99 at Amazon
    Save $500 on this superb ultrawide curved monitor from Samsung. This is the monitor we'd go for if you like to do a bit of PC gaming on the side. This QLED monitor boasts all the latest monitor tech including 120Hz refresh rate and FreeSync 2 (for ultra-smooth gaming), HDR color with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits (it's very bright), and connectivity options that will let you connect another device to it and view it picture-by-picture.

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