Gigabyte is outwardly trying to blur the strains between what constitutes a giant display gaming monitor and a modest sized TV. Technically, the corporate’s new S55U show is precisely listed as the previous, however with a VA panel teetering on 55 inches (54.6-inch, to be exact) and Android powering its sensible options, one may actually lump it into the latter as effectively.
Note that the S55U lacks a built-in TV tuner. For TV chores, that is turn into much less of a problem as of late with set-top containers and streaming companies reworking just about any show with fashionable connectivity into an leisure hub. And fashionable connectivity is one thing the S55U sure has, together with a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports (one with eARC help), two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB 3.2 Gen 1 downstream and upstream ports (one every), a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth for wi-fi connections.
Those should not ‘pretend’ HDMI 2.1 ports, both. By that we imply it helps elective goodies for players corresponding to variable refresh price (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM), in addition to serving up a 120Hz refresh price at its native 3840×2160 (4K) decision. It’s additionally listed as a FreeSync Premium show, and it helps all the most important HDR requirements (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG).
The precise show is a VA panel boasting quantum dot know-how and full array native dimming with 132 zones. It’s not a micro LED monitor, however nonetheless will get vibrant, in response to the specs—500 nits typical with a 1,500 nits peak.
Other specs embrace twin 10W audio system with Dolby Atmos and DTS HD, a 2ms minimal GtG response time (5ms common), 5,000:1 distinction ratio, hands-free management with Google Assistant, and numerous baked-in facilities like an onscreen timer and crosshair.
We haven’t had an opportunity to spend any hands-on time with this mannequin, however wanting on the specs, it is an intriguing addition to Gigabyte’s lineup. We’re curious to see the way it truly capabilities as a gaming monitor. On paper, the HDMI 2.1 perks and different specs make this an acceptable candidate for gaming on PC and the most recent era consoles (Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5).
Gigabyte would not point out an MSRP in its press launch, however we discovered the Gigabyte S55U on Amazon for $1,099.99. That’s a bit expensive, particularly when TVs just like the Hisense 55U8G ($598 on Amazon) sport the identical or related options for a lot much less.