Transportable screens have many makes use of as an extension for laptops, telephones and even desktop PCs. They will present a second and even third display screen for issues like Photoshop toolbars, scrolling information feeds or mirroring content material from a smartphone. For avid gamers, only some such screens present the excessive refresh charges and premium video processing wanted to match what’s generally accessible on the desktop.
Nexigo presents a line of shows that vary from 15 to 17 inches and run at 144 Hz and, within the case of my present topic, 300 Hz. The NG17FGQ is a slim IPS panel with a 17.3-inch viewable space, FHD decision, 300 Hz operation and HDR functionality. At only a tick over two kilos and fewer than half an inch thick, it slips simply right into a briefcase or laptop computer bag. And with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, it really works with a wide range of totally different gadgets and programs.
Nexigo NG17FGQ Specs
|Panel Kind / Backlight||IPS / W-LED, edge array|
|Display Dimension / Facet Ratio||17.3 inches / 16:9|
|Max Decision & Refresh Charge||1920×1080 @ 300 Hz|
|240 Hz over HDMI|
|Native Coloration Depth & Gamut||8-bit / sRGB|
|Response Time (GTG)||3ms|
|Brightness (mfr)||300 nits|
|Video Inputs||2x USB-C|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone output|
|USB 3.0||1x down|
|Energy Consumption||7.5w, brightness @ 200 nits|
|Panel Dimensions||15.5W x 9.9H inches (394 x 251mm)|
|Panel Thickness||0.4 inches (10mm)|
|Bezel Width||Prime/sides: 0.2 inch (5mm)|
|Backside: 1.1 inch (29mm)|
|Weight||2.1 kilos (1kg)|
Although moveable, the NG17FGQ doesn’t have an inner battery. It’s powered by an included USB-C energy provide. Alternatively, it may be powered by the linked system if it supplies adequate juice by means of its USB-C port. USB-C can also be required to run at 300 Hz. You’ll want a totally succesful USB-C output in your laptop computer or PC; in any other case, the refresh charge tops out at 240 Hz. This may be achieved by means of the Nexigo’s HDMI enter. As well as, two small audio system hearth out the again so as to add sound to your gameplay.
The panel is an IPS half with comparatively excessive distinction; I measured round 1,300:1 in my assessments. That’s extra dynamic vary than most IPS screens. It additionally helps HDR10 alerts, although I didn’t measure further distinction for that content material as there isn’t a dynamic possibility for HDR like there’s for SDR. Moreover, the colour gamut, like most FHD screens, maxes out on the sRGB stage. There isn’t any prolonged coloration right here. Fortunately, accuracy in all fairness good out of the field, with some efficiency gained from calibration.
The video processing suite right here is an attention-grabbing one. Although there’s a FreeSync possibility within the OSD, it doesn’t set off the G-Sync possibility in Nvidia management panel. However after I ran Nvidia’s pendulum take a look at, there have been no body tears at any refresh charge. And one other quirk: there isn’t a overdrive possibility within the OSD. Nonetheless, after I ran a number of BlurBuster’s assessments, the movement processing was good with no blur or ghosting seen. Primarily based on my preliminary observations, the NG17FGQ is a really succesful gaming monitor at 240 or 300 Hz.
At $449, it is a premium buy for positive, however it appears to be a superb performer with wonderful picture high quality. To make sure, I’ll need to dig deeper and carry out the same old spate of testing to search out out if this show is price a spot on our Finest Transportable Displays record. Let’s have a look.
Meeting and Equipment
The NG17FGQ ships with a inflexible folding cowl that covers the display screen and stays in place with magnets. It may possibly double as a stand, or you need to use the little cradle assist that additionally comes within the field. For energy, there’s a USB-C wall wart, or you need to use the C-to-C cable in case your system places out adequate wattage. You additionally get HDMI and USB-A-to-C cables within the field.
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Styling is easy and stylish, with a panel fully backed and bordered by brushed aluminum. It’s fairly inflexible and seems greater than prepared to face as much as years of use. The end is extremely proof against grime and fingerprints. The quilt can also be inflexible and coated with a thick rubber layer that’s textured on one aspect. It appears greater than prepared to guard the NG17FGQ from the pains of journey. There isn’t any slipcase or different container for the cables, in order that they’ll need to go in no matter bag you carry the panel in.
On the left aspect are two USB-C and one HDMI port. The latter works as much as 240 Hz, however if you wish to run at 300 Hz, a USB-C connection is required. Your system should even have full bandwidth functionality to assist this pace. On the fitting aspect are three management keys and a USB-A port which can be utilized to cost a tool when the NG17FGQ is plugged into energy.
I discovered the management keys a bit fiddly as they may not absolutely navigate the OSD however concern not, Nexigo has included a handheld distant. It has a directional pad within the center with devoted keys for supply choice and picture mode. If you happen to plan to tweak the NG17FGQ, preserve the distant helpful, because it’s the one solution to transfer out and in of the OSD’s sub-menus and choices. Nonetheless, the aspect keys are acceptable for adjusting sound quantity and display screen brightness.
Two small audio system hearth out the again of the panel by means of tiny perforations. They reproduce solely higher midrange frequencies however get surprisingly loud with out distortion. A 3.5mm headphone jack on the left aspect supplies much better sound by means of headphones or powered audio system.
The display screen cowl can be utilized as a stand, however the little cradle-type bit that’s included is way simpler. It has a number of angle settings and is safer than its small dimension signifies. The panel additionally has two rubber toes beneath that assist stabilize it
To completely discover the NG17FGQ’s menu system, I had to make use of the distant. The aspect keys can open the menu and get you to an possibility, however there’s no solution to again out. The distant has a return button for this objective.
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The OSD has 5 sub-menus that cowl a lot of the capabilities of a full-size monitor. Beginning on the high are fundamental image controls that embrace six picture modes. Customary is the default and supplies cheap accuracy, however I discovered higher high quality after I calibrated the Consumer mode. DCR (dynamic distinction) is accessible for SDR content material and ups distinction to round 4,000:1 however clips some shadow and spotlight element. I assumed the image regarded higher with that possibility turned off.
Within the Coloration menu are hue and saturation sliders and three coloration temp presets. The Consumer mode has RGB sliders that make a visual enchancment when employed in a calibration. Gamma tracks a little bit mild and sadly, there are not any gamma presets. Although a FreeSync possibility seems right here, it doesn’t work with G-Sync programs. However when trying out take a look at patterns, and when gaming, I by no means noticed a single body tear.
Audio quantity may be adjusted with the keys on the panel’s left aspect or with the left and proper arrows on the distant.
HDR comes set to Auto mode by default and the NG17FGQ had no hassle locking onto an HDR10 sign after I supplied it. There are not any image choices in HDR mode, neither is there dynamic distinction or prolonged coloration. However the peak brightness goes up by round 23 nits.
You’ll be able to change video sources with the distant or within the OSD. Each USB-C ports assist video alerts and are the one solution to run at 300 Hz. The HDMI enter is restricted to 240 Hz.
Nexigo NG17FGQ Calibration Settings
Within the NG17FGQ’s Customary mode, coloration is nice however not fairly on the calibration-not-required stage. The white level is barely inexperienced in tone and gamma is just too mild. There isn’t any repair for the latter as there are not any gamma presets included. However should you change to the Consumer image mode and calibrate the Consumer coloration temp, the image visibly improves. In HDR mode, there are not any picture choices, however it isn’t too far off the mark. I discovered solely 10 clicks to the brightness management, so it was unimaginable to hit my traditional marks for the output stage. The desk beneath exhibits how shut I obtained and what RGB settings you must use should you don’t have the means to calibrate.
|Brightness 223 nits||7|
|Brightness 129 nits||4|
|Brightness 96 nits||3|
|Brightness 64 nits||2 (min. 31 nits)|
|Coloration Temp Consumer||Crimson 50, Inexperienced 48, Blue 52|
Gaming and Arms-on
Getting the NG17FGQ up and operating is straightforward if you’re OK with operating at 240 Hz over HDMI. To run at 300 Hz, you’ll want a system that has a full-bandwidth USB-C video output like a gaming laptop computer with Thunderbolt. My take a look at PC had no issues syncing with the monitor, however I couldn’t allow G-Sync within the Nvidia management panel. However, I couldn’t produce a body tear in any take a look at patterns or video games I attempted. I may clearly see the change in body charge throughout the pendulum take a look at and whereas enjoying Doom Everlasting, however there was nothing however easy and unbroken efficiency on the display screen.
I used to be additionally stunned to see no overdrive possibility within the OSD. Clearly, there’s some type of overdrive in operation as a result of I noticed no ghosting or blur of any sort, once more at various body charges. No matter is occurring within the NG17FGQ’s video processor, it really works. Visually, it’s equal to any quick gaming monitor I’ve reviewed.
The default picture is nice, however I noticed a faint inexperienced tone in impartial areas like clouds and different white and grey content material. This was shortly remedied with calibration of the Consumer mode and RGB sliders. Although the colour gamut is restricted to sRGB, the saturation is there. Blue is a tad much less sensible than different sRGB screens I’ve noticed however solely within the brightest materials. I missed the prolonged gamut a little bit, however for essentially the most half, the NG17FGQ is colourful sufficient for gaming.
In HDR mode, Doom Everlasting regarded subtly higher than its SDR counterpart. There isn’t any extra distinction right here however the NG17FGQ’s adherence to the correct luminance and coloration monitoring, and barely greater brightness, made a small distinction. It isn’t an HDR tour de power by any means, however it processes the sign accurately. I discovered I may acquire about 10 frames per second (fps) by enjoying in SDR mode.
Talking of body charges, they have been uniformly excessive, because of the FHD decision. Older titles like Tomb Raider simply hit 300fps with little variation. Doom Everlasting and Name of Responsibility WWII hovered round 200fps with element maxed. Regardless of a scarcity of video processing choices, I’ve no complaints in regards to the movement decision and transferring picture high quality right here.
With a display screen this small pixel density is a decent 127ppi, so positive element isn’t any downside. After all, I missed a much bigger display screen. However as a laptop computer or telephone accent, I can see the NG17FGQ being a worthy and priceless addition to a transportable recreation system. It may possibly simply be arrange on a tray desk throughout a flight or on the desk in a lodge room. And it positively beats watching films on a telephone or pill.