If you’ve been to the IT Shows in Singapore, you’ve probably heard of Aftershock – a Singaporean PC manufacturer which produces beautiful, custom gaming PC’s and laptops. This year, they’re venturing into the gaming monitors market with their subsidiary PRISM+. We had a hands-on experience at PRISM’s IT Show booth last week, and we’re loving what we see so far!
PRISM+ is a company founded in Singapore by the same team which started Aftershock. They specialise in producing gaming monitors, and are hoping to offer consumers in Singapore really affordable, gaming grade displays while sporting premium features such as AMD Freesync, and ultra-fast refresh rates of up to 144Hz at high resolutions.
Hold up – AMD Free-what? What’s all this about Hz?
We know technobabble and proprietary terms can be really hard to understand if you’re not into gaming, so fret not – we’ll try to explain this in a simple way. If you are fluent in monitorspeak, tap right here to skip ahead. Otherwise, read on to get a clearer picture.
When your monitor displays a video or a moving subject, it is actually displaying many images at once. Think of it like how old movie film works – a reel of film contains many images, which when played over a projector, forms a moving picture.
Refresh rate refers to the number of times your monitor will fetch images to display from your computer. 60Hz means that your monitor fetches and displays 60 images a second. The faster the refresh rate, the smoother the content on your screen looks. For gamers, refresh rate is important, especially when playing fast paced games like Overwatch and CS: GO.
What’s so special about PRISM+?
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The market today is packed full of extremely expensive gaming monitors by tech giants like Dell, Qnix, BenQ, Acer Predator, and ASUS ROG.
144Hz monitors at high resolutions, with premium features like Freesync don’t come cheap, but PRISM+ aims to be the first to offer consumers great value-for-money with their no compromise, affordably priced offerings. Let’s take a look at what they have brought to the table.
PRISM+ X340 – The big boy
The X340 is the biggest of PRISM+’s offerings and packs quite a punch. At 34 inches, this display uses a Samsung VA panel, which sports a resolution of 3440×1440 (WQHD) at a 21:9 aspect ratio. It also promises a wide colour gamut and viewing angles while preserving a 3000:1 contrast ratio. Connectivity wise, the X340 possess a HDMI, DP and DVI port, along with a jack for 3.5mm audio out.
To provide gamers with a smooth visual experience, the panel possesses a refresh rate of 100hz at maximum resolution, which can be boosted up to 144hz by turning down the resolution to 2560×1080. The display also supports AMD Freesync. Oh, did we mention that the X340 is curved too?
PRISM+ X315 – The little brother
The X315 is slightly smaller than the X340, measuring in at 31.5 inches. Although the display’s Samsung VA panel only goes up to 1920×1080 (FHD), it shares almost all the same features as its bigger brother. 144hz refresh rate, AMD Freesync, a R1800-spec curvature, the same HDMI, DVI and DP ports – it’s all there.
The panel quality is similar, appearing to sport the same 3000:1 contrast ratio with wide colour gamut and viewing angles. However, it’s a little blurry as compared to its bigger sibling, since it has a lower resolution.
PRISM+ Z270 – A traditional offering
The Z270 is a step away from the large, curved sexiness that the X-series offers. It’s a traditional looking, flat 27 inch monitor aimed at professionals: graphic designers, photographers, workstation users and the like. Its Samsung VA panel packs a resolution of 2560×1440 (QHD), and sports a modest 1000:1 contrast ratio with a 60hz refresh rate. As with the rest of PRISM+’s offerings, it has a HDMI, DVI and DP port.
Although the Z270 does not support AMD Freesync and only has a refresh rate of 60Hz, we think it’s great for professional use, and a good option for gamers who are on a budget and not really concerned about the extra bells and whistles.
How do the monitors perform?
After a hands-on session with the monitors, we believe that PRISM+’s offerings are pretty solid. We played two rounds of Overwatch on the X340 and X315, and noticed that the game ran really smoothly, with no noticeable screen tearing, choppy gameplay or display related issues. The panels were relatively vivid and bright with no noticeable light bleeding – as far as we could see on the IT show floor.
In the face of really loud, complicated, black and tacky “for gamers only” designs by brands like ROG and Predator, PRISM+ has chosen to design their monitors with a really minimalist aesthetic. The monitors have been clearly shaped by a really sexy, simple, Apple-esque design language, while appearing sturdy and well built at the same time.
Worth the price?
Compared to other monitors in their classes, PRISM+’s offerings are priced quite competitively.
The 34 inch X340 is going at a pre-order price of S$899 (usual price of S$1268). In comparison, the 34″ ASUS ROG Swift Curved PG348Q is going for around S$2000, while the Acer Predator X34 and BenQ XR3501 are going for around S$1300 and S$1000 respectively.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering the monitors, you can do so at PRISM+’s website. You’ll have to put in a deposit of around S$100, and the monitors will start shipping in around four to six weeks from now.
Let’s hope that the final products arrive on time, and match up to our great experience at the PRISM+’s booth. As fellow Singaporeans who appreciate value for money, we’re definitely rooting for them to succeed!
Special thanks to our reader Amresh for keeping us informed about PRISM+. Thanks dude! 🙂 Got a device or app you think we’d like to take a look at? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a message on Facebook, or get in touch with us here.