Asus shows super-wide, 144Hz displays

Alongside that monster graphics card, Asus had some cool new monitors on display in its CES suite. Here's the the MX2900Q, a 29" IPS offering with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 2560x1080 resolution:

The MX2900Q features 300 cd/m² brightness, an 80,000,000:1 "smart" contrast ratio, 5-ms gray-to-gray response, and HDMI, dual-link DVI, and DisplayPort inputs. Asus has also integrated a headphone jack and a pair of 3W Bang & Olufsen speakers. This puppy should hit stores with a $599 price tag at the end of next quarter. The model pictured above is an engineering sample, though, so the final, shipping product may look different.

Incidentally, Asus told Scott that a smaller, 27" version of this display is "just now shipping." We don't have specs or pricing for that model, however.

Asus was also showing off the VG248QE, a 24-inch Nvidia 3D Vision monitor with a blistering 144Hz peak refresh rate and 1-ms gray-to-gray response time. Asus claims this is the first panel to couple that refresh rate and response time. The VG248QE has a 1920x1080 resolution, 350 cd/m² brightness, 80,000,000:1 "smart" contrast, dual 2W speakers, and the same trifecta of inputs as the MX2900Q—HDMI, dual-link DVI, and DisplayPort. This bad boy has a TN panel, so viewing angles are nothing to write home about: just 170° horizontal and 160° vertical. (At least the stand can swivel, tilt, and pivot to ensure you're viewing the image dead-on.) The VG248QE will be out some time in the first half of this year.

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