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ECS to Announce the Latest innovative AI Products at CES 2019

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Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the global leading motherboard, Mini-PC, Notebooks, mobile device, IOT, IOV, and smart solutions provider, is proud to announce the participation of the “2019 CES’’ at Booth #41954, Sands Expo, Level 2, Hall A-D , Las Vegas from January 8 to 11. We will introduce our latest technology and smart application equipment to provide complete solutions for smart living, transportation, modern classroom and so on.

The new generation of LIVA mini PC with AI built-in

ECS will introduce all the new generation of LIVA mini PCs at CES 2019! The mini PCs can be used for home entertainments, smart offices, schools, etc. It can also be integrated with digital signage, and has been used successfully in smart retail solution and transportation. While artificial Intelligence has begun to play an important role in everyday life. ECS has implemented AI technologies in our LIVA Mini PC production and designs to create much more cost-efficient and advanced platforms. 
The new generation of LIVA M520 has a built-in Intel AI engine. It was designed for low power consumption, with WiFi connectivity, RS232 and GPIO headers extension.  While the body was designed for small form factor, it has all the functions of AI PC capabilities. LIVA M520 can help you access to AI platform faster and easier. 
In addition, ECS has launched a new Mini PC with powerful AMD CPU built-in, and the capability of multi-threaded performance. It allows users to multitask and execute processes concurrently, this provides exceptional value for gaming and streaming, especially the capability to perform high quality video editing and fast video encoding.

Moreover, ECS will also unveil our first Amazon Alexa built-in PC, and users can interact with Alexa in the same way as with other devices, such as listening to your favorite music and checking your schedule. Just let the AI system become a new generation of your smart living. 

AI Virtual Assistant System Solution

Smart living is becoming the new trend in the modern society. ECS as a professional IT provider will be announcing the powerful voice-activated devices with on-site demo at CES. We will present our new product ‘’Sirocco’’: a battery-powered access point which provides voice activated user interface, and compatible voice assistance devices ; The users can get answers or control smart home devices wherever you are at home.

Furthermore, ECS will present our ‘’Whirlwind’’ AI built-in display, which can communicate with your smart home kits across multiple platforms. With user-friendly interface that simplifies the system operating process, Whirlwind can make monitoring and managing the devices much easier.
And it is worth mentioning that, ECS’s new AMA Bluetooth speaker can not only provide high quality sounds, but also has Amazon Alexa built-in. The users have full voice control of the speaker from a distance. Just control with your voice, it allowed you instantly play music, get practical information such as your personal calendar, news, radio, weather and much more! Through the smart connection, ECS voice smart device can control the lights and home automation systems, and create the new way of smart living.
Internet of Vehicle Solutions

The IOV solution is one of the core business lines of ECS. The product design and development are aiming to the trend of automobile energy saving, intelligent connectivity and high-speed integration system, such as Smart Cockpit, connected mobility, ADAS Peripheral to provide a complete smart automotive electronic system solution and technical foundation for the future of transportation. ECS will present our latest Smart Parking system, with 360 degree camera and ADAS peripheral products, which combine with ECS blind area detection system to create a safer environment. 

Due to the technological improvements, stricter emissions standards, electric cars have become the mainstream. Therefore, ECS EV car control modules and charger were designed for an eco-friendly environment. Furthermore, ECS Connected Mobility Solution is to offer various options for optimized users’ logistic management and covering multiple segments of intelligent transportation systems. And ECS Smart Cockpit Solution integrates the advanced technologies and driver oriented human machine interface to create a seamless connection between human, vehicle and the road. ECS is focusing on building the best connected mobility terminal products which suitable for automobiles in the era of the connected vehicle and providing the best platform for the entire telematics era.

Smart Classroom Solution

ECS’s Smart Classroom solutions combine collaborative learning technology with diverse mobile devices, which promote interactive exploration of learning concepts and foster critical thinking and deeper understanding. Our Smart Classroom solutions include student devices, teacher device, wireless Access Point and interactive whiteboard for deploying intuitive and technology enhanced learning spaces that ensure more streamlined planning and efficient reform to achieve effective change that works towards improving student outcomes.

With purpose-built education features of student devices, 76cm drop resistance, IP52 dust/water resistant, retractable carry handle, rotational camera and stylus, ECS’s Smart Classroom solutions help students to improve the way their active learning.

CMAP (Content Management Access Point), a WiFi storage device that allows up to 50 simultaneous connections in classroom to stream huge numbers of video files, documents and data, allowing student to access it from anywhere any time before lecture so they can have more time to do hands-on activities in class. ECS Smart Classroom Solution, leverage our extensive experience to deliver learning solutions that enhance interactivity and comprehension.

AORUS Reveals the AD27QD - World’s First Tactical Gaming Monitor

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GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has launched the world’s first tactical gaming monitor, AORUS AD27QD, today. Heading into a new market, AORUS is well prepared and confident that the exclusive features on the monitor can give gamers a tactical advantage over their enemies while gaming.  AORUS AD27QD is a 27inch flat screen frameless monitor. 

It uses an IPS panel with QHD (2560x1440, 2K) resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate in 1ms (MPRT) response time. Not only is the view angle up to 178 degrees, it also meets 95% DCI-P3 standards along with 10bits color, so the monitor can provide users astonishingly beautiful pictures. On top of that, the monitor has passed VESA certified DisplayHDR 400 standards which gives users spectacular display quality; With AMD Radeon FreeSync™ technology, the monitor can provide the most fluent gaming experience to let you enjoy your gaming without picture stripping.


 The key idea of our outer design is to replicate the dive of a falcon when it is pursuing its prey. When you look at the back of the product, you can see a falcon diving downwards with the glowing eyes of the falcon on the side of the stand and its wings flapping along with the LEDs flashing on the back of the panel. In order to achieve this, we used digital RGB LEDs instead of traditional LEDs.. We care not only about the appearance of our product as ergonomic design is also important to us so we added in several ergonomic features carefully without affecting the design theme. We designed a handle on the top of the stand so that users can easily move their monitor around without any trouble. We also considered that cable management is important to our users, so we designed a rubber cable tie just below the ports and reserved a hole at the bottom of our stand to let the cables go through nicely.

There are lots of exclusive features on this new monitor and they are all delicately designed to meet the gamers’ needs giving them a tactical advantage in game. Features such as Black Equalizer, Aim Stabilizer, GameAssist, hardware information Dashboard, OSD Sidekick, and the most unique feature of all, the Active Noise Cancelling function,are all designed to let gamers gain more control of the game and their PC system.

AORUS’ tactical features are explained below: 
Black Equalizer:Brightens up the dark parts in the picture for better visibility in dark areas.
Aim Stabilizer:This feature will help you reduce the blurriness of the recoil effect while you are shooting in an FPS game. It can also help you trace moving enemies much easier.
GameAssist:This is a kit of OSD functions that helps you in game. It includes a customizable crosshair, a counter, a timer, and multi-screen alignment lines.
AORUS Dashboard:We can display hardware information directly on screen, such as mouse DPI and GPU/CPU information.
OSD Sidekick:You can now control the monitor through this software and control your OSD with mouse and keyboard. A much easier way to adjust your monitor.
Active Noise Cancelling(ANC):When you plug your mic into the monitor, it can help you cancel the noise around you. The only thing that goes through the mic when you are communicating with your teammate is your voice.
By utilizing these features well, gamers can create a huge advantage overtheir enemies, making this monitor not just a monitor but tactical equipment; tactical equipment that can help gamers control the tempo of the game better.
    
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The AORUS AD27QD monitor uses a joystick to control its OSD, making controlling the OSD a lot easier. Besides the joystick, the OSD Sidekick software can be used to adjust your monitor with your mouse. Moreover, you can set hot keys for every special feature we provide to adjust or switch  features on the fly while you are gaming. In addition, the features are directly displayed on the monitor through the hardware solution so you won’t need to worry that the features will be blocked by the game you are playing.
The AORUS AD27QD also provides PIP/PBP display mode, which can let you display 2 screens in one monitor. It will be a lot easier for playing a game and watching the game’s guide on YouTube at the same time. Moreover, you can always switch the audio to the one you desire by a simple click. A great solution for people who don’t have two monitors.

The AORUS AD27QD monitor also has anti-blue light and flicker free features. With built in power, gamers will only need to carry a simple power cable with them while transporting the monitor, no more heavy adapters. On top of that, the USB port on the monitor can provide 5V/1.5A quick charge, very convenient for gamers to charge up their smartphones. 

The stand of the AORUS AD27QD is very flexible as well. It can spin 90 degrees for a vertical screen, rotate 20 degrees sideways and -5 to21 degrees up/down, and its height is adjustable up to 130 cm. The AORUS AD27QD provides 2 HDMIs, 1 DP, and 2 USB 3.0 ports, with an audio jack and a mic jack. Gamers can also update the OSD firmware through the OSD Commander software for the most updated gaming experience. 

Lian Li Readies CES 2019 Showcase Featuring New Products and Collaborations

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Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., world’s leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis for enthusiasts, custom OEM/ODM case solutions and case accessories is thrilled to invite everyone to the Consumers Electronics Show (CES) 2019, the global stage of innovation, where Lian Li will be showcasing its upcoming products for 2019 including brand new designs and innovations as well as collaborations with the best brands in the world.

Lian Li has impressed the world and resparked its name in the hearts of enthusiasts with a great 2018 and the new year brings new challenges as well as new opportunities for Lian Li. The company is excited to show the world what its ready to offer.

CES 2019 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from January 8th, 2019 to January 11th, 2019.

New Collaborations
Lian Li has had a successful partnership with many of the strongest brands in the world and it will continue that going forward with a brand new lineup of products designed to please fans of these collaborations with Lian Li.

O11 Dynamic Razer Edition

The PC-O11 Dynamic Designed by Razer features a couple of upgrades over the standard PC-O11 Dynamic chassis: integrated Razer Chroma™ RGB lighting in the front trim and bottom provide striking LED lighting. Lian Li and Razer also included full support for Razer Synapse 3 configuration utility as well as Razer Chroma technology which fully syncs all supporting hardware’s lighting. The final touch is the Razer logo added on the face of the chassis, leaving the iconic branding to serve as a mark for gamers.

Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said “We are thrilled to have Lian Li join the Designed by Razer case program. The PC O11 Dynamic has been a favorite for many gamers out there and now with Razer Chroma lighting the case can finally complete your entire Chroma setup.”

O11 WGX ROG Certified V2


An improvement over the original, the new and upgraded O11 WGX ROG Certified V2 features a new tool-less quick release design for all of its side panels as well as improved radiator support for improved cooling support. Vertical GPU mount also allows more flexibility in displaying your graphics card with more improvement on the internals to meet modern needs of builders.

Brand New Chassis


Lian Li will also be introducing new, original chassis including a brand new mini tower and another entry in the LANCOOL series. The TU150 minitower is a specially-designed chassis for mini-ITX motherboards featuring a retractable handle for a highly-compact and portable system. Lian Li will also showcase improved desk chassis like the DK04-F with controllable glass transparency.

Innovative New Products
Lian Li will also display brand new fans with improved lighting functions. The new Bora Lite Digital will debut on CES 2019 featuring the same quality as the original Bora Lite but will now feature addressable LED lighting allowing highly customizable and highly varied lighting effects. The Bora Lite Digital will be compatible with motherboards that support addressable RGB headers.

There will also be some new announcements with Lian Li stepping into new territories with newer products. Be sure to follow Lian Li to be updated on the latest information and releases.

CES 2019
Date: 8th Jan 2019 – 11th Jan 2019
Venue: Suite 6818, Forum Tower, Ceasar Palace Hotel, United States

PlayStation 4 Masterpiece Pack Gives You God of War and Detroit: Become Human for Php2,699

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch (SIES) announced today that a new PlayStation®4 (PS4®) Dual Blu-ray Disc pack will be available in the Philippines from January 17, 2019. The product line-up is made up of a choice selection of previously released best-selling PS4® software titles.

PlayStation®4 Masterpiece Pack


The PlayStation®4 Masterpiece Pack will include the Game of the Year title, God of War, and critically acclaimed title, Detroit: Become Human. The pack will retail at the price of PHP 2,699.
  
About God of War
From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfil a deeply personal quest.

About Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human™ is the latest title developed by Quantic Dream that expands on the studio’s legacy of gripping, narrative driven experiences (Fahrenheit/Heavy Rain™/ BEYOND: Two Souls™). Discover what it really means to be human in a powerful, emotional journey made of choice and consequences. 

Set in Detroit City during the year 2038, the city has been revitalized by the invention and introduction of Androids into everyday life. But when Androids start behaving as if they are alive, events begin to spin out of control. Step into the roles of the story’s pivotal three playable characters, each with unique perspectives as they face their new way of life. 

In this ambitiously bending and thrilling narrative, every choice and action will not only determine the character’s fate, but that of the entire city and possibly beyond.

SIES will further accelerate the expansion of the PS4® platform by continually releasing a vast library of exciting and attractive software titles while offering users a choice from a variety of hardware models.

DIYPC Reveals the Trio-GT-RGB Chassis at $109.99

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DIYPC, leading professional manufacturer of computer cases and accessories (case fan, hub, headset, mouse) base in China which mainly focus on overseas market. DIYPC is proud to introduce its latest gaming chassis for every gamer featuring high-quality tempered glass and multi-color RGB fans. Featuring a steel body and support for ATX, mATX and mITX motherboards, the DIYPC Tri-GT-RGB chassis ensures gamers plenty of options for their build with extensive support for custom cooling as well as customization and its well-designed cable management and airflow will be sure to be a charm to those who want a great value case for an attractive cost.

The DIYPC Tri-GT-RGB will have an MSRP of $109.99. 

Premium Design and Build


The DIYPC Trio-GT-RGB features excellent premium features to excite builders that will be sure to impress your friends and fellow gamers as well. The Trio-GT-RGB features dual swing door side panels allowing you to easily access the components and rear panel of your build. The side panels are made of 4mm thick tempered glass to allow you to show off not just your internal components but your cable management as well. DIYPC has a 29mm gap in the back of the motherboard tray to allow ample space to manage your cables and the chassis has tie-down provisions so you can further secure your cables.

Cooling Support and Customization


Featuring support for a 240mm radiator in its front vent, the DIYPC Trio-GT-RGB has options for both traditional aircooling and watercooling. A maximum height of 162mm is support for tower air coolers. The Trio-GT-RGB also comes pre-installed with four 120mm addressable RGB 18-LED fans. The fans are controlled with the integrated RGB fan controller and is AURA-compatible. The fans have 7 different colors in 3 effect modes and allows out of the box custom RGB lighting effects. 
Front panel IO have been placed on the front area for easy access and allow DIYPC to fully utilize a stylish tempered glass panel on the front to showcase the pre-installed RGB LED fans.


A maximum of 8x 120mm fans can be installed in the chassis for excellent airflow. The built-in bottom dust filter also allows easy maintenance for the bottom-mounted PSU for improved airflow and performance of the power supply. 


The chassis has support for long graphics cards up to 383mm long. 


Lenovo and Intel Kick Off Legion of Champions III 2019

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Lenovo, the world’s leading PC and smart device manufacturer, has announced the kick-off of its Legion of Champions Series III (LoC III) Grand Finals. In partnership with Intel, this eSports competition will bring together over 60 gaming talents from 11 markets across Asia Pacific, as they seek to be crowned 2019’s LoC III champions. 

This year’s tournament is the biggest one yet, including first-time competitors India, Japan and Korea, in addition to Hong Kong / Macau, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. After multiple elimination rounds at the local level, in-market winners will face-off in an intense international showdown at Central Plaza Ladprao, Bangkok, from 25 - 27 January 2019.

ArkAngel, the Philippines’ representative for the LOC Grand Finals

“LoC is a testament to Lenovo’s ongoing commitment to foster Asia’s gaming community. With eSports’ meteoric rise in legitimacy and influence in the region, our initiatives seek to further connect like-minded enthusiasts and empower the next generation of gamers,” said Ken Wong, President, Lenovo Asia Pacific. “Lenovo Legion was designed with gamers’ needs in mind and we will continue to provide the most exciting and relevant gaming experiences and devices.”  

“With the rapid growth in eSports and gaming in Asia, Intel continues to support the industry through partnerships with the ecosystem, including global and regional gaming leagues such as Legion of Champions (LoC) with Lenovo, and provide the gaming community with the best-in-class gaming experience powered by Intel technologies,” said George Chacko, Global Account Director for Lenovo, Asia Pacific and Japan. 
During the previous LoC, which was held last year, the tournament welcomed participation from close to 7,000 gamers and 20,000 on-site attendees. Such events have become crucial and valuable moments for Lenovo to interact with the community and better understand their gaming needs and motivations. The evolution of Lenovo Legion has been driven by feedback from the gaming community itself, with its latest innovations offering purposeful design to match the needs of the modern avid gamer – stylish and sophisticated on the outside, yet savage on the inside, delivering supreme performance for work and play.

“Competitive gaming has become a hallmark in the Asia Pacific region and we are happy to say that the LoC has become a major annual highlight that is wholly anticipated and supported by both gaming organizations and fans alike,” said Michael Ngan, Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager. “We’re proud to be part of our local teams’ eSports journey by providing them a platform to enhance and hone their skills.”

Representing the Philippines in the LoC Grand Finals in Bangkok is ArkAngel, composed of Cedrik “Ivalice” Santos, Nickelson “Nickstah” Yanga, Robert Dan “Trebor” Mansilungan, Keefe Jyro “Zensho” Pascual, and Cristhoper Jordan “Raux” Pamintuan. The group topped the grueling five-round qualifying tournament that saw a total of 98 teams participating.

At the end of the tournament, the winning team will walk away with USD$7,000 cash and USD$5,000 worth of Legion Y530 notebooks, while the first and second runners-up will take home USD$3,000 and USD$2,000, respectively. 

The total combined prize pool of the entire League of Champions III tournament is USD$35,000 (approximately P1,900,000) – the largest of any LoC tournament yet.

Spectators can expect to experience the grit and tenacity of the gamers as they band together to seize the championship title. Those who wish to be part of the excitement may also take part in the Rise of Legion walk-in tournaments, LAN party, and cosplay contests. Follow the epic journey at https://www.legionloc.com/. 

ViewSonic VX2758-C-mh 27-inch Curved Gaming Monitor Review

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There’s a plethora of gaming monitors abound that would cover your needs for high-performance esports or ultra-immersive gaming, which, quite frankly makes pulling the trigger on one a bit harder to do. From high refresh rates to gaming-centric features, monitors are divided into a bevy of segments that could thankfully help you decide on which one to get. But if you’re looking for an all-around display solution that can help you get kickstarted on a proper gaming experience no matter what you play, ViewSonic’s VX2758-C-mh may be up to the test.

We’ve received the ViewSonic VX2758 recently, and we’ve fairly had a good run with it over our course of usage. You can spot it going around for about Php16,500 in the local market, and it’s quite easy to find with several retailers carrying it as well.

Moving forward, ViewSonic didn’t seem to go all out when it comes to presentations with the VX2758. It comes in a standard retail carton packaging with the necessary info printed around the box to help perusing customers on the monitor. Not at all flaired up, and that should be alright to help it reach the cost. Standard inclusion are also as follows – there’s the VX2758 in the flesh, the mandatory manual/quick guide, a power cable, and an HDMI cable.

DESIGN


The VX2758 fits in our threshold for 1080p displays. 27 inches are the maximum we can go for Full HD on gaming, and it’s fairly a comfortable size for our usage and viewing pleasures. Its 1800R curvature also helps maintain eye comfort, brings a more immersive experience, and cover a wider field of view. ViewSonic also has an informative article up on their website regarding the benefits of curved monitor, which you can check by clicking here.


The back of the monitors are reserved for the ports. It isn’t exactly loaded. You’ll get one HDMI 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0 ports, one VGA port, a 3.5mm audio jack input and another one for output, and that’s about it. There’s also a Kenginsgton lock slot onboard, which should help you secure it a bit more. ViewSonic also equipped the VX2758 with two 2-watt speakers that sadly feels more of an afterthought than an actual feature. To emphasize, these are 2-watt speakers. It functions more of a stopgap than an actual audio solution since users will more than likely have a decent speaker or headset already. No VESA mount on this one, unfortunately.

The stand on the other hand is quite sturdy and takes a bit of space to plant firmly. The height isn't adjustable, but you'll be able to tilt it 5° forward and 20° back.

The settings can be adjusted through the singular joystick button located at the right side of the back of the monitor. It's your one stop shop to adjust your settings. There are also presets such as Standard, Game, Movie, Web, Text, MAC, and Mono. And you can switch display source from D-Sub, HDMI, and HDMI 2. More settings can be found on the OSD where you can adjust the volume, color, Blue Light Filter, and such.





PERFORMANCE


The VX2758 is an MVA-panel monitor that comes with 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync, as well as a 5ms response time GTG w/OD. Static Contrast Ratio is at 3,000:1, bright level is up to 280 cd/m2.

TEST SYSTEM SETUP

Motherboard: GIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPU: AMD RYZEN 5 1600 3.2GHz
GPU: PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 8GB
RAM: ZADAK 16GB DDR4 RAM 2400 MHz
Cooler: Corsair H60 (2018)
Storage: Plextor M9e 512GB M.2 SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD
PSU: EVGA 500 BV, 80+ BRONZE 500W
Case: Silverstone RL06
OS: Windows 10 Pro N
Display: ViewSonic VX2758 144Hz Monitor

Our tests primarily consisted of Spyder5 Elite's Data Analysis after color calibration.

Color Gamut

The Color Gamut test analyzes the display's color spaces with the standard gamuts such as AdobeRGB and sRGB.
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Tone Response

The Tone Response tests out where the display's Gamma is plotted against the industry standards of 2.2 and 1.8.
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Gray Ramp
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Color Uniformity at Brightness 100%

Color Uniformity evaluates uniformity based on a matrix that tests out nine different areas of the display to check uniformity. The closer the value is to 0, the better performance it has.
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Color Accuracy

Color Accuracy shows how well different basic color hues are being reproduced by the display. Results are displayed in a Delta E Value for each Color Tone. The lower the value, the better the reproduction of the color hue.
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Monitor Rating
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CONCLUSION

The ViewSonic VX2758-C-mh has the chops of a performer. It will elevate your eSports experience all thanks to its high refresh rate and great color accuracy.  Sure, a 27-incher would be a bit too much of size for a 180p. But it’s our threshold and we can see ourselves hitting it off as our daily driver.

There are a couple of kinks that need to be ironed out – its plastic body is a surefire fingerprint magnet, but you’re not exactly going to touch it over and over. Height isn’t adjustable, and that’s rarely an issue since you have a fix upon setup. The speakers are also more of an afterthought than a feature, so hopefully you already have a proper audio solution onboard. Moving forward, the lack of VESA mount is a loss on this one.

In the realm of 27-inch 1080p curved monitors, the ViewSonic 2758-C-mh gets competitive. It’s listed at $262.99 on ViewSonic’s website, with local pricing going for about Php16,500 in the local.  
To sum it up, the ViewSonic VX2758 makes one of the best choices if you’re looking for a curved monitor that can step up your gaming experience to new heights.