ASRock reveals two new 27-inch 1440p IPS monitors, one with an integrated Wi-Fi antenna in the stand

ASROCK 1440p 180Hz IPS Monitors PG27QFT2A and PG27QFT2B
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ASRock is looking to attract monitor buyers with its new Phantom Gaming PG27QFT2A and PG27QFT1B monitors, both of which feature 27-inch IPS displays with QHD 1440p resolution and 180 Hz refresh rates. 

The key difference between the monitors is that the PG27QFT2A comes with a swivel-, height-, and tilt-adjustable stand with an integrated Wi-Fi antenna. With this monitor, users should be able to get better reception over Wi-Fi antennae bundled with motherboards and/or PCIe-based Wi-Fi cards. The company assures compatibility with all Wi-Fi bands up to Wi-Fi 7. As for adjustability, the stand provides height adjustment of up to 100mm, swivel of +/- 20 degrees, and tilt of between -5 and 20 degrees. 

Integrated Wi-FI Antenna on ASRock PG27QFT2A monitor

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Wi-Fi antennae-integrated stand aside, both monitors sport VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification (indicating they provide a peak brightness of 400 nits) and support for AMD Freesync. Other features include flicker-free technology and low blue light features for reducing eye strain, as well as 99% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 color space. Both monitors have two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4, built-in 2W speakers, and a headphone jack.

ASRock did reveal more of its monitor lineups at CES 2024, including the PGO27QFW2A 1440p OLED monitor and a VA panel-based PG32QRT2A. It's not the first component company to venture into the monitor market — it follows the footsteps of companies such as Gigabyte and Cooler Master.

But there are a lot of gaming monitors out there. Monitor makers source their panels from a handful of OEMs — who also sell monitors under their own brands, e.g. LG and Samsung. So, companies need to come up with unique features, such as integrated Wi-Fi antennae, to stand out. 

ASRock did not list pricing in its press release, and these upcoming monitors will only be available in select regions. However, Texas-based online retailer AztekComputers has already listed the PG27QFT2A for $250; a Wi-Fi antenna would be a neat extension in that price range, even if it's in the stand. At least the stand is highly-adjustable, though, ensuring users are more likely to use it over aftermarket options in many situations. 

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  • javiindo
    I think the antenna in the monitor stand it's a great idea. I'm sure many will copy this idea (and I hope so).
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  • cyrusfox
    This is a gimmick to me and to anyone else that has a ethernet switch on their desk. The fact that it is only an antenna means it is only useful for desktop users, no use for laptops. Would be better for them to have an integrated M.2 A+E slot for wifi cards and the antenna could then either self attach or be attached to desktop. This M.2 could be connected most ideally by USB-c output(The same USB C that should be PD capable) or USB3. As it stands it can only serve a sliver of the market(Those with Wifi with externally exposed antenna ports). Very gimmicky...

    But for me, its hardwired only, can't beat the latency or stability. I have plenty of USB 2/100MBPs & USB3&c 1Gbit adapters lying around for those machines missing ethernet. Wifi is what you use when you need to be mobile, not at a desk.
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  • Notton
    I think it's a useless gimmick.
    Just take a look at those ridiculously long cables extending towards the monitor.
    You can easily buy wifi antennas that can be placed in a more optimal position.
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  • das_stig
    javiindo said:
    I think the antenna in the monitor stand it's a great idea. I'm sure many will copy this idea (and I hope so).
    Not truly compatible, as my Asus has 4 connections, but as cyrusfox said, a m2 slot/usb-c would be much more logical.
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  • Findecanor
    I think that's an interesting idea, but a wasted feature for a gaming monitor.
    Gamers want the lowest latency, and that requires a wired connection.
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  • ocer9999
    Findecanor said:
    I think that's an interesting idea, but a wasted feature for a gaming monitor.
    Gamers want the lowest latency, and that requires a wired connection.
    These days with wifi as fast as it is, unless you are playing competitive, I think it's fine. I personally use Wifi on my desktop and don't notice any lag, but then again I dont play FPS
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