Gaming on a jumbo screen is a lot of fun. The sense of immersion and suspension of disbelief is about as good as it gets short of one of the best VR headsets. Console gamers already know this because Xboxes and PlayStations are usually connected to a big TV rather than a desktop monitor. But when considering the newest generation of products, the lines have become blurred. Consoles now support variable refresh rates, 120 Hz and Ultra HD resolution. PCs still have the upper hand in speed though with 240 Hz screens being commonplace and 360 Hz available from some high-end, 25-inch panels.
A large monitor that does it all is certainly a desirable product, and that’s where the Aorus FV43U and its like come in. It’s a little smaller than the average TV but significantly larger than most desktop monitors. At 43 inches and with a simple stand, it can grace a desk, entertainment center or wall with equal competence.
In our benchmark and hands-on tests, the FV43U performed admirably as a gaming monitor. It’s one of the few 4K screens that can run at 144 Hz and provides perfect Adaptive-Sync support with SDR and HDR. Plus, it delivers blur reduction from a backlight strobe that works with Adaptive-Sync -- something only a handful of monitors can do. Console gamers can also interface with it through HDMI 2.1 ports with support for 120 Hz, HDR and 4K. As a gaming screen, it truly can do it all.
When considering the FV43U against a traditional TV, you’ll miss out on a couple of things that we consider important. 24p support is a big one for anyone who enjoys watching movies. Even if you stream content, 24p is used in many shows from Netflix, Amazon and others. The FV43U converts all incoming 24p signals to 60 Hz. The other missing element is Dolby Vision support. Though this isn’t really a factor for gaming, it’s quite common in streams from Netflix and on 4K Blu-ray.
Aside from its weaknesses as a TV replacement, the Aorus FV43U amply fulfills its design goals as a premium gaming monitor. With solid speed and response, along with class-leading contrast and a huge color gamut, it’s our pick in the 43-inch genre. Users looking for the ultimate jumbo monitor experience should definitely check it out.