Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 1440P 165Hz Monitor Review


Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 Review


Insanely impressive screens have become more available in recent times. There was a long stretch where a computer monitor easily trumped a TV image quality. Then with high end TVs appearing the computer monitor seemed to stagnate for a while. Now, in what a politician would call the ‘trickle down’ effect, PC displays have come on in leaps and bounds. We’ve even seen some full OLED models. The mini LEDs at the heart of the Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 work their magic to bring us a high quality display at a minimal cost.

If you’ve come here from the HDR400 1440P @ 180Hz IPS Cooler Master GM2711S review you’ll have noted that cost a very reasonable £264.99. With 576 local area dimming options, Quantum Dot technology, HDR1000 compatibility and Freesync Premium Pro support the Tempest GP2711 should be, on paper at least, significantly more expensive. However, with a MSRP price tag of just £429 it’s jaw-dropping.

Image quality is everything with a display. Extra features like a fully adjustable stand – something the Tempest has – are nice. Pass-through USB ports or audio jacks are also useful. When it comes down to it through, the eye-candy is all that truly matters. The Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 has it by the bucket load. We know that 1440P might have some people feeling sniffy because it’s not 4K, but a very average 4K display is this kind of money. One with similar features costs much more. Additionally 576 dimming zones doesn’t have to absolute contrast available on a full OLED panel, but this is half the price of those and has none of the image burn in worries. Burn in on a TV is an issue, but on a computer where the Windows task bar is on screen more often than not, it’s a genuine headache. Not here.

As you could see from our images the contrast levels of the GP2711 aren’t mere paper claims. The difference between bright and dark is stark. However, there is still detail within the highlights and shadows. Ramping up contrast for the sake of it, like applying a strong curve adjustment to a photo, is all well and good but you lose detail. We want to be able to see snipers hiding with the sun to their back, or ninjas lurking in shadows. The Tempest GP2711 has you covered.

With a rich, crisp, responsive image free from ghosting, and coming at a seriously affordable price point, the Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 shows how serious they are about entering the display market, and it wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.

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