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Additional Review Notes

The AD27QD has a few additional features, most of which are designed to improve your gaming experience:

  • LED Bias Lighting: RGB lighting on the back case and stand.
  • Dashboard: A customizable overlay that displays your computer’s status, including temperatures, fan speeds, and usage.
  • Game Assist: Optional overlays to display a timer, FPS counter or refresh rate.
  • Crosshair: An optional overlay for a custom crosshair, useful for games that don’t have a crosshair. There is a built-in crosshair, or you can create, or import, your own.
  • Display Alignment: This feature temporarily adds alignment markers to the screen, making it easier to align multiple displays in a multi-monitor setup
  • Black Equalizer: Similar to the Black Stabilizer feature found on many other gaming monitors, this allows you to adjust the image to make it easier to spot objects in dark scenes.
  • OSD Sidekick: The OSD Sidekick software allows you to control almost any aspect of the AD27QD from your Windows desktop. There are even some features that can only be controlled through the sidekick application, including the custom crosshairs and ANC feature.
  • ANC: The Aorus is the first monitor on the market to feature active noise cancellation. Note that this is not for your benefit, but for the benefit of the people you are talking to. The monitor has two integrated microphones that measure the ambient noise, and attempt to remove it from your voice. This requires your microphone be connected to the back of the monitor, and the USB upstream port connected to your computer. In our tests, the ANC was very effective at removing ambient bass sounds, such as the rumble of a nearby air conditioner. We also found that it acted a bit like a noise gate, and would occasionally cut off the speakers voice. We have recorded a short clip demonstrating the ANC feature, available here. Note that this is recorded using an internet voice chat program, and there is compression.
  • Customizable Hotkeys: Most of the additional features can also be setup to work with custom hotkeys, as well as many of the picture settings. This is useful if you want to be able to quickly adjust certain settings, like if you’re in a game with random maps and want to adjust the Black Equalizer feature.
  • PIP/PBP: The AD27QD also supports both picture-in-picture, and picture-by-picture modes. These allow you to display the image from two different sources at once, either in a side-by-side layout (PBP), or as an overlay (PIP).

As the majority of the extra features and overlays are handled by the monitor itself, and not by software installed on the PC, it is extremely difficult for games to detect that they are in use. Some games that block the use of custom crosshairs, for example, are unable to block the added crosshairs on the AD27QD.

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