The teamwork between product developers and marketing departments can lead to remarkable results. An example would be the Iiyama ProLite B2783QSU-B1 monitor, which we covered last year. A model that was meant for business users, but also turned out to have surprisingly good performance for gamers. That is not an obvious combination. The recently introduced G-Master Silver Crow GB2783QSU-B1 is, as the name and product package suggest, meant for gamers. Nevertheless, after having completed our tests we have to conclude that this model can also be used at an office desk. The similarities do not stop there...
To get straight to the point: after we minutely looked at the G-Master GB2783QSU-B1 and tested it using our new, extensive test method, we can only conclude that this is the same product. Of course there are small variations in the test results and the new model has ‘G-Master’ written vertically on the back, but aside from that these monitors are identical twins.
This presents us with a dilemma, because how do we cover a product that we already reviewed before and were pretty happy about? Our new test method offers support, because this allows us to cover some aspects in more detail about this monitor – and with that, its older brother as well.
At release, the Iiyama ProLite cost about 394 dollars, at the time this was very competitive for a 27-inch wqhd-model with 2560x1440 pixels and a pixel density of 110 ppi. Right now the monitor costs about 353 dollars and can be found for less. For that price you get a tn-panel, but one with above average characteristics, placed on an elegant and ergonomic base. For a monitor with ips-technique and this resolution the price goes up to about 400 dollars or 427 dollars, and for the same price you can purchase a 28-inch ultra hd model with tn-panel (or a 24-inch model with the same resolution and an ips-panel). As we like to say, there is a lot to choose from if you are looking to purchase a monitor.
The new G-Master GB2783QSU-B1 is a bit more expensive: the average price is about 372 dollars and the minimum price is over 352 dollars. In our opinion this puts Iiyama in an awkward position, because the virtually identical B2783QSU-B1 is slightly cheaper. It is not a lot, but why pay more when it is not necessary? We can imagine that the price of the ‘Silver Crow’ will go down a bit, or that Iiyama phases out the older model and follows it up with a model without ‘gaming’-functionality and perhaps with a slightly lower price.
If you are looking for a wqhd-monitor with a diagonal of 27-inch and have a budget of up to 427 dollars, there are six other models we have tested – aside from the two Iiyama models – that are still available. A comparison table can be found here. Note that the Philips has an average price that is a lot higher, but it can be found for less than 427 dollars which is why we added it to this article.
The main thing that stands out when looking at that table is that there are only two models with a refresh rate higher than 60 Hz on the native resolution and with variable refresh rate, and those are the two Iiyama monitors. This is the most important aspect of the (G)B2783QSU-B1: with 70Hz you can see slightly more frames per second (if your graphics card can handle it) and furthermore they have a FreeSync range of 48-70Hz – not that great, but we have seen worse. Of course you do need a suited AMD graphics card and most gamers use an Nvidia card at the moment.
Fortunately these monitors offer more than the above, because the used TN-panel is not only pretty good in terms of colour quality, but also fast. Even with overdrive on the artefacts are limited and the response times are excellent. We will illustrate this in the review. Summarizing we can state that, if you want to game in wqhd and your budget does not allow for a 144Hz monitor (these cost 533 dollars or more), the G-Master ‘Silver Crow’ GB2783QSU-B1 is an attractive option.
As you can see we have already come to the conclusion, but this is an exceptional situation. This does not mean that we can still say a few things about this monitor, so keep reading if you want to know more.