Kolkata has managed to hit another jackpot when it comes to gaming events. Previously we visited Zone Cafe at the city of joy to take part in their 4-way launch event. Showing no inclination to stop, Zone Cafe, alongside AORUS, hosted the launch of the first tactical gaming monitor from AORUS. But to make the event even more special, they also celebrated the launch of Devil May Cry 5 at the same time.
The AORUS AD27QD Tactical Gaming Monitor has a 27-inch IPS Panel with a 2560×1440 QHD Resolution, and frameless design. The monitor has an arsenal of ‘tactical’ features like the Active Noise Cancellation, Aim Stabilizer, AORUS Dashboard, and some others. They explained what these features at the launch event, where they had a gaming rig powered by the monitor and an RTX 20 Series GPU.
The monitor has an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature where you plug in your mic onto the 3.5mm port and background noise will be reduced. We tested this and I would say the noise was reduced by at least 30 to 40 percent, so it does make a difference. It should be very useful for streaming in noisy places, gaming cafes or at your home where you don’t want the viewers to hear your parents shouting at you to start studying.
The Black Equalizer is quite useful in spotting enemies easier. It works by making the display more neutral, by brightening up the darker areas. They also have the Aim Stabilizer which reduces motion blur – it’s supposed to be very helpful in FPS games. Along with this, they have a GameAssist feature where it can induce custom crosshairs and timers.
For hardware monitoring, the monitor has the AORUS Dashboard which is similar to MSI Afterburner, CAM, and other monitoring tools, but it works more intuitively. When you use this dashboard to display CPU/GPU Usage, Mouse DPI, VRAM Usage, and other system metrics, it won’t be displayed while streaming or recording videos. Should be quite useful for streamers and content creators!
Lastly, the OSD Sidekick allows you to control the monitor’s brightness, contrast, colors, profiles, and other things by using your keyboard itself. Honestly, this is a very underrated feature and is quite useful. We weren’t able to get any official pricing figures for India. However, Amazon.com and Newegg figures put the monitor around the 999$ and 599$ respectively.
Apart from the Monitor, Gigabyte also showed off their new GTX and RTX card line up with 1660Ti and RTX 2070 AORUS Extreme taking center stage. They also had a separate PC setup for streamers to stream directly from the venue.
Now that is not the only thing that happened at Zone cafe. As we’ve previously touched upon Capcom’s golden rebirth, Capcom released Devil May Cry 5. A critically acclaimed title from a critically acclaimed series releasing after 11 years, DMC5 is a hack-and-slash game. Featuring the legendary demon hunters Nero and Dante, they team up with the mysterious V to uncover the secrets of a new demonic invasion.
Players had one hell of a time playing DMC5 on the PC. And why wouldn’t they? After all, Zone doesn’t exactly have a dearth of beastly PCs to run the game on Ultra settings. Other than that, the Kolkata cosplay community came geared up to the party with members cosplaying as characters from the game itself.
When you have two events for the price of one, it’s usually a good deal. It’s even better because events at Zone cafe are free. All in all, a fun afternoon combined with the awesomeness of new hardware. Kolkata doesn’t know when to stop and we absolutely love it.
I spend my waking hours mostly playing games and grinding for gear while blasting music on max volume. In my off time, I can be found browsing reddit or the internet in general in search of obscure knowledge about said games.