Originally Posted by sahil0909
Hey how are you? i just wanted to request your opinion on something if it's okay with you please, i'm currently debating between the epson 4010 and the 5050. The 4010 is perfect for me except just one thing, 4k hdr gaming. Which is available on the 5050 due to the hdmi but not on the 4010. This is literally the only thing that's concerning me right now, since im personally not interested in any other improvements which come with the 5050. So i wanted to ask your opinion since you seem like the right person to ask, since i see you've had the 5040 (which has the hdmi shortcoming just like the 4010), you've also had the linker on the 5040, and you now have the 5050. i'd really appreciate your opinion.
the questions i wanted to ask you are:
1. How big was the improvement in quality from the 5040 4k sdr gaming, to the 5040 4k hdr gaming with the linker?
2. How big was the improvement in quality from the 5040 4k hdr gaming with the linker, to the 5050 4k hdr gaming without linker?
i hope to also learn from this whether the hdr capabilities added by the linker are really at the same level, and really improve the picture just as much as actual hdr on a capable display like the 5050.
Lastly, im not fascinated by 4k hdr gaming just to get to see that 'im playing in 4k hdr', but its just in order to get the better picture quality, so with that being said would you say that for someone like me, for whom the 4010 is perfect in every other way, would it really be worth spending all that extra money for the 5050 JUST to get games in 4k hdr over 4k sdr on the 4010? (Purely in terms of picture quality)
Thank you very much
Hey there! Been doing good, hope you have been as well. I will do my best to give you my opinion on how the 4K HDR gaming is with the 5050. Let's start by answering your questions.
1. How big was the improvement? Hmmmmm. Not huge to be honest. Using the linker was just downright annoying and frustrating. Pretty much, not worth the trouble to get 4k HDR gaming. Which leads me to the next part of your question, how much better is HDR gaming compared to non HDR gaming? My PERSONAL opinion is that I prefer a really good calibrated SDR picture with 4k gaming than HDR gaming. One of the reasons I say that is because I feel like in order to get a good bright image in HDR gaming, you have to blow the highlights out in the image to give it some pop. With SDR, I can make it as bright and poppy as I want without blowing part of the image out. And the crazy thing is that I don't think the colors pop nor do the black levels look as deep as SDR. Now some games handle HDR better than others. But I've found that all around, it's easier to maintain a great picture with all games by keeping it in SDR.
2. The difference for me between HDR gaming with and without the linker didn't have much to do with performance as it did more ease of use. The screen blanking out for 5 to 10 seconds was frustrating with the linker and I did notice some color banding but not much. I will say that HDR gaming on the 5050 was overall brighter than the 5040 with a linker. It wasn't a huge difference like I expected but it was somewhat noticeable.
I will say that seeing all the check boxes on my One X without having to use a secondary device to make it work is nice but like you said, saying you can play in 4K HDR isn't as important as how well it works. Again, for me personally it's not something I'm head over heels in love with. My SDR gaming settings almost always show a better image than HDR.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions. Good luck!!!!
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