PC / Mac OLED monitors, we believe it. After failed announcements from Asus and Dell, LG is trying its luck with a 4K model in 31.5 inches.
OLED technology is now a must on smartphones, even Sony and Apple have started. On TVs, OLED remains the most interesting technology at present. Between these two screen sizes, it’s still complicated in 2021.
Indeed, OLED is available on more and more screens of laptops, rather upscale. What about larger PC monitors? It is very rare, they are expensive monitors that are very difficult to find. Why ? Because this technology is expensive to produce screens the size of a monitor (between 27 and 34 inches) and especially these screens suffer from what are called burnt pixels (burn-in for close friends).
Manufacturers have nonetheless made great efforts on this subject with anti-marking procedures fitted to our smartphones, TVs and also our laptops. We have also seen the arrival of very large OLED PC monitors geared towards gaming, like the 48-inch from LG but also Dell Alienware screens and some BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display).
LG UltraFine OLED Pro: a monitor designed for creative professions
Those who dream of buying an Apple Pro Display XDR, the Apple 6K monitor, will now hesitate. LG has just unveiled the LG UltraFine OLED Pro. It’s a 31.5-inch diagonal 10-bit 4K OLED monitor with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1 (OLED requires). The eight million pixels that make up this panel therefore all emit their own light. Gone is the halo effect that we are used to seeing on LCD screens (especially low-end). In addition, the response time is instantaneous (less than 0.1 ms).
Be careful though, the UltraFine OLED Pro is aimed at professionals. For color accuracy, the monitor covers 99% of the DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color space. It even has a decent number of connectors, including a USB-C port with a 90W power supply, two DisplayPorts, one HDMI, three USB-A ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Moreover, it is not specified, but it must go up to 60 Hz, and not one Hz more.
Either way, there’s no pricing for this baby yet, but it sure won’t be cheap (albeit surely cheaper than Apple’s $ 6,500 Pro Display XDR).
If you really want an OLED display, the first thing is to ask yourself what is it going to be used for. If it’s for gaming on your PC, you’d better redirect to a 48-inch model from last year, but it’s still pretty big nonetheless. There is also a brand new elongated model (which goes up to 120 Hz) but also a 42-inch format just announced at CES 2021.