LG continues to show its commitment to diversifying OLED display options. This is especially exciting for consumers looking for smaller sizes and lower prices. The company recently launched a $1,000 26.5-inch OLED display that offers more speed than most people need, but adds variety to today’s desktop-sized OLED display options.
Several sites, including Wccftech, discovered on Sunday that LG has listed the 26.5-inch UltraGear 27GR95QE-B; However, it is not available for purchase online in the US. We’ve reached out to LG about US availability and will update this post if the company responds.
The display has a resolution of 2560×1440, a refresh rate of 240 Hz, and emphasizes pushing frames over pixel count. LG’s gaming monitor has a 0.03ms gray-to-gray response time and features Nvidia G-Sync Compatibility and AMD FreeSync Premium to combat screen tearing. This is a monitor for gamers who prefer fast-paced action that looks smooth over the sharpest display. If you’re not convinced about this display’s gaming heritage, check out the hexagonal RGB lighting on the back of the display.
Other specs include 98.5 percent DCI-P3 coverage and a mysterious “TBD” brightness rating. We reached out to LG about this, but OLED screens tend to be less bright than similarly priced LCD options. LG’s more expensive ($2,000 MSRP) UltraFine 27EQ850-B 4K OLED display, for example, claims 200 nits.
LG’s UltraGear 27GR95QE-B comes with two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 lower ports, one USB 3.0 upper port, a 3.5mm jack, and an S/PDIF port, according to a partial spec sheet on the product page.
Considering all these specs, creatives, programmers, office workers, and those who want more than 110.8 pixels per inch won’t be interested in this display.
And that’s good.
Even if we weren’t interested in an OLED display with this speed and resolution, this is the cheapest MSRP we’ve seen for a desktop-sized OLED display. It is designed for a different use than other OLED monitors.
Take the aforementioned UltraFine 27EQ850-B 26.9-inch OLED display that LG released earlier this month for $2,000. With 4K resolution at 60Hz and VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, it’s aimed at a very different audience than the QHD 27GR95QE-B.
And this variety is the spice of life for choosing an OLED display. These 27-inch class options are among the smallest OLED desktop displays available today. There are also the 31.5-inch LG UltraFine 32EP950-B ($4,000) and the 26.5-inch LG UltraFine 27EP950 ($3,000). LG’s new lineup brings more choice in lower prices, specs, and features to a market already flooded with portable screens that usually come in 48-inch options.
In addition to LG, Asus also makes a 31.5-inch ProArt PA32DC 4K OLED display, but at $3,500, it’s still out of reach for many consumers.
With OLED TVs being offered in a variety of prices and sizes, LG and other monitor makers are hoping to offer OLED in more forms for contrast-hungry PC users.
LG Display, which manufactures display technology for various companies, must work on 20-inch OLED panels for monitors and TVs.
Regardless of where the variety ultimately comes from, more options are good for consumers. Given the relatively limited number of consumers looking for a desktop OLED display, it would be nice to have more options.