Wide gaming monitors: LG and MSI now rely on OLED with 240 Hz


New gaming monitors with OLED panels and 240 Hz are planned. LG and MSI are already providing a preview of the upcoming products. LG is planning a 45″ model with extremely strong curvature (800R) and 3,440 × 1,440 pixels (21:9). MSI, on the other hand, relies on QD-OLED with 49 inches in an even narrower 32:9 format.

LG's 45" OLED monitor with 240Hz

The LG model is much closer to the market launch, because the “world's first 45″ curved, 240Hz OLED gaming monitor” with the name UltraGear 45GR95QE-B will be available for pre-order from December 12th and will be delivered from December 28th

For $1,699 (before taxes), buyers will get an OLED panel (most likely from LG Display) with 3,440 × 1,440 pixels in 21:9 format and, strictly speaking, 44.75-inch screen diagonal. The OLED technology ensures a very fast response time, which LG specifies at 0.03 ms (GtG), as well as an extremely high contrast ratio of 1.5 million to one – LCD monitors cannot keep up in both disciplines for a long time.

LG UltraGear 45GR95QE-B (Image: LG)

Another special feature is the narrow bending radius of the curved display, which is only 0.8 meters (800R). This means that the display is even more curved than the now numerous models with 1000R. The high refresh rate of 240 Hz should ensure smooth image display. As befits a gaming monitor, AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync (compatible) are supported.

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LG UltraGear 45GR95QE-B (image: LG)

However, the said resolution at this size means a comparatively low pixel density of 84 ppi. The color depth is 10 bits per RGB channel. Connections include DisplayPort, HDMI, USB and audio. RGB lighting effects on the back are present. The interchangeable stand allows the display to be adjusted in height, swiveled and tilted. According to the product page, a remote control is included.

LG recently presented its smallest OLED monitor to date: The UltraGear 27GR95QE-B delivers 2,560 × 1,440 pixels in the classic 16:9 format without curvature on a 27-inch diagonal and also offers 240 Hz for a price of 999 US dollars.

At MSI it's still a CES project

MSI dedicates only one picture, one project name and a few lines to the announcement of the “world's FIRST super ultra-wide curved gaming monitor” aka Project 491C. This uses a curved QD-OLED panel, which Samsung Display has previously offered, and a refresh rate of 240 Hz as well. The figure suggests the 32:9 format. The resolution is not revealed.

With the words “Get ready for CES2023 for the debut of our Project 491C”, MSI makes it clear that at the beginning of January electronics trade fair in Las Vegas.

There were already rumors beforehand that Samsung Display would be launching a 49″ QD OLED panel for TVs as well as a 77″ ; model plans.