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Hands-on with LG’s UltraGear 240Hz gaming monitor: Setting a new threshold for OLED refresh rates


Earlier this year, Alienware released what is arguably the best all-round gaming monitor on the market today: But last week, and after having a chance to test them in person, I can say that Alienware’s monitors have some formidable new rivals.

Unlike the AW3423DW, LG’s monitor comes in two sizes for slightly different use cases. yes features a flat screen with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution for both casual use and more demanding competitive play, while a 45-inch screen The curved display package with 800R radius and 3,440 x 1,440 resolution is designed to deliver a more immersive experience.

Like its larger brother, the 27-inch 27GR95QE has a blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate, but with a smaller non-curved OLED panel.
Like its bigger brother, the 27-inch 27GR95QE-B has a blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate, but with a smaller non-curved OLED panel.

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The good thing about these displays is that no matter which one you choose, they both have 240Hz refresh rates – the highest you can get from any OLED display today. Additionally, both models have incredibly fast response times of just 0.3 ms (gray to gray). Furthermore, they both support both AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync and produce vibrant color gamut (up to 98.5% of the DCI-P3 spectrum). In a nutshell, LG’s new UltraGear display offers a long list of premium display technologies with one glaring downside: a relatively low peak brightness of just 200 nits.

Admittedly, low brightness might not be a big deal if, like a lot of people, you prefer to game in darker environments – especially since you might want to turn off the lights to make the most of the dark anyway. LG’s built-in RGB multi-strip. You can even sync the LEDs on the back with what’s being displayed on the screen, adding a bit of bias lighting without the need for additional hardware. Another small bonus of having a lower maximum brightness is that there’s no need to set ABL (automatic brightness limiter) like you see on some other OLED displays, so you don’t have to worry about the display getting worse. randomly dimmed when viewed primarily. white screen (like when you are viewing a word document or spreadsheet).

The 800R curve on the 45GR95QE-B is even more rounded than many of its rivals and offers an almost cocoon-like gaming experience.
The 800R curve on the 45GR95QE-B is even more rounded than many of its rivals and offers an almost cocoon-like gaming experience.

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Unfortunately, due to the size of the screen – especially the giant 45-inch model – text doesn’t look as sharp as I would have liked. When you’re gaming that shouldn’t be an issue, but when I’m browsing the web I can see colored fringing and a bit of general blur when reading stories and titles. Now, it’s important to mention that color fringing is something that’s visible on some of the new OLED displays (most notably QD-OLED panels due to their triangular sub-pixel arrangement) and has can tools like or an update to Microsoft’s own Clear Type feature may resolve this issue. But unfortunately, I didn’t have time to test that during my brief practice time.

To test out its new UltraGear gaming monitor, LG showcased professional Valorant players Com (pictured here) and Jawgemo from Evil Geniuses.
To test out its new UltraGear gaming monitor, LG showcased professional Valorant players Com (pictured here) and Jawgemo from Evil Geniuses.

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That said, while the new UltraGear monitors may not be the best all-rounder for both productivity and entertainment, they look stunning in gaming scenarios. The 27GR95QE-B is the more accessible of the two because it’s only $1,000 (compared to $1,700 for the 27GR95QE) and has a real chance of fitting better on your desk — at least you No need to rearrange everything. At 27 inches, it is also close to the size that professional gamers use in tournaments (most tournaments have 24-inch screens), and also supports tilt, rotation, and orientation adjustments. tall and even vertical makes it easy to position the screen properly.

But the best part is how well everything looks in motion. LG invited some professional Valorant gamers from Evil Geniuses to show off the new UltraGears, and even in the middle of a gunfight, everything worked sharp, which brings me to the monitor’s most important specs. : their 240Hz refresh rate. Previously, the highest you could get on OLED screens (including high-end competitors like Alienware and ) is 175Hz.

If you can ignore the moire pattern from my camera, you'll notice some color fringing or rainbow borders around some of the text which seems to come from a problem between Windows and the way the subpixel layout is used. new in its new OLED panels.
If you can ignore the moire pattern from my camera, you’ll notice some colored borders or rainbow borders around some of the text. This issue can be caused by an issue with the ClearType feature in Windows, so there’s a chance that Microsoft may resolve this issue in the future.

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For those still using 60Hz monitors, that gap may not seem like a big deal. The point, however, as a general rule when it comes to monitors is that you usually only notice a perceptible performance difference when you double the refresh rate (e.g., from 60Hz to 120Hz or 120Hz). to 240Hz). rendering for one of Alienware or Samsung’s competitors might not notice a big improvement while still having a panel that can’t achieve super high frame rates (typically 240 to 300 fps or more) ) that competitive gamers prefer. But with LG’s latest UltraGears, you get the deep blacks and rich vivid colors that OLED displays are known for. and refresh rates rival all but the fastest LCDs.

As for the larger and more expensive 45GR95QE-B, despite having a slightly lower pixel density than its smaller sibling, its curved panel offers an all-encompassing experience. Its 800R radius is intended to simulate the natural shape of your eyes while enclosing you even more than conventional 1000R curved monitors. The ideal spot for the screen is about two and a half meters from the screen, and it’s basically perfect. You can still look edge-to-edge to get that brilliant panoramic view, but it’s not so wide that you’ll need to constantly move your head to spot buttons or icons that might be in different places. corner. Interesting, when I asked if the 800R curve spoils his goal when compared to a flat screen, he says that even though it’s his first time using the monitor, he doesn’t have to make much adjustments.

LG's latest gaming monitors even have a dedicated control panel for quickly adjusting picture settings or viewing things like the monitor's refresh rate.
LG’s latest gaming monitors even have a dedicated control panel for quickly adjusting picture settings or viewing things like the monitor’s refresh rate.

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In addition to the new control panels themselves, there are a few other design tweaks I’d like to highlight. The first is to better cater to competitive gamers, LG is using new feet on the UltraGears stand so you can place your keyboard closer to the screen. But for me, the bigger upgrade is the inclusion of a dedicated remote control for adjusting picture settings. Instead of messing around with hidden buttons or joysticks on the back of the screen, just sit back and enjoy a more TV-like experience. The addition of a remote is something we’ve seen from other flagship monitors like and it’s a trend that I really hope to see more mainstream displays on the market.

Instead of relying on hidden buttons or joysticks, for its latest UltraGear gaming monitors, LG created a new dedicated remote control for adjusting picture settings.
Instead of relying on hidden buttons or joysticks, for its latest UltraGear gaming monitors, LG created a new dedicated remote control for adjusting picture settings.

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So while LG’s new UltraGear monitors don’t have the best brightness, they have quite a few other premium features you might want on a gaming monitor right now. And with the 27-inch model priced at $1,000 while the larger 45-inch version costs $1,700, LG suddenly has some very interesting alternatives (both smaller and larger) to QD displays- Alienware’s amazing OLED.

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