I saw LG’s 27-inch OLED, the future of gaming monitors

The LG UltraGear 27-inch OLED QHD Gaming Monitor may look like your standard display at first glance, albeit with an extremely impressive display. However, after spending some time with it, I can now better appreciate OLED’s persistent introduction to the gaming monitor market in recent years.

At 27 inches, the UltraGear OLED QHD is finally a OLED Gaming Monitor in a common size for desktops. After some hands-on time with the screen at the LG campus in New Jersey, I have come to understand the brand’s effort to provide total gaming solutions for all types of gamers, not only in terms of screen size but also in terms of screen size. accessibility terms. .

The UltraGear OLED
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In recent years, various brands have brought more OLED displays from the TV market to the gaming monitor market, while also flooding TVs with many gaming features. Still, as the leader in the OLED display market, LG has reached a milestone by launching its own high-quality OLED gaming monitors. The brand is already collaborating with other companies to use its 27-inch OLED panel in new products.

Crowdfunding brand Dough (formerly known as Eve) recently announced their own Spectrum ES07E2D Gaming Monitor, with a 27-inch 240Hz OLED panel made by LG. Meanwhile, Asus has teased plans to announce its 27-inch screen. ROG OLED Gaming Monitor at CES 2023. Suffice it to say that LG is far from the only player in the game.

Compared to the 45-inch UltraGear OLED WQHD curved gaming monitor, which was also on display, the 27-inch UltraGear OLED may not have the glare of the 800R curved screen. But when it comes to a family size that the average gamer will be comfortable with, it’s the most attractive offering.


Screen size 27 inches
panel type OLED
Resolution 2560 x 1440 (QHD)
maximum brightness 800 nits
HDR Yes (HDR10)
Response time 0.03ms
Update frequency 240hz
Curve No
Speakers None
Tickets HDMI x 2, DisplayPort x 1, 4-pole headphone output (sound+mic), SPDIF output
USB ports USB 3.0 Upstream x1, USB 3.0 Downstream x2
Settings Tilt -5 ~ 15 degrees, swivel -10 ~ 10 degrees, height range 110 millimeters, rotate counterclockwise
wireless N/A
Dimensions (W x H x D) 23.8 x 13.8 x 1.8 inches (without stand
List price $1,000+


The hexagonal RGB lighting pattern on the LG UltraGear OLED QHD.
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There is a lot that can be done in terms of design by a company that is not specific to gaming. It’s clear that LG put a lot more effort into the display quality of the UltraGear OLED QHD; however, if I were to describe the design, it would be elegant and simple. The 27-inch display is mounted on a detachable, adjustable base that’s also 100 x 100-millimeter VESA-compatible, so you can mount it on a wall.

However, it does have tilt, height, swivel and pivot adjustments and a height range of 110 millimeters. The adjustment mechanism is circular, which facilitates movement; however, it is manual. The monitor comes in a simple dark color option, but includes an RGB hexagonal lighting pattern on the rear for a gaming edge.

One cool feature of the 27-inch UltraGear OLED QHD is that it comes with a separate dedicated remote, which directs you to a game board. This accessory allows you to see which features are enabled or disabled during gameplay, and you can also adjust the settings as you wish.

The on-screen menu displayed on the LG UltraGear OLED Curved.
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Specs like frame rate and refresh rate are easily displayed, and you can also see the variable refresh rate change in real time. There are a number of different built-in features such as various care for the OLED screen, a game mode, game settings, input settings and other general features.


The UltraGear OLED QHD features a solid input configuration that includes two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 port, one 4-pole headphone-out microphone and sound port, one USB 3.0 upstream port, two USB 3.0 downstream ports, and one SPDIF output. Most of the ports are located at the rear under the adjustment mechanism, while the headphone jack is located at the bottom right of the monitor.

While the monitor doesn’t include built-in speakers, LG did show off its own UltraGear gaming speakers during the demo, which include a number of settings such as USB, Bluetooth, fps, RTS, EQ, 3D gaming sound, and DTS. UltraGear OLED QHD supports DTS HP:X audio for headphones and microphones, as well as SPDIF output for speaker connections.

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This setup probably helped with the LG UltraGear OLED QHD’s slim and nearly borderless overall design, but it also makes audio accessories a must for this peripheral.

By comparison, the Dough Spectrum ES07E2D features a dedicated audio amplifier, despite having an overall thin frame.

display quality

The UltraGear OLED displaying a game demo at sea.
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One thing I can say is that the pictures really don’t do the LG UltraGear OLED QHD justice in terms of display quality. The monitor uses the same OLED panels already seen on LG OLED TVs, and we’ve all seen how well it plays on those screens. LG noted that the inclusion of DisplayPort 1.4 is one of the main differences between its OLED gaming TVs and its new OLED gaming monitors.

In general, I found that the blues of the water displayed on the screens really demonstrate the depth and accuracy of the color. The demos showed many sea game scenes, which have many similar color tones. Still, the stark contrast between the blues of the water and the grays and metals of the ships and fighter planes was evident.

The racing game demos showcased the brightness and color gamut. The reds were sharp and the race car blacks were distinct. Even the details about the neighboring cars weren’t lost as he zeroed in on which one would be the main player.

Also, compared to the laptop attached to the monitor, which gave off a glare, and the LG UltraGear OLED QHD, which remained a deep black, when it transitioned to the all-black screen branded LG UltraGear, it proved still plus the colour. display accuracy.

Even if gaming is the primary use case for a high refresh rate, it also enables more productivity-focused tasks like smooth web scrolling. LG said that LG UltraGear OLED QHD response time is much faster than its LG OLED TVs and 100 times faster than the average LCD TV. This feature also helps dramatically reduce input lag and motion blur compared to LCD monitors.

The deep black of LG UltraGear OLED QHD compared to the glare of the connected laptop.
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The exact specs for the display include a 26.5-inch flat OLED panel with 2560×1440 resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 0.03ms GtG response time. It also has a color gamut of DCI-P3 98.5%, a contrast ratio of 1,500,000:1, a color depth of 1.07 billion colors, a pixel density of 110.8 pixels per inch (PPI) , plus a typical brightness of 200 nits. and a maximum brightness of 800 nits in HDR 10.

HDR is obviously a huge benefit of moving to OLED and is a great example of something that conventional IPS just can’t replicate. With a peak brightness of 800 nits and the fantastic contrast of OLED, you’re sure to get decent HDR performance, even if it doesn’t get quite as bright as the Alienware 34 QD-OLED. Games in HDR it’s something most PC gamers haven’t experienced yet, and it makes a world of difference to the visual quality of games that support it.

Meanwhile, viewing angles on the UltraGear OLED range from 178 degrees left to right and 178 degrees top to bottom. The screen is also coated with anti-glare and low-reflection treatments to reduce the bar of blue light, helping to reduce eye strain and discomfort and game longer.

However, the typical 200 nits of brightness seems a bit low, especially if you have your PC installed near a window. However, we’ll have to wait to try it ourselves to get an idea of ​​how it works.


Members of the Evil Geniuses eSports team play on LG UltraGear OLED gaming monitors.

While I wasn’t able to sample hands-on play on UltraGear OLED QHD, LG had members of its partner Evil Geniuses esports team on hand to show off their gaming chops and share their experiences playing on screens. they demonstrated playing valuing on the 27-inch and 45-inch curved models respectively, giving feedback on gaming performance.

I found it very interesting that players could easily spot each other within the game while fully immersed in the game and without having to move their head too much. Members of Evil Geniuses expressed a similar sentiment, explaining that the displays solve common issues where high refresh or frame rates on a display can equate to decreased resolution and vice versa. They found that the new LG UltraGear OLED models helped them focus more on their game without having to worry about blemishes on the screens.

LG also pointed out that the latest high-end graphics cards, such as the Nvidia RTX 4090 They are expected to pair well with the UltraGear OLED QHD, supporting features like its high resolution and fast frame rates simultaneously. This will allow gamers to maintain image quality and game performance at the same time.

Who is the 27 UltraGear OLED QHD for?

UltraGear gaming speakers paired with UltraGear OLED gaming monitors.

It is clear that the 27-inch LG UltraGear OLED QHD is for gamers or even gaming enthusiasts. Its HDR performance and numerous gaming features make it one of the go-to options for 2023. Still, its $1,000 price tag is a great value proposition for those who intend to multitask and use the peripheral not just for games but also for professional use. work or school work too.

I would have liked to see a few extra features included, like built-in speakers and more USB ports, but many of these challenges can be addressed with accessories PC gamers already own.

The LG UltraGear OLED series of gaming monitors consists of 27-inch flat models and 45-inch curved models, which are currently available for pre-order before CES 2023 in January exclusively at LG.com. The gaming monitors come with the offer of expedited two-day shipping and a free gaming platform, valued at $200.

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