LG’s new OLED monitor is big enough to replace your TV

Enlarge / LG Ultra Gear 48GQ900.

LG is already an OLED TV king, but when it comes to PC monitors, the company’s OLED offerings are rare. That changes this summer with the LG UltraGear 48GQ900 announced this week. Just like LG’s other OLED monitors, you can expect this to be a lavish display for those with extreme needs and big budgets.

Aimed at console and PC gamers, the 47.5-inch OLED display will feature 4K resolution at 120Hz (overclockable to 138Hz) and a 0.1ms gray-to-gray response time. Some people consider 120Hz to be beneficial for watching content shot at 24fps, like movies, to avoid the stutter you might get with some 60Hz displays. All of this, combined with a generous panel size, allows for to easily see the monitor as a living room TV replacement, especially for a cable cutter. It will even come with a remote control.

For extremely competitive PC games, however, it’s worth noting that you can now reserve an OLED monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate.

OLED has a reputation for being generally dimmer than LED-backlit alternatives. LG didn’t specify the brightness of the 48GQ900, but it did note that the panel will use LG’s proprietary anti-reflective and low-reflection coating to reduce “visual distractions.” The display will also have 98.5% DCI-P3 color coverage and HDR10 support.

The monitor is compatible with G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium. Both combat screen tearing when paired with an Nvidia or AMD graphics card, respectively, and you also get frame rate compensation, allowing the display to show multiple times if the frame rate drops below the lowest refresh rate supported by the monitor.

There’s also a pair of 20W speakers, plus an audio jack that can add virtual surround sound to headphones connected via DTS Headphone:X. The port selection ends with a pair of HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, an upstream USB-A 3.0 port, and two downstream ports.

But even after the release of the 48GQ900, those interested in the rich contrast of OLED in PC monitor form will continue to have limited options. The majority are large screens designed for gamers which are overkill for most people. LG’s 26.5-inch and 32-inch OLED monitors, technically aimed at businesses, continue to be among the most accessible OLED monitors, despite high prices ($3,000 and $4,000, respectively).

LG has yet to confirm a US price for the LG 48GQ900, but said the monitor will release in Japan this month before releasing in North America, Europe and Asia.

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