The Best HDR Monitors (2022 Reviews)

The selection of HDR monitors is nowhere as broad as the selection of HDR TVs. If you want to get the best possible HDR for the money, then check out this HDR monitor buying guide.

If you’re in the market for an HDR monitor, you’ve probably come across terms such as ‘fake HDR’ and ‘pseudo-HDR’ — and now you’re worried that you’ll end up buying a bad HDR display.

We don’t blame you!

Monitor manufacturers put HDR labels on just about anything these days, and that’s why in this buying guide, we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know about HDR when it comes to monitors.

MonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateVRR 
27"2560x1440IPS165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
27"3840x2160IPS160HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
32”3840x2160VA165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
34"3440x1440QD-OLED165HzFreeSync
48"3840x2160OLED120HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
42"3840x2160OLED120HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
42"3840x2160OLED138HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
49”5120x1440VA240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
*Recommended monitor - a review section will be added soon
best overall

Dell AW3423DWF

Dell AW3423DWF Monitor
  • QD-OLED panel
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • VRR up to 165Hz
best value

Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q

Cooler Master GP27Q
  • 576-mini LED FALD
  • 27″ 1440p IPS panel
  • VRR up to 165Hz

In truth, these are the only displays worth buying for the sake of HDR. They feature either OLED or LED panels with full-array local dimming (FALD), which is essential for good HDR (High Dynamic Range) picture quality.

We didn’t include any monitors with edge-lit local dimming – while there are some great models out there, they simply cannot do justice to HDR.

Here’s why: the beauty of HDR image lies in the display’s ability to produce incredibly bright and vivid details in highlights of the picture while preserving black depth and details in shadows at the same time, thus creating this ‘high dynamic range.’

Of course, a wide color gamut and a high screen resolution are also very important in making the picture look great! 

On the other hand, LED-backlit HDR monitors without proper local dimming solutions simply cannot deliver a ‘true’ HDR picture as for them to produce specific bright details, for instance, their entire screen has to adapt, which leads to overexposing of dark areas.

You can view our changelogs for this buying guide at the end of this article.

The Pros:

  • High peak brightness, decent pixel density, wide color gamut
  • 576-zone mini LED FALD
  • Quick repsonse time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 165FPS
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options, including KVM and USB-C with 90W PD

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes
  • HDR and VRR don’t work at the same time (upcoming firmware should fix this)

About The Monitor

The Cooler Master Temepst GP27Q finally makes “budget HDR monitor” a thing. Sure, $500 is still a lot for a gaming monitor to some users, but you get exceptional value for your money as unlike some $900+ “HDR monitors”, the GP27Q actually delivers a true HDR experience.

Image Quality

To start with, the GP27Q is the cheapest monitor with FALD (full-array local dimming), which is the most important feature if you want good HDR image quality on a LED-backlit display.

What’s more, it doesn’t skimp on the number of local dimming zones. With 576 mini LED dimming zones, you get excellent control over the backlight, resulting in simultaneously bright highlights (up to 1,200-nits) and deep inky blacks.

Edge lit Dimming vs Full array Dimming

Apart from the decent full-array local dimming solution that allows for bright highlights without sacrificing black depth, the Cooler Master GP27Q has a wide 98% DCI-P3 and 100% Adobe RGB color gamut for accurate, consistent and vibrant colors. You can even use the monitor for professional color-critical work.

Further, the 1440p resolution results in a decent pixel density of 108 PPI (pixels per inch) on the 27″ viewable screen of the monitor, meaning that you’ll get plenty of screen space with sharp details and text.

While the image won’t be as sharp as that of a 27″ 4K display, it will still look crisp while being significantly less demanding to drive – and you won’t have to use any scaling.

The monitor’s IPS panel also ensures 178° wide viewing angles with accurate and consistent colors, as well as a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for virtually no visible trailing behind fast-moving objects.

Features

freesync and gsync

Moving on, the Cooler Master GP27Q supports a variable refresh rate for tear-free gameplay up to 165FPS. At the moment, you can’t use VRR and HDR at the same time (until a firmware update), but you can still use VRR with local dimming in SDR mode.

Other features include Black Stabilization (improves visibility in dark scenes by manipulating the gamma curvature), crosshair overlays, various picture presets, on-screen timers and a refresh rate tracker.

Design & Connectivity

Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers height up to 110mm, pivot by 90°, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 15° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 90W PD), a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack, dual 3W built-in speakers and integrated KVM functionality.

The Pros:

  • High peak brightness, high pixel density, wide color gamut
  • 576-zone mini LED FALD
  • Quick repsonse time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 144FPS
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options, including KVM and USB-C with 90W PD

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes
  • HDR and VRR don’t work at the same time (upcoming firmware should fix this)

About The Monitor

The Cooler Master Tempest GP27U is the 4K version of the GP27Q. So, which one should you get?

The 4K resolution on a 27″ screen results in a pixel density of 163 PPI for sharper details and text, however, this difference is not actually that noticeable in games.

So, if you plan on using the monitor for other use too, such as photo/video editing or office-related work, the GP27U version might suit you better.

Keep in mind that 4K is a lot more demanding to drive, so unless you have a high-end PC rig, we recommend the GP27Q.

In case you have the PS5 and want to use VRR, you’ll need to get the GP27U since it has HDMI 2.1. Other features, including the design and connectivity options, are the same. Check out our full GP27U review for more information.

The Pros:

  • 1196 dimming zones, high brightness, wide color gamut
  • High pixel density
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • The aggressive 1000R screen curvature won’t appeal to some gamers
  • Minor blooming (in very demanding scenes)

About The Monitor

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is actually the cheapest 32″ monitor with a mini LED FALD backlight that delivers the true HDR viewing experience.

Image Quality

In comparison to the Cooler Master GP27Q and GP27U, the Neo G7 has 1196 dimming zones and a higher native contrast ratio of ~4,000:1, which allows it to produce much deeper blacks with less blooming artifacts, while the peak brightness is the same at around ~1,200-nits!

The 4K UHD resolution looks great even on 32″ sized displays with a pixel density of 138 PPI, resulting in plenty of screen real estate and sharp details.

Further, the monitor has a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed. The difference in response time speed between the Neo G7 and the Tempest displays is not noticeable, but Cooler Master’s HDR monitors do have visibly more vibrant colors.

Now, the Neo G7 has a steep 1000R screen curvature that some users like, some don’t mind it, and some can’t stand it. So, it comes down to personal preference, but keep in mind it will take some time to get used to in case you don’t like it at first.

Features

Variable refresh rate is supported over HDMI 2.1 VRR and FreeSync Premium up to 165FPS. While the monitor doesn’t have official G-SYNC Compatible certification by NVIDIA, you can use VRR with GeForce cards without issues.

Some units might exhibit some VRR brightness flickering, in which case you can use the VRR Control feature to prevent it (though this can introduce some micro-stutter).

Motion Blur Reduction is available as well, which uses backlight strobing to improve motion clarity at a cost of picture brightness.

Other noteworthy features include Black Equalizer, various picture presets, crosshair overlays, a refresh rate tracker, Picture in Picture, Adaptive Picture (integrated sensors) and CoreSync RGB lighting at the back of the monitor.

Check out our full Samsung Neo G7 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung S32BG75 Review

The stand of the monitor is prone to some wobbling, but it has full ergonomic support with up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 15° swivel, +/- 90° pivot, -9°/13° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports with 40 Gbps and DSC, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 model has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, but it’s more prone to scanline issues. Considering how demanding 4K UHD is for high frame rates with decent picture settings in most games, we recommend the cheaper Neo G7.

In case you want a flat-screen 32″ HDR monitor, keep an eye on the upcoming mini LED models, such as the Acer X32 FP. However, these IPS models will be more expensive, have fewer dimming zones and most likely more blooming.

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, high peak brightness, wide color gamut
  • Instant response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 165Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • No MBR
  • Risk of burn-in

About The Monitor

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is the best HDR gaming monitor you can get right now and the good news is that it’s actually cheaper than many inferior displays!

Image Quality

Based on an OLED panel, the AW3423DWF has self-emissive pixels that can individually turn off thereby providing you with true blacks and an infinite contrast ratio without any backlight bleeding, blooming, or glowing.

Another advantage of OLEDs is that the pixels can instantaneously change colors, resulting in no noticeable trailing behind fast-moving objects, making them ideal for fast-paced games.

The Dell AW3423DWF is using Samsung’s new QD-OLED panel that’s enhanced with quantum dots for a wider color gamut, higher brightness and better burn-in resistance.

It covers 99.3% of the DCI-P3 color space and 95% Adobe RGB, which is equivalent to around 149% sRGB gamut size. The colors are vibrant and rich, allowing you to watch HDR content the way its creators intended.

You’ll also find dedicated sRGB and DCI-P3 color modes with adjustable brightness and gamma in case you want to do color-critical work or to view SDR content without over-saturation.

Related:What Is sRGB Emulation Mode And Why Is It Important?

Further, the monitor has a peak brightness of 1,000-nits and it can sustain almost 300-nits when displaying a 100% white window, which is brighter than that of any other OLED currently available.

 100% White Window Max Brightness (SDR)100% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)10% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)1 - 3% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)
ASUS PG42UQ200-nits**120-nits800-nits800-nits
LG OLED42C2180-nits*120-nits700-nits700-nits
LG OLED48C1120-nits120-nits800-nits800-nits
Gigabyte FO48U110-nits110-nits500-nits600-nits
LG 48GQ900130-nits130-nits600-nits600-nits
ASUS PG48UQNot TestedNot TestedNot TestedNot Tested
LG OLED48C2Not TestedNot TestedNot TestedNot Tested
Dell AW3423DW250-nits250-nits600-nits1000-nits
Dell AW3423DWF250-nits250-nits600-nits1000-nits

*PC Mode, Game Optimizer enabled
**Uniform Brightness enabled

The main disadvantage of OLEDs is the risk of image burn-in.

If a static image is left on the screen for too long, some bright elements can become permanently stuck. However, as long as you use a screen saver and the monitor’s integrated features, such as Pixel Refresher and Panel Refresher, you’ll be fine. Dell even offers a three-year warranty that covers burn-in.

Moving on, the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF has an ultrawide resolution of 3440×1440 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 110 PPI (pixels per inch) on its 34″ viewable screen. Overall, you get plenty of screen space with sharp details and no scaling necessary, while the ultrawide format provides you with an extended field of view in compatible games. Moreover, it’s not nearly as demanding to drive as 4K UHD.

One thing to keep in mind is that while the monitor has regular RGB subpixels, they’re in a triangular layout, so there’s some colored fringing on small text. For gaming and videos, it’s not an issue, but if you’re looking at text a lot (coding, writing), it might bother you a bit. Hopefully, Windows ClearType and MacOS HiDPI scaling can be updated to address the new QD-OLED panels.

Features

The Dell AW3423DWF supports VRR (variable refresh rate) for tear-free gameplay up to 165Hz/FPS.

The combination of the instant response time, imperceptibly low input lag and VRR ensures a responsive and enjoyable gaming experience. Unfortunately, MBR (Motion Blur Reduction) is not supported, which could’ve reduced the otherwise unavoidable perceived motion blur via backlight strobing.

Other features include Dark Stabilizer (improves visibility in dark scenes), crosshair overlays, on-screen timers, a refresh rate tracker, RGB lighting, PiP/PbP and more.

Check out our full Dell AW3423DWF review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Dell AW3423DWF Review

The stand of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/21° tilt, +/- 20° swivel, +/- 4° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

The screen has a subtle 1800R curvature and a semi-glossy finish with an anti-reflective treatment. So, it offers a clearer picture than that of displays with matte anti-glare coatings, but it’s not as reflective or quite as vivid as pure glossy screens.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, HDMI 2.0 (limited to 100Hz), a headphone jack, line-out and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

  • Dell AW3423DW – the same monitor with a G-SYNC module and a 175Hz overclockable refresh rate; however, it’s $200 more expensive and doesn’t have as many features

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, decent peak brightness, wide color gamut
  • Instant response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and BFI up to 120Hz
  • Rich connectivity options, smart OS

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in
  • Not as bright as some LED or QD-OLED panels

About The Monitor

If you’d rather have a bigger OLED display with a more conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, LG’s C1 48″ TV is your best bet; here’s how it compares to the AW3423DWF.

Image Quality

Unlike the Dell AW3423DWF, the C1 is based on LG’s OLED panel without quantum dots. So, it has the same native advantages of OLED technology, such as instantaneous response time and infinite contrast ratio, but it’s not as bright, it doesn’t have as wide color gamut, and it’s not as resistant to burn-in.

In fact, LG’s warranty doesn’t cover burn-in, except for the high-end G1 and Z1 models.

In comparison to the AW3423DWF (99.3% DCI-P3, 95% Adobe RGB, 149% sRGB), LG covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color space and ~87% Adobe RGB; 135% sRGB gamut size.

It’s also not as bright with a ~800-nit peak brightness and ~150-nits sustained for a 100% white window. Such low sustainable brightness also causes ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter) to be triggered more frequently.

ABL kicks in to preserve the panel. So, if you’re using the C1 at around 250-nits, once you display an image that’s mostly white/bright, ABL will reduce the brightness to ~150-nits. Depending on what you’re watching, this fluctuation in brightness can become annoying.

You can prevent or alleviate this by reducing the brightness (or contrast) setting, but because the Dell AW3423DWF is overall brighter, its ABL implementation is not nearly as aggressive.

Even though the LG C1 has a higher 4K UHD resolution, when it’s displayed on its 48″ viewable screen, you actually get a lower pixel density of 92 PPI in comparison to 110 PPI on the AW3423DWF.

However, since you’ll be sitting further away from the screen, individual pixels still won’t be noticeable. The C1 is using a WRGB subpixel layout, so small text is not as crisp as that of monitors with the regular RGB layout, but this isn’t noticeable in games or videos.

The OLED48C1 is G-SYNC Compatible and supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, providing you with smooth VRR performance up to 120FPS. It also supports BFI (Black Frame Insertion) for clearer motion at a cost of picture brightness.

Check out our full OLED48C1 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

LG OLED48C1 TV Design

The stand of the display is not adjustable, but the screen is VESA mount compatible via the 300x200mm pattern. The screen has a glossy finish, so it offers a more vivid (but also more reflective) picture.

Connectivity options include four HDMI 2.1 ports, RJ45, tuner, composite-in, both analog and digital audio jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and dual 10W integrated speakers with a 20W subwoofer.

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, decent peak brightness, wide color gamut
  • Instant response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 120Hz
  • Rich connectivity options, smart OS

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in
  • Not as bright as some LED or QD-OLED panels
  • No 120Hz BFI

About The Monitor

The LG OLED C2 series also features a 42″ sized model, making it more practical for regular desktop use due to its smaller screen and higher pixel density of 106 PPI.

The C2 also has a bit faster processor, but it lacks 120Hz BFI support and is currently more expensive than the 48″ C1 TV.

Check out our full LG OLED42C2 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

LG OLED42C2 TV Design

The LG OLED42C2 has a design with legs to better fit on a regular PC desk, but there are no ergonomic adjustments apart from VESA mount compatibility. Just like the C1 series, the LG C2 TVs have glossy screen finish for more vibrant image quality, but it’s reflective.

Connectivity options are identical to the C1 series and include four HDMI 2.1 ports, RJ45, tuner, composite-in, both analog and digital audio jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and dual 10W integrated speakers (no subwoofer though).

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, decent peak brightness, wide color gamut
  • Instant response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 138Hz
  • Rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in
  • Not as bright as some LED or QD-OLED panels
  • No BFI
  • No Dolby Vision support

About The Monitor

The ASUS PG42UQ uses the same OLED panel as the 42″ LG C2 TV, but it has an integrated heatsink, which allows it to be slightly brighter (200-nits vs 180-nits for a 100% white window in SDR, and 800-nits vs 700-nits for small highlights in HDR).

However, the biggest difference between the two models is in the panel coating.

The LG OLED42C2 has a glossy finish, which is more reflective under direct lighting, but it has a more vivid image quality in dark rooms, whereas the PG42UQ has an anti-glare matte coating that’s better at handling reflections, but it adds some graininess to the image.

The choice between the two when it comes to panel coating mainly comes down to personal preference. In dark rooms, the OLED42C2 looks better thanks to its glossy panel which makes the image more vivid, while the PG42UQ looks better in well-lit rooms due to its better reflecting handling and brighter image.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the PG42UQ doesn’t have built-in smart features nor does it support Dolby Vision. It has a DisplayPort input and it’s overclockable to 138Hz, but you don’t gain anything by using DisplayPort instead of HDMI 2.1 and the difference between 120Hz and 138Hz is not really noticeable.

Check out our full ASUS PG42UQ review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

ASUS ROG Swift PG42UQ Review

The ASUS PG42UQ has a well-built stand with +/- 5° tilt and 300x300mm VESA mount compatibility. Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports with 48 Gbps, two HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4 with DSC, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack, SPDIF-out and dual 10W integrated speakers with a 15W subwoofer for excellent audio quality.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio, impressive peak brightness, decent color gamut
  • Fast response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Noticeable blooming in some scenes

About The Monitor

Now, as we mentioned earlier, even though mini LED FALD monitors are brighter than OLEDs and don’t suffer from the risk of burn-in, they offer an overall inferior HDR gaming experience due to the lower contrast ratio, blooming artifacts and slower pixel response time. However, if you want a 49″ super-ultrawide gaming monitor with good HDR image quality, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is your only option.

Image Quality

This gigantic 49″ sized screen has a mini LED backlight that’s capable of reaching up to 1,000-nits of brightness for small windows and a brief time, as well as a strong 400-nits sustained brightness for SDR (600-nits for HDR) with a 100% white window. So, the monitor is overall brighter and can produce punchier highlights.

However, even though it has one of the best FALD implementations with 2048 zones, it still has over 7 million pixels, so those zones won’t be able to always effectively dim parts of the image that are supposed to be dark without some light bleeding into them from the surrounding lit zones, thus creating blooming or the halo effect.

To be fair, this is not a big issue unless you’re looking at a particularly demanding scene, such as a starfield.

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 also doesn’t have as vibrant colors as that of OLEDs with around 95% DCI-P3 gamut coverage (~85% Adobe RGB, ~125% sRGB gamut size).

Moving on, while the monitor is rather fast for a LED-backlit panel, some minor ghosting and overshoot can be detected with some fast-moving objects, though it won’t bother most users.

The 5120×1440 resolution results in a pixel density of 110 PPI on the 49″ sized screen of the monitor and you get a regular RGB subpixel layout, so text is sharp and clear with plenty of screen real estate available.

Lastly, the monitor supports FreeSync Premium Pro and it’s G-SYNC Compatible with a 96-240Hz range, however, VRR can cause micro-stuttering on some units, which some users might find bothersome.

Other useful features include Black Equalizer, PiP/PbP and RGB lighting.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, +/- 15° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, while the screen has an aggressive 1000R curvature for added immersion and a matte anti-glare coating against reflections.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports (limited to 144Hz), a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

TCL/CSOT is apparently working on a 49″ 5120×1440 240Hz panel with a 5000-zone local dimming solution, however, there’s no word on its pricing and release date yet.

Conclusion

Found the best HDR monitor for you?

Feel free to leave us any questions you might have in the comments below!

All in all, we recommend the Dell AW3423DWF. In case you don’t like the ultrawide format or have a more limited budget, both the Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q and GP27U offer great value for money.

If you don’t mind the steep 1000R screen curvature, the Samsung Neo G7 is a great monitor for the price, while the Samsung Neo G9 and the LG OLED42C2 or the ASUS PG42UQ also offer an amazing HDR gaming experience if you can find them at a good price.

Changelog +

  • November 22, 2022:
    – Replaced the Dell Alienware AW3423DW with the AW3423DWF model.
  • November 9, 2022:
    – Removed the Sony Inzone M9.
    – Added the Cooler Master Tempest GP27U and GP27Q.
  • July 22, 2022:
    – Added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7.
  • April 21, 2022:
    – Added the LG OLED42C2.
  • March 11, 2022:
    – Replaced the ASUS PG35VQ, PG27UQ and PG32UQX with the Dell AW3423DW.
  • February 1, 2022:
    – Included upcoming monitors announced at CES as alternatives where appropriate.
  • December 11, 2021:
    – Added review summaries for the monitors that were missing them.
  • November 24, 2021:
    – Checked up on the guide to ensure that our picks are still the best options available.
  • August 10, 2021:
    – Added the ASUS PG32UQX, the Samsung Neo G9, the LG OLED48C1, and the Acer XB323UGX to the table; dedicated review sections will be added soon.
    – Replaced the Philips 436M6 with Gigabyte FV43U, the Acer XB323UGP with ASUS PG329Q, the LG 27GN950 with LG 27GP950, the LG 38GN950 with Dell AW3821DW, and the LG 32UL500 with BenQ EW3270U.
  • December 15, 2020:
    – Added the Dell AW2721D and the Acer XB323UGP.
    – Removed the ASUS CG32UQ as it’s too expensive. The Samsung G7 is a much better option for the money.

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Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.