OLED Monitors In 2021: The Current Market Status

OLED displays don’t rely on a backlight or dimming zones for color reproduction, which allows them to generate perfect colors with true black shades.

Moreover, they have an incredibly fast pixel response time speed for next to none ghosting and motion blur in fast-paced games.

There are already numerous OLED TV models available that take full advantage of the points mentioned above, but what about OLED monitors?

In this article, we’ll keep you posted about everything related to OLED monitors, including potential release dates or any market status updates.

Updates +

  • January 2021: Added more information about the LG 32EP950; it will have a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz and have VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification.
    – Added the LG UltraFine 32EP950 OLED monitor.
    November 2020: Added the LG CX OLED TV to the buyer’s guide as it’s a popular display to be used as a monitor.
  • January 2020: Acer announced the Predator CG552K, which will use the same OLED panel as the AW5520HF. Viewsonic announced their model as well, the ViewSonic Elite XG550.
  • October 2019: Added the EIZO FORIS NOVA, a new 21.6″ 4K OLED monitor.
  • August 2019: Added more information about Dell’s 55″ 4K 120Hz OLED display.
  • March 2019: Added more information about the ASUS ProArt PQ22UC, including the pricing and release date.
  • January 2019: Added the Dell Alienware 55″ OLED 4K HDR 120Hz gaming monitor.
  • December 2018: Added new OLED monitors including a 22″ 1080p 144Hz OLED eSports gaming monitor dubbed as the Burning Core.

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About The Monitor

Dell’s was the first released OLED monitor. Initially, it was supposed to have a 120Hz refresh rate and a $5,000 price tag but eventually, Dell released the UP3017Q monitor with a price of $3,500 and a 60Hz refresh rate instead.

Image Quality

The Dell UP3017Q OLED PC monitor features true 10-bit color depth with an impressive color gamut covering 100% of sRGB, Adobe RGB, and Rec709 as well as 97.5% DCI-P3 and 85.8% Rec2020 color spaces.

In combination with its 4K Ultra HD resolution and a stunning static contrast ratio of 400,000:1 as opposed to the standard ~ 1,000:1 – 3,000 contrast of other panel technologies, the picture quality of this OLED display is breathtaking.

However, one aspect where LED displays still have the upper hand is luminance. With a peak brightness of 300-nits, the Dell UP3017Q is no match for high-end LED monitors with full-array local dimming and over 1000-nits peak brightness, such as the ASUS PG27UQ or the Dell UP2718Q.

Performance

On the other hand, OLED displays don’t suffer from backlight bleeding or IPS glow, and they have wider viewing angles than opposing LED panels such as IPS and VA.

Then again, OLEDs have issues with image burn-in and image retention where if a static image is left on the screen for too long, it can permanently or temporarily burn-in – though there are ways to prevent this.

The Dell UP3017Q 4K OLED monitor also has a decent input lag performance, but due to its high price and low refresh rate, it was never particularly attractive to gamers.

Nowadays, for much less money, you can just get a 48″ 4K 120Hz OLED TV, such as the LG CX, with variable refresh rate and HDR support.

Either way, the Dell UP3017Q is no longer available for purchase on Dell’s website.

Screen Size30-inch
Resolution3840×2160 (UHD)
Panel TypeOLED
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time0.1ms (black to white)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0
Other PortsUSB Type C
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio400,000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (true 10-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

About The Monitor

The ASUS ProArt PQ22UC is the second OLED monitor to be announced. Unlike Dell’s model, it’s based on a JOLED panel by Sony and Panasonic.

Features

It’s only 21.6″ in size as it’s meant to be used as a portable monitor for professional color-critical use rather than for desktop use; you can fold the screen and alter its height and tilt.

4K resolution on such a small display provides you with an incredible pixel density of 204 pixels per inch, which guarantees stunning detail clarity.

The ASUS PQ22UC JOLED monitor also boasts a wider color gamut than Dell’s model with 99% DCI-P3 color gamut. Moreover, it supports HDR10.

Finally, the display is factory-calibrated at Delta E ≦ 2, it offers two USB-C ports and a micro HDMI port, and it supports the ASUS ProArt Calibration feature.

The ASUS PQ22UC is usually available for $3,500 – $4,000.

Other important specifications include a 60Hz refresh rate, a 0.1ms response time speed, and 14-bit LUT.

Screen Size21.6-inch
Resolution3840×2160 (UHD)
Panel TypeOLED
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time0.1ms (black to white)
Other PortsUSB Type C
Colors1.07 billion (true 10-bit)
HDRHDR10

About The Monitor

EIZO also released a 21.6″ 4K 60Hz OLED monitor, which they dubbed as the FORIS NOVA. There will be only 500 units available worldwide. The release date is set for November 2020, while the price amounts to ~$3,300.

Main specifications include a 330-nit peak brightness, a typical contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, 80% BT.2020 color gamut, a 0.04ms response time speed, 1.67ms input lag, HDR support (HDR10 and HLG), and 1024 grayscale tones.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, a single USB port, and a headphones jack.

About The Monitor

In December 2018, JOLED announced a 21.6″ 1080p OLED monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate dubbed as the Burning Core after the eSports team, which helped develop the monitor.

Thanks to OLED’s superior response time speed of ~0.1 ms, the Burning Core gaming monitor will definitely interest competitive gamers.

Currently, there’s no word on pricing and release date.

On a related note, JOLED is also working on an 8K 120Hz OLED panel with the IGZO semiconductor for a 13.3″ laptop. At such screen size, the stellar 8K resolution (7680×4320) provides a stunning pixel density of 663 pixels per inch.

Additionally, there’s a 55″ 4K 120Hz TV with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and a 27″ 4K 60Hz OLED monitor for everyday use in the works.

About The Monitor

Finally, there’s the Dell Alienware AW5520QF, a 55″ 4K 120Hz OLED monitor.

The monitor supports VRR (variable refresh rate) via AMD FreeSync and offers stable G-SYNC performance even though it’s not certified as G-SYNC Compatible by NVIDIA.

Other specs include a rapid 0.5ms response time speed, a 130,000:1 contrast ratio, 98.5% DCI-P3 color gamut, and a 400-nit peak brightness. Unfortunately, the monitor does not support HDR.

Connectivity options include three HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 input (for 4K 120Hz via DSC), a quad-USB 3.0 hub, S/PDIF out, dual 14W integrated speakers, and a headphones jack. You also get a remote controller.

The monitor features a glossy screen surface with an anti-reflective finish while the bezels, as well as the overall design, are extremely thin. There’s also a cable management/concealing system, VESA mount compatibility, and RGB lighting.

The Dell AW5520QF is available for ~$3,600.

Acer announced its monitor based on the same OLED panel called the Predator CG552K, which should be available by the end of 2020 for $3,000.

The ViewSonic ELITE XG550 is another monitor using the same panel, but there’s no word regarding its pricing and availability.

Anyway, we highly recommend just going with one of LG’s 2020 OLED TVs instead. They are cheaper yet offer a better image quality, smoother performance, and more features.

About The TV

LG’s 2020 CX series of TVs is the first line-up to include a 48″ sized screen. Previously, 55″ sized variants were the smallest OLED models available.

The main reason behind this is that due to the lack of viable OLED monitors, many gamers opted for LG’s TVs and used them as monitors.

In fact, a 55″ 2020 OLED TV by LG, for instance, is superior in every way than the previously mentioned 55″ OLED monitors yet it goes for half the price! Plus, it’s a TV with built-in smart features and whatnot.

For most people, however, a 48″ display is simply too big for regular use, but if you’re looking for something in this form factor, there’s no reason to wait for OLED monitors and not buy a good OLED gaming TV instead.

Image Quality

To start with, the LG CX offers HDMI 2.1 connectivity, which allows for 4K resolution at 120Hz thus making full use of next-gen graphics cards and consoles such as the PS5 and the Xbox Series X and Series S.

Even on a 48″ sized screen, 4K UHD resolution looks sharp! You get roughly 92 pixels per inch, which is equivalent to the pixel density of a 24″ 1080p monitor. So, at a regular viewing distance (~ 4ft or 120cm), you won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels.

The TV also has a decent peak brightness of 800-nits for HDR content, while the peak brightness under SDR and normal use amounts to ~260-nits.

10-bit color depth is supported without dithering and you get a wide 97% DCI-P3 color space coverage. An sRGB mode is also provided for an accurate representation of sRGB content.

Features

freesync and gsync

The instantaneous pixel response time speed of OLEDs makes for zero ghosting in fast-paced games, while the input lag of ~7ms is imperceptible.

Both AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro and NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible certifications are present ensuring smooth tear-free variable refresh rate performance with compatible cards.

There’s also a BFI (Black Frame Insertion) technology, which, just like backlight strobing on some gaming monitors, can further improve motion clarity at a cost of picture brightness and variable refresh rate.

The risk of image burn-in and retention is the same as it’s on OLED monitors, so you have to be careful not to leave static images on the screen for too long, but there are many built-in features to prevent this.

While the design is eye-catching and thin, the stand is not adjustable, but you can mount the screen on a third-party stand via the 300x200mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include four HDMI 2.1 ports, Ethernet, tuner, composite-in, three USB 2.0 ports, and both analog and digital audio jacks.

Visit our detailed review of the LG OLED48CX for more information.

Alternatives

At $1,500, the 48″ variant is $100 more expansive than the larger 55″ model.

There’s also the cheaper LG OLED BX series worth considering. The smallest BX model is 55″, but it’s available for ~$1,200. In comparison to the CX variant, it has a bit different design, a slightly slower processor (won’t affect PC/console gaming performance), and two HDMI 2.1 ports (plus two HDMI 2.0 ports) instead of four.

About The Monitor

LG’s 2021 UltraFine display will use an OLED panel (developed by JOLED) and be dubbed as ‘LG 32EP950.’

The 31.5″ panel features 4K UHD resolution, 60Hz, and a wide 99% DCI-P3 + 99% Adobe RGB color gamut. It will also support HDR and have VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort inputs, HDMI, one upstream + three downstream USB ports, and USB-C with 90W PD.

No word on pricing and availability yet.

Apart from that, LG also announced a 42″ OLED TV for 2021 and that they plan to do something in the 20″ – 30″ screen size range.

Conclusion

That’s all the information regarding OLED monitors we have so far.

If something new comes up, we’ll update the article first thing, so feel free to visit us again, and hopefully, there will be more OLED monitors.

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Rob Shafer
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.