LG is following up with its wacky 45″ Curved UltraGear Display With a (slightly) more modest 27-inch flat-screen model. Despite not having any curvature, the new display has many of the same features as its big brother.
it’s still a organic light emitting diode (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display, which switches to deeper blacks and brighter whites. View Spec Sheet (opens in a new tab), HDR10 support, enabling the monitor to cover 98.5% of the DCI-P3 (Digital Cinema Initiative-Protocol 3) color gamut and display multiple colors. Due to the smaller model size, the resolution is now 2560×1440 (still 2K resolution) pixels and the aspect ratio is 16:9. One of the biggest benefits of having a 45-inch screen is increased immersion and peripheral vision. 27″ is still a good size, but you may not be able to catch a sneak attack coming from your right.
same functionality as before
Aside from the size difference, everything that’s on the 45-inch display is also on the smaller model.
You still get a lightning-fast 0.03 ms response time, and 240Hz refresh rate to get a clear image. 240Hz on OLED is especially noteworthy, as it makes the UltraGear series one of the first monitor series to feature the technology. The surface of the display is anti-glare treated to prevent light from reflecting off the display, thus keeping the image clear. Additionally, the presence of NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync add additional performance boosts to their respective GPUs.
Like other OLED displays, the 27-inch model is quite expensive at $1,000, but it’s still less expensive than the 45-inch display. Pre-orders are currently open, and they ship on January 2.If you decide to pre-order, you’ll get a free UltraGear Game Mat (opens in a new tab); Usually $200 per person.Good thing you get it for free, because it’s hard to imagine spending so much money on a mouse pad when there are tons of them out there Cheaper and just as good option there.
Better than 4K
Now comes the main question: is it worth buying this monitor or saving money and getting a 4K monitor? If you’re a big gamer, the 27-inch UltraGear Display is the better choice.
The problem with 4K gaming monitors is that it’s hard to get the most out of them. Sure, screenshots from games at 4K resolution look pretty good on IGN, but in reality, it comes at the cost of performance. Most games won’t be able to output this high quality without warning (although some games do come pretty close). Even with all the advancements happening around us, the hardware doesn’t exist right now. 4K monitors are better suited for content creation or the entertainment industry where video quality is not differentiated from gameplay. It would be nice to get a 2K monitor that still looks good and performs well all the time.
Be sure to check out our recently updated List of the Best Gaming Monitors of 2022 If you want to buy one. LG’s UltraGear line was unveiled there.