OLED gaming monitors are becoming more prevalent in the market, with companies like Alienware iterating rapidly in models like the AW3423DWF we recently reviewed. LG is also firing on all cylinders in this space thanks to the arrival of the new 27GR95QE. The 27-inch 27GR95QE features an eSports-friendly QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and cranks the refresh rate up to a heady 240 Hz. For comparison, the aforementioned AW3423DWF tops out at 165 Hz.
OLED panels are renowned for their large color gamuts and saturation, incredible contrast, and inky blacks. The 27GR95QE should have no trouble delivering on those fronts with 98.5 percent coverage of DCI-P3, color depth of 1.07 billion, and a contrast ratio of 1,500,000:1 (typical) while boasting a gray-to-gray response time of just 0.03 ms. In addition, while some OLED gaming panels come with a glossy finish to further enhance visual clarity, LG’s latest offering features an anti-glare coating to cut down on reflections.
|Panel Type / Backlight
|Screen Size / Aspect Ratio
|27 inches / 21:9
|Max Resolution & Refresh Rate
|2560x1440 @ 240 Hz
|FreeSync: 48-240 Hz
|Native Color Depth & Gamut
|10-bit / DCI-P3
|Response Time (GTG)
|1x DisplayPort 1.4
|3.5mm headphone output
|1x up, 2x down
LG says that the 27GR95QE is both AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync compatible and is HDR10 compliant. But, interestingly, LG doesn’t provide any guidance on typical or maximum brightness ratings – it just says that those specifications are “to be determined” at this time.
On the connectivity front, LG gives customers two HDMI ports (although it doesn’t say whether HDMI 2.0 or 2.1 is supported), DisplayPort 1.4, and two USB 3.0 ports. There are no integrated speakers on the 27GR95QE, for those wondering.
Given that the 27GR95QE is a gaming monitor, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that it has a hexagonal RGB lighting element on the back to spice up the design. As for ergonomics, the monitor supports tilt (-5 to 15 degrees), swivel (-10 to 10 degrees) and height adjustment (0 to 110mm). In addition, the base is detachable and is VESA-compatible for mounting on a wall or monitor arm.
Unfortunately, LG didn’t provide us with an on-sale date for the 27GR95QE, but we know that it will be priced at $999 in the United States when it arrives. When that time comes, we'll see if it has the goods to rank as one of the best gaming monitors on the market.
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27" QD-OLED panels for <$500 please Samsung.Reply
My monitor is actively failing. I won't be able to wait much longer.
I was not expecting to see that $1,000 price tag. Monitors are ridiculously overpriced compared to TVs.Reply
Not many 240hz oled.bigdragon said:I was not expecting to see that $1,000 price tag. Monitors are ridiculously overpriced compared to TVs.
Not many sub 40" OLED displays at all (excepting 5-6" smart phone displays)Reply
4K 144hz just broke under $500
3440x1440 34" 144hz is now down to $350.
But remember what the launch prices for those was?
I paid $800 for the first IPS G-Sync display. Basic premium price for a high end monitor since high end monitors were a thing sadly. (Still using it)