LG has announced its latest monitor featuring the famous OLED panels, this time capable of reaching a fast 240Hz refresh rate and thus allowing it to compete with LCD-based gaming monitors.
Dubbed the world’s first ultrawide 240Hz OLED gaming monitor, the UltraGear 45GR95QE is a 45in display refreshing at – you guessed it – 240Hz and featuring a 21:9 3440×1440 curved OLED panel. The 45GR95QE shares a lot of similarities with Corsair’s Xeneon Flex, keeping the aggressive 800R curvature, but trading the flexibility and modularity for a $300 cheaper price.
LG advertises a 0.03ms (GtG) response time, with 98.5 per cent of DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage and 200cd/m² brightness, plus an inky black 1,500,000:1 typical contrast ratio thanks to its OLED nature. It also supports HDR10 plus both G-Sync and FreeSync Premium adaptive sync technologies.
While all the specs sound decent, other than brightness, there is one point that may cause problems, and it’s the pixel density. Yes, the Xeneon Flex has the same size and resolution, yet the UltraGear’s lack of curve customisation means that you have to sit close because of its aggressive curve which may make its low 82.87PPI more noticeable. For comparison, this is close to the density of a 27in FHD screen.
For productivity there are both Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, and the latter is much more useful at this ultrawide format, allowing you to display two different sources at the same time. There is also what LG calls Hexagon lighting, which is simply a bunch of LEDs on the back for some ambient lighting.
I/O includes two HDMI 2.1, one DisplayPort 1.4, optical audio, a 4-pole headphone jack, and a USB hub with two USB Type-A downstream. Inside the box, there’s one HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one USB Type-A to Type-B cables, plus the power brick and remote control.
Finally, for ergonomics, there’s tilt (-5° to 15°), swivel (-10° to 10°), and height (110mm) adjustments. Pivot is not possible due to its wide format, obviously. If, for some reason, you absolutely want this monitor in portrait mode, you can always use the 100x100mm VESA mount.
The LG UltraGear 45GR95QE is available at $1,699 on LG’s website, backed by a two-year warranty.