May 30, 2023

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Two LG UltraGear OLED Monitors Tested – Review

  • LG UltraGear 27GR95QE
  • LG Ultra Gear 45GR95QE

In summary

LG put a very fast OLED display with a minimum refresh rate of 240Hz into the 27GR95QE. This means that the screen achieves refresh rates of no more than half a millisecond which is very suitable for gamers. The resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels provides enough detail for the relatively small screen, but the sub-pixel layout can sometimes produce an odd picture on your desktop. A firmware update fixes brightness changes while browsing, but it somewhat exacerbates the poor HDR display. Viewing angles, response times, and build are all quite good, but there are cheaper alternatives, which of course lose a lot in speed.

In summary

The big brother of the 27GR95QE is like its little brother only in terms of the board. The 45-inch version is not only much larger, with a 21:9 aspect ratio nearly a meter wide, but it’s also curved. With a radius of 800R, it’s the most curved screen you can buy, and you have to love that if you get a little closer to the screen you’ll see quite a few pixels due to the relatively low resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels. Add to that the fact that the sub-pixel layout isn’t ideal for text. What screen is good for gaming.With its 240Hz refresh rate and very fast response times, along with the Corsair Xeneon Flex, it is alone at the top of its class, which consists of only these two screens, because there are no other 21:9 OLEDs with 240 panels hz.

How much choice can you expect if you’re looking for a 240Hz OLED screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels or more? If you’re guessing “three,” you’d be right, because ultra-fast OLED screens are kind of thin. A few will come, all with the same panels from manufacturer LG. However, the first that was available did not come from LG, but from Corsair. We reviewed the Xeneon Flex at the beginning of this year, and in addition to speed and the OLED panel, it was distinguished by its adjustable curvature.

LG also released the same panel, but without the adjustable curvature, under its UltraGear logo. So, the LG UltraGear 45GR95QE has a 45-inch OLED panel with a minimum refresh rate of 240Hz. The ultrawide 21:9 screen is clearly aimed at gamers, and to help with that goal, the screen is curved. And when we say curved, then you might think of a slight curvature of the 1300R or something close to that. You’d be wrong, because this UltraGear has an 800R curvature. It doesn’t get any more curvature than that, and whether you like it or not, it gets automatically absorbed into the screen.

This screen will cost you just under 1,800 euros, slightly less than the Xeneon screen. If this is too much for you, you can also choose the younger brother. The UltraGear 27GR95QE also has an LG OLED panel on board, but one of 26.5 inches in the normal 16:9 aspect ratio. The refresh rate is quite high at 240Hz, and that goes for the vertical resolution as well: it’s 1440p. Since the smaller screen has a normal aspect ratio, the horizontal resolution is only 2650 pixels. The screen is also not curved and the price is much lower, around 1150 euros.

We have both monitors in our test lab and see how they perform in practice. We also compare the screens to other OLED screens, including of course Corsair’s Xeneon Flex. Are these ultra-fast gaming monitors worth the price, or are you better off reaching for LCDs?

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