OLED gaming monitors are more expensive than TVs made from the same panels. The reason is simple: while the TV manufacturer buys a huge amount of panels, the gaming monitor segment is definitely more niche, and a manufacturer like Asus, for example, buys several thousand OLED panels to make monitors. Maybe less.
Regardless, prices have dropped over the years: The PG42UQ is the first 42-inch OLED gaming monitor and is on sale in Europe starting this week for around €1,500, £1,399 in England, where it’s already on pre-order on Amazon. The difference with a 42-inch LG TV that uses the same panel is about 300 euros, today in Italy you can buy it for 1299 euros.
Aside from the classic look of ROG devices, the Asus monitor cannot be directly compared to a TV anyway, as Asus has made several changes such as DisplayPort 1.4 integration that allows panel driving up to 138Hz update when through HDMI 2.1 you stop at 120Hz. In addition to that, there are 2 HDMI 2.1 ports and two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB hub and classic LG panel base hardware, 900 nits peak, pre-calibrated and HDR10 support.
In addition to DisplayPort, Asus has also added two more elements: the first is an additional anti-glare layer that should neutralize the negative effects of lamps placed behind the gaming point, and the second is a diffuser panel, which provides an 8-degree lower operating temperature on the panel compared to the model without a heatsink. .
This supplement should have an effect on life expectancy, but no one can provide proof at the moment. Interestingly, Asus has indicated that the pixel structure of W-OLED panels is much more suitable for gaming than the triangular structure of QD-OLED panels.
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