3 upcoming gaming monitors worth getting excited about

This was a landmark year for monitors ranging from the awe-inspiring Samsung Ark to the glorious Alienware 34 QD-OLED.

But three new gaming monitors were recently announced that really get us excited about the future of PC gaming. Gigabyte, LG, and Samsung have all released interesting monitor options that gamers are sure to enjoy, especially if you’re particularly interested in innovation.

While none of these monitors are on the market yet, they are certainly something to get excited about for the second half of 2022.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8

Let’s start with Samsung, and we’ll start by saying that this latest monitor certainly looks very newsworthy. Originally introduced at IFA 2022 in Berlin, the Odyssey OLED G8 is Samsung’s first OLED gaming monitor.

This is the product we’ve been waiting for since Samsung announced its QD-OLED panels at CES earlier this year. This 34-inch quantum-dot OLED panel delivers 100% color volume and DCI-99.3% color gamut, and with its VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification, it should be able to hit all the right colors – be it vibrant shades or deep black.

And yes, this is the same QD-OLED panel found in the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, a monitor with HDR performance like all the others we’ve tested.

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 also features an ultra-slim design, measuring just 3.9mm at its thinnest part. It’s delightfully curved with an 1800R curvature and it also comes with a respectable 175Hz refresh rate, as well as a 21:9 aspect ratio. It certainly seems to tick most of the boxes gamers could wish for, but we’ll have to see how it will compare to the best curved monitors once it releases in Q4 2022.

LG’s UltraGear OLED and OLED Flex LX3

LG

We’re combining these in the same item, as they both use the very best LG OLED panels, but in two very interesting ways.

The LG OLED Flex LX3 is a gaming monitor, but there’s no reason it couldn’t serve as a TV screen – after all, it measures a whopping 42 inches and has an impressively bright OLED panel. More importantly, it lets you choose between flat or curved, and it can hit a whopping 900R curvature. You may notice that this makes it considerably less curved than the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 described above, but the LG has the advantage of offering both a flat screen and a curved screen.

The Flex comes with a remote that offers two different presets, but you can also adjust the curvature in 5% increments over a total of 20 levels. The flexibility also extends to how you can use the screen real estate – choose between the full 42 inches or scale to 32 or 27 inches if that better suits your gaming habits.

The recently announced Corsair Xeneon Flex does a similar trick with the same “bendable” LG panel, so we’ll have to see how these two monitors stack up against each other and price out.

The second LG monitor is the UltraGear OLED (45GR95QE), a more conventional curved gaming monitor that uses the same OLED panel. What makes this one stand out, though, is the refresh rate of 240 Hz. These are the first OLED displays we’ve seen rise above 144Hz, which is a very good sign for the future of gaming on OLEDs. We think it’s only a matter of time before LG TVs get the same treatment.

Monitor Gigabyte Arm Edition

Gigabyte

The previous monitors focus on performance and panel technology, but this one? It’s all about utility. Gigabyte recently announced the “Arm Edition” series of 4K monitors. Made to be particularly flexible and adaptable, they seem to fill yet another niche and make it easier to tailor your monitor setup to your needs. The Arm Edition includes two of Gigabyte’s best monitors to date, the M32U and the M28U, now updated with an ergonomic monitor arm that can be pulled forward or fully upright.

It’s no different from the Samsung Space Monitor from a few years ago, but the emphasis on gaming here is what stands out.

Gigabyte markets the monitors to gamers on all platforms, touting their ability to save desktop space and support various installation scenarios. Aside from the ergonomic arm, the M328 has a 31.5-inch IPS panel with 4K resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, while the M28U, unsurprisingly, has a smaller 28-inch IPS display, but the 4K display. resolution at 144 Hz refresh rates.

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