When you’re looking for a new monitor, there’s been a slew of options for years now.
But within recent years, OLED has emerged from the TV and phone spheres to cross into the PC world.
OLED offers some of the best colors and true blacks out there – at a steep price point.
But… the jump in quality is quite noticeable.
Creative professionals who need the best color accuracy possible can’t go wrong with an OLED display.
Video editors and graphic designers need a highly-accurate color palette to match the real world.
Programs like Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, and even Blender will see the benefits of these panels.
Software developers and tinkerers will also enjoy this pane’s deep blacks and high contrast ratio.
It can make even the darkest of Visual Studio or VIM editors pop with text during a long sprint.
Even those who aren’t in the creative scene will enjoy monitors like these.
PC gaming enthusiasts will adore the vibrant, true colors and inky blacks that OLED offers while playing the latest games.
But what are the best OLED monitors out there?
We’re going to cover:
- The best 55′ and 32′ OLED monitors you can buy today.
- Disadvantages of an OLED panel.
- Features such as color accuracy, high refresh rates, and ergonomics will help you find a monitor to improve your workflow and give you a competitive edge.
Best OLED Monitors by Size
Big or small? Your pick.
Best 55-Inch OLED Monitor
Alienware’s almost bezel-less monitor is a beast of a display, but is it worth the investment over an OLED TV?
It offers a great refresh rate and support for both G-Sync and FreeSync, something most TVs can’t.
On the other hand, can it be worth the risk of screen burn-in in the long run?
A huge monitor is great, but the potential for static images being left on the screen can change those deep blacks into faded greys over time.
For half the price of Apple’s 32-Inch Pro Display XDR, you’re looking at not only a larger screen but better color accuracy, and unfortunately, the chance of burn-in.
As Apple’s rival, the Alienware is missing that 6K resolution and an adjustable stand, but you’re also saving a pretty penny.
This Alienware has some specific nuances to consider…
To start, there are issues with dim lighting and screen burn-in.
OLED panels on average will lack the same amount of NITS for brightness, and Alienware doesn’t appear to have done much to change it.
It’s also a 2019 model and is lacking a few features due to its age. While HDMI 2.1 isn’t super important right now, missing out on HDR10 can be a huge issue for creatives.
More specifically, some video editors will miss this feature as it won’t let them view their work with the most popular version of HDR formats.
In addition, ergonomics are definitely a concern here.
This monitor doesn’t come with an ergonomic stand because of its size. If you’re not already rocking a Vesa mount, you will want to consider one for this display.
Alienware’s included stand doesn’t allow you to adjust the height of the monitor, only the tilt. This can lead to eye strain or neck strain, based on how your desk is set up.
As for connectivity, this beast has an array of ports so even console players won’t feel left out. With 3 HDMI ports and a DisplayPort, you can plug in any modern console for additional fun.
Those who like to enjoy video games on the side will love this display for its 120 Hz high refresh rate.
Paired with its impressive size, it’s hard to not be immersed in your next adventure. On the other hand, if the size is too much for you, look at our 32-inch recommendation.
What We Love
For those of us who supersize everything, this monitor is 55 inches of sheer marvelous mass on your desk.
This beast of a display has 98% P3 color accuracy, making it a fit for creatives who need the a solid color gamut.
Things To Consider
It’s an older, 2019 monitor that lacks HDR support and HDMI 2.1, which can affect those who work with videos or who like to spend their free time gaming.
Best 32-Inch OLED Monitor
Coming in at a smaller size than our previous entry, LG brings us one of the highest quality displays for the workplace.
This model is aimed at designers and creators, featuring a flexible stand, allowing a vertical view as well as horizontal.
Artists and designers will find this display the centerpiece of their workflow. It comes with several connectivity options for display, and functions as a USB hub.
Those who need headphones to work, such as sound engineers or video editors, will be pleased to know it also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
One of the downsides of this monitor is it only offers a 60hz refresh rate. This means those looking to play games can experience screen tearing while playing.
Having a higher refresh rate is proven to give a competitive edge, as NVIDIA has shown. But, if you’re not looking to play Halo Infinite on this display, you shouldn’t worry about it.
Its price point is also a big problem, coming in at a bigger price than Alienware for a smaller display.
But it’s important to remember this display is not intended to consume content, it’s to create content.
A monitor like this is an investment, rather than a typical purchase.
Those who are looking for color accuracy are in luck. Designers, artists, and video editors will devour the 99% P3, 99% Adobe RGB, and 10-bit colors paired with true blacks. To simplify, the wide range of color support is ridiculously good for artists and video editors.
What We Love
99% DCI-P3, 99% Adobe RGB, 10-bit colors. No words needed.
4K resolution that will keep details crispy.
Adjustable stand for viewing that won’t tire your neck and shoulders.
Things To Consider
Burn-In a gamble with OLED monitors. All OLED monitors, not just LG.
For this price point, we would hope the panel would offer a faster refresh rate.
A down-payment on a car or a new monitor? I’d pick to invest in the monitor since I stare at it all day, but the price is a woozy.
The Major Drawback of OLED
While OLED is a fantastic type of panel, it’s not ideal. No technology is immaculate, but OLED has some specific issues you should know about.
One of the biggest issues is all displays have a chance of burn-in, and it’s more prevalent with OLED. Because the “o” in OLED stands for organic, each of the sub-pixels is deteriorating when lit.
Linus from Linus Tech Tips has a fantastic video explaining some of the issues, which you can find here.
One thing you should know about burn-in is it is not guaranteed. Your mileage can vary, but you should still know about it. As long as you’re mindful about it, you’ll experience little to no burn-in whatsoever.
OLED also happens to run into brightness issues, due to how it’s created. Because these pixels aren’t backlit as traditional LED panes, most OLED monitors run about half the peak brightness.
Points to Consider Before Buying
Consider the following points when selecting an OLED monitor.
What type of work will the monitor be used for?
If you can get past the burn-in, OLED displays are fantastic for creatives. Artists, graphic designers, and video editors will appreciate the color accuracy and deep, inky blacks.
Gamers will enjoy OLED displays but be cautious. Static UI pieces such as health bars, speedometers, and Discord can cause burn-in.
For general media consumption or other tasks, OLED monitors are not for you. Programmers and writers won’t find much use for these displays.
What ergonomic features do you need?
More often than not, you’ll be staring at your monitor for hours at a time. Picking one with comfort features, such as an adjustable stand, is important to reduce eye and neck strain..
Each of our picks offers a VESA mount option, but Alienware doesn’t offer an adjustable stand.
LG’s offers the better one out of the box, with height adjustability and an option to make it vertical.
What are your dealbreaker, must-have features?
If you like to occasionally game, it’s important to consider refresh rates. The Alienware is the clear winner for this with a 120Hz panel vs the 60Hz on the LG.
It’s also important to look for a good, adjustable stand too. Most don’t have the space for a VESA mount.
For example, my ideal preference is to use the LG as a vertical monitor with its adjustable stand when needed for coding or Slack/Discord windows.
Questions about OLED monitors? We have the answers.
We think OLED is better than IPS if the price isn’t an issue.
OLED offers better colors and contrast, better viewing angles, and better response times. Their downfall lies in the risk of screen burn-in, and a lower brightness overall. Also, they only come in larger sizes, for now, so trying to find smaller sizes than 48-inches is difficult.
On the other hand, IPS is much more available, but in some cases suffers from lower quality. Their panels are much brighter, but the contrast isn’t as clear. IPS also suffer from light bleeding around the edges, thanks to its backlight.
OLED has been around for about a decade. Getting it into larger panels has been an ongoing struggle for manufacturers.
OLED has been in smartphones for some time now, but producing larger panels is expensive. Smaller panels such as 27 or 32-inch have been sold at huge price points because there just isn’t a way to make production any cheaper.
If we’re being optimistic, once the supply chain has settled in 2022 we’ll see more OLED panels. We already saw a wide variety of OLED laptops from several manufacturers hit the market this year. This is signaling a big chance to make these more common.