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LG announces first 1440p 240Hz OLED monitor and it’s only $999

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Something to look forward to: Monitor aficionados have been salivating at the thought of an affordable (well, relatively) medium-sized, high refresh rate OLED monitor ever since LG teased the concept on its roadmap. Now the LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B has come along and ticked all the boxes. It has: a resolution of 2560 x 1440p, a refresh rate of 240 Hz and an OLED panel with response times of 0.3 ms (GtG).

LG quite quietly announced its first 240Hz refresh rate OLED gaming monitor early this weekend by adding it to its site. But it’s likely that LG will have a lot more to say about it in the near future, because with its specs it’s a standout.

As you may have deduced from the code…er, name, the GR95 has a scale of 27 inches. It has 98.5% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut and, being an OLED, a contrast ratio of 1.5 million:1. It’s also certified for AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync, but also doesn’t have hardware acceleration.

On the outside, the monitor has RGB and a stand with 11 cm height adjustment and 20 degrees rotatable from left to right and up and down. For ports, it has two HDMI and one DisplayPort (no word on the versions yet), USB 3.0 up and downstream, and an SPDIF connection for audio pass-through.

For now, and until the GR95 hits the market, there are only two categories of high refresh rate OLED monitors to choose from.

LG and a few other brands have produced 42-inch and 48-inch 4K giants with a 120Hz refresh rate that pass as monitors (they’re smaller TVs). Alternatively, several OEMs, including again LG, have recently introduced 34-inch ultra-wide OLEDs with a resolution of 3440 x 1440p and a refresh rate of 165-175 Hz. Corsair is about to join the fray with a third option: a 45-inch version of the ultra-wide with a 240Hz refresh rate.

But LG is the first to announce a 240Hz OLED monitor small and nimble enough to display competitive FPS games. At the listed price of $999, it’s cheaper than half the OLEDs on the market. LG will launch it in the first quarter of 2023 and we’ll likely hear more about it at CES in January.

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