Best OLED Monitors In 2021 (Gaming, Productivity, Entertainment)

With OLED technology becoming more readily available, we scour the web to try and find only the best OLED monitors on offer!

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As monitor technology continues to advance, the idea of OLED gaming monitors becomes a little more realistic. Right now, however, OLED technology is only just starting to incorporate itself more readily into the consumer market – TVs mainly.

That being said, the arrival of OLED monitors is becoming much more common ground. Over the last 12 months, a slew of OLED panels has become available – most of which are tailored towards gamers.

OLED monitors offer a tonne of advantages over LED alternatives – however, thanks to the hefty price tags they come equipped with, not many have surfaced just yet.

Whilst this is the case, there are still a number of decent OLED-based panels available in today’s market. We’ll be covering the best in this guide, showcasing what they’re good at, where they fall short, and whether they’re worth your hard cash.

So, with plenty to get through, let’s waste no further time and dive straight into it!

Our Top Picks

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A high-end Alienware monitor
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Best OLED TV
LG's flagship OLED 48" Gaming TV
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Best OLED Monitor For Browsing
ASUS's ProArt PQ22UC is an excellent smaller OLED alternative

Best OLED Monitors: First Look

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Best OLED Gaming Monitor
A high-end Alienware monitor
Alienware 55inch OLED

Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor: AW5520QF

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Our top pick is one of the only Alienware monitors that offers OLED technology. With a large 55″ screen size, this monitor won’t be for everyone – however, if you like immersive single-player titles, it really does tick all the right boxes.

The 55-inch monitor from Dell comes with an OLED panel, 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution, and a 120hz refresh rate. The monitor supports VRR technologies for both AMD and NVIDIA, a rapid 0.5ms response time, and a huge 130,000:1 contrast ratio – spanning 98.5% of the DCI-P3 color space. Ultimately, there isn’t much this monitor can’t do.

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LG's flagship OLED 48" Gaming TV
LG OLED 48CX

LG 48CXPUB OLED

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LG’s OLED48CXPUB has been around for some time now, but it still sits at the top of the OLED TV list as far as gaming is concerned. With a fast refresh rate, rapid response time, and incredible picture quality, the LG doesn’t put a foot wrong.

The 120Hz refresh rate paired with the quick 0.1ms response time makes this one of the best gaming TVs the market has to offer. With a bunch of cool features, the LG TV also offers superb value for money as well.

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Best OLED Monitor For Browsing
ASUS's ProArt PQ22UC is an excellent smaller OLED alternative
ASUS ProArt PQ22UC

ASUS ProArt PQ22UC

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Despite the ProArt’s small size, this monitor is still very efficient as a secondary browsing monitor. For those that need a small monitor, the PQ22UC really is one of the best performers out there.

It comes with a 60hz refresh rate, 0.1ms response time, and UHD 4K screen resolution. Whilst this may be a little small for some people, it’s still an excellent choice as an alternative gaming panel.

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Best OLED Monitor For Large Screen Gaming
A fantastic OLED monitor for gamers who enjoy large-screen gaming
Viewsonic Elite XG550

Viewsonic ELITE XG550

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Viewsonic have come a long way in recent years, now offering some of the best gaming monitors the market has to offer. The XG550 is another fine example of the quality they continue to bring to the table, offering up plenty of features and specifications that make it a great choice for gamers.

The new Viewsonic Elite XG550 gaming monitor is a 55-inch panel with a native 4K resolution. It offers up a rapid 120hz refresh rate, low 0.5ms GTG response time, and a plethora of other features geared towards top-end gaming performance.

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Latest OLED Gaming Monitor News

With OLED monitors becoming more imminent by the day, we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the latest news right here.

How We Test & Choose

Despite OLED monitors being fairly sparse in today’s market, we’re still bang up to date with the latest news regarding the technology. With few monitors to choose from that actually support this exciting backlight technology, it wasn’t too hard picking the best of the bunch available today. However, as time goes by and more OLED displays become available, we’ll be running our own in-house tests to see which is truly best.

For this article, we’ve rounded up the best OLED monitors, researched them meticulously, and have concluded with the following list as our best.

Things To Consider When Purchasing An OLED Monitor

Like all hardware purchases, buying an OLED monitor comes with a whole host of secondary considerations. Unlike more generic monitors, OLED monitors offer unique factors that may (or may not) make them suitable for your PC setup.

For that reason, we’ll go over some of the main factors that you should be aware of before buying an OLED gaming monitor.

Here’s the most important:

Price

If it wasn’t obvious, OLED monitors are much more expensive than LED alternatives. Even the most expensive 4K 144Hz gaming monitors don’t land a glove on the price of OLED alternatives. Part of that is due to the fact that OLED is still in its early stages. Once the technology becomes more widespread, chances are the costs will reduce exponentially.

OLED Burn-In

Unfortunately, all OLED monitors suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in. This is when your monitor displays a static image for too long, resulting in the degradation of pixels in the form of permanent retention. There is no fix for this drastic flaw, meaning if you aren’t careful, you could easily ruin your brand new – and extremely expensive – OLED monitor.

Response Time

As OLED doesn’t necessarily have a backlight – like LED – pixel response time is drastically improved. Whilst the best gaming monitors can only dream about 1ms response times over the entire spectrum of transitions – the same can’t be said for OLED. They can easily breach 0.5ms response times, with many offering almost instantaneous results.

For gamers, this means zero ghosting, crystal clear image quality, and great immersion across the board.

HDR Performance

For those that appreciate a great 4K HDR monitor, chances are OLED will revolutionize your gaming experience. OLED panels offer incredible HDR performance, mainly because they can turn off individual pixels completely. This results in inky blacks that really do looks sensational.

OLED Vs LED

So, how does OLED compare to the ever-popular LED/LCD monitors that most of us are so used to? Well, we’ve touched on a few areas above, better picture quality, higher contrast ratios, quicker response times, and higher refresh rates which are all fantastic pluses for the OLED. However is there any downside to the organic counterpart? Below we’ve made a table to display everything you need to know about OLED and LED and how they compare.

LCD LED Monitor Technology

OLED

  • Pixel Light Source: self-emissive
  • Luminous efficiency: medium
  • Luminance: >500
  • Contrast: high
  • Power consumption: medium
  • Operating temp: -30 to 70
  • Flexibility: high
  • Lifetime: medium
  • Price: high

LED

  • Pixel Light Source: backlight and color filter
  • Luminous efficiency: Low
  • Luminance: >3000
  • Contrast: medium
  • Power consumption: medium
  • Operating temp: -20 to 80
  • Flexibility: low
  • Lifetime: high
  • Price: low

Best OLED Monitors In 2021

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Alienware 55inch OLED

Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor: AW5520QF

Resolution

4K OLED

Size

55Inch

Refresh Rate

120Hz

Response Time

0.5ms

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LG OLED 48CX

LG 48CXPUB OLED

Screen size

48"

Refresh Rate

120Hz (HDMI 2.1)

Response time

>1ms

Resolution

4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160)

Type

OLED

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ASUS ProArt PQ22UC
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ASUS ProArt PQ22UC

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

0.1ms

Size

22"

Maximum Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

OLEd

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Best OLED Monitor For Large Screen Gaming
Viewsonic Elite XG550
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Viewsonic ELITE XG550

Refresh Rate

120Hz

Response Time

0.5ms

Size

55"

Maximum Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

OLED

In-depth Review

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Best OLED Gaming Monitor
Alienware 55inch OLED

Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor: AW5520QF

Resolution

4K OLED

Size

55Inch

Refresh Rate

120Hz

Response Time

0.5ms

Pros

Stunning visual experience

Quick response time

120Hz refresh rate

Fantastic aesthetic design

Cons

Very high price point

Alienware are no strangers when it comes to designing high-end monitors, however, DELL have taken things one step further with this monitor, giving it all the performance you could want in a future-proof panel that will far exceed your bog-standard LED alternative.

The AW5520QF is a stunning monitor that offers a large 4K UHD 55″ screen that really does offer the highest levels of immersion. With a high-end 120Hz refresh rate, speed 0.5ms (GTG) response time, and support for both VRR technologies, it’s easy to see why we put this monitor at the top of our guide.

Like all Alienware monitors, the AW5520QF showcases the highest levels of build quality. As you can imagine, this monitor isn’t the cheapest of the shelf. With it’s high price point, many consumers will have to look at this monitor in envy. If you have the cash, however, this monitor is easily one of the best OLED monitors you can buy.

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Best OLED TV
LG OLED 48CX

LG 48CXPUB OLED

Screen size

48"

Refresh Rate

120Hz (HDMI 2.1)

Response time

>1ms

Resolution

4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160)

Type

OLED

Pros

High 120hz refresh rate

0.1ms response time

Incredibly picture clarity and quality

HDMI 2.1 support

Cons

Limited adjustability

Whilst this isn’t strictly a gaming monitor, it does still offer a stunning OLED panel and can be used for PC gaming. That said, LG’s CX series in one of the best out there for gamers – bringing a whole host of exciting features and specifications to the table. It comes equipped with a fast 120Hz refresh rate, stunning 4K screen resolution, and HDMI 2.1 support as well – making it a stellar choice for PC and console gamers.

Aesthetically, the CX48PUB is stunning from all angles. However, one area where it does fall short is adjustability. Granted, this is a 55-inch TV and you probably won’t need to adjust it – that said, if you do need to move re-adjust this thing for desk usage, you won’t be able to. Obscure scenarios aside, gaming performance on this TV is fantastic, allowing console gamers to relish in 120Hz gameplay at 4K UHD resolution. Ghosting and screen tear will be to a minimum thanks to a blistering combination of 0.1ms response time alongside VRR support.

Best of all, this TV showcases excellent value for money – undercutting many of the other options in this guide.

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Best OLED Monitor For Browsing
ASUS ProArt PQ22UC
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ASUS ProArt PQ22UC

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

0.1ms

Size

22"

Maximum Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

OLEd

Pros

Compact design

4K screen resolution

USB Type-C support

Low 0.1ms response time

Cons

Very high price tag

The smallest monitor on this list goes to the ASUS ProArt PQ22UC, measuring in at 21.6 inches. Whilst that is a fairly small OLED display, it still packs a punch and offers excellent performance in gaming scenarios. Like most OLED monitors, the PQ22UC offers a wide color gamut that spans the DCI-P3 spectrum alongside side 10-bit color depth and 4K resolution at 204 PPI.

The 0.1ms response time this monitor boasts makes this a great choice for gamers or entertainment viewers alike. With this pixel response speed, users will not experience annoying screen artifacts like ghosting or smearing – often the case with slower alternatives.

Whilst 21.6″ will be a little small for some gamers, it’s the perfect size for editors who want a smaller alternative to their main panel. It also makes for a great browsing monitor, offering a closer size to a tablet than a PC monitor.

One of the major downsides to this monitor is the huge price tag it comes equipped with. Not everyone will be able to afford this, but those that can will enjoy its performance.

 

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Best OLED Monitor For Large Screen Gaming
Viewsonic Elite XG550
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Viewsonic ELITE XG550

Refresh Rate

120Hz

Response Time

0.5ms

Size

55"

Maximum Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

OLED

Pros

Large immersive screen size

Excellent contrast ratio

Great peak brightness

Excels in gaming scenarios

Cons

Estimated high price point

Lastly, we have the Viewsonic Elite XG550 – another large-screen gaming monitor. Like the Alienware, the Viewsonic XG550 is 55-inches in size and offers very similar specifications. This is the newer of the two panels, also coming to the table boasting a 120Hz refresh rate, low response time, and stunning color accuracy – as you’d expect.

At the time of writing this, we’re not 100% sure what VRR this monitor will support – however, if other models are anything to go off, I would imagine FreeSync would feature – with G-sync compatibility. The XG550 offers an incredible HDR experience thanks to per-pixel local dimming – or OLED for short. The 120Hz refresh rate makes gaming feel very slick and lucid, pairing nicely with the low response time which reduces ghosting and smearing.

The price of this monitor is unknown right now, but if the other OLED panels are anything to go off, I presume it’ll be in the thousands. That said, the Viewsonic does offer some nicely placed RGB – so that may end up swaying your decision!

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Final Word

So, there you have it, our comprehensive look at the best OLED monitors for 2021. Whilst there aren’t a tonne of options to choose from, we were still able to sniff out four high-quality panels that tick all the right boxes. In the coming months, we’ll be keeping this page up-to-date with all the latest OLED monitors, so check back if you’re serious about these panels.

Any questions, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

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For as long as he can remember, Charlie has always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens. CS 1.6 was his first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO – a game that he still plays (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period he has also been a keen PC builder and enthusiast – dedicating a large portion of his time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD’s Ryzen 3600X.

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