LG has unveiled its latest high-end UltraFine OLED 4K displays aimed at professionals, and this time it has a smaller version that’s supposed to be more affordable. Moreover, the new models come with more accessories to facilitate calibration and work in bright rooms.
The 32-inch model looks much the same as before, with features like a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 10-bit true color, a 60Hz refresh rate, and 99 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. As before, it is also compatible with the VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black standard for OLED displays.
The relative lack of brightness and massive contrast ratio shows the compromises and benefits of an OLED screen for content creators, in a nutshell. On the other hand, with 400 nits of brightness, UltraFine OLED is nearly as good as doing HDR color grading compared to much brighter (1,000 nits) small LED displays like Apple’s $5,000 Pro Display XDR or ASUS Monitor ProArt PA32UCG-K, $5,000.
On the other hand, LG’s OLED display has much better contrast, perfect blacks and doesn’t bloom because each pixel lights up individually. This feature can give color professionals a much better idea of the true contrast in an image. So, basically, buyers have to make a difficult choice between brightness and contrast, both of which are important for color work these days – particularly with video.
The new 27-inch model will attract people who want OLED and other professional features (10-bit color, 99 percent DCI-P3 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,0000:1) at a lower price. Both displays also offer features like a clean, professional design, a USB-C port with 90W power delivery and four USB ports. It also comes with a pair of DisplayPort inputs and an HDMI port. LG doesn’t say what kind of the latter, so it’s likely not HDMI 2.1 – although this isn’t important to content creation professionals.
The biggest upgrade over the past year is that both monitors include a color calibration sensor (LG didn’t say which), along with its own LG Calibration Studio software. It also comes with a screen cover so you can have better control over the picture depending on the lighting of the room. LG hasn’t released pricing yet, but its current 32-inch Ultra HD OLED Pro screen costs $4,000, so expect to see a similar price tag on the new model. In the meantime, the 27-inch version is likely north of $2 thousand.
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