Late last year, I made a huge 48-inch OLED TV in my office looking for one screen to control them all. It was fantastic, with stunning colors, black and white, G-Sync and FreeSync Premium at 120 Hz – but not exactly to be the perfect computer monitor. Now, LG is tweaking its TV a bit more for office use with the new LG UltraGear 48GQ900, which adds some of the features I wish I had in this review.
Master among them: the pavilion. While the LG C1 48 and LG CX 48 had a large wide base that discourages any attempt to manage desktop cables and prevent the rest of your desk from being viewed, the new UltraGear display has a more traditional V-shaped foot that lifts the entire screen from the table.
There’s a built-in dual-port USB 3.0 hub, an easily accessible four-mm 3.5mm headphone jack, if you don’t want to rely on the built-in 20W stereo speakers, and a remote control that might make sense for gaming-only use. Features a large horn dial and easy buttons to change video inputs, audio outputs, mute, power, and switch for LG gaming mode. (So the TVs had a TV remote control and no down menu for navigating the menus.)
The Korean company’s Chinese product page also shows that you can call up a crosshair on the screen and an FPS counter if you wish, which are high-end gaming screen bets these days. You can also skip the screen to 138 Hz, though I’m not immediately sure why.
What the company press release does not say, unfortunately, is whether LG has made automatic dimming algorithms less aggressive, which is the thing which kept these giant OLED monitors from being stunning computer monitors that did everything in the past. While I found the LG C1 48 great for gaming PCs, it was painful to keep lowering the screen while trying to scroll through documents and websites.
The limiters protect your OLED screen from burning, but they are a bit excessive and other companies that have created gaming screens around LG OLED screens have not found a way to deal with it. LG has not significantly improved it in its latest panels either: Rtings writes that the new smaller 42-inch LG C2 still has the problem of dimming the distraction. We asked LG about it and we will let you know what we hear.
The other big question is price: one of the reasons to choose an LG OLED TV over a giant game screen is because sometimes you can find it around or just a few hundred north of the $ 1,000 limit. If LG charges a premium for the screen version, it would be more difficult to sell.
Currently, the top gaming screen in the world is probably this Alienware QD-OLED. But if you are wondering what it is like to live with a giant LG OLED screen, I describe it in detail in my review!
The new LG 48GQ900 “will be available from this month in Japan with key markets in North America, Europe and Asia to follow,” according to the company. You can also read about a pair of new 32-inch screens, one with DisplayHDR 1000 and the other with a refresh rate of 240 Hz, in the company press release.