OLED gaming monitors cost more than TVs made from the same panels. The reason is simple: while a TV manufacturer buys a huge number of panels, the gaming monitor segment is definitely more of a niche and a manufacturer like Asus, for example, buys a few thousand of OLED panels to produce monitors. Maybe less.
Despite this, prices have fallen over the years: the PG42UQ is the first 42 ”OLED gaming monitor and is sold in Europe starting this week for about 1,500 euros, 1,399 pounds in England where pre-order is already active on Amazon. The difference with the 42 ”LG TV that uses the same panel is about 300 euros, today in Italy you can buy it for 1,299 euros.
Apart from the classic look a bit tamarro of ROG devices, the Asus monitor cannot be compared directly with a TV anyway because Asus has made several changes, such as the integration of DisplayPort 1.4 which allows to drive the panel up to 138Hz refresh, when via HDMI 2.1 you stop at 120 Hz. In addition to this there are 2 HDMI 2.1 ports and two HDMI 2.0 ports, a USB hub and the classic basic equipment of the LG panel, 900 nits peak, pre-calibration and support HDR10.
In addition to the DisplayPort, Asus has also added two other elements: the first is an additional anti-glare layer that should cancel the negative effects of lamps placed behind the game point and the second is a dissipation panel that ensures a lower operating temperature on the panel. 8 degrees compared to the model without the heatsink.
This addition should impact longevity, but no one can provide the evidence at the moment. Interestingly, Asus pointed out that the pixel structure of the W-OLED panels is much more suitable for gaming than the triangular structure of the QD-OLED panels.