In 2021 LG added an OLED-based monitor for pros to its lineup, and now the company has revealed the follow-up UltraFine OLED Pro monitors it’s planned for 2022. While its first effort was only available as a $3,999 31.5-inch 4K monitor, next year’s version will include a 27-inch variant.
Naturally, the 32BP95E and 27BP95E still feature the precise lighting control you’d expect from an OLED panel; however, these screens aren’t meant for gaming or even TV and movie watching. The promise LG’s DisplayHDR 400 True Black technology ensures that if you’re editing photos or video, everything looks the way it truly should. They’ll also ship with detachable self-calibration sensors and monitor hoods and use the LG Calibration Studio software to adjust their settings for the environment. Other hardware specs like their port selections appear to be similar to the 2021 edition.
The monitors can accurately display colors covering 99 percent of the DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB color gamut plus a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, so it will be difficult to find as accurate reproduction on any consumer display. LG didn’t note a refresh rate in its press materials, so we’d expect it’s still set at 60Hz. You could buy an expensive screen like this and use it for gaming, but it’s not really intended for use in daytime lit environments or fast-moving action.
It also won’t hit the peak brightness of LCD monitors like LG’s own UltraFine displays, or the $4,999 (plus $999 optional stand) Apple Pro Display XDR we reviewed in 2020, but even with local dimming, those simply can’t display absolute black like an OLED panel can. As Nilay Patel said about Apple’s monitor, “while it can run with the very best full-array local dimming LCDs I’ve ever seen, it’s still a local dimming LCD: sometimes it blooms, and sometimes all of the dimming zones are lit up, and blacks look gray across the whole screen.” We would expect that things will be different with these screens.
There’s no word on pricing but these monitors should start shipping next month in “key markets.” Still, hopefully, the smaller model will be a bit cheaper than last year’s, which finally started shipping in the US in September — if you can’t wait for the updated versions, that one’s currently available from Amazon, LG, or B&H.