When we decide to buy a monitor for our PC, we usually ask ourselves what size and resolution we want, or what type of panel, whether TN, IPS, or VA. However, in very few cases do we rethink the OLED, mainly due to the limited supply in the market, and because we are afraid of the risk of burns in the panel. But how much of a problem?

CES 2022 has left us with some interesting proposals for 4K OLED panels focused on gaming or its use on PC. These include, for example, the new ROG Swift from ASUS, the Predator CG48 from Acer, the first QD-OLEDs from Samsung and Dell, or the 42-inch OLED televisions from LG and Sony. It seems that from 2022 manufacturers will be encouraged to offer this technology to us in monitors as well, so the supply issue will be resolved over time. But what advantages can this type of panel offer us in monitors? In this article, we will try to answer them.

Favorite on TV, unknown on PC

In recent years, manufacturers have improved the technology offered by OLED, with better picture quality, better brightness and other settings. These panels are in high demand on televisions, being consumers’ favorites for all types of audiovisual content. However, this technology has not yet fully taken hold in PC monitors. There are a number of reasons for this, but the one that gets talked about the most is the problem of panel burns.

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If we go to the very definition of OLED, it is a diode which, thanks to its light-emitting properties and organic components, can react to an electrical stimulus, allowing it to turn on or off. turn off as needed and emit light by itself. In panels, they can emit light independently, and in case the color black is to be represented, they turn off directly, unlike panels with LED backlighting, which need an array of LED diodes on the back to emit light.

The fact that OLED panels don’t need backlighting makes TVs or monitors thinner, due to the fact that they don’t have an LED matrix on the back. And thanks to the very nature of these organic diodes, they produce a high level of contrast, achieving very deep blacks. However, the fact that they contain organic elements also affects the useful life of products with this technology, in addition to the problem of combustion.

Shorter lifespan, but higher image quality

The theoretical service life of these panels according to LG can reach 100,000 hours. However, it should be noted that in a monitor, in addition to leisure, we also usually use it for work, so it will stay on for a long time, although it depends on the personal use we give it. The advantage of using an OLED panel in this sense is the energy savings, as the diodes that should represent the color black will go out, resulting in greater savings.

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Regarding the lack of burns, in OLED panels there is a certain risk in this sense when static elements must be represented on the screen, whether they are logos, menus, etc. In a PC monitor, the OLED will be more exposed to these situations, due to cases like the toolbar on our desktop, logos in video games, etc. A día de hoy sigue existiendo ese riesgo, pero los fabricantes han mejorado los paneles con tecnologías que corrigen el brillo de los elementos estáticos, funciones de ahorro energético para no tener encendido el panel, o incluso disipadores para mantener una temperatura idóná cuando el monitor est Operating.

The lifespan and this risk of burns can present a handicap too high for the price which one is obliged to pay for this type of monitors, since we already warn you that they are not at all cheap. However, they can fit perfectly into the most demanding offices where superior picture quality is desired, as the content we enjoy on an OLED panel will be much better than on any other type of monitor screen out there. . the market. Mainly for its high level of contrast, resolutions and management of high dynamic range (HDR).

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Another advantage of these panels is their very low response time, so today we can find OLED monitors with a response time of up to 0.1ms which is ideal especially in games. video. Plus, high refresh rates aren’t a problem either, as most OLED monitors around the corner have a frequency of at least 120Hz and are compatible with VRR and ALLM.

In the monitors it’s not something for everyone

Those who opt for an OLED panel will find superior picture quality and large panels. However, they are not a solution for everyone, as they are currently expensive, there is little availability at the moment, and they need to be adapted for use on the desktop. However, in 2022 more manufacturers will join this new wave, so we will find more variety and alternatives.