OLED monitors are a newer technology option to the market. There are not many brands manufacturing OLED computer monitors, let alone options on the market. With only about 6 different options currently available (and most of those on backorder, I might add), there is not a lot of information available on what exactly these new types of computer monitors are and how they compare.
That’s where we come in. We’ve tested the product, asked the questions, done the research, and have put together some common questions we see a lot about OLED monitors. So before you purchase one yourself, you may want to learn a little bit more about them and see if they are the right option for you.
1) What Are OLED Monitors?
Right off the bat, we wanted to address what these new monitors are and how they are different from your typical LED monitor. OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. The biggest difference between an LED display and an OLED display is that the pixels of an OLED screen are self-illuminating. This results in a much finer, sharper quality image overall.
OLED’s offer a display technology with vivid colors, rich contrasts, deep blacks, power conservative, fast response time, and wider viewing angles for an immersive experience. This is largely due to the organic carbon emitting layers that OLED’s use whereas LED’s, on the other hand, are made up of silicon or gallium materials.
2) Why are there no OLED computer monitors in the market?
You may have noticed that there are currently only a handful of OLED computer monitor manufacturers and even fewer OLED monitors actually available for purchase right now. While they are increasing in popularity, OLED computer monitors are still quite a rarity and really only available to professionals.
The reason there are no OLED computer monitors readily available is because OLED does have a slightly faster refresh rate and pixel response compared to other computers with, let’s say, LED or IPS displays. Thanks to this, OLED monitors are quite susceptible to burn-in if they display the same picture for too long. In other words, don’t leave your OLED computer monitor on for too long or it will become permanently damaged.
3) Is an OLED monitor good for gaming?
Yes and no. With incredible refresh rates, response times, true-to-life colors, and an overall more immersive experience, OLED computer monitors can be a good option for gaming. In fact, many computer manufacturers like AORUS and Alienware have designed OLED computer monitors specifically for the gaming community.
However, there is the problem of burn-in. Burn-in can occur when an OLED monitor displays a picture for too long. It can cause your screen to become permanently damaged, as there is no way to repair this. You can imagine the frustration after spending thousands of dollars on a new computer only for it to be unsalvagable after hours of gaming. In other words, if you are a streamer or marathon gamer, an OLED monitor may not be the right option for you.
4) What are the disadvantages of OLED monitors?
Really, there is only one disadvantage when it comes to OLED monitors and that is burn-in. As we have mentioned, burn-in occurs when your OLED computer monitor displays the same picture for too long. Essentially, screen burn in is permanent image retention.
You can avoid this by turning off your computer monitor when you are done using it, and giving it breaks when using it for extended periods of time. However, when screen burn in happens on an OLED monitor, there is no repairing it. It is permanent damage and the only way to resolve it is to buy a new monitor screen entirely.
5) Why are OLED so expensive?
As you may have gathered, OLED monitor screens offer a premium viewing experience. And with a premium experience comes a premium price tag. OLED delivers extraordinary true-to-life colors that are incomparable to any other display type of monitor.
OLED has superior color details than other types of monitors. Each pixel emits its own light, so any color displayed is perfectly that color. OLED’s can also display a range of 4-color pixels (red, green, blue, and white) to achieve a more accurate color depiction.
Add on top of this incredible response time and refresh rates, and soon the dollar signs start to make sense. OLED monitors are expensive for a reason but well worth the money. You get what you pay for and what you are paying for is a futuristic viewing experience way ahead of its time.