For many of you who have been patiently waiting for the LG Evo C2 42″ 4K OLED TV, now you can rejoice. The majority of the 2022 Evo C2 lineup was released earlier in the year, but for whatever reason LG decided to keep it on the new 42″ until… Now, this highly anticipated TV can finally be ordered on Amazon and ships right away.
New 42″ LG Evo C2 4K OLED Gaming TV
42″ replaces LG’s 48″ as the smallest 4K OLED TV on the market. It functions just as much as its larger siblings like the gaming TV, but where it really shines is your PC’s gaming monitor. The 42″ size fits gaming desks better than 48″, which is still quite large, especially since most of us sit only a few feet from our monitors. It has HDMI 2.1 ports and supports 4K @ 120Hz and VRR when paired with an RTX 30 series video card. It also features 4:4:4 chroma sampling for crisp, clear text as well as response times of less than 1ms and native G-SYNC compatibility In order not to tear and shadows. The new C2 model also offers native GeForce Now and Stadia streaming support.
The new 2022 C2 features an improved “Evo” OLED panel over the C1. Previously reserved only for LG G-series OLED TVs, the Evo Panel offers higher brightness levels, which is one of the few areas where LED LCD TVs outperform OLED screens. As always, an OLED panel eliminates any IPS, VA, or TN screen in terms of HDR, black levels, and color shifting.
The 42-inch OLED model comes in at $1399.99, and that’s not a cheap screen when you compare the price to a 48-inch OLED. However, if you compare monitors from other competing brands, you will in fact find their prices very reasonable. The 48″ Samsung Neo G9 Mini LED Gaming Monitor Sells over $1800 on Amazon. The screen resolution is 5120 x 1440, which is technically 11% less pixels than a true 4K TV. Mini LED is a different technology with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but it’s certainly not a technology superior to OLED, and certainly not worth the $500 price premium. Dell also has a file Alienware QD-OLED 34″ Gaming Monitor which retails for $1,300, although there is a two-month waiting time on it. It’s only $100 cheaper, unfortunately the screen size is smaller and only has a 3440 x 1440 resolution, which equates to 40% fewer pixels.
More LG Evo C2 OLED Sizes
LG C1 OLED TV Prices Go Down
If you’re looking to buy a 48-inch or larger OLED, you’ll save hundreds of dollars by using the previous generation LG C1. You’ll still get one of the best OLED TVs (and one of the best gaming and HDR TVs) on the market. Among the OLED brands, LG is often the flag-bearer; LG OLED TVs boast several generations of improvements under their belt and the C1 model has the gaming features we want like HDMI 2.1 (4K @ 120Hz), variable refresh rate, G-SYNC, and a response time of less than 1ms.
Alienware AW3423DW QD-OLED 34″ Gaming Monitor
The first QD-OLED panel on the market
After much anticipation, Dell now presents Alienware AW3423DW QD-OLED 34″ Gaming Monitor for $1299.99 on its website. While it’s by no means pricey, this is the first QD-OLED screen we’ve seen, so the price point is surprisingly reasonable for the new technology. Undoubtedly because of the hype, it’s been in and out of stock all day, so feel free if you’ve been waiting for this release. The estimated delivery date has already been extended to July.
QD-OLED technology was a huge success at this year’s CES and Samsung won the “Best of Innovation 2022” award for it. The QD OLED panel uses quantum dot technology to produce higher brightness levels more efficiently than conventional OLED TVs without losing the color accuracy, range and wide viewing angles that OLED is known for. Although Samsung is the one who rolled out the new technology, it is Alienware that will first bring it to the consumer market with this AW3423DW monitor.
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