LG's 27-inch OLED monitor is a $2,000 rarity

LG’s 27-inch OLED monitor is a $2,000 rarity

LG Ultra Slim 27EQ850-B
Enlarge / LG 27EQ850-B UltraFine OLED Monitor.

LG has released an OLED computer monitor with a more accessible size and price than most. The LG UltraFine 27EQ850-B represents one of the few 27-inch OLED panels available and has a competitive MSRP (for an OLED monitor) at $2,000.

LG recently listed the 27EQ850-B, as spotted by sites such as DisplaySpecifications and KitGuru. It’s a 4K, 60Hz display with a claimed brightness of 200 nits and 99% DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color coverage.

10-bit color monitor support supports portrait mode, tilt, swivel, and height adjustments.
Enlarge / 10-bit color monitor support supports portrait mode, tilt, swivel, and height adjustments.

USB-C connectivity with 90W power delivery puts the monitor on par with other USB-C monitors, like the Dell UltraSharp U2723QE; although there are monitors, like the Apple Studio Display, with greater power delivery (96 W).

Additionally, there are a pair of DisplayPorts, three USB-A and HDMI ports. The monitor also supports HDR10 and is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified. Note that this is the lowest level of VESA’s DisplayHDR certification program, which goes all the way up to DisplayHDR 1400, but it’s better than nothing. The monitor forgoes VESA’s True Black certification for OLED displays, but LG and panel maker LG Display, as the main OLED panel maker, at least have a solid reputation in the OLED space to build trust.

The port selection of the 27EQ850-B.
Enlarge / The port selection of the 27EQ850-B.

Before LG listed the 27EQ850-B, its only OLED options under 48 inches were the 32-inch LG UltraFine 32EP950-B, with an MSRP of $4,000, and the 27-inch LG UltraFine 27EP950 with an MSRP of $3,000. The only obvious difference between LG’s more expensive 27-inch OLED and the recently listed 27EQ850-B is that the former claims an additional 50 nits of brightness on its spec sheet.

The introduction of smaller and cheaper OLED monitors is helping to make display options for computer users more comparable to TVs, where you can find OLED screens in different sizes and at much cheaper prices than a smaller OLED monitor these days. And while there are many more OLED desktop monitors to choose from than there were a few years ago, the majority, aside from portable monitors with OLED, still fall into the high price, high refresh category.

Another rare exception is the Asus ProArt PA32DC, a 31.5-inch OLED monitor released this year for $3,500. In addition to its larger size, the monitor claims to win its higher price tag with its built-in motorized colorimeter.

And there’s hope for more variety when it comes to OLED screen sizes. Earlier this year, Kang Won-Seok, vice president of LG Display, reportedly said the company was working to bring 20-inch OLED panels, which could fit even smaller monitors or TVs, to partners (including , potentially, LG) by the end of 2022. This means that we may not see relevant products available for purchase until next year. So if you have an immediate need for a contrast-rich OLED monitor in a smaller package, LG’s 27EQ850-B is one of your few options.

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