CES had a pretty good year, and that extends to computer monitors, which thankfully were more than just ports. What’s better is that this year’s interesting and feature-packed monitors aren’t just for gamers. Monitors play an even bigger role during the pandemic as the centerpiece of the home office, and manufacturers have responded to that demand with designs that suit a wider audience.
We got a quirky looking, almost square, creativity and productivity-focused monitor from LG that some people will find useful. Samsung has launched its Odyssey Ark, a 55-inch curved 4K gaming monitor that I would feel safe in when the waters come. Speaking of Samsung, the company’s display division has found a suitable monitor to launch its new QD-OLED display technology: Alienware’s 34-inch curved gaming monitor. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Last year’s CES show was mostly about HDMI 2.1, as the new wave of consoles, the PS5 and Xbox Series X, had recently arrived with promises to display games in 4K at up to 120 frames per second ( ironically, few games can achieve this a year later). We always love to see this port show up in newer monitors and televisions, as the higher bandwidth HDMI ports will help to sustain your big investment and make your content look the best it can be. But, at the end of the day, it’s just a port. And thankfully, many of the best CES 2022 monitors come with it, along with a few more unique talking points.
Here are the most interesting monitors to release from CES this year.
One model that is sure to be popular is technically not a gaming monitor but a television. It’s LG’s 42-inch OLED C2, and this size is the smallest TV panel LG has ever produced – a much more reasonably sized desktop companion than its 2021 48-inch C1 model. Even if it’s a TV, it has all of the most important gaming monitor specs like HDMI 2.1 ports, variable refresh rate, auto low latency mode, 120 refresh rate Hz and an almost instantaneous response time.
Given its gaming credentials, several brands will likely use LG’s 42-inch OLED panel in their monitors. Asus is the first, announcing a 42-inch OLED gaming display at CES 2022, with a different design and stand than LG’s TV design. It seems similar in many ways, although it does have the all-important DisplayPort for more connectivity options, in addition to its HDMI 2.1 and HDMI 2.0 ports.
There are always break-in issues among those who want to use an OLED for productivity or gaming. The verdict is yet to be rendered on some of these new models until they come out and people have a chance to test them out or until the manufacturers give assurances. Alienware’s 34-inch QD-OLED gaming monitor, due for release in March 2022, sets the bar high for those assurances, with “improved OLED reliability” and a premium three-year warranty that covers OLED break-in. Importantly, we don’t know the price of this model, but maybe its warranty will increase the price a bit.
I mentioned this earlier, but I can’t talk about gaming without once again mentioning Samsung’s gargantuan Odyssey Ark monitor. It has Samsung’s signature 1000R curve, which is as curved as mainstream monitors these days, but it brings that curvature into a 55-inch display – the largest it has ever produced – with an aspect ratio. 16: 9 which makes it look like a big curved TV right in front of your face. It won’t come as a surprise if the Ark can deliver an unrivaled gaming experience, but its form factor also seems to be a boon for multitasking productivity. The Arch stand allows the screen to rotate vertically, allowing you to stack apps as you see fit.
There’s a lot Samsung hasn’t shared about the Ark yet, but it apparently features quantum dot color and Mini LED backlighting. The Ark seemed like a good monitor for Samsung to launch its QD-OLED technology, but alas. That honor goes to the aforementioned Alienware 34-inch QD-OLED Curved Gaming Monitor (1800R), which will be released in March. L’Arche, meanwhile, will be released in the second half of 2022.
CES 2022 also saw the debut of Asus’ ROG Swift PG27AQN, the world’s first 27-inch QHD display with a 360Hz refresh rate (this speed was previously limited to 1080p). So gamers no longer need to sacrifice visual quality to watch titles perform at the fast speed needed to stay on top of their game. Nvidia has also made some interesting display announcements aimed at competitive gamers. Some of these 360Hz QHD gaming monitors from AOC, MSI and ViewSonic have Mini LED panels for more vibrancy and more precise colors and lighting.
And with Nvidia software, they support what the company calls dual-format resolution (pictured above), allowing gamers to take full advantage of those 27-inch displays in QHD if they choose, with the option reduce screen space to see running games. at 1080p, which is still a popular resolution for professional gamers. The latter option emulates the experience of playing on a 25-inch 1080p monitor without worrying about having the image stretched on a QHD screen, which can reduce picture quality.
However, the CES 2022 monitors weren’t just dedicated to gaming. Samsung’s line of smart monitors got a new model, the 32-inch 4K M8, which has some new features that seem useful. Although it is a monitor, it does not require any additional hardware to stream TV shows and movies like most TVs are equipped to do nowadays. New to this model is the included SlimFit camera that can be magnetically attached to it for video calls. The M8 can act as a SmartThings hub for your connected IoT devices at home. Samsung is also launching Game Home, a feature that essentially turns the M8 into a game streaming monitor, capable of connecting to various services and controllers. Samsung has yet to define these final details, but it could be exciting.
Coming back to the monitor I mentioned first in this article, LG’s 16:18 square aspect ratio monitor called DualUp has a lot of our enthusiastic readers. LG says it offers “the same screen space as two 21.5-inch screens and has a vertical split-view feature that lets users see more at a glance.” This one isn’t for me, but it’s still easy to see how it might benefit people who need an equally high-res big screen with 2560 x 2880 resolution. LG says its form factor presents ergonomic advantages because you don’t have to move your neck from side to side. It looks like the monitor featured in Teenage Engineering’s marketing for its DIY Computer-1 PC case.
The best thing about the monitors that debuted at CES 2022 is that there was something for everyone – creatives, gamers, or anyone who just appreciates the big, beautiful, and capable displays that they want to connect. to a PC, macOS computer, or console. Thinking about all of those announcements put me in a good mood, and I’ll probably exist in that delicious honeymoon bubble until the manufacturers share the prices (nothing of them will be cheap).