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This weekend we published the article ‘How do you choose a monitor?’. From resolution to response times and color reproduction to viewing angles, we’ve listed what you should pay attention to when buying a new screen. But what exactly is your ideal monitor?

The choice is huge if you are looking for a new monitor, there are no fewer than 2800 available screens in the Pricewatch, but the perfect monitor still does not exist. Some combinations of properties are simply not feasible with the current state of the art. So it is choose or share.

Is OLED the future of the PC monitor?


An OLED monitor is on many wish lists.

Still, that didn’t stop you from philosophizing about that ideal monitor in the comments. GoT.Typhoon is clear about the panel type in any case: his next screen must have an OLED panel. Other tweakers, including Thomas, point out to him that this technology for monitors has only just become available, and you have to dig deep into your pocket for such a screen. In a next comment light GoT.Typhoon admits that he is already using a 55″ OLED TV as a PC monitor, but we wouldn’t be quick to adopt his suggestion to cut off a bit if that’s too big for you.

Rabbitto has also already got into OLED and has an Alienware AW3423DW on order, a monitor based on Samsung’s brand-new QD OLED technology. He had to pay more than 1,000 euros for that. The OLED monitor world is really getting going this year, he says. Is that right? Will 2022 really be the year of the OLED display for the PC? We ask Friso Weijers, editor of monitors for Tweakers.

Will 2022 really be the year of the OLED display for the PC?

Friso Weijers
Friso Weijers, editor monitors

Friso: “2022 is mainly the year that it is possible to buy an OLED monitor, for those who have a lot of money, patience and luck. If you are talking about OLED screens of normal monitor size, between 27 and 34 inches, you have now counted three options according to the Pricewatch. Of these, the Alienware is by far the cheapest, but 1200 euros will still be more than most people can spend on a screen. In the coming months, there are several monitors in the pipeline based on the QD OLED panel and the two 4K RGB OLED panels (27 and 32″) that are out now, but I don’t expect them to be much cheaper than the current options. If you expand your view to larger or smaller screens, you’ll get a lot this year I hear from various manufacturers that they will introduce a 48-inch OLED screen later this year based on the same wool panel that is in OLED televisions. And although it is not actually a monitor, the new 42″ LG C2 television is not allowed to do so. unb remain named. Laptops with OLED screens have also become more common and cheaper in the past two to three years, and due to the increasing availability of panels, a few portable monitors with OLED screens are now slowly appearing.”

Dockingstrubbels

Docking options also appear to be high on the list of purchase criteria for a new screen. In front of hidjedewitje the presence of DisplayPort passthrough, 90W charging, Ethernet, and USB was key to his recent purchase of a Dell display. Because of all that functionality, he no longer needs a dock.

Tweaker jmvdkolk reports that he wants to dock his laptops to a new set of monitors, with the added complicating factor that he works with both Windows and Mac laptops. The amount of problems people report with it on the internet makes him hesitant to make a purchase. laptopleon says support for MST the crux is to be able to connect multiple monitors to a MacBook with one cable, in any case the first monitor must have this. Tubby however, please note that DisplayPort daisy chaining will only work on a Mac if it is an official Thunderbolt monitor or docking station. Monitors with Thunderbolt are scarce and expensive, so the choice ultimately falls on a Belkin dock.

Is it really that complicated to dock a MacBook to a monitor or set of monitors?

Friso: “If you want to connect Macs to a set of monitors using one cable, you indeed run into the limitation that laptopleon calls. Apple, for some reason, has always refused to support DisplayPort MST in macOS, as other operating systems have been able to for many years. Therefore, with USB-C docking stations, the image is always cloned with no option to extend the desktop. Unfortunately, there are no nice workarounds to get around that limitation. Thunderbolt, like Tubby indicates is an option, but besides the disadvantage of the price and availability of screens or docking stations, you also need to have the right Mac. Models with normal M1 and M2 processors can still only drive one display. Macs with M1 Pro, Max or Ultra or the older Intel models can handle multiple displays via Thunderbolt. The second alternative is a docking station with DisplayLink, which always works. Then you have to install a separate driver and the image quality is also not optimal, because DisplayLink sends the video signal compressed over USB.”

High refresh rate or not?

Although the refresh rates seem to continue to rise, the improvements in image quality are tweaker Martinspire a little against. 4k adoption is slow and hdr for monitoring remains poor, both in terms of hardware options and software implementation. Oon agrees wholeheartedly and would rather have a large 60Hz screen with great colors than a 144Hz gaming monitor with HDR. Kubrix in WillySis What is particularly disappointing is the speed with which new cable standards are implemented, such as HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4.

Others are just fans of high refresh rates. 360Degreez finds a high refresh rate much nicer, even outside of games. From zooming in Photoshop to even scrolling through Excel spreadsheets, according to the tweaker it is a lot easier on the eyes and therefore much less tiring. He notices a clear difference between an office working day on a 60Hz monitor and a home working day on his curved 144Hz screen. Kubrix hopes that makers of business monitors will see that too.

The ultimate monitor

Blue-eagle is clear about his ideal monitor: an OLED panel, 30 to 34 inches with a 16:9-4k resolution, at least 120Hz, a response time of 1ms and thin bezels. As if that list of requirements isn’t long enough, he doesn’t want certain things either: a built-in webcam or speakers and a ‘gaming look’ are out of the question. For such an ultimate monitor, the tweaker would have a hefty amount of up to 1600 euros. Catrinus joins many of those demands, but would rather pay an ultrawide and half.

For many, Samsung’s 49″ ultrawide will zaphod_b possesses are already enviable, but this tweaker doesn’t really think his monitor is perfect yet. He would still give in tomorrow if a monitor of around 40 inches, with 4k or 5k resolution, good contrast, full HDR support and at least 120Hz were released. Apparently it is very difficult to make that ultimate all-rounder, he concludes.

Why is it so hard to create the ‘ultimate display’?

Friso: “What exactly an ultimate monitor is, just depends on who you ask, but based on the wishes above, an LCD monitor would almost disappear. to get a little more out of it, but fundamental limitations in terms of contrast, response times and viewing angles remain.We have to wait for the wide availability of monitor panels based on new technologies, such as OLED and QD-OLED.It has been years It was long before OLED screens for televisions, laptops and smartphones could be produced cheaply on a large scale, and it is not surprising that the monitor market is still lagging behind. The market for monitors is small and the common LCD options are for most people and applications are actually fine, so panel makers prefer to focus elsewhere.”

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