LG UltraGear Monitors Get Big OLED, ActiveSync Certification

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The LG Ultragear 32GQ950, 32GQ850 and 48GQ900 gaming monitors

What's happening

Monitor industry association VESA has debuted its ActiveSync certification program, to provide buyers with concrete information about the ability of a monitor to prevent artifacts related to screen refresh rate. LG has launched two new monitors, the first announced that take advantage of the certification, as well as its first OLED gaming monitor.

Why it matters

VESA certifications, which include DisplayHDR, help clarify where a monitor's performance and feature set fits relative to competitors when you're shopping. Gaming monitors, like LG's immensely popular UltraGear line, can get more confusing than most thanks to difficult to understand specifications and obfuscation by marketers.

LG's new trio of UltraGear gaming monitors include the company's first OLED model, the 48GQ900, and two 32-inch models, 32GQ950 and 32GQ850, which help inaugurate the VESA AdaptiveSync certification program. The latter is a new effort by the electronics' industry organization to provide a logo for buyers to clarify manufacturer claims about variable refresh rate performance; it displays the maximum frame rate the monitor can hit with adaptive sync in default settings for the native resolution.

The monitors are shipping first in Japan, this month. Availability in the US, UK and Australia, as well as pricing, remain a mystery. They all support HDMI 2.1 with variable refresh, which you need for 4K/120fps console support. They've been redesigned with a more angular aesthetic, include a headphone jack with DTS Headphone:X support for surround and have gray-to-gray pixel response of 1ms or better.

vesa adaptive sync logo

Given that LG makes some of the best OLED TVs, and that the company has gone all-in on gaming features like auto low-latency mode for its TVs, it's surprising that it's taken this long for LG to introduce its own gaming monitor. LG panels have been used in other gaming monitors -- notably, the 55-inch Alienware AW55 -- and last year LG brought us a pricey content-creation-oriented 32-inch OLED, but this is its first UltraGear model in the OLED family.

The LG UltraGear 48GQ900 48-inch OLED gaming monitor

But it's unsurprising that the monitor is big at 48 inches and comes with a remote, since it's probably based on a TV. And possibly too big: Since it's flat rather than curved, it can be a bit unwieldy for a desktop (a curved screen usually doesn't extend as far to the sides). The monitor only supports HDR10, the basic ability to mathematically transform an incoming signal to the proper tonal range for HDR, at least in the monitor sphere. 


LG UltraGear 48GQ900LG UltraGear 32GQ950LG UltraGear 32GQ850
Screen size 47.5-inch31.5-inch31.5-inch
Resolution 4K UHD (3,840x2,160)4K UHD (3,840x2,160)QHD (2,560x1,440)
Color Gamut 98.5% P398% P398% P3
Refresh Rate 120Hz / 138Hz overclock144Hz / 160Hz overclock240Hz / 260Hz overclock
HDR BasicVESA DisplayHDR 1000VESA DisplayHDR 600
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium, G-Sync CompatibleAMD FreeSync Premium Pro, G-Sync CompatibleAMD FreeSync Premium Pro, G-Sync Compatible, VESA Adaptive Sync
Connectors 3x HDMI 2.1 (VRR), 1x DisplayPort, 2x USB-A, headphone with DTS Headphone:X support2x HDMI 2.1 (VRR), 1x DisplayPort, 2x USB-A, headphone with DTS Headphone:X support2x HDMI 2.1 (VRR), 1x DisplayPort, 2x USB-A, headphone with DTS Headphone:X support
Speaker 2x 20-wattNoneNone
Stand FixedPivot, tilt, heightPivot, tilt, height

The 32-inch models do support HDR; one's a 4K, 144Hz model with a 1,000-nit peak brightness, while the other supplies a 240Hz refresh rate in 1440p, hitting 600 nits of peak brightness. They both use LG's Nano IPS panels. 

The two monitors are the newest models to receive AdaptiveSync certification, but a handful of LG's older monitors have also been retroactively certified as well. There's also a new MediaSync Display logo certification, which is a pass/fail mark for display jitter in general playback.