For many of you who have been patiently waiting for the LG Evo C2 42″ 4K OLED TV, now you can rejoice. The smaller 42″ LG C2 Evo OLED TV, which was released earlier this year, has dropped in price from $1399 down to about $1150. If you intend to use this as a PC gaming monitor, this is a very reasonable price compared to comparable monitors from other brands.
New 42″ LG Evo C2 4K OLED Gaming TV
The 42″ replaces LG’s 48″ as its smallest 4K OLED TV on the market. It performs just as well as its larger sized siblings as a gaming TV, but where it really shines is as a gaming monitor for your PC. The 42″ size fits gaming desks better than the 48″, which admittedly is still a bit too large, especially since most of us sit only a few feet away from our monitors. It has HDMI 2.1 ports and supports 4K @ 120Hz and VRR when paired with a PS5, Xbox Series X, opr RTX 30 series equipped PC. It also boasts 4:4:4 chroma sampling for clear, sharp text as well as sub-1ms response times, ALLM, and native G-SYNC compatibility for zero tearing and ghosting. The new C2 model introduces native GeForce Now and Stadia streaming support.
The new 2022 C2 model has an improved “Evo” OLED panel over the C1. Previously reserved only for the LG G-series OLED TVs, the Evo panel offers higher brightness levels, one of the few areas that traditional LED LCD TVs have OLEDs beat. As always, OLED panel blows away any IPS, VA, or TN monitor in terms of HDR, black levels and color rendition.
The 42″ OLED model comes in at around $1400. That isn’t a cheap monitor when you compare the price to the 48″ OLED. However, if you compare to monitors from other competing brands, it’s actually very reasonably priced. The 48″ Samsung Neo G9 Mini LED Gaming Monitor sells for over $1600 on Amazon. It has a 5120×1440 resolution, 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 is certainly not a superior technology to OLED, and definitely not worth the $500 price premium. Dell also has a 34″ Alienware QD-OLED Gaming Monitor that sells for $1300. Not only is it more expensive, but the screen size is smaller and only sports a 3440×1440 resolution, which equates to 40% less pixels.
48″ LG Evo C2 4K OLED Gaming TV Also Under $1200, 65″ Model Finally Under $2K
The 42″ isn’t the only LG Evo C2 model that’s on sale. The 48″ model is also under $1200 and the 65″ model is well under $2K. That brings these prices closer to the previous generation LG C1 prices while offering a noticeable improvement in one of the few areas that OLED TVs can still benefit from: peak brightness.
48″ LG UltraGear 48GP900-B 4K HDR OLED Gaming Monitor (Not TV) for $1999.99
For those of you who love LG OLED TVs (for good reason) but don’t like the idea of using a TV for a computer monitor, there’s now an answer. LG has released its first UltraGear OLED gaming monitor. At first glance, the 48GP900 with its 48″ LG WOLED 10-bit color HDR display seems very similar to the 48″ LG C1 OLED TV. The panel is very similar, but there are some key differences. Instead of the semi glossy coating found on the OLED TV, the 48GP900 features an anti-glare low reflective coating that is undoubtedly a better fit for close up monitor usage. It also has DisplayPort connectivity and lacks the built-in Smart TV interface. It does carry over the HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K @ 120Hz compatiblity for PS5 and Xbox Series X owners, as well as VRR and G-SYNC support, but the 120Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 138Hz when used as a PC monitor. Last and certainly least important of all, there is subtle RGB backlighting on the rear of the monitor that isn’t present on the OLED TVs. This is one of the best gaming monitors you’ll find on the market right now.