LG is arguably the leader of high-end televisions right now with their fantastic OLED sets. After watching their CES press conference, you wouldn’t have made that assumption. Sure, they have new TVs coming out this year. And the new OLED.EX line has new processing features that could see improvements up to 30% in brightness. Outside of that, there wasn’t much to say. What was a little more surprising was the focus on gaming.
On the television side, LG re-committed to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now game streaming service. In December LG announced that select 2021 TV models would have a GeForce Now app. In 2022 most of their TVs will have the app pre-installed.
LG also used CES to launch their new UltraGear Gaming product line. The flagship product in the line is the UltraGear™ Gaming monitor 32GQ950. It is a 31.5” 4K Nano IPS monitor. Multiple features set this display apart from the pack. First, it has a 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 160Hz. It’s also VESA DisplayHDR™ 1000 certified. The high refresh rate, paired with HDMI 2.1 and variable refresh rate (VRR) will pair nicely with an Xbox Series X. LG also claims a 1ms GtG response time.
LG also announced a new gaming laptop. It’s the LG UltraGear 17G90Q. It has the specs many gamers are looking for. It’s sporting an 11th-generation Intel processor, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU, and a 300hz 17.3” 1080p IPS display.
Lastly, LG also unveiled their new UltraGear gaming speakers. There were almost no details about the speakers. It basically looks like a compact soundbar with RGB lighting.
As is typical, LG didn’t announce specific dates or prices for any of the above products. The laptop looks like it has the specs to garner some excitement, but LG has no history producing gaming-focused laptops. The gaming monitor is definitely one to keep an eye on though. If LG is known for anything, it’s their ability to produce amazing displays. There aren’t many high-refresh rate monitors and even fewer that also support DisplayHDR™ 1000.