LG is looking to revolutionize the way that gamers pick up new monitors: Instead of forcing them to choose between super-fast refresh rates or high-resolution visuals, the company’s new UltraGear OLED lineup will offer a toggle that lets you switch between 480Hz at 1080P and 240Hz at 4K. It’s the first time we’ve seen a “dual Hz” feature on a monitor, and I can’t wait to add one to my desk.
Unveiled this past week before the tech world becomes lost in the throes of CES, the LG UltraGear 32GS95UE will let you easily swap between resolutions and refresh rates with the flip of a switch. It’s an intriguing feature that caught me off guard at first, but I’m honestly surprised we haven’t seen something like this sooner.
There are, of course, a number of reasons why a dual Hz monitor is enticing—the most important is being able to switch between resolutions and refresh rates depending on what game you’re playing. Many competitive gamers like to play their shooters and competitive titles at a lower 1080P resolution. I currently run two 4K monitors, but I usually bring their resolutions down if I’m playing a shooter and want to take advantage of the highest framerate possible on my rig. The image is still crisp, but it requires opening the monitor’s settings in Windows and manually changing it.
With the LG UltraGear 32GS95UE, I wouldn’t have to do that—I’d just need to flip the toggle switch. When running it in 1080P mode I’ll be able to take advantage of a doubled max framerate; but not all games are created equal, so when I want to play Starfield or Red Dead Redemption 2 in 4K, I won’t have to take extra steps to make that happen.
If that toggle switch wasn’t enough to sell me on it, though, there’s also the fact that the new 32-inch monitor will offer a .03-millisecond grey-to-grey response time, which is exceptionally important. Many gaming monitors offer a 1ms GtG response time, so this will help ensure there isn’t any additional artifacting or motion blur when using it.
LG has also noted that the new monitor will support high-end HDR picture, with DCI-P3 98.5 percent at 400 nits of brightness. It also comes with a virtually borderless design, which is perfect for pairing up two of these bad boys, and even built-in speakers for those days that I’m not feeling my headphones.
Honestly, the only thing holding me back on this new monitor at the moment is the price, which LG has yet to reveal. Once the company announces it, though, it’s on.