Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show previews a massive amount of products planned for release during the year. 2022’s show revealed the latest in PC monitors targeting better image quality, faster refresh rates, and features that help facilitate increasingly virtual workplaces.
There was a lot to see, so we’ve broken down seven of the most interesting monitors announced at CES 2022 below. We’ve included no concepts, no gag releases, and no gimmicks (OK, maybe a few gimmicks). Regardless, none of these products should end up as vaporware.
Here’s a look at some of the most unique monitors expected to come out over the next 12 months.
Asus ROG Swift 360 Hz PG27AQN
When Nvidia announced new RTX 3000-series graphics cards at CES, the company also promised 27-inch 1440p monitors that could hit 360 Hz to accommodate the new GPUs (today’s fastest monitors can do 360 Hz but are limited to 1080p). Numerous brands announced 1440p 300 Hz monitors at CES, but Asus was the only one to take 1440p up to 360 Hz.
In its announcement, Asus said the ROG Swift 360 Hz PG27AQN is the fastest monitor the company has ever made “in terms of response time in real-world use.” That means Asus’ monitor should have extremely little ghosting. Unfortunately, Asus didn’t confirm an official response time spec (we’ve asked about that and will update this article if we hear back). However, it did detail the new type of IPS (in-plane switching) technology it made with gaming display manufacturer AUO in order to achieve its speed.
“Response time” measures how long it takes for a monitor’s pixels to turn from black to white and then black again, which happens when the display turns its liquid crystals to change the amount of light coming through. To get a faster response time on the PG27AQN, Asus made an IPS panel with liquid crystals carrying higher birefringence (basically, light refraction in two directions) and lower viscosity (or stickiness) to allow the liquid crystals to twist rapidly so light can pass through.
And instead of having liquid crystals that are parallel to the polarizer as usual, the crystals are slightly angled toward the polarizer, making them more efficient, Asus said.
The monitor also uses a dual-layer (instead of a single-layer) voltage drive. Rather than twisting liquid crystals by starting from the upper-left corner of the panel and working down to the bottom-right corner, the monitor twists liquid crystals by working from the upper-left and bottom-right corners simultaneously “for a smoother, more consistent image,” Asus said.
Asus told Ars Technica that the price and release date for the PG27AQN is still to be determined.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G8
Time for more high-resolution speed. While the PG27AQN brings 1440p resolution to its highest refresh rate, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 will do the same for 4K resolution. We’re not yet updating 8,294,400 pixels 360 times per second, but the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 does hit a respectable 240 Hz.
The Odyssey Neo G8 is the first 4K monitor to claim a 240 Hz refresh rate and apparently uses compression to do it, since the monitor uses only HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports. Additionally, the gaming display claims a 1 ms gray-to-gray (GtG) response time.
If its premium resolution and speed aren’t enough, Samsung also gave the monitor the most extreme curve you can find in a monitor— 1000R.
For a closer look at the screen, check out our article on the Odyssey Neo G8.
Samsung told us it would share the monitor’s price and release date “later this year.”
LG DualUp Monitor (28MQ780)
Most computer screens are wider than they are tall, but the last couple of years have seen laptops embracing screens with a bit more height than is typical. LG has taken the tall-screen trend even further by announcing a monitor with a 16:18 aspect ratio.
The 27.6-inch LG DualUp Monitor (28MQ780) is taller than any other consumer PC monitor. But it’s notably closer to a square shape than the more traditional 16:9 monitor or an ultra-wide one.
With a 2560 x 2880 resolution, the DualUp gives you the same number of pixels as two 21.5-inch 16:9 monitors, making it an option for heavy productivity and those who just want more space for long newsfeeds.
When we covered Dell’s UltraSharp U3223QZ, we mentioned that UltraSharp USB-C monitors have proven popular for Mac users. Well, it seems that HP’s Z40c G3 is making a play for Apple users, too, with HP noting in press materials that the monitor can charge a MacBook Pro, thanks to its Thunderbolt 3 supporting up to 100 W of power delivery. HP also said that you can connect the display to two Mac and/or Windows devices and drag and drop files between them via HP Device Bridge 2.0.
HP’s Z40c is a 39.7-inch ultrawide IPS monitor with s 5120 x 2160 resolution, a 60 Hz refresh rate, a 14 ms GtG response time, and a 2500R curve.
As you can tell by those specs, this isn’t a speedy gaming monitor. Rather, it’s built for the virtual worker and all the video conferencing they do. In addition to two echo-cancelling mics and a pair of 5 W speakers, the monitor has a 4K webcam built into the top bezel.
The camera lives in a large rectangular box on the top bezel. It can tilt backward 20 degrees or forward 5 degrees. HP also has software for playing with the webcam’s zoom, brightness, and crop. For privacy, you can press the webcam down into its top bezel so it’s not visible when you’re done with web calls.
The Z40c G3 will be out this month for $1,500.
This year’s CES brought the introduction of the first QD-OLED TVs and the first QD-OLED monitor. You can see our story explaining what QD-OLED is for an in-depth look, but in short, it’s a new type of OLED that uses quantum dots to produce better colors across brightness levels and more details in highlighted and shadowed areas.
The AW3423DW is the first and only monitor announced to use this technology. We got to check it out briefly in person. And although lighting conditions weren’t ideal, it was clear that this colorful, vibrant screen was designed to make PC games pop.
Specs-wise, the QD-OLED panel claims to cover 99.3 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, with 250 nits typical brightness and VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification. The speedy gaming display can hit up to 175 Hz with a 01 ms GtG response time and a 3400 x 1400 resolution. It also has an 1800R curve, showing off the flexibility of this new panel tech.
Alienware has not set a price or release date for the AW3423DW.
Acer Aspire C27
You don’t see a ton of all-in-one (AIO) PC announcements, even at CES. The Acer Aspire C27 (and smaller Aspire C24) refresh was one of the few for the US. We’ve also been waiting for Apple to release a new 27-inch iMac to match the 24-inch iMac with an M1. So the Aspire C27 gives us another (albeit less powerful) 27-inch AIO to consider.
The C27 and C24 are Thunderbolt 4 monitors with up to 40Gbps of bandwidth. They also support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
But unlike the iMac, the C27 isn’t a high-resolution monitor for Mac users. It’s a computer with just 1920 x 1080 pixels. You’ll be able to spec it with up to an Intel Core i7 12th-gen mobile CPU, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and 3TB of storage via a 1TB SSD and a 2TB hard drive. And in a nod to virtual workers, Acer’s AIO also has two microphones and an integrated 5 MP webcam that can be tilted and covered up.
Acer did not share a price or release date for its new AIOs.
Samsung Odyssey Ark 55″
And finally, we couldn’t end CES without checking out a juggernaut of a display. The Samsung Odyssey Ark 55″ checks that box with a panel that’s almost as curved as it is large. Samsung is expanding on the 1000R curve it introduced at CES 2020 by bringing the strongest curve available for PC monitors to its largest form factor yet.
The Ark also has a parlor trick: It can rotate into portrait mode. That’s right: You could have a 55-inch monitor reaching toward the sky, with a dramatic curve along the way. Many people like curved monitors because of the way they fill a user’s peripheral vision, so it will be fascinating to see what it’s like to use a curved monitor of this size in a vertical—or as Samsung called it, “cockpit-style”—orientation. Samsung’s upcoming Ark has a height-adjustable stand (it can also pivot and tilt), to help make the screen more viewable in this mode, too.
Samsung pointed to the possibility of opening multiple windows across the 4K display. You’ll also be able to virtually shrink the screen size down to as little as 24 inches if you don’t need all 55 inches.
Samsung didn’t share any other specs for the monitor, but it’s aimed at gamers, so expect high refresh rates and low response times.
Not only did Samsung hold off on giving a price or release date, it didn’t provide an official name, either. In a press briefing, Samsung said the Odyssey Ark 55″ is “soon to be renamed.”