I’m always going after an improved experience with any technology, but that espeically applys to displays. My current favorite is from Gigabyte. A company known for their PC gaming equipment.
The Aorus F048U is a 48 inch, 4K, HDR, 120 FPS, OLED computer monitor based around LG’s fantastic panel. It’s enclosed in a uber thin case with bezels so small they almost disappear. The panel is being backed up by some smart software and useful connection options.
In it’s out of the box auto mode, the screen is breath taking. Think about the best Samsung or Apple mobile phone screen, streched to fill your full field of view.The pixel density is lower, but the colors and infinite contrast remain. If you put some time into mastering Gigabyte’s software, the results are even more impressive. Download the optional Window’s agent from their website at: https://www.gigabyte.com/Monitor/AORUS-FO48U/support#support-dl.
You can use the software to create profiles for any senario. For example, I noticed that Destiny 2 sufferers FPS lag on 180 snap turns. It turns out that Destiny 2 doesn’t like the monitor’s Black Stabilizer feature. I was easily able to configure a profile with that feature disabled.
People ask why I got the monitor when a 48 inch LG OLED TV is the same display panel, but also a Smart TV? LG’s OLED TV line is awesome, I have one. It can take input via HDMI 2.1.
The monitor can display HDMI 2.1, Displayport 1.4, and USB C. What makes it’s input options unique even among monitors, is the integrated KVM. I hook my business laptop up to the USB C port, and my gaming PC up via Displayport. My keyboard and mouse are also connected to the monitor (USB) rather than either of the computers.
With a button on the remote, or on the monitor itself, I switch my controls and display between the two systems. I can operate each independently in full screen mode, or split the screen and use both computers at the same time. There’s also a picture in picture option for keeping an eye on the secondary system.
If you are considering using an OLED panel of any kind as a monitor, there are some challenges to be aware of. The technology is suceptable to screen burn-in. The built-in management system adjusts attributes of the image output to automatically protect the screen. Don’t fight it, even if you don’t like the adjustments it decides on. Don’t unplug, crank up settings, or reboot it to “fix it”. The system will shift back to full awesome when it’s safe.
I’ve been using mine as both a gaming screen and business montior for several months. I work from home frequently and sometimes follow those eight hours with gaming sessions for hours more. I let the management system do what it needs to. I also use a live (moving) wallpaper with a screen saver set for five minutes and have had zero issues with burn-in so far.
There are monitors with far faster refresh rates, higher resolutions, and more inputs. For me, Gigabyte’s Aorus F048U superb KVM function combined with LG’s OLED panel performance make it the best overall and my favorite screen in the house.