MSI reveals new QD-OLED monitors scheduled to launch at CES 2024

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Something to look forward to: Multiple vendors launched increasingly sophisticated QD-OLED gaming monitors this year, while others have competing models planned for 2024. MSI is the latest to enter the escalating display war, announcing six upcoming panels featuring high resolutions, high refresh rates, and numerous cutting-edge features.

MSI has revealed a significant expansion of its QD-OLED monitor lineup, which it plans to launch at CES 2024 on January 6. The additions include 1440p, 4K, curved, and ultrawide screens, all reaching 144Hz or more.

First, the company announced two super-wide 1440p monitors with 1800R curvature and 144Hz refresh rates. The 34-inch MAG 341CQP QD-OLED features a 3,440 x 1,440 UWQHD panel, while the 49-inch MPG 491CQP provides a 5,120 x 1,440 DQHD presentation – essentially two standard 1440p monitors combined side-by-side.

The second part of the new lineup comprises four flat-panel screens. The company's MPG and MAG brands will each receive a 32-inch 4K 240Hz monitor and a 27-inch 1440p 360Hz option.

All the unveiled models feature 0.03ms GTG response time, 90W Type-C power connectivity, and other features. MSI's AI-based Gaming Intelligence replaces physical buttons on the monitors by allowing players to change display settings using mouse movements. The company's OLED Care 2.0 extends the panels' lifespans by managing thermals through graphene instead of fans.

Additionally, the monitors include console modes for users who connect a PlayStation 5 or current-generation Xbox. The HDMI 2.1 ports support 120Hz settings and VRR.

When MSI's new products launch in the first week of next year, they may face off against Asus's OLED PG32UCDM. The 240Hz QD-OLED looks similar to MSI's latest offering and is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2024. Asus calls its model the world's first 32-inch 4K monitor, but it may ship after MSI's competing flat panels.

Dell also has a 1440p 360Hz and a 4K 240Hz QD-OLED panel arriving next year. The company hasn't revealed as much about its new Alienware monitors compared to MSI and Asus, but more information could come during CES.

Asus, Philips, and Samsung launched similar high-end monitors earlier this year, though only in 1440p excluding Samsung's dual 4K Mini LED Odyssey Neo G9. In the summer, an industry insider predicted the rise of 240Hz 4K OLED panels in 2024, indicating sector-wide advancements in the technology.

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The advancements in QD-OLED gaming monitors are definitely exciting for the gaming community, with increased resolutions, refresh rates, and other innovative features enhancing the overall gaming experience. MSI's recent announcement of six upcoming panels further solidifies the brand's commitment to delivering top-notch display solutions to gamers. It's promising to see the display war escalate, driving competition and pushing the boundaries of gaming technology.
With mLED and QD-mLED right around the corner I'd pass on anything OLED unless I absolutely needed an upgrade. I saw a 65" LG OLED that was 4k120 on sale for 1499 but when I arrived it was no longer on sale and back ay 2199. Took it as a sign that I can wait for the QD-mLEDs. 1500 I'd risk burn in on an OLED, but not 2200. I have a specific use case where if I get an OLED it will,100%, experience burn in. Figured I'd sell it for $300-500 after 2-3 years on Facebook but at $2200 it just wasn't worth it
 
The best thing to me with MSI screens is that there is no need to tilt or lay down the sceen when inserting cables on the backside, cant hang it on a wall but thats totally ok for 99% of users & me.
 
So how will the 2024 OLED monitors (all brands) handle...?

1) Text Display
2) HDR
3) Burn in
4) Blue light Eye Comfort in general
5) Connectivity
6) KVM
7) Price
 
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I'll wait for reviews, but that 32" might be tempting. If I get an OLED, I will likely opt for the QD variant - assuming it has higher brightness than standard OLED monitors. 24 should be the year we see many OLED monitors that are affordably priced hit the market.
With mLED and QD-mLED right around the corner I'd pass on anything OLED unless I absolutely needed an upgrade. I saw a 65" LG OLED that was 4k120 on sale for 1499 but when I arrived it was no longer on sale and back ay 2199. Took it as a sign that I can wait for the QD-mLEDs.
Did you mean to say "uLED"? As I see it, micro (u) LED is likely a long way away from consumer friendly pricing, unless you have more money than God, and is about the only thing that is cooking in the market that is superior to OLED due to higher brightness and its lack of susceptibility to burn-in. Right now, however, prices are astronomical, to say the least - not to mention that there are no monitors that use the technology.
 
I'll wait for reviews, but that 32" might be tempting. If I get an OLED, I will likely opt for the QD variant - assuming it has higher brightness than standard OLED monitors. 24 should be the year we see many OLED monitors that are affordably priced hit the market.

Did you mean to say "uLED"? As I see it, micro (u) LED is likely a long way away from consumer friendly pricing, unless you have more money than God, and is about the only thing that is cooking in the market that is superior to OLED due to higher brightness and its lack of susceptibility to burn-in. Right now, however, prices are astronomical, to say the least - not to mention that there are no monitors that use the technology.
People said the same thing about OLEDs and it only took them 3-4 years from launch to become "affordable." I've seen this pattern in tech enough that I don't even question it anymore. And if it doesn't work out like that then in a year or two, similar OLEDS will go on sale for $1000 instead of $1500.
 
People said the same thing about OLEDs and it only took them 3-4 years from launch to become "affordable." I've seen this pattern in tech enough that I don't even question it anymore. And if it doesn't work out like that then in a year or two, similar OLEDS will go on sale for $1000 instead of $1500.
Personally, I"m expecting 65" OLED TVs next year at $1000. I only hope I can get a QOLED at that price. But I don't know about micro-led displays. I guess we will just have to wait and see. I'm planning on going OLED when the 65" TVs hit $1000, but if uLEDs do hit for $1000 65" a year or two later, I could always donate the OLED to Good Will or something similar.

BTW - here's a good site for uLED info - https://www.microled-info.com/ There's a sister site for OLEDs https://www.oled-info.com/
 
Ha, I'm rocking a 1080p TN monitor. Beat that! TN stands for "top notch."
 
People said the same thing about OLEDs and it only took them 3-4 years from launch to become "affordable." I've seen this pattern in tech enough that I don't even question it anymore. And if it doesn't work out like that then in a year or two, similar OLEDS will go on sale for $1000 instead of $1500.
I dunno, the first OLED TV’s back in 2013 were around $15K.

The pricing I’m seeing for the cheapest MicroLED TV’s is around the $100K mark.

Maybe in 6-8 years time we might see MicroLED pop up for us mere mortals but it’s going to take some time, it sounds like production is a bit of a nightmare at the moment.
 
I dunno, the first OLED TV’s back in 2013 were around $15K.

The pricing I’m seeing for the cheapest MicroLED TV’s is around the $100K mark.

Maybe in 6-8 years time we might see MicroLED pop up for us mere mortals but it’s going to take some time, it sounds like production is a bit of a nightmare at the moment.
Eh, my 4k from 2017 is dying anyway, I might just replace it with something "cheap" that I can use for gaming even low-end 4k TVs today are better than my 6 year old Samsung. I can't believe I paid $3500 for it all those years ago when I can walk into target and get a better one for $500.
 
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