Your Dream Monitor For 2023

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Hey Folks,

In todays post we will talk about the future. We are always trying our best to stay updated on the latest supplier roadmaps and industry trends, which is why we are attending Display Week this year. Since there will be tons of displays and presentations and only so much time, we won’t be able to take a detailed look at all the products and technologies available. We would like to hear your thoughts on what your optimal monitor in 2023 could look like, so that we can narrow down what we should be looking for at Display Week!

About Display Week

Display Week is the single most important event for the display industry, organized by the Society for Information Display (whose magazine Information Display we recommend all true monitor-heads check out). Key manufacturers, scientists, and other display-related businesses get together to look into the future and at what’s to come. Obviously, this is an event we cannot miss out on if we want to know what monitors will be capable of in the near future. We already have meetings lined up with LG, Samsung, AU Optronics, Corning, 3M, and other manufacturers to see what we can do together.
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Goal: Outline the Optimal Monitor for 2023

We have a lot of questions for you today! For all these questions, assume an ‘all else equal’ scenario. Unless we specifically point something out, assume that the price, quality, technology, features, or specifications are the same between the choices offered. Also, don’t worry about the limitations of your graphics card: to drive your hypothetical dream monitor, assume you have a hypothetical awesome gaming rig. Finally, if your ideal answer isn’t listed, choose the option that most closely resembles your ideal answer. Let’s dive in!

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The resolution (measuring width by height in pixels) determines how detailed an image can be displayed. Dividing the screen into more individual pixels allows for finer details to be shown. There comes a point where the human eye can no longer discern individual pixels, the exact resolution at which this happens depends on the screen size and viewing distance. Going beyond this point unnecessarily complicates manufacturing (driving up cost), and taxes a graphics card more (driving down frame rates). The usefulness of higher resolutions is also limited by the availability of content: most services today offer their video content at up to 4K.

What is the resolution of your dream monitor?

  • 1280×720, HD
  • 1920×1080, Full-HD
  • 2560×1440, Quad-HD
  • 3840×2160, Ultra-HD 4K
  • 5120×2880, Ultra-HD 5K
  • 7680×4320, Ultra-HD 8K

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2.

The aspect ratio determines the balance between the height and width of content that can be displayed. The most common aspect ratio for monitors and TVs is 16:9. Popular neighboring aspect ratios are 16:10 which is a little taller and thus more suited for vertically-oriented content, and 21:9, which is a little wider, and thus gives more room horizontally.

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What is the aspect ratio of your dream monitor?

  • Taller than 16:10
  • 16:10
  • 16:9
  • 21:9
  • Wider than 21:9

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3.

The display size (measured in inches across the diagonal of the display surface) determines how large the monitor as a whole is. Larger screens fill a greater portion of your field of view, which can increase immersion in movies and games. Alternatively, a smaller screen takes up less space which makes it easier to position or move. When screens of different sizes use the same resolution, individual pixels will be more easily visible on the larger screens.

What is the display size of your dream monitor?

  • up to 24-inch
  • up to 27-inch
  • up to 32-inch
  • up to 34-inch
  • up to 38-inch
  • up to 42-inch
  • up to 48-inch

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4.

Curve (measured as the radius in millimeters to the curve’s center point, R) bends the display panel to adjust for differences in viewing distance and angle from the ideal viewing position. The distance between your eyes and the content, as well as the angle at which you view the content, is not equal across the entire screen. This is particularly noticeable when you sit close to the screen, or if your screen is very large. Curved monitors bend around you so that you view all your content at the same distance and angle. Of course, this only works when you are seated straight in front of the monitor, and at the appropriate distance that the curve was designed for – else the curve has the very opposite effect!

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Is your dream monitor curved?

  • No, the monitor should be flat
  • Yes, with a slight curve (~4 000R)
  • Yes, with a moderate curve (~3 000R)
  • Yes, with a considerable curve (~1 800R)
  • Yes, with a strong curve (<1 800R)

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5.

The refresh rate (measured in Hertz, Hz), expresses how many times per second the monitor can update the image on the screen. Higher refresh rates allow for smoother animation and a lower latency between the image being generated and the image being displayed. This makes high refresh rates particularly important in situations where things move across the screen quickly or reaction time is paramount, such as in competitive games.

How fast does your dream monitor refresh?

  • up to 60Hz
  • up to 90Hz
  • up to 120Hz
  • up to 144Hz
  • up to 240Hz
  • up to 360Hz
  • up to 480Hz

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6.

Backlight technology has come a long way in recent years, and with the rise of mini-LEDs it is now possible to have hundreds or even thousands of individually-controlled zones in the display backlight. This allows brighter parts of the image to be made even brighter, without having to also brighten the darker parts of the image, which greatly increases the contrast a display can offer. More dimming zones allow for a more precise control of the lighting, but also require more LEDs, wiring, and control chips. The increased number of components and complexity of manufacturing mean that this improvement in image quality comes at a price.

(The images below illustrate how precisely the light can be controlled with various numbers of dimming zones, and the poll includes a rough indication of how they may affect the monitor’s price.)

How many backlight dimming zones does your dream monitor have?

  • 500 dimming zones zoomed
  • 1000 dimming zones zoomed
  • 1500 dimming zones zoomed
  • 2000 dimming zones zoomed
  • 3000 dimming zones zoomed

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7.

LED backlights can be particularly bright. Combined with local dimming zones, this can create exceptionally bright highlights of well over 1400cd/m². However, since LCD panels of any type rely on blocking the backlight’s light to only let through the desired color and intensity of light, the darker areas of the screen are generally not perfectly black.

Emissive technologies such as OLED on the other hand, do not rely on a backlight at all: each pixel generates its own light. As such, if an OLED panel needs to display black, it can simply ‘turn off’ the pixel, which leads to exceptionally dark blacks. However, the organic nature of this technology makes it more susceptible to ‘burn-in’, where prolonged exposure to high power deteriorates the light-emitting components. To combat this reduced longevity, the maximum brightness is often much lower than that of a high-end LCD panel.

Which extreme does your dream monitor excel at?

  • Brighter highlights are more important than deeper blacks.
  • Deeper blacks are more important than brighter highlights.

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8.

To illustrate the differences we described in the previous question, let’s have a closer look at some of the different VESA DisplayHDR standards. Note how the standard for LCD panels requires an over three times higher maximum brightness. But in contrast, the standard for OLED panels requires its blacks to be forty times as dark!

Display type Standard Maximum brightness Maximum black level
LCD DisplayHDR 1400 1400cd/m² 0.02cd/m²
OLED DisplayHDR True Black 400 400cd/m² 0.0005cd/m²

There are other details, as well as additional certifications, set forth in the DisplayHDR standard. If you want a more complete and in-depth explanation, we can recommend this excellent article on Rtings. For this question, at the same price point, which of these two specifications most match your dream monitor?

Which of these two specifications most closely matches your dream monitor?

  • IPS, 2000-zone mini-LED backlight, DisplayHDR 1400
  • OLED, DisplayHDR True Black 400

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9.

‘High-speed performance’ represents features like high refresh rate and low response time.
‘Image quality’ encompasses features such as wide color gamut or high color accuracy.

What is your dream monitor best at?

  • Exceptional high-speed performance at all costs
  • Great high-speed performance, some attention to image quality
  • A balance between high-speed performance and image quality
  • Great image quality, some attention to high-speed performance
  • Exceptional image quality at all costs

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10.

Finally, we’d like to ask about features that you think are important --or unimportant-- in a monitor. Which ports do you absolutely need? Do you care about variable refresh rate tech or built-in conveniences?

Which features are the most important in your dream monitor?

  • High refresh rate
  • Fast response time
  • High contrast
  • High resolution / high pixel density
  • Accurate colors
  • HDMI video input
  • DisplayPort video input
  • USB Type-C video input
  • High maximum brightness
  • Deep dark blacks
  • Variable refresh rate support (G-SYNC, FreeSync, Adaptive Sync)
  • Multiple video inputs
  • Wide color gamut
  • Large size
  • Effective motion blur reduction
  • Device charging over USB Type-C
  • Diffusion of environmental reflections (matte surface)
  • Built-in USB hub
  • Built-in KVM switch

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Which features are the least important in your dream monitor?

  • High refresh rate
  • Fast response time
  • High contrast
  • High resolution / high pixel density
  • Accurate colors
  • HDMI video input
  • DisplayPort video input
  • USB Type-C video input
  • High maximum brightness
  • Deep dark blacks
  • Variable refresh rate support (G-SYNC, FreeSync, Adaptive Sync)
  • Multiple video inputs
  • Wide color gamut
  • Large size
  • Effective motion blur reduction
  • Device charging over USB Type-C
  • Diffusion of environmental reflections (matte surface)
  • Built-in USB hub
  • Built-in KVM switch

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Is there anything else about your dream monitor that we should know?

Leave your comment below!

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Y’all don’t know the joy of a 32:9 double-wide curved monitor.

The only major caveat is that not all games properly support aspect ratios that wide, but the real-estate for multi-tasking and productivity is glorious! And for games that do support that resolution, the immersion factor is like nothing else outside of VR.

One of the more interesting (and positive) things that came out of the pandemic is that a lot of companies are far more open to their employees working from home part time.

It would be great for Eve to make the perfect work/play monitor:

  • Work
    • Lots of screen real estate.
    • Colour accuracy for web development.
    • Single cable USB-C to connect and charge the work laptop.
  • Play
    • Bright output with lots of dimming zones for watching video.
    • High refresh rate, fast pixel response and VRR for games.
  • Solid USB hub for sharing keyboard / mouse / USB audio between both setups.
  • Styling that doesn’t make your work area look l33t g4m3r d00d. (Sorry!)

There’s monitors on the market that cater for gamers, and monitors that cater for productivity, but not a lot that caters for both. The Spectrum 4K is pretty good, but it’s definitely not perfect. I think Eve can do better!

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Like NZgeek, My ideal monitor would work well for both work and play. However, I don’t believe any single monitor can really be the best at both due to the limitations of currently available technology. QD-OLED could be very close, were it not for the potential for burn in. Fundamentally, the emitters of all OLED-based displays will burn out over time, making them ill suited for desktop/productivity where you have the same windows open for many hours a day.

Conversely, while LCD-based displays are immune to burn in, they suffer from various other well-known issues: poor black levels, low contrast, poor uniformity, viewing angle issues, among others. Full array local dimming can help with black levels and contrast, and can produce very good results, but it can also produce garbage results depending on the content. In high contrast scenes with small, bright light sources against a dark background you either get haloes or dimmer highlights and missing dark detail. More zones helps, but even 3,000 is still far too low for it to not to be an issue in certain scenes. We probably need hundreds of thousands of zones for it to be unnoticeable most of the time, and that’s not likely to happen at a reasonable cost for many years yet. Given the added cost, I’d almost prefer just a high quality IPS panel with an A-TW polarizer (to deal with IPS glow) and no local dimming at all. Dual layer/dual cell LCD is probably the best possible evolution of LCD for a work/play display, but unfortunately development on it seems to have stalled.

So, specswise I have two different ideal displays (assuming dual layer is out of the running).

For desktop/productivity:

  • Res: 5120x2160
  • Size: 40" (at 21:9 it’s essentially a wider 32")
  • Panel: IPS w/A-TW polarizer (+IPS Black if it’s an option), matte preferred

For gaming/content consumption:

  • Res: 3440x1440 or 5120x2160
  • Size: 34-40"
  • Refresh rate: 144hz+ with VRR
  • Panel: QD-OLED, open to glossy and curved
  • Additional: fanless, or at least use a standard size fan that’s easily replaceable by the user

Maybe also drop by BOE and Innolux and ask them about Dual Cell and Megazone (their names for dual layer LCD), respectively. They were both supposedly working on 31.5" dual layer gaming-oriented panels (1, 2) a couple years back, but there’s been no news since.

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It is really frustrating to see this post talking about your next monitor, when you have only delivered 1 out of 3 of the monitors you have intended. The 3 monitors you are currently working on are now on par or behind the industry. What should give us confidence that these specs picked will give us a competitive monitor (either timing+features wise or price+feature wise)?

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Ideal Monitor (for me)

  • Resolutioin: 4K
  • Refresh Rate: 240Hz or Higher with VRR
  • Size: 27" (at 16:9) FLAT (no Curve)
  • Panel: QD-OLED (by Samsung)
  • Color Gamut: BT.2020-2 / Rec. 2020 (99% coverage) + DCI-P3 (99% coverage)
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Eve should also consider making a VR/XR headset, the enthusiast VR community is very active and you could get a lot of feedback from there (I would love to see a µ-OLED display on an EVE product). Anyway, here’s my dream display:

32" flat panel
4K UHD 3840x2160
QD-OLED/µ-LED
120-240Hz
DCI-P3 or BT2020 gamut
10 bits per pixel (maybe 12 but that a lot of bandwidth)

also a very fast CRT display, the pro gaming industry will love it :joy:

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The specs you pick will do nothing but inform us where to focus our attention during Display Week. We’re not yet deciding specs for any future products, but we are gathering opinions. What kind of product those ultimately result in all remains to be seen.

So you can share your opinion and vote. And if everything turns out, then some time in the future we might release a monitor whose specs and features are inspired by your feedback.

If you don’t share your opinion, of course, you can be confident that no company will make a monitor with your thoughts in mind.

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I have recently been looking for a new monitor and have come to the following conclusion:

The spectrum QHD 144Hz is already almost exactly what I want. It has quite unique specs, a beautiful design at a fair, affordable price.

There are very few monitors that support ~100W USB Power delivery.
There are very even fewer that also come with refresh rate >60Hz.
And there are basically none with the exceptional choice of ports the spectrum has.

There are only a few changes I would like for the spectrum:

  1. a glossy coating for the QHD 144Hz model
  2. an Ethernet port, because my laptop doesn’t have one. (However the spectrum already has enough space to fit an Ethernet adapter), Ethernet could replace USB-B
  3. Finally release it

The problem with QD-OLED is the subpixel layout is not great on text so it’s not an ideal work monitor panel. (It doesn’t use the standard RGB subpixel layout it uses Samsung’s new triangular subpixel layout that reviewers have mentioned cause problems when displaying text and other fine elements.)

Would be fine for games - however there’s still that worry about burn-in though which is why I would still choose MicroLED (µLED) which is much better than Mini-LED or OLED and isn’t for sale on the market yet, but hey I can dream.

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34" UW screen (slightly curved)
5K - mini-Led (FALD) - 10bits (real 10 bits)
144Hz
DCI-P3
DP (1.4 or 2.0) x1 with Daisy Chain, HDMI 2.1 x3, Thundervolt 4 (with DP 1.4) x1, Daisy Chain, eArc+Jack+Optical (audio out)
HUB through USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt, at least 2 type A & 2 Type C.
The screen should allow the 4 input signals simultaneously

There is however a second and completely different type of screen.
What about an e-ink colour screen? I am not sure if the tech is mature enough but… I’d definitely go for one if it existed. in this case a 24" or 29" UW. The resolution might be complicated depending on the technology, but doesn’t need to be as high as a “gaming” or “designing” screen. 1 HDMI 1 DP 1 Thunderbolt, no hub. Retro illumination as an ebook if possible.


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Ya, micro led would be a great choice once it is available. Laser displays would also be something I would like to come out for consumers.

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I love e-inc as well, but I don’t think the color displays are mature enough to be taken seriously by most consumers yet. Maybe in 10 years it will be a different story.

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While you are attending Display Week, can you be on the lookout for laser based display technology? It’s fairly niche, but has potential to be a proper CRT replacement. I would love to see if people are still working on it. :grin:

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i would love one with a functional firmware

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I would like to have a monitor that is awesome in both design and gaming usage. It is technically possible to build a monitor that has both 100% Adobe RGB, high contrast and brightness, true blacks, no bleeding etc. while still be an awesome gaming monitor. However this is actually not done, because such a monitor would be quite expensive and might not have enough customers. A few however do it (more or less), like Samsung and are fairly successful with it.
Furthermore such a monitor should really be curved, a curved and wide monitor panel with good software, that allows you to use it basically as one, it also helps with immersion.

Lastly as a little extra I’ve to say that ambient lighting installed in the back would be amazing.

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●Good things in current EVE 4k monitors

  1. Partnership with Blurbusters.com
  • Backlight strobing tech is more effective at relatively low framerate gaming. All 4k gaming monitors should care more about backlight strobing tech.
  1. Glossy option
  • Images are more vivid with glossy option.
  1. Perfect size and resolution for desktop gaming monitor
  • 32inch and more is too big for competitive gaming. 27inch is perfect size for it. If you don’t play competitive games, why wouldn’t you just buy TV?
  • Also 5K and more resolution is too much for over 60hz gaming. Even 3090 ti struggle with 4K resolution.

●Things to improve

  1. Low brightness when strobing
  • When we use backlight strobing, usually clearer image means lower brightness. But only one manufacturer overcame this.
    Zowie’s DyAc+ technology can offer both sharpest image and bright screen.
    They use voltage boosted backlight technology to achieve this.
  • By any possible means, I think future EVE monitor should achieve 400nit+ brightness at sharpest(=darkest) strobing option.
  1. Provide external controller
  • We can control monitor easily and save some presets.

●So my dream monitor is: EVE Spectrum 4k V2
-27inch, flat, glossy
-4K resolution, 240hz with DisplayPort 2.0
-Brighter with Mini LED (400nit+ at sharpest strobing option)
-Faster IPS panel than V1
-External controller

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How about getting V2 to the early backers FIRST before expending effort on something else???

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My main use would be editing photographs (stills, not video), so things like colour accuracy, colour gamut and stability would be important. As I understand it this would mean IPS would be preferable to OLED. My main cameras have a 4:3 aspect ratio - and I generally prefer this format, so I do not favour the more letterboxy aspect ratios. Speed and brightness are not important. The more pixels the better. I realise that this use case may be tad niche and not the right thing for everybody.

Having used a 48 inch 4K display for several years now I just can’t go back to postage stamp screens anymore although I think anything above 55 inch would probably put too much in my peripheral vision on my desk. I use my beautiful 4K Eve V as a small vertical second monitor. The current 21:9 monitors are just too low for me.
Since unfortunately no-one makes monitors at that size I use a tv for a monitor but I would rather buy a pc monitor at this size for the following features: VRR with a minimum 120Hz fast refresh rate and good factory color calibration.

I do NOT want oled. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I do prefer deeper blacks over brightness but I want a monitor that can last 10 years and even lcd can show light signs of burn-in after such a time. I do not trust the techniques used in oled screens to prevent that adequately over even half that time. I have a taskbar visible for 99% of the time.
I also voted for 8K so I can run 4K @ 200% zoom, 8K makes more sense on a 48 inch or bigger screen. But I consider it a nice-to-have and certainly not worth the cost on the short term.

There are two reasons many people do not vote for bigger screens: 1) cost, that is understandable but prices are still going down rapidly. 2) most people haven’t experienced working on a bigger monitor and think what they have is fine. Until they have actually worked for some time on a bigger screen, then they just can’t go back anymore.
Back in the 90’s I had a 17 inch when the norm was still a 15 inch screen and I always wanted to go bigger (which was a lot more problematic with a crt due to size and weight). Now at around 50 inch I think I have finally found my zenith for my main monitor and I hope more people will be able to experience that.