LG has announced a range of new tech ahead of CES 2022, including monitors and a soundbar.
LG’s announcements ahead of CES 2022 are very much in the vein of the home entertainer, focusing on entertainment and productivity-focused tech for movies, gaming and work.
Let’s get stuck into it – here are LGs pre-CES 2022 monitors and soundbar announcements.
LG UltraFine OLED Pro monitors
The first announcement on our list are the LG UltraFine OLED Pro Monitors – two OLED monitors with a focus on productivity.
“Designed with creative professionals in mind, our new UltraFine OLED Pro monitors deliver sheer visual precision with stunning self-lit picture quality and reliable calibration,” says Seo Young-jae, the senior vice president and head of the IT business unit of LG.
OLED monitors aren’t typically all that common yet, with the technology mostly used for phones and TVs up until now, so to see it transition more to monitors kinda rules. The big difference between LED and OLED, for those playing at home, is that LED screens are backlit, whereas OLED pixels actually create their own light, giving deeper blacks and a wider, less washed out range of colours.
The two monitors aren’t separated by different specs, with the only difference being size. The first monitor is 27-inches (model number: 27BP95E) and the second monitor is 31.5-inches (model number: 32BP95E).
Both monitors sport a 1ms response time, meaning they’d be terrific for action-packed gaming. That being said, LG hasn’t yet confirmed the refresh rate of these monitors.
Both monitors are HDR capable with a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. They’re powered by a 90W power supply delivered by USB-C, with two display ports, an HDMI port and four USB ports (one for upstream, three for downstream).
You’ll also notice the contained nature of these monitors – that it looks like they’re looking at you from inside a cardboard box, because of the side fins and the roofing. These are removable, don’t worry, but could also help you out productivity-wise.
The price of these monitors hasn’t been confirmed, although we’ll find out sometime soon, as they will be available in January in select markets.
The LG soundbar
LG’s new soundbar (model number: S95QR) is set to spearhead the company’s home audio solutions. Though it’s advertised as the ‘LG soundbar’, it’s not just the bar itself. It also features two rear speakers and a subwoofer. It’s designed to deliver sound across a 135-degree space.
The LG S95QR features five up-firing channels including a centre up-firing speaker. Those up-firing channels are made up of three on the soundbar and two in the separate rear speakers. It features IMAX Enhanced audio and is optimised for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content.
LG reckons its a great idea for gamers and music lovers, but it also seems like a great solution for home theatre lovers. It features a variable refresh rate and a low latency mode, which makes it ideal for gamers and movie lovers after sound to the millisecond.
Like with other LG soundbars, the S95QR features compatibility with LG TVs, meaning you can control both devices with a single remote. There’s also an AI Room Calibatrion feature, which allows the device to configure itself for the room that it’s in.
No word on how much the LG S95QR will cost or when it will be available, however, we’re thinking things will be made clear over the coming weeks, especially given it’s CES season.
LGs new gaming bundle
LG has announced a new gaming bundle, exclusive to its website, available in Australia soon. What’s notable about this bundle is that the speaker (The UltraGear GP9) has been previously unavailable in Australia, so this is a great way to snag it.
Just to be clear – neither of these products are new, it’s just the bundle that’s new. It’s a pretty decent bundle all things considered, especially if you want to snag a new monitor and a gaming speaker with one purchase.
The bundle features the LG UltraGear 32GP850 and the LG UltraGear GP9 gaming speaker, which typically cost $850 and $700 respectively. You can pick the two pieces of kit up for $1,199 from the LG website. Use the code ‘DEC_ULTRAGEAR’ at the checkout, otherwise you’ll end up spending $1,588.00.
The LG UltraFine 32UQ85R and the LG DualUp Monitor
On Wednesday, LG added a few more pieces of tech to its pre-CES announcements. This includes a third UltraFine monitor in the collection, the LG UltraFine 32UQ85R and the LG DualUp Monitor, two more monitors with a focus on productivity.
First up: The UltraFine 32UQ85R. Unlike the earlier discussed UltraFine monitors, the UltraFine 32UQ85R isn’t an OLED monitor. Using IPS technology with a 3840 x 2160 resolution and a 31.5-inch screen size, the 32UQ85R uses HDR400 technology. It also features AMD FreeSync, a 5ms response rate, one upstream USB port and two downstream USB ports, along with two HDMI ports and one Display Port. We’ll notify you when we get a price and a release date.
Next we have the LG DualUp Monitor, which includes a unique aspect ratio of 16:18, making it look almost square-like, taller than it is wide. The focus of this monitor is on productivity and being able to keep everything you need to work on visible on one screen. It uses Nano IPS technology for its display, HDR10 with a 2560 x 2880 resolution and is sized at 27.6-inches. It also features a 5ms response time. The monitor uses two HDMI ports and one Display Port, along with three USB ports: one upstream and two downstream. No word on price or availability, but we’ll keep you posted.
LG’s first UltraGear gaming laptop
Last announcement! LG has announced the first gaming laptop in its UltraGear catalogue: the 17G90Q. This gaming laptop has come to play, featuring an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU, an 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake H processor and a 17-inch IPS panel with a 1ms response time and a 300hz screen. The cooling system also features a “Vapor chamber”. It also includes 1TB storage and your choice between 16GB and 32GB of memory.
“The LG UltraGear gaming laptop has everything needed to tackle the latest high-spec games, delivering the smooth, responsive gameplay that all gamers want,” says Seo Young-jae, senior vice president and head of the IT business unit at LG.
“Our first-ever gaming laptop, the 17G90Q differentiates itself from competing products with its premium hardware, generous, high-quality screen, and a sleek, lightweight design that maximises convenience and portability.”
We’ll know a price in the coming weeks, along with availability.
When is the LG CES 2022 presentation?
LGs CES 2022 presentation will not be limited to monitors and a soundbar. LG will be showing off a wide range of tech on January 5 at 2am AEST during CES 2022 – that’s 8am on January 4 PST, which makes sense given it’s being held in Las Vegas. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop about LG’s announcements.
This article has been updated since it was first published with additional tech announcements.