One of the latest advancements in monitor technology is OLED panels. These don't have a backlight like LED-backlit displays but have pixels that can individually turn on and off. This makes them display perfect blacks without any blooming around objects, and the main advantage of getting an OLED monitor is for use in dark rooms, which you can learn more about here. While OLED TVs have been around for several years, OLED monitors have become more popular and accessible recently, especially with more models coming out. That said, there isn't a wide variety of OLED monitors currently available, and many options have the same panel as competing models, so the differences between some monitors are minor. Most OLED monitors have 27 or 34-inch screens, but there will be more options in future years with other sizes.
When looking for the best OLED monitor, besides their superior picture quality in dark rooms, you'll notice that most are beneficial for gaming. OLEDs have a near-instantaneous response time, so motion looks smooth. There are downsides, though, as they're prone to burn-in when exposed to the same static elements over time. It's best to avoid these if you need something for work because of the risk of burn-in.
We've bought and tested more than 295 monitors, and below are our picks for the best OLED monitors available to buy. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 4k HDR monitors, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
As most OLED monitors focus on gaming, the premium Dell Alienware AW3423DW is the best OLED gaming monitor we've tested. It's a 34-inch ultrawide monitor with a 175Hz refresh rate and a near-instantaneous response time, making motion look smooth without any blur trail. While its input lag is higher than other gaming monitors, it's still low enough for a responsive feel. It also has native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which is ideal if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and helps reduce screen tearing.
This monitor differs from most OLED displays because it has a QD-OLED panel that gets brighter and provides more vivid colors than traditional OLEDs. It combines this remarkable picture quality with its amazing gaming performance. There are other ultrawide QD-OLEDs that you can get for a bit less, too, like the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF and MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED. However, they don't get as bright, so the AW3423DW still offers the best picture quality, especially compared to other OLEDs.
Although the Dell Alienware AW3423DW offers the best gaming performance and picture quality, other OLED monitors are smaller and tend to cost less. They have standard OLED panels, so they don't get as bright or deliver vivid colors the same as the Dell. However, they still offer the same benefits as an OLED for dark room gaming. If that's what you want, the best OLED monitor with a 27-inch screen is the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM, which has a higher 240Hz refresh rate than the Dell, making it a fantastic choice for competitive gaming. It's also better for console gaming than the Dell because consoles don't support ultrawide displays, so at least your console games fill out the entire screen on this monitor.
While it doesn't have native G-SYNC support like the Dell, it's still G-SYNC compatible to work with NVIDIA graphics cards, and it supports FreeSync. It has the same near-instantaneous response time, so there's almost no blur with fast-moving objects. Other options use the same panel, like the LG 27GR95QE-B and Corsair XENEON 27QHD240, and they're more reliable out of the box because the ASUS has a few bugs that only get fixed with firmware updates. So, if you want something with fewer bugs before updates, the LG and Corsair are better options, but they're still a step down in overall performance as they don't get as bright.
The most common OLED monitors are available in 34 or 27-inch sizes, like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW and ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM. However, there are some available with even larger screens. While they're rare, there's at least a variety to choose from as they come in different shapes and sizes. One of them is the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95, which is a massive 49-inch super ultrawide monitor. It has a 5120x1440 resolution and 32:9 aspect ratio, which is the equivalent of placing two 27-inch, 1440p monitors side-by-side. This provides an immersive gaming experience as long as your games support such an ultrawide format.
It uses a QD-OLED panel, providing deep blacks and bright highlights for fantastic overall picture quality. It even has a 240Hz refresh rate, which is beneficial for competitive gaming, but you need a graphics card that supports compression to reach that refresh rate. In terms of its gaming performance, it has incredible motion handling, like any OLED, and it has low input lag as long as you enable its Game Mode setting.
There are other large OLEDs that you can get, even with an ultrawide screen. The LG 45GR95QE-B is a 45-inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, with the same 240Hz refresh rate as the Samsung. However, it doesn't have the same QD-OLED panel, so it has worse picture quality. You can also consider some 42 or 48-inch OLEDs, like the LG 48GQ900-B, but because they have a 16:9 aspect ratio, they're the same size as small TVs. Only get these if you're okay with using a display of this size as a monitor, as sitting in front of a screen with that much vertical height isn't ideal for everyone. Even if they can sometimes cost less than these ultrawide displays, they have lower refresh rates, too.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best OLED monitors currently available. They're adapted to be valid for most people in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you'd prefer to make your own decision, here's the list of all of our OLED monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.