Many users read about OLED technology and went to the store ready to buy a new OLED monitor, only to find that it would be cheaper for them to buy a TV instead of a monitor, and with the addition of they could buy it with a bigger screen. Does it cost more to make a 32 inch monitor than a 48 inch TV?
Why is it so expensive to buy an OLED monitor?
To find out why a monitor costs more than a TV, we don’t even need to look at OLED technology; one of the reasons monitors are more expensive is that their niche is much smaller. In other words, the volume of televisions sold worldwide is far greater than the volume of PC monitors; This means that they are mass-produced at higher volumes, allowing them to buy raw materials for less and sell in volume for less, which ultimately translates into the price users pay for them. products. Law of supply and demand, they say.
Comparatively, the same thing happens with other types of screens, such as smartphones. Smartphones with OLED displays have been the order of the day for a long time, which means that their volume and demand is far greater than that of PC monitors, thus lowering costs as their use becomes more widespread.
With more and more advanced display technology and more and more popular PC gaming, another focal point of technologies is to offer more and faster panels, with greater refresh rate, G-Sync and FreeSync Technologies, and minors response time, in addition to HDR, multiple video inputs and more. The implementation of all these technologies in a monitor ends up adding granite to granite and the cost is increased compared to TVs, which while it is true that HDR is gaining in importance, it is not the same. for the rest of the characteristics. After all, anyone who buys a TV checks if it’s Full HD or 4K, if it has HDR, its inches, and if it comes with a native Netflix app, nothing else.
All of these things further narrow the market niche that an OLED monitor is geared towards, and as we’ve explained, this makes it more expensive to price. At the end of the day, who wants a basic and “looks good” monitor will buy an IPS, a gamer will go for a VA or TN to find maximum speed, and only the foodies and movie buffs will look for one. OLED monitor.
The problem of burn-in in OLED monitors
We cannot fail to point out another obvious fact about OLED technology, burn-in. Screen burn-in occurs when an image remains static for a long time on the screen, causing uneven wear of these static pixels from the rest and leaving a burn-in effect on the screen. . This is an inherent problem with this technology and one that arises sooner or later if you are not careful.
It is difficult for this to happen on an OLED TV, because on TV the images are very dynamic and unless you have the 24 × 7 screen on the news channel (as in the picture below). above, where you can clearly see the chain logo) you will not have this problem. However, on a PC screen you still have the video game or just the start bar in one place, causing burn-in to appear much sooner.
This makes manufacturers a bit more reluctant to create monitors with OLED technology, because ultimately they can cause problems, have to deal with warranties and, most importantly, a bad reputation as has happened to LG before in this regard. .