QD-OLED, or Quantum Dot Organic Light Emitting Diodes, if you’re feeling fancy, sounds to me like something Spielberg made up for his latest sci-fi installment. But after digging a bit, it actually seems to be one of the more interesting innovations we’ve seen in the gaming monitor space from recent flexible displays aside, of course.
Samsung just appeared at CES 2022 with the Odyssey G8QNB gaming monitor, with its 175Hz refresh, vivid colors, and an ultra-wide 4K curved design. But what excites me the most is the fact that it is powered by QD-OLED display technology.
It’s touting the same panel technology behind the new Alienware AW3423DW, also unveiled during the mayhem at CES. For that reason, technically they both hold the title of the world’s first OLED Quantum Dot gaming monitor. But, I guess it depends on which one hits the market first.
Either way, we’ve been exploring what makes the science behind this groundbreaking panel so exciting.
Now the Quantum Dot concept has been around for a while, it is used in QLED TVs and the like, but it is the combination of Quantum Dot and OLED technology that makes this design interesting.
OLED technology is impressive on its own, offering better contrast with darker blacks, thanks to its ability to turn LEDs off completely in the dark spaces of your image without any blooming occurring. QD-OLED, however, takes things to another level, combining OLED’s contrast levels with bright and vibrant Quantum Dot technology.
For Quantum Dot panels, engineers make use of something affectionately called ‘the sandwich.
Samsung explains that its manufacturers add nanoparticles to layers of film, glass, and filters inside the panel. It’s like scattering sesame seeds between all the layers of your sandwich, except they are only visible under a microscope and emit different colors when you shine certain frequencies of light through them.
In addition, they are not seeds at all, they are particles with “semiconductor properties”, which vary in size depending on the color they must emit. “Larger dots emit light that leans toward red, and smaller and smaller dots emit light that leans more toward green,” explains the Insights post.
By combining the supreme color gamut of QD technology, with organic, self-emitting blue lighting underneath, you get something really exciting. And apparently it’s better for your eyes thanks to its optimized exposure to blue light. Samsung has even scaled-down the once-complicated structure of Quantum Dot LCD technology to include fewer layers as well, meaning that the panels can be much thinner than before.
For gaming, this technology even promises faster response times, at true 0.1ms G-t-G, and better HDR. But I guess we’ll find out all of this firsthand when we get a chance to try one out.
Well now I’m excited for the future of gaming monitors and a little hungry for sammiches. Greetings Samsung.
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