At CES 2022, Samsung introduced the Odyssey G8KNB gaming monitor, with a 175 Hz refresh rate, vibrant colors, and an ultra-wide 4K, curved design. But what makes us most happy is the fact that it works on QD-OLED display technology.
It brings the same panel technology behind the new Alienware AW3423DW, also introduced during CES 2022. For this reason, both technically carry the title of the world’s first Quantum Dot OLED gaming monitor. But this will also depend on who comes to market first.
In any case, we were interested in what makes the science behind this innovative panel so exciting.
The Quantum Dot concept has been around for some time, used in QLED TVs and the like, but the combination of Quantum Dot and OLED technology makes this design interesting.
OLED technology is impressive in itself, offering better contrast with darker black, thanks to its ability to completely turn off LEDs in the dark spaces of your image without any blooms. QD-OLED, however, takes things to the next level, combining OLED contrast levels with the bright and vibrant Quantum Dot technology.
For Quantum Dot panels, engineers use something called "sandwich" for miles. Samsung explains that during production, they add nanoparticles to the layers of film, glass, and filters inside the panel.
Also, these are particles with "semiconductor properties", which differ in size depending on the color they need to emit. "Larger dots emit light that is inclined to read, and progressively smaller dots emit light that is more inclined to green," they explain in the insights.
By combining the top gamma colors of QD technology with organic, self-emitting, blue lighting beneath it, you get something truly superior. And better for the eyes, thanks to the optimized exposure to blue light. Samsung has even put together the once intricate structure of LCD Quantum Dot technology to include fewer layers, which means the panels can be much thinner than before.
For gaming, this technology even promises faster response times, at the right 0.1 ms G-t-G, and better HDR.