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The best new TVs and monitors we saw at CES 2022
If there’s one set of product categories that define the CES experience, it is televisions and monitors. Each January, TV and monitor manufacturers from LG to Panasonic and Samsung to TCL unveil their product ranges for the year. These sets and monitors will reach electronic retailers and computer store showrooms in a few months. At CES 2022, we saw a wide variety of TVs, monitors, and new technologies, including QD-OLED, mini LED, micro LED, and even shape-shifting panels.
Whether you prefer large or small TVs, want 4K or 8K, or need 120Hz or curved screens for gaming, these are the best TVs and monitors we saw at CES 2022.
Sony A95K QD-OLED TV
The Sony Master Series A95K comes in 55- and 65-inch sizes and runs down the feature checklist as if it were on a mission. This is a 4K 120Hz HDR OLED TV with Google TV built-in. It even includes Apple AirPlay 2 support for native casting.
With Sony, there’s always a veritable wall of marketing speak with its products, and that’s the case with the A95K. It has a new Cognitive Processor XR that Sony says understands how people see and hear, allowing it to adjust parameters on the fly depending on the content being played. It offers XR OLED Contrast Pro for adjusting brightness and XR Triluminos Max for scanning through the color palette. The QD-OLED panel boosts color brightness by up to 200%, and the Acoustic Surface Audio uses special actuators to turn the screen itself into a multi-channel speaker.
Availability is set for later this year, and there’s no word on pricing.
ASUS ROG Swift gaming monitors
ASUS debuted two oversized Swift gaming monitors at CES 2022, including the 42-inch PG42UQ and the 48-inch PG48UQ. These OLED panels are among the first to include a micro-texture coating to help with visuals and reduce glare. Each panel offers 4K resolution at 120Hz and boasts an incredible 1 million to one contrast ratio, 0.1ms response time, 10-bit color, and 98% DCI-P3 color gamut. ASUS pre-calibrates them to Delta E > 2 color accuracy at the factory.
ASUS says the Swift gaming monitors were designed to control thermals and have custom heatsinks and optimized internal airflow to keep performance at its best. The company claims this helps maintain internal temperatures below 50°C while allowing for a peak brightness of 900 nits. Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.1 and two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, and a USB hub.
Pricing and availability were not announced.
Hisense U9H mini LED TV
The Hisense U9H is a premium mini LED offering that delivers the best combination of size and picture quality. Starting with the dimensions, this TV offers a 75-inch viewing experience that brings the movie theater right to your living room. Of course, it packs 4K resolution at a 120Hz native refresh rate. Hisense says the U9H reaches 2,000 nits of peak brightness and includes more than 1,280 full-array local dimming zones controlled by an all-new processor. The processor is able to deliver performance upgrades across the board, such as automatic brightness and contrast adjustments in real-time.
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This Quantum Dot-equipped TV offers both Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ, as well as low-latency HDR for gaming. Dedicated modes for gaming, variable refresh rate, and FreeSync ensure a solid gaming performance no matter the console. Moreover, Hisense upgraded the audio and added more speakers to provide for 2.1.2 audio performance with Dolby Atmos.
Availability is slated for late summer, and the MSRP is expected to run about $3,200.
LG DualUp Monitor
LG often thinks outside the box, and nowhere is that more evident than with its DualUp monitor. This unique screen is twice the height of a standard 16:9 monitor under the guise of offering more workspace. LG calls it a “multitasking powerhouse.” It includes a vertical split-view function that allows users to see more on a single screen. It ships with an adjustable LG Ergo stand that LG claims saves space by clamping onto the back of desks and tables. Moreover, the doubled height of the screen should reduce head movement, which can lead to neck pain.
The DualUp is a nano IPS display with an atypical 16:18 aspect ratio. The Square Double QHD resolution measures 2,560 x 2,880 pixels, which is kind of like having two 21.5-inch 2K displays on top of one another. The DualUp covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, but it puts out just 300 nits, which is fairly low on the brightness scale. Connectivity includes two HDMI ports, as well as three USB-C ports.
Pricing and availability have not been revealed.
LG 42C2 OLED TV
What makes the 42C2 unique is its size. It’s a 42-inch OLED TV set, the smallest in LG’s C2 line, which is also available in 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-, and 83-inch sizes. The more compact nature of the 42C2 makes it a better option for TVs that need to pull double duty as solid television sets and gaming monitors. At 42 inches, it may be a bit of a stretch for many desks, but it just makes the cut for those who want a giant monitor.
This C-Series OLED features the same Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor of its larger stablemates and packs the standard 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1 ports. Other features include LG’s AI Sound Pro, which helps the TV’s built-in speakers produce virtual 7.1.2 surround sound, and webOS 22, which introduces personal profiles so owners can customize their viewing experiences.
Availability is slated for before summer, but pricing isn’t yet known.
Panasonic LZ2000 OLED TV
Panasonic announced the LZ2000 OLED TV at CES 2022. This flagship TV will come in 55-inch, 65-inch, and — for the first time — a 77-inch size. The TV supports critical HDMI 2.1 features such as high frame rate and variable refresh rate at 120Hz in 4K resolution. Panasonic claims to have reduced input lag for 60Hz games via its new 60Hz Refresh Mode.
Panasonic added more speakers to the LZ2000 OLED TV to further enhance the audio experience available to viewers in their living rooms. It now features audio firing across the bottom as well as on the top and sides. The Game Control Board is a new feature, and it acts a lot like similar features on gaming phones. It puts all the pertinent game settings and controls in a single spot and makes them available in an overlay accessible via one click on the remote control.
Panasonic said the LZ2000 OLED TV will be available in Europe, Asia, and Japan. The TV’s availability and price will vary by country as a result.
Samsung Odyssey Ark gaming monitor
The Samsung Odyssey Ark is one of the more interesting monitors announced at CES 2022. Too bad Samsung barely said anything about it. This is a rotating 55-inch OLED monitor that Samsung claims can handle just about any aspect ratio content you care to throw at it. For example, the Samsung Multi View feature, along with the included wireless controller, allows you to add multiple inputs to the screen and adjust their size and aspect ratio. For example, when it is oriented vertically, it will fit three 16:9-shaped stacked windows for the ultimate in multitasking games, video content, and productivity tasks.
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There’s no word on pricing or availability.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 gaming monitor
Samsung had a bit more to say about the Odyssey Neo G8 monitor, which is a follow-up to last year’s G9. Samsung claims the G8 is the first monitor to feature a 4K curved 1000R screen with a 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. It is intended to deliver razor-sharp performance for PC-based gamers. It includes features such as Quantum Mini LEDs, Quantum HDR 2000, with a 2,000-nit peak brightness and a million to one contrast ratio.
As far as appearances go, the Neo G8 has the same futuristic-looking white exterior with CoreSync lighting for the latest in ambient experiences.
Samsung has not said anything about pricing or availability.
Samsung Neo QLED QN900B 8K TV
Samsung marched out a successor to last year’s vaunted QN900A called the QN900B 8K Neo QLED TV. The big improvement in this year’s set is the Samsung Neo Quantum Processor, which adds features such as Object Depth Enhancer to help separate foreground and background objects. The Neo Quantum Processor introduces advanced contrast mapping with a backlight unit, increasing the brightness level from a 12-bit to a 14-bit gradation. Another fresh tool called EyeComfort View automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness and tone based on a built-in light sensor — much like today’s smartphones. There’s also a new home screen UI for controlling the TV’s systems and features.
The QN900B will reach the market later this year.
SKYWORTH W82 OLED TV
The SKYWORTH W82 is one of the more unique TV sets at CES 2022. At first blush, this 64-inch 4K 120Hz OLED TV might look like any other, but it’s hiding a secret. The W82 can be adjusted from a standard flat screen to a curved display with a click of the included remote. It has two basic curved settings and can also be set to whatever curve radius the owner prefers. The idea is the have a TV that works well as a regular set and a gaming machine at the press of a button.
Of course, it includes support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and the latest in Google Smart TV functions. It also packs the SKYWORTH Audio Drum for a superior audio experience.
SKYWORTH will launch the TV in China first with a global rollout to follow “in due course.”
Sony Bravia Z9K TV
The Bravia Z9K carries over many of the features of the A95K but relies on mini LED rather than QD-OLED. This one is offered in resolutions up to 8K. It supports 4K/120Hz gaming mode with VRR and the latest HDMI 2.1 ports.
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It includes the same Cognitive Processor XR, which helps control the BackLight Master Drive to handle the mini LED backlights for improved contrast and brightness. Other features include XR Trilumonis Pro, X-Anti Reflection, Bravia Core Calibrated Mode, Acoustic Multi-Audio, Bravia Cam, and Ambient Optimization Pro. It’s cool that both Sony television sets can be configured to accommodate narrow furniture or soundbars.
Availability is set for later this year, and there’s no word on pricing.
TCL XL Collection QLED TV
Last but not least in our roundup of the best TVs and monitors at CES 2022 is the TCL XL Collection. This high-end set measures 98 inches and delivers on the core QLED experience that top sets should offer.
Features include a 4K 120Hz picture with wide color powered by QLED tech. It has an AiPQ Engine to intelligently enhance the picture as you watch and a contrast control zone to maximize contrast on the fly. There are plenty of smarts on board, including hands-free access to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. There’s an automatic game mode with 4K/120Hz VRR, Chromecast, built-in digital TV tuner, as well as Wi-Fi6, ethernet, and four HDMI ports.
The TCL XL Class 98-inch set is priced at $7,999 and will go on sale later this year.
The best TVs and monitors at CES 2022
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