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Lenovo’s monitor master plan hints that your next PC display will blow your mind

2022-03-31 16:58:13 simyang 6

Lenovo’s monitor master plan hints that your next PC display will blow your mind

MINI-LED, OLED, and more.


The monitor market is on the cusp of entering a new era of innovation. After two decades relying on a familiar core technology—an LCD panel with an LED backlight—consumer PC displays are making the leap to MINI-LED and OLED technology (

Lenovo is a leader in this space. It was an early adopter of OLED in laptops (, it was the first to bring a 2-in-1 PC with a folding OLED screen to consumers (, and it is among the few selling a 27-inch MINI-LED monitor ( right now.

I asked Stefan Engel (, Lenovo’s vice president and general manager of visual business, where he thinks PC displays go from here. The answers will leave you eager for what’s next.


The Lenovo Thinkvision Creator Extreme is a 27-inch MINI-LED monitor with 1,152 individual dimming zones. That’s more than on Samsung’s top 2021 MINI-LED television, which has 792 dimming zones across a 65-inch display. The dimming zone density of the Lenovo monitor is three times greater than that of Samsung’s 2021 MINI-LED flagship.

It’s impressive but comes with an outrageously high price tag. The Thinkvision Creator Extreme ( retails for a truly extreme $3,499, placing it far outside the average consumer’s budget. Luckily, there’s reason to think pricing will come down.

“Lenovo is paving the way for MINI-LED in the monitor market,” says Engel. “For 2022, […] we plan to develop a series of MINI-LED products and monitors to benefit a multitude of commercial and consumer users.”

The key word here is “consumer.” Lenovo’s Thinkvision monitor is a pricey, low-volume monitor for a niche professional market. The same is true of Asus’ high-end Proart MINI-LED monitors ( Consumer displays are a different story. Engel wasn’t ready to reveal specifics, but I expect the Lenovo’s future consumer MiniLED displays, while still likely to sell well above $1,000, will be notably less expensive than the Thinkvision monitor.

This isn’t just speculation. Most companies that showed MINI-LED monitors at CES 2022 ( were unwilling to talk pricing, but two broke ranks: Acer and Monoprice. Acer priced its upcoming Acer Predator X32 FP MINI-LED gaming monitor at $1,799. Monoprice beat that by a mile, announcing that its 27-inch MINI-LED will sell for $999. To be frank, Lenovo must lower its pricing to compete with Acer and Monoprice.

In any case, pricing is headed in the right direction. Asus’ ROG Swift

PG32UQX ( fave.

CO/3BMTYKD), my favorite gaming monitor of 2021, arrived with an MSRP of $2,999. Samsung’s super-ultrawide Odyssey Neo G9 ( hit stores at $2,499. It appears new MINI-LED monitors expected in 2021 will shave a thousand or more off the price.


High-end PC monitors were not Mini-led’s only success story in 2021. They also came standard on Apple’s Macbook Pro 14 and 16. It’s hard to argue with the results. The new Macbook Pro models have a display brighter and more vivid than that of any PC laptop, including those with OLED.

I asked Engel if Lenovo will be bringing MINI-LED to laptops, and though he declined to name any specific models, he hints they’re in the works.

“For what’s next in laptops, Lenovo is dedicated to optimizing its immersive visuals, particularly within gaming markets ( fave. co/3r3txnd),” said Engel. “So, I’d imagine panel improvements, like up to MINI-LED display and performance upgrades for avid gamers, could be offered in the not-toodistant future.”

Engel’s comments focus on gaming, which makes sense. Excellent HDR performance ( is a key advantage of MINI-LED, but the Windows desktop (and everything you do in it) is designed for SDR.

Gaming and streaming are where MiniLED literally shines, leaping ahead of OLED with unmatched brightness. Games also benefit from Mini-led’s improved contrast, which, though not as good as OLED, is far superior to a traditional edge-lit LCD.


The debate over OLED burn-in remains a controversial topic. It can also be frustrating to cover, as executives often play coy when asked about the issue. I was surprised, then, by Engel’s frank response when I pressed him on how MINI-LED and OLED compare.

“Of note, OLED has low durability, specifically called burn-in,” says Engel.

“OLED quality may be degraded, with a shadow on the image, after long-time usage.”

Engel was quick to clarify that this problem doesn’t invalidate OLED, as should be obvious from Lenovo’s early and continued commitment to the technology ( fave. co/3h3fojb). Instead, Engel believes use case is key when deciding which is best.

“As a rule of thumb, I’d say if you’re a designer and work with rather stable content on your screen, go with MINI-LED. But if your world is all ‘moving content’ like video, go with OLED,” says Engel.

He also points out that MINI-LED isn’t perfect. The technology’s critics often leap on its “blooming” or “halo” issue, which causes a halo of brightness around small, bright objects on a dark background. This downside will remain a trait of MINI-LED for the immediate future. Enthusiasts must decide for themselves if long-term durability or pixelperfect contrast is the priority.


Engel’s most revealing comments were about MINI-LED. When asked whether Lenovo plans to bring a QD-OLED display to market in 2022, as will Dell and Samsung ( fave. CO/3KVKHKO), Engel declined to offer specifics, saying only that Lenovo adds new options when it can “find the right space” in its product line. Engel was similarly vague about the future of Lenovo PCS with flexible OLED displays, a category Lenovo pioneered with the X1 Fold (

Does that mean Lenovo will focus less on OLED in the future? I doubt it. OLED has proven successful in Lenovo’s laptops, offering a high-end display option that’s superior to a standard edge-lit LCD display. Instead, I read Engel’s lack of comment on OLED to mean the company will move forward on multiple paths.

This will be true of the entire industry. As I wrote in November of 2021, OLED displays face headwinds due to high production costs (, especially for the 24-inch to 32-inch panels in desktop monitors.

However, this issue will ease into 2024 and 2025 as a new generation of OLED fabrication comes online, giving OLED the opportunity to strike back. By then, consumers will likely have dozens of MINI-LED and OLED monitors to choose from.


Engel’s comments show the PC monitor display market is headed in a new direction. Change won’t happen overnight, and pricing for new MINI-LED and OLED monitors will be relatively high for the foreseeable future. Still, it’s obvious monitors are about to become much, much better—and Lenovo hopes to be a leader in this revolution.




联想是这一领域的领导者。它是笔记本电脑(中OLED的早期采用者,它是第一个将带有折叠式OLED屏幕的2合1 PC带给消费者(,并且是目前为数不多的销售27英寸MINI-LED显示器(的产品之一。

我问了联想副总裁兼视觉业务总经理Stefan Engel(,他认为PC显示器从这里开始。答案会让你渴望下一步是什么。


联想Thinkvision Creator Extreme是一款27英寸MINI-LED显示器,具有1,152个单独的调光区域。这比三星2021年顶级MINI-LED电视还要多,该电视在65英寸显示屏上具有792个调光区域。联想显示器的调光区密度是三星2021年MINI-LED旗舰产品三倍。

它令人印象深刻,但价格高得离谱。Thinkvision Creator Extreme(的零售价为3,499美元,远远超出了普通消费者的预算。幸运的是,有理由认为价格会下降。


这里的关键词是"消费者"。联想的Thinkvision显示器是一款昂贵的小批量显示器,适用于利基专业市场。华硕的高端Proart MINI-LED显示器(也是如此。消费类显示器则是另一回事。恩格尔还没有准备好透露具体细节,但我预计联想未来的消费者MiniLED显示屏虽然仍然可能远高于1000美元,但将明显低于Thinkvision显示器。

这不仅仅是猜测。大多数在CES 2022(上展示MINI-LED显示器的公司都不愿意谈论定价,但有两家公司打破了排名:宏碁和Monoprice。宏碁将其即将推出的宏碁Predator X32 FP MINI-LED游戏显示器定价为1,799美元。Monoprice比这一数字高出一英里,宣布其27英寸MINI-LED的售价为999美元。坦率地说,联想必须降低价格才能与宏碁和Monoprice竞争。

无论如何,定价正朝着正确的方向发展。华硕的ROG Swift

PG32UQX ( 最喜欢的.

CO / 3BMTYKD),我最喜欢的2021年游戏显示器,建议零售价为2,999美元。三星的超宽奥德赛Neo G9(以2,499美元的价格上市。预计2021年的新MINI-LED显示器将使价格降低一千个或更多。


高端PC显示器并不是Mini-led在2021年唯一的成功故事。它们也是Apple的Macbook Pro 14和16的标准配置。很难与结果争论。新的Macbook Pro型号的显示屏比任何PC笔记本电脑(包括带有OLED的笔记本电脑)的显示屏更明亮,更生动。









恩格尔很快澄清说,这个问题并没有使OLED无效,从联想早期和对该技术的持续承诺中可以明显看出这一点( fave. co/3h3fojb)。相反,Engel认为用例是决定哪个是最好的关键。




Engel最能说明问题的评论是关于MINI-LED的。当被问及联想是否计划在2022年将QD-OLED显示屏推向市场时,戴尔和三星也是如此。CO/3KVKHKO),恩格尔拒绝提供具体细节,只是说联想在其产品线中"找到合适的空间"时增加了新的选择。恩格尔对带有柔性OLED显示屏的联想PCS的未来同样含糊不清,这是联想在X1 Fold(中率先推出的类别。