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Here is Dell's astonishing $5,000 UltraSharp 30-inch OLED monitor

This morning at CES 2016, Dell held a rather small press conference where they announced a few business-focused updates to their Latitude line. However, the more interesting long-term announcement was the availability of a 30-inch 4K monitor that uses OLED technology.

The asking price for the display is $4,999 starting in March. Let that sink in for a moment.

The reasons for that high price are a few as we learned from speaking with Dell. For one, the glass used for OLED is still very expensive to purchase even in large quantities. The other is the high-performance response time for the pixel changing, which is a crazy 0.1 milliseconds. That makes it ideal for anyone in graphics, video game development, media, and more.

And make no mistake that for now Dell is targeting graphics professionals for this display. Not everyone needs that out-of-this-world 400,000:1 contrast ratio, but there are those who truly do need (or could benefit) from those specs.

However, if you are the wealthy side, you'll also enjoy the USB Type-C port that can handle power, video and data connectivity. In theory, you could plug your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL directly into this to use Continuum, but the word overkill suddenly comes to mind.

So how good is this monitor? It truly is outstanding. The blacks are super dark and make the display seem off when using a black background. Colors are beyond saturated, and this monitor even has a razor thin bezel (notice the web cam on the bottom of the display) making this also an InfinityEdge type experience.

No burn-in here

What about burn-in? Many people have concerns that like the old Plasma TVs if you leave a static image on for too long you could see a ghosting effect burned into the display. Dell has that solved, evidently.

They told us this monitor uses a novel algorithm to prevent that from happening, and although they didn't give it a fancy name, they did not seem concerned that it would be a long-term problem.

The important take away is that OLED displays for PCs and laptops are now a reality. Like all new technology, it starts off very expensive, but within a few years, this tech will be the norm much like how 4K IPS displays are no longer a rich man's purchase.

Either way, welcome to the future. It looks fantastic.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

30 Comments
  • Remember folks, this is first gen... #ItMakesSense
  • I'm in line order one when it hits the UK store!
  • Imagine how great it'll look when you beat solitaire on that screen.
  • Wish I could up vote your comment
  • I wouldn't deign to play a game on this bad boy.
  • I hope I can afford this by 2020 :) Very nice
  • I just watched this on a 30" HP display with WQXGA resolution (2560 x 1600). If someone asked me to build my perfect monitor from imaginary specs, this would be it. Except, of course, price (and I thought this thing was expensive!). I had no idea that OLED was feasible on screens that size (apart from what LG has in their TVs).
  • finally, now make it 21:9 and lets wait a few years
  • So the question is, how long until we see one on Dan's desk in an Ask Dan episode.
  • A lot more ads on wcentral in 3, 2, 1.... ;)
  • lol, okay even I chuckled at that
  • Good thing I'm not building another rig for a while. I've gone to obscene lengths when building new PCs.
  • Does it support passive 3D and/or 120hz?
  • 120Hz were confirmed (https://twitter.com/DellCares/status/684886541441855490); didn't find anything about passive 3D, but that probably menas no...
  • Impressive.
  • Most impressive.
  • I am your father!
  • I buy it when res = 5K @ $sqr2K, so probably standing in line with pallentx
  • I must say I wasn't expecting 2016 to be the year of OLED. 3 different manufacturers presenting hybrids with OLED plus this, fantastic. Maybe the next surface pro will have OLED. Goodbye disgusting backlight bleed!
  • 3 manufacturers? I'm counting 4: Lenovo X1 Yoga Samsung Galaxy Tabpro S HP Spectre Dell 4k 30"
  • 5000$ is bs..
  • well, if you can build it for less, you can undercut the competition and become very rich. if you think dell's price is bs, you are free to start your own company and give them some competition. Prices tend to be high initially to offset the research cost and the cost to setup the manufacturing facilities. You are free to wait like the rest of us for prices to come down, but it could take awhile.
  • @ymcpa, well said. That's the heart of capitalism and why that's the best system for consumers -- if someone can do it better or cheaper, there's an opportunity and incentive to do it. In the mean time, because Dell was first, good for them on having a unique offering and I hope they make some good money and margins on it at first for taking the risk and proving to the future competitors that it can be done.
  • Well 5k is too much..wait for couple of months...chinese will launch similar spec with less price.
  • As for Continuum, I've already tried it on my QHD TV and 21:9 (2k) monitor with both hdmi and DP and neither can take advantage of resolutions above 1080x1920.
    Without using the tv/monitors upscaling capabilities, you get a very small display area -- so yea, this 30-incher is overkill.
  • OLED.... :( 4K on the PC is nice but, just think of the hardware needed to run mid to high end games at 4K...  I wanted to get a 4k PC monitor, I have a i7 5820, 32gb of DDR4 memory and a GTX970 on 2 500gb SSDs in a raid 0....Machine is fast, but even this few month old machine cant run 4K games at FULL detail (maxed out). Although I look over 4-5 4K models, when I thought about it, My machine can run games UNREAL at 1080p....but, will suffer with 4K.... So maybe when video cards come down and 4K starts to become the stanard I might get one.... OLED is a dream....maybe 5 years when the prices come down....MAYBE...to rich for my blood right now..
  • The 970 is a great 1080p/1440p GPU, but not enough for max'ing out 4k games. Get another and you'll be g2g. I mean no offense at all, but that's so odd you have such other expensive parts and you went with the 970 on a high end gaming rig. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • So 0.1 msec response time. That's great for a signal filling up at 10,000 fps. Even Data would'nt have noticed that.
  • I will be grateful if someone gifts me this screen!
  • Wow