DOUGH, the world’s first community-powered gaming hardware creator, has announced the Spectrum ES07E2D, a new 27-inch monitor with a gaming-grade 240 Hz OLED panel developed by LG Display that is slated for release in 2023.
While this is not the only 27-inch OLED monitor that will be available in the near future, the Spectrum ES07E2D is unique for being the first in its size to feature a glossy rather than matte panel, a difference that would bring it closer in line with OLED TVs.
“Other manufacturers lock their OLED panels behind matte polarizers to reduce reflections,” DOUGH explained in its announcement. “But our community of enthusiasts from around the world has spoken: reducing reflections is not worth the drop in black levels, sharp detail, and vibrant colors. That’s why we use a unique glossy polarizer, unleashing the full potential of our OLED panel.”
No blooming, deep blacks, and an infinite contrast ratio are core to OLED technology; Dough’s glossy coating takes it to the next level. Some manufacturers lock their OLED panels behind matte polarizers to reduce reflections, but the Dough community made it clear that reducing reflections is not worth the drop in black levels, sharp detail, and vibrant colours. More and more new monitors arrive on the market only in ultrawide or curved variants, but the Dough community made it clear that they largely prefer flat monitors in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Not only do these monitors take up less desk-space, but they also have broader support in games.
Additionally, many of Dough’s Community members use multiple devices with their monitors. HDMI 2.1 ensures that they can use new features such as variable refresh rate on the latest consoles, while the Type-C port connects users’ monitors and peripherals to their laptops with a single cable that also allows for charging. For those hoping to maximise their cable management, Dough’s built-in USB hub, KVM switch, 100 W USB-C charger, and dedicated audio amp get more done with fewer cables. Similar to the rest of the Spectrum line-up, the new Dough Spectrum ES07E2D monitor will ship with three years of limited warranty, which includes coverage in case of burn-in for the first two years.
The Spectrum OLED QHD 240 Hz (ES07E2D) is currently listed on Dough’s website, where prospective customers can subscribe to receive an exclusive pre-order invitation at a special reduced price.
Early bird pre-orders start at $649 / 749€ and will gradually increase to the full MSRP of $1,099 / 1,199€ by release, which is planned for July 2023.
“We are not like every other gaming brand out there,” DOUGH writes. “Community-powered at heart, we love great technology. Working hand in hand with enthusiasts around the world, we create tools which focus on everything you need, and nothing you don’t.”