You could only stream via AirPlay 2 to an expensive Apple monitor or Samsung Smart TV, until now. LG just released the Smart Monitor that has AirPlay 2 built in and works as a smart home hub, so now you can stream from your Mac to the monitor without the need for cables.
The LG Smart Monitor 32SQ780S is a 32-inch 60Hz monitor with a 4K display mounted on an ergonomic adjustable stand. He is a stocky boy, almost 25 pounds and 16 inches thick. There are USB-C ports on the back, but not much else in the way of I/O.
One look at the LG Smart Monitor and you might think you’re looking at Apple’s sunflower iMac from 20 years ago. The monitor protrudes from a thick cylindrical stand and you can adjust both the height and tilt of the panel.
Where the monitor really shines is in its smart home functionality. Along with AirPlay 2, it runs on LG’s own webOS software. It comes with apps like Netflix and Hulu pre-installed.
AirPlay 2 is Apple’s update to its original AirPlay streaming technology, which is an alternative to Bluetooth. AirPlay 2 uses higher bandwidth than Bluetooth, allowing faster streaming of multimedia content such as audio and video, and also enables Apple’s famous Airdrop technology to quickly send large files.
Not many carriers have adopted AirPlay 2 due to its locked down proprietary nature. Bluetooth is simply cheaper and easier to implement. Only Samsung has dipped its toes into Airplay, but now LG has fully jumped in with its new Smart Monitor.
It almost feels like LG wanted this monitor to double up as a smart home hub. It has a smart home control panel where you can manage devices in your home. Adding smart home functionality to a computer monitor really makes sense when you stop to think about it. You spend a lot of time on your computer during the day, so why not turn your monitor into a hub?
It is not yet known if it can control Apple’s HomeKit compatible devices. Given its integration with AirPlay 2, we imagine it will.