Rs. 59,990, lg.com/in
LG’s latest 27-inch monitor makes 144Hz 4K gaming possible
LG is a common name in India for their televisions, but the Korean company has some ground to cover for making its monitors as ubiquitous as their TV sets. They have been expanding their portfolio slowly and steadily and the latest one to join is 27GN950 UltraGear, a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor.
The 27GN950 packs a punch when it comes to tech and connectivity. The Nano IPS panel offers great viewing angle and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut, along with 10-bit colour for an improved viewing experience. The panel is VESA DisplayHDR600 certified, but given the edge-lit local dimming, the HDR experience is okayish.
The monitor features quite a few connectivity options like USB 3.0, two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort and while it can output at 4K UHD (3840×2160) on both HDMI and DisplayPort, achieving 144Hz refresh rate at 4K resolution will require a compatible GPU that supports DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC. Faster refresh rate at 4K is not possible for gaming consoles over HDMI. Having said that, 144Hz refresh rate at 4K along with 1ms response time ensures one of the best gaming experience when you are playing an FPS or any other fast-paced game. Adaptive Sync helps to reduce screen tearing and stuttering, irrespective of the Nvidia or an AMD GPU as the monitor supports both Nvidia G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.
There are no integrated speakers, but the monitor has a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug your choice of headphones and earphones and control their volume with the OSD button below the monitor.
The 27-inch screen takes all the attention at the front with virtually no bezels around the display and no branding to distract the user. The back, however, proves its gaming credentials with a circular RGB ring aka sphere lighting, which is bright enough to act as ambient light and is completely customisable with the help of additional downloadable software or a dial concealed nicely under the monitor. To make it truly immersive, the lights can also be synced to video or audio, so it changes colours according to what’s happening on the screen. The V-Wing shaped stand complements the monitor and can be adjusted to tilt, pivot, raise or lower the height.
The LG 27GN950 is an interesting monitor. While it cuts some corners on the HDR side but compensates it by delivering excellent picture quality, colours and fast refresh rate.
WE’RE IMPRESSED Performance
WE’D IMPROVE HDR
THE LAST WORD The 27GN950 UltraGear is a competitively priced monitor that brings 4K gaming with 144Hz refresh rate and great colour support.
This review is originally published in the January 2021 edition of T3 India. Subscribe here.