LG 32UK550

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4K monitors have become increasingly common and at an affordable price, but a large number of them are 27″, which is OK for gaming but for office work you have to using scaling which then reduces the screen real estate benefits of 4K.

LG is starting to introduce larger 4K screens at an affordable price point too. The LG 32UK550 is focussed on Japan at the moment, but it should hopefully trickle down to other markets.

The new LG 32UK550 isn’t just a basic 4K screen, it also supports HDR10 and covers  95% of the DCI-P3 colour space while also using AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate tech.

While it is only a VA panel the panel can reproduce 1.07 billion colours over 95% of the DCI-P3 colour space, or alternatively, it can hit 100% of the sRGB colour gamut. As an added bonus, the monitor comes factory-calibrated. The panel features a 300 nits typical brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 4 ms GtG response time, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and your VA-standard 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles.

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The 300 nits brightness is obviously going to be an issue with some people as it makes the HDR10 claims a bit moot.

The AMD FreeSync only covers a 40 – 60 Hz range so this is not going to be appealing to serious gamers, but it should be perfectly capable for more casual gamers.  The display features LF’s Black Stabilizer (increases brightness of dark scenes in games) and Dynamic Action Sync (bypasses internal processing to reduce input lag) modes for gaming, making this a little more appealing as a gaming monitor.

The 32UK550-B is equipped with two HDMI 2.0a ports, as well as one DisplayPort 1.2 input. All of the display inputs support HDCP 2.2.

The main selling point for this monitor is the attractive price tag of ¥55,000 w/o tax (£370/$485). In comparison, the cheapest option I can find in the UK is the Samsung U32J59 which costs £279 but has neither FreeSync or HDR.


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