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Review: LG 32″ Class Full QHD Monitor

Written By: Steve Vegvari

(Product was provided by LG Canada for review)

 

LG has become synonymous with leading designs in visual fidelity. Most consumers will often think of their television sets when they think LG. This may be a turning point. Every year, consumers clamour for new hardware that fuses immersion and style.

LG has designed a high-end computer monitor that should peak a lot of gamer’s interest. The LG 32″ Full Class IPS QHD Monitor offers a sizable 31.5” display backed by NVIDIA G-SYNC, a 2560×1440 resolution, and a rapid 144HZ refresh rate. This is all wrapped up is a small .5” bezel.

Design and Setup

Right out of the box, the monitor proves by design to be a high-end gaming monitor. A slim black bezel is paired with sleek, red accents on the V-shaped base. On the back of the monitor is 360 degree RGB “Sphere Lighting” backlight. Backlighting can be easily adjusted to a number of different colours and two dynamic lighting modes. Home use would see many benefits, as backlighting has been known to reduce eye strain through colour contrast. This feature would also make a pop during any Esport event, having each player use a set colour to represent their team.

 

All inputs are hidden in the small well of the LED backlight. One HDMI 1.4 port, one DisplayPort 1.2 can be found in the well for video inputs. The monitor also supports quick-charge through two USB 3.0 inputs. Finally, one 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on the monitor as well.

Initial setup of the monitor is quite easy and intuitive. A quick-snap brace enables the user to secure the monitor to its base. Initially, I found some trepidations with having the monitor raised to it’s 4.3” max-height, however I never encountered any wobbles during my use time. Unboxing and build time came to about 15 minutes. Afterwards, I had begun fine tuning the configurations and easing the monitor to a comfortable angle, which can swivvel up to 20 degrees.

Picture Quality

This is where we get into the real meat and potatoes of the QHD monitor. As once you sit down with the monitor itself, it is quite refreshing to use a unit that bolsters its large screen. For review purposes, I chose to pop into Fallout 4 and Fortnite. When testing out Fallout 4, the immersion set in as the screen size was able to cover most peripheral angels.

To my surprise, little to no calibration was needed. The Black Stabilizer helped enrich the environment and provided clarity. Occasionally, there would be instances of lighting washing out to the edges during frantic movements, but nothing intrusive.

Switching over to Fortnite was where the monitor shined the brightest. The QHD monitor handles colour and vibrancy with great respect. Fortnite also begs for high response time and accuracy. This is where the 144Hz refresh was put to great use. It is quite often screen-tearing and stuttering would interrupt fast paced games. LG was able to do away with this issue and provide a smooth and clear experience because of their Dynamic Action Sync. Coupled with the G-SYNC technology built in, it was night and day coming off of a monitor with 60Hz support.

Conclusion

LG developed a large, and stylish high-end gaming monitor. The LG32GK850G-B Monitor offers some great visual fidelity straight out of the box. For users who enjoy getting getting their hands dirty, a slew of customization can be done to enhance your experience. While the model does come at a hefty $1099.99 (CAD) it is currently the only model its size to offer the suite of features LG has packed into the unit, including NVIDIA G-SYNC.

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Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.

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