LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with Radeon FreeSync technology and HDR10 review

LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with Radeon FreeSync technology and HDR10 review

How this IPS monitor good for gaming? IPS computer monitors help keep colors consistent at a wide viewing angle with reproducing 98% coverage of the sRGB color spectrum. Game modes for First-Person-Shooter game and even a RTS pre-set mode allow you to choose the best conditions for you and the gam you’re playing. Get details in LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with Radeon FreeSync technology and HDR10 review.

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In the box

  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • Power cord
  • Power supply
  • User guide and CD

Pros & Cons

PROS

  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Large screen and high resolution
  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync
  • Deep blacks.
  • Exceptional text clarity.
  • Flicker-free

CONS

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Glare might be an issue
  • Allows for tilt adjustment only.
  • Images look slightly inaccurate from the side.

Specs – LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with Radeon FreeSync technology and HDR10

  • Resolution 3840×2160 (Ultra HD)
  • Screen Size 27-inch
  • Ports DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
  • Panel Type IPS
  • Refresh Rate 60Hz
  • Response Time 5ms (GtG)
  • Adaptive Sync FreeSync (40Hz-60Hz)
  • Contrast Ratio 1000:1 (static)
  • Colors 1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
  • Other Ports Headphone Jack
  • Brightness 300 cd/m2
  • HDR HDR10
  • VESA Yes (100x100mm)

Compare LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor vs LG 27UN850-W Ultrafine IPS Display

LG 27UL500-W 27-Inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Monitor LG 27UN850-W Ultrafine UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Display
Aspect Ratio16:916:9
Display Resolution Maximum3840 x 2160 pixels3840 x 2160 pixels
Screen Size27 inches27 inches
Display TypeLEDIPS Display
Item Dimensions24.5 x 8.2 x 18.1 inches24.1 x 9.2 x 17.7 inches
Item Weight11.24 lbs13.50 lbs
Mounting TypeVESA Compatibility – Mountable: 100 x 100mmWall Mount
Refresh Rate60 hertz60 hertz
SizeWhite

LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with Radeon FreeSync technology and HDR10 review

Build

The dark-gray matte bezels of the monitor are reasonably thick while the screen is coated with a matte 3H anti-glare coating, which effectively prevents reflections. The back is plastic and plain. There’s a removable clip on the stand that serves as basic cable management, and there’s a quick-release feature to remove the stand if you want to VESA-mount it.

Design

It has a dimension of 24.5 x 8.2 x 18.1 inches and it weighs only 11.25 pounds. The stand of the monitor is tilt-only by -5°/15°, and it’s prone to wobbling. Luckily, you can detach the stand and mount the screen on a third-party stand using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Ports

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 and a headphone jack. All display connectors support AMD FreeSync up to 60Hz at 4K, as well as HDCP 2.2 and HDR.

  • DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
  • Mini DisplayPort No
  • HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
  • DVI No
  • VGA No
  • DisplayPort Out No
  • USB No
  • USB C No
  • Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
  • Microphone In 3.5mm No
  • Digital Optical Audio Out No
  • Analog Audio Out RCA No
  • Power Supply External Brick

Display

UHD screens at 27-inch can provide a level of sharpness that’s fantastic for editing and entertainment purposes.

Image quality

Based on an IPS panel with dithered 10-bit color depth support (8-bit + FRC for 1.07 billion colors), 98% sRGB color gamut and wide 178° viewing angles, the LG 27UL500 monitor delivers gorgeous, accurate and consistent colors.

Brightness

It  includes a decent 300-nit peak brightness and a static contrast ratio of 700:1 – 1,000:1 depending on the particular unit of the monitor.

The HDR peak brightness is sub-par. It’s again very consistent across different content, but it’s only slightly brighter than in SDR and not enough to make highlights stand out the way they should in HDR content.

We measured the HDR peak brightness in the ‘HDR Standard’ Picture Mode with Brightness set to max.

Resolution

  • Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Megapixels 8.3 MP
  • Pixel Density  138 PPI
  • Screen Diagonal 32.0″
  • Screen Area 438 in²

The LG 32UL500-W has a large 32 inch screen that provides plenty of space for multitasking, allowing you to place multiple windows side-by-side. The pixel density is still very high despite the bigger screen size, so images and text look incredibly sharp.

Refresh rate & FreSync in LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with Radeon FreeSync technology and HDR10

Nevertheless, using FreeSync with compatible NVIDIA cards (GTX 10-series or newer) may not necessarily work without issues. Depending on your particular unit of the monitor, graphics card and GPU driver version, FreeSync will either work just fine, or you’ll have to use the Basic mode, which has a narrower VRR range of 48-60Hz.

The LG 27UL500 FreeSync range is 40-60Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) in the ‘Extended’ mode, so as long as your FPS is within that range, there will be no tearing or stuttering.

The LG 27UL500 is a FreeSync monitor, but it is not listed as G-Sync compatible which is rapidly becoming common in the market. 4K variants have had the most issues with the latter, so we’re hoping Nvidia will work more with these UHD options sometime soon. Input lag is excellently low at 9.5ms, so gamers will not feel delays or “de-synced” instances.

LG 27UL500-W 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with Radeon FreeSync technology and HDR10 customer review

WORKS GREAT FOR WHAT I USE IT FOR

I bought a Mac mini 2020 M 1 and needed a monitor. I had an old monitor which worked fine. However, I wanted at least a 4K or better. The monitor setup easily plugged into the M1 with no issues using an HDMI connector. I did start with a USB c-DVI connection which worked fine. The instructions recommend HDMI so I went back to HDMI. Really the only issue I had the disc that came with the monitor only had a PC-compatible disc instruction. Other than that, the ability of the monitor to be turned vertically horizontally mounted on the wall or other is flexible. At 27 inches there’s nothing outlandishly large about it. I can easily split the screen in half with one document on one side and another document on the other. I do nothing that I think would stress the screen. I don’t game. I do graphics with affinity photo and affinity vector both Apple products and it works fine with those products.

Pros: 

Style/Design,

ease of use,

Performance,

Quality

By RoyBJA at lg.com

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BenQ EL2870U

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 28-inchPanel type: TNAspect ratio: 16:9Response time: 1msRefresh rate: 60HzWeight: 12.6 lbs

REASONS TO BUY

+Excellent price point+Lovely 4K resolution and HDR tech+Tremendous picture quality

REASONS TO AVOID

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It’s got a speedy 1ms response rate, the usual 4K-monitor 60Hz refresh rate and FreeSync (no G-Sync unfortunately) is present to help smooth out pictures. You’ll also get some neat BenQ-exclusive features with this monitor that others will not be able to offer: Brightness Intelligence + (B.I.+) changes the brightness and color temperature of on-screen images relative to the monitor’s surroundings; and the Low Blue Light Technology is part of the company’s eye-care tech that removes the harmful blue light. These aren’t just clever-sounding features either, and one can definitely feel the benefit over long periods of use – I certainly found it out when I reviewed it for one of our sister sites. Overall, the EL2870U offers a wonderful deal for its price tag; genuine gaming specs on a great 4K monitor for gaming that is crisp and clear, that won’t break the bank.

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