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LG 27UD68 Review – 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync (LG 27UD68-W, LG 27UD68-P)

by on June 15, 2016
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Note to readers LG has released the 27UD68 4K monitor by two very slightly different SKU numbers. These are denominated as 27UD68-W and 27UD68-P. The only difference that the P and W represent is the color of the model in qustion. The 27UD68-W is white and the 27UD68-P is black. Aside from this decorative distinction, there is no functional difference between the two and depending on which sales website or review site you visit, the 27UD68 4K monitor will randomly be called by either SKU number.

LG isn’t quite as prolific in the 4K UHD PC monitor manufacturing market as some brands like Asus, Dell or Acer but while the company may lack some of the same broad popularity in this market segment, the monitors it does produce definitely live up to expectations of stylishness from such a venerated brand in other types of display devices other types of display devices.

The LG 27UD68-W 4K monitor is a superb example of this, and in a market where most ultra HD monitor designs look either downright boring or only marginally stylish, the 27UD68-P delivers a downright elegant appearance. However, elegant looks are just a small and far from important part of what makes a PC display really worth buying and this is the question at hand for the 27UD68. Aside from looking good, does it also perform in a way that’s pleasing? Overall, the specs and display features of the 27UD68-P add up to a mostly affirmative answer for that question. While it certainly suffers from a few limitations some users might not like, this LG model is a very robust performer at content, video and even game display in 4K, in addition to simply looking really good.

This is because LG has packed in plenty of cool graphics rendering features, great gaming connectivity and some very robust general performance specs into the hardware behind the 27UD68-P’s pretty façade. And while we’re not entirely happy with a lack of a couple more practical aspects of this LG display, the positives outweigh the negatives in the 27UD68.

Performance Quality

Quite frankly, the LG 27UD68-W delivers what we would call superb performance quality almost entirely across the board and what makes this all the more impressive is how well it does this considering its highly affordable price for a 4K monitor.

Colors are excellent and highly realistic right out of the box and a minor amount of calibration only makes them look better, while contrast quality, peak brightness and black levels all deliver on quality to a very high degree. Furthermore, since the 27UD68-P is an IPS PC monitor, it offers excellent wide viewing angles while keeping both color and contrast high and its overall color and vibrancy performance is great for this same reason –the IPS panel technology. For developer work, video editing and viewing and for gaming as well, the 27UD68 is well designed and once again, the color accuracy ensures that the monitor can be used for all of these applications in a way that few users would find unsatisfying.

Additionally, the 27UD68 not only works superbly as a professional designers monitor or office display but also as a remarkably robust gaming PC monitor. Its response time of 5ms is good enough for most HD 1440p and 4K gamers and its 60Hz refresh performance is also silky smooth enough for gaming at all these resolutions. These gaming chops are further enhanced by the inclusion of AMD FreeSync technology in the 27UD68-P, allowing gamers with AMD GPUs and especially high-end 4K GPUs from the AMD brand to enjoy a high frame rate game-play performance that’s smooth and almost entirely free of stuttering or tearing. Finally, the DisplayPort 1.2 and more-advanced-than-normal HDMI 2.0 connectivity ports on the 27UD68-W fit perfectly for some of the latest connectivity trends in 4K UHD gaming and the Graphics cards it works best with.

We really have to say that the 27UD68’s performance in all of the above is quite praise-worthy and especially for such an affordably priced monitor. On the other hand, we do have our minor complaints about details of display design and the supporting stand, which we’ll briefly cover next.

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The Bad

For all of its high quality visual specs and connectivity options, the LG 27UD68-W isn’t without its flaws either. However, these defects are quite minor and shouldn’t be deal breakers for all but the most discerning users.

First of all, LG had decided to give the 27UD68’s IPS display and anti-glare coating that just doesn’t work in this monitor. It’s aggravating, annoying and it has the feel of a cheap matte phone protector coating screen. Furthermore, we noted a sort of weird rainbow grain when whites are viewed on the screen and this is almost certainly caused by this same anti-glare coat. In addition to this, the 27UD68 does suffer from a minor amount of backlight bleed along one of its lower corners but this particular detail might be unit specific and not reflect a tendency in this model in general.

Secondly, for all of its stylishness and especially the stylishness of the support stand for this particular monitor, LG forgot to add in a bit more practical adjustment functionality. Thus, the stand of the 27UD68-P can’t be shifted in almost any way, the way a monitor like Dell’s S2817Q or other 4K monitors from that brand or say, Acer. This is a tendency of other LG UHD monitors we’ve reviewed in the past and it has always annoyed us despite the elegance of the models this company produces. To make things a bit more annoying with this stand, it also feels just a bit flimsy and this is definitely something that might five pause to owners of particularly curious cats who like to sniff around new household gadgets. While the stand has a metallic finish, it’s in fact made out of plastic and not the most stable monitor support we’ve seen to-date.

Finally, the 27UD68-P comes with absolutely no USB ports, not of the 3.0 variety or even of the 2.0 variety and this is one really annoying omission in this particular PC monitor.

Final Thoughts

In our final opinion, the LG 27UD68 IPS 4K monitor, whether you buy it numbered as the 27UD68-P or 27UD68-W is an absolute steal for the price it’s selling at. This monitor delivers superb color performance, excellent contrast, great rightness and some very decent gaming and color support chops. Its connectivity options are up-to-date and we can’t help but love the way it looks despite its lack of adjustability options. They are more than made up for by the 27UD68’s display and performance specs.

Specs

• Screen Size: 27 inches
• Screen Mode: 4K UHD
• Response Time: 5 ms
• Aspect Ratio: 16:9
• Backlight Technology: LED
• Panel Technology: In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
• Maximum Resolution: 3840 x 2160
• Standard Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
• Color Support: 1.07 Billion Colors (10bit(8bit + A-FRC)
• Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
• Nominal Peak Brightness: 350 cd/m²
• Tearing Prevention Technology: FreeSync
• Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2a, 3.5mm headphone jack
• Speakers: No
• Height: 17.1″
• Width: 29.1″
• Depth: 2.4″
• Height with Stand: 17.9″
• Width with Stand: 24.2″
• Depth with Stand: 7.3” (screen alone 1.9”)
• Weight (Approximate): 10.8 lb

Design and Features

Starting with the design of the LG 27UD68, we love the way this particular 4K monitor looks. As we’ve already mentioned, there is an impractical side to its stylish build but that doesn’t stop the 27UD68-P from looking damn good on any desk. The extremely bezels surrounding the screen create an impression of more space than the 27 inches of the display actually deliver and the sleek silver metallic stand looks great with its curved blade-like foot. The same goes for the narrow burnished silver support that leads into the completely white and rather sparse back of the monitor, where the total of five different assorted connectivity ports are located in an inset panel.

On the other hand, as we’d said, the metallic look of the monitor stand is fake since it’s actually made out of a somewhat flimsy plastic and what’s more, the 27UD68’s stand offers limited adjustability options and the only one we noted was the ability to adjust rotation and tilt slightly. Still though, more than anything else, the nearly bezel-free display layout of this monitor really looks great, especially when combined with the superb picture quality.

As for display and other monitor features, the LG 27UD68 offers up a broad series of on-screen controls for quickly and very easily adjusting monitor settings with a mouse instead of clumsy button controls. Volume, brightness, picture mode presets and other adjustments like Split Screen can all be tweaked quickly and easily here. We definitely prefer this style of monitor calibration to that of hard external button adjustments like those on most other 4K monitors we’ve reviewed. It’s more accessible, easier to use and less annoying.

The 27UD68 also comes with a split screen mode which is ideal for multitasking. This allows for opening multiple windows at the same time, resizing the display and offers over a dozen options for different picture-in-picture settings. Split Screen also allows for the use of a dual PC rig through the two HDMI and one DisplayPort 1.2 ports at the back of the monitor.

Next, and possibly coolest among the features built into the 27UD68, there is AMD FreeSync technology. With FreeSync activated, this monitor can synchronize it’s onscreen refresh rate with that of most PC graphics cards from AMD and as a result, the overall gaming experience in Full HD and particularly in 4K resolution can be made much smoother, with less stuttering or tearing to screw up the gameplay. Furthermore, the monitor’s 5ms response time is more than decent enough for most gaming needs. In simple terms, the 27UD68-W is a surprisingly robust gaming display for 4K lovers and for Full HD gamers as well, though it maxes out at 60Hz refresh, meaning that high frame-rate (120fps or more) gameplay in HD isn’t possible. On the other hand, no current GPU can really go beyond 60fps in the speed at which it delivers 4K graphics anyhow, so this shouldn’t be a problem for ultra HD gamers.

LG has also added in a rather cool game mode as one of the 27UD68’s preset display modes. With game mode active, users can set the monitor to set up for dual first-person shooter gameplay, single player gaming and an RTS pre-set mode that’s variable based on user choice.

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Display Characteristics

The display quality of the LG 27UD68 is definitely one of its major winners. This monitor delivers superb 99.5% sRGB color spectrum coverage, a fairly high degree of Adobe RGB coverage at about 78% and manages to work with pseudo-10-bit 8bit + A-FRC color delivery for what amounts to a reproduction of over 1 billion colors. Additionally, we liked its very high degree of brightness and the decent contrast level it delivers as well. The IPS panel offers a peak screen brightness of 356 nits and despite this being an IPS display, the black levels are quite good, though we’ve seen better in many VA and TN PC monitors, particularly for gaming .

Finally, since this is an IPS monitor, its viewing angles are excellent, with a full 178 degrees of relatively clear display viewing being possible without major color or contrast loss. We should also note that LG has given the 27UD68-W Black Stabilizer technology for very good and even black level support and there are also Flicker-Safe and Blue-light Reduction settings for easier prolonged viewing while using the monitor for gaming or major work projects.

Connectivity

The connectivity specs of the LG 27UD68-P are both surprisingly good and surprisingly disappointing at the same time. This may sound odd but the reason for the apparent contradiction is simple: On the one hand, for gamers and multiple-display users, the monitor offers thre different connections for 60Hz 4K graphics transmission. These come in the form of two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2a port with Adaptive-Sync technology. Both of these connectivity types are among the most advanced of their type for today’s 4K UHD PC displays and we appreciate their presence. On the other hand, there are no USB ports of any kind in the 27UD68-W. This may not be a big deal if your PC itself offers USB connectivity but we consider the absence of even one UBS 3.0 port to be a major omission on LG’s part.

Pricing

The LG 27UD68 4K UHD FreeSync monitor is priced very nicely for the specs it offers. It’s currently selling on Amazon.com for just $497.99. It’s a steep price by HD monitor standards but for 4K display with the specs of the 27UD68, this is a very decent deal.

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Positives

• AMD FreeSync
• Excellent IPS viewing angles
• Superb color reproduction
• HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2a
• Virtually no bezel along display edge
• Stylish look
• Very bright display

Negatives

• Limited support stand adjustability
• Anti-Glare screen is annoying
• No USB connectivity

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Aside from some minor issues with its Anti-Glare coating for the display, a lack of USB ports and the limited support stand adjustment options we like the LG 27UD68. It looks great, its display is virtually bezel-free and the picture performance specs of this monitor are generally excellent.

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  • Paul
    June 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Stephen, I have trouble choosing between the LG 27UD68 and Dell P2715Q, a monitor that you also reviewed. Would you recommend one over another? Thanks.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 24, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Hey there Paul. Overall, I’d recommend the Dell model more. It offers better connectivity due to the inclusion of USB ports (though the LG comes with the more advanced DisplayPort 1.2a) and is more user friendly overall due to its stand adjustability options. In terms of display quality, the two monitors are nearly equal but we did like the Dell model’s contrast levels more. It’s more of a gaming and visual editing friendly monitor.

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      • Dharmesh
        July 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

        Thanks Stephen, I just bought the Dell Monitor based on your recommendation, I wanted to point out a few more things to readers.

        The Dell Monitor is HDMI 1.4 and not 2.0, so it cannot do 4K60hz, only 4K30hz over this connector. It can do 4K60Hz over the Display Port (there’s two) and the Mini Display ports though. In addition to that, the bezel is significantly bigger, however the monitor has practically all height and pivot requirements you can possibly want.

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      • James
        September 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm

        But, the Dell model does not have Free-Sync — a massive disadvantage and pretty much negates your argument of being a ‘gaming monitor’ (unless of course, you do not have an AMD card).

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          September 29, 2016 at 12:41 am

          Hello there James, to which Dell model are you referring to and in which section of this review? I will look into the detail and correct any factual error there might be. Thanks

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      • Johan
        November 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

        Does the Dell monitor give more reflections due to a less matte screen? I’ve read that it’s semi gloss. Would really appreciate some help in this.

        Thanks.

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  • SteelCrysis
    June 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I am trying to decide between the LG 27UD68P-B and the Dell P2715Q. The 27UD68P-B is the monitor you reviewed with an adjustable stand. You said that the P2715Q has better contrast levels, but never listed what contrast levels you measured for the LG monitor. I will be gaming and enjoying 4K demo footage. Also, I know that both monitors use IPS panels, but does one still have lower input lag than the other?

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  • Tim
    August 25, 2016 at 2:39 am

    The 27UD68-P variant does feature a fully adjustable stand, which is pretty stable to boot.

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  • Laurent
    August 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Hello Stephen,

    Thanks for the great review! I’d like to replace my two 8 year old 22 inch Samsung screens to have 2×27/28 inch monitors. I came across this review and you convinced me to take this LG screen into consideration. I have however a 2 questions.

    1. I use my computer 90% of the time to work (site design, photography,…) so for that part, the screen looks to be the perfect candidate but I sometimes play FPS games (maybe 3-4h / month) and I was wondering if the gaming performance without the free sync was decent enough (I’m going to buy a nvidia card).

    2. Using a dual 4k screen setup might a bit be overkill for some tasks so I was wondering if going down to 2k would affect the image quality. I would in fact be happy with 2x 2k screens but I have found the ideal candidate for that.

    Thanks
    Laurent

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  • Tim
    August 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    27UD68-P variant comes with a fully adjustable stand.

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  • Anonymouscoward
    September 4, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    ” On the other hand, no current GPU can really go beyond 60fps in the speed at which it delivers 4K graphics anyhow, so this shouldn’t be a problem for ultra HD gamers.”

    Simply, not true. Why would you say this? Even if we ignore the fact that current hardware is capable, it depends on the game.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Hello there Anonymous Coward, This review was written before more recent GPU releases which made that statement false. It will be edited to account for cards like the 1080, Titan X Pascal, AMD Fury Pro Duo and so on. Consistent 4K graphics at 60fps in high detail levels have only very recently become possible in single card non-SLI configurations of gaming GPUs.

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  • JohnQ
    October 3, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Would this monitor also support HDR? Or would it require HDMI 2.0a?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      October 3, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Hey there JohnQ, no I believe that the 27UD68 doesn’t support HDR and for the simple reason you mention, it doesn’t come with HDMI 2.0a connectivity. the only PC device we’ve reviwed to.date with HDR-capable HDMI connections is the new Kaby Lake Razer Blade Stealth laptop but this also wouldn’t mean HDR display support since proper HDMI connectivity isn’t the same as HDR-capable display parameters.

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  • Mercerise
    October 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Hey Stephen just need some quick advice. I have this monitor currently although I do think I notice the coating, does the Dell look that much better without it? Also, would you recommend I keep this monitor, or return it and go for the dell? I will be doing some video editing on my MacBook and plan to use it for the ps4 pro next month. Thanks in advance!

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  • ACGNerd
    October 31, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Hi, Stephen. About the anti-glare coating on this screen. Is this the same coating that you saw on the 27UD88? As I found out the biggest difference for 27UD88 and 27UD68 is the usb-c and ergos. But in the 27UD88 review I didn’t found any word mentioning the matte coating is annoying.
    If the 27UD88 matte coating is better than 27UD68, then it will be another difference between these 2 monitors and it can help me pull the trigger!

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  • Adam
    November 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    There seems to a few comments and comparisons on the Dell 2715Q, however I don’t see the Dell monitor being a future-proof investment, and I can’t get past the huge bezels. The Asus MX279H seems to be the top choice on this website for non-4k monitors, so has anyone tried or tested the Asus Designo MX27UQ monitor? It looks amazing and my pick would be between these two.

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  • cam
    November 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    does this monitor support hdcp 2.2 i find it so hard finding out what monitors do and don’t and none say which version

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  • PS Fanboy
    November 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Does it support hdcp 2.2? Would it be a good monitor for PS4 Pro in your opinion? How much is the input lag? Thanks in advance

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  • JP
    November 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Hey Stephen, I’m also trying to decide between the Dell 2715Q and LG 27UD68. I already ordered two of each since I did not want to miss out on a good black friday deal. Im trying to figure out if these monitors are a good investment or if I should wait for HDR monitors to come out and be affordable. If these will last me for the next 5-6 years then I will be happy. I just don’t want to buy this now and have affordable HDR IPS monitors come out next year.. I got the monitors for $300 a piece.

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  • Svetlana
    December 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    I was wondering which of the following two monitors (you reviewed) would you recommend over the other: the LG 27UD68 or the Samsung U28E590D?

    Thank you very much.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Hello there Svetlana, I’d recommend the 27UD68 monitor a bit more. It offers better connectivity and I believe it’s performance as a gaming or work display is slightly superior. You’ll lose an inch on its display size but this is a minor detail.

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  • finlay
    January 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Good review other than this quote ” Its response time of 5ms is good enough for most HD 1440p and 4K gamers” which is usally not true because most gamers 2ms is good enough.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 19, 2017 at 8:24 am

      This is a valid point Finlay, and especially for more serious, competitive gamers, but for casual gaming just for fun, the difference shouldn’t be a problem.

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  • Anon
    January 26, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Hi!

    Which one would you recommend: LG 27UD68P or LG 27UD88-W? Are there any differences between these two aside from USB-C support? Especially in color calibration. I think 27UD88-W comes pre-calibrated.

    I will be using it for PC and PS4 Pro.

    Thank you.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Hello Anon, I’d recommend the UD88 over the UD68P. It’s generally the superior performer on display specs, with a brighter display and what we consider to be better color rendering. Furthermore, it comes with a number of possibly useful extra features such as the following which the UD68 mostly lacks:
      – Flicker safe
      – Six Axis Control
      – Factory Calibration
      – On Screen Control
      – Black Equalizer
      – DAS Mode
      – Quick Charge

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      • NickD
        May 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

        Stephen
        Is the anti-glare screen the same or better on the UD88?

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          May 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

          Hi NickD. They’re pretty similar. The UD88 delivers a bit better, maybe, but the difference is small enough to not be an issue.

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      • NickD
        May 16, 2017 at 11:49 am

        Stephen
        LG state that the UD68P does have:
        – Flicker safe
        – Six Axis Control
        – Factory Calibration
        – On Screen Control
        – Black Equalizer
        – DAS Mode

        The only feature shown in the above list that is missing is “Quick Charge”. They also state that both the UD68P and UD88 have an anti-glare 3H Hard Coating.

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  • Peng
    March 9, 2017 at 4:01 am

    I’m think of buying this LG 27UD68 or Samsung U28E590 , which one would you recommend? I only wants to use it for my PS4, buying this 4K monitor for my future upgrade.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Hello Peng, I’d recommend the LG 27UD88 over the Samsung U28E590. It’s a generally better performer at color quality and display brightness in our view and a monitor that offers slightly better connectivity options. Both offer FreeSync for AMD GPUs in particular, so bear that in mind. However, the Samsung model comes with a superior response time due to its display type. The UD88 is an IPS monnitor with slightly weaker but still respectable response time, though it offers weaker black levels.

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  • Christopher
    August 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    According to LG, and a few online stores, this monitor is now discontinued. Which of the remaining or upcoming LG monitors would you recommend as an alternative (27-32″ 4K IPS FreeSync)?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 3, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Hi there Christopher, we’re working on a major update to our monitors page, here, as well as several new monitor reviews. So check back to it by about saturday and we’ll have several recommendations in order of quality posted. These include at least a couple of LG’s newest monitors. Right off the top of my head right now though, i’d strongly recommend you take a look at LG’s 32″ Class 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor with HDR10 32UD99-W. It’s one of the models we’ll be listing very highly and reviewing.

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