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LG 27GL850 B Review: Quick 144Hz, IPS, Gaming Monitor

5/5

If you’re looking to buy a new 27-inch gaming display to upgrade to this year, then you’ll need to check out this LG 27GL850 B review.

The LG 27GL850 B is an excellent IPS gaming monitor with a quick 144Hz refresh rate; you’ll be able to gain the upper hand when it boils down to competitive gaming.

With a quick response time, the monitor will give you that advantage and give you a smoother gameplay experience, along with its FreeSync and G-Sync capabilities.

So before buying the LG 27GL850 B monitor, let’s dive deep into the display’s specifications, design, and features.

Specifications

  • Screen Size: 27-Inches
  • Resolution: 2560×1440 QHD
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms (GtG)
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Ultra Widescreen
  • Built-In Speakers: 2 x 2-Watts
  • Stand Height (110mm), Tilt(5°-15°), Pivot (0°-90°): Yes.
  • Stand Swivel: No
  • VESA Mount Compatible, 100x100mm
  • Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Weight: 14.11-lbs

Display Design

The LG 27GL850 B measures at 27-inches and has a nice matte-black texture to the overall build. With an excellent design, you’ll feel the quality behind the build.

In addition, the 27GL850 B has thin bezels on all three sides and will provide you a more immersive experience during your gaming and multimedia sessions.

And with thin bezels, you’ll be able to connect two 27GL850 B’s and have awesome dual displays ready for you to command.

Also, the screen provides you more than enough screen real estate for you to have multiple windows and projects open, which is advantageous if you’re a creative and a designer as well.

Additionally, it handles reflection and glare pretty well, thanks to its matte screen build.

You’ll see the nice LG logo on the back of the panel along with its red circular design for added aesthetics, which looks pretty awesome.

Additionally, the stand has a nice ergonomic build, along with an excellent V-shaped based foundation. However, there was a bit of wobble when making slight movements to the display.

But the stand can adjust 110mm in Height, Pivot 0° to 90°, and tilt 5° to 15°, which makes the 27GL850 B versatile in display movement.

If you’re not fully on board with the default stand, you can always opt-in for a 100x100mm VESA stand, which will give the monitor more freedom to adjust in different positions.

If you look on the back of the panel, you’ll find the connectivities, which consists of one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, three USB 3.0, and one audio jack.

The LG 27GL850 B has a good range of connectivity, and if that’s not enough for you, you can always buy an HDMI switch as well to add more electronic devices to the monitor.

Overall the LG 27GL850 B has a nice aesthetic build, along with a fantastic matte-black texture, which will make you admire the monitor from a distance.

Performance and Features

The LG 27GL850 B has a 2560×1440 QHD, along with a quick 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms (GtG) response time, which will give you super-smooth gaming sessions and a slight edge when it comes down to competition.

In addition, the display has a 1000:1 contrast and a 350 cd/m² brightness level, which are all great and will provide you excellent peak brightness as well. However, peak brightness isn’t so excellent when in HDR.

The contrasts were pretty good; however, not at its full potential. The darks were a bit grayed out when viewing in dark scenes, which wasn’t all that great.

But the 27GL850 B is excellent for creatives, professionals, and photographers alike; thanks to its outstanding 85% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, and SDR color gamut coverage, you’ll have more than enough vibrant colors to work with.

Along with a 109-pixel density, the 27GL850 B will provide you clear and crisp text and images as well, making it great for detail work and creative projects.

There was a bit of backlight bleeding all around the display, but it shouldn’t be to a significant level.

Also the viewing angles were pretty decent when you’re viewing the monitor from its sides, and being an IPS, the monitor will give you a superior range of view as well. However, the images and color start fading if you view the display from different vertical angles.

FreeSync performed very well, and 27GL850 B is also G-Sync certified. Once FreeSync is enabled, graphics were smooth and buttery-like, and there were no screen-tearing nor motion blurs.

The VRR ranges from 20Hz to 144Hz, and can

The input lag sits around 4ms, which is pretty great and should give you great responsive gaming sessions.

Pros

  • Quick 144Hz refresh rate
  • FreeSync and G-Sync certified, performs smoothly.
  • Excellent vibrant and accurate colors
  • Ergonomically well designed
  • Great for creatives, photographers, and professionals

Cons

  • Contrasts can be slightly improved.
  • A bit of backlight bleeding on the edges of the screen

Thoughts and Conclusions

Overall the LG 27GL850 B is a fantastic gaming monitor with a rapid 144Hz refresh rate making it great for competitive gaming.

However, the contrasts performed decently, and the rich darks turned out to be grayed out, but shouldn’t be an issue.

FreeSync performed great, with a 20Hz to 144Hz VRR range. And if you do own an Nvidia graphics card, the 27GL850 B is also G-Sync certified, which is incredible as well.

Display Comparison

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Compared to the Samsung Galaxy G7, the Galaxy G7 is a VA panel and is a much better gaming monitor due to its fast 240hz refresh rate and overall color uniformity. The contrasts are much greater on the G7 than the LG 27GL850 B as well if budget isn’t an issue.

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