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LG 32GK650F-B Review: Awesome 32-Inch, 144Hz VA, Gaming Monitor

If you’re seeking to upgrade to gaming this year, then you’ll have to check out the LG 32GK650F-B display.

The LG 32GK650F-B is a VA panel with a quick refresh rate to get your gaming needs met. Along with its low input lag, you’ll gain a competitive advantage when it boils down to serious gaming.

Additionally, with an excellent QHD resolution, the texts and images are crisp and clear. Along with an abundance of screen real estate space to have multiple windows open, you’ll have a slight edge.

So let’s dive deep into the LG 32GK650F-B monitors’ specifications, design, and performance.

Specifications

  • Screen Size: 32-Inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Panel Type: VA
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Ultra Widescreen
  • Built-In Speakers: No
  • Stand Height, Tilt, Pivot, Swivel: Yes
  • VESA Mount Compatible, 100x100mm
  • Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x 3.5mm Jack
  • Weight: 18.30-lbs

Display Design

The LG 32GK650F-B has a simplistic design, adding an aesthetic look to the monitor thanks to its overall matte-black coloring.

Additionally, the monitor has very thin bezel designs, which gives you more screen immersion when it comes down to gaming and watching multimedia.

Having thin bezels will also give you the edge when it boils down to connecting another LG 32GK650F-B display, having two excellent dual screens.

On the back of the display, you’ll find the LG logo sitting beautifully there along with a nice round red circle surrounding the logo, which adds to the monitor’s aesthetics. However, the red rings won’t glow nor light as well.

Along with a solid stand, the stand has an excellent wide V-shaped base, which serves as a stable foundation to the 32GK650F-B. The stand is ergonomically designed well. The stand can adjust in height, pivot, swivel -\+ 15 degrees, and tilt -\+ 15 degrees. However, the stand will have a bit of wobbliness to it; however, it shouldn’t be too significant.

Besides, the stand has an excellent quick release. It easily detaches from the monitor if you want to opt-in for a 100x100mm VESA mount, allowing more flexibility and screen positioning.

You’ll find the connectivity on the back of the display, consisting of one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, and one audio jack.

Also, the OSD panel can be found on the bottom of the display, consisting of one joystick, which is very convenient when navigating through the OSD settings, which is user-friendly.

Unfortunately, there are no built-in speakers; however, you’ll be better off with a set of dedicated speakers and headphones such as the Bose 700’s or the Sony WH 1000XM3’s.

Performance and Features

The 32-inch LG 32GK650F-B has a 260×1440 resolution, with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 5ms response time. These specs are great for competitive and casual gaming as well. However, the LG 32GK650F-B isn’t the best 144Hz gaming monitor out there, but it will still deliver you speedy performance.

The monitor cannot be overclocked; however, with a decent 144Hz refresh rate, you’ll still gain a competitive edge when it boils down to fast-paced gaming.

In addition, the monitor has a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 350 cd/m² brightness level. The monitor will give you high-quality contrasts, and you’ll be able to fully appreciate and see the rich darks and brilliant lights during gaming and movie sessions.

The brightness levels are also on point and shouldn’t be too bright when opening the LG 32GK650F-B straight out of the box. And you can always calibrate the monitor to your liking.

Also, the monitor is great for the eyes, and you’ll be able to work on the monitor for prolonged use. Thanks to its flicker-free screen, your eyes will thank you long-term.

The overdrive feature works decently well; you’ll be able to choose three different options, normal, fast, and faster. Overshoots and graphical artifacts may start appearing when overdrive is set to fast and faster.

The LG 32GK650F-B also has FreeSync available and runs from 20Hz to 144Hz, and is also G-Sync compatible. When you enable FreeSync, you’ll be able to experience the smoothness and buttery-like graphics as well. If you do decide to use the HDMI port, FreeSync will be limited up to 100Hz.

Pixel density sits around 93 PPI, which is excellent and will give you a lot of screen real estate space, and will provide you more than enough room to have multiple windows open simultaneously, which is excellent if you want to have a game and a creative project open at the same time.

Also, the viewing angles performed decently, and since the 32GK650F-B is a VA panel, it’s quite normal to have washed out colors and images when viewing the display from different angles. The screen tends to fade when approaching the screen from the sides.

Pros

  • High 144Hz refresh rate.
  • Excellent contrast ratios and brightness, making lights and darks vibrant.

Cons

  • Viewing angles can be improved.

Thoughts and Conclusion

The LG 32GK650F-B is an excellent 144Hz gaming monitor with a very low input lag, which is great for competitive and gaming in general.

However, compared to the AOC CQ32G1 monitor, the LG 32GK650F-B stands outstandingly due to its rapid response time and color accuracy. The LG 32GK650F-B is very ergonomically designed as well.

And compared to the LG 32GK850G-B, the 32GK850G-B has a better response time and overall color outputs. However, both monitors perform similarly, and you won’t go wrong with the 32GK650F-B.

Overall the 32GK650F-B is a great budgeted gaming monitor to have in your arsenal if you’re looking for an upgrade this season. However, you might want to check into the LG 32GK850G-B for its overall well-roundedness and vibrancy; it’ll just cost you a few more dollars, which shouldn’t be too significantly of a difference.

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