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LG 32GK850G B Review: Great VA Panel, 144Hz Gaming Monitor

5/5

If you want to get an excellent VA monitor this year, then you may have to check out the LG 32GK850G B monitor.

Even though the monitor has been out early 2018, the LG 32GK850G B still does pack the performance and features needed to give you the necessary experience required.

With a fast refresh rate and a large screen, it’s made for competitive gamers, and with the extra screen real-estate, you’ll be able to have a spacious screen.

Before investing in the LG 32GK850G B, let’s jump into its features, performance, design, and specifications.

Specifications

  • Screen Size: 32-Inches
  • Resolution: 2560×1440 WQHD
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 5ms GtG
  • Panel Type: VA
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Built-In Speakers: No
  • Stand Height, Swivel, Tilt, Pivot: Yes
  • VESA Mount Compatible, 100x100mm
  • Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Audio Jack
  • Weight: 14.8-lbs

Display Design

The LG 32GK850G B measures at 32-inches, with beautiful matte-black color to the overall design, making the monitor look sleek and elegant.

Also, the screen doesn’t have any glare, thanks to its matte-black material used.

In addition, the bezels are very thin and should give you a more fabulous immersion experience. And with a slim bezel design, you’ll be able to connect two or even three LG 32GK850G B displays and have a battle-station ready for you to command.

The stand has an excellent V-shaped base to it and is sturdy enough, which serves a great foundation to the display. Behind the display, you’ll be able to find the LG logo as well. And the stand is well ergonomically designed, and the display can adjust in height, swivel, and pivot.

If you’re not fully in with the stock stand, you can opt-in for a 100x100mm VESA mount, which allows the display to have full freedom of movement and maneuverability.

If you notice, the LEDs are located on the back of the display and adds a beautiful ambient look when turned on and adds for a better multimedia immersion experience. And you’ll be able to control the LED colors and lighting by adjusting the wheel, which is located on the bottom of the display as well.

You’ll be able to locate the OSD panel at the bottom of the display, which consists of a joystick. This will be very convenient if you’re navigating through the OSD menu configurations, you’ll be able to configure the settings with ease.

The OSD menu’s consists of different features that’ll give you the advantages in terms of gaming. You’ll be able to select different pre-sets as well.

The connectivity can be located in the rear of the monitor and consists of one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 1.4, two USB 3.0, and one audio jack.

With a plethora of connections, you’ll be able to plug in multiple devices and electronic gadgets into the monitor. And you’ll be ready to plug in any spare gaming consoles that you may have as well. Also, you can invest in an HDMI switch if you plan on connecting more devices.

Performance and Features

The LG 32GK850G B has a 2560×1440 WQHD resolution, with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 5ms response time. These specifications are well suited for both casual and competitive gaming. There are no ghosting nor graphic trailing during fast-paced scenes.

By plugging in a display cable, the display can be overclocked up to 165Hz in refresh rate if you do plan on upping the display’s performance.

Additionally, the monitor has a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and a brightness level of 350 cd/m², which will give you a vast plethora of contrast and gamut. So you’ll be able to notice the most vibrant darks and brilliant lights. Also, the LG 32GK850G B, being a VA panel, there wasn’t any backlight bleeding at all and is usually an issue for IPS panels.

With a 98% sRGB coverage, you’ll be able to experience the accuracy in colors along with superb color vibrancy, which is fantastic if you’re a creative, producer, and a gamer. However, being a VA panel, some colors and saturations had a bit of disappearance on the edges of the screen but didn’t pose any significant issues.

The monitor is FreeSync capable and is also G-Sync certified with its Vidia G-Sync3. FreeSync can run up to 30Hz to 165Hz and will give you super smooth and buttery-like gameplay without any screen tearing nor ghosting.

The LG 32GK850G B also comes with the overdrive feature in case if you do plan on maximizing the display’s performance to the max.

Overall the LG 32GK850G B performs well and has the same-like quality as an IPS panel, mix with the speed of a TN display.

Pros

  • Fast 144Hz, can be overclocked to 165Hz
  • FreeSync runs great from 30Hz-60Hz
  • The stand is well ergonomically designed
  • VESA mountable
  • No backlight bleeding
  • LED on the back is aesthetically nice

Cons

  • A bit of motion blur and ghosting during fast-paced scenes.

Conclusion

Overall the LG 32GK850G B display has a nice design and does pack the performance needed to run current games.

Being a VA panel, you’ll get the best of both worlds of a TN and an IPS panel with speed and quality. And with these specs, the LG 32GK850G B monitor is well suited for serious competitive gaming as well as doing creative work, projects, and color grading thanks to its high levels of color accuracy.

But if you’re still wanting to check out more of the fastest monitors this year, then check out the 144Hz and the 240Hz refresh rate monitors.

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