LG has yet again come out with another solid budget-friendly 4K display, this time in the form of the 27UL500-W. This LG 27UL500-W Review will help you decide if it’s worth your money or not. With a reasonable price tag, you may be asking yourself whether or not this product comes with compromises.
LG has been in the monitor business for a long time, and they have always been known to produce some pretty solid gear. The LG 27UL500-W is no exception, mostly because of its price tag. Its affordable nature draws many customers in from the get-go.
They don’t realize or care about things like contrast ratios or color gamuts; they simply want a good deal on a nice-looking monitor that will display videos and games without problems. But, of course, coming from a trusted brand is also helpful in getting people to buy stuff, which is what this particular model will do for you if you read carefully before clicking ‘buy now or checking out.
Understanding that it’s priced for those just getting into 4K or upgrading from 1080p monitors, I’ll first cover what sacrifices LG has made to keep this monitor at its current market value.
Afterward, I’ll go over what you’re receiving for your money and how the monitor functions as both a working desktop PC monitor and video game display (for multiple sources).
- Affordable Price Tag
- Excellent Color Density
- Offers Gaming features like AMD FreeSync
- Input lag is minimal
- The response rate is great
- The stand is tilt-only
- Side image view is not ideal
Before we get into the meat of this review, some basic things about monitors, in general, need to be addressed. First, it’s important you know what it is you’re actually buying because there are plenty of non-gaming monitors out in the wild; in fact, most aren’t for gaming in the least bit. So let’s cover some more specific stuff first before moving on to more important matters.
Refresh Rate & Rank
The LG 27UL500-W has a variable refresh rate of 40-60Hz. Since this is a 4K monitor, it should be able to handle high FPS rates without too much strain on your hardware. It is due to its high pixel density; 4K would make things look great at any frame rate (besides 0fps). Regardless, if you do decide to push such a high resolution with your existing rig, make sure you’ve got some beefy specs, or else you’ll experience issues like ghosting and screen tearing.
Specifications & Other Things
The LG 27UL500-W has a 5ms gray to gray response time, which is pretty standard for IPS panel displays. In addition, the viewing angles are 178° both vertically and horizontally, so don’t worry about the image being distorted when viewed from the off-center.
Some other things worth mentioning are its built-in speaker(s), which can be turned on or off through the menu; they’re not that great, but it’s better than nothing if you want to save some cash on buying actual speakers. Another thing is its VESA mount compatible with a 100mm x 100mm system. It means you could technically replace this monitor with anything else, including removing it all together if you wanted to use your wall space for something else like an aquarium). And lastly, the monitor has 1 HDMI (2.0), 2 USB 3.0 ports, and 4- USB 2.0 ports for all your peripheral needs.
Materials & Physical Features
The LG 27UL500-W uses an IPS panel to display its images. This type of technology is generally considered the best for color accuracy, saturation, viewing angles, blacks, etc. However, it isn’t as good as VA panels regarding contrast ratios or response times/ghosting. The thing to keep in mind with this specific monitor is that it’s neither G-Sync compatible nor does it have AMD FreeSync support, so consider those things if you’re looking for variable refresh functionality on a budget. But since it’s an IPS monitor at heart, it does have fantastic color reproduction, particularly for video games.
The monitor has two built-in speakers that are on the underside of the display’s frame; you can turn them on or off through the menu. They’re not great, but they work just fine if you don’t want to buy separate speakers. I’d like to point out that this isn’t a curved display, so its corners aren’t as sharp as those found on other monitors such as the LG 34UC79G-B Curved 3440×1440 IPS G-SYNC Monitor. Also, because this isn’t G-Sync compatible, it can only handle 40-60Hz, which might be a problem if your graphics card pushes over 60FPS.
The stand is pretty good, allowing you to adjust the monitor’s height via the rear legs. You can also rotate it 90° so it can be used in portrait mode if that’s your thing. Unfortunately, this particular model doesn’t have VESA mounting capabilities, but there are some models out there with them, so look around before buying. Also, the IPS panel has a matte coating rather than glossy, which helps reduce glare and reflections off its surface to improve visibility when viewed from off-angles.
LG 27ul500-w refresh rate is pretty impressive. The monitor is an IPS panel at heart, which means it has fantastic color reproduction (especially for gaming), with great viewing angles and nice blacks.
Also, remember to make sure your graphics card can handle 4K resolutions; if it can’t, don’t bother with this product because its 60Hz max refresh rate will not be able to meet the demands of games running at such high resolutions.
Its stand is also pretty good, allowing you to adjust height, tilt, rotate 90° into portrait mode, etc. Unfortunately, this specific model doesn’t have VESA mounting capabilities, but there are some models out there that do, so look around before buying! Lastly, its response time is average for an IPS monitor; it has a 5ms gray-to-gray response time.
For those who care about numbers, I’ve included a table below from the Spec Sheet detailing its key features and physical specs:
|Resolution||3840×2160 (Ultra HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||5ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (40Hz-60Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)|
What’s in the Box?
Out of the box, you are greeted with the 27UL500-W securely set between two Styrofoam blocks and wrapped with plastic to protect it during shipping. Upon opening the package, you might be shocked at how light it actually is due to its solid build quality, weighing only 9.7 pounds despite having an ultra-thin profile.
Once unboxed, it can be seen that LG has gone with an almost completely black design aesthetic. It has used matte black plastic most of the physical area with gloss black plastic on the stand. The bottom bezel (where it meets the screen) is only about an inch wide. You will be surprised at how large this monitor actually is when it’s sitting in your lap vs. seeing images of it online.
The panel itself uses LG’s own “Nano” IPS technology, which allows for clear viewing from all angles without suffering from color shifting or washing out. This model has a maximum brightness output of 300 cd/m2 with 240 cd/m² being its lowest; both are pretty standard compared to other displays using IPS panels.
It also has a 5ms response time with no options to adjust. Some other features are included, such as Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, and a crosshair overlay for first-person shooter games (among others that I wouldn’t personally use).
The stand itself has tilt adjustment and can be removed entirely by simply unscrewing the four screws on the back of the monitor and unplacing it from the bottom pegs. The holes left behind can then be used for VESA mounting 100x100mm, so you have more viewing angles than just about any monitor out there. I see many gamers doing this with their displays due to their sheer size and ergonomic benefits.
Another thing worth noting is how thin this unit actually is. It’s only a little over an inch thick and even with the stand removed, you can still tilt the monitor to your viewing angle.
Another great feature I wanted to mention is how much of a difference this monitor makes as far as power consumption goes, typically many monitors will eat up 150-200 watts, but this one uses less than 36watts at average brightness and 30% volume (from using headphones).
It should help save some extra money on your electric bill and allow for a longer lifespan of the unit itself.
Overall, this is a great upgrade if you are looking to get into 4k resolutions. Also, you don’t want to break the bank in the process. It’s simple, sleek, and very efficient for your wallet. It also can be placed on any wall thanks to its ultra-thin frame, which leaves plenty of room for connecting cables or anything else you might need while using it. It should be noted that there are some slight buzzing noises coming from the speakers at a high volume level. You might also be interested in reading LG 32UL500-W Review.
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