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LG 27GL650F with 144Hz Full HD IPS panel

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Most Full HD 144Hz monitors make use of either TN or VA panels. For users wanting the strongest colour performance, a slim number of alternatives exist such as the ASUS VG279Q which instead uses an IPS-type panel. The LG 27GL650F (27GL650F-B owing to the black back) offers another 144Hz IPS-type alternative, a member of the UltraGear gaming monitor line-up. The styling is in keeping with other members of the series, with matte black plastics used throughout and a ‘penguin-foot’ stand design. The bezels are dual-stage with a slim panel border flush with the screen, plus a thin hard outer plastic component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a downwards-facing joystick located beneath the LG logo at the front.

The front view

A 27” IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel is used with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including AMD FreeSync support on compatible GPUs and systems. The variable refresh rate range is 48 – 144Hz, with LFC supported below that. Other key aspects of the specification include a 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 1000:1 static contrast and use of a medium matte anti-glare screen surface for good glare-handling. 8-bit colour is supported and a flicker-free WLED backlight is employed offering ~99% sRGB colour space coverage and a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified alongside a 1ms MPRT response time using the ‘MBR’ (‘Motion Blur Reduction) strobe backlight feature. A low input lag through-mode designed to minimise extraneous processing (Dynamic Action Sync – DAS) also features.

Other features of note include ‘Black Stabilizer’ to enhance visibility in dark areas of the image, an on-screen crosshair feature and ‘HDR10 support’. This is a very basic level of HDR support, without any VESA DisplayHDR certification mentioned – the monitor will merely respond to HDR content, but doesn’t benefit from local dimming, a particularly high peak luminance, 10-bit colour support or a wide colour gamut. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including ‘Reader Mode’ feature to enhance viewing comfort, particularly useful in the evening to minimise blue light exposure in the hours leading up to bed. The included stand attaches centrally using a quick-release mechanism (button beneath stand attachment point) and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The included stand offers tilt, height and pivot (90° rotation into portrait). The ports face backwards in a recessed area to the right of the stand attachment point and include; DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’).

The rear view

Further details can be included on certain regional LG websites, including this one. The monitor has been released and is available for ~$350.

LG 27GL650F