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LG 27GL83A 144Hz WQHD IPS model

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27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) models with IPS-type panels are highly sought after for PC gaming and general-purpose use. The LG 27GL850 is a model that has received a lot of praise amongst users for its combination of responsiveness and vibrant colour output. The 27GL83A (also referred to as 27GL83A-B owing to the black stand and rear) offers a slightly cheaper alternative, with a narrower colour gamut backlight. The aesthetics are shared with the ‘original model – a pretty simple aesthetic, with plenty of matte black plastic and a robust-looking stand. The top and side bezels feature a dual-stage design, including a fairly slender panel border that blends in with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a small joystick that sits centrally beneath the bottom bezel.

A familiar face

A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) LG Display IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel is employed, with a light matte anti-glare screen surface and 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is included, with support for AMD FreeSync and Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ on compatible GPUs and systems. A 48 – 144Hz variable refresh rate range is supported, alongside LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) and a similar technology for Nvidia users to help keep tearing and stuttering at bay across a broad range of frame rates. A 1000:1 static contrast is specified alongside 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. 10-bit colour is supported (8-bit + FRC), whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight is employed. This offers 99% sRGB coverage and a typical maximum luminance of 350 cd/m². This is significantly narrower than the 98% DCI-P3 coverage of the 27GL850, providing rich and natural colour output rather than the more saturated and vibrant output of the ‘GL850’. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including a ‘Reader Mode’ feature, with enhanced viewing comfort in mind. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual you shouldn’t pay too much attention to such figures. Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) also features, an integrated low input lag mode that’s activated automatically. The rear of the monitor is mainly matte black plastic, with some red plastic elements for a bit of visual interest. The included stand offers tilt, height and pivot adjustment and can be removed using a quick-release mechanism to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes. The ports face backwards in a recessed area to the right of the stand attachment point, including; DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm DC power input. The USB 3.0 ports of the ‘GL850’ are absent from this model.


A familiar face

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available for ~$380.

LG 27GL83A