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LG 27GN850 144Hz WQHD Nano IPS model

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For its combination of responsiveness and vibrant colour output, the LG 27GL850 is a popular choice. The 27GN850 (27GN850-B owing to predominantly black stand and rear) is the followup to this model, as a 2020 entrant to the UltraGear lineup of gaming monitors. Aesthetics are largely similar to its predecessor, with minor adjustments to the stand design. There’s now a dark red stripe visible from the front, with the floor of the stand base featuring this for a little visual interest. The stand neck has a central sliding mechanism for height adjustment rather than the cylindrical design of the ‘GL’. The dominant material is black matte plastic, including for the bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, encompassing a slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer edge. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a small joystick on the underside of the bottom bezel, beneath the central LG logo.

Some red touches

The monitor adopts a 27” Nano IPS panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution and light matte anti-glare screen surface. A 144Hz refresh rate is supported, alongside Adaptive-Sync. This includes support for Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync, with a 48 – 144Hz variable refresh rate range (plus LFC). A 1000:1 static contrast is specified alongside 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles, plus 10-bit colour support (8-bit + FRC dithering). A flicker-free WLED backlight is offered with enhanced phosphors, for a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to enhance viewing comfort. The monitor offers basic HDR10 support, allowing it to put the colour gamut and 10-bit colour to good use. But it misses out on any VESA DisplayHDR certification level, due to the peak luminance being too limited – and there’s no local dimming, so far from a ‘proper’ HDR experience. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual should be taken with some salt. ‘DAS’ (Dynamic Action Sync) is included as an integrated ‘low input lag’ feature. The included stand attaches centrally using a quick release mechanism and includes tilt, height and pivot adjustment (90° rotation into portrait). It can be removed and replaced with a 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. A red plastic ring surrounds the port attachment point. 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 USB ports of the ‘GL’ model have been removed.

A minimalistic port arrangement

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available for under $500 USD.

LG 27GN850