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LG 32GQ850 260Hz WQHD Nano IPS with DisplayHDR 600

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For those seeking speed and immersion, ~32″ WQHD options can be attractive choices. The LG 32GQ850 (32GQ950-B owing to mainly black rear) is one such offering, with high refresh rate and decent DisplayHDR certification level. This member of the UltraGear series has fairly pared-back styling for a gaming monitor. With penguin-foot stand design and extensive use of dark matte plastics without colourful plastic elements. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with slim panel flush with the rest of the screen plus thin hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick beneath the central logo.

Understated UltraGear aesthetic

A 31.5″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) Nano IPS panel is included, with A-TW (Advanced True Wide) polarizer designed to minimise ‘IPS glow’ plus reduce off-angle contrast and saturation loss. A 260Hz refresh rate is supported, with VESA certified Adaptive-Sync (‘AdaptiveSync Display’). Support for Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro is included, with an assumed 48 – 260Hz VRR range plus LFC. Other points of note include a matte anti-glare screen surface, 178°/178° viewing angles, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 10-bit colour support. Hardware calibration is included with a compatible colorimeter and LG Calibration Studio software. A flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 450 cd/m² typical maximum luminance (600 cd/m²+ HDR peak) and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut. A ‘Reader Mode’ Low Blue Light (LBL) setting is offered to enhance relaxing viewing. VESA DisplayHDR 600 support is included, with some degree of local dimming included to enhance contrast and reasonable brightness output by HDR standards. 10-bit colour support can also be put to good use alongside the reasonably wide colour gamut.

Although such specifications should be largely ignored, a 1ms grey to grey response time is specified and Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) included as an ‘always on’ feature that minimises input lag. Other gaming features include an on-screen FPS counter (refresh rate display), crosshair overlay and ‘black stabilizer’ to enhance visibility in dark areas. Customisable RGB ‘Hexagon Lighting’ is included at the rear, surrounding the central stand attachment point. The stand attaches via a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The stand offers tilt and height adjustment plus pivot into portrait. The ports mainly face backwards in a recessed area to the right of the stand and include; 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DC 1.4 (with DSC) and a DC power input (external ‘power brick’). A downwards-facing 4 pole 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack is also included beneath the bottom bezel, with support for DTS:X headsets.

'Hexagon Lighting'

Further details can be found on some regional pages from the manufacturer, such as this one (Chinese, requires English translation). The monitor is listed for ~$900 USD. The monitor is also referred to as the 32GQ85X in some regions and by some retailers.

LG 32GQ850