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LG 32GQ950 160Hz 4K Nano IPS with DisplayHDR 1000

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The combination of ‘4K’ UHD resolution and ~32″ screen size provides a strong pixel density plus excellent ‘desktop real estate’ and immersion potential. The LG 32GQ950 (32GQ950-B owing to mainly black rear) provides this, designed with entertainment and a dynamic HDR experience in mind. The monitor also includes HDMI 2.1 to broaden its appeal for console gamers, with support for ‘4K’ UHD @120Hz for the likes of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The monitor offers the usual ‘UltraGear’ styling – so not overly adventurous and fairly pared back for a gaming monitor. It doesn’t include any red elements from the front and is instead dominated by dark matte plastics. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and thin hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick beneath the central UltraGear logo.

UltraGear styling, without the red

A 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) 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 160Hz refresh rate is supported, with Adaptive-Sync including Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro – with assumed 48 – 160Hz VRR range plus LFC. Other aspects of note include a (likely ‘light’ or ‘very light’) matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support. The monitor includes hardware calibration using LG Calibration Studio and a compatible colorimeter. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a 450 cd/m² (1000 cd/m²+ HDR peak) typical maximum luminance and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut. VESA DisplayHDR 1000 support is included, allowing it to put its powerful backlight to good use with an edge-lit arrangement of 32 dimming zones (16 at the top, 16 at the bottom). The strong DCI-P3 coverage and 10-bit colour support can also be put to potentially good use for HDR10 content.

A ‘Reader Mode’ Low Blue Light (LBL) setting is included to enhance relaxing viewing, whilst a 1ms grey to grey response time is specified – caution advised. Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) is also specified, an automatically activated feature which minimises input lag. Other gaming-oriented features include an on-screen crosshair, FPS counter (refresh rate display) and ‘black stabilizer’ designed to enhance the visibility of dark areas. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and offers tilt, height adjustment and pivot into portrait. It can be removed to reveal provision for 100 x 100mm VESA mounting. Customisable RGB ‘Hexagon Lighting’ surrounds the stand attachment point for some extra ambience. The ports are mainly located to the right of the stand attachment point in a recessed area 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 DTS:X headset support.

'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 ~$1300 USD.

LG 32GQ950