LG 32UD60 31.5” VA FreeSync 4K UHD model
When it comes to a good amount of useable ‘real-estate’ for work and a nice pixel density for both work and play, ~32” screens with a ‘4K’ UHD resolution are rather attractive. The LG 32UD60 (32UD60-B owing to the black rear) makes use of a similar UHD VA (Vertical Alignment) panel to that seen in the AOC U3277PWQU. It is essentially a slightly revised version of the 32UD59-B; and indeed, looks identical on the outside. Matte black plastics are used extensively, the bezels are reasonably slender with the panel border hidden by a hard outer bezel. The OSD is controlled by a joystick located centrally on the underside of the bottom bezel.
A 31.5” VA (Vertical Alignment) panel is used, or more specifically an AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) panel from InnoLux. This has a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and sports a 3000:1 static contrast alongside 178°/178° viewing angles. The screen surface used is light matte anti-glare (as per the AOC model). AMD FreeSync is supported via Adaptive-Sync on the monitor, with a 40 – 60Hz variable refresh rate assumed. 10-bit colour is supported (8-bit + FRC dithering) and an enhanced phosphor WLED is employed which yields a 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 300 cd/m² maximum brightness. Hopefully it offers better sRGB support than the AOC does, for users who prefer more accurate and less saturated output of standard sRGB content. A 4ms grey to grey response time specified, which should be taken with an unhealthy dose of sodium chloride. This is slightly lower than the 5ms specified for the 32UD59-B. Perhaps LG tweaked the pixel overdrive a bit, but we wouldn’t read too much into that.
Other attractive features include DAS (‘Dynamic Action Sync’), which is the company’s low input lag mode that is designed to minimise latency. There is also a ‘Reader Mode’ Low Blue Light (LBL) setting designed for relaxing viewing – for example in the evening, where blue light exposure should be minimised to aid a restful night’s sleep. There is also ‘Black Stabilizer’, which allows users to improve the visibility in dark areas at the expense of accuracy. Useful if you’re after a competitive advantage in a game, making enemies easier to spot. The included stand offers tilt (5° forwards, 15° backwards) and height adjustment (120mm or 4.72 inches). It can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution. The ports are minimal on this model and include; HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a DC power input (external ‘Power Brick’). Adaptive-Sync and hence AMD FreeSync is supported via both HDMI and DP on compatible GPUs. It’s interesting to note the loss of one of the HDMI ports from this model’s predecessor. Perhaps this was in a move to slightly lower input lag, possibly tallying as well with the lower specified response time in a bid to slightly improve the responsiveness. This is pure speculation, of course.
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is due for global release Feb – March 2018 and is listed in the US for $599.99. If there’s sufficient demand we’ll consider reviewing this model, but we can’t promise anything.