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LG 32UN500 and 32UN550 31.5 inch 4K UHD VA models

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The ‘4K’ UHD resolution offers a nice pixel-dense experience and plenty of desktop real-estate, when coupled with a ~32″ screen size. The LG 32UN500 and 32UN550 (32UN550-W and 32UN550-W owing to white rear) provide this, with the same homely styling adopted by earlier models from the company. A silver plastic stand neck and crescent shaped stand base is adopted. The screen has a ‘3-side borderless’ design, or more precisely a dual stage bezel design is used at the top and sides. This includes a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a thin hard plastic outer component. The bottom bezel is thicker, matte black plastic with a mere sliver of panel border visible. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick on the underside of the monitor, in the central region.

A homely appearance

A 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 ‘4K’ UHD VA panel is used, more specifically the AUO M315QVN01. This has a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and a light matte antiglare screen surface. A 60Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync with a 40-60Hz VRR range. 10-bit colour is supported and a flicker-free WLED backlight is employed, offering a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut. The monitor includes LBL (Low Blue Light) functionality, with a ‘Reader Mode’ aimed at enhancing viewing comfort. Basic HDR support is offered – it will respond to HDR10 content, allowing it to put its bit-depth and gamut to good use. But it doesn’t offer a particularly high luminance and no local dimming is specified. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified (caution advised), whilst ‘Dynamic Action Sync) DAS’ low input lag operation is included. The included stand is tilt-only on the ‘500’ and tilt plus height adjustable on the ‘550’ – this is the key distinction between the two models. The ports face backwards and include; DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’). 5W MaxxAudio stereo speakers are included for potentially fairly powerful sound output.

A white rear

Further details on the ‘500’ and ‘550’ can be found on various regional websites from the manufacturer. The ‘500’ is available for ~$350 USD (£370) whilst the ‘550’ may be confined to other regions such as Asia.

LG 32UN500