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LG UltraGear 27GR95QE 240Hz WQHD OLED

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There is understandably a great deal of interest in OLED gaming monitors, with their definite strengths in terms of both image quality and responsiveness. The LG 27GR95QE (27GR95QE-B owing to the largely black rear) of the UltraGear series homes right in on this craving, featuring OLED technology with a 240Hz refresh rate and WQHD resolution. The monitor has fairly sleek and angular styling, with dark matte materials used extensively. Including for the ‘penguin foot’ stand. The top and side bezels are dual-stage with slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen, plus slim hard plastic outer part. The bottom bezel includes a sensor suite which we believe could include ambient light sensor functionality and a proximity sensor to dim the screen if nobody is using it. It also include an IR sensor for the included remote control – a joystick beneath the central region of the bottom bezel offers an alternative control method for the OSD (On Screen Display).

Sleek and angular

A 26.5″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) LG Display OLED panel is used with matte anti-glare screen surface. This is combined with a 240Hz refresh rate plus HDMI 2.1 VRR and Adaptive-Sync, including support for AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible’. A VRR range of 48 – 240Hz plus LFC is supported. A 1.5m:1 static contrast ratio is specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support. The monitor has a specified 200 cd/m² brightness at 25% APL (Average Picture Level) – so for 25% of the screen displaying white. Where a greater portion of the screen shows bright content, maximum brightness will be limited further (with word of a 120 cd/m² ‘minimum guarantee’ under SDR for 100% white). A colour gamut of 98.5% DCI-P3 is specified. The monitor will respond to HDR10 content, allowing it to put its per-pixel illumination and generous gamut to work with 10-bit colour processing. Hardware Calibration is also supported using ‘True Color Pro’ software and a compatible colorimeter.

A 0.03ms grey to grey response time is specified – as usual don’t pay too much attention to such figures, but OLED technology is known for its strength in this area. The rear of the screen is largely matte black plastic, with ‘Hexagon Lighting’ RGB LEDs surrounding the central bulk of the screen – this is customisable in the OSD. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and can be easily removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The included stand provides full adjustability, including 110mm (4.33 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. The ports face backwards in a recessed area beneath the stand attachment point and include; 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 (with DSC), 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus Type-B upstream) 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 the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for $999.99 USD with availability expected from January 2023.

LG UltraGear 27GR95QE