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LG UltraGear 27GR95UM-B 160Hz 4K 1560-zone Mini LED IPS

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A compelling HDR experience is highly sought-after by some users, with OLED and Mini LED technologies offering the best experience in this respect. The LG UltraGear 27GR95UM (27GR95UM-B due to mainly black rear) provides this, in Mini LED IPS flavour. To increase appeal to console gamers in particular, HDMI 2.1 support is provided. Offering 120Hz ‘4K’ UHD output and VRR support for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The fairly minimalistic styling similar to other models in the series is adopted, with matte black plastics used extensively and a ‘penguin foot’ stand. The bezels are dual-stage with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen, plus thin hard plastic outer part. Particularly slender at the top and sides but also reasonably slender at the bottom. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick facing downwards in the central region of the bottom bezel.

Not too 'gamery'

A 27″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) Nano IPS panel is adopted, with A-TW polarizer to reduce ‘IPS glow’. A matte anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst a 1000:1 (local dimming disabled) static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support are specified. The monitor runs at up to 144Hz (160Hz OC), with Adaptive-Sync supported (HDMI 2.1 VRR assumed) allowing VRR technologies such as AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ to be used, with AMD specifying a 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC. The screen is also VESA AdaptiveSync Display certified. A flicker-free 1560-zone Mini LED backlight provides a 450 cd/m² (1000 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance and 99.5% DCI-P3 colour gamut. It also allows for a highly dynamic HDR experience, with the screen putting those zones and generous gamut to good use with high brightness peaks and 10-bit colour processing. It’s certified at the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 tier.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, to be taken with a pinch of salt as usual. ‘Hexagon Lighting’ is included at the rear, customisable RGB lighting strips. The included stand offers tilt, height adjustment and pivot into portrait. It can removed via quick-release to reveal provision for 100 x 100mm VESA mounting. The ports mainly face backwards in a recessed area to the right of the stand attachment point and include; 2 USB 3.0 ports plus Type-B upstream, DP 1.4 (with DSC), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports 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 Headphone:X.

Some RGB lighting

Further details (requires translation) can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Information on price and availability still to come.

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