LG UltraGear 27GN950-B, review: the big surprise of the IPS 4K

With an increasingly wide and varied catalog of monitors, it is not surprising that many times we do not know what type of screen to choose.

However, models like the new LG UltraGear 27GN950-B undoubtedly make the decision somewhat easier, with a gaming monitor of the most complete, with outstanding quality and performance that will range from its impressive 4K IPS panel, the first of the entire market; its impressive update and response rates; its wide range of color, contrast and brightness; and of course, its RGB lighting.

LG UltraGear 27GN950-B Specifications

Screen27-inch NanoIPS Anti-Glare Panel
Resolution4K: 3840 × 2160 pixels and HDR10
Update frequency144Hz (160Hz overclocked)
Response time1ms (GtG)
Typical contrast1000: 1
Brightness400cd / m²
ColourDCI-P3 98%
TechnologiesNVIDIA G-Sync, AMD FreeSync Premium, VESA DisplayHDR 600
Viewing angles178º / 178º
Connectivity2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x USB-A 3.0, 3.5mm jack
Dimensions609.2 x 352.9 x 53.7 mm (609.2 x 460.6 / 570.6 x 291.2 mm with stand)
Weight5.7 kg (7.7 kg with stand)

Starting with its design, we find a monitor clearly geared towards gaming, with a metallic support in black and red tones and angular finishes. In addition, on the back, around the point of contact of the support with the screen, we can find a complete circle adorned with RGB LED lighting and a small grid ornament that will reveal another touch of red hue.

A lighting that will have the customization of Sphere Lighting 2.0 and Sound Sync, which will allow us not only to change the colors of it, but to create rhythmic effects in line with the sounds of our computer and games, creating a feeling of greater immersion.

In addition, this support has a really simple and easy-to-install mounting system, completely eliminating the need for screws with the use of a flange system that we can handle with a single finger, maintaining an equally robust grip and stability. In fact, in addition to the classic height and tilt adjustments, we will have the ability to rotate the monitor up to 180º, being able to use it horizontally and vertically.

LG UltraGear is a premium series that promises to serve  all usage modes at a high level. The latest model presented, the 27GN950-B, mounts a 27-inch IPS panel with native 4K UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). The big news is that it is the first monitor with this panel capable of offering a GTC (gray to gray) response time of 1 millisecond. It is one of the critical parameters for gaming and the lowest true value the industry currently offers.

LG UltraGear 27GN950-B
LG UltraGear 27GN950-B

Although it is undoubtedly a monitor oriented to the gaming world. And it is that we will have some especially interesting parameters for gamers, with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, capable of reaching 160Hz under its overclock mode, outstanding values ​​given that it is a nano IPS panel with 4K resolution.

In addition, this monitor is certified for NVIDIA’s G-SYNC image synchronization technology, the most advanced according to NVIDIA, but a proprietary technology that requires a dedicated graphics from the same company, includes a hardware chip and raises the final sale price.

Otherwise, LG offers some of the  best IPS panels on the market, so we expect good image quality and color rendering (supports 98% of the DCI-P3 gamut), brightness (400 nits), contrast, angles of vision, VESA DisplayHDR 600 support and of course a 4K resolution that is a joy in games and in any type of task, although it will require a high-end graphics to move so many pixels and so fast.

In the case of a screen specifically designed for the gamer public, in the face of performance tests we wanted to test this monitor with both some PC and console games, seeking above all to see the capabilities of its 4K resolution, refresh rate and time of answer.

To do this, we conducted some tests with titles of various genres, ranging from frenzied first-person shooters like Fortnite, to some realistic simulation titles like F1 2021; in addition to other areas such as 4K movie playback, video editing, and general use for day to day, from work tasks to leisure.

In general, with all the truth is that the results are without a doubt impressive, with a really sharp and vivid color representation, and a perceptible jump compared to other screens of lower resolutions. Specifically, the LG UltraGear 27GN950-B has a brightness of 400 cd / m² and a contrast ratio of 1000: 1, in addition to a 98% DCI-P3 color gamut. Really outstanding values ​​that, if not enough, will be backed and supported by both NVIDIA G-Sync technologies, AMD FreeSync Premium, in addition to the VESA DisplayHDR 600 certificate.

LG UltraGear 27GN950-B review, LG UltraGear 27GN950-B Specifications
LG UltraGear 27GN950-B

Thus, highlighting its high refresh rate, only limited to 4K at 60Hz under the use of the HDMI cable, yes, under a really remarkable stability.

Continuing with this section, the LG UltraGear 27GN950-B will have a wide connectivity section, with two HDMI 2.0 sockets and a DisplayPort 1.4 port, accompanied by two auxiliary USB ports and a 3.5 mm jack audio output to connect headphones. or speaker systems. And it is that despite its good thickness, it does not stop emphasizing that this monitor does not have any type of integrated speakers, limiting ourselves to the use of peripherals.

Overall, the LG UltraGear 27GN950-B is presented as an off-road gaming monitor, and one of the most interesting options for the new generation, with an outstanding performance that will not be limited to games, but will also appeal to lovers of high-quality multimedia content. As the only downside, although very well reciprocated, it should be noted that it is not a suitable accessory for all pockets.

Currently we can get this monitor from 799.99 dollars, available for purchase through the official website of the brand.

LG UltraGear 27GN950-B rating
LG UltraGear 27GN950-B Rating

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