LG launched One Of The Cheapest 4K HDR Monitors Yet
With continuous progress of new technology, the prices of gadgets are falling down, making it a win-win situation for the customers. The price of HD monitors is also falling down. LG, which is a top contender in PC peripherals, has introduced a gaming oriented 4K HDR monitor. The new 32UK550-B monitor has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. It is compliant with AMD’s HDR10 FreeSync tech @ 60 Hz. The monitor can display more than billion colors- as per sRGB spectrum. All these come at a price tag below $500. As of now, it is being sold in Japan but soon the model will be made available in Europe and the USA.
While the price tag and technology used in the LG monitor look appealing, there are some trade-offs. For example, the model has a VA panel than IPS. This will affect the viewing angles. LG also makes IPS enabled 4k HDR monitors at almost double price. It comes factory calibrated. The monitor also features LG’s Super Resolution+ tech for up-scaling content. It comes with Black Stabilizer as well as Dynamic Action Sync technologies. These help optimize PC gaming experience.
There are some other downers too. The monitor has an average brightness of 300 nits. The contrast ratio is 3000:1. This is way below what you find in several monitors in the market. It is pitted against another budget monitor Benq EW3270U. This is going to be good for basic users who do not care much for color calibration issues. However, those into heavy multimedia usage or hardcore gaming may not be happy with the performance of the unit.
As far as input/output capabilities are concerned, the LG 32UK550-B comes with enough ports and connectivity choices. You get a couple of HDMI 2.0a ports. There is also a DisplayPort 1.2 input. The display inputs support HDCP 2.2 format. This is required to enjoy HDR10/ Ultra-HD content. Additionally, the monitor is equipped with two 5 W speakers and a port for audio output through headphones. However, LG has not provided any USB port in the model.