LG 27GL850-B review – fastest IPS gaming monitor

LG-27GL850-B-review---fastest-IPS-gaming-monitor

The first IPS gaming monitor with a response time of 1 ms (G-2-G) shows impressive response times.

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Introduction

Up to now, IPS displays were considered too sluggish to be able to play in the concert of lightning-fast gaming screens with TN or VA technology. LG has now cleared up with this judgment and, with the monitors 38LG950G and 27GL850-B, has launched two IPS monitors with a response time of 1 ms. This is the real gray-to-gray measurement and not, as is often the case before, a fictitious specification called VRB.

With the LG 27GL850-B, the smaller display reaches our editorial team, which has a screen diagonal of 27 inches and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. With a possible update rate of 144 Hz, the aim is to ensure smooth gameplay. In addition, AMD’s FreeSync is used, which shouldn’t be a disadvantage for owners of NVIDIA graphics cards, since the screen is one of the G-Sync-compatible models. In addition, the open standard ” HDR10 “, a wider color spectrum of 98% DCI-P3, and additional game options are promised.

Read how the LG 27GL850-B performs in the practical test on the following pages.

Detailed information on the features and specifications can be found in the datasheet of the LG 27GL850-B.

Scope of delivery

With a gross weight of almost 10 kg, the LG 27GL850-B is not exactly one of the heavyweights among the 27-inch monitors. Although it was not given a carrying strap, the recessed grips on the side walls still make transport unproblematic.

Colorful cardboard box is opened from the large side
A colorful cardboard box is opened from the large side

Unpacking the contents is also easy, as the box is opened from the large side. At the top is the first molded Styrofoam part, in whose compartments the base, support arm, and an accessory box can be found.

The accessories can be found in a box
The accessories can be found in a box

The latter includes DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB 3.0 cables, cable clamps, mouse cable clamps and, as a paper supplement, safety instructions, pictograms as assembly instructions, and warranty information. Strangely enough, the enclosed CD-ROM again only contains safety regulations and Adobe Reader as an installation file. Manuals or the OnScreen Control software must be downloaded from the product website.

Decent cable selection, but a useless CD without usable content
Decent cable selection, but a useless CD without usable content

Under the first layer of styrofoam is the display, which is in turn protected from below by another layer of styrofoam.

First, the foot and support arm are plugged together and fixed with a wing screw.

Monitor base with side arms
Monitor base with side arms
Support arm with holding plate
Support arm with holding plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The support arm’s retaining plate is then hooked into the VESA mount and locked using a snap-in device. There is also the option of attaching the display to alternative brackets.

VESA 100 mount of the LG 27GL850-B
VESA 100 mount of the LG 27GL850-B

Optics and mechanics

The LG 27GL850-B is made entirely of black plastic with red highlights. The panel is held in position at the top and on the sides by a narrow outer band. However, as with all displays of this type, the visible image of this frameless design begins 1 cm inwards. The lower frame has a height of 20 mm and shows the LG logo in the middle and the NVIDIA G-Sync logo as a sticker on the left, which provides information that the LG 27GL850-B has been added to the list of G- Sync Compatible Screens belongs to.

The visible image only begins 10 mm inwards
The visible image only begins 10 mm inwards
On the left is the NVIDIA G-Sync logo
On the left is the NVIDIA G-Sync logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LG 27GL850-B has a depth of 20 mm on all sides. In the middle on the bottom is the control unit of the OSD menu in the form of a 5-way joystick and a little further to the right is a small clamp that is to serve as a holding device for the mouse cable.

Clamp serves as a holding device for the mouse cable
Clamp serves as a holding device for the mouse cable
LG logo as a relief
LG logo as a relief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A round housing rises in the middle of the rear wall. It has ventilation slots on the outside that are highlighted in red. In addition to the LG logo, there is also the connection panel within the circle.

The support arm is connected to the display in the middle of the circle via the permanently installed support plate. The mechanism for rotating the screen from landscape to portrait position is also located directly on the mounting plate.

In front pivot position
In front pivot position
In pivot position at the rear
In pivot position at the rear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directly behind it is another joint that allows the display to be tilted 5 degrees forwards and 15 degrees backward.

Maximum angle of inclination to the rear
Maximum angle of inclination to the rear
Maximum forward lean angle
Maximum forward lean angle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In most cases, the holding plate runs over a slide system within the support arm and is therefore responsible for the height adjustment. The mechanism of the LG 27GL850-B is hidden in a pipe system and allows a path of 110 mm. In the lowest position, the lower frame is 110 mm from the table surface.

In the lowest position from the front
In the lowest position from the front
In the lowest position from behind
In the lowest position from behind
In the highest position from the front
In the highest position from the front
In the highest position from behind
In the highest position from behind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A clamp is used on the back of the support arm for cable management, through which the cables are fed. The pipe system of the predecessor LG 27GK750F-B could still be twisted into one another to realize the lateral rotation (swivel) of the display. Unfortunately, the LG 27GL850-B does not offer this function.

At the very bottom, the pipe system is connected to the foot. The tube itself serves as the rear standing surface, while it is supported at the front by two arms that are at a large angle to each other. The stability of the construct is quite good and can withstand a little rough nudge without losing your balance.

Design of the LG 27GL850-B
Design of the LG 27GL850-B

The workmanship of the LG 27GL850-B is on a decent level. The surface of the plastic used has a high-quality haptic effect. The panel is also neatly fitted into the narrow case without it being wavy. The mechanics run smoothly and evenly without audible dragging. In addition, the design looks beautifully minimalist.

Technology

Operating noises

We could not elicit any sound from the LG 27GL850-B even with special test images. However, the development of noise, in particular, can be subject to a certain series spread, which is why this assessment does not have to apply equally to all devices in a series.

Power consumption

Manufacturer
Operation maximum 65 W 45.7 W
140 cd / m² 25.9 W
Operation minimal 17.5 W
Energy-saving mode (standby) 0.5 W 0.3 W
Switched off (Soft Off) 0.5 W 0.2 W

According to the website, the LG 27GL850-B consumes less than 65 watts. The enclosed energy label states consumption of 39 watts. We measured a little more with a maximum of 45.7 watts. The display needs 25.9 watts at 140 cd / m², which results in a satisfactory efficiency of 1.09 cd / W. With 0.2 watts in soft-off and 0.3 watts in standby, the EU standard is achieved in both cases.

The small power supply stays nice and cool at 34 ° C. It also has a long enough cable to hide it.

The small power supply unit only heats up to 34 ° C
The small power supply unit only heats up to 34 ° C

Connections

 

The connections are very accessible
The connections are very accessible

The connection panel of the LG 27GL850-B is easily accessible in the middle of the rear wall. The horizontal connection direction is not the most elegant solution, but it is the most convenient for exchanging cables. With a DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 interfaces, the selection is sufficient. There are also two USB 3.0 downstream ports for peripheral devices and a 3.5 mm jack for headphones.

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