LG 32UN650 Review: Affordable 32-Inch IPS 4k Monitor

LG is a brand that needs no introduction, having to be in the electronics industry for so long. Like all their other products, their gaming monitors are no exception and come fitted with all the latest hardware, design features, specifications, and ergonomics as well to get you the best immersive experience!

Our Rating: 4.5/5
LG 32UN650 Review
  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (Ultra HD)
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz

 

The LG product that we are about to review for you today is the LG 32UN650 and the best thing about this product has to be its affordable price! The impressive array of features and specs makes the deal even sweeter and you can expect a decent amount of features with this product! 

While you might not get premium technology that is associated with higher-end models, we think that for the average gamer, this is a great budget-friendly pick! So, without further ado, we are going to begin this LG 32UN650 review. 

To start with, we will be providing a brief overview of this monitor’s main features so our readers have an idea of what they should expect!

To begin this review, we would like to start with the fact that this is a 32-inch display which is quite an impressive feat given its extremely affordable price! Coming in under the 500 dollar mark is one of its biggest unique selling points in our opinion.

LG 32UN650 Review

However, that’s not all its display has to offer since this is a UHD display with a resolution of 3840×2160. Other than this, it also comes fitted with an IPS panel technology so you know that the viewing angles will be perfect. We will discuss this in more detail shortly!

Thanks to its DCI-P3 95% Color Gamut you can expect around 25 percent wider color gamut than sRGB or other alternatives. This means more vibrant colors, more intense contrast detail, and a better viewing experience altogether. This monitor is also HDR-10 Compatible so it will offer you better color accuracy and richer detail. 

Finally, this impressive monitor also offers fewer bezels to distract you from your gameplay! Its 3-sided virtually borderless design is to thank for that as it increases your screen space. This will also allow you to turn your monitor into a multi-screen setup with more ease. 

The monitor’s stand is also height adjustable which means that you can set it as per your comfort and viewing angle. This works great as an excellent ergonomic feature as back and neck strain can be reduced. 

Now, we are moving onto the main features in greater detail!

IPS Panel Technology

As with any IPS display, you already know what its advantages or potential shortcomings will be. While it is not as advanced as TN technology when it comes to gaming, it is still much better than VA alternatives. These might be cheaper but if you want impressive color accuracy and better viewing angles, then IPS is your best bet! 

Another advantage of this monitor’s IPS display is that it allows for faster response times to become a reality. This will also ensure that you get less glare and can work with the monitor as per your comfort since almost all angles will be accessible. 

That being said, you will have to deal with the dreaded IPS glow along the edges of your screen especially when you are working in low-light and darker situations. 

The overall benefit of this is that this LG 32UN650 monitor is not like VA technology that is prone to unwanted saturation shifts. These can make it difficult to differentiate different colors on-screen. However, with this monitor and its IPS display, you will not have to deal with this issue. 

Refresh Rate & Performance

While the LG 32UN650 does offer 4 modes for its response time that include Normal, Fast, Faster, and one to turn it Off, it does not excel in terms of its refresh rate. This device will only get you a maximum of 60Hz, which is certainly not that impressive when it comes to gaming. 

You might want to keep looking if you are looking for a competitive option that can get to at least 144Hz instead. However, this won’t be a complete letdown for you if you usually dabble in less demanding FPS or story-driven games instead. All you have to make sure of is that your GPU can handle the 4K UHD display, and you’re set. 

You might feel let down by the slower refresh rate, however, you will appreciate that its input lag is not as disruptive to your gameplay. At 10ms, you will not experience such a noticeable delay when you try to perform an action. 

However, due to its impressive 4K resolution and display, this is quite a versatile option and is great for professionals in the creative industry. The brilliant colors will allow you to express your creative side quite well! 

Ergonomics & Connectivity

LG 32UN650 specs

One of the most important aspects of any monitor has to be whether or not it offers the right kind of ergonomic features. With this LG monitor, you get complete VESA mount compatibility. This makes wall mounting much easier and offers a reprieve from being too close to your screen. 

The monitor’s stand also offers height and tilt adjustments so that you can experience a comfortable viewing angle. This is lacking swivel and pivot features but it isn’t a complete letdown. The screen also comes fitted with a matte anti-glare coating that will serve to protect your eyes from discomfort and strain. 

In terms of the connectivity features that you will be getting, this device offers a DisplayPort 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, dual 5W integrated speakers and a headphones jack as well. Your connection options will determine what external devices you can connect with and this monitor has almost all your bases covered! 

Of course, since this is a 4K monitor, you will be pleased to know that its inputs are compatible with HDCP 2.2 so that even on streaming sites, the resolution will be perfect. 

Color Reproduction & Display Features

One of the best features of this monitor is that it comes bearing quite the impressive brightness at 350-nits which ensures that it does sort of cover the IPS glow issues.  Another advantage of this product is that with its HDR 10-bit color depth, it can support around 1.07 billion colors.

Since this monitor comes fitted with a 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect impressive image quality that is rich in detail and vibrant as well. This of course is far better than standard RGB displays where the color saturation is quite muted and limited overall in comparison.

This wider color gamut when combined with the fact that this monitor supports High Dynamic Range features will also make sure that your HDR content is impressive and vibrant. Even though it offers compatibility with HDR, its contrast is not impressive.  

With a 1000:1 contrast, you might not get that desired intensity with blacks and darker details on-screen. However, we can’t complain since this monitor is packed with impressive features that you normally cannot expect at this price range. 

The 32-inch screen real estate alone is quite effective at increasing the overall sharpness and vibrance of images on-screen. 

What are the drawbacks?

Overall, we think that this monitor offers more features than it has drawbacks, however, it would be unfair not to point out its lack of both pivot and swivel options. This is not a common flaw with monitors either so that’s a bit of a letdown. 

While it also comes with a power cord included, the total distance it can cover is only 5-feet so if your setup is expansive, you might not appreciate this. As we mentioned earlier as well, the IPS glow is also a drawback however, we think that this is a small price to pay for its wider viewing angles. 

LG 32UN650 Specifications

Screen Size 31.5-inch
Resolution 3840×2160 (Ultra HD)
Panel Type IPS
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time (GtG) 5ms (GtG)
Adaptive-Sync FreeSync (40-60Hz)
Speakers 2x5W
Ports DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other Ports Headphone Jack
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 (static)
Colors 1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
95% DCI-P3
HDR HDR10
VESA Yes (100x100mm)

 

Pros
  • UHD resolution is great for gaming and entertainment
  • Bigger display gives plenty of screen real-estate
  • 10-bit color depth is good for digital content creators
  • Affordable price tag
Cons
  • No swivel and pivot adjustment

Verdict

We have now reached the end of our LG 32UN650 review and we hope that this has been an insightful journey for all those looking for a reliable gaming monitor! To sum it up, this monitor is the perfect pick for you if the resolution and the visual display are your number one priority!

With its 32-inch 4K resolution display, this IPS monitor guarantees the perfect viewing angles that add comfort and versatility to your gameplay. Vibrant, clear, and realistic colors are a guarantee! Since it also has both FreeSync and HDR compatibility, this only adds to the visual clarity.  

All-in-all, this sleek and stylish monitor has the perfect display screen. Thanks to its large screen but this also makes it quite versatile since it can be used for creative work just as easily as it is excellent for gaming. 

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