Monitor hunting can take a significant amount of your time and energy not to mention that it requires deep technical expertise and proper due diligence to find the best match. Furthermore, from all the available panel types and screen sizes to different resolutions, color depths, and supported color spaces, trying to balance price to performance can be a rather tricky and overwhelming task.
Fortunately, I’ve recently come across a 27-inch monitor that not only packs a multitude of neat features highly demanded by content creators these days but also seems to be relatively affordable especially when you consider everything it has to offer for the price. So, if you’re currently in the market for a color-accurate display that can handle your content creation like a beast, the LG’s 27UK850-W model may be the exact weapon of choice you’re looking for. Let’s take a closer look at the monitor itself in the video review produced by Tech Chap below.
The LG 27UK850-W is a 4K HDR monitor that comes equipped with an IPS display with 3840 x 2160 resolution. It also packs plenty of enhanced features such as AMD FreeSync, Gaming Profiles, Black Stabilizer, and Dynamic Action Sync. Specs-wise, it boasts 1000:1 static contrast ratio, a 450 cd/m² brightness rating, a 5 ms response time, and support for 1.07 billion colors (8-bit+FRC).
For less than $700, you’re presented with a beautiful and well-built display that offers tilt, pivot, and height adjustments. The entire unit is supported by a metal stand with a sturdy, curved base that’s somewhat reminiscent of LG’s ultra-wide monitors.
Menu navigation is done completely through the use of a joystick located underneath the monitor. In the menu, you’ll get access to the different picture modes and profiles, addition to the toggling of features such as AMD FreeSync. The display itself is quite impressive with crystal clear images that would impress any casual or more advanced content creator.
Regarding I/O, the LG 27UK850-W gives users several options, including a USB Type-C port that can transmit power and display functions to and from a computer/laptop. In addition, the monitor also has two HDMI ports, two USB Type A ports, a headphone jack, and a single DisplayPort input.
If you’re dealing with color-critical applications on a daily basis, this monitor performs relatively well as it covers 99% of the sRGB and 81% of the AdobeRGB color space. For video editors looking for an affordable yet color accurate monitor, the LG 27UK850-W certainly won’t disappoint. Moreover, it’s HDR 10 compatible and features an HDR Effect option to help enhance your non-HDR content with vibrant HDR-like quality.
LG 27UK850-W 27″ 4K HDR Monitor Highlights
In-Plane Switching (IPS) Technology
DisplayPort + HDMI + USB Type-C Inputs
3840 x 2160 Resolution
1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
450 cd/m² Brightness
178°/178° Viewing Angles
5 ms Response Time
1.07 Billion Colors
HDR 10 Support
Built-In USB 3.0 Hub
While some improvements could be made in terms of refresh rates and panel quality, the LG 27UK850-W’s superb color accuracy and HDR10 compatibility make the display ready for an emerging market trend which slowly but steadily continues to grow and expand.