LG 27UK650-W Review – A Fantastic 4K IPS Monitor for Xbox One X
LG has released so many monitors besides the LG 27UK650-W, so what makes it different or special?
LG 27UK650-W considered to be the best Xbox One X HDR monitor.
In this article, we’ll be going through its specs and features and comparing the advantages and pros it has to offer to the disadvantages or cons that may hinder its performance.
LG 27UK650-W Review
The LG 27UK650-W is compatible with HDR 10 and combines the quality of the Ultra HD 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) with the clarity, color accuracy and reproduction, and the wide viewing angles (178 degrees) of the in-plane switching (IPS) technology.
All of this is displayed on a 27-inch screen.
The high dynamic range (HDR) 10 technology that the LG 27UK650-W is compatible with helps reach the maximum visual potential with the specific levels of color and brightness that it supports, and which exceed the abilities of the average monitor.
There’s also an HDR Effect that makes non-HDR content look like images and videos of high quality or HDR quality. This is thanks to the picture quality algorithm that it’s equipped with.
The Windows 10 operating system settings play a big role in the accuracy of the way the HDR content is displayed, so you have to check the HDR On/Off setting of windows.
You should make sure it’s set to “Off” when you’re not viewing HDR content.
The sRGB is the standard color space of the optimal color reproduction. Seeing that the LG 27UK650-W has more than 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum, it’s simply the best choice for anyone that deals with images for their jobs like photographers, graphic designers, or photo editors. The “Color Mode” menu also gives you the option to switch between Adobe RGB mode and sRGB mode.
The fact that it’s an IPS monitor gives it more of an advantage in the visuals department but takes away a little from the performance as its refresh rate is a basic 60 Hz and its response time is a relatively slow 5 milliseconds.
The LG 27UK650-W is also compatible with the most recent HDCP 2.2 copy protection.
This means that it can display videos from 4K streaming services, game consoles, and Ultra HD Blue-ray disc players.
It has On-Screen controls which has various settings combined into a helpful window for an easy and quick access.
You can adjust the volume, brightness, picture mode presets, Screen Split 2.0, and Dual Controller and even more with just a couple of clicks of your mouse rather than hard buttons on the monitor that could wear over time.
A software download should be made to enable OnScreen Control though.
AMD FreeSync delivers unprecedented fluidity of movements throughout the high-resolution display of fast-paced games.
It minimizes screen tearing, lag, and stuttering so you can enjoy a seamless gaming experience. Although it’s only available when the monitor is connected to Display Port or HDMI.
The LG 27UK650-W is also equipped with advanced gaming features which hits a sweet spot for gamers.
You can quickly optimize the monitor’s settings to activate Black Stabilizer to enable you to see the most intricate details in the darker scenes while Dynamic Action Sync feature ensures the smoothness of the action and the fluid movements.
The high 1000:1 contrast ratio also brings out the difference between the darkest of blacks and the brightest of whites. The brightness is solidified as it reaches 350 nits.
You can choose a custom mode, an FPS game mode, or an RTS game mode.
The ergonomic stand has a sleek design and is accentuated by ArcLine technology that makes the stand more stable on the desk.
It has a wide range of adjust-ability through tilt (-5 to 15 degrees) and pivot. Its base is detachable and it’s also VESA compatible with a 100 x 100 mm mount so you can hang it on the wall.
The surface of the monitor is treated with Anti-Glare 3H coating that gives it a very classy and sharp matte look instead of having a glossy effect that makes it hard to see the content displayed if some light is reflected on it or if you’re sitting outdoors.
The LG 27UK650-W is equipped with Flicker-Free technology that reduces screen flickering and thereby provides comfort to your eyes throughout long use and intervals of gaming sessions or binge watching.
It also has a Six Axis Control feature that allows you to control not only the standard red, green, and blue colors of the monitor, but also cyan, magenta, and yellow. It’s sometimes called the “RGBCMY” adjustment.
Its connectivity options aren’t extensive but they will do. It has 2 HDMI ports with HDR support, a DisplayPort ver 1.2 with HDMI support, and a headphones out port that makes up for the lack of built-in speakers.
- Excellent picture quality
- Existence of 4K
- Compatibility with HDR content
- Support FreeSync with HDMI
- Can suffer due to input lag
- HDR is mostly an effect
- Lack of built-in speakers
Although the HDR capabilities of the LG 27UK650-W are a bit questionable as the HDR picture seems more of an effect than the real deal, but it still delivers great performance with its various excellent features.
Its price may not be the lowest out there, but its durability and great build quality easily justify that.