LG 27EQ850-B Review 2023: OLED 99% DCI-P3

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The LG 27EQ850-B is an OLED monitor for professional use for office and media creation. The main benefit of OLED panel is that you get excellent contrast ratio and fast pixel response time. This monitor has 4K UHD resolution and it comes in 27-inch form-factor. It costs whopping $2000 which is very high, and it seems a little bit overpriced.

The color coverage is excellent with 99% DCI-P3 and that results in superb color accuracy for color-critical tasks. It comes with HDR 10 certification and the stand comes with decent adjustability. The only thing this monitor lacks is high peak brightness which is a huge concern.


Overview

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Best Features

  • Nano-IPS Panel
  • 4K UHD Resolution
  • 98% DCI-P3
  • DisplayHDR 400
  • AMD FreeSync
  • USB Type-C with 90W
  • Adjustable Stand

Superb

LG 29WQ600-W

For around $2000, the LG 27EQ850-B is an excellent OLED monitor for professional use. It offers excellent color coverage upto 99% DCI-P3, but the peak brightness is 200-nits, which seems very low for an expensive monitor.

I think it is quite overpriced for what it offers and you will find a lot of better monitor for half the price of this.

★★★★☆ | 4.4/5

The LG 27EQ850-B has an OLED panel with excellent sharpness and screen real estate and that makes it perfect for office and productivity.

This monitor has excellent fast pixel response time, but there is not VRR or high refresh rate for enthusiasts.

There are no built-in speakers on this monitor, but color coverage is excellent with 99% DCI-P3 and that makes it a perfect monitor for media creation.

Office

85%

Gaming

60%

Entertainment

80%

Media Creation

90%

Design & Ergonomics

Front

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Monitor Type – Flat
Width – 62.4 cm
Height48 cm

The LG 27EQ850-B has a black chassis and it looks elegant from the front. The bezels appear super thin from all the three sides and it looks skinny.

There is LG logo in the middle of bottom bezel and the stand also has black finish, which does not take much space on the desk.

Back

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Depth24.3 cm
VESA Mount – 100x100mm
Ports Position – Back-Facing

The LG 27EQ850-B’s back also comes finished in black color. It has plain design from the back and it looks clean from the back also, giving it an understated look.

It supports VESA mounting with 100x100mm interface and it is possible to mount this monitor on a custom monitor arm or wall.

Bezels

LG-27EQ850-B-Bezels

Thinness – N/A

The bezels on the LG 27EQ850-W are very thin from three sides. Its bottom bezel is also thin and I think that is due to the OLED panel that requires very less space.

Hence, the chassis of this monitor is also thin, resulting in immense slim design.

Build Quality

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Weight12.46 lbs

The LG 27EQ850-W has excellent build quality with a heavy stand attached to it, weighing around 4 pounds.

It is made up of aluminium which looks very premium and has decent fit and finish resulting in excellent build quality.

Stand

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Removable Stand – Yes
Cable Management – N/A

The LG 27EQ850-B has a removable stand and that needs to be removed while mounting this monitor on a custom monitor arm.

We are not sure about the cable management hole or clip on this monitor.

Ergonomics

LG-27EQ850-B-Ergonomics

Tilt – 20° Backward, 5° Forward
Swivel – N/A
Height – 110 mm
Pivot – 90° Clockwise

The LG 27EQ850-B offers adjustable stand, but there is no swivel function.

It can go 20-degrees backward, 110mm up-down, and rotates 90-degrees in clockwise direction for more vertical space.

Display & Performance

Panel

Panel Type – OLED
Panel Size – 27-inch
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Panel Depth – 10 bits

The LG 27EQ850-B houses an OLED panel with 27-inch screen and that offers excellent color coverage with fantastic contrast ratio.

This monitor comes with 16:9 aspect ratio with panel depth of 10 bits so it can display wide range of colors making it perfect for creative professionals.

Screen Clarity

Resolution – UHD | 3840x2160p
PPI – 163 PPI

This monitor has UHD screen resolution which means 3840×2160 pixels resolution and that results in 163 PPI on the 27-inch screen size.

This OLED monitor has excellent screen clarity and we think it offers perfect balance of screen space and clarity for professional use. If you want similar text-clarity at a cheap price, check out the LG 27UQ850-W (read review).

Brightness

Peak Brightness – 200-nits

Unfortunately, the peak brightness of the LG 27EQ850-B is very low, resulting poor bright room performance

It might not be able handle the glares and reflections due to low peak brightness.

Contrast

Contrast Ratio – 1000000:1

This monitor’s contrast ratio is 1000000:1, which is superb for viewing in dark-rooms.

It provides ultimate deep blacks with the help of pixel dimming technology, making it perfect for gaming and working in the dark.

Viewing Angles

Viewing Angles (H/V) – 178°/178°

LG claims wide viewing angles, but we doubt they are narrow because VA panels have relatively average viewing angles than IPS counterparts and colors start to fade while viewing from the sides.

Color Coverage

DCI-P3 – 99%

The color coverage on the LG 27EQ850-B is excellent with with 99% DCI-P3 coverage and we think that is due to the OLED panel.

It is a wide color gamut coverage, so you get accurate colors with rich details bringing the image true-to-life.

Response Time

Response Time – 1ms

The LG 27EQ850-B has 1ms minimum response time, making it one of the fastest professional monitor.

It handles motion like a pro, and there is no motion blur as such.

Refresh Rate

Refresh Rate – 60Hz

The refresh rate is limited to 60Hz only so that might not interest enthusiastic gamers. Still, it is a smooth monitor for office use.

BFI

Black Frame Insertion – N/A

The LG 27EQ850-B does not have BFI (Black Frame Insertion).

HDR

HDRDisplayHDR 400

The LG 27EQ850-B has HDR 10 certification, but the HDR performance is mediocre and it would have been great with higher peak brightness.

Features

Screen Split

This monitor has LG’s screen split feature for tiling up all your applications side-by-side so that you can multitask upon them efficiently.

Crosshair

Crosshair feature displays a crosshair in the middle of the screen so that you can get ultimate accuracy while playing first person shooter gamers.

Dynamic Action Sync

Dynamic Action Sync decreases the input lag to the lowest so that you can have a responsive gaming experience.

OLED Pixel Dimming

OLED Pixel Dimming dims the individual pixels when the black color is appeared on the screen. It results in deep blacks production.

KVM Switch

KVM switch allows you to use multiple computers from a single keyboard, mouse, and display.

Super Resolution+

Super Resolution+ is LG’s upscaling feature that upscales the low resolution image into high resolution for optimum sharpness.

Connectivity

Video Inputs

1x HDMI 2.0
2x DisplayPort 1.4

The LG 27EQ850-B houses a single HDMI 2.0 port and dual DisplayPort 1.4 ports for video connectivity.

All the video ports support [email protected]

USB, Other Ports

1x USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode, 90W)
3x USB 3.0 (Type-A, downstream)
1x USB 3.0 (Type-B, upstream)
1x 3.5mm Audio Out

The LG 27EQ850-B houses a single USB Type-C port with DP Alt Mode and 90W power delivery. It also offers three USB 3.0 ports and a single 3.5mm audio out port for connecting headsets.


That’s a Wrap!

It is not usual to see monitors with OLED panel. While OLED panel are considered as the best panels in the industry, but they cost a lot of money. The LG 27EQ850-B costs $2000 which is very expensive and even after spending the premium price, the peak brightness is still low on this monitor.

Currently, we think it is not worth spending such a premium price on an OLED monitor. You will find a lot of 4K monitors with high peak brightness for the price half than this.

LG 27EQ850-B: Ratings

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★★★★☆ | 4.4/5

All Factors Considered

Display

4.8/5 Fantastic

★★★★☆

The display is OLED with excellent contrast ratio and pixel response time, but the peak brightness is too low.

Design

4.5/5 Mediocre

★★★★☆

Design is fantastic, it feels premium and elegant, but the stand lacks swivel function.

Features

4/5 Good

★★★★☆

Features are ample, but there are no built-in speakers.


The Good

  • Fantastic contrast ratio
  • Excellent screen clarity
  • Supports pixel dimming

The Bad

  • Low peak brightness
  • Stand lacks swivel function
  • No speakers
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