LG 27UQ850-W Review 2023: 4K Nano-IPS HDR Monitor

LG-27UQ850-W-Monitor

The LG 27UQ850-W is a 4K professional monitor for office, entertainment and gaming. It is a Nano-IPS monitor with excellent wide viewing angles and rich colors with DisplayHDR 400 certification. The large screen provides excellent viewing experience and you also get USB Type-C port with DP Alt Mode and excellent 90W power delivery.

It is a premium HDR 27-inch monitor with 4K resolution for office, gaming, and entertainment. This monitor from LG was launched in 2022 and is a premium and Nano-IPS variant of the LG 32UP83A-W with high peak brightness and contrast ratio. We would recommend this monitor for bright rooms as well as dark rooms for office and professional use.


Overview

LG-27UQ850-W-IPS-Monitor

Best Features

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

Superb

LG 27UQ850-W

The LG 27UQ850-W is a professional 4K monitor with Nano-IPS panel. It has excellent peak brightness with DisplayHDR 400 certification. We think it is a great choice for dark as well bright rooms and is also AMD FreeSync certified.

However, the stand lacks swivel function, but you do get tilt, height, and pivot functions.

The LG 27UQ850-W has a Nano-IPS panel with excellent sharpness and screen real estate and that makes it perfect for office and productivity.

This monitor has AMD FreeSync, so it can do causal gaming, but is not for enthusiasts.

It has a pair of built-in speakers for entertainment, and the screen real estate is also great for professional level media creation.

Office

90%

Gaming

65%

Entertainment

85%

Media Creation

80%

Design & Ergonomics

Front

LG-27UQ850-W-Front

Monitor Type – Flat
Width – 61.39 cm
Height47.96 cm

The LG 27UQ850-W has a professional appearance from the front and it comes finished in black color, making it suitable for office and corporate spaces. It looks premium and has thin bezels from three sides.

There is LG logo in the middle of bottom bezel and the stand has silver finish, which gives this monitor an elegant look.

Back

LG-27UQ850-W-Back

Depth23.93 cm
VESA Mount – 100x100mm
Ports Position – Back-Facing

The LG 27UQ850-W’s back comes finished in white color. It is so minimal yet premium, making it perfect for spaces where monitor’s back is exposed. It seems like a very thin chassis giving a thin profile to the monitor. There is LG branding on the back with back-facing connectivity ports.

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

Bezels

LG-27UQ850-W-Bezels

Thinness – N/A

The bezels on the LG 27UQ850-W are very thin from three sides. Its bottom bezel is quite thicker than the other three but it is thinner than other monitors in the industry.

It looks so premium with that frameless design and also makes it super compatible with dual setups.

Build Quality

LG-27UQ850-W-Build

Weight12.46 lbs

The LG 27UQ850-W has excellent build quality with a very heavy stand attached to it.

It is plastic, but of a very good quality and we think the parts are very well put together.

Stand

LG-27UQ850-W-Stand

Removable Stand – Yes
Cable Management – N/A

The LG 27UQ850-W 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-27UQ850-W-Ergonomics

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

The LG 27UQ850-W 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 – Nano-IPS
Panel Size – 27-inch
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Panel Depth – 10 bits (8 bits+FRC)

The LG 27UQ850-W houses a Nano-IPS 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 IPS monitor has excellent screen clarity and we think it offers perfect balance of screen space and clarity for most tasks. If you want similar text-clarity at a cheap price, check out the LG 27UL500-W.

Brightness

Peak Brightness – 400-nits

The LG 27UQ850-W has satisfactory 400-nits peak brightness and that feels sufficient for bright rooms.

The reflection handling is great because of the anti-glare coating on the display, but it would have been even better with a high peak brightness.

Contrast

Contrast Ratio – 2000:1

This monitor’s contrast ratio is 2000:1, which is superb for viewing in dark-rooms.

It provides ultimate deep blacks with rich clarity, 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 – 98%

The color coverage on the LG 27UQ850-W is excellent with with 98% DCI-P3 coverage and we think that is due to the Nano IPS technology.

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 – 5ms

The LG 27UQ850-W has 5ms minimum response time and it should not bother office users, but if you are a competitive gamer, you should definitely skip this one.

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 27UQ850-W does not have BFI (Black Frame Insertion).

HDR

HDRDisplayHDR 400

The LG 27UQ850-W has VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, but the HDR performance is mediocre and it would have been great with higher peak brightness.

Features

AMD FreeSync

This monitor has AMD FreeSync support for leisure gaming. It ensures that the motion stay clear on the screen.

Black Stabilier

Black Stabilizer boosts contrast ratio of dark scenes so that you can see the visuals with utmost clarity.

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.

HDR Effect

It has vaiours HDR effects for games and entertainment purposes.

Built-in Speakers

The LG 27UQ850-W houses dual 5W speakers and that makes it perfect for entertainment. They are down-facing speakers, so you get decent sound effects.

Reader Mode

This monitor has a dedicated reader mode that removes harmful blue light from the screen.

Connectivity

Video Inputs

2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.4

The LG 27UQ850-W houses dual HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.4 for video connectivity.

All the video ports support [email protected]

USB, Other Ports

1x USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode, 90W)
2x USB 3.0 (Type-A, downstream)
1x 3.5mm Audio Out

The LG 27UQ850-W houses a single USB Type-C port with DP Alt Mode and 90W power delivery. It also offers dual USB 3.0 ports and a single 3.5mm audio out port for connecting headsets.


That’s a Wrap!

The LG 27UQ850-W is a premium 4K monitor with Nano-IPS panel, AMD FreeSync, DisplayHDR 400, and Wide Color Gamut coverage. However, we recommend this monitor to professional users only. It is also AMD FreeSync certified and has decent motion handling for gaming.

We think it is worth the price for the features and panel. However, this monitor lacks swivel function, but you can mount this monitor on a custom monitor arm via VESA mount. It is for those who need a professional monitor for bright as well as dark rooms.

At around $700, if you think is too pricey, you can check out these 4K budget displays which offer excellent value for money.


LG 27UQ850-W: Ratings

LG-27UQ850-W-Monitor

★★★★☆ | 4.3/5

All Factors Considered

Display

4.6/5 Fantastic

★★★★☆

The display is Nano-IPS and it is a quality panel for mixed usage.

Design

4/5 Good

★★★★☆

The design feels elegant, and the stand is also adjustable, but it lacks swivel function.

Features

4.5/5 Superb

★★★★☆

It comes with a lot of features and we think it is a complete-package for professionals.


The Good

  • Satisfactory peak brightness
  • Excellent screen real estate
  • Complete package for professionals

The Bad

  • Stand has no swivel function
  • Refresh rate limited to 60Hz only
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