LG 32UD99-W Monitor Review

LG 32UD99-W Monitor Review

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The LG 32UD99-W is a professional screen replete with classy design features. A 32-inch panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time.

The level of excellent low input lag, regardless of input resolution, as well as fast response time is quite appealing.

The minimalist slim chassis comes in white and is perched on an ArcLine design stand made of cast aluminum. The bow-shaped footing provides superb stability to ensure the larger than usual body does not falter. The stand can also be removed in favor of VESA mounting.

The decent ergonomics of the stand offer the user the option to adjust the height of the monitor. It can tilt a bit. The monitor can also be adjusted from a portrait to a landscape orientation.

The face is bezel-free, although there are thin plastic layers on the edges along with panel borders that do not detract from viewing the massive screen when it is turned on.

The layout of the I/O panel is similar to other LG products’ rear-facing position, a design that is convenient for plugging cables in. Flush mounting may be cumbersome.

Additional monitor features are the DisplayPort 1.2, dual HDMI 2.0 ports for video signals, two USB 3.0 receptacles, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The USB-C makes the LG 32UD99-W compatible with laptops like the MacBook Pro. If you operate the LG 32UD99-W with a single cable other than the power line, be aware that it only offers 60 Watts of charging power.

A 15-inch MacBook Pro or something similar will typically require 85 Watts of power for it to charge while in use.

  • 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • 5ms response time
  • Dual HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 receptacles

Who’s It For?

The monitor’s capabilities make it ideally suitable for both office and entertainment applications, which include both PC and 4K HDR Console gaming. More specifically, the display is targeting the prosumers more than office users and hardcore creatives.

Although it does support FreeSync, be aware there are very few additional gaming features. The more serious and professional gamers may be disappointed by the limited 60 Hz refresh rate.

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What We Like About LG 32UD99-W

One of the best features of the LG 32UD99-W is its multi-directional joystick that handles all of the monitor’s functions. This tool is ideally situated in the middle of the bottom bezel for easy access. Once you use joysticks like this one, you will never go back to tactile buttons.

The picture menu options supply excellent color control, which includes color temperature adjustments. Instead of labeled presets, a wide range based on actual color temperature and precise color adjustments are available.

Gamma is also adjustable. Alternatively, instead of choosing from specific gamma curves, one can pick from preset modes. The picture menu offers impressive levels of control, as well as a variety of calibration options.

When HDR mode is active, this LG model boasts a decent contrast ratio of 1450:1 at default and a maximum level of around 2100:1. This added range enhances screen vibrancy.

The excellent SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling mean this monitor performs well in a bright office. The edge array backlight pumps out up to 350cd/m2 for SDR content.

The monitor has decent horizontal and vertical viewing angles, good for sharing work with nearby coworkers. Black levels stay nearly constant at an angle. Up until a fairly wide-angle, the screen remains accurate.

Great gray uniformity. There is almost no noticeable dirty screen effect in the center, which is great for browsing the web or playing sports games.

What We Don’t Like About LG 32UD99-W

The stand is wide and prevents large objects from being placed in front of the monitor. The short cable could cause some placement issues. A small loop for cable management isn’t very effective at keeping a clean desk.

The I/O panel’s rear-facing position, while convenient for plugging cables in, becomes cumbersome for flush mounting. While the operating system does support HDR, the desktop (and most apps) have problems with how they translate to HDR.

The images appear dimmer, less vibrant, and less accurate with HDR on than with HDR off. the LG 32UD99-W can’t maintain it for more than a few seconds.

A pair of five-watt hidden speakers deliver relatively good sound. Still, for the price, they seem to be below standard when compared with a set of cheap external speakers or halfway decent headphones.

For multimedia use, while it does perform well in a bright room, it may not be the best monitor for dark room viewing, due to the contrast ratio and black uniformity.

  • Image remains accurate at an angle
  • Excellent low input lag
  • Fast response time and Freesync support
  • Strong color gamut and accuracy
  • Limited HDR performance
  • 60 Hz refresh rate will limit gaming opportunities
  • Sound standards are not high quality

What’s Included?

  • Color Calibration Report
  • USB-C to USB-A Adapter Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • HDMI Cable

Overview of Features

The LG 32UD99-W is a good design. LG offers a good array of connectivity.

A compatible laptop or tablet will connect via the USB-C port which also supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and USB-C Power Delivery. When you plug a laptop or tablet in through the USB-C, the laptop will be charging, as well as the drive video to the display.

The USB-C port supports power delivery up to 60W, and the USB 3.0 ports support quick charging. The standard LG joystick control makes navigating the OSD a breeze. The OSD is the same in most LG monitors and is very easy to use.

The included LG Screen Split 2.0 software can be used to simulate multiple virtual screens on the display or to enable picture-in-picture.
The LG 32UD99-W has integrated speakers, and it supports HDR10.

There are no gaming-oriented features like a crosshair overlay or fps counter. Additional features that are typically found in LG models include Super Resolution+ that improves the upscaling quality and Black Stabilizer which enhances black shades without affecting white shades.

LG 32UD99 Review Summary

The LG 32UD99 is an excellent consoling gaming monitor due to both its size, HDR compatibility, wide color gamut, and incredibly low input-lag. Considering what is available in the gaming market this monitor is the top choice.

For the price, you get a solid overall value. A great multitasking product. Office or game use, this monitor will meet your needs.

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