For a reasonable price, the LG 32ML600M-B performs as well as the best Full HD displays, we’ve reviewed, with strong productivity performance and enough real estate for split-screen arrays.
- Wide color gamut
- Wide viewing angles
- VESA-mount compatible
- Low pixel density
- Tilt-only stand
Like many vendors, LG has a wide offering of monitors depending on your needs. It has the UltraWide line, the UltraGear line crafted for those seeking the best gaming monitors, and the Ultrafine Series for video and photography enthusiasts. The LG 32ML600M-B is a shot at another market altogether: those looking for a widescreen HDR monitor on a budget.
The 32ML600M-B is a stepped-down version of the LG 32UL950-W and 32UN650-W. Both are premium and pricier models in the Ultrafine line aimed at art and video work. To deliver the 32ML600M-B’s excellent sub-$250 price while retaining basic features you’d expect in a 32-inch monitor, LG had to make a few changes and cuts.
What you’re left with is one of the best budget 32-inch monitors that’ll do you just fine if you don’t live right while gaming and productivity.
|Panel Size (Corner-to-Corner)||31.5 inches|
|Native Resolution||1920 by 1080|
|Rated Screen Luminance||300 cd/m^2|
|Rated Contrast Ratio||1000:1|
|Pixel Refresh Rate||75 Hz|
|Video Inputs||VGA, HDMI (2)|
|USB Ports (Excluding Upstream)||0|
|Dimensions (HWD)||28.7 x 8.2 x 20.2 inches|
Design and Connectivity
Like its pricier sibling, the LG 32MA70HY-P, our review unit is pretty straightforward to put together out of the box – no tools needed. The stand isn’t attached, but it’s a standard VESA 100 x 100mm mount that you can just snap right on. You then slide the bottom of the stand into place and use the metal screw handle to tighten everything into place. Like most LG monitors, you take a few minutes from box to desk.
Keep in mind that 32 inches are a lot of space, particularly if you’re coming from the 24-27 inches space. That said, the LG 32ML600M-B’s bezels are relatively thin. The physical bezel on the top and sides is black in color and extends into the actual monitor body.
The darkened space at the top is around 0.25 inches, which is small enough to clip an external webcam camera. The bottom bezel is around 1 inch thick, sporting the LG logo and not much else.
On the underside of the monitor, there’s a directional joystick for quick and easy navigation through the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, but the same can be adjusted via LG’s OSC (On-Screen Control) desktop application as well.
On the rear of the 32ML600M-B are two HDMI 2.0 ports, alongside a 3.5mmaudio out and the power supply port. Just remember they are all rear-facing, so HDMI cables will stick out a bit if you wall mount the monitor.
The stand is another point LG cut corners to cover for the monitor’s cost. It lacks height adjustments. Like the stands on the LG 32UL950-W and 32UN650-W models do; the height is the height. You can slightly tilt the screen, but you can’t rotate it for a portrait view. The monitor has some wobble in the stand, but that’s to be expected in this size.
- 32 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display
- DCI-P3 95% Color Gamut
- HDR 10 Support
The LG 32MA70HY-P started strongly, with impressive out-of-the-box performance. Its 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS screen with a 300 cd/m2 brightness level looks much better than LG’s quoted figure, and its bolstered with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and HDR10 support. The high contrast is important, as it makes pictures vibrant, and helps this monitor deliver a wide array of shades – even closely matched tones are easier to tell apart.
We haven’t run into any dead pixels on this monitor, a common issue among gaming monitors, and backlight bleeding and IPS glow were present, but negligible. As with all good daily use IPS monitors, the LG 32ML600M-B provides wide viewing angles, with no noticeable color variations or loss of luminance when viewed from any angle.
For gamers, the panel’s 5-millisecond (gray-to-gray) pixel response and 75Hz refresh rate won’t suffice for many games, but it isn’t the worst either. I noticed screen tearing while playing GTA V on the PC and while playing Fallout on the XBOX 360. Many gamers will be hard-pressed to find graphic solutions to handle 5K gaming, especially with the release of the Nvidia RTX 30 Series graphic cards. If you need to enjoy smooth gaming, the Acer Predator XB323U offers a few nice features that will appeal to gamers.
The panel’s 10.6-millisecond input lag (time taken for the monitor to react to a controller command) is fairly short, though it doesn’t beat the 9.6-millisecond standard for most gaming monitors. The monitor consumes about 37 watts of power while setting to Text mode and 33 watts while set to Movie mode and a paltry 32.7 watts in Power Save mode.
LG 32ML600M-B Review: Verdict
The LG 32ML600M-B comes in at a very affordable price while offering a large, 1080p screen with support for HDR10 content. Gamers shouldn’t get too excited – with a 75Hz refresh rate and 5ms gtg response time, this isn’t one of the best gaming monitors. But it’ll still enable casual gamers who don’t mind the 75 fps and under. If you’re looking for more serious 4K gaming on a budget, check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG289Q.
You can find a 32-inch monitor with a better stand, better response time, a higher-res screen, and USB ports on the market. But you’re not going to find many great 32-inch monitors with HDR support at this price point. The competition in this range includes the Sceptre E325B-QPN168 and the Samsung Odyssey G5, but the LG remains the cheapest of them all.
For the LG 32ML600M-B ‘s affordable price, you’re looking at a great performer for work, some video watching, and a little bit of light gaming. And you can use the money you save to upgrade some parts of your system.
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