LG 32QN600-B Review
The LG 32QN600-B is an impressive entertainment monitor with a gorgeous 32-inch display that boasts a 5-millisecond response time, 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support.
- Huge panel size
- Strong feature set
- High quality chassis
- Lacks USB port(s)
- No speakers
The LG 32QN600-B is a curved 32-inch QHD monitor built for professional users, but it also has entertainment in mind. In addition to curved QHD resolution and support for HDR10 content, it also boasts 75Hz refresh rate and 5-millisecond response times, offering users a decent gaming monitor in a refreshing ultrawide desktop package.
That’s not its only attractive attribute. It’s got AMD FreeSync and the panel it runs on is IPS. It also costs less than its 32-inch peers; but even at the lower price, the 32QN600-B is a serious investment, one that would benefit from built-in speakers and a USB-C port.
Measuring 20.2 by 28.1 by 8.2 inches (HWD), the LG 32QN600-B requires a good chunk of desktop space to accommodate its imposing profile, but not as expansive as its 38-inch sibling, the LG 38UC99-W. The 32-inch IPS panel is housed in an attractive matte-black cabinet that features a zero-bezel design and silver trim. The cabinet weighs 21.7 pounds and is supported by a curved stand with a telescoping mounting arm that offers some ergonomic adjustments (-5°/20° tilt, a max of 120mm height adjustment).
This 32-inch QHD (2560 X 1440) panel has a 1,800R curvature (meaning if you arrange several of these monitors edge to edge to create a complete circle, the circle will have a radius of 1,800mm). That’s more pronounced than the Acer Predator X34’s 3,800R, but the same radius as the 49-inch Samsung CRG9 with a with a 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120 x 1440 resolution display.
It has a peak brightness of 350 cd/m2, a maximum refresh rate of 75Hz, a 16:9 aspect ratio, over 99 percent sRGB color coverage and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Its native 5-millisecond pixel response rate isn’t the best but it comes with AMD FreeSync adaptive sync support that helps eliminate screen-tearing artifacts and improves gaming performance.
The LG 32QN600-B has a joystick button positioned in the middle of the bottom edge that’s used to power the monitor on and off, navigate the on-screen menus, which has a host of settings. Here, you’ll find quick settings including Brightness, Contrast, Volume and Screen Off options. The Input settings menu allows you select the video source, change the display aspect ratio, and configure the Picture-By-Picture (PbP) settings that lets you separate the screen in half to display output from two source devices.
In the picture menu, you can select one of the available presets, including 3 gamer modes: 2 First-Person-Shooter modes and RTS pre-set mode so you can choose the best mode for you.
At the rear of the cabinet, facing outward, are two HDMI inputs, a DisplayPort input, and two downstream ports (one which is power adapter port) and a headphone port. The 34UC80-B lacks built-in speakers, and a USB-C upstream port would be welcome here.
The LG 32QN600-B is a stellar all-round performer, that produces colors that are well matched to respective color coordinates on chromaticity chart below as determined by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). The panel’s red, green, and blue color output are all closely aligned with their ideal coordinates, which means that it produces accurate colors right out of the box. It also does a very good job when displaying light and dark shades of gray, resulting in excellent shadow and highlight detail in test photos.
Gaming performance is good (but not impressive, it’s a professional monitor after all), with non-existent motion blur on Crysis 3 (for PC) and Grand Theft Auto V (for Sony PS4), although with negligible screen tearing in some segments of Crysis 3. By enabling AMD FreeSync, the tearing issues is remedied and you once again enjoy a smoother game look and feel.
The LG 32QN600-B’s 5ms refresh rate is fine for entertainment and professional use, but gaming monitors in this range have short 1 ms refresh rate that bands well with adaptive sync technology. It has a 11.3-millisecond input lag (time a monitor takes to respond to a controller command) is low enough that you won’t worry of getting blown away during intense gaming.
Still, it is still a bit higher that the category leader, the BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 that maxes at 9.5 milliseconds. It consumes 48 watts, which is great considering the 34UC80-B’s massive size, which matches that of the Acer X34 and Acer SB220Q Bi – both with smaller screens.
The LG 32QN600-B is an impressive entertainment monitor with a gorgeous 32-inch display that boasts a 5-millisecond response time, 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support. And unlike the LG 32MA68HY-P, this 32-inch monitor has a pixel-packed resolution (2560 X 1440 resolution) that’s fitting for its size.
But when you spend just under $300 on a monitor, you should expect perfection, which the 32QN600-B falls short of. Not only does the monitor lack built-in speakers, but LG omitted a USB-C port for future-proofing this beautiful monitor.
But when you combine a comprehensive feature set with excellent performance and a beautiful aesthetic – the omissions just disappear- and it’s hard not to fall in love with the LG 32QN600-B as both an entertainment and gaming monitor.
LG 32QN600-B 32-Inch QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS Monitor with HDR 10, AMD FreeSync with Dual HDMI Inputs, Black
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