LG UltraGear 32GQ850 and 32GQ950 review

LG UltraGear 32GQ850 and 32GQ950 review
  • LG UltraGear 32GQ850
  • LG UltraGear 32GQ950


LG created a 32-inch monitor with the 32GQ850 for gamers who love high refresh rates. With a frequency of 240Hz, or 260Hz overclocked, it’s one of the fastest 1440p monitors in this format. Response times can also keep up with those frequencies. In terms of image reproduction, however, the screen drops a few stitches from the factory: in the standard mode in which the screen comes out of the box, color reproduction isn’t great and sRGB reproduction – most commonly used in practice – isn’t great, only Display-P3 delivers. Reasonably well. However, the various modes can be fine-tuned with fairly extensive manual setup options and hardware calibration possible. HDR performance isn’t bad, but variable 4K performance is better Viewing angles are decent, but not much more than that overall, we think That screen is priced pretty high for what you get, unless you’re specifically looking for a really fast, big 1440p screen.


With a 32-inch 4k screen and a fast refresh rate of 144 or 160 Hz, the LG UltraGear 32GQ950 has a somewhat rare set of features. Especially if you’re using HDR mode with high brightness – but unfortunately less accurate color reproduction – plus, there are few monitors that are direct competition. Unfortunately, the price is also accordingly, because with a starting price of 1,200 euros, the screen certainly isn’t cheap. It would have been better if there had been a correct factory color reproduction adjustment, although it could still be tweaked with additional calibration. The screen comes with less impressive color reproduction which is unfortunate. Only Display-P3 mode is good, standard monitor and sRGB mode is not. We also miss out on that extra cash like a USB-C input for a laptop – when you can’t play and need to work.


  • Moderate display at sRGB and default settings
  • There is no USB-C input
  • The HDR screen is bright, but the picture could be better

Earlier this month, we posted a dossier Two fast monitors review 240 Hz. In addition to the high refresh rate, the modest screen diagonal of 25 inches and the relatively modest price are two distinct points. The two LG monitors in this review are by no means mediocre, they both have a large screen diagonal of 32 inches, and their price tags are also impressive, So we are talking about screens that are much more advanced than the ones mentioned above, which is a first for LG.

LG mainly uses self-produced IPS variants for its displays. In fact, ips is a brand name of LG; So other manufacturers are not allowed to use it for their nameplates. Although IPS has many advantages over VA technology, such as a better viewing angle and faster response times, it also provides significantly lower contrast. However, the high contrast value contributes greatly to a pleasant viewing experience, especially in a dark room and especially for HDR content. Another downside of ips that VA panels don’t suffer from is something called ips glow. This is present with LG’s IPS panels, just as it is with the IPS-like variants from competitors, and the contrast of LG’s IPS panels is often on the low side as well. Moreover, with IPS panels, black brightness decreases faster at wider viewing angles than with other screens.

To overcome the intrinsic shortcomings of IPS panels, LG has introduced two technologies this year. First, there’s IPS Black, a technology that basically improves the contrast of LG’s IPS panels. Earlier this year we saw the result of applying this Two Dell Ultrasharps. The two LG monitors in this review, the UltraGear 32GQ850 and UltraGear 32GQ950, feature a second new technology: ATW Polarizer. Anyone with a good memory will remember ATW technology from the past. Some high-end IPS monitors were once equipped with this technology, but its use has gradually disappeared about ten years ago. LG changed that with these two UltraGears. According to the manufacturer, the A-TW Polarizer app should reduce ips flare when viewing dark content or looking at sharp corners. Whether the Advanced True Wide Polarizer really offers an improvement, we’ll see in this review. Please note: the two screens do not have IPS Black. So we would expect the variance between the two not to be much higher than 1000:1.

So the two A-TW monitors are the 32GQ850 and 32GQ950. The Ultra Gear 32GQ850 It is a wqhd monitor with an LG IPS panel that can handle 240Hz or 260Hz overclocking. The price of the screen is more than eight hundred euros. It loses out to its more expensive sibling in refresh rate, but gains in resolution. The UltraGear 32GQ950 It is a 4K IPS screen with a refresh rate of 144 Hz (160 Hz with overclocking) and an average price of around one thousand three hundred euros. This makes gaming monitors slightly larger than last year’s popular 4K gaming monitors, such as the 27GP950 and 27GN950.

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