LG 32UL950 4k Monitor Review – RTINGS.com


Hi, I’m Daniel from RTINGS.com. Today we’re testing the LG 32UL950 which is
also advertised with a dash W suffix to denote the white color. It is a 32 inch 4k monitor with an IPS panel,
and it includes some neat features like FreeSync support and a wide color gamut for HDR although
it only has a 60Hz refresh rate. In this review we will start by looking at
the design and inputs of the monitor, and then move on to the picture quality. We will also look at the motion handling and
input lag. We will be closely comparing this monitor
with the Dell Ultrasharp U3219Q, as well as the ultrawide 5k monitor from LG – the 34WK95U
and the gaming Acer Predator X27. So we’ll start with the design. Like most other LG monitors, the UL950 has
a metallic crescent-shaped stand. It supports the monitor well, with only a
relatively small amount of wobble which is good. The stand also has some ergonomic adjustments,
as you can adjust the height, rotate the monitor portrait, or tilt it from back to front. Note that you can’t easily swivel it from
side-to-side without moving the whole stand. There is also a quick release to remove the
stand to access the VESA 100×100 mounting bracket, which is great especially for those
who plan to mount the monitor side-by-side with another. The borders are also thin, which looks good
without much gap. The build quality of the monitor also feels
good, with a solid stand and no loose parts around the monitor’s plastic exterior. The monitor does include a 19.5 volt power
brick, which plugs into the rear of the monitor. It is quite large, so you may need to consider
the placement of this if you care about a tidy desk. On the rear of the monitor close to the power
connection is a good range of inputs including a DisplayPort connection, HDMI and two USB
C thunderbolt 3 ports. One of these USB 3 ports can daisy chain a
4k 60Hz image to a second display and the other supports power delivery up to 60 watts
which is just enough for most MacBook pros. The controls are located under the front of
the display. The single joystick is easy to use and provides
good tactile feedback. We’ll now look at the picture quality. Like most LG monitors, the 32UL950 has an
IPS panel which provides accurate colors when viewed off-axis. This means that the sides of the screen remain
accurate when viewed from directly in-front, which is good for a uniform and accurate image. The vertical viewing angles are also great
and shouldn’t present any issues. Now onto the brightness. A high peak brightness in SDR is useful to
overcome glare in a bright room, and this monitor is one of the brightest we’ve tested
which is great. With local dimming enabled some smaller objects
in dark scenes get dimmed, which we’ll talk about later. When sending an HDR signal the monitor can
get the whole screen a bit brighter at almost 700 nits, but this is only sustained for a
few seconds and is likely just to reach VESA’s Display HDR 600 spec. On our real scene test pattern, the brightness
of a small object is closer to 400 nits, which is decent but won’t really make HDR highlights
stand out. For those in a bright room, good reflection
handling is important to avoid distracting glare. The performance of this LG is good and is
in the same ballpark as most other monitors so is unlikely to be an issue. Now for those in a dark room, a high contrast
ratio is important to deliver deep dark scenes. Unfortunately, the 32UL950 only has a decent
contrast ratio so blacks do appear gray. This is typical of monitors with IPS panels
and is in the same ballpark as these other comparable monitors. Now, this LG monitor does have local dimming
to improve the dark scene performance. Unfortunately, though it doesn’t work well,
as the zones extend vertically across the whole screen. This means that whole vertical columns of
the screen need to be darker for local dimming to have any effect so the contrast ratio measured
on our checkerboard pattern doesn’t change. Another important factor for those in a dark
room is the uniformity of dark scenes. This is often known as backlight bleed or
flashlighting. This does vary between units depending on
manufacturing tolerances, but the monitor we bought has very obvious flashlighting near
the right-hand side of the bottom edge. If you buy this model then please do let us
know how yours is or send a photo. Now for the color accuracy. The monitor is fairly accurate out of the
box, but none of the default picture modes including the sRGB picture mode follow our
sRGB gamma target very well. This is strange, as the monitor does come
with a factory calibration report but even our color temperature measurements differ
from the factory report by about 400 kelvins. Overall, this is fine for most people, but
for those who care about really accurate colors the Dell U3219Q is one of the most accurate
monitors we’ve tested out of the box. Now on to the HDR color gamut. This LG monitor also support HDR 10, which
is good for those who plan to game or watch movies in HDR. A wide color gamut is useful for HDR, as the
HDR10 format allows for a wider range of colors so the monitor’s gamut should be as wide
as possible to display them accurately. Unlike most monitors, the 32UL950 does support
a wide color gamut which is good however at about 77% of the DCI-P3 color space it isn’t
as good as the 34WK95U or Predator X27. Another important aspect of the picture quality
is the gradient performance. Smooth display of gradients is good for those
working with photos or videos, and for gamers that want better picture quality free from
banding. Thankfully, the LG offers excellent performance
here with the ability to display smooth 10 bit gradients. Now for the motion handling. Unfortunately, the 32UL950 is limited to a
60Hz maximum refresh rate, which is low for gamers. It is fine for editing documents or watching
videos but does result in a higher input lag and more persistence blur as we’ll see later. This monitor does support FreeSync variable
refresh rates though, which is useful to reduce screen tearing when gaming. Unfortunately, it is limited to a range of
40 to 60 fps. We also tested the variable refresh rate support
from our NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card and found that it does work, as long as FreeSync
is set to the ‘Ultimate’ range. You can see more about our tests of FreeSync
compatibility with NVIDIA graphics cards at our link down below. This monitor has a fast response time, so
only a short blur trail is seen behind our moving logo. Note that most of this blur trail is from
persistence, due to the refresh rate of 60 Hz. These slight duplications in the logo image
are a result of the PWM flicker of the backlight, which is unavoidable for this monitor when
reducing backlight below maximum. This may be a problem for those who are sensitive
to the 240Hz flicker or find it distracting. We measured the response time of the four
different overdrive settings which can be found under the ‘Response Time’ option
in the monitor menu. Off has no overshoot but is a bit slower resulting
in a bit more blur. Normal has a faster response time for less
blur, but again with no visible overshoot so is our recommended setting. The ‘fast’ and ‘faster’ settings each
add more overshoot which can be visible as a slight halo around fast moving objects. Overall, this is a very good result but isn’t
as good as the Predator X27 with no PWM flicker and faster response time with less motion
blur. Now, as mentioned before the input lag of
this monitor is limited by the 60Hz refresh rate. This is because the image scans from the top
to the bottom 60 times each second, so the bottom of the screen is refreshed about one-sixtieth
of a second after the top or about 16.6 milliseconds later. We measure the average input lag at the center
of the screen, which is theoretically limited at 60 hertz to about 8 and a half milliseconds. This monitor only has a small amount of processing
on top of this, resulting in our input lag of about 9 milliseconds. This is still very good and shouldn’t be
an issue for most people, but competitive gamers will prefer a monitor with a faster
refresh rate and lower input lag like the Predator X27. So overall, the 32UL950 is a very good monitor,
especially for office use or working with photos and videos. It offers a high-resolution screen and accurate
colors at an angle, and if you’ve got a laptop that supports thunderbolt 3 then you
can use a single USB C cable to charge your laptop and drive two 4k screens. Compared to the Dell U3219Q, both monitors
offer very similar picture quality and overall performance. The Dell has a slightly better stand which
allows it to swivel, but the LG supports daisy chaining the video signal to drive another
display. If you don’t care about either of these
features, then go with the cheaper one. The 34WK95U is an ultrawide monitor with about
5000 horizontal pixels which is sometimes called a 5k resolution. These two monitors do offer similar performance
otherwise though, except that the WK doesn’t support FreeSync. Go for the 34WK95U if you like the ultrawide
resolution, or the 32UL950 if you prefer the traditional 4k UHD format. The Predator X27 is a high-end monitor with
more gaming-oriented features. The design reflects this, as well as the higher
refresh rate and lower input lag. If you’re a gamer and can afford it then
the X27 is a better monitor but it comes at a high price. So that’s it! What do you think of this LG monitor? Have you bought it, and if so how will you
use it? Let us know in the comments. You can check out all of the measurements
on our website. If you like this video, subscribe to our channel,
or become a contributor. Thank you for watching and see you next time.

45 Comments

  1. AGEMO February 18, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Is there someone else doing reviews in such impressive depth like Rtings.com? If so I would like to follow them too. This is simply amazing.

  2. miladesn February 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    For the price of this, you can buy a a 120Hz 55 inch TV with real HDR, FALD and much better performance overall. For entertainment, it doesn't make much sense. For professional work, there are better more accurate options if you're spending over $1000 already. For office use? I don't know who would buy this for an office. I guess it's aimed at the MacBook user who doesn't care about value/price.

  3. megapro17 February 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    >IPS
    so it's a good monitor

  4. legion February 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    60Hz gaming monitor?? What the hell is the point? It's basically an overpriced tv. Hell, my 8 year old tv has 120Hz native refresh

  5. Krishna Kanth February 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Will we get any big tv s this year which supports freesync and LFC over HDMI, got tired of waiting…..

  6. Perfectly Balanced February 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    This monitor is severely overpriced

  7. Bobby February 19, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Daniel just doesn’t review TVs he reviews monitors as well.

  8. Скачай музыку в машину - musictocar•ru February 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Счастье – это не обладание тем, чего желаешь, а желание того, чем обладаешь.

  9. Slim1Shady February 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Why 1 dislike? Thx Rtings for all the Tests.

  10. VisioN NiL February 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Please make review one of LG VA monitors also: like 32UL750 or 32UK550. Thx

  11. Keelan Sears February 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    There is NO channel that compares to Rtings. A class of their own!

  12. tifius February 20, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Could you test the daisy chaining feature in Windows and Mac OS? Does it work reliably with a macbook pro? I have the predecessor LG 32UD99 and the USB-C input is notoriously unreliable, sometimes requiring a reconnection of power to the monitor to work properly.

  13. w George February 20, 2019 at 4:22 am

    how can you guys make profits with such good reviewing?

  14. Synaptricks February 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    pause at 00:30 is it just me or does he open his mouth way to wide ?

  15. Jonathan Millar February 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Just want to say these reviews are excellent! Nicely done

  16. Allias Morningstar February 21, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Should I wait to get a new TV? Are there any good ones coming out?

  17. True Christian February 23, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I wish you would have recommended a 32 inch monitor that's better than the LG 32UL950, instead of recommending a 27 inch monitor. I want something that is as good as the 27 inch you one recommended, but that is 32 inches. But I don't know what product would meet that criteria, since this video's only suggestion was to downgrade from 32 to 27, which is not a desirable outcome.

  18. Luc Ziemann February 25, 2019 at 1:56 am

    More of those videos was really really helpful ! 🙂

  19. Maik Mueller February 26, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the review. I'm a disappointed by the coverage of DCI-P3, since LG is claiming it's doing 98%, and now it's basically standard?

  20. Новинки IT March 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    so we still have no ideal 32" 4k IPS monitor in ~1300$ price range.
    LG told us, that ul950 would be improved version of ud99, but the last one have better contrast = better detai in black color. And it's flicker free. Dell U3219Q almost identical to UL950 = bad Black Uniformity + it's not flicker free. So for me LG 32ud99 seems better choice between this trio, but it has bad pre-calibration + ugly stand + glossy back cover.
    I am confused.
    Hope LG
    will announce soon improved model of 32ul950 with better pre-calibration and with better contrast + flicker free and it would be best choice )))

  21. Lord Asclepius March 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    The best display reviewer without even some competition. This is the kind pf reviews we want unlike most tech YouTubers who just praises the monitors because they have been given to them for free.

  22. SiriusXification March 4, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Thank you, mr. Rtings.

  23. Simon March 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

    It only has 1 HDMI port now – it's predecessor had 2 HDMI inputs – and I need two – one for my UHD BlueRay Player, one for my TV Tuner, and the DP Port for my PC. Therefore the old LG 32" 4k monitor is much better.

  24. Elchicoo March 16, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Can you guys make an comparison video between this monitor and the LG 34WK95u Ultrawide monitor? Thanks!

  25. Leo March 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Samsung "THE FRAME" 2019 43" please

  26. Hazardman March 24, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Nice job…. could you please do a review on LG 32ul750-w. I'm def buying one of the two for Xbox One X gaming. Thanks!

  27. John Doe March 26, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Colossal waste of money. Get this: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hisense-50-class-led-r7-series-2160p-smart-4k-uhd-tv-with-hdr-roku-tv/6221029.p?skuId=6221029

  28. Jamie Robert March 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Why are monitors so bad with black levels

  29. John Doe April 8, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Nice review, but the 32UL950 won't charge a MBP 15" 2017 (at least not mine… 😉 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Barely helps maintaining the charge, but that's it… Monitor as such is pretty OK, but if you dreamed of a 'one wire' setup, forget it, you'll still need the Apple 87W USB-C charger !

  30. Damir Mihajlovic April 8, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Will you test Benq SW271?

  31. NANCY IBARRA April 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    it only have 60 hz come on!!

  32. Mark Remington April 28, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    This review is very accurate! I purchased an LG 32ul950-W and while it looks great the color is noticeably different from my laptop display (Dell XPS 15 9570 4K), which sadly has better color.

  33. Daniel Trujillo Morales May 1, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Any one know if you can overclock it ? How many hz before it crash?

  34. TruPath Lending May 2, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Will the fonts not show blurry on this or the LG 32UD99-W monitor? I purchased a few that had that issue and found the only monitor that doesn't have that issue is the LG Ultrafine.

  35. Lord Katakuri June 2, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Lol the UD99 is better . A previous gen model has wider color gamut and better black uniformity..

  36. Jerrad Boren June 13, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Will you please review the LG 32UL750? And then maybe compare the two?

    Thanks!

  37. Elvis June 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the awesome review, I decide to buy Dell U3219Q instead.

  38. waverunner adventure gfx July 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    dont buy lg monitor…goto buy benq ew3270u….excellent monitor.

  39. John Doe July 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Rtings, please review the Philips 276E8VJSB. It's 4k monitor with very impressive price for it's specs. Thanks in advance.

  40. Frederic Hodshon July 14, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Excellent review.

    About to upgrade from 2 – 27" 1440p monitors to a 32" 4K IPS.

    On the eve of Prime Day, i've narrowed it down to:

    Asus PA328/329
    Dell 3219Q
    Viewsonic VP3268
    LG32UL950/32UD99
    Acer XB321HK

    this would be non-gaming, content creation – video, graphics, 3D CAD/animation, DAW MIDI and audio.

    i'm leaning toward the Dell, quality control, warranty, overall general purpose specs…

  41. Nikko July 21, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    please please PLEASE review the LG 32UL750-W. its on top of my list since it has a VA panel, and i really wanna know how it compares to LG's IPS models like the 32UL950-W and 32UD99-W. thanks for your hard work!

  42. Naif Thghost August 3, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This or 32ud99w ?

  43. Naif Thghost August 4, 2019 at 7:20 am

    @09:38 that predator shines out there

  44. Beyond Time Pictures October 9, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hi so is the monitor true 10bit?

  45. Krane October 9, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Stand to the side of the monitor, not behind it.

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