The LG 27UD58-Bis currently the cheapest 4K gaming monitor available. Besides delivering the stellar 4K UHD resolution and vibrant colors of its IPS panel, the LG 27UD58 offers AMD FreeSync technology and plenty of exclusive features.
The LG27UD58-B monitor features an AH-IPS panel with 10-bit color depth support through dithering (8-bit + FRC) and it’s factory-calibrated to cover over 99% of the sRGB color space. The 4K Ultra HD resolution displayed on its 27-inch screen size results in a rich pixel density of 163 pixels per inch. Naturally, you will need to scale your interface by ~150% in order to enlarge items to readable size which will, in turn, decrease the screen real estate but increase visible details.
The IPS panel of the LG27UD58-B display also ensures the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles for comfortable viewing experience no matter the angle you’re looking at the screen. Additionally, the colors are accurate and consistent while the 5ms response time leaves no trailing of the fast moving objects across the desktop. The screen is flicker-free and has a blue light filter so that you can work, watch movies, or play video games for hours without straining your eyes. The monitor also has minimal backlight bleeding visible.
The LG27UD58-B IPS monitor offers a smooth gaming experience at 4K resolution due to the Dynamic Action Sync feature which ensures low input lag for responsive gameplay. In the fast-paced FPS games, there is minimal evident ghosting thanks to the quick 5ms response time speed while 4K resolution and rich colors of the IPS panel deliver an otherworldly image quality.
If you have an AMD FreeSync compatible graphics card, you can synchronize the refresh rate between the LG27UD58-B and the GPU thus gaining dynamic refresh rate and eliminating screen tearing and stuttering. The LG27UD58-B FreeSync range amounts to 40-60Hz when extended, though you can further increase it by the custom resolution utility.
Once you install the On-Screen Control software, you will be able to adjust all of the LG27UD58-B features and OSD (On-Screen Display) settings in a desktop application. The Screen Split feature makes for effortless multitasking as you can divide the screen into different layouts and then assign applications to certain parts of the display.
You can also apply pre-calibrated picture presets to the image depending on what kind of activity you’re watching on the screen. Gaming profiles include two FPS, an RTS, and a custom mode while regular presets feature well-optimized settings for Photo, Cinema, Reader, Dark Room, and Color Weakness scenarios; You can assign these settings in the On-Screen Control menu, so that whenever you open a certain application, the corresponding picture preset will automatically apply itself.
Besides adjusting the common parameters in the OSD menu, you will be able to tweak the Black Stabilizer feature which increases the visibility in the dark scenes. Other customizations include 6-axis color adjustments, different color temperatures, sharpness, gamma, red, green, and blue color values, etc. You can also use the intuitive OSD joystick to tweak settings in the user-friendly menu.
Design and Connectivity
The design of the LG 27UD58-B is quite modest; it has an elegant black finish with the trademark ArcLine stand. It’s VESA mount compatible with 100 x 100 holes and you can tilt the screen by -2/15 degrees, but there are no other ergonomic functionalities. The screen coating is matte 3H anti-glare which eliminates the issues with reflection.
There are no extra USB ports nor built-in speakers which is acceptable considering the price. Connectors include two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, and an audio line-out. If you wish to use the LG 27UD58-B with PS4 Pro or other 4K-capable gaming consoles, be sure to enable the HDMI option in the OSD: Menu, Picture, Picture Adjust, and then enable the HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color option which will activate the needed RGB 4:4:4 chroma sampling.
Price & Similar Monitors
The LG 27UD58-B price amounts to $340 at the moment (July 2017) which makes it the cheapest 4K FreeSync monitor. It’s also available as a 24-inch variant, the LG 24UD58-B for $313 though the 27-inch version is worth much more at that price. The LG 27UD58-B is also available with added support for height adjustment, pivot, and swivel options for an extra $35 – the LG 27UD58P-B. You can also check out our review of the upgraded version of this monitor, the LG 27UD68 with a slightly higher brightness level and thinner bezels, but a higher price tag as well.
As more and more 4K content is surfacing lately, including the 4K remastered versions of our old favorite games, getting a 4K monitor is just a matter of time. The LG 27UD58-B offers everything needed for the flawless image quality and fluid performance in addition to the plethora of useful and exclusive features. Moreover, it does so for a very appealing price, we only wish it was available in a bigger screen size version as well.