LG 27UD68 Review: Best 4K UHD IPS FreeSync Monitor

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This 4K display monitor delivers stunning image quality with 99% sRGB color gamut accuracy required by professional designers and photographers. It offers various unique features which will help graphic designers efficiently utilize their work. Yet the monitor is not only intended for work as it also has some gaming exclusive features as well. Its thin bezel makes it ideal for multi-display and it’s available in a white color – LG 27UD68-W, and in a black – LG 27UD68-P.

Furthermore, the LG27UD68 also has a model with USB-C connectivity, the LG 27UD88, and a model with both USB-C connectivity and an extended warranty, the LG 27MU88.

  • 27 Inches Screen
  • UHD 4K Resolution: 3840×2160
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz
  • 5ms Response Time
  • Ports: 2x HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2
  • Other Ports: Headphones Jack
  • FreeSync Technology
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.1554mm x 0.1554mm
  • Brightness: 350cd/m2
  • Contrast: 5,000,000:1
  • 1.07 billion colors

The LG 27UD68 has ultra thin bezel which makes the picture pop out and along its 99% sRGB color gamut accuracy makes for the ideal monitor for professional designers and photographers. The screen of the monitor is coated with a matte finish which eliminates the annoying sunlight reflection. In addition, its screen is flicker-free and produces low levels of the blue-light allowing you to enjoy the beautiful image for hours without any distractions or eye fatigue.

The extensive connectivity includes two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort. With the exclusive Dual Controller feature of the LG 27UD68, you will be able to quickly and effortlessly view the display of two computers or a gaming console side by side on one screen. There is an additional 3.55mm audio input jack next to the display ports.

If you have an AMD graphics card you will be able to take the full advantages of this monitor, as you can connect your monitor directly with your graphics card through the DisplayPort. By doing so you can enable the FreeSync feature which synchronizes the refresh rates of your GPU with the monitor and thus eliminates screen tearing and stuttering even in more demanding games.

The response time of 5ms, although not as fast as TN panel’s 1ms response time, eliminates ghosting and blurring of fast moving objects in video games. The input lag was measured to be 9.6ms, which is very good. As the IPS panels produce much more accurate colors than TN panels do, the response time is limited. However, only professional and competitive gamers will notice the difference between the response time.

The IPS panel of this monitor delivers exception color accuracy of 99% sRGB color gamut which manifests in stunningly beautiful and crisp image quality with vivid colors. Professional photographers and designers can be sure that what they create in their image editing software, will come out printed just the way they’ve made it. Moreover, the panel provides great viewing angles of 178 degrees both horizontal and vertical, allowing you to enjoy the picture from basically any angle and distance without the colors losing their tint.

In the box of the LG 27UD68, you will receive its detachable stand, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, a DisplayPort cable, a CD with information and drivers, and a cable management plastic which can be used for easier routing and concealing of the cables. The monitor is very easy to assemble and within minutes of unpacking, you will be able to enjoy in its beautiful 4K display. The color accuracy is immediately present without any calibration tools necessary.

What do users like about this product?

lg 27ud68 review 2017

  • Game Modes
  • Black Stabilizer
  • On-Screen Control
  • Screen Split 2.0
  • Dual Controller
  • Joystick OSD Menu

The LG 27UD68 offers three gaming optimized presets which you can easily choose using the OSD’s joystick or the exclusive On-Screen control software. There are two presets available for FPS games, one for RTS games and a Custom mode in which you can adjust your own settings, save them, and use whenever you want. These presets are more optimized for gaming as they enable Black Stabilizer and Dynamic Action Sync features which significantly enhance the gameplay.

Besides the exclusive gaming presets, the standard picture presets are also available. Including Reader, Cinema, Photo, sRGB, Color Weakness and a Standard mode. The reader mode is ideal if you’re working a lot on your computer as it has a reduced amount of blue-light color and is easier on your eyes.

The Black Stabilizer feature automatically adjusts the black levels on the screen so that you may have a clearer and brighter image when your game takes you to the darker places. As the dark background gets sharpened and brightened it will not lose on quality but remains unaltered except for the fact that you will be able to clearly see your enemies lurking in the dark and strike them down with more precision.

The On-Screen Control feature allows you to adjust all your preferred settings in a desktop application rather than by using the monitor’s OSD joystick. Even though the joystick is very easy and practical to navigate with, this feature makes it even easier for you. This software helps you adjust all the basic settings of brightness, contrast, volume, gamma, sharpness, and all of the exclusive features including screen split and various presets.

The Dual Controller feature makes connecting two computers to one display as simple as it can be. Simply download the software, install it, and once you open the application the process of connecting is pretty self-explanatory. Once you enable the Picture By Picture mode, you will be able to efficiently connect your two PCs and swap between the two displays by simply going over the screen with your mouse or with a combination of keyboard keys which you can set yourself. In addition, you can even transfer files from one desktop to another up to 2GB with just a few clicks.

With the Screen Split 2.0 feature, you will be able to set a layout of grids which will divide your screen into two to four sections. There are 14 different options to choose from, each one making your multi-tasking jobs much easier. By a few clicks separate you screen into three or four balanced segments, 16:5 aspect ratio, or choose between 4 different Picture in Picture modes, and much more. Professional videographers and developers will have all the space they need to do their job quicker as they won’t have to swap between applications but keep them all organized on the spacious screen.

What do users not like about this product?

  • Wobbly stand
  • IPS Glow
  • No built-in speakers nor USB ports
  • Lack of ergonomics
Some of the reviewers complained about the stand of the LG 27UD68, saying it’s too wobbly. However, we found the arced stand to be quite steady as it would only shake if you’d bump onto the desk really hard. In fact, the plastic ArcLine design of the stand has a metallic bar inside of it which contributes to the stability and adds elegance to the monitor’s aesthetics.

The IPS glow is an issue with all IPS panel monitors. However, with the LG 27UD68 the amount of the IPS glow is minimal and barely noticeable. We noticed the glow only in entirely black backgrounds while there was no light at all in the room. In video games or movies the glow is not present at all.

As most of the monitors in this price range come with either built-in speakers or extra USB ports, it’s a bit disappointing that the LG 27UD68 does not. The lack of built-in speakers is easy to neglect as basically all monitors have low-quality speakers anyway, and if you’re investing in a beautiful and big 4K display you would probably want high-quality speakers for movies or a decent set of headphones for gaming. But, the lack of USB ports is a drawback.

The LG 27UD68-P and the LG 27UD68-W can only be tilted by 17 degrees, other than that there are no other ways to adjust its position. However, its arced base make it easy to swivel if you ever need to turn it to the left or right. The monitor is also VESA mount compatible and can easily and securely be installed on the wall or the mounting arm.

Keep in mind that when you’re connecting your laptop or a gaming console you might not be able to achieve the full 4K display depending on the compatibility of your device. This is not an issue of the monitor but you should know that some of the standard gaming consoles do not support the 4K resolution; you will still be able to play, but with a lower resolution.

Who is this product for?

This beautiful 4K display monitor will satisfy both gamers and professional designers. With its exclusive gaming presets, quick response time and rich image display, gamers will be able to immerse into the much more vivid gaming world. The exclusive split screen feature allows professional editors and developers to better organize their work and minimizes the time they spend working by freeing them of swapping between many applications. The price of the LG 27UD68-P makes it ideal and affordable 4K display even for everyday use and exceptional movie watching experience. Its quintessential frameless design makes for a flawless multi-display setup; along with its near-perfect viewing angles and VESA mount compatibility, you will also have an absolutely impeccable viewing experience if you wish to hang up your monitor on the wall.

The FreeSync technology makes this monitor ideal for gamers who use AMD graphics cards but professional and competitive players will experience slight lag while playing due to the lack of quicker response time and Hz rate.

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