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LG 27UD69P Review: 4K UHD IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By June 5, 2017 16 Comments

LG 27UD69P

Introduction

LG has decided to upgrade one of their most praised 4K gaming models, the LG 27UD68 which we’ve already reviewed, with a newer and improved version dubbed as the LG 27UD69P. In addition to adding pivot and height adjustment options, the LG 27UD69P PC monitor offers a higher static contrast ratio for a more brilliant image quality. However, the LG 27UD69 model offers a lesser FreeSync range than its predecessor, forcing many users to once again manually increase FreeSync range using custom resolutions.

Specifications

  • 27-inch Screen
  • 3840×2160 Resolution (4K, UHD)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • AH-IPS Panel
  • 60Hz
  • 5ms Response Time
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Ports: DisplayPort, 2x HDMI 2.0, Audio Line-Out
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Static Contrast: 1,300:1
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.155 mm

Performance

The 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) AH-IPS panel of the LG 27UD69P ensures vibrant and accurate colors that cover 99% of the sRGB color gamut. Moreover, the panel delivers the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles and a rapid 5ms response time for next-to-none ghosting in the fast-paced video games.

The immersive color vibrancy is further enriched by the 4K UHD resolution which results in a high pixel density of 163 pixels per inch. On the 27-inch screen, the 4K resolution delivers an otherworldly image quality with expressive details.

Naturally, at 4such screen size/resolution ratio, you will have to scale the picture by up to 200% in order to clearly view certain objects. While this may reduce the amount of space on the desktop, it will significantly increase detail clarity. In comparison to its previous model, the LG 27UD69P display offers a better contrast ratio of 1,300:1 which results in a superior relation between the darkest and the brightest tones. Overall, the image quality is flawless but only slightly better than it is on the LG 27UD68 model; As the price hasn’t increased, it’s a win-win.

As far as gaming experience in concerned, the LG 27UD69P brings smooth performance to the brilliant image quality with FreeSync technology. AMD users can synchronize their FreeSync compatible graphics cards with the monitor’s refresh rate and thus gain a dynamic refresh rate within which screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated while input lag is reduced.

However, the dynamic range amounts to 48-60Hz, so you will need a powerful computer gear as when the frame rate drops below the dynamic range, FreeSync stops working. We managed to decrease the lower end of the range, using custom resolution, to around 35Hz as artifacts start to appear at lower rates.

Features

Other game-enhancing features of the LG 27UD69P include the Black Stabilization feature which increases the visibility in the dark scenes of video games by brightening up the image when it’s needed. The Dynamic Action Sync further reduces the input lag which is satisfactory overall and offers as responsive gameplay as possible at 60Hz. In addition, you can adjust all the OSD settings in a desktop application called the On-Screen Control where you can also use other useful features such as the Dual Controller for multi-display setups and the Screen Split for multi-tasking activities.

The screen of the LG 27UD69P is flicker-free, so you can enjoy playing video games for hours without straining your eyes. If you choose to read an e-book before bedtime, you can enable the Reader Mode which has a low blue light filter. There are several more picture presets available with optimal settings for different scenarios such as Cinema, Game, Photo, Custom, etc. The custom mode includes factory settings which are color calibrated, so you won’t have to bother with calibration by your own.

Design

LG 27UD69P Amazon

The LG 27UD69P monitor is height adjustable by 4.7 inches and it can be pivoted by 90 degrees. Other ergonomic functionalities include the ability to tilt by -5, 20 degrees and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility. The base of the monitor is the standard LG ArcLine model while the screen has a slim bezel and it’s covered with an anti-glare matte finish. The monitor is available in two variants only differing by the color of their base, the LG 27UD69P-W with a white base, and the LG 27UD69P-B with a black base.

Connectivity

The connector ports include two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.2, and an audio line-out port. FreeSync works only via the DisplayPort with a native 48-60Hz refresh rate range while the HDMI ports feature the HDCP 2.2 (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection). In order to enable the 4K resolution over HDMI for gaming consoles such as PS4 Pro, turn on the HDMI Ultra HD option in Picture Adjust settings.

Price

The LG 27UD69P price amounts to around $500, at the moment (June 2017). Considering that it’s not more expensive than its previous model and that it offers some extra features and a slightly better image quality, it’s an appealing price, to say the least. Currently, the LG 27UD69P-W model is not available in the US. Until it is, you can check out the LG 27UD68P-B which is a version of the LG 27UD68 model with added pivot and height adjustment support. It has a lower static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 than the 27UD69 model, but it has a wider FreeSync range of 40-60Hz.

Conclusion

Overall, the LG 27UD69P display is a beautifully designed monitor with plenty of useful features for both gaming and everyday use. The monitor is ideal for those who are looking for a reasonably priced 4K display that focuses on gaming features rather than everyday multimedia use or professional color-critical work. It’s ideal for console gaming as well as PC gaming, especially if you have a FreeSync compatible AMD graphics card. The sleek and thin bezel design with extensive ergonomics complement the great image quality and solid performance and make for a great deal once all things are considered.

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  • .Chuck .Whome

    This model, 27UD69, received a display rating of 8.9
    The 27UD68 received a display rating of 9.3
    The article about the 27UD69 says that “the image quality is flawless but only slightly better than it is on the LG 27UD68 model;” So if it has a slightly better IQ why was the display rating lower? I was ready to buy the UD69 until I noticed the discrepancy. I want the best IQ. Should I go for the ViewSonic XG2700 even with its ugly red stripped stand instead?

  • Roger Crawford

    Hi there, apologies for the inconvenience.
    The 27UD68 review is a bit older, and there were likely some changes to the criteria when it comes to display quality.
    The 27UD69 does have a better picture overall due to the certainly better contrast ratio performance.
    The ViewSonic one is a great alternative if you want to save some cash, but you’ll have to cope with the ugly stand and thicker bezels.
    I’d recommend the LG27UD58 as it’s best value for the money.
    http://www.144hzmonitors.com/reviews/lg-27ud58-b-review/

  • .Chuck .Whome

    Thank you for the reply. I think that I’ll get the LG27UD69 since it’s only $400 at BB.

  • Roger Crawford

    You’re welcome! Enjoy your new monitor! 🙂

  • Nick Cochran

    This is a 60hz monitor on a 144hz monitors website?

  • Djanno

    The MacBook Pro 13 2016 have a FreeSync compatible AMD graphics card?

  • Kyle Swafford

    hahaha

  • Michael O.

    When I set the freesync range to “extended” in the settings of the monitor the radeon software tells me “40-60 Hz” freesync range.

  • Booya

    You mention this only has freesync over the displayport, not over HDMI. IS that the case? I’ve seen on multiple other sites this supports freesync over HDMI. I want to make sure it’s compatible with the xbox one x. Thanks.

  • Booya

    Per the manual Freesync does work over HDMI as well. Just bought this for my Xbox One X and it looks great.

  • Billy Govaert

    I got the LG 27ud88 it’s just a newer model. On my Xbox one x the 4k and everything works but when i scroll in monitor settings freesync sync is off and greyed out. So it doesnt work. U may check on that. Grtz

  • Billy Govaert

    I got the LG 27ud88 it’s just a newer model. On my Xbox one x the 4k and everything works but when i scroll in monitor settings freesync sync is off and greyed out. So it doesnt work. U may check on that. Grtz still there monitor looks amazing on Xbox one x

  • malimilan

    What about brightness? Does it make much difference? Specs say 27UD69 has 300 in comparison to older model with 350 cd/m2

  • mitcholt

    Exactly! It’s a new model that just so happens to include Freesync over HDMI as confirmed by their manual and many users. It sucks the product you purchased, which never claimed to have this feature, doesn’t work, but it makes sense an update would include what’s pretty basic functionality. Just to clarify.

  • NYGiants4Natic

    The LG UD58 is 250 nits…No chance that is going to be good…People need to realize that colors and contrast are much better when the Nits are higher…I only do 350 nits and would settle for 300 if price is right…but 250 nits not even as a gift is good for me

  • Garette

    Is dynamic action sync just defaulted to be on? There is no setting for it on the monitor.