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.
- 27-inch Screen
- 3840×2160 Resolution (4K, UHD)
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio
- AH-IPS Panel
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LG 27UD69P Review
The LG 27UD69P display is an upgraded version of the 27UD68 monitor. It features 4K UHD resolution, FreeSync, and extensive ergonomic functionalities. Other than a smooth gameplay experience for AMD users, this gaming monitor has stellar image quality with a superior 1,300:1 contrast ratio and rich colors due to the AH-IPS panel.