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Monitor is goodPosted
Color is OK. HDR is not so great on computer I am guessing maybe better for Xbox or Blue Ray. Do not spend extra for HDR is using strictly for computer. stand doesn't offer enough adjustments
I would recommend this to a friend
Impressive SDR picture (so-so HDR)Posted
LG's 27UL600-W monitor is a crisp, clear display with excellent brightness and viewing angles. @@@@@@@@ Full disclosure: the unit that I am reviewing here was provided by LG in exchange for my honest opinion. @@@@@@@ I've found it to be a pleasure to use as my main computer display for about a week. The inclusion of DisplayHDR 400 support is nice, but the "standard dynamic range" (SDR) picture quality is the real reason for which I'd recommend this display. I found the small amount of required assembly (for the stand) to be trivial. It's worth noting that the included monitor stand, while very easy to assembly, also has a very limited range of motion. The stand mounts to a slightly protruding mounting point at the rear bottom edge. The stand itself is fixed height and does not rotate, but does tilt forward and backwards by a small amount. The limited out-of-the-box ergonomics are a touch disappointing, but the monitor also includes common VESA 100 mounting holes for a wall or desk mount. After trying the included stand, I attached the monitor to a gas-spring desk mount suitable for monitors up to 27". Although the protruding mounting point for the included desk stand didn't seem to be removable, it also didn't hinder using it with my articulating desk mount. The monitor has a typical assortment of ports - 1 DisplayPort (1.4) and 2 HDMI (2.0) connections. These are pretty much the latest and greatest standards for display connection, and if you want to get the best picture quality, you'll also need to make sure any adapters or cables you plan to use are capable of 4K at 60 Hz. LG does include both a DisplayPort and HDMI cable in the box that they guarantee will support the full resolution and fastest 60 Hz refresh rate, but you may still need an adapter for Mini DisplayPort or USB-C if your computer happens to use those connectors. My one frustration during set-up turned out to be the fault of an HDMI adapter that didn't support 4k at 60 Hz; on my MacBook Pro, I was unable to switch to any scaled Retina resolutions. Since a DisplayPort connection to the same computer showed those modes, I suspected the HDMI adapter and confirmed it was the culprit by purchasing a new, name-brand USB-C to HDMI adapter. All expected modes were available with the new adapter in place. So, I guess take it from me, especially if you're a Mac user: double-check your adapter compatibility. Of course, this is hardly a problem I can fault LG for, as every 4K 60 Hz monitor has the same issue. To LG's credit, the supplied cables seem to be good quality and work just fine for me. Once mounted and connected, the 27UL600 "just worked" for me without needing to directly install any drivers. LG does include a pair of utility programs that you can elect to install: OnScreen Control, and Dual Controller. The former provides access to monitor settings without needing to use the monitor's physical, joystick-like controller; the latter allows for remote-control of a second PC over your network. I personally found neither to be essential, though the OnScreen Control does offer quick access to picture adjustments plus per-application display settings. Dual Controller could be a handy tool for some users, but I prefer using a HDMI 2.0 KVM switch for controlling multiple PCs in my home office. @@@@@@@@ By the way, this monitor had no noticeable issues working with the KVM switch). The picture quality of the 27UL600 strikes me as among the best of any monitor I've used (if not the best). Certainly, the 4K resolution helps in that regard (this is the first 4K display I've used with a personal computer). The screen is also nice and bright. I felt the default color settings were balanced and good looking. It's not an OLED display, so anyone looking for deep blacks won't find that here. @@@@@@@@ Since this monitor only supports DisplayHDR 400, it does not have local backlight dimming for portions of the screen. @@@@@@@ The backlight appeared very uniform to me, with no light leak around the edges. Viewing angles are excellent, due to the IPS technology. The HDR support was unfortunately not additionally impressive beyond the already good SDR picture - neither in streaming HDR sample videos nor in the one PC video game I own that supports HDR. Again, this is not too surprising to me, as DisplayHDR 400 is only the most basic HDR spec. But don't get me wrong - I'd rather have the support for it than not. About the only feature I missed on the 27UL600-W (compared with other monitors I've used) is a built-in USB hub. However, this does not detract from my overall impression of the product. I think using this 4K display has really spoiled me. It looks great to me, and I'dn't hesitate to recommend it. The downsides are relatively inconsequential in my eyes: the included stand is a little basic (though LG makes sibling models with an adjustable height base) and implementation of a more advanced spec of DisplayHDR would probably have made the HDR support "pop" a bit more. I've had good experience with all of the LG LCD panels I've owned and used in the past, and this one has been no exception so far. For the price, I think this is a very good display to consider.
I would recommend this to a friend
I have been using a Dell 27" monitor for my MacBook Pro and Surface Pro and the real draw of it was the USB-C input and hub for the MacBook, but the picture was nothing to write home about. This LG on the other hand, has an incredible picture. Upon arrival it was super easy to unpack and to assemble. Attaching the stand was simple though I may get a vesa mount which this supports as well. I put it together and within minutes had my MacBook plugged in through one of the 2 HDMI ports and the Surface went to the Display Port input. This monitor is not cheap and the first thing I noticed is that the stand is not height adjustable. For this price it really should be, but again, I may mount it so it's not the end of the world. I also wish it had a USB-C input which is beginning to become a stand power and video source. I started with my MacBook and had this monitor side by side with my Dell running a dual monitor setup. There was a stark contrast in picture quality, the LG picture looked much more vivid and alive. Videos look amazing on this as do games. I am not a heavy gamer, but was impressed with the picture and refresh rate. The onscreen menu is easy to use and the LG software is terrific. Being able to do various split screen methods so seamlessly is such a time saver and welcome surprise. I have been using this monitor for about 5 days now and have not had a single issue. The picture is simply stunning.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good UHD (4K) monitor for general computingPosted
I was looking for a large 4K monitor to use as an alternative to my 15-inch 4K laptop display. The 27UL60 is clearly larger than my laptop display and has a comparable resolution and aspect ratio. It has 4 input ports (1 DisplayPort [DP], 2 HDMI, and 1 optical input). A power adapter, 1 full size DP cable, and 1 HDMI cable are included. The good: The 27" size and UHD resolution are great for documents, spreadsheets, videos, web browsing, etc. The viewing angle is very forgiving with no color aberrations at acute angles. The joystick menu system (located on the bottom edge of the monitor) is intuitive and easy to use. The non-glare screen is good for viewing in bright environments. The high throughput input ports are fully capable of supporting 4K at 60Hz (the recommended refresh rate). Simple, attractive base with stable tilt adjustment. The not so good: Out of the box, the 27UL600 had a slant toward the blue/green end of the spectrum. After calibration, the monitor was capable of rendering 99% of the standard RGB color gamut, but only 77% and 82% of the NTSC and AdobeRGB gamuts, respectively. This is much less than the display on my (admittedly expensive) laptop and would not be a good choice for high quality photo and video editing. The stand cannot be raised or lowered and will not rotate to portrait mode or swivel. Overall: There is lots of real estate in this 27-inch 4K display. The RGB color gamut is well rendered, but may require calibration for best results. This is not a monitor for high quality photo/video editing where a more robust color gamut might be required.
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Fresh approach to monitorsPosted
Set up was very easy. I chose to follow MFG recommendations and used the supplied cable and installed the LG driver which I usually don't do! The first thing I found interesting is no buttons to press. Everything is controlled by a joy stick placed just behind the bottom of the screen on the stand. Very handy and quick access to screen preferences and settings. Someone had a Great Idea!! There are 11 Picture Modes, one of them being custom. My favorite of course is HDR Effect. I find the color effects are mostly on the warm side if you leave to the factory defaults. There are also gaming preferences. FreeSync is off by default. Connections: Two HDMI, One Display Port. One Audio Out. I checked my windows 10 audio and found the monitor was automatically among the list in the speaker tray. Display Split Screens: There are 12 split screen combinations up to 8 splits. There are 4 PIP screens. You can set the response times from Normal to Fast or Faster and there is a Black Stabilizer slide selection. You can customize Picture modes to remember settings for different applications. You can set Display orientation for Landscape or Portrait and even Flip the screens. I did watch some BluRay Movies with zero issues, was very pleased. Ok, Theres got to be a down side somewhere. I don't like the stand. It looks modern, But for me, it takes up desk realestate. Just not practical as I need space for music recording gear interfaces and such. Other wise, this is a very functional monitor in terms of electronic choice of varied functionality. The most advanced that I've seen in a long time. Thumbs up to LG for this fantastic Monitor.
I would recommend this to a friend
Remarkable monitor when not using Windows 10Posted
My previous monitor was a QHD (Quad HD) with HDR. While it was great, I was missing quite a bit. Resolution with this LG is 4K and thus much higher than the QHD I had previously and I believe this LG monitor handles HDR content better than my previous monitor. Assembling this LG-27UL600-W was quite easy. Attaching the base to the stem is accomplished by a screw with a ring. A few quick turns and it's all set. Attaching the monitor to the stand involved 2 quick screws and there is a stand cover that was easy to install. However, be advised that the stand base is 15.75" wide. In my case, I like to have my monitor sit a little high, and I had two reams of paper stacked on top of each other to get my previous monitor to the right height. Since the LG monitor's stand is so wide, I needed to get another two reams of paper and stack them and push them side by side to the previous stack. Because of the way the monitor is balanced on its stand, you need to have a base at least 15.75" wide otherwise the monitor will tip forward and fall. I believe the stand base could be smaller, but it would lose some stability. Luckily this monitor does have VESA mount holes so I may be looking at different stand. The connections on the back of this monitor are 2 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Out and of course a power connection. LG has graciously included an HDMI and a DisplayPort cable. The power is supplied through an adapter rather than a wall wart, so it doesn't hog up too much space at the plug. All cables and power supply are white colored instead of black that everyone else uses. Once I had my computer up and running on this monitor, I immediately went into the Display settings and was surprised to find a switch for "Play HDR games and apps". This setting was not available to my previous QHD HDR monitor. In the end, I didn't like running with the setting on. After turning it on, it immediately put a blue haze on everything and it was very frustrating. I tried playing some 4K HDR content courtesy of YouTube and I couldn't stand it. With the "Play HDR games and apps" switch turned off, clarity was tack sharp and 4K HDR content was jaw-dropping. Since I have the monitor connected to my computer via HDMI, Windows 10 sound immediately chose to output through the monitor's audio out port. I changed that immediately to my sound card within Windows Sound settings. Settings on the monitor are controlled by a small nub just under the monitor just behind the LG logo on the bottom bezel. I tweaked several settings to my personal tastes and the monitor has set its own picture mode to "HDR Effect". This is great. Now all my content (even the SDR content) has received a little contrast boost. It'sn'ticeable but not obtrusive. Since I was disappointed with the Windows 10 HDR setting, I decided to hook up my Xbox One S to the second HDMI input and pop in a 4K HDR movie. This time I did plug in my headphones to the monitor and was pleased to find that the controller nub also controls volume. Playing 4K HDR content was spectacular. Even though I tweaked my TV settings, watching the same movie, I was disenchanted with 4K HDR content. On my TV, the lighting in the movies was 'off', it was very apparent it was studio lighting and not natural. This LG monitor does a better job with handling the lighting somehow. The lighting just isn't as fake as on my big TV. Thus this LG monitor has renewed my pursuit of better settings for my TV. Overall, I love this monitor, I just wish Windows 10 handled HDR content a lot better than it does.
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High Dynamic Range, with or without HDRPosted
LG - 27UL600 (27" version, IPS LED 4K, HDR, Freesync). I'll admit that I'm lured into the next best thing in computer monitors. LG has been my recent go-to because it's setting the standard in what computer monitors can achieve, and at a rational price. The image is spectacular with compatible media that includes HDR encoding. They've even got a setting that does a very credible "HDR Effect" which enhances non-HDR signals. . . . with some suggestions noted below. I'm searching for 4K movies and videos to illustrate the higher performance that this LG is certified to achieve. But, it doesn't take test equipment to see the improvements. ABOUT HDR: There seems to be some confusion about HDR. + IF you have HDR encoded programming (almost always in combination with 4k resolution, although they are different technologies) it'll include information instructing the LG monitor to expand levels of brightness and contrast to achieve the image envisioned by the movie/TV/game developers. The LG also knows to substitute in a different group of PICTURE MODES. However, even though YOU may know the media was HDR enabled, it doesn't mean your computer, or cables, or cable adapters passed it along to the LG. For example, Apple on my 13", 2017 MacBook Pro, doesn't enable HDR, so 4k programs won't trigger the HDR in monitors like this HDR enabled LG. + HDR isn't triggered and would likely not improve SDR (non-HDR) images. HOWEVER, the "HDR Effect" setting on the LG UL600 does a remarkable job making these images (especially 4K) look rich, with broader contrast and brighter whites. It appears to expand the dynamic range of appropriate programming. Just not every program. And certainly not most of your other computer Apps. It's NOT intended as a "use it on everything" feature. + HDR in the world of video/gaming is NOT the same as HDR in photography. These two industries (photo and video) seriously messed up using the same terminology for different processes. We didn't need more confusion. SETUP and CONTROL: I've got a professionally calibrated LG OLED 4K HDR TV within view as I setup my new LG computer monitor, so I'm pretty familiar with what video image perfection looks like. I've also got my reference strip of black velour fabric, and a calibration image on the screen as I adjust the contrast, brightness, and color settings. @@@@@@@@ The eye is easily fooled, so reference images and other simple tools can make setup and evaluations more reliable. @@@@@@@ Loading in a 4K movie and the first important hurdle is crossed . . . after some fussing with cables, plugging and unplugging, and restarting. It'sn't the monitor. Copy protection issues!!! The computer and monitor eventually recognize each other and Netflix and Vudu stop complaining about "error due to HDCP". It took only an hour to sort out the right settings and no problems recurred. In that time I successfully used DisplayPort and HDMI cable, with and without a few adapters, and across several brands. LG provides a downloadable APP (Mac and PC), OnScreen Controls which adds or repeats a variety of settings. Not all of them. Screen split controls are here. The idea that you need to have monitors specialized for different tasks no longer makes sense after you use OnScreen. This is a monitor that doesn't need to make compromises because it gives me the ability to create any mix of image parameters I prefer . . . right down to assigning them to various specific applications on my computer! When I click on an application, the monitor changes to the picture parameters I selected for that Application. Very cool!! . If I've got an array of LG monitors, it'll let me set them up differently. I think it'll satisfy a broad range of end users like me who want a work computer, a photographers tool, a video display, and a game screen. Yes. It's that flexible. PERFORMANCE: The LG 27UL600 blew me away with crisp, colorful, bright images. It'sn't an OLED. It lacks absolute black performance, as does any other IPS LCD monitor. It creates increased contrast by providing a significant amount of brightness. It will tolerate the sun coming in nearby windows. Frankly, for most of my daytime work I customized the REC709 setting (around 35% brightness, 45% contrast) so my eyes wouldn't get tired. On the other hand, I had no problem using HDR Effect for Netflix programs. during the day. With that LG OLED in the family room, I won't care about evenings. I know the measured NITS is "only" 350-400, but not so many years back, monitors/TVs would have had 100 to 200 nits and not 15% of this LG's resolution. We are definitely spoiled. It's a beautiful monitor, with invisible pixels, and gorgeous color, and excellent compatibility with many computers. . COMPLAINTS: I'n not inclined to blame LG for the bad behavior of UHD copy protection. I do wish LG provided more guidance in their User Guide. I really love when high performance equipment includes primers on advanced features. What customers don't understand, they will complain about. That push button menu at the underside of the monitor became intermittently non-responsive when I switched cables, or even if I switched menu sizes. No troubleshooting facts or RESET instructions provided. Only a full reboot of my computer and unplugging the monitor got me back. And, that bump out on the rear of the monitor for attaching the stand gets in the way if you are mounting the monitor onto certain mobile stands. It forces the bottom of the monitor out a few degrees (too many). I've modified my mounting plate. LG phone customer service has been an occasional issue in the past, and again they were not helpful at all. They directed me back to the store. SUMMARY: I've only been playing for a few days, so this is only the beginning. But, I'm confident that there is more than enough image dynamic range to completely satisfy me. This is strong performance across a wide range of activities. The absence of the deepest blacks (compared to "Zero" levels in an OLED) is pretty typical across brands, and not an issue for my photography. None of my printers generate "inky" blacks. Coming from my 24" LG 4K monitor from 2 years ago, the new LG isn't just bigger, it's totally brilliant and more colorful. The images are stunning and the monitor provides the best images I've seen.
I would recommend this to a friend