The best LG monitors: top LG displays for gaming, MacBook Pro and more in 2022

Best LG monitors
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The best LG monitors are known for their amazing picture quality, beautiful design, and great ergonomics. It isn't a surprise that they are some of the most popular, mainly because the brand has many offerings to suit different users with different needs.

No matter what kind of monitor you're after, LG has an excellent option available. A handful even offer something unique you'll be hard-pressed to see on other displays – a fully articulating mount that allows you to pivot, tilt, swivel, and adjust the height of that panel to the most ideal position for your workflow. The brand even has some panels with a rare aspect ratio that's ideal for multitasking.

We've tested our share of LG monitors, and we can attest to their quality and features. Even its portable monitors are among the most lauded on the market. However, LG hardly makes its naming process easy to follow. It can be hard to compare one device named “LG InscrutableAcronym-BunchOfNumbers” with another and figure out which one is right for you.

This guide aims to make things easier, providing an overview of the best LG monitors available right now, together with their pros and cons and the best prices for each device. Can't find what you're looking for here? Don't miss our round up of the best best ultrawide monitors, best monitors for MacBook Pro and best 4K monitors available now.

The best LG monitors available today

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LG 27UL850, one of the best LG monitors

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01. LG 27UL850

The best LG monitor in 2021 overall

Specifications

Screen size: 27 inches
Weight: 6.12kg
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K/UHD)
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: HDMI, USB-C, DisplayPort

Reasons to buy

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Affordable price 
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4K resolution 
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Good connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest

The LG 27UL850, for our money, is the best balance of features, performance and price that LG offers right now. It's got 4K UHD resolution and HDR-10, meaning a crystal-clear picture with great colours, and it can also upscale SDR (standard dynamic range) content. The IPS display panel provides excellent colour accuracy, with 99 per cent of the sRGB colour spectrum, and the wide viewing angle makes it a solid choice for a movie night.

This is a superb monitor overall. If you have super-specific needs for your monitor, such as high-level intense gaming, then one of the others on this list will do the job better, but as an overall pick, this is our favourite. With HDMI, USB-C and DisplayPort connections too, you really can't do better at this price.

Product shot of LG 27UL650-W, one of the best LG monitors

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02. LG 27UL650-W

The best budget LG monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27 inches
Weight: 6.21kg
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K, UHD)
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, audio jack

Reasons to buy

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4K resolution 
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Special game modes 
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Affordable price 

Reasons to avoid

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No speakers

If you plan to do your work, your gaming and your general recreation all on one monitor, then the LG 27UL650 is an ideal candidate. With its 4K resolution display offering HDR and 99 per cent sRGB, it'll ably perform in most professional settings. And then once you've clocked off, you can take advantage of the FreeSync technology for silky smooth, lag-free gaming.

Even the most demanding games should perform with significantly less stuttering, allowing you to appreciate the vibrant colours and crystal-clear details better. There are also dedicated game modes for FPS (first-person shooter) and RTS (real-time strategy) games so that you can have the best settings for your game at your fingertips.

The only real annoyance is that it doesn't have built-in speakers. For many users, this makes sense; they're never going to use the type of inferior speaker generally found on a monitor, so what's the point in paying for them? But some users may want to make sure they get a monitor where speakers are at least an option.

Product shot of LG 38GN950, one of the best LG monitors

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03. LG UltraGear 38GN950

The best LG computer monitor for gaming

Specifications

Screen size: 38-inch
Weight: : 20.3 lbs (9.2kg)
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: WQHD+ (3840 x 1600)
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Ports: 2x HDMI, DisplayPort

Reasons to buy

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Speedy performance
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Large, immersive screen

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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No USB-C

Do you primarily want an LG monitor for gaming? Then we’d strongly suggest checking out the LG UltraGear 38GN950. Yes, it’s expensive, but you get a lot for your cash. First of all, it’s impressively huge – a wide 38-inch IPS display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 that gives you a lot of gaming real estate. For a deeper gaming immersion, it boasts a gentle 2300R curvature and VESA DisplayHDR 600.

Of course, its 3840 x 1600 resolution delivers sharp and incredibly detailed picture quality while its 144Hz refresh rate ensures smooth and artefact-free gameplay, whether you’re exploring vast open worlds or playing a fast-paced title.

And the icing on the cake? NVIDIA G-Sync tech matches this monitor’s refresh rate to your GPU, ensuring smooth and fluid play. For these reasons, this is our top pick for gamers looking for LG computer monitors in 2021.

Product shot of LG 32UN880, one of the best LG monitors

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04. LG 32UN880 UltraFine Ergo

The most ergonomic LG monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 32 inches
Weight: 10.3kg
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K, UHD)
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: DisplayPort, USB, HDMI

Reasons to buy

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4K resolution
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Ergonomic monitor stand

Reasons to avoid

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HDR is underwhelming
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Reliability issues with USB-C

If you’re looking for a fairly affordable monitor for productivity and the occasional photo and video editing, the LG 32UN880 is an excellent consideration. This 32-inch monitor is a thing of beauty. 

Along with 4K resolution, its stunning IPS display offers 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 350 nits of brightness, making it a good choice for some creative workflows. It's also one of the best LG monitors when it comes to connectivity, with two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, a USB-C port and two USB-A ports. 

The star of the show here, however, is its fantastic ergonomic mount. A fully-articulating one, it not only allows you to tilt, adjust the height, and swivel. It also allows you to rotate the display 90 degrees as well as extend and retract it. That’s a lot of articulation – and something that should help you find the most ergonomic position for the most comfortable work setup.

Product shot of LG 49WL95C-W, one of the best LG monitors

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05. LG 49WL95C-W

A premium curved and ultrawide LG monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 49 inches
Weight: 15.2 kg
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 5,120 x 1,440 (QHD)
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: DisplayPort, USB, HDMI

Reasons to buy

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Very large, immersive display
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Fully featured

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Pixel density is not great

Ultrawide displays aren’t cheap, but as the LG 49WL95C-W proves, they are worth it if you are a big PC gamer, tackle massive spreadsheets, or are always multitasking on a daily basis. That 5,120 x 1,440 resolution on a massive 49-inch panel means you’re getting the equivalent real estate of two 1440p monitors set side-by-side. Only, you won’t have to worry about bezels getting in the middle.

Allowing you to view multiple windows at once, this ultra-ultrawide monitor is perfect for productivity as well as multitasking workflows in the creative field. With its picture-by-picture functionality, you can even connect it to two different sources and display them both at once. 

However, its sRGB 99% colour coverage means it’s great for content creation in that colour space. You also get lots of connectivity options, including two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port and a headphone jack. 

Product shot of LG DualUp Monitor 28MQ780, one of the best LG monitors

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06. LG DualUp Monitor 28MQ780

The best LG monitor for programming and writing

Specifications

Screen size: 27.6-inch
Weight: : 19.84 lbs (9.0kg)
Aspect ratio: 16:18
Resolution: SDQHD (2560 x 2880)
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: USB-C,HDMI, DisplayPort

Reasons to buy

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Great looking screen
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Unique aspect ratio
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Articulating monitor arm

Reasons to avoid

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Takes some getting used to
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Not real HDR

The LG DualUp Monitor 28MQ780 might be one of the most feature-rich monitors right now, and it's also one of the most unique ones. Much like the LG 32UN880 UltraFine, it boasts a fully-articulating mount that lets you position it in a way that's most conducive to your ultimate productivity. Meanwhile, its C-clamp and grommet minimizes its footprint on your desk, making it ideal for small desk setups.

Of course, it's its unique 16:18 aspect ratio and 2560 x 2880 resolution that's the marquee feature here. It certainly helps give you a more seamless workflow, whether you're utilizing the entire display for your long code or you're using the picture-by-picture functionality to either display two computer sources or two windows from one source. It's great for casual photo and video editing as well with its DCI-P3 98% colour gamut.

We've finished testing this monitor, with our review going live soon, and we can honestly say that it's a particular favourite of ours for getting us through a busy workday. And, while it doesn't sit in the budget range, it's surprisingly well-priced and affordable.

Product shot of LG Gram +view 16MQ70, one of the best LG monitors

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07. LG Gram +view 16MQ70

LG’s impressive portable monitor offering

Specifications

Screen size: 16-inch
Weight: : 2.18 lbs (0.99kg)
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Resolution: WQXGA (2560 x1600)
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: 2x USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Light and slim
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Great picture quality

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for what it is
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Only has USB-C connectivity

LG has now branched out to the portable monitors market, and we are absolutely here for it. Especially because its LG Gram +view 16MQ70 offering is named after one of the best laptops right now, and it's just as impressive. That's not only because of its bright and stunning picture quality at 2560 x 1600 resolution – although does have pretty nice specs, including its DCI-P3 99% colour gamut, 350-nit brightness, and 1200:1 contrast ratio.

The LG Gram +view 16MQ70 is the LG monitor you want with you if you want to stay productive during your travels or work trips. Its 16:10 aspect ratio adds a bit more extra real estate so you can spread out, instead of roughing it on your laptop display. Its slim design and anti-glare mean that not only can you take it anywhere, but you can also use it anywhere, even in a shade-free park in the middle of the day. Meanwhile, its auto-rotate function, USB-C connectivity, and folio cover make it an even better value. 

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects. 

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