LG 32-inch 4K Ultrafine LG 32UL950-W – Life’s good but could be even gooderer!
4.7Overall Score
Name: LG 32-inch 4K Ultrafine LG 32UL950-W
Price (RRP): $2599 but closer to $1500 street price
Manufacturer: LG

LG has a reputation for producing premium monitors for Apple and Windows PCs and laptops. The LG 32-inch 4K Ultrafine LG 32UL950-W is no exception – it is as good as you can get but is capable of even more.

While the LG 32-inch 4K Ultrafine LG 32UL950-W price (RRP$2599) might put it in the prosumer category it really is for office users or Joe and Jane Average that want the best monitor they can get – one that has HDR600/HDR10, rich saturated colours from nano IPS (other brands call this QLED), good gaming specs, and Thunderbolt3 connectivity for ease of use etc.

Review – LG 32-inch 4K Ultrafine LG 32UL950-W

Australian website

RRP $2599 (Street pricing $1499 plus delivery, so we will base our value ratings on this)

Out of the box

  • 32-inch panel
  • Metallic finish stand base (screw on)
  • Stand vertical (clips onto the screen) 100 x100 VESA mount capable
  • Cables: Display Port, HDMI, Thunderbolt, USB-C
  • Power brick

First impression

It is a 32-inch flat panel which is about as large as we feel comfortable with on a typical desktop. Any larger we prefer a curved screen for a little more immersion.

It has an elegant white rear panel that complements a faux silver metallic, half halo, stand. GadgetGuy has a few LG monitors with this plastic ‘back’, and we can safely report that they have not ‘yellowed’ even after two years use.

A six-axis joystick controls the on-screen menu (and there is the ability to download PC/Mac software for true on-screen control).

Out-of-the-box the images lean towards cold blue, but you can easily select 6500K colour temperature that makes things slightly warmer. And there are plenty of controls for a prosumer to play with to get colours close to perfect for sRGB, Adobe RGB, DCI-P3 or Rec.709.

Bezels are small and lend this monitor to dual screen use. You can flip it from landscape to portrait although it lacks a stand cable management system so you will see the cables. The stand is relatively stable and occupies 22cm depth and a 70cm width.

The little bit of light flair in the top left show how well it handles reflectivity.

Brief specifications: LG 32-inch, 4K Ultrafine LG 32UL950W

Screen: 4K, 3840 x [email protected], 16:9, 140ppi, flat panel Nano IPS (QLED) 178° viewing angle
Colour Gamut: 98% DCI-P3, 135% sRGB, Wide colour gamut
Calibration: No factory calibration but device/software compatible
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR600 and HDR10
Brightness: 450/750 typical/peak
Contrast: 1300:1
Response: 5ms GTG, RADEON FreeSync (works with NVIDIA’s Adaptive Sync driver)
Colour depth: 10-bit (8-bit+FRC dithering) over 1 billion colours
Menu: six-axis joystick or PC/Mac on-screen setup
Bezels: Narrow 1cm-  great for dual screen use
Thunderbolt 3: 40Gbps in and out for dual 4K daisy chain and 60W upstream charging
Ports: HDMI 2.0, Display Port 1.4, 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (1x in with PD, 1x out 60W PD), 2 x USB-A 3.0 3.0)
Audio: Headphone Out, Speaker 5W x 2
Power: 19.5V/10.8A (210W) – Idle .3W, typical 70W, Maximum 200W
Size/stand: 718mm X 231mm X 488mm (Down) x 7.1kg plus 110mm height adjustment and tilt -5/+20° (no swivel) – VESA 100 x 100 wall mount

TESTS

Calibration

LG’s website claims ‘Colour Calibrated for accuracy’

Out of the box Delta-E is 3.87 (OK), but with adjustments to Colour temperature to 6500K and other settings, it can get as low as .4 (0 is perfect). This requires a CalMAN or similar test sensor and software.

Given the price, we would expect perfect factory calibration, but at least you can calibrate it with third-party tools.

Similarly, the 98% DCI-P3 claim is accurate but only after proper calibration. Out of the box its closer to 70% (which is almost 100% sRGB or 85% Adobe RGB).

LG 32-inch 4K Ultrafine LG 32UL950-W
LG provide calibration software – BYO sensor!

Nano IPS

You may have heard a lot about QLED (Quantum Dot) that use nanoparticles to produce more vibrant colours. LG’s Nano IPS is similar in concept but different in execution. Neither of these are OLED technology – we won’t go there today.

With QLED the Quantum Dot Enhancement Film containing different size RGB particles is sandwiched between a Blue LED backlight and the panel.