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The 5 Best 28-32 inch Monitors - Fall 2018
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Best 28-32 Inch Monitors
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Monitors come in many shapes and sizes, and although 27" and 34" monitors have become very popular recently, there are quite a few good monitors available in 28", 29", and 32" sizes. Although they are sometimes seen as niche sizes, many of them offer the same great features found on more popular sizes, including advanced gaming features and more recently, 4k and HDR.

We've tested 8 monitors that are available in these sizes, and below you'll find our picks for the best 28-32 inch monitors that are available for purchase in 2018.

  1. Best 28-32 inch Monitor: LG 32UD99-W

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The LG 32UD99 is the best 32 inch monitor that we've tested so far. It is a very good 4k monitor with wide viewing angles, a fast response time, and great gaming features, including excellent low input lag and FreeSync support.

    The 32", 4k screen is excellent for multitasking or gaming. The excellent screen real estate makes it easier to multitask and provides a more immersive gaming experience. The stand can be easily adjusted to the most comfortable viewing position, and it allows you to rotate the monitor for a portrait or landscape multi-monitor setup.

    Unfortunately, the 32UD99 has very limited HDR support. It can't get bright enough for small highlights to really pop in some scenes, and it doesn't have a wide color gamut. Overall though, it is a great monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: LG 32UD59-B

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the LG 32UD99 but would prefer something cheaper, take a look at the LG 32UD59-B. This 32" monitor delivers decent overall performance. Unlike the 32UD99's IPS panel, the 32UD59 has a VA panel instead. This panel delivers slightly better dark room performance, but unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The cheaper model also doesn't support HDR, although on the 32UD99 this doesn't add much.

    See our review

  3. Best 28-32 inch G-SYNC Gaming Monitor: LG 32GK850G

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you want the best 32 inch monitor for gaming, check out the LG 32GK850G. It is a decent 1440p monitor that truly shines when used for gaming. Unfortunately, it delivers only mediocre picture quality, mainly since the VA panel has limited viewing angles, so the image degrades when viewed at an angle. On the other hand, the VA panel delivers a good native contrast ratio, and it has good dark room performance.

    The 32GK850G is a great gaming monitor. It has an impressive 144 Hz refresh rate, and it supports NVIDIA G-SYNC, ensuring a consistently tear-free gaming experience. It also has outstanding low input lag, and an impressively fast response time, ensuring every frame is crisp with almost no noticeable blur. 

    The monitor is also available in a FreeSync variant: the 32GK850F. Unfortunately, we haven't reviewed it, so we don't know how well it compares to the G-SYNC model. Overall, the 32GK850G is a decent monitor that should please most people, especially if you want a great gaming experience.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 28-32 inch Monitor: LG 29UM69G-B

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 29 "
    Resolution : 2560x1080
    Refresh Rate : 75 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The LG 29UM69G-B is the best budget 28-32 inch monitor that we've reviewed so far. The 29UM69G is a decent 2560x1080 monitor with an ultrawide aspect ratio, and great gaming features including FreeSync. Although the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, it delivers mediocre overall picture quality.

    It is a good choice for a larger budget gaming monitor. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which is great, and it has excellent low input lag. It has a fast response time, so quick moving objects in movies and games look great, with very little motion blur trail.

    Unfortunately, the 29UM69G-B doesn't look as good in a dark room, and it also can't get very bright. Overall, it is a decent monitor that should please most budget shoppers.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper Alternative: Dell D3218HN

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want something a bit cheaper than the LG 29UM69G-B, take a look at the Dell D3218HN. It is a decent 32" 1080p monitor with wide viewing angles, low input lag, and good peak brightness. Unfortunately, it isn't as good for some uses as the 29UM69G, as it doesn't support FreeSync, has a limited 60 Hz refresh rate, and has a lower resolution. It is significantly brighter than the 29UM69G, but has worse reflections handling. Overall, it is great as a simple desktop monitor.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • HP V320. Decent monitor overall, but the Dell D3218HN is marginally better. See our review
  • Samsung UE590. Decent 4k monitor, but the LG 32UD59-B is much better for almost the same price. See our review
  • Sceptre C325W. Basic 1080p monitor with mediocre picture quality and a poor response time. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 28-32" monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors. 

If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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