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LG 27GL650F-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Sep 19, 2019 at 08:13 am
LG 27GL650F-B Picture
Test Methodology v1.1
7.7
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office
8.1
Gaming
7.5
Multimedia
7.6
Media Creation
6.8
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The LG 27GL650F-B is a very good 1080p, 144Hz IPS monitor with great gaming performance. It has outstanding motion handling, with an excellent response time, flicker-free backlight, and a fast refresh rate. It delivers decent overall picture quality, with wide viewing angles, excellent gray uniformity, and great accuracy out of the box. Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. This monitor supports HDR, but this doesn't add much unfortunately, as it can't get very bright in HDR and can't display a wide color gamut.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The LG 27GL650F-B is a good monitor for most uses. It's a great gaming monitor, with excellent motion handling and low input lag. It's a good office monitor as well, with great viewing angles, decent reflection handling, and passable ergonomics. Unfortunately, the low native resolution isn't ideal for multitasking, and it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.7 Office

Good monitor for office use. It has wide viewing angles, acceptable ergonomics, great peak brightness, and decent reflection handling. The low native resolution might bother some people though, and it doesn't have a built-in USB hub.

See our Office recommendations
8.1 Gaming

The LG 27GL650F is a great monitor for gaming. It has an excellent response time, outstanding low input lag, and an excellent refresh rate. Unfortunately, the low native resolution isn't ideal for some games, and it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.5 Multimedia

This is a good monitor for multimedia. It has excellent low input lag, wide viewing angles, and excellent gray uniformity. Unfortunately, it isn't great for watching movies in a dark room though, and the low resolution isn't ideal for some uses.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.6 Media Creation

This is a good monitor for media creation. It has great viewing angles, a fast response time, acceptable ergonomics, and excellent low input lag. It has an excellent SDR color gamut, but the Adobe RGB coverage might be too low for professional photo editing.

See our Media Creation recommendations
6.8 HDR Gaming

This is a decent monitor for HDR gaming, mainly due to its great gaming performance. It has outstanding low input lag and an excellent response time, and it supports FreeSync, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Unfortunately, HDR doesn't add much, as it can't display a wide color gamut, and can't get very bright in HDR.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Office
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 7.5 Multimedia
  • 7.6 Media Creation
  • 6.8 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Excellent response time
  • Great peak brightness
  • Great accuracy out of the box
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity
  1. Update 2/17/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

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27" 27GL650F-B
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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)
Design
Stand
Width
18.7" (47.5 cm)
Depth
9.2" (23.4 cm)

The stand is nearly identical to the other UltraGear monitors. It supports the monitor well, but doesn't completely stop it from wobbling.

5.9
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -15° to 5°

The stand has the same ergonomics as the higher-end 27GL850-B. It can rotate to a portrait orientation, but only on one side.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

There is a quick release on the back, but only basic cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders are thin on three sides, but a little thicker on the bottom.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
1.9" (4.8 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The 27GL650F-B has decent overall build quality, nearly identical to the other UltraGear monitors we've tested. It's mostly plastic, but there are no obvious issues.

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1165 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Like all IPS monitors, the LG 27GL650F-B has a mediocre contrast ratio. This results in grayish blacks, which is especially noticeable in dark scenes in a dark room. The 27GL60F-B we tested has better contrast than the 27GL850-B, but this varies between individual units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
391 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
424 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
426 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
428 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
429 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
429 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
422 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
425 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
427 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
428 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
429 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

The LG 27GL650F-B has great peak brightness, more than bright enough for any viewing conditions.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
410 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
457 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
458 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
460 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
460 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
473 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
456 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
458 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
458 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
460 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
460 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

Decent HDR peak brightness with the 'Vivid' Picture Mode, but small highlights don't stand out as much as they should.

8.6
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46 °
Color Washout From Right
48 °
Color Shift From Left
57 °
Color Shift From Right
58 °
Brightness Loss From Left
47 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
62 °
Gamma Shift From Right
62 °

Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. This is great for co-op gaming or sharing your screen with a nearby colleague.

7.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32 °
Color Washout From Above
33 °
Color Shift From Below
37 °
Color Shift From Above
44 °
Brightness Loss From Below
36 °
Brightness Loss From Above
38 °
Black Level Raise From Below
60 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
32 °
Gamma Shift From Above
34 °

Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed from above or below. This is great if you plan on mounting the monitor above eye-level.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.144 %
50% DSE
0.110 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.312 %
5% DSE
0.062 %

Excellent gray uniformity on the 27GL650F-B, nearly identical to the 27GL850-B. The sides of the screen are slightly darker, but this shouldn't be noticeable with regular content.

4.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.793 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The LG 27GL650F-B we tested has bad black uniformity. There is some noticeable backlight bleed from the corners, and there is significant clouding.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 2
Luminance
424 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Color Temperature
6487 K
White Balance dE
1.78
Color dE
2.73
Gamma
2.35

Out of the box, the LG 27GL650F-B has great accuracy. Most people won't notice any inaccuracies in colors or shades of gray. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve though, so some scenes to appear too bright, and some to appear far too dark.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
6
Contrast Setting
71
RGB Controls
46-44-50
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Color Temperature
6488 K
White Balance dE
0.50
Color dE
0.77
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, this monitor has outstanding accuracy. Gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly, and any remaining inaccuracies aren't noticeable.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
96.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
75.3 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

s.RGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1 (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1

The LG 27GL650F-B has an excellent SDR color gamut. It has good coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, but it might not be enough for professional photo editing.

9.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.4 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
83.5 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

s.RGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1

Excellent SDR color volume. It can't display dark saturated colors very well, and blues aren't as bright as other colors, but this is pretty common for LED displays.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
77.3 %
Rec. 2020 xy
57.1 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

DCI P3 Picture Mode: Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Gamer 1

Decent HDR color gamut, a bit worse than the 27GL850-B though. It can't display a wide color gamut, which is disappointing.

6.0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
69.8 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
50.6 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

DCI P3 Picture Mode: Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Gamer 1

Mediocre HDR color volume. It's limited by the color gamut, and it can't display bright blues or dark colors very well.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention.

8.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Excellent gradient handling. Some banding is noticeable, especially in darker shades, but this shouldn't be very noticeable with most content.

8.4
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.328 %

There is some noticeable color bleed, but this shouldn't cause any issues with most content.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.2 %
Indirect Reflections
2.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6 %

The LG 27GL650F-B has decent reflection handling, similar to the LG 27GL850 and the 32GK650F. There shouldn't be any issues in most rooms, but if there are bright lights or windows opposite the display, there may be significant glare.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
8.5
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Faster
Rise / Fall Time
4.7 ms
Total Response Time
12.7 ms
Overshoot Error
7.7 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
12.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.5 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Photo
Normal Chart Photo
Fast Chart Photo
Faster Chart Photo

The LG 27GL650F-B has an excellent response time, but it is significantly slower than the 27GL850-B on some transitions. This results in a bit more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

Normally, we would recommend the 'Fast' overdrive setting, as there is some noticeable overshoot/undershoot with the 'Faster' setting. In this case though, the difference in response times between the two settings is so significant that we recommend the 'Faster' setting, despite the downsides to this mode.

7.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
8.4 ms
Total Response Time
15.2 ms
Overshoot Error
1.3 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
14.4 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

Like the rest of LG's UltraGear lineup, the backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great. Unlike the 27GL850-B though, there's an optional black frame insertion feature. This feature is only available at 120 or 144Hz, and it causes a noticeable reduction in peak brightness, but there is slightly less blur behind fast-moving objects. This feature can be activated by enabling the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction setting from the 'Gaming' tab on the monitor's on-screen display. Note that this feature isn't available if FreeSync is enabled.

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

Update 02/27/2020: We've clarified the text below, as G-SYNC Compatible mode only works over DisplayPort.

The LG 27GL650F-B has an excellent refresh rate, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It's also certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible, so it'll work with NVIDIA's adaptive sync drivers, as long as you have a recent NVIDIA graphics card, but only over DisplayPort. This monitor received certification while we were testing it, so you might have to update your drivers for it to work. Certification for this monitor was added with NVIDIA Game Ready Driver version 436.30.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
10.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
6.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
13.8 ms
10 Bit HDR
5.1 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
8.5 ms

The LG 27GL650F-B has outstanding low input lag. It's a bit higher than the 27GL850-B, but it's not a noticeable difference.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
82 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

The relatively low native resolution of this monitor might bother some people. If you want a sharper, more detailed image, the LG 27GL850-B is a better choice.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
No

The LG 27GL650F-B has very few additional features. It can add virtual crosshairs to any game, and there is a 'Black Stabilizer' feature that adjusts the gamma in dark scenes to make it easier to spot things in the shadows.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

This monitor has the same joystick controls found on most recent LG monitors.

Features
In The Box

  • Manual
  • Driver/manual CD
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Adapter & Cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" 27GL650F-B, which is the only size available. There are other models in LG's UltraGear lineup, some of which are listed in the table below.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their 27GL650 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
32GK650F-B 32" 1440p 144Hz FreeSync
32GK650G-B 32" 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC
27GK750F-B 27" 1080p 240Hz FreeSync
27GL650F 27" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync, NVIDIA certified
27GL850-B 27" 1440p 144Hz FreeSync, NVIDIA certified
32GK850F-B 32" 1440p 144Hz FreeSync
32GK850G-B 32" 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC
34GK950F-B 34" 3440x1440 144Hz FreeSync
34GK950G-B 34" 3440x1440 120Hz G-SYNC

The 27GL650F-B we reviewed was manufactured in June 2019.

Compared to other monitors

The LG 27GL650F is a great budget gaming monitor. See also our reviews for the best gaming monitors, the best gaming monitors under $200, and the best gaming monitor sizes.

ASUS VG279Q
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The ASUS VG279Q is slightly better than the LG 27GL650F-B. The ASUS has much better ergonomics, with a 180° swivel range and a wider tilt range, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. Unlike the 27GL650F-B, the ASUS VG279Q doesn't support HDR, but this doesn't add much to the LG anyway.

LG 27GL850-B
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The LG 27GL850-B is slightly better than the 27GL650F-B. The 27GL850-B has a faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with less blur. The 27GL850 also has a better native resolution, so you can see more fine details in your favorite games, and it has an optional USB hub.

Acer Nitro VG271
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The LG 27GL650F-B is a bit better than the Acer Nitro VG271. Although they deliver similar performance overall, the LG has much better ergonomics, and it's officially certfied by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible, so FreeSync works automatically when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card.

Dell S2719DGF
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The LG 27GL650F-B is much better than the Dell S2719DGF for most uses, but the Dell is a bit better for gaming. The LG supports HDR, has better viewing angles, and an optional black frame insertion feature. The Dell has better ergonomics and a faster response time, and a higher native resolution.

ASUS TUF VG27VQ
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The LG 27GL650F-B is much better than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. Although both have 27 inch 1080p screens, the LG has much better viewing angles for when you need to share your screen, it can get brighter, and it supports HDR content. However, gamers might prefer the higher refresh rate on the ASUS, and it has a better contrast ratio too, but the response time is much better on the LG, resulting in clearer motion handling.

MSI Optix G27C4
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The LG 27GL650F-B is much better than the MSI Optix G27C4. Although the 27GL650F-B doesn't have as high a refresh rate as the G27C4, its IPS panel has much better viewing angles, significantly better peak brightness, and better color accuracy. The 27GL650F-B also supports HDR and has better ergonomics, but its contrast ratio is much worse than the G27C4, and it has a slightly higher input lag.

Acer VG271UP
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The LG 27GL650F-B is a bit better than the Acer VG271UP. The LG has better ergonomics, and the unit we tested has better black uniformity. The Acer VG271UP has a higher native resolution though, so you can see more details in your favorite games.

Pixio PX7 Prime
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The Pixio PX7 Prime is slightly better than the LG 27GL650F-B. The Pixio has a faster refresh rate and a higher resolution display, as well as slightly better ergonomics. The LG has an optional black frame insertion feature, resulting in slightly clearer motion if you don't mind flicker.

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