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LG 27GP950-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Sep 13, 2021 at 10:37 am
LG 27GP950-B Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
8.4
Gaming
8.0
Multimedia
8.2
Media Creation
7.5
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
160 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The LG 27GP950-B is a 27 inch 4k monitor with a fast 160Hz refresh rate. It's part of LG's UltraGear lineup of gaming monitors and is the first LG monitor we've tested with HDMI 2.1 support, making it a great choice for next-gen console gamers. It delivers an impressive gaming experience with low input lag, a fast response time, and support for both NVIDIA and FreeSync Premium Pro variable refresh rate technology. Unfortunately, it has disappointing reflection handling, and like most IPS monitors, it's not a great choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and poor black uniformity.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The LG 27GP950 is a great monitor for most uses. The large, high-resolution screen is great for office use or media creation, and it has a superb color gamut in SDR and incredible gradient handling. It's an impressive gaming monitor with low input lag and a fast response time. It's also good for gaming in HDR, with an impressive HDR color gamut and very good peak brightness.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great peak brightness.
Cons
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
  • Low contrast and poor black uniformity.
8.1 Office

The LG 27GP950-B is a very good monitor for office use. The high-resolution screen delivers outstanding text clarity, and it has excellent gray uniformity. It has wide viewing angles, great if you often share your screen, but the stand can't swivel. Unfortunately, it has disappointing reflection handling, but it's still bright enough to overcome glare in most viewing conditions.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
  • Great peak brightness.
Cons
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
  • Low contrast and poor black uniformity.
8.4 Gaming

The LG 27GP950 is an impressive gaming monitor. It has a fantastic response time at the max refresh rate and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rates, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. It also has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a great choice for next-gen console gamers.

Pros
  • Outstanding response time.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • HDMI 2.1 for next-gen console gaming.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
  • Low contrast and poor black uniformity.
8.0 Multimedia

The LG 27GP950-B is a very good monitor for watching videos. The large, high-resolution screen delivers a more immersive movie-watching experience, and the wide viewing angles are great for watching videos with a few friends. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room due to its low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
  • Low contrast and poor black uniformity.
8.2 Media Creation

The LG 27GP950 is a great monitor for media creation. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easier to see more of your workflow at once, and the wide viewing angles are great if you often share your screen. It has a superb color gamut in SDR, including excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, and it has incredible gradient handling. Unfortunately, it has low contrast and poor black uniformity, and the stand can't swivel.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
Cons
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
  • Low contrast and poor black uniformity.
7.5 HDR Gaming

The LG UltraGear 27GP950-B is a good monitor for gaming in HDR. It's an impressive gaming monitor, with low input lag and a fast response time. It has an impressive color gamut in HDR and very good peak brightness, so bright highlights stand out. Unfortunately, it has low contrast and a terrible local dimming feature, so it can't deliver a very impactful HDR experience overall.

Pros
  • Outstanding response time.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • HDMI 2.1 for next-gen console gaming.
Cons
  • Low contrast and poor black uniformity.
  • Terrible local dimming feature.
  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Office
  • 8.4 Gaming
  • 8.0 Multimedia
  • 8.2 Media Creation
  • 7.5 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Sep 13, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
12.6 lbs (5.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
17.2 lbs (7.8 kg)

The LG UltraGear 27GP950 has a very similar style to the other 2021 LG UltraGear monitors. The chevron-shaped stand is pretty wide but doesn't take up a ton of space, and it supports the monitor fairly well. There's a ring of RGB bias-lighting on the back of the monitor, which can be synced with video or audio playing on your PC.

Design
Stand
Width
16.7" (42.5 cm)
Depth
11.5" (29.3 cm)

The stand is wide but doesn't take up a lot of space, so you can still place other things in front of the monitor. The stand supports the monitor well but wobbles a bit, especially at the maximum height extension.

5.9
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -15° to 5°

Unfortunately, the LG 27GP950 has limited ergonomics. It has a decent height adjustment and an okay tilt range, so you shouldn't have any difficulty placing it in an ideal viewing position, but it can't swivel and can only rotate to portrait orientation in one direction, so the inputs will always be on the top.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the LG 27GP950 is pretty plain overall. There's a ring of RGB bias-lighting, which LG calls Sphere Lighting 2.0. You can sync the lighting with audio or video from your PC. You can also customize it yourself through LG's software or the physical wheel on the bottom of the monitor. There's a ring of vents around the bias-lighting ring, and there's a fan built-in. We couldn't hear it in our lab unless we were right next to it, but if you're in a really quiet environment, it might be audible. There's a hook on the back of the display for cable management, but it's not very effective overall.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.5 cm)

The borders are extremely thin, making this a great choice for a multimonitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
8.9" (22.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.2" (5.5 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG 27GP950 has decent build quality overall, very similar to the other UltraGear monitors we've tested. It's almost entirely plastic, and there's some flex on the back, but nothing concerning. The stand is fairly stable, but as you increase the height extension there's more and more wobble. There's a fan in the back panel to help with heat dissipation, we couldn't really hear it unless we were right next to it, but it might be audible in really quiet rooms.

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,194 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
1,171 : 1

As expected for an IPS monitor, the LG 27GP950 has mediocre contrast, and blacks look gray in a dark room. This can vary between units, and these results are slightly better than most IPS monitors we've tested. Unfortunately, the local dimming feature is ineffective at boosting contrast with our checkerboard pattern due to the large zone size.

2.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

Unfortunately, although the LG 27GP950-B has a local dimming feature, it's terrible. It has about 16 zones, so each zone covers a relatively large area of the screen. Due to the large size, any object on the screen causes an entire column of the screen to light up, resulting in significant blooming. With most real content, this isn't that noticeable, as all zones are usually lit up. On the other hand, there's absolutely no black crush, with no loss of fine details in some scenes.

The speed of the local dimming feature can be adjusted between three different settings. We did our testing with it set to 'Faster', as this mode delivers the best results with fast-moving objects, but the zone transitions are quite noticeable and can be jarring in some cases. Lower settings average out the backlight across more zones, so this isn't as noticeable, but the local dimming feature isn't as noticeable or effective then.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
420 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
403 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
405 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
396 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
306 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
404 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
406 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.004

The LG UltraGear 27GP950 has great peak brightness in SDR, and it's bright enough to overcome glare in most bright rooms, despite its disappointing reflection handling. Unfortunately, with local dimming enabled the monitor dims our 25% window briefly. This isn't noticeable with regular content, and even with our test pattern, it returns to normal quickly. With local dimming disabled, there's almost no variation in brightness with different scenes or over time, and all scenes are around 400 cd/m².

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Gamer 1' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max, and Local Dimming set to 'Faster'.

8.1
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
696 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
628 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
656 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
668 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
673 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
676 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
627 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
655 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
513 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
411 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
412 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.032

The LG 27GP950-B has very good peak brightness in HDR. It's bright enough to deliver an impactful gaming experience in HDR, and it's bright enough for some video content, but small bright highlights aren't as bright as they should be. It also can't maintain a high brightness level with large, bright scenes, and there's a significant decrease in brightness over time, but this shouldn't be very noticeable with most real content.

We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'Gamer 1' Picture Mode with HDR enabled, Local Dimming set to 'Faster', and Brightness set to max.

7.6
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
38°
Color Washout From Right
37°
Color Shift From Left
50°
Color Shift From Right
52°
Brightness Loss From Left
42°
Brightness Loss From Right
42°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
38°
Gamma Shift From Right
38°

As expected for an IPS panel, the LG 27GP950-B has a good horizontal viewing angle. If you're sitting off to the side, the image can appear washed out, but when sitting close to the screen, the sides remain uniform.

8.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
35°
Color Washout From Above
33°
Color Shift From Below
64°
Color Shift From Above
63°
Brightness Loss From Below
37°
Brightness Loss From Above
36°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
56°
Gamma Shift From Above
56°

The LG 27GP950 has a very good vertical viewing angle. The image appears a bit washed out at a moderate angle, but this shouldn't cause any issues for most people.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.434%
50% DSE
0.104%
5% Std. Dev.
0.392%
5% DSE
0.063%

The LG 27GP950 has excellent gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, but there's very little dirty screen effect in the center. Gray uniformity can vary between individual units, but it's rarely an issue on recent monitors.

4.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.957%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
2.231%

Unfortunately, the LG 27GP950 we bought has poor black uniformity, but this can vary between units. The screen is cloudy throughout, and there are patches of backlight bleed in all four corners. Sadly, local dimming does very little to improve black uniformity.

8.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
111 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
9
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
6,351 K
White Balance dE
2.87
Color dE
2.08
Gamma
2.16

The LG 27GP950-B has great accuracy out of the box. Although this can normally vary between units, this monitor comes partially factory calibrated, so we don't expect much variation between units. Even in the sRGB mode, gamma is closer to a flat 2.2 instead of the sRGB target curve, so bright scenes are a bit too bright, and dark scenes are slightly darker than they should be. White balance is a bit off, but most colors are displayed accurately. The color temperature is a bit warm, giving everything a slightly reddish tint.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
6
Contrast Setting
68
RGB Controls
51-50-49
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Color Temperature
6,458 K
White Balance dE
0.63
Color dE
0.40
Gamma
2.19

The LG 27GP950-B has outstanding accuracy after calibration. Gamma follows the sRGB gamma curve fairly well, but some scenes are still a bit off. Colors and white balance are nearly perfect, and any remaining issues aren't noticeable without a colorimeter. Unlike the vast majority of monitors, the 27GP950-B supports hardware calibration through LG's Calibration Studio, so you can get an accurate image from any source, even if the source doesn't support ICC profiles.

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

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
100.0%
Adobe RGB xy
88.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG UltraGear 27GP950 has a superb SDR color gamut. It can display the entire sRGB color gamut used by most current desktop and web content. It also has excellent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space but falls short on greens especially.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.7%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
92.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

This monitor has fantastic SDR color volume. It can display the entire range of sRGB colors at most luminance levels, but due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well.

8.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
95.2%
Rec. 2020 xy
70.1%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 27GP950-B has an impressive HDR color gamut. It has nearly perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content. It also has decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

8.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
91.8%
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
69.3%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

This monitor has great color volume in HDR. It's limited mainly by the incomplete color gamut, but most colors are as bright as pure white. Unfortunately, it can't display dark saturated colors very well, due to the low contrast ratio.

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 on our monitor, but this can vary between units.

9.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The LG 27GP950 has incredible gradient handling. There are almost no signs of banding in any shade.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001%
Pixel Column Error
0.002%

There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on our LG 27GP950. This can vary between individual units, but it's rarely noticeable, even on units that perform poorly in our test.

5.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-Gloss
Total Reflections
8.4%
Indirect Reflections
4.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.2%

Unfortunately, the LG 27GP950 has disappointing reflection handling. Bright lights can be distracting, but it's bright enough to overcome most glare.

9.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The LG 27GP950 has outstanding text clarity. Running the ClearType wizard helps clean up diagonal lines (top photo), but it still looks good in apps that don't support ClearType.

Motion
9.5
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
4.0 ms
Total Response Time
7.3 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
8.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Response Time SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The LG 27GP950 has a fantastic response time at the max refresh rate of 160Hz. Like most monitors, the pixel overdrive can be adjusted, but we recommend the 'Normal' setting. Higher settings have a slightly faster rise/fall time, and only the 'Faster' setting achieves the advertised 1ms response time, but there's more overshoot in higher modes. 'Fast' is very similar to 'Normal', and some people might prefer it, as the overall response time is a bit faster, and there's very little noticeable overshoot. Unfortunately, 'Faster' is borderline unusable due to the amount of overshoot.

9.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.7 ms
Total Response Time
8.3 ms
Overshoot Error
0.7%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
11.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
2.1%

Response Time SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The LG 27GP950-B has a superb response time at 60Hz. The various Response Time settings behave very similarly to the max refresh rate, which is great, as you don't have to worry about adjusting the setting if you change refresh rates. There's a bit more noticeable overshoot in the 'Fast' mode than at the max refresh rate, especially in dark scenes, so 'Normal' is a safer choice for most people.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free at all backlight settings, which is great, as it can help reduce eye strain during longer gaming sessions.

Note: There are a few reports online of random black screens while gaming, usually with VRR enabled. We've tried to reproduce this issue on our unit but weren't able to. It seems to vary between units and possibly indicates a defective unit.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

Unfortunately, the LG 27GP950 doesn't have an option to introduce backlight strobing to improve motion clarity.

9.1
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
160 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
160 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The LG 27GP950-B has an extremely fast refresh rate and an optional overclock. The overclock can only be enabled if Adaptive Sync is enabled, which is a bit strange. Over HDMI 2.1, the max refresh rate is 120Hz, and DisplayPort requires a graphics card that supports DSC 1.2a.

This monitor supports AMD's FreeSync Premium Pro variable refresh rate technology, but it's also certified to work with recent NVIDIA graphics cards over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.2 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.5 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The LG 27GP950 has remarkable low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. Enabling VRR causes a very slight increase in input lag, but it's not noticeable.

We encountered a strange issue during testing. For the overclock to work properly, Adaptive Sync has to be enabled in the OSD and on your PC. With VRR disabled on the PC, the monitor appears to actually be running at 80Hz and doubling every frame. This issue is only noticeable at the max refresh rate, even with the overclock enabled. The issue isn't there at a lower refresh rate, even if the overclock is still enabled. Running the overclock with VRR disabled causes the input lag to increase to 7.8ms.

9.2
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 8.3 MP
Pixel Density
164 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0"
Screen Area 310 in²

The LG 27GP950-B has a large, high-resolution screen that's great for multitasking. It has a very high pixel density that delivers a sharp image with very clear text.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.1)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (USB 3.0)
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

The LG UltraGear 27GP950 has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a great choice for next-gen console gamers. Although we don't currently test for console compatibility, due to the rarity of HDMI 2.1 monitors, we decided to check it with this one:

We also checked the bandwidth of the HDMI 2.1 ports. Unlike the Gigabyte M28U and the other HDMI 2.1 monitors we tested, which are limited to 24Gbps, this monitor has two 48Gbps ports, so it doesn't require compression to support the higher bandwidth formats. The most noticeable difference is that 4k @ 120Hz 4:2:2 is supported on the PS5, unlike the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx, which is limited to 4:2:0 on the PS5.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Speakers
No
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
PIP

The LG 27GP950-B comes with a few extra features, including:

  • Crosshair: Adds a virtual crosshair, allows you to cheat in games that don't normally allow for crosshairs.
  • FPS Counter: Shows the current frame rate received from the source.
  • Black Stabilizer: Adjusts gamma to make it easier to spot objects/players in dark scenes without adjust bright scenes.
  • DAS (Dynamic Action Sync): Helps minimize input lag. This feature is enabled automatically when playing at the monitor's maximum refresh rate and can't be disabled.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

The LG 27GP950 has a very similar interface to the other LG monitors we've tested recently. You can navigate most of the on-screen display using the joystick located under the bottom bezel of the monitor.

There's also a wheel controller that you can use to adjust the backlight setting. Note that some of the backlight settings require the LG Ultra Control Center software on your computer, and the monitor must be connected to your computer with the USB upstream cable (included) for the control software to work.

Features
Controls

The joystick control under the front bezel of the monitor is used to navigate the OSD. There's also a jog wheel and switch that's used to adjust the RGB bias-lighting feature.

Features
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • Power supply
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B cable
  • Mouse holder
  • Mounting screws
  • Calibration report
  • User guide
  • Owner's manual CD

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the LG 27GP950-B 27 inch gaming monitor, which is part of LG's UltraGear gaming lineup and is the only one with HDMI 2.1. There are many other monitors in LG's UltraGear lineup with various configurations, some of which you can see in the table below. As they each have different specs, we don't expect our review to be valid for any of the other models.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate
34GP950G 34" IPS 3440 x 1440 180Hz
34GP83A-B 34" IPS 3440 x 1440 160Hz
32GP850-B 32" IPS 2560 x 1440 180Hz
27GP950-B 27" IPS 3840 x 2160 160Hz
27GP850-B 27" IPS 2560 x 1440 180Hz

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their LG 27GP950-B doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in July 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The LG 27GP950-B is an impressive gaming monitor, and one of the few currently available that support HDMI 2.1, making it an especially great choice for console gamers. It doesn't stand out much for PC gamers, though, so if you're not interested in console gaming, there are better choices available.

Check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best monitors for Xbox Series X, and the best monitors for PS5.

Gigabyte M27Q

The LG 27GP950-B is a bit better than the Gigabyte M27Q for most uses. The LG has a higher resolution screen and much better text clarity, so it's a bit better for media creators or office use. The LG also has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a better choice for PS5 or Xbox Series X gamers. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has better reflection handling and an optional backlight strobing feature.

Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70

The LG 27GP950-B and the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 are both high-end 4k gaming monitors. They have many of the same features with HDMI 2.1 inputs, and even though their native refresh rates are both 144Hz, the LG is overclockable to 160Hz. The LG also has better motion handling at 60Hz, and it gets much brighter, especially in HDR. The HDMI 2.1 inputs on the LG support a higher 48 Gbps bandwidth compared to 40 Gbps from the Samsung, but it doesn't make a difference unless you need to achieve 4k @ 120Hz signals with 12-bit color depth. On the other hand, the Samsung has better ergonomics because you can swivel it.

Gigabyte M32U

The Gigabyte M32U is a bit better than the LG 27GP950-B overall. The Gigabyte has much better reflection handling, so it's better able to overcome glare in a bright room. The Gigabyte also has better black uniformity and better ergonomics. On the other hand, the LG is a lot brighter in HDR, and it can display a wider color gamut.

Gigabyte M28U

The Gigabyte M28U is slightly better than the LG 27GP950-B overall, but some people might prefer the LG. The Gigabyte has much better reflection handling, so glare isn't as distracting in a bright room, and it has an optional backlight strobing feature. On the other hand, the LG has a faster refresh rate and better motion handling with 60Hz sources. The LG's HDMI 2.1 ports support the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, so it's also a slightly better choice for PS5 gamers.

LG 27GP850-B

The LG 27GP950-B is slightly better than the LG 27GP850-B. The 27GP950-B has a higher resolution screen, delivering a more immersive gaming experience and better text clarity. The 27GP950-B also has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a better choice for next-gen console gamers. On the other hand, the 27GP850-B has much better reflection handling, so it might be a better choice if you're in a bright room.

LG 27GN950-B

The LG 27GP950-B is slightly better than the LG 27GN950-B. The 27GP950-B has two HDMI 2.1 ports, so it's a better choice for PS5 or Xbox Series X gamers. The 27GP950-B is also a lot brighter in real scenes in HDR, and it has a much better HDR color gamut, with significantly better DCI P3 coverage.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The LG 27GP950-B and the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses, so the best one varies depending on your exact usage. The LG has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and a higher-resolution screen. The LG has two HDMI 2.1 ports, so it's a better choice for next-gen console gamers. The Samsung uses a VA panel, and it's a much better choice for a dark room, as it has much higher contrast and better black uniformity.

ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ

The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is better than the LG 27GP950-B overall, but some gamers might still be better off with the LG. The ASUS has an optional backlight strobing feature, better ergonomics, and better reflection handling. The LG, on the other hand, has a faster refresh rate, a faster response time, and it supports HDMI 2.1, so it's a better choice for gaming on the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx

The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is a bit better than the LG 27GP950-B. The Acer has much better ergonomics, an optional backlight strobing feature, and much better reflection handling. On the other hand, the LG has a faster refresh rate and better motion handling with 60Hz sources. The LG's HDMI 2.1 ports support the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, so it's also a slightly better choice for PS5 gamers.

LG 27GL850-B

The LG 27GP950-B is better than the LG 27GL850-B. The 27GP950-B has a higher resolution screen, resulting in better text clarity, and it has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a better choice if you have or are planning to get one of the next-gen consoles. On the other hand, the 27GL850 has much better reflection handling.

Dell S2721DGF

The LG 27GP950-B is slightly better than the Dell S2721DGF. The LG has a higher resolution and much better text clarity, and it supports HDMI 2.1 for next-gen console gamers. The Dell, on the other hand, has much better reflection handling and much better ergonomics.

Gigabyte AORUS FI32U

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is slightly better than the LG 27GP950-B overall. The Gigabyte has an optional backlight strobing feature, better ergonomics, better reflection handling, and the unit we bought has better black uniformity. On the other hand, the LG has lower input lag at 60Hz, so it's more responsive when gaming on older consoles.

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