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LG 27GR95QE-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Mar 09, 2023 at 11:02 am
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 21, 2023 at 12:01 pm
LG 27GR95QE-B Picture
8.6
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office
9.0
Gaming
9.1
Media Consumption
8.8
Media Creation
8.9
HDR

The LG 27GR95QE-B is a 27-inch, 1440p gaming monitor with an OLED screen. It's one of the first OLED gaming monitors to feature a 240Hz refresh rate, and thanks to its DisplayPort 1.4 port and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, you can reach its max refresh rate with any type of connection. It also has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Unlike other larger OLEDs from LG, this monitor has a matte screen coating to reduce direct reflections, but it introduces some haziness to images. Like any OLED, it's prone to burn-in with constant exposure to static elements, but it has a few settings to try to reduce the risk of burn-in.

Our Verdict

8.6 Mixed Usage

The LG 27GR95QE-B is excellent overall. It's designed as a gaming monitor, and it's incredible for that, thanks to its 240Hz refresh rate, VRR support, quick response time, and low input lag. Its near-infinite contrast ratio makes it a fantastic choice for watching content in dark rooms because it displays deep blacks and has perfect black uniformity. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR but doesn't get very bright in that mode. While its 27-inch screen is big enough for work use and content creation, it also has some text clarity issues, and OLEDs are prone to burn-in with constant exposure to static elements.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • Some text clarity issues due to RWBG layout.
  • Low brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Risk of burn-in.
  • Matte coating introduces haziness.
7.8 Office

The LG 27GR95QE-B is decent for the office. It has wide viewing angles and decent ergonomics that make it easy to share the screen with a coworker or client, as they'll see a consistent image from the sides. While it has fantastic reflection handling, it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare. Unfortunately, it has some text clarity issues with color fringing, and its OLED panel is prone to burn-in with exposure to static elements over a long period.

Pros
  • 27-inch screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
Cons
  • Some text clarity issues due to RWBG layout.
  • Low brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Risk of burn-in.
9.0 Gaming

The LG 27GR95QE-B is incredible for gaming. It offers a high 240Hz refresh rate with FreeSync VRR support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel, and motion looks incredible thanks to its near-instantaneous response time, but it has some inverse ghosting due to overshoot. Luckily, it's a great choice for dark room gaming as it displays perfect blacks without any blooming.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for console gaming.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • Ghosting with low-frame-rate signals.
  • Matte coating introduces haziness.
9.1 Media Consumption

The LG 27GR95QE-B is fantastic for media consumption. It's great for sharing your screen with friends because it has wide viewing angles that make the image remain consistent from the sides. It performs best in dark rooms as it displays perfect blacks without any blooming around bright objects. While it has fantastic reflection handling, it isn't as good in bright rooms because it can't get bright enough to fight glare from strong light sources.

Pros
  • 27-inch screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Low brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Matte coating introduces haziness.
8.8 Media Creation

The LG 27GR95QE-B is great for content creators. The 27-inch screen is big enough to open two windows next to each other. It also has wide viewing angles and decent ergonomics if you often need to share your screen with coworkers or clients. While it has an accurate sRGB picture mode and displays a wide range of colors, some colors can look oversaturated. Also, its text clarity is just okay as there's color fringing around text, and it's also prone to burn-in, which could be problematic with static elements.

Pros
  • 27-inch screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Some text clarity issues due to RWBG layout.
  • Low brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Risk of burn-in.
  • Matte coating introduces haziness.
8.9 HDR

The LG 27GR95QE-B is excellent for HDR. It displays a wide range of colors in HDR, and it also displays deep blacks without any blooming, thanks to its OLED panel. While it gets bright enough to make some highlights stand out, it isn't bright enough to deliver a truly satisfying HDR experience with highlights that pop.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Low brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • 8.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Office
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 9.1 Media Consumption
  • 8.8 Media Creation
  • 8.9 HDR
  1. Updated Aug 21, 2023: Added that the Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 has a USB-C port, which this monitor doesn't have.
  2. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. Updated Jul 04, 2023: Clarified in the Compared To Other Monitors section that it performs better than one of its competitors, the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM.
  4. Updated Jun 29, 2023: Clarified that there's some flicker in dark areas when you have Variable Refresh Rate enabled.
  5. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  6. Updated May 31, 2023: We updated the firmware to 3.08 and retested the Response Time and overshoot, but there isn't any change.
  7. Updated Apr 12, 2023: Specified the differences between this monitor and the LG 45GR95QE-B in the Variants section.
  8. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  9. Updated Mar 29, 2023: Clarified text in Compared To Other Monitors to specify that the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF offers better picture quality for a slightly higher cost.
  10. Updated Mar 16, 2023: Measured the SDR Brightness and Input Lag in picture modes that disable the DAS feature to see how they perform.
  11. Updated Mar 09, 2023: Review published.
  12. Updated Mar 06, 2023: Early access published.
  13. Updated Feb 24, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  14. Updated Feb 21, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  15. Updated Jan 23, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  16. Updated Jan 06, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we’ll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27-inch LG 27GR95QE-B, which is the only size available for this model. LG released this monitor alongside the LG 45GR95QE-B, which is another 240Hz OLED monitor that performs similarly, but it has a 45-inch ultrawide screen.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate
27GR95QE-B 27" OLED 1440p 240Hz

Our unit was manufactured in January 2023, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The LG 27GR95QE-B is a fantastic gaming monitor that combines a fast 240Hz refresh rate with the incredible picture quality of an OLED. It's a great choice if you want the best of both worlds regarding picture quality and a smooth gaming experience, but it has some drawbacks. The matte screen coating doesn't look as premium as other OLEDs, and there's some inverse ghosting with fast-moving objects. It's still fine if you don't need the best of the best in terms of gaming monitors, and it's better performing than the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM, but the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF also offers better picture quality with an ultrawide screen for only a bit higher cost.

See our recommendations for the best 240Hz monitors, the best 1440p gaming monitors, and the best 27-inch gaming monitors.

ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM

The LG 27GR95QE-B and the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM use the same panel, but there are some differences in performance. The ASUS gets much brighter in HDR, making smaller highlights pop more, but you also need to make sure to update it to the latest firmware to get the best HDR performance. The ASUS also has an advantage with motion handling as it has less overshoot. One area where the LG has an advantage is that it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, letting it take full advantage of gaming consoles and high-end graphics cards. The LG also has a less aggressive ABL, so there aren't as many distracting changes in brightness in HDR.

Corsair XENEON 27QHD240

The Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 and the LG 27GR95QE-B use the same panel and perform similarly. However, there are still a few differences as the LG gets brighter in HDR and has improved color volume, while the Corsair has less overshoot with fast-moving objects. The Corsair also has a few extra features, like USB-C ports and a KVM switch. They both support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but the LG supports 48 Gbps bandwidth compared to 24 Gbps on the Corsair, so your source doesn't need to use compression for demanding signals.

Dell Alienware AW3423DWF

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF and the LG 27GR95QE-B are both 1440p OLED gaming monitors with a few differences. The Dell has an ultrawide screen for a more immersive gaming experience, and its QD-OLED panel also delivers better picture quality with brighter highlights and more vivid colors. However, the LG has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, which is great if you're a competitive gamer, and it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from consoles. Lastly, the LG doesn't have the same raised black level issue in bright rooms as the Dell, meaning blacks are still deep and inky when viewed in well-lit rooms.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 and the LG 27GR95QE-B are 1440p OLED gaming monitors with a few differences. The Samsung has an ultrawide screen for a more immersive gaming experience, and its QD-OLED panel also delivers better picture quality with brighter highlights and more vivid colors. However, the LG has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, which is great if you're a competitive gamer, and it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from consoles. Lastly, the LG doesn't have the same raised black level issue in bright rooms as the Samsung, meaning blacks are still deep and inky when viewed in well-lit rooms.

Dell Alienware AW2723DF

The LG 27GR95QE-B and the Dell Alienware AW2723DF are both 1440p gaming monitors with a native 240Hz refresh, although you can overclock the Dell to 280Hz. Their differences come down to their different panels, as the LG has a higher contrast, better black uniformity, and improved motion handling thanks to its OLED panel. However, the Dell gets brighter if you want to use it in a well-lit room, and it doesn't have the risk of burn-in if you want it for other uses like work.

Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T

The LG 27GR95QE-B and the Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T are 1440p, 240Hz gaming monitors with different types of displays. The LG has an OLED panel with better contrast and better motion, which is ideal for gaming in dark rooms. However, the Samsung is better for different uses because it doesn't have the same risk of permanent burn-in, and its text clarity is also better.

LG 42 C2 OLED

The LG 42 C2 OLED and the LG 27GR95QE-B are different types of OLED displays. The C2 is a TV that's popular to use as a gaming monitor thanks to its 4k resolution, allowing you to view sharp images while gaming. While the 27GR95QE-B has a lower 1440p resolution, its higher 240Hz refresh rate is also better if you're a PC gamer and want to play games at a high frame rate. The two displays also have different screen finishes, as the C2 has a glossy finish with more reflections from strong light sources, but the matte finish on the 27GR95QE-B introduces haziness.

Dell Alienware AW3423DW

The Dell Alienware AW3423DW and the LG 27GR95QE-B are both 1440p OLED gaming monitors with a few differences. The Dell has an ultrawide screen for a more immersive gaming experience, and its QD-OLED panel also delivers better picture quality with brighter highlights and more vivid colors. It also has native G-SYNC support, which is great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, while the LG has native FreeSync support for AMD graphics cards. Also, the LG has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, which is great if you're a competitive gamer, and it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from consoles.

LG 45GR95QE-B

The LG 45GR95QE-B and the LG 27GR95QE-B are part of the same lineup and each have a 240Hz refresh rate. For picture quality, they perform nearly the same thanks to their OLED panels, and they even have the same aggressive matte screen coating to reduce reflections. The main difference comes in their sizes, as the 45GR95QE-B is bigger with a 45-inch curved screen and a 3440x1440 resolution. This offers more screen space, but the monitor has a lower pixel density and worse text clarity than the 27-inch model.

Corsair XENEON FLEX 45WQHD240

The LG 27GR95QE-B and Corsair XENEON FLEX 45WQHD240 are both fantastic OLED gaming monitors. The main difference is that the Corsair has a much larger 45-inch screen that's bendable, so you can adjust the curve to your liking. The Corsair also has a few extra productivity features like USB-C ports and a KVM switch. While they each have a near-instantaneous response time, the Corsair has less overshoot for better overall motion handling. On the other side, the LG has higher pixel density and slightly better image clarity.

LG 42 OLED Flex

The LG 27GR95QE-B and the LG 42 OLED Flex are different types of OLED displays. The 27GR95QE-B is a gaming monitor with an even higher 240Hz refresh rate than the 120Hz refresh rate on the OLED Flex, and it has a DisplayPort connection, which the OLED Flex doesn't have. On the other hand, the OLED Flex has a larger 42-inch screen that you can bend if you want a more immersive gaming experience with a curved screen. The OLED Flex is a TV with extra features like a built-in smart system and processing.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The LG 27GR95QE-B has a gamer-oriented aesthetic with a stylish design. It features some RGB lighting on the back and vents above the inputs.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is excellent. It's well-put together without any obvious issues, and the materials feel premium. It has a metal stand, and everything else is solid plastic, as it doesn't flex much. The stand is also sturdy, and there's minimal wobble.

7.4
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-15° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Counter Clockwise
Swivel Range
-10° to 10°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The LG 27GR95QE has decent ergonomics. You can adjust it in any way, but the swivel range is limited, and you can only rotate it into portrait mode counterclockwise, meaning the inputs will always be on the right side of the monitor. Luckily, there's a clip on the stand for cable management to keep your setup clean.

Design
Stand
Base Width
21.0" (53.4 cm)
Base Depth
10.2" (26.0 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Weight (With Display)
17.1 lbs (7.7 kg)

The monitor's stand is solid, as there's minimal wobble, but it's big and takes up space. However, the V-shaped feet allow you to still place stuff like your keyboard and mouse between them.

Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
23.8" (60.5 cm)
Housing Height
14.1" (35.8 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
1.9" (4.7 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
12.2 lbs (5.5 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (1.0 cm)
Design
Controls

The LG 27GR95QE-B has a remote to control the on-screen display, which is easier to use than traditional joysticks or buttons on monitors. There's a power button underneath the center of the monitor that also features RGB lighting next to it.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Power supply and cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Remote control
  • User documentation, including:
    • Quality assurance report
    • Quick start guides
    • Warranty
    • Product registration

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The LG 27GR95QE-B has a near-infinite contrast ratio thanks to its OLED panel. That means it displays deep blacks next to bright highlights for a remarkable dark room experience.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

OLED panels like this one don't have a backlight, so they don't require a local dimming feature. However, with a near-infinite contrast ratio, there isn't any blooming around bright objects, and it's the equivalent of a perfect local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a monitor that has local dimming.

5.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
172 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
178 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
194 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
200 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
200 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
196 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
177 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
193 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
199 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
199 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
196 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.008
Minimum Brightness
14 cd/m²

The LG 27GR95QE has disappointing SDR peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to fight glare, and large areas like full-screen webpages are dim. These results are from after calibration in the 'Gamer 2' Game Mode, which is the name of the picture mode setting, with the Brightness at its max and Smart Energy Saving disabled. Other modes like 'Vivid' can get brighter, but they're less accurate.

The SDR brightness is a bit brighter in picture modes that aren't optimized for gaming, like 'Vivid', 'Reader', 'HDR Effect', 'sRGB', 'Color Weakness', 'Calibration 1', and 'Calibration 2'. Using any of these modes also disables the DAS feature, which increases the Input Lag too. You can see some results in the 'Vivid' mode below:

  • Peak 2% Window: 365 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 373 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 372 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 218 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 135 cd/m²

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
424 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
592 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
656 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
418 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
231 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
136 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
580 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
629 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
414 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
231 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
136 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.097

The HDR brightness is okay. It gets brightest with small highlights, making them stand out against the rest of the screen, but it still isn't bright enough overall for a vivid HDR experience. It also has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) that makes large areas considerably dimmer. The changes in brightness can be noticeable in some scenes when playing games, but it isn't too distracting. The EOTF also follows the target PQ curve perfectly until there's a sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, causing a loss of fine details with bright scenes.

These results are in the 'Gamer 1' Game Mode with the Brightness at its max and Smart Energy Saving disabled. The 'Vivid' Game Mode gets much brighter, but the overall picture quality is worse because colors are inaccurate and the white balance is off. You can see the results in 'Vivid' below:

  • Peak 2% Window: 854 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 701cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 419 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 236 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 138 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 839 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 684 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 416 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 236 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 138 cd/m²
  • ABL: 0.034
  • EOTF

9.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
70°
Color Washout From Right
70°
Color Shift From Left
63°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
70°
Brightness Loss From Right
70°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
70°
Gamma Shift From Right
70°

The horizontal viewing angle is remarkable. The image remains the same no matter where you view the screen from, which is great for co-op gaming.

9.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
70°
Color Washout From Above
70°
Color Shift From Below
70°
Color Shift From Above
70°
Brightness Loss From Below
70°
Brightness Loss From Above
70°
Black Level Raise From Below
63°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
70°
Gamma Shift From Above
70°

The vertical viewing angle is once again incredible. While colors start to shift earlier from below than from on top, you won't notice any difference and the image remains consistent when looking down on it or if you have it mounted above eye level.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.041%
50% DSE
0.132%

The gray uniformity is great. The edges are a bit darker than the rest of the screen, but there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center. Like any OLED screen, there are thin vertical lines in near-dark scenes, but they're hard to notice unless you're looking for them.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.410%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Thanks to its OLED panel, the LG 27GR95QE has perfect black uniformity without any blooming around bright objects.

9.0
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
2.05
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,224 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.11
Color dE (Avg.)
1.91
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
Default
Brightness Setting
90
Measured Brightness
142 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The accuracy before calibration is incredible. The sRGB mode locks the colors well to the sRGB color space, and there are minimal inaccuracies with colors and the white balance. The color temperature is also close to the 6500K target. However, gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve well, as most scenes are brighter than they should be. Unfortunately, using this accurate sRGB mode locks most picture settings, including Black Stabilizer and Gamma. If you want to adjust those settings, the 'Gamer 2' Game Mode is less accurate with oversaturated colors and a brighter gamma.

8.2
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Gamer 2
sRGB Gamut Area xy
112.3%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.61
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,514 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
1.81
Contrast Setting
52
RGB Settings
51-50-43
Gamma Setting
Mode 4
Brightness Setting
65
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is great, but it's worse overall than before calibration because colors are more oversaturated. However, everything else is nearly perfect, including the gamma and color temperature, and you won't easily notice any inaccuracies in the image. By default, the Black Stabilizer setting is '60' when you use the 'Gamer 2' Game Mode, but set it to '50' for better black levels.

9.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 2
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
91.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 2

The SDR color gamut is fantastic. It has fantastic coverage of the sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces, but it, unfortunately, does this by oversaturating colors, so primary colors are still off.

9.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
99.7%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 2
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
95.1%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 2

The LG 27GR95QE-B has an incredible SDR color volume. Thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, it displays colors at a wide range of luminance levels without issues.

9.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
98.0%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
72.5%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 27GR95QE has a remarkable HDR color gamut. It has incredible coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it's more limited with the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

Using the 'Gamer 1' Game Mode results in better tone mapping than 'Vivid', meaning colors look more realistic and life-like. You can see the results using that mode below:

DCI-P3

  • DCI-P3 Coverage: 98.0%
  • Tone-Mapped DCI-P3 Coverage: 98.0%

Rec. 2020

  • Rec. 2020 Coverage: 72.9%

7.8
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
78.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
65.8%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The HDR color volume is good. It displays dark colors well thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, but it doesn't display bright colors as bright as QD-OLEDs like the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85.

While using the 'Vivid' Game Mode results in brighter highlights than 'Gamer 1', the color volume is better with 'Gamer 1'. You can see the results with 'Vivid' below:

DCI-P3

  • DCI-P3 In ICtCp: 76.2%

Rec. 2020

  • Rec. 2020 In ICtCp: 61.1%

9.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
2.1%
Indirect Reflections
1.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.8%

The LG 27GR95QE-B has fantastic reflection handling. Its matte coating is very different from the glossy coatings on other OLEDs like the LG 42 C2 OLED or the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF. It does a good job of reducing strong reflections, but placing it opposite a bright light source can still be distracting. The main downside to this type of screen coating is that the image doesn't look as clear as glossy monitors, and some text can look hazy.

6.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
OLED
Subpixel Layout
RWBG

The LG 27GR95QE-B has okay text clarity, but it's worse than other 27-inch, 1440p monitors. This is because of its RWBG subpixel layout, as computer programs don't render text properly with this layout. This results in some color fringing around text, and while it isn't the worst case of color fringing, it can be distracting if you're sitting close and you notice text clarity issues easier. The matte screen finish also makes text look a bit hazy.

Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) can help improve the text clarity, but it can introduce some of the color fringing. This means you either have to choose between sharper text with color fringing or worse text clarity without the fringing. These photos are with Windows 10, and you can see what it looks like in Windows 11 with ClearType on here, and with ClearType off here.

Due to the RWBG subpixel layout, all four pixels are never on at the same time. You can see additional photos of the pixels below:

9.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The LG 27GR95QE-B has incredible gradient handling, and besides some banding with darker shades, you won't have any issues.

Motion
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
240 Hz

You can reach the monitor's max refresh rate over any connection, but your graphics card needs to support Display Stream Compression (DSC) for 10-bit signals over DisplayPort.

When setting a fixed refresh rate of 120Hz in the NVIDIA Control Panel, the monitor displays a non-native resolution of 3840x2160, which is downscaled to 1440p. With a DisplayPort connection, you can fix this by setting Perform Scaling On to 'Display' instead of 'GPU' in the NVIDIA Control Panel. After making this change, the monitor properly displays 1440p @ 120Hz. However, you can't use the same solution over HDMI as it's still downscaled 4k, even after changing the scaling mode to 'Full Screen' instead of 'No Scaling'. However, we didn't experience any of these issues with a console, and we don't expect it to be a big problem for most people as it only occurs when sending a fixed 120Hz refresh rate and not with VRR enabled.

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

The native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility work over the entire refresh rate range with DisplayPort and HDMI connections. Thanks to the Low Framerate Compensation (LFC), it continues working at low frame rates. As is the case with some other displays, there's some flicker in dark areas with VRR enabled, as you can see in this video. It can be distracting if it appears, but it only happens in really dark areas of the screen.

9.3
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
3.1 ms
Overshoot Error
8.8%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
5.7 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
31.7%

SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
VRR OnChartTablePhoto

The LG 27GR95QE has a remarkable response time at its max refresh rate. Motion looks exceptionally clear thanks to its near-instantaneous response time, but there's some overshoot in dark transitions, leading to some inverse ghosting. Even after an update to firmware 3.08, there's still the same overshoot. Unlike LED-backlit monitors, there's no setting to adjust the pixel overdrive.

9.1
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.5 ms
Total Response Time
5.2 ms
Overshoot Error
9.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.7 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
9.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
36.8%

SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
VRR OnChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is once again fantastic, but there's more overshoot than at its max refresh rate. You can see the inverse ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

8.3
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.9 ms
Total Response Time
12 ms
Overshoot Error
9.6%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
1.1 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
18.1 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
35.8%

SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
VRR OnChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is great, but it has a lot more overshoot and inverse ghosting than most OLED displays. You'll see the inverse ghosting when playing games at 60 fps, like on consoles.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

The LG 27GR95QE-B doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur.

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Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The LG 27GR95QE technically isn't flicker-free because there's a slight dip in brightness that corresponds to the 240Hz refresh rate. However, it isn't the same as pulse-width modulation because it isn't a full screen on and off, and you won't notice this flicker.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
2.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.2 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.5 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B has low input lag resulting in a responsive gaming experience. It remains low no matter the frame rate you're gaming at as long as you're using a picture mode that enables DAS. Testing was done with a DisplayPort connection with VRR disabled, and the input lag doesn't change even over HDMI. Enabling VRR can cause the input lag to slightly increase, but it isn't enough to be noticeable.

The input lag increases in picture modes that aren't optimized for gaming, like 'Vivid', 'Reader', 'HDR Effect', 'sRGB', 'Color Weakness', 'Calibration 1', and 'Calibration 2'. Using any of these modes disables the DAS feature, which is why the input lag increases. You can see the input lag in the 'sRGB' and 'Calibration 1' modes, which are the same:

  • Native Resolution @ Max Refresh Rate: 7.1 ms
  • Native Resolution @ 120Hz: 13.5 ms
  • Native Resolution @ 60Hz: 26.1 ms

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
111 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
26.5"
Screen Area
301 in²
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Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The LG 27GR95QE works perfectly with the PS5 thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It even downscales 4k games, which results in a sharper image than a native 1440p signal. The console works without issue when playing lower frame-rate games, like at 60 or even 30 fps.

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Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This monitor doesn't have any compatibility issues with the Xbox Series X|S, thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It even downscales 4k games, which results in a sharper image than a native 1440p signal. The console works without issue when playing lower frame-rate games, like at 60 or even 30 fps.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
48Gbps (FRL 12x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No

The 3.5mm audio output serves as a combo jack with both audio out and mic in, but you need to have the USB-B cable connected to your computer to make full use of it. It also supports DTS and DTS:X audio passthrough for headphones that support it. Unlike many monitors, it has an Optical Audio output to connect to soundbars or speakers with this connection, but it doesn't support DTS/DTS:X audio passthrough.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
2
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

You need to connect the USB-B to USB-A cable to your computer for the USB ports to work. It doesn't have a USB-C port, but if you want a similar monitor that has one, you can also check out the Corsair XENEON 27QHD240.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The LG 27GR95QE-B works well with macOS. VRR works well, and there isn't any obvious flickering on the desktop or in games. However, there's a thin gray line on top of the screen with some games, and disabling VRR removes it. Unfortunately, HDR looks washed out, which is a limitation of macOS with some monitors. If you're using a MacBook, windows return to their original position after waking the laptop up from sleep, but not after you reopen the lid.

The text clarity seems to be a bit better in macOS than Windows, but the difference is minor. You can see what the text clarity looks like with font size 11 here and with font size 13 here.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Presets
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The LG 27GR95QE has a few extra additional features, including:

  • Crosshair: Adds a virtual crosshair that your system won't detect.
  • DTS Headphones:X: Supports DTS and DTS:X audio passthrough for your headphones. It only works with the 3.5mm audio output and not the Optical Audio output. There are three modes for this: Sports, Entertainment, and Game.
  • Dynamic Action Sync: Mode that's automatically enabled and aims to lower the input lag.
  • FPS Counter: Displays the frame rate of your source.
  • LG Calibration Studio: This is a downloadable software that aims to automatically calibrate the monitor. We didn't use it for calibration.
  • Optical Audio Out: Lets you connect a soundbar or speakers that support this connection.

Like most OLED displays, there are also a few settings to help reduce the risk of burn-in:

  • Pixel Cleaning: Corrects individual pixels. Occurs after 500 hours of use and only starts once you turn the monitor off or enter the power-saving mode. It only lasts about a minute.
  • Image Cleaning: Runs a complete image refresh cycle after four hours of use and only starts when you turn the monitor off or enter the power saving mode. It takes about 10 minutes to finish.
  • Screen Move: Moves the image by a few pixels to one side to help reduce the risk of burn-in.
  • Screen Saver: Automatically turns the screen off when there's inactivity.

Burn-in can occur with constant exposure to the same static elements over time, so the best ways to reduce the risk of burn-in is by watching varied content, hiding the taskbar, using a black background, and taking advantage of these features in the OLED Care settings. Unfortunately, LG's warranty doesn't cover burn-in. You can learn about our current longevity and burn-in test here.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)