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LG 27MN60T-W Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Oct 19, 2022 at 12:40 pm
LG 27MN60T-W Picture
6.0
Mixed Usage
6.4
Office
6.3
Gaming
6.4
Media Consumption
6.5
Media Creation
2.8
HDR
Size
27"
Pixel Type
IPS
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
HDR10
No

The LG 27MN60T-W is an entry-level 27-inch, 1080p monitor. It's limited in features, but it has a few extra modes to help with productivity, like a Reader Mode that removes blue light to reduce eye strain. It doesn't offer much in terms of gaming either, as it's limited to a 75Hz refresh rate. It does have FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing while gaming, but it only works within a narrow range and isn't ideal for competitive gaming.

Our Verdict

6.0 Mixed Usage

The LG 27MN60T isn't bad for mixed usage. It's acceptable for office use because it has a large 27-inch screen and wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with someone else, but it has limited text clarity due to its low pixel density. It's unremarkable for media consumption because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark, and you can't watch the latest content in 4k. Unfortunately, it's mediocre for gaming as it has limited features and a low 75Hz refresh rate with mediocre motion handling, so motion looks blurry. Also, this monitor doesn't support HDR at all.

Pros
  • 27-inch screen.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Low pixel density limits text clarity.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Doesn't get bright.
6.4 Office

The LG 27MN60T is acceptable for office use. Its 27-inch screen size is big enough to view your entire work area at once or place two windows side-by-side. However, with a 1080p resolution and low pixel density, the text clarity is just decent. It has great reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight strong glare. Unfortunately, its stand only offers tilt adjustments, making it hard to place in an ideal position.

Pros
  • 27-inch screen.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Low pixel density limits text clarity.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Doesn't get bright.
6.3 Gaming

The LG 27MN60T is mediocre for gaming. It's limited to a 75Hz refresh rate, and although it supports FreeSync VRR, it only works within a narrow range. It has low enough input lag for a responsive feel, but its motion handling is mediocre due to its slow response time. Also, it's disappointing for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast that makes blacks look gray.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • FreeSync VRR support.
Cons
  • Mediocre motion handling.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Only 75Hz refresh rate.
6.4 Media Consumption

The LG 27MN60T is unremarkable for media consumption. With a low 1080p resolution, you can't watch the latest high-resolution content in 4k. It also has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark and doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve it. It has wide viewing angles if you want to watch content with a friend next to you, but it's hard to adjust to an ideal position due to its limited ergonomics.

Pros
  • 27-inch screen.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Low pixel density limits text clarity.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Doesn't get bright.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
6.5 Media Creation

The LG 27MN60T is alright for content creators. It has an excellent color gamut and impressive accuracy before calibration, so you won't have to worry about calibrating it unless you need perfectly accurate colors. Its 27-inch screen size offers enough work space, but with a 1080p resolution and low pixel density, the text clarity is just okay. It doesn't support HDR either, which is disappointing if you need to edit videos in HDR.

Pros
  • 27-inch screen.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Impressive accuracy before calibration.
Cons
  • Low pixel density limits text clarity.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Doesn't get bright.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • No HDR support.
2.8 HDR

The LG 27MN60T doesn't support HDR.

  • 6.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 Office
  • 6.3 Gaming
  • 6.4 Media Consumption
  • 6.5 Media Creation
  • 2.8 HDR
  1. Updated Oct 19, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 14, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27-inch LG 27MN60T, which is the only size available for this model and doesn't have any variants. It's mainly sold at Costco in the United States, although you can also find it with some other third-party retailers. While there are similar models available, like the LG 32MN60T-B, the results are only valid for this specific model.

Full Model Code Size Resolution Refresh Rate Panel Type
27MN60T-W.AUS 27" 1080p 75Hz IPS

Our unit was manufactured in July 2022; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The LG 27MN60T is a basic 1080p monitor that doesn't have anything special about it versus the competition. It's what you can expect for a cheap, entry-level model like this one, though. It's fine for what it is, a 27-inch, 1080p office monitor, but if you want better performance, you'll naturally have to pay more.

Also see our recommendations for the best monitors under $200, the best budget monitors, and the best monitors for work.

MSI Optix G273

The MSI Optix G273 and the LG 27MN60T-W are different types of 1080p monitors. The MSI is geared more towards gamers as it has a higher 165Hz refresh rate that results in better motion handling. While the LG is designed more for productivity, the MSI is still the better office monitor because it gets much brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit offices.

HP 27F

The LG 27MN60T-W and the HP 27F are both basic 1080p office monitors. They're very similar in terms of features, inputs, and ergonomics, but the main difference is that the HP gets much brighter. It means it's a better choice to use in well-lit office spaces.

ASUS VG246H

The ASUS VG246H and the LG 27MN60T-W are both cheap 1080p office monitors, but the ASUS is a much better choice for office use. The main difference is that the ASUS has much better ergonomics, making it easier to place in an ideal position. The ASUS also gets brighter, which is important if you want to use it in a bright office.

Lenovo D27-30

The Lenovo D27-30 and the LG 27MN60T-W are both 1080p monitors with a 27-inch screen size, but they have a few differences, mainly due to having different panels. The LG has a panel with wider viewing angles, meaning the image remains consistent from the sides. It's also much better to use in well-lit rooms as it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. On the other hand, the Lenovo is better for dark rooms because it has a higher contrast that displays deeper blacks.

Test Results

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

The LG 27MN60T monitor is simple-looking with an all-plastic body. It's white on the back, the bezels are black, and the stand has a metallic-looking finish.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG 27MN60T has mediocre build quality. The plastic materials feel cheap and flimsy, which is what you can expect from a cheap monitor as you aren't getting any premium materials. The bottom bezel isn't even uniformly attached to the screen, as it bulges out at certain points. The stand is plastic, and sadly, the screen wobbles easily and takes a while to stabilize, so you have to make sure you have a stable desk to avoid it wobbling too much.

1.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-15° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

This monitor has terrible ergonomics, as you can't swivel it or adjust the height. The plastic stand is very basic and it doesn't include anything for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
15.8" (40.2 cm)
Base Depth
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
5.7" (14.6 cm)
Weight (With Display)
10.2 lbs (4.6 kg)
Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
24.1" (61.1 cm)
Housing Height
14.3" (36.4 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
1.7" (4.2 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
9.2 lbs (4.2 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.7 cm)
Design
Controls

The joystick underneath the center branding allows you to turn the display On/Off and change the settings in the on-screen menu, like switching the inputs.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable
  • User manuals

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,097 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The LG 27MN60T has a low native contrast ratio, so blacks look gray next to bright highlights in dark rooms. Sadly, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve it.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.

6.6
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
228 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
243 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
247 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
247 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
247 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
247 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
243 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
246 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
247 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
247 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
247 cd/m²
ABL
0.001
Minimum Brightness
69 cd/m²

The SDR brightness is okay but isn't enough to fight glare in a well-lit room. Sadly, its minimum brightness is a bit high, which is disappointing if you want to use it in a dark room and bright screens bother you. These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode with Gamma on 'Mode 4', and Brightness at its max.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
ABL
N/A

The LG 27MN60T doesn't support HDR.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
47°
Color Washout From Right
44°
Color Shift From Left
53°
Color Shift From Right
53°
Brightness Loss From Left
47°
Brightness Loss From Right
46°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
59°
Gamma Shift From Right
55°

The LG 27MN60T-W.AUS has a wide horizontal viewing angle. The image remains consistent from the side, which is great if you need to share your screen with someone sitting next to you, as they'll see the same image as you.

6.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32°
Color Washout From Above
31°
Color Shift From Below
23°
Color Shift From Above
31°
Brightness Loss From Below
37°
Brightness Loss From Above
36°
Black Level Raise From Below
20°
Black Level Raise From Above
23°
Gamma Shift From Below
30°
Gamma Shift From Above
30°

The vertical viewing angle is mediocre. It's much worse than the horizontal viewing angle because colors shift more when viewed from below, but this isn't an issue unless you mount the screen above eye level.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.988%
50% DSE
0.139%

The gray uniformity is great. The edges of the screen are darker, but other than that, there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, which is great when viewing full-screen webpages or documents.

4.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.979%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is poor. There's noticeable backlight bleed that causes blacks to look blue, and sadly it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve it.

8.4
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom
sRGB Gamut Area xy
103.9%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
2.57
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,003 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.33
Color dE (Avg.)
2.73
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
Warm
Gamma Setting
Mode 4
Brightness Setting
65
Measured Brightness
177 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The LG 27MN60T has impressive accuracy before calibration in SDR. The manufacturer advertises it to come factory-calibrated, and although it isn't perfect, most colors and the white balance are accurate. Gamma and the color temperature seem to aim for different targets than ours, though, as gamma is higher than the sRGB target we aim for a moderately-lit room, resulting in a darker image. The color temperature is also colder than the 6500K target, resulting in a blue-ish tint, but it's minor.

9.2
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom
sRGB Gamut Area xy
94.8%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.43
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,464 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.96
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
50-48-42
Gamma Setting
Mode 4
Brightness Setting
22
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration to the 6500K white point is fantastic. There aren't any remaining visible inaccuracies to the white balance and most colors, and both the color temperature and gamma are nearly spot-on with the targets.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
94.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
73.3%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

The SDR color gamut is excellent. It has fantastic coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space, but it isn't as good as other monitors, and it has limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space used in some professional publishing.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
94.9%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
78.1%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

The LG 27MN60T has a fantastic SDR color volume. It displays bright colors well but struggles with darker colors due to its low contrast.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The LG 27MN60T-W.AUS doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The LG 27MN60T-W monitor doesn't support HDR.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.9%
Indirect Reflections
4.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.9%

The reflection handling is great. It diffuses moderate amounts of light well, so it's a good choice for rooms with small light sources, but considering it doesn't get very bright, it isn't good for bright rooms.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is decent. Because of its 27-inch, 1080p resolution screen, the pixel density is a bit low, so you might need to enable ClearType (top photo) to make text more legible.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The gradient handling is excellent. As it only supports 8-bit signals, there's regular 8-bit banding with most colors, but it isn't too distracting.

Motion
6.7
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
N/A
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
N/A
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
N/A

The LG 27MN60T has a very basic refresh rate that provides a slightly more responsive experience compared to 60Hz monitors, but the difference is minimal.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support only works within a narrow range as it doesn't support Low Framerate Compensation to continue working below 48 fps. It only works with AMD graphics cards and not those from NVIDIA.

6.0
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
7.9 ms
Total Response Time
18.3 ms
Overshoot Error
3.1%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
11.0 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
28.1 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
13.6%

This monitor has a mediocre response time. Most transitions are slow, leading to motion blur behind fast-moving objects. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Fast' because it has the least amount of blur compared to 'Normal' and 'Off', and it doesn't have too much overshoot that results in inverse ghosting like 'Faster'.

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

not tested
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No 120Hz Refresh Rate
Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Total Response Time
N/A
Overshoot Error
N/A
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Worst 3 Total Response Time
N/A
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
N/A

This monitor doesn't support a 120Hz signal.

5.5
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
8.0 ms
Total Response Time
20.7 ms
Overshoot Error
5.7%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
11.1 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
32.3 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
19.6%

The response time at 60Hz is disappointing. The overdrive settings perform similarly to at its max refresh rate. The recommended setting is 'Fast' even if some transitions are slower than at 'Normal' and it has a bit more overshoot, but there's still less blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It means that you won't need to change the overdrive setting when the frame rate of your game drops.

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

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
75 Hz
Minimum Frequency
75 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
167 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
167 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
Yes
VRR At The Same Time
No

The LG 27MN60T has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. It's designed to reduce persistence blur but causes image duplications and only works at 75Hz.

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

The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

Inputs
8.3
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
7.6 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.1 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
15.0 ms

The LG 27MN60T has low enough input lag for a responsive feel while you're working and browsing the web.

6.5
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
2.1 MP
Pixel Density
81 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
27.0"
Screen Area
312 in²

The 27-inch screen decreases the pixel density compared to a smaller 1080p screen, so the text clarity isn't as good.

2.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
No

Unfortunately, the LG 27MN60T has limited capability with the PS5. It can't downscale a 4k image, so you're limited to only playing 1080p games at 60 fps.

3.3
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
Yes

The monitor's FreeSync support works with the Xbox Series X, but other than that, you're limited to 1080p @ 60Hz games.

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

The VGA connection is great if you have an older PC and don't want to use an adapter.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
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
Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The LG 27MN60T doesn't have any issues working with recent M1 MacBooks. The VRR support doesn't work, but this isn't an issue for general desktop use. Windows return to their position when the laptop goes to sleep, but not when you close the lid.

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

The LG 27MN60T has a few extra features, including:

  • 1 ms Motion Blur Reduction: Controls the monitor's backlight strobing feature.
  • Color Weakness Mode: Meant for people who can't distinguish between red and green.
  • Crosshair: Adds a virtual crosshair on the screen for FPS gaming.
  • DFC: Adjusts picture settings, including the contrast, according to the image.
  • Reader Mode: Reduces blue light to help reduce eye strain.
  • Smart Energy Saving: Optimizes the power consumption by adjusting the picture settings.
  • Super Resolution +: Upscales lower-resolution content, although this isn't useful as not much content is below 1080p.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

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