LG 32GK650F-B Monitor Review

Updated Jul 19, 2019 at 08:34 am
LG 32GK650F-B Picture
Size 32"
Resolution 2560x1440
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The LG 32GK650F-B is a great gaming monitor, and it delivers decent all-around performance when you're not gaming. The VA panel delivers deep, uniform blacks, and it has outstanding low input lag. It has good peak brightness, excellent gray uniformity, and decent reflection handling. This monitor also supports FreeSync, even from a recent NVIDIA card, which is great. Unfortunately, although the average response time is great, some transitions are very slow, which is especially noticeable in dark scenes. As this monitor has a VA panel, this also results in bad viewing angles.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The LG 32GK650F is a decent display for most uses, but it's best suited for gaming. It looks great in a dark room and produces deep, uniform blacks, but the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It has low input lag and a great response time, but some transitions are slow, which is especially noticeable in dark scenes.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.0 Office

This is a decent office monitor. The 32", 1440p screen delivers an excellent amount of screen real estate, and the stand has decent ergonomics, but a limited swivel range. Unfortunately, this monitor has bad viewing angles, so it isn't great for sharing your screen with other people.

See our Office recommendations
8.3 Gaming

The LG 32GK650F is a great monitor for gaming. It has outstanding input lag, and the 1440p, 32" screen makes it easier to see more details in your favorite games. Overall, it has a fast response time, but some transitions are a bit slower and dark scenes especially have more noticeable blur.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.0 Multimedia

Decent monitor for multimedia. The large, high resolution screen is great for watching movies. The VA panel delivers deep, uniform blacks, great for watching movies in the dark. In a brighter room, it has decent reflection handling, and good peak brightness. Unfortunately, like most VA monitors, the image degrades at an angle, which isn't great for sharing the latest trends with your friends.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.2 Media Creation

This is a decent monitor for media creation. The large, high resolution screen is excellent, as you can see more of your work at once. It has decent ergonomics, but a limited swivel range. This monitor has a great SDR color gamut, but limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, so it isn't great for professional photo editing.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.9 HDR Gaming

This monitor doesn't support HDR. For a good 1440p monitor that supports HDR, check out the Samsung CHG70.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.0 Multimedia
  • 7.2 Media Creation
  • 5.9 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Deep, uniform blacks.
  • Excellent low input lag.
Cons
  • Bad viewing angles.
  • Some transitions have a slow response time.

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32" 32GK650F-B
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Test Results

Design
Design
Stand
Width
18.9" (48.0 cm)
Depth
10.6" (26.9 cm)

The stand is thin, but has a large footprint. It supports the monitor well, but doesn't completely eliminate wobble.

6.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape Yes
Swivel Range -15° to 15°
Tilt Range -15° to 5°

Update 08/09/2019: There was a mistake in our swivel range scoring. The ergonomics score has increased slightly.

The stand has decent ergonomics. It has an okay height adjustment and decent tilt range, but a very narrow swivel range. It can also rotate to a portrait orientation, which is great for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

There is a clip on the back of the stand that can be used for cable management, and there is also a quick release to remove the stand in a pinch.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders around the monitor are thin on three sides, and aren't very distracting when gaming.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.2" (5.6 cm)

The display portion of the LG 32GK650F-B is very thin, and looks great VESA mounted. The stand itself is quite a bit thicker, though, and sticks out behind the monitor.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

This monitor has decent build quality. Like the 32GK850G, it's almost entirely made of plastic, and the stand is a bit wobbly, but there are no obvious areas of concern.

Picture Quality
7.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3050 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Like most VA monitors, the 32GK650F-B has a very good contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room. This model has slightly better contrast than the 32GK850G-B, and is much better than IPS monitors like the 34UC79G-B.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The LG 32GK650F-B doesn't support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.

7.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
312 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
324 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
324 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
324 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
324 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
324 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
293 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
323 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
302 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Good peak brightness with SDR content, and there shouldn't be any issues using the monitor in a decently-lit room.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

4.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
23 °
Color Shift from Right
25 °
Brightness from Left
27 °
Brightness from Right
30 °
Black Level from Left
19 °
Black Level from Right
19 °
Curve Radius N/A

Like most VA monitors, the 32GK650F-B has bad viewing angles. Even slightly off-center, the image washes out, brightness fades, and colors lose accuracy rapidly.

4.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
23 °
Color Shift from Above
23 °
Brightness from Below
28 °
Brightness from Above
28 °
Black Level from Below
10 °
Black Level from Above
10 °

Again, when looking at the display from above or below, the viewing angles are bad. Even slightly off-center, the image quickly washes out, the brightness decreases, and colors lose accuracy.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.406 %
50% DSE
0.096 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.964 %
5% DSE
0.050 %

Excellent gray uniformity. Some vignetting is visible, but this shouldn't be very noticeable. In the center of the screen, there is very little dirty screen effect (DSE), which is great.

In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is significantly better and there are no noticeable issues.

6.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.381 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Like the 32GK850G-B, this monitor has decent black uniformity. Some clouding is visible throughout the screen, but there is very little backlight bleed.

7.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Luminance
344 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
70
RGB controls
Custom (50-50-50)
Color Temperature
6280 K
White Balance dE
2.98
Color dE
2.88
Gamma
2.20

Out of the box, this monitor has good accuracy. Gamma is relatively flat, close to 2.2, but it doesn't follow the sRGB target curve. There are some noticeable color errors, but the average dE is low, and most people won't notice any issues.

9.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
15
Contrast Setting
69
RGB Controls
46-51-49
Color Temperature
6447 K
White Balance dE
0.83
Color dE
1.29
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the 32GK650F has excellent accuracy. There are no noticeable issues with the white balance, and colors are much more accurate overall, but we were unable to correct the errors with 100% blue. Gamma follows the sRGB curve almost perfectly, and the color temperature is very close to the 6500K target.

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.

8.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
93.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.9 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1 (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1

The LG 32GK650F-B has a great SDR color gamut. It can display almost all of the sRGB color space, but has limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which isn't ideal for professional photo editing.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
95.1 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
80.7 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Gamer 1

Excellent color volume. It's limited mainly by the color gamut of the display, but it also can't display dark colors very well.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A

The 32GK650F-B doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

8.7
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.04 %
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 some signs of temporary image retention immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes. The retained image dissipates quickly, though, and we don't expect this to cause any issues for most people.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Unfortunately, this monitor has some of the worst gradient handling we've seen so far, much worse than the 32GK850G-B. There is noticeable banding in areas of similar color.

8.3
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.001 %
Pixel column error
0.335 %

There are some signs of very minor vertical color bleed, but this isn't noticeable with regular content and shouldn't cause any issues.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

This monitor has decent reflection handling overall. Subjectively, it looks very similar to the 32GK850G, but slightly worse.

Motion
8.3
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
6.2 ms
100% Response Time
14.2 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Fast

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

Overall, the 32GK650F-B has a fast response time, but some transitions are very long, including the 0-20% transition, which may cause noticeable ghosting in darker areas on screen. Like most monitors, the level of overdrive can be changed, and this model has 4 settings. We recommend the 'Fast' setting, as it delivers the best overall performance with little overshoot. The 'Faster' setting is slightly faster, but there is significant overshoot in many transitions.

9.0
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

By default, the 32GK650F-B is completely flicker-free. When displaying at 120Hz or 144Hz, though, there is an option to introduce flicker in order to improve the appearance of motion. This does result in a noticeably darker photo, though, as seen in the photo above.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

This monitor has an excellent 144Hz refresh rate, but no factory overclock. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card. When connected via DisplayPort, the 32GK650F has an excellent VRR range, but unfortunately, it has a limited range over HDMI, and FreeSync only works up to 100Hz. There are two VRR modes: 'Basic' and 'Extended'. The 'Basic' mode has a limited range, and only works between 120 and 144Hz.

There is a G-SYNC variant of this model, known as the 32GK650G-B. We don't know if it performs the same.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.9 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.3 ms
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
7.7 ms

The LG 32GK650F-B has outstanding low input lag, even when FreeSync or BFI are enabled. Console gaming at 60Hz also delivers very low input lag.

8.5
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density 93 PPI
Screen Diagonal 31.6 inches
Screen Area 428 sq inches

The 32", 1440p screen is great for multitasking, as it provides a great deal of screen real estate to work with.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
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

There is a 3.5mm analog audio out port, with adjustable volume through the monitor's OSD. Unlike the 32GK850G-B, there is no built-in USB hub.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple input display
No

This monitor has very few additional features. Like many gaming monitors, it has an option to add virtual crosshairs to any game. There is also a 'Black Stabilizer' feature, which increases the gamma in dark scenes to make it easier to spot other players hiding in the shadows. Unlike the 32GK850G-B, there is no RGB bias-lighting feature.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The physical controls of this monitor consist of a single joystick control located underneath the bottom bezel, in the center of the screen. They work well, and the OSD is easy to navigate.

Features
In The Box

  • User Guide
  • Power Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 32" 32GK650F, which is the only size available. It's also available with G-SYNC support instead of FreeSync; that model is known as the 32GK650G-B. There are other models in LG's UltraGear lineup, some of which are listed down below.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their 32GK650F 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
32GK850F-B 32" 1440p 144Hz FreeSync
32GK850G-B 32" 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC
34GK950F-B 34" 3440x1440 144Hz FreeSync, HDR
34GK950G-B 34" 3440x1440 120Hz G-SYNC

The 32GK650F we reviewed was manufactured in March 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: LG 32GK850G. Middle: LG 32GK650F. Right: Dell S3219D.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG 32GK650-B is a great budget gaming monitor, but has a few flaws, so there are better monitors for the same price. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best budget monitors, and the best monitors for coding.

LG 32GK850G-B
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The LG 32GK850G-B and the LG 32GK650F-B deliver very similar performance overall, but the 32GK650F supports FreeSync, whereas the 32GK850G-B supports G-SYNC. The 32GK850G-B has a much faster response time, but no black frame insertion feature. The 32GK850G-B has an RGB bias lighting feature on the back.

Samsung CHG70
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The Samsung CHG70 is much better than the LG 32GK650F-B for most uses and is a bit better for gaming. The CHG70 supports HDR, has much better gradient handling, and has better reflection handling. The CHG70 also has a faster response time, with less noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

ASUS TUF VG32VQ
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The ASUS TUF VG32VQ is a bit better than the LG 32GK650F-B. The VG32VQ supports HDR and has much better gradient handling, with significantly less banding in areas of similar color. The LG, on the other hand, has better black uniformity, so it's a slightly better choice for users in a dark room.

LG 34GK950F-B
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The LG 34GK950F-B and the LG 32GK650F-B use different panel technologies, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The 34" model uses an IPS panel, with much wider viewing angles, and it has a wide format aspect ratio, which some people prefer. The 32" model has a VA panel, which looks better in a dark room.

BenQ EW3270U
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The BenQ EW3270U is a bit better for mixed usage, but the LG 32GK650F-B is much better for gaming. The EW3270U supports HDR, although this doesn't add much, and it has much better gradient handling. The EW3270U also has a higher resolution screen. For gaming, though, the LG 32GK650F-B is much better. The LG has a much faster refresh rate, lower input lag, and an optional black frame insertion feature.

Dell S3219D
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The LG 32GK650F-B is better than the Dell S3219D. The LG has better ergonomics but slightly worse viewing angles. The LG is also much better for gaming, with lower input lag, an optional black frame insertion feature, and a much faster refresh rate. On the other hand, the Dell S3219D is much better at displaying gradients.

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