LG 32GN50T-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Dec 07, 2020 at 10:58 am
LG 32GN50T-B Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
6.8
Office
7.9
Gaming
7.1
Multimedia
7.0
Media Creation
6.9
HDR Gaming
Size 32"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
Adaptive Sync

The LG UltraGear 32GN50T-B is a good budget gaming monitor. It delivers a smooth and responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, quick response time, and high refresh rate. It has FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to minimize screen tearing. Its VA panel can produce deep blacks, making it ideal for dark rooms, and it performs well in bright rooms too due to its great peak brightness. Sadly, while it has a large 32 inch screen that provides more immersion and space for multitasking, its 1080p resolution results in a fairly low pixel density, so it doesn't produce the sharpest images or text. Also, it only allows for tilt adjustment, and it has narrow viewing angles that make images look inaccurate from the sides.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The LG 32GN50T is a decent monitor overall. It has a large screen to deliver an immersive gaming experience, and it has great motion handling, making it a good choice for gaming. However, it has a low pixel density that makes it less suitable for work, as text looks a bit blurry, and the image might not be sharp enough for content creators. It has a great contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, but it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to deliver a good HDR experience.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Large screen.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Low pixel density.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
6.8 Office

The LG 32GN50T is okay for office use. It handles reflections decently well and gets bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions. It has a large screen that allows you to open multiple windows side-by-side, but text clarity is mediocre due to its low pixel density. Its terrible ergonomics make it hard to adjust the screen to your optimal viewing position, and its narrow viewing angles aren't ideal if you need to share your work with colleagues.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Large screen.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Low pixel density.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
7.9 Gaming

The LG 32GN50T is a good gaming monitor. It has exceptionally low input lag, quick response time, and a 165Hz refresh rate, resulting in smooth and responsive gameplay. It's compatible with both FreeSync and G-SYNC to reduce screen tearing. It has a large screen to deliver great immersion, but it doesn't produce the sharpest image due to its low pixel density. Viewing angles are sub-par and ergonomics are terrible, so it isn't the best choice if you want to play co-op games.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • Quick response time.
  • VRR support.
Cons
  • Low pixel density.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
7.1 Multimedia

The LG 32GN50T is decent for media consumption. It has a large 32 inch screen that feels immersive, but images aren't as sharp due to its low pixel density. It has a high contrast ratio that makes it ideal for dark room viewing, and it gets bright enough to provide good visibility in well-lit environments. Unfortunately, it has terrible ergonomics and narrow viewing angles, so it isn't the best option for sharing content.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Large screen.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Low pixel density.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
7.0 Media Creation

The LG 32GN50T is decent for content creation. It has an excellent SDR color gamut and good accuracy out of the box. Its 32 inch screen allows you to work comfortably, but it has a 1080p resolution that results in a low pixel density, so images aren't as sharp. It has narrow viewing angles and terrible ergonomics, which isn't ideal if you need to show your work to coworkers or clients.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Large screen.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Low pixel density.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
6.9 HDR Gaming

The LG 32GN50T is decent for gaming in HDR. It delivers a good gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, fast response time, and high refresh rate. However, HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR because it can't display a wide color gamut, lacks local dimming, and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • Quick response time.
  • VRR support.
Cons
  • Low pixel density.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Can't display wide color gamut.
  • Doesn't get bright enough for HDR.
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Office
  • 7.9 Gaming
  • 7.1 Multimedia
  • 7.0 Media Creation
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 1/20/2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to '0.0'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.0 lbs (5.9 kg)

The LG 32GN50T has a simple design with a red and black color scheme, similar to other monitors in the UltraGear lineup. It has thin borders on three sides with a chunkier bottom bezel. The wide V-shaped stand doesn't take up too much space, but it's noticeably cheaper than the stand on higher-end models like the LG 27GN950-B.

Design
Stand
Width
18.7" (47.5 cm)
Depth
8.9" (22.5 cm)

The stand is relatively wide, but the feet are thin and don't take up much desk space. It's entirely plastic and wobbles a lot. Also, you can't remove the stand completely. Part of the column and the feet come off, but a small piece remains permanently attached to the display.

1.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -12.5° to 7.5°

Update 01/20/2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to '0.0'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

The LG 32GN50T has terrible ergonomics; it only allows for tilt adjustment.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The airflow vents are arranged in a circle on the back and the rest is plain. Unfortunately, there's no cable management or quick-release feature. You can VESA-mount it, but there's always a small piece of the stand that remains attached to the display.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting, great for multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
10.4" (26.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
3.0" (7.7 cm)

Both the stand and the display are thin, but as mentioned, a piece of the stand remains permanently attached to the screen even if you VESA-mount it.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG 32GN50T's build quality is okay, similar to the LG 24GL600F. It's entirely made out of plastic, with the back feeling somewhat flimsy. The stand doesn't seem strong enough to hold such a big display and wobbles a lot. That said, the overall construction is alright, and there aren't any obvious gaps.

Picture Quality
8.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4004 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The LG 32GN50T has a great contrast ratio and can produce deep blacks, making it a good choice for dark rooms. It's higher than the advertised 3000:1; however, contrast can vary between individual units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The LG 32GN50T doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
345 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
362 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
362 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
363 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The LG 32GN50T has great SDR peak brightness, brighter than the advertised 300 cd/m². It's remarkably consistent across different content and bright enough to fight glare in most lighting conditions.

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

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
361 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
377 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
379 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
379 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
379 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
379 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
375 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
377 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
377 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
377 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
377 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

The HDR peak brightness is okay. Just like in SDR, it's very consistent, but it's only slightly brighter and not enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience.

We measured the HDR peak brightness with the HDR Mode set to 'On' and Brightness set to max. The screen's brightness is automatically locked to max in HDR mode.

5.8
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
28 °
Color Washout From Right
29 °
Color Shift From Left
49 °
Color Shift From Right
52 °
Brightness Loss From Left
28 °
Brightness Loss From Right
29 °
Black Level Raise From Left
13 °
Black Level Raise From Right
14 °
Gamma Shift From Left
25 °
Gamma Shift From Right
22 °

Like most VA panels, the LG 32GN50T has sub-par horizontal viewing angles. You lose image accuracy almost as soon as you move off-center, which isn't ideal if you want to share content or play co-op games. If you want a VA panel monitor with better viewing angles, check out the Dell S2721HGF.

5.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
25 °
Color Washout From Above
29 °
Color Shift From Below
39 °
Color Shift From Above
49 °
Brightness Loss From Below
26 °
Brightness Loss From Above
30 °
Black Level Raise From Below
11 °
Black Level Raise From Above
12 °
Gamma Shift From Below
16 °
Gamma Shift From Above
19 °

Sub-par vertical viewing angles. This makes the image look inaccurate if you have the monitor mounted above eye level.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.674 %
50% DSE
0.122 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.456 %
5% DSE
0.078 %

Our LG 32GN50T-B has great gray uniformity; however, this can vary between units. It's a little darker at the edges, particularly at the sides, but the dirty screen effect is pretty minimal. Uniformity is much better in dark scenes.

6.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.911 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is mediocre; however, this can vary between units. There's backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges, and the sides are a lighter shade of blue/gray.

7.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Luminance
380 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Color Temperature
7068 K
White Balance dE
2.87
Color dE
2.63
Gamma
2.09

The LG 32GN50T-B has good accuracy out of the box. Most color and white balance inaccuracies are hard to spot with the naked eye. The cold color temperature gives the image a blueish tint, and gamma doesn't follow the curve all that well, causing most scenes to appear brighter than they should. Note that accuracy can vary between individual units.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
14
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
49-50-47
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Color Temperature
6462 K
White Balance dE
1.07
Color dE
0.81
Gamma
2.18

Accuracy is exceptional after calibration. Most color inaccuracies shouldn't be visible without the aid of a colorimeter, except for blue, which is typical for LCDs. White balance is a lot better, and the color temperature is much closer to our 6500k target. Gamma is also better, but some dark and bright scenes are still too bright.

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.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
78.1 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG UltraGear 32GN50T has an excellent SDR color gamut. It covers the common-used sRGB color space almost entirely, a little higher than the advertised 95% coverage. It has good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used mostly for photo editing.

We measured the SDR color gamut after calibration in the 'Gamer 1' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to 'Mode 2', Color Temperature set to 'Custom', and Brightness set to max.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.9 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
85.5 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The SDR color volume is outstanding. However, it has some trouble displaying dark, saturated colors despite its high contrast ratio. It also has difficulty with bright blues, but that's typical for LCDs.

We measured the SDR color volume after calibration in the 'Gamer 1' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to 'Mode 2', Color Temperature set to 'Custom', and Brightness set to max.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.0 %
Rec. 2020 xy
56.6 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

The LG 32GN50T can't display a wide color gamut. It has good coverage of the DCI P3 color space used for most HDR content, but its Rec. 2020 coverage is sub-par.

Our measurement of the DCI P3 coverage is likely lower than other reviews due to how we measure it. We measure it by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.

6.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
71.0 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
52.1 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

The HDR color volume is mediocre, mainly due to its limited color gamut. It has trouble displaying both very dark and very bright colors.

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 image retention on this monitor; however, this can vary between units.

8.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The LG 32GN50T has excellent gradient handling. There's only some minor banding in the reds, greens, and blues.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.044 %

There's a tiny amount of vertical color bleed, but this isn't visible in regular content.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
3.0 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.5 %

The LG 32GN50T has decent reflection handling. It should be fine for most rooms, but it's best to avoid placing it opposite bright light sources.

6.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The LG 32GN50T has mediocre text clarity. It's mainly due to its low pixel density, which is also the reason that the S is cut off in our photo, as we can't zoom in enough to show the pixels and fit in the S. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) makes diagonal lines look better, such as on the R and N.

Motion
8.2
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
6.7 ms
Total Response Time
13.6 ms
Overshoot Error
1.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
16.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Table Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Fast Chart Table Photo
Faster Chart Table Photo

The LG UltraGear 32GN50T has great response time at its max refresh rate. Images look relatively clear in fast-moving scenes, but there's some black smearing. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Fast' because it provides the best performance while keeping overshoot at an acceptable level.

7.8
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
6.4 ms
Total Response Time
16.4 ms
Overshoot Error
4.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
6.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
17.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
5.1 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Table Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Fast Chart Table Photo
Faster Chart Table Photo

The response time at 60Hz is good. The image is blurrier than at max refresh rate, but there's less smearing. The best overdrive setting is 'Normal' because the 'Fast' and 'Faster' options have too much overshot. This means that you may have to change the overdrive setting if your game's frame rate drops to 60fps.

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

The backlight is flicker-free at all backlight levels, which helps minimize image duplication and reduce eye strain.

6.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

The LG 32GN50T has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity. However, it only works within a fairly narrow range and can't be used simultaneously with VRR. Also, it makes the black smearing worse.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The LG UltraGear 32GN50T has a high refresh rate to deliver a smooth gaming experience. It supports FreeSync Premium to reduce screen tearing. It's certified as G-SYNC compatible as well, but it only works over a DisplayPort connection. The maximum refresh rate with a 10-bit signal over HDMI is 144Hz.

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