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LG 32GQ950-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Aug 25, 2022 at 10:29 am
LG 32GQ950-B Picture
8.2
Mixed Usage
8.2
Office
8.8
Gaming
7.6
Media Consumption
8.4
Media Creation
7.1
HDR
Size
32"
Resolution
3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
160Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

The LG 32GQ950-B is a 32-inch 4k monitor with a fast 160Hz refresh rate. It's part of LG's UltraGear lineup of gaming monitors, which have a great selection of gaming features. It's an updated version of the LG 27GP950-B, with a few improvements, including a new Advanced True Wide Polarizer, but it features a larger screen and isn't a direct replacement. It's one of the few monitors on the market that supports the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, making it a great choice for PS5 or Xbox Series X gamers.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

The LG 32GQ950 is a great monitor for most uses. It's amazing for gaming, with low input lag, a superb response time, and a great selection of gaming features. The large, high-resolution screen is great for office users or media creators. It has great accuracy out of the box and a superb SDR color gamut, making it a great choice for anyone who relies on accurate colors. Sadly, it's not a great choice for watching videos in a dark room or for HDR content, as it has a low contrast ratio, mediocre black uniformity, and a bad local dimming feature.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Very good peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
8.2 Office

The LG 32GQ950 is a great choice for office users. The large, high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, as you can comfortably work with multiple windows open at once, and it delivers exceptionally clear text. You can easily place it in an ideal viewing position thanks to its decent ergonomics, so you don't have to buy a mounting arm. Sadly, it has disappointing reflection handling, but this isn't an issue in most rooms as it still gets bright enough to overcome glare.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Very good gray uniformity.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
  • Very good peak brightness in SDR.
  • Large, high-resolution screen.
Cons
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
8.8 Gaming

The LG 32GQ950 is an amazing gaming monitor. It has excellent low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, and its fast refresh rate delivers superb motion handling, with almost no distracting blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has a great selection of gaming features, including support for both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rates. Both of its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, ensuring it can take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Pros
  • Superb response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for PS5 and Xbox Series X gaming.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
7.6 Media Consumption

The LG 32GQ950 is good for watching videos. The large, high-resolution screen and wide viewing angles are great for watching videos with a few people, and it delivers a more immersive movie-watching experience. Despite its disappointing reflection handling, glare isn't an issue in a bright room, thanks to its very good peak brightness. Sadly, it's not a good choice for a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio, mediocre black uniformity, and a bad local dimming feature, so there's considerable blooming around bright objects with local dimming enabled.

Pros
  • Very good gray uniformity.
  • Very good peak brightness in SDR.
  • Large, high-resolution screen.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
  • Bad edge-lit local dimming feature.
8.4 Media Creation

The LG 32GQ950 is an impressive monitor for media creators. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easy to see more of your workflow at once, and the wide viewing angle ensures the sides of the screen remain uniform if you're sitting close to the screen. It has decent ergonomic adjustments, so you can easily adjust the screen to an ideal viewing position, but it doesn't swivel, so you have to turn the entire screen to show it to someone else. It has great accuracy out of the box and a superb SDR color gamut, which is great for content creators.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Very good gray uniformity.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
  • Large, high-resolution screen.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Disappointing reflection handling.
7.1 HDR

The LG 32GQ950 delivers a decent HDR experience overall. It has an excellent HDR color gamut and great color volume, so colors are bright, vibrant, and lifelike. It also has impressive peak brightness in HDR, and most content is displayed at the brightness level the content creator intended. Sadly, it has a low contrast ratio and a bad local dimming feature, so bright highlights don't stand out very well, and there's significant blooming in dark scenes with local dimming enabled.

Pros
  • Displays a wide range of colors in HDR.
  • Impressive peak brightness in HDR.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Bad edge-lit local dimming feature.
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Office
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 7.6 Media Consumption
  • 8.4 Media Creation
  • 7.1 HDR
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 23, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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

The LG 32GQ950 has a slightly understated design from the front. The stand is slim but wide, and it takes up a lot of space. It has thin bezels on three sides, but unfortunately, there's a large gap of dead space between the side and top bezels and the first pixels, which is a bit distracting.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG 32GQ950 has good build quality overall. It feels a bit better built than previous LG UltraGear monitors, like the LG 27GP950-B. It's quite a bit thicker than most LG monitors, and it's very heavy. The base is sturdy and feels strong, and even though the back is made of plastic, it feels good.

7.1
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-15° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The LG 32GQ950 has decent ergonomics. It has an excellent height adjustment and an okay tilt range, so it's easy to place it in an ideal viewing position. It doesn't swivel, and you can only rotate to portrait orientation in one direction, so the inputs will always be on the top.

The back of the monitor has a textured finish that gives it a definite gamer aesthetic. It has a hexagon RGB bias-lighting system, which you can customize to your liking. There's a hook on the back of the monitor for basic cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
22.0" (55.8 cm)
Base Depth
7.1" (18.0 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.8" (19.9 cm)
Weight (With Display)
25.3 lbs (11.5 kg)

The stand is wide, but there's a lot of space between the legs, so you can still place other things in front of the monitor. There's a bit of wobble, but the stand supports the monitor well, and it stabilizes quickly.

Design
Display
Size
32"
Housing Width
28.3" (72.0 cm)
Housing Height
16.6" (42.1 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.2" (5.6 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
21.3 lbs (9.7 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (1.1 cm)
Design
Controls

You use the easy-to-use joystick control under the front bezel of the monitor to navigate the OSD.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • Power cord
  • Power supply
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B cable
  • Mouse holder
  • User guide

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
982 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
991 : 1

The LG 32GQ950 has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. Unfortunately, the edge-lit local dimming feature is ineffective at boosting contrast with most content.

3.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

Unfortunately, the LG 32GQ950's local dimming feature is bad. It's edge-lit, with 32 zones in two rows, so each zone covers a relatively large portion of the screen. Due to the large size of each zone, any object on the screen causes a large area of the screen to light up, resulting in significant blooming. The local dimming feature does very little with real content, as most scenes cause the entire screen to light up. On the other hand, there's barely any black crush, with very little loss of fine details in some scenes.

There are three different settings for the local dimming feature. Adjusting this setting adjusts how quickly the backlight reacts to fast-moving objects, but the difference between settings isn't very noticeable. The 'Faster' setting delivers the best results overall, but zone transitions can be very distracting with this setting, especially in very dark scenes with small, bright objects. Lower settings average out the backlight across more zones, which is a bit more distracting in very dark scenes, but the zone transitions aren't as noticeable.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
332 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
363 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
366 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
366 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
367 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
367 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
362 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
366 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
366 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
366 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
367 cd/m²
ABL
0.001
Minimum Brightness
14 cd/m²

The LG 32GQ950 has very good peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, despite its disappointing reflection handling. There's very little variation in brightness with different scenes, and enabling or disabling local dimming makes no noticeable difference in the peak brightness.

These measurements are from after calibration in the 'Gamer 1' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max, and Local Dimming set to 'Faster'.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 1000
Real Scene
558 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
868 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,007 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,099 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,086 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
1,126 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
862 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
999 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
601 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
610 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
615 cd/m²
ABL
0.032

The LG 32GQ950-B has impressive peak brightness in HDR. It's bright enough to deliver an impactful gaming experience in HDR, and it's bright enough that even most video content looks close to the content creator's intent. Unfortunately, it can't maintain a high brightness level with large, bright scenes, and there's a significant decrease in brightness over time. The PQ EOTF follows the target curve perfectly until the peak brightness, where there's a gradual roll-off, ensuring bright highlights aren't crushed at all.

These measurements are in the 'Gamer 1' Picture Mode with HDR enabled, Local Dimming set to 'Faster', and Brightness set to max.

7.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
39°
Color Washout From Right
36°
Color Shift From Left
51°
Color Shift From Right
55°
Brightness Loss From Left
42°
Brightness Loss From Right
41°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
42°
Gamma Shift From Right
39°

This monitor has a good horizontal viewing angle. The image remains consistent even if you're viewing it from the side, and the sides of the screen remain uniform even if you're sitting too close to it. The new ATW polarizer is supposed to improve contrast when viewed at an angle, but it doesn't make any measurable difference compared to the LG 27GP950-B.

8.3
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
36°
Color Washout From Above
34°
Color Shift From Below
59°
Color Shift From Above
68°
Brightness Loss From Below
37°
Brightness Loss From Above
36°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
68°
Gamma Shift From Above
65°

The LG 32GQ950-B has a great vertical viewing angle. The image remains consistent even if you're sharing the screen with someone standing beside you or if you decide to mount it above eye level.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.884%
50% DSE
0.135%

This monitor has very good gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, but there's very little dirty screen effect. It's great for watching or playing sports or for anything with large areas of uniform color, including when browsing the web.

6.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.291%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
6.102%

The LG 32GQ950-B has mediocre black uniformity. With local dimming disabled, the screen is cloudy throughout, and there's some distracting backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges. Enabling local dimming reduces cloudiness in dark areas of the screen, but due to the limited number of dimming zones, it's not very effective.

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
103.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.87
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,123 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.40
Color dE (Avg.)
2.84
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Brightness Setting
50
Measured Brightness
211 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The LG 32GQ950-B has great accuracy out of the box. Color accuracy is good, and the sRGB mode limits colors to the sRGB color space, ensuring they're not over-saturated. The white balance is just okay, though, and brighter shades of gray are noticeably off. The color temperature is cold, giving the image a blue tint, and gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve well, as most scenes are darker than they should be.

Unfortunately, the sRGB mode locks you out of most picture settings. The Gamer 1 Picture Mode is the best alternative, but that results in a less accurate image as the colors are significantly over-saturated and the color temperature is even colder.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.0%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.61
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,419 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.36
Contrast Setting
68
RGB Settings
51-49-48
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Brightness Setting
26
Measured Brightness
99 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The LG 32GQ950-B has outstanding accuracy after calibration. Gamma follows the sRGB gamma curve well, ensuring everything displays at the correct brightness levels. Colors and the white balance are nearly perfect, and any remaining issues aren't noticeable. Unlike the vast majority of monitors, this monitor supports hardware calibration through LG's Calibration Studio, so you can enjoy an accurate image from any source, even if the source doesn't support ICC profiles.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.5%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
88.3%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 32GQ950-B has a superb color gamut in SDR. It covers the entire sRGB color space and has great coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
91.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 32GQ950-B has fantastic color volume in SDR. It fills out the sRGB and the Adobe RGB color spaces well. Its biggest issue is that it can't display dark, saturated colors very well due to its low contrast ratio.

8.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
94.6%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
68.9%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 32GQ950-B has an excellent HDR color gamut. It has nearly complete coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by the vast majority of HDR content. Unfortunately, it has poor coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

8.4
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
85.3%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
70.7%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 32GQ950-B has great color volume in HDR. Colors are bright and vibrant, ensuring HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It's mainly limited by its incomplete color gamut in the Rec. 2020 color space. Due to its low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well.

5.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-Gloss
Total Reflections
8.6%
Indirect Reflections
4.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.8%

Unfortunately, the LG 32GQ950 has disappointing reflection handling. The semi-gloss coating doesn't do much to reduce the intensity of direct reflections. Thankfully, it has very good peak brightness, so you can still overcome glare by increasing the brightness.

9.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The LG 32GQ950-B delivers exceptionally clear text thanks to its high pixel density. Even in apps that aren't compatible with Windows ClearType settings (bottom photo), text is sharp and easy to read.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The LG 32GQ950-B has remarkable gradient handling. There's almost no banding in areas of similar color.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
160 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
160 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
160 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
144 Hz

The LG 32GQ950-B has a fast refresh rate, delivering clear motion when gaming and a smooth desktop experience. It has an optional overclock to 160Hz, but unfortunately, it doesn't work with all devices and doesn't work consistently. We couldn't enable the overclock with our Radeon PCs, and on NVIDIA cards, it was occasionally unstable. In macOS, you're limited to 144Hz, and if you have an older graphics card that doesn't support display stream compression (DSC), the maximum refresh rate is 120Hz.

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

The LG 32GQ950-B supports AMD's FreeSync Premium Pro variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, but it's also certified to work with recent NVIDIA graphics cards over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

9.3
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.2 ms
Total Response Time
5.8 ms
Overshoot Error
0.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.6 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
8.3 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
3.6%

Response Time at 160Hz:

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

Response Time at 144Hz:

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

The LG 32GQ950-B has a superb response time at both 160Hz, with the optional overclock enabled, and at 144Hz on devices that don't support it. In both cases, the 'Normal' overdrive mode delivers the best results, with a very quick response time and no noticeable overshoot. The 'Fast' setting has a slightly faster rise/fall time, but there's more noticeable overshoot. Like most monitors, the fastest setting, 'Faster', has significantly more overshoot than the lower settings, but with real content, the overshoot isn't very noticeable. It's also one of the first monitors to be certified under VESA's new ClearMR certification program, receiving a ClearMR 6000 tier certification.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.4 ms
Total Response Time
7.4 ms
Overshoot Error
1.6%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.7 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
11.5 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
6.0%

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

The response time at 120Hz is fantastic, and almost as good as at 144Hz or the max refresh rate. Motion is incredibly clear, with very little overshoot in the 'Normal' mode and almost no blur behind fast-moving objects.

8.3
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
11.8 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
5.8 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
17.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

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

The 60Hz response time is great. There's more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects and more persistent blur due to the longer frame hold time. At 60Hz, the recommended overdrive setting is 'Off', as higher settings have more noticeable overshoot. If you prefer a single overdrive setting that performs well at all refresh rates, 'Normal' is a good alternative when gaming at 60Hz, and it's the best setting for higher refresh rates.

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

Unfortunately, the LG 32GQ950 doesn't have an option to introduce backlight strobing to improve motion clarity.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
>1000 Hz

The backlight is nearly flicker-free at all backlight levels. It doesn't use pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, but there's a high-frequency flicker pattern with a brightness setting of '29' or lower. It flickers at about 1282Hz below that setting, which isn't noticeable and likely won't bother people sensitive to flicker.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
4.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.4 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The LG 32GQ950-B has low input lag, delivering a responsive gaming or desktop experience.

9.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
8.3 MP
Pixel Density
139 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
31.6"
Screen Area
426 in²
10
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This monitor is fully compatible with the PS5. The PS5 doesn't officially support 1440p yet, as the firmware update that enables it is still in a closed beta test. We'll retest this as soon as the firmware update has been released to the general public.

10
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 can take full advantage of almost everything the Xbox Series S and X have to offer. 1440p @ 60Hz requires a forced resolution on the Xbox, though, by using the HDMI Override settings. Unfortunately, this means that variable refresh rate support isn't available with a 1440p @ 60Hz signal, but 120Hz works fine, so it's not really an issue. Like all monitors, it doesn't support Dolby Vision gaming.

Inputs
Inputs Photos

The headphone jack is located on the bottom bezel, so it's a lot easier to access than previous LG UltraGear monitors.

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
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
Inputs
macOS Compatibility

Unfortunately, the optional overclock doesn't work with MacBooks. Everything else works fine, though, and there are no issues with the variable refresh rate feature or HDR. When waking up a MacBook from sleep, windows return to their original position, but not if you just closed the lid.

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

The LG 32GQ950-B has a few extra features, including:

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

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

The LG 32GQ950 has a very similar interface to other LG UltraGear monitors released around the same time, including the LG 27GP950-B. It's well-organized and easy to navigate.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the LG 32GQ950-B monitor, which is part of LG's UltraGear gaming lineup. There are many other monitors in LG's UltraGear lineup with various configurations, some of which you can see in the table below. As they each have different specs, this review isn't valid for any of the other models.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate HDMI 2.1
34GP950G 34" IPS 3440 x 1440 180Hz No
34GP83A-B 34" IPS 3440 x 1440 160Hz No
32GP850-B 32" IPS 2560 x 1440 180Hz No
27GP950-B 27" IPS 3840 x 2160 160Hz Yes
32GQ950-B 32" IPS 3840 x 2160 160Hz Yes
27GP850-B 27" IPS 2560 x 1440 180Hz No

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their LG 32GQ950 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

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

Compared To Other Monitors

The LG 32GQ950 is an amazing gaming monitor. It gets brighter than most similar monitors on the market; however, the lack of a full array or Mini LED backlight is disappointing and prevents it from delivering an impactful HDR experience. It's a great monitor, but there are much better alternatives available if you're willing to spend a bit more, including the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75.

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

Gigabyte M32U

The LG 32GQ950-B is a bit better than the Gigabyte M32U. The LG has a higher max refresh rate through an optional overclock, and it delivers better motion handling at all refresh rates, with less blur behind fast-moving objects. The LG also has full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports, whereas the Gigabyte relies on compression to achieve the highest formats. This isn't an issue for most sources, but the LG looks a bit better on sources that don't support the latest display stream compression format, including the PS5.

LG 27GP950-B

The LG 27GP950-B and the LG 32GQ950-B deliver a very similar experience overall. The newer 32GQ950 has a larger screen, and it delivers a slightly faster response time, with less overshoot in the best mode. The 32GQ950 also has an updated design and feels better built, but overall, there's very little difference between the two.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is slightly better than the LG 32GQ950-B. The Samsung has much better contrast and a significantly better local dimming feature, resulting in better dark scene performance with less blooming around bright objects. On the other hand, the LG has better motion performance, as the Samsung shows significantly more smearing behind some transitions, and the LG has a much wider viewing angle, whereas the Samsung relies on an aggressive curve to keep the sides of the screen in your field of view.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is a bit better than the LG 32GQ950-B. The Samsung has a higher refresh rate, delivering a smoother gaming experience and a sharper image, but there's a bit more black smear behind fast-moving objects. The Samsung looks way better in a dark room, as it has a significantly better local dimming feature, better contrast, and better black uniformity.

Sony INZONE M9

The LG 32GQ950-B is a bit better than the Sony INZONE M9. The LG has a faster response time, with no noticeable overshoot at the max refresh rate. The LG also has a better stand, with a wider range of ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it to an ideal viewing position. On the other hand, the Sony gets a bit brighter in SDR and has much better reflection handling, so if you're planning on using it for office work in a bright environment, the Sony is a bit better.

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