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LG 32UD59-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 23, 2018 at 04:56 pm
LG 32UD59-B Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office
7.8
Gaming
7.2
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
5.8
HDR Gaming
Size 32"
Resolution 3840x2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The LG 32UD59-B is a fairly large 4k monitor with decent picture quality and the ability to produce deep and fairly uniform dark scenes. Motion handling is good but the responsiveness of the monitor is limited by the standard 60Hz refresh rate. In a bright room, reflections may be distracting and the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

Above average monitor for a range of usages. The high native contrast ratio and high resolution of the 32" screen result in a very versatile monitor. Unfortunately, the picture quality is only decent and degrades when viewed at an angle. The ergonomic adjustments are also limited, which makes it less useful for sharing images with friends or coworkers.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.5 Office

Good for office use. The large screen and high resolution helps with multitasking, reading, or working on spreadsheets. Unfortunately ergonomic adjustments are very limited, and the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle so sharing images with coworkers can be more difficult. The picture quality is also only decent, and reflections are more distracting than with some other monitors.

See our Office recommendations
7.8 Gaming

Very good monitor for gamers. The response time is fast, resulting in only a short trail following moving objects which is great. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to flicker the backlight to clear up the monitor further, and the responsiveness is limited by the standard 60Hz refresh rate. The input lag is low, which is great, but picture quality is only decent.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.2 Multimedia

Decent TV for watching YouTube, movies or TV shows. Overall, picture quality is decent but when viewed in a dark room blacks appear deep and fairly uniform, which is good. The colors are also fairly accurate out of the box, which is good.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.3 Media Creation

Above average for creating or editing media. The high resolution makes it easier to work on high-quality images or video. The image quality is decent, but the LG 32UD59-B does support a decent amount of the Adobe RGB color space and is quite accurate out of the box. When working in a dark room, dark scenes appear deep which is good.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.8 HDR Gaming

This monitor doesn't support HDR. This is common for most monitors, as HDR is a relatively new feature for PCs. For an HDR monitor, see the Samsung CHG70.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office
  • 7.8 Gaming
  • 7.2 Multimedia
  • 7.3 Media Creation
  • 5.8 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Deep and uniform dark scenes
  • 4k resolution is great for multiple windows
  • Solid colors are uniform
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed from the side
  1. Update 1/17/2019: We tested the monitor's compatibility with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver. See our full investigation into NVIDIA's FreeSync Drivers here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
15.7 lbs (7.1 kg)

The design of the LG 32UD59-B is very good. Compared to the 27UD68P-B, it has a matte finish on the stand and bezel this time and it looks quite nice. It has limited ergonomic options but feels quite sturdy. If you plan on mounting it, you may have some issues to access the rear-facing connections at the back.

Design
Stand
Width
15.7" (39.9 cm)
Depth
8.7" (22.1 cm)

The stand of the LG 32UD59 is very similar to other LG monitors, like the 27UD58-B. It is very secure and sturdy. Compared to the 27UD68P-B and the 27UD58, this monitor has a glossy finish with a matte brushed look which should help reduce smudges and fingerprints.

4.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -20° to 0°

Like most other LG monitors we have reviewed, the LG 32UD59-B offers limited ergonomic options, which may make it difficult to find a comfortable viewing position. It does not rotate and can only tilt backward up to 20°.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is nearly identical to the smaller variant, the 27UD58-B. The ports on this monitor all face out so if you are planning on VESA mounting this monitor, you may have some issues with the connections. There is a bracket attached to the stand to help with cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.5" (1.3 cm)

The border of this monitor is quite thin at 0.5". There is almost no space between the edge of the bezel and the first pixels. The thin bezel makes this monitor a good choice for multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
5.6" (14.2 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
1.8" (4.6 cm)

The stand on this monitor is attached to the VESA mounting point instead of the bottom like most other LG monitors we have reviewed. This makes the stand appear bulkier than it is. Overall, it is quite thin and sits nicely against the wall.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the build quality is average. Like the 27UD58-B, this monitor is entirely made of plastic, including the stand. This shouldn't be an issue with normal use though.

Picture Quality
7.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2644 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Good contrast ratio for this LG monitor. With a contrast ratio of 2644:1, this monitor has some of the best contrast ratios for an LG monitor. Though still not as good as any VA TVs, the 32UD59-B blacks are deeper than on traditional IPS monitors, which is good if you are planning to use it in a darker environment.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The 32UD59-B does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

6.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
254 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
265 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
255 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
254 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
254 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
254 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
263 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.010

Average brightness for this LG monitor. Most users will find it is good enough, but if you have a lot of natural light, you might find it too dim.

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

The LG 32UD59-B does not support HDR.

5.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
44 °
Color Shift from Right
46 °
Brightness from Left
48 °
Brightness from Right
50 °
Black Level from Left
17 °
Black Level from Right
16 °
Curve Radius N/A

Poor viewing angle performance, typical of VA panels. Colors remain fairly bright and accurate up to 45°, but poor black levels beyond 16°. This monitor needs to be centered in your field of view at a decent distance. If you are viewing the monitor close up, the edges will be at a different viewing angle and will appear slightly different.

7.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
28 °
Color Shift from Above
34 °
Brightness from Below
37 °
Brightness from Above
44 °
Black Level from Below
29 °
Black Level from Above
29 °

Average vertical viewing angle. Colors remain accurate ± 32° and bright ± 40°. Black levels are decent whether you are looking from above or below. There should be no major issues if you are slightly off vertical axis for this monitor.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.206 %
50% DSE
0.138 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.504 %
5% DSE
0.079 %

Great gray uniformity for the LG 32UD59-B. Some uniformity issues can be noticed (bright edge near the left corners and some warmer vertical bands), but overall, the screen still is pretty even. Dirty screen effect is visible on some occasions, especially when there is a panning shot over a white surface, but it is not too distracting otherwise. This is great when viewing large uniform areas, such as browsing the web or watching YouTube.

Looking at the 5% gray test picture, the bright edges are a bit more evident, and are noticeable almost the full width of the monitor. Both sides are also a bit lighter than the center. Those issues are also visible on the black uniformity picture and are likely linked to the backlight bleed.

6.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.457 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is decent. Backlight bleed is visible near both left corners, but the rest of the monitor is free of severe backlight bleed and is fairly even, which is good for dark multimedia content such as when watching Netflix at night. This is a much better result than on the LG 27UD58-B.

7.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
231 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
90
Contrast Setting
70
RGB controls
Color Medium
Color Temperature
6866 K
White Balance dE
2.22
Color dE
3.49
Gamma
2.29

Color accuracy out of the box is good on the LG 32UD58-B. The color temperature is cool and has a slightly blue tint. White balance is good but the colors are slightly off with a worse-than-average color dE of 3.49. Gamma is close to our target of 2.2.

As for the other picture mode, you can use most of the game-centric picture mode as they all have good accuracy.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
14
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
46-49-51
Color Temperature
6589 K
White Balance dE
1.29
Color dE
0.89
Gamma
2.19

With only minor corrections to the settings, the monitor achieves near-perfect color results. Color dE improved considerably and white balance is almost unnoticeable. The gamma is almost spot on the target of 2.2.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.9 %
Adobe RGB xy
87.2 %

The LG 32UD59-B performs exceptionally well in the most common s.RGB color space. It covers most of the professional Adobe RGB colorspace but has some issues with whites, greens, and blues. This is good enough for typical use, but some professionals that work in the wider Adobe RGB gamut may be limited by the color gamut of this monitor.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
96.9 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
89.7 %

The LG 32UD59 has excellent color volume with nearly complete coverage in s.RGB and Adobe. The high contrast ratio allows the monitor to fill out the bottom of the volume well compared to most other IPS monitors, such as the 27UD68-P.

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

This monitor does not support HDR.

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

This monitor does not support HDR.

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 %

A perfect result on our image retention test, as no retention could be noticed even right after the bright 10 minutes static scene. This is a significant improvement over the IPS panel found in the 27UD68-P.

9.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The LG 32UD59-B does an outstanding job at displaying the gradient test image. Almost no banding is visible. As this monitor supports 10-bit input, no banding generally seen on an 8-bit monitor is visible. Overall, this is an excellent result.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.002 %

There is no horizontal bleed when large areas of uniform color are displayed. There is only a very slight vertical bleed, not noticeable under normal usage.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

The reflection handling of the LG 32UD59-B is decent. The semi-gloss finish diffuses reflections on the screen, which reduces their intensity but does produce some smearing of bright objects. This should be fine for most rooms, but in a bright room, it may be an issue.

Motion
8.2
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
6.2 ms
100% Response Time
15.4 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Slow

Response Time Off
Response Time Slow
Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

Fast pixel response time, good enough for fast moving content like video games. Most of the blur in the photo is due to 60 fps persistence; only a faint ghosting/smearing trail can be seen following the logo, which is great. 'Response Time Slow' is the most balanced overdrive setting; 'Normal' wasn't any faster overall and added noticeable overshoot.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The LG 32UD59 has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. Unfortunately, it does not have an optional flicker feature to clear up motion, but it's rare for a 60 Hz monitor to have this feature.

7.8
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Partial
VRR Maximum
60 Hz
VRR Minimum
40 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The monitor's 60 Hz native refresh rate is decent but not great; however, its FreeSync support is very helpful when gaming. The monitor has two FreeSync ranges: Extended (40-60 Hz) and Basic (48-60 Hz); we recommend using the Extended range unless you're experiencing problems in a game. Unfortunately, even the 'Extended' range's 40-60 Hz isn't a very wide range, which can be inconvenient.

Update 01/15/2019: We have retested the 32UD59 with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers. Like the 27UK650, the 'Extended' mode did not work, and was constantly tearing, but 'Basic' worked great.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
9.8 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
9.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
10.5 ms
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Great low input lag, good enough for all but the most competitive e-sports gamers. Most other 60 Hz monitors have similar input lag, such as the Dell U2715H, while many 144 Hz monitors have lower input lag because of their faster panel, such as the Samsung CHG70.

9.2
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 8.3 MP
Pixel Density 140 PPI
Screen Diagonal 31.5 inches
Screen Area 425 sq inches

The 32UD59 has a very sharp 4k resolution and a very large 32" size, which will impress during almost any usage, particularly during multitasking.

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

The LG 32UD59 has built-in speakers that get decently loud, though they sound a little muffled. The monitor also has some image processing features, such as 'Super Resolution+', which improves upscaling of lower resolutions, and 'Black Stabilizer', which changes the monitor's gamma curve to brighten or darken dark details like shadows, which can be useful for gaming.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The LG 32UD59-b uses a small joystick to control the OSD and act as the power button, like most other LG monitors. This joystick is actually a very intuitive way to navigate the OSD, far better than the typical four button system used by most monitors.

Features
In The Box

  • Manual and drivers
  • Power Brick
  • Power cord
  • HDMI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 32" model (32UD59-B). However, variants of the monitor exist in 27" (27UD58-B). It is also closely related to the 2018 model 32UD60-B, and HDR model 32UD99-W.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their 32UD59-B 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 Refresh rate Year Notes
27UD58-B 27" 60Hz 2016 Black variant
32UD59-B 32" 60Hz 2017 Black variant
32UD60-B 32" 60Hz 2018 Black variant
32UD99-W 32" 60Hz 2017 White variant. Supports HDR10

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: Samsung CHG70. Middle: LG 32UD59-B. Right: LG 29UM69G-B.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG 32UD59-B is an above-average monitor for a range of usages, and the 4k resolution is a bonus for productivity but for the price, there may be better choices depending on your specific usage. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors and the best 32 inch monitors.

BenQ EW3270U
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B&H

The BenQ EW3270U is slightly better than the LG 32UD59-B. The BenQ EW3270U supports HDR, whereas the LG 32UD59-B has a better ergonomics that allow you to place it in a comfortable working position with ease.

Samsung U32J590/UJ59
SEE PRICE
B&H

The LG 32UD59-B is better than the Samsung UJ590. The LG has a completely flicker-free backlight, and the stand has an adjustable height. The LG is also much brighter and has two full-bandwidth HDMI 2.0 ports that support 4k @ 60Hz.

LG 32UD99-W
SEE PRICE
B&H

The LG 32UD99 is much better than the LG 32UD59-B. The two monitors have a similar design, with a nearly identical frame and bezel, just a different color. The main difference between the two is due to the different panels; the UD59 uses a VA panel whereas the UD99 uses an IPS. The UD99 is brighter, has wider viewing angles, and supports HDR.

LG 27UK650-W
SEE PRICE
B&H

These two monitors have different panel types, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The LG 32UD59-B is larger and has a VA panel with a higher contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks in a dark room. The LG 27UK650-W has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, which is great for sharing your work. It has better ergonomics, so you can position it comfortably with ease, and it supports HDR.

LG 43UD79-B
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The LG 32UD59-B is better than the LG 43UD79, unless the larger screen is really important to you. The LG 32UD59-B has better ergonomics and can be more easily adjusted to a comfortable viewing position than the 43UD79, which has very little adjustments. The LG 32UD59-B has better motion handling, as the faster refresh rate produces less motion blur. The 43UD79 has wider viewing angles, which is important for a screen this size.

LG 32GK850G-B
SEE PRICE
B&H

The LG 32UD59-B is marginally better than the LG 32GK850G. The LG 32UD59-B has a better vertical viewing angle that helps keep the image more uniform when viewed from the top like in office environments. The 32UD59-B also supports a 4k resolution which allows it to display more content on the same size screen. On the other hand, the LG 32GK850G has better ergonomics that help you place it in a comfortable position with ease. The LG 32GK850G is better for gaming as it has a lower input lag, a faster refresh rate, and a faster pixel response time that only leaves a small blur trail.

LG 27UD68
Unavailable
B&H

The LG 27UD68P-B is somewhat better than the LG 32UD59-B, unless your main use is in a dark room. The LG 27UD68P-B has an IPS panel, which has wider viewing angles, whereas the 32UD59-B has a VA panel which has better contrast and better black uniformity, good for dark room viewing.

BenQ EL2870U
SEE PRICE
B&H

The LG 32UD59-B is better than the BenQ EL2870U. The LG has a larger screen, and the VA panel delivers better dark room performance. The LG also has a slightly more versatile stand, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. The EL2870U supports HDR, although this doesn't add much.

Samsung CHG70
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Samsung CHG70 is better than the LG 32UD59-B. The Samsung CHG70 has better ergonomics and is easier to position to your preference, and this is great for every usage. The Samsung has a local dimming feature, better color gamut, and support for HDR. At the same time, it has much better motion handling and is packed with gaming features so you'll enjoy gaming more on the Samsung. On the other hand, the LG 32UD59-B is marginally better for office as it has more screen area and can display more detail due to the higher resolution.

LG 34UC79G-B
SEE PRICE
B&H

The LG 34UC79G-B is slightly better than the LG 32UD59-B, unless dark room performance is a priority. The 34UC79G-B has an IPS panel, which has a higher native refresh rate and much wider viewing angles, as well as lower input lag. The LG 32UD59-B has a VA type panel, which has better dark room performance but worse viewing angles. It also has a higher native resolution.

Dell S3219D
Unavailable
B&H

The LG 32UD59-B is significantly better than the Dell S3219D. The LG has a better 4k resolution and can display more detail on your screen, and has a better out-of-the-box color accuracy. On the other hand, the Dell S3219D has a slightly higher refresh rate and marginally lower input lag, great for gaming.

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