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LG 27GN950-B 4K 144Hz Monitor Review: One Fast Pixel Mover

One of the fastest 4K monitors we've ever tested

LG 27GN950-B
Editor's Choice
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Viewing Angles

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IPS viewing angles are the order of the day for the 27GN950-B. The side angle shows an obvious green tint with a small reduction in brightness. Detail remains visible in the darker steps. The top view shows a blue shift, but detail is better than average with only a slight drop in gamma and brightness. This is a little better than most IPS panels we’ve tested.

Screen Uniformity

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LG 27GN950-B

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None of the screens here have perfect uniformity; they all have some visible issues, but the 27GN950-B comes out on top with only slight hotspots in the corners. They can just be seen when all room lights are off, and a black field pattern is displayed. We couldn’t see any issues in real-world content. Color uniformity also showed no visible aberrations.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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The LG 27GN950-B ties for the fastest 4K monitor we’ve tested. Though it posts the same 7ms response time as nearly all 144 Hz panels, it has lower input lag than all but the XG27UQ. Only the 240 Hz Samsung can beat it in a twitch contest. Even at the 110-120 fps speeds we were able to play at, we never saw a moment’s hesitation in any control input. The overdrive and Adaptive-Sync combine to provide perfect video processing that is almost completely blur-free.

  • CXB
    The most recent firmware to the LG 27GN950-B pushes the display rate to 160Hz at 4k (the firmware takes a nervous 30+ minutes to load)
    A very nice monitor, well-suited to DisplayPort, DSC and the new graphics cards coming out (I was lucky to bag an RTX3070)
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  • Wanderingm00se
    Honestly, if this had an HDMI 2.1 it would have been an instant buy for me running this well. Maybe a refresh next year will have it. Got a series X as video card prices in Canada are insane right now if available and consoles are almost readily available and are cheaper than US pricing after conversion.
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  • tomy_12
    I heard with this monitor cannot cancel the option that the monitor will go to deep sleep, is kind of big let down when the monitor fall a sleep and can't wake up. I don't want my monitor to fall a sleep, I can make the pc set to sleep mode alone. would be nice if you can mention it in the review.
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  • CXB
    Well, you may have heard that, but I've just left my PC and my LG 27GN950 alone for 4 hours, and as soon as I hit my space bar on the keyboard, everything just woke up where it had left off.

    What I do find is that sometimes, with a second monitor, the GPU gets in a twist. But that's not a problem related to this monitor.
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