LG 27EA83-D 27 Inch ColorPrime IPS LED WQHD Monitor Review

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Which top gaming monitor is right for you? I can only speak for myself. I don’t do well with conformity. I only do the Facebook thing because it’s practically mandatory for the type of work I do. It’s the same situation with Twitter. I love to game but I don’t own a console and I ride my bike more places than I drive.  Make no mistake, I’m no anarchist, rebel or malcontent. I’m just stubborn. When I find something I like, I stick with it. One of those is 4k display resolutions. I was turned on to 2560 x 1600 nearly 5 years ago and I have not looked back since. So when I hear things like “1080p is now the standard”, I have no idea who they’re talking about. “Standard?” For who? The commoner? And what of those who aim higher, game harder and most importantly do video and photo editing on a pro level?

For you LG has unleashed a monster upon the digital world. The 27 inch LG 27EA83-D ColorPrime is an IPS LED display, which talks a big talk with its Wide Quad High Definition resolution of 2560 x 1440 (effectively 1440p).  It proudly boasts a laundry list of features, which include several centered on color accuracy and rich graphic detail. We watched movies, edited photos, did some gaming and even tested the overclocking potential in LG’s newest 1440p darling.

The LG 27EA83-D display produces 100% of the sRGB color palette and an amazing 99% of the Adobe RGB for unprecedented and consistent image recreation. This is especially useful for designers, photographers, filmmakers and the like. It’s a 10-bit color display which can achieve and recreate more of the color spectrum than a traditional 8-bit monitor. It can swivel 90 degrees for portrait style viewing and comes with its own built-in scaler that works with an included software install of True Color ProSoftware. Application even supports hardware calibration (hardware calibrator sold separately). The 27EA83-D offers a couple more tricks. There is Dual Link support for connecting a total of 2 different devices, which can then share the screen’s wide real estate via a Picture-in-Picture option.  Likewise, a Split Screen application can be found on the included CD that quickly divides your screen up into four program windows in various ways to maximize your productivity.

Assembly is super simple. Just screw the base to the arm of the monitor and remove the inserted pin so the panel can swivel a full 90 degrees if needed.  Connect the power cord and AC adapter and then select an input. It should be noted, upon connecting two devices via Dual Link (ex. digital camera & PC), Picture-in-Picture only works if a DisplayPort is one of the 2 inputs used.  Input options include 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI. Other connectivity types  – 3x USB 3.0 ports and a single 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack.

The LG 27EA83-D ColorPrime offers up no real “pop” in the aesthetic appeal. It’s not a bad looking monitor but it’s evident all the innovation is held within. It’s all black from stand to bezel with a unassuming LG logo in the lower center of the bezel. It ships with user manual and installation CD, power cord + AC adapter, DVi-D dual cable, DisplayPort cable, A-B USB 3.0 cable, a back adapter cover for keeping the AC adapter locked in place and a cable tie to keep  the cords nice and neat. An included DisplayPort cable is rare and a welcomed addition. Plus the monitor doubles as a highly useful 3-way high-speed USB 3.0 hub.

Turn it on and the picture is almost perfect right out of the box. But the cyan and basic blues were washing the window in a overly cool tone for my taste. But I used the extensive onscreen display features to warm it up a bit. I also enhanced the sharpness. The end result produces an obscenely wide variety of beautifully rich colors. Graphic enhancements like anisotropic image filtering benefit greatly from this with more even gradient blending. This undoubtedly is helped by the 10-bit color. When compared to the 30in behemoth from HP (ZR30w), the LG 27EA83-D dances all over it with deeper blacks, a noticeably higher contrast ratio (5mil:1 vs 3mil:1) and less murky brightness from superior LED backlighting. Plus the overall clarity is more crisp–and that’s prior to mucking around in the OSD.

But if your image still needs attention, the onscreen display is a treasure trove of tweak options. Access is via the touch-sensitive button nodes at the bottom-right of the bezel. Several displays flub their touch-sensitive mechanics–either being too sensitive, or not enough or unresponsive…etc. The raised nodes makes finding them a synch, even in low light settings. They’re responsive and easy to use for the OSD. Once in, you can adjust brightness, contrast, volume, select input, adjust aspect ratio, adjust the ECO mode (Energy Star support),  color mode, picture-in-picture, sharpness… Shucks! You even get 3-response time settings. Default is 8ms, which is the middle setting, with undefined lower and higher settings. The middle road 6ms is just fine for movies and most games.  You can also adjust the black level, but only with an HDMI input. Two independent values (saturation and hue) for each of the 6-major colors can be tweaked as well. The adjustments range from 1-50 and round out an already unprecedented range of picture and calibration options.

The LG 27EA83-D excelled in every scenario thrown its way. Movies and games are given a new lease on life. Enough cannot be said about the color vibrancy, brightness and crisp clarity. Editing media in Adobe Premiere Elements and Sony Vegas Pro is an absolute dream, where color matching the source content is consistently obtainable and easier than ever. I prefer deeper blacks than the default setting. But this is achieved with an HDMI connection and some time spent in the OSD.

Also, I’m happy to say the LG 27EA83-D overclocks very well. Using EVGA’s new pixel clock utility, we were able to overclock the refresh rate from the standard 60Hz to a whopping 99Hz with a DVI-D connection and 98Hz with a DisplayPort connection. Pushing above that and the monitor could not receive a signal. I wish I could have hit that even 100Hz. Still, anything from 88Hz on up will yield a noticeable difference. Watching high-action movies or playing fast-paced games at 99Hz is a treat much sweeter than 3D. Higher refresh rates give up a smoother transitions between frames for better clarity, picture richness and smoother playback in both movies and games. But you’ll need a fairy powerful GPU to push 60+ frames per second with a max resolution of 1440p while maintaining the enhanced refresh rate. We’re equipped with two EVGA GTX 670 FTW video cards with 4GB of video ram. Ample video memory is essential for stutter-free gaming at 1440p and 1600p display resolutions. The problem is you will never want to go back to 60Hz.


That said, the average consumer will probably find the LG 27EA83-D to be splendid overkill, but overkill nonetheless–in both price and performance. But if media creation and/or super high-end gaming are your passions then the LG 27EA83-D ColorPrime IPS display is the fuel to let them burn bright.

Editor Rating:

[Rating: 4.5/5]

Excellent

Bottom Line: The LG 27EA83-D 27 inch IPS display is for graphic editing professionals and diehard gamers with deep pockets and a refusal to compromise their passions.

Pros

·  Immaculate color accuracy and vibrancy

·  WQHD 2560 x 1440 max resolution

·  Supports hardware calibration

·  Rich and detailed OSD

·  Overclocks to 99Hz

·  Plenty high-end connectivity options

·  Tri-port high-speed USB 3.0 hub

·  Dual-Link picture-in-picture support

Cons

·  Pricey

·  Minor backlight bleed

The LG 27EA83-D 27 inch WQHD IPS LED display is available at LG for $999.99.

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  1. I know LG makes the IPS panels for Dell Ultra Sharp’s like the U2413, and they all suffer from corner Pink/Green Tinting as well as backlight bleed, massive inverse ghosting and horrible IPS glow (they should use a polarizer for that like NEC does for high-end IPS monitors, and Amazon does with the HDX 8.9 tablet, but that’s another topic.) My question here is, does this monitor also suffer from BLB, Green/Pink tinting (the U2410 was the worst, with the U2413 showing smudge like tinting in the corners) and how bad is the IPS glow (I can’t believe blacks show that well on angles, all my IPS panels “glow” when black on an angle and loss significant contrast when off horizontal angles.) I ask this, because LG makes panels for Dell and if they are similar, I know what to expect and avoid. The only monitor till this day that doesn’t have any of these problems, is my Dell 2405FPW (CCFL Samsung SPVA.)

  2. I failed when try to overclock it. How exactly you overclock the monitor? I think everyone here wants more details because apparently only your monitor can reach 99hz.

  3. I’d love to know how this guy overclocked this monitor to 99hz… I’m calling bullshit. No one else can clock there monitor past 62-63hz… I’ve gone through 2 of these monitors so far partially because of your review and haven’t been able to get past 62hz.–so I don’t even bother.

    One was manufactured in February with firmware 1.17 and one was manufactured in March 2013 with firmware 1.21

  4. I’m wondering how you did test the 10-bit color since Nvidia Geforce drivers don’t support 10-bit in Windows (only in Linux and FreeBSD). For Windows you need a Quadro graphics card…

    You also seem the only one whoes able to overclock monitor to that high (99Hz) of a frequency and many other reviews aren’t as positive at this monitor (bad color uniformity, bad brightness uniformity) as you.

  5. Hi Shawn…I picked up the LG and got the EVGA Precision X software (Im running a GTX 780) and I was unable to overclock mine past 62hz. How were you able to get it up to 99 with the software? I went into the pixel clock utility and started moving the slider but nothing worked past 62hz.

  6. I am curious and very concerned about the HDMI version number on this display. Is it version 1.4? More importantly and just as specifically I need to know if the HDMI connection will result in its native resolution. I’m coming from a HD 4000 equipped ultrabook, I’m 99% sure that my ultrabook supports full-res HDMI as I connected to a 29″ ultrawide Dell and it worked perfectly (said monitor supposedly requires a dual-link DVI connection which I found promising as to it being an indicator that it’s not my laptop’s HDMI output). I am coming from an 27″ UltraSharp U2711 and it definitely does NOT work beyond 1080P (unless perhaps I mess with custom settings and lowering the refresh rate). My hope is to ultimately connect my ultrabook and a desktop. Finding a 27″ WQHD display with a full fledged HDMI (version 1.4 it seems like) is difficult. Dell’s U2713 does NOT support that. I want plug and play support for this because I know this purchase will last for years. If you could help me determine if HDMI runs at full res, I would greatly appreciate it. I highly suspect that this monitor is in fact compatible to my purposes and I am excited about the prospect.

  7. Can someone tell me the difference between the this model, 27EA83-D & 27EA83-B? I’ve looked at the specification and they look the same but there must be something different.

  8. How did this monitor perform during games without its overclock? I’m a little hesitant on buying IPS screens because I like videogames too and until a few years ago, the two didn’t match AT ALL. Nevertheless, if it doesn’t have any nasty ghosting effects in games without having to overclock the screen, I’m getting it!

    1. None! There is too much working against ghosting and blurring on this monitor. The response time is 6ms by default and you can lower that, which is usually not possible. But even at 6ms, there is literally no visible ghost in some the fastest games. I played Tribes Ascend, Warframe, Planetside 2, BF3 and BLOPS 2. The 10-bit color helps with even color changes to fight against image blurring.

      It’s actually unfortunate this window is not better marketed to gamers. It’s one of the best gaming monitors we’ve seen. But pricey.

      Also look into Overlord and Catleap monitors. They hit the same resolution but at half the cost and most overclock to 100+Hz

      1. Thanks for your response. Although its price is a bit steep, I think I’ll go for the LG. I need a reliable monitor, both for graphics design and gaming. As for the other brands, those are hard to get in the Netherlands. Their retail price is definitely tempting, but importing them doesn’t come cheap.

        1. You are definitely LG’s target market for this display. It does what you need so handsomely. You will be pleased.

    1. You need an nvidia GTX video card and EVGA precision x 4.0 installed. It has a pixel clock utility that lets you change pixel clock and fresh rate in one go.

        1. Are you connecting over displayport or DVI? I don’t believe that refresh rate is possible over HDMi. But you know I didn’t try it.
          Make sure you are running Precision X 4.0. That is mandatory.

          1. Displayport with EVGA Precision X 4.0. Just doesn’t get beyond 63 Hz like I said. This is the second LG I tested this with that could not break 65 Hz.

          2. same with me…cant get it beyond 62 Hz, only mine is a 27ea83-R (not D). I dont know if thats why

      1. Hi Shawn. I’m running 2x GTX 580 (MSI Lightning at 3GB RAM each) along with the LG 27EA83-D over DVI-D. My question is, how would I be able to tell what the refresh rate after I change it on Precision X? I’m running 4.2.1 of Precision X.

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