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LG 32UL500-W Review

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While the LG 32UL500-W might have impressed testers with its sharp picture quality and high contrast ratio, they were not as impressed with its mediocre viewing angles, low 60Hz refresh rate and arguably long 19.9ms response time.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG 32UL500-W is an entry-level display that was announced to the market in mid-2020. Its color gets super accurate after calibration, averaging about 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. This is an attribute that is pretty easy to spot among some of the best computer monitors in the market, and with support for HDR, content appears sharp and vivid. This LG monitor also has dual 2.0 HDMI ports and decent text clarity thanks to a pixel density of 138 PPI. The display also features a high contrast ratio of 2883:1, and as is the norm with highly-rated gaming monitors, it also supports a Variable Refresh Rate. Like the LG 27GP950, its 4K screen resolution delivers good picture clarity, and its reflection handling is also pretty good, thanks to its matte screen finish

Best For

  • 32-Inch

  • LG

Consensus

our Verdict

Reviewers have praised the LG 32UL500-W as a 32-inch monitor that is great for office use and media creation. Its 4K screen resolution garnered praise from critics at Display Ninja, as they were pleased with how crisp details and text appeared on the monitor during their experiments. They also confirmed that its impressive 2883:1 contrast ratio made it a perfect alternative to the LG 32GP850-B during their tests, since its 1037:1 ratio isn’t high enough to deliver deep blacks when viewed in a dark room. The display also had reviewers from Rtings impressed with its low input lag of 10.2ms, as they found out that the display had excellent gaming responsiveness.

Still, reviewers were not as impressed with its narrow viewing angles and long 19.9ms response time. Its poor ergonomics also made the LG 32UL950-W seem like a more likely alternative, and its low 60Hz refresh rate is likely to scare gamers away.

Reason to Buy

  • Sharp 4K screen resolution
  • High contrast ratio
  • Low input lag
  • Support for HDR content
  • Good color accuracy after calibration

Reason to Avoid

  • Long response time
  • Mediocre viewing angles
  • Poor ergonomics
  • Low refresh rate

LG 32UL500-W Specs

Display TypeVA
HDMI Inputs2
HDR FormatYes
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Panel TypePanel TypeVA
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time4 ms
Screen size32"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)230
Contrast Ratio (as ratio x:1)2,883
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)94.3
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)100
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)90.3
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)71.1
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)10.2
Response Time (ms)8.2
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)46
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)47
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)36
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)33
Reflections % (Total Reflections)4.9

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Market Context

The LG 32UL500-W is an entry-level display that was announced to the market in mid-2020. Its color gets super accurate after calibration, averaging about 95%…

The LG 32UL500-W is an entry-level display that was announced to the market in mid-2020. Its color gets super accurate after calibration, averaging about 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. This is an attribute that is pretty easy to spot among some of the best computer monitors in the market, and with support for HDR, content appears sharp and vivid. This LG monitor also has dual 2.0 HDMI ports and decent text clarity thanks to a pixel density of 138 PPI. The display also features a high contrast ratio of 2883:1, and as is the norm with highly-rated gaming monitors, it also supports a Variable Refresh Rate. Like the LG 27GP950, its 4K screen resolution delivers good picture clarity, and its reflection handling is also pretty good, thanks to its matte screen finish

While the LG 32UL500-W shares the same 4K screen resolution with the BenQ EW3270U, the BenQ display still emerges as the better pick thanks to…

While the LG 32UL500-W shares the same 4K screen resolution with the BenQ EW3270U, the BenQ display still emerges as the better pick thanks to a faster 14.9ms response time compared to the LG 32UL500-W’s 19.9ms.

The LG 32UL500-W ranks pretty well compared to the LG 32UN550-W, as they both share a high 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 4K screen resolution….

The LG 32UL500-W ranks pretty well compared to the LG 32UN550-W, as they both share a high 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 4K screen resolution. However, the 32UN550-W offers a slightly better brightness rating of 350 nits than the 32UL500-W’s 300 nits.

The LG 32UL500-W offers a higher contrast ratio of 3000:1 compared to the LG 32UN650-W and also has a faster 4ms response time compared to…

The LG 32UL500-W offers a higher contrast ratio of 3000:1 compared to the LG 32UN650-W and also has a faster 4ms response time compared to the 32UN650-W’s 5ms. Its 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space matches that of the 32UN650-W’s 95%, meaning they both have a wide color gamut.

The LG 32UL500W is outmatched by the Dell S3221QS as far as ergonomics and brightness level are concerned since the Dell monitor has a peak…

The LG 32UL500W is outmatched by the Dell S3221QS as far as ergonomics and brightness level are concerned since the Dell monitor has a peak brightness level of 304 nits compared to the LG’s 256 nits.

Display Type

VA

HDMI Inputs

2

HDR Format

Yes

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Panel Type

VA

Refresh Rate

60 Hz

Response Time

4 ms

Screen size

32"

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Expert Score

78

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87

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True Score

80

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    Samuel Breton
  • Display Ninja
    10.93

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    Rob Shafer

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