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LG 32UN500 W Review

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With good brightness, native 4K resolution, and great colors, the 32UN500-W is one of the most wallet-friendly 32-inch monitors available, and a great choice for a budget-conscious all-arounder, despite some evident cost-cutting.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG 32UN500-W is the brand’s entry-level 32-inch 4K computer monitor, released in 2021. While it lacks some premium features, it has 4K UHD resolution and HDR support, like most of the best computer monitors today. Unlike most competitors, it uses a VA panel, giving it deep blacks and high contrast. It supports FreeSync and has a pair of 5W speakers. Unlike the best FreeSync monitors,

It uses HDMI 2.0 instead of HDMI 2.1, but it does offer a Display Port. Its 60 Hz refresh rate may not make it an ideal flicker-free monitor but is adequate for multimedia. The 32UN500-W is one of the most budget-friendly 32-inch 4K monitors on the market.

Best For

  • Work

Consensus

our Verdict

The LG 32UN500-W is an affordable 32-inch 4K monitor with native 4K resolution, HDR support, and adaptive sync. Its 375 cd/m^2 brightness isn’t at the top of the charts but is great for its price range. Same for the 2351:1 native contrast ratio. HDR support helps make a visually immersive experience. Its rich colors, covering 126% of the sRGB space, make the 4K video look vibrant.

Ergonomics aren’t top-notch, as the rear-facing cords can be inconvenient, and the included stand lacks height adjustment. Build quality falls short of premium, and the viewing angles are average. Despite cost-cutting, this monitor is a good option for home office use, multimedia, and design work on a budget.

Reason to Buy

  • Good image quality
    • Its 375-nit brightness and 2351:1 contrast ratio are in the top half of monitors tested, meaning the screen won’t look washed out even in well-lit home offices

    • The 32UN500-W offers 126.5% sRGB coverage and just 2.12dE average gamma error, better than 4/5 of monitors tested, helping colors look accurate and vibrant

  • Adaptive Sync Support
    • Despite lacking HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it handles motion well with FreeSync support

Reason to Avoid

  • Slower response time than OLED and Mini LED competitors
    • The VA panel design has an inherent trade-off, giving it slower response times but better native contrast

  • Fewer ergonomic adjustments than most monitors in its class
    • The built-in stand lacks height-adjustment

    • No ability to rotate to portrait mode

LG 32UN500 W Specs

Available InputsAvailable Inputs3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI
Bluelight FilterBluelight FilterYes
Built-In SpeakersBuilt-In SpeakersYes
Built-In WebcamBuilt-In WebcamNo
Curved ScreenCurved ScreenNo
Display TypeLED
Flicker FreeFlicker FreeYes
HDMI Inputs2
HDR FormatHDR10
High Dynamic Range (HDR)Yes
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Panel TypePanel TypeVA
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time4 ms
Rotating ScreenRotating ScreenNo
Screen size31.5"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)375.4
Contrast Ratio (x:1)0
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)85.3
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)126.5
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)0
Response Time (ms)0
Reflections %0
Horizontal View Angle L0
Horizontal View Angle R0
Vertical View Angle Over0
Vertical View Angle Below0

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Market Context

The LG 32UN500-W is the brand’s entry-level 32-inch 4K computer monitor, released in 2021. While it lacks some premium features, it has 4K UHD resolution…

The LG 32UN500-W is the brand’s entry-level 32-inch 4K computer monitor, released in 2021. While it lacks some premium features, it has 4K UHD resolution and HDR support, like most of the best computer monitors today. Unlike most competitors, it uses a VA panel, giving it deep blacks and high contrast. It supports FreeSync and has a pair of 5W speakers. Unlike the best FreeSync monitors,

It uses HDMI 2.0 instead of HDMI 2.1, but it does offer a Display Port. Its 60 Hz refresh rate may not make it an ideal flicker-free monitor but is adequate for multimedia. The 32UN500-W is one of the most budget-friendly 32-inch 4K monitors on the market.

Compared to the 27-inch Dell U2723QE, the LG model has a slightly higher peak brightness of 375 cd/m^2 vs. 315-340 cd/m^2. The LG also has…

Compared to the 27-inch Dell U2723QE, the LG model has a slightly higher peak brightness of 375 cd/m^2 vs. 315-340 cd/m^2. The LG also has a wider color gamut, displaying 126.5% of the sRGB color space compared to Dell’s 100%. The LG 32UN500-W has a slight contrast advantage with 2351:1, while the Dell manages 2978:1. For more information, check out our Dell U2723QE review. Or browse our comparison of monitors from LG vs. Samsung.

Compared to HP’s Z32k G3 monitor, the LG 32UN500-W offers greater contrast, with 2351:1 vs. 1890:1 but lower peak brightness, 375 cd/m^2, while the HP…

Compared to HP’s Z32k G3 monitor, the LG 32UN500-W offers greater contrast, with 2351:1 vs. 1890:1 but lower peak brightness, 375 cd/m^2, while the HP reaches 432 cd/m^2. The HP Z32 also adds some features lacking in the HP, such as Thunderbolt 4 ports with DisplayPort and USB alt with up to 100W of power. The LG has just one DisplayPort and two HDMI 2.0 ports. Unlike the 32UN500W, the Z32k comes with a height-adjustable stand. For more detailed ratings, see our HP Z32k G3 monitor review.

Compared to the more expensive LG 49WL95C-W, the 32UN500-W has a smaller display, at 32 inches vs. 49 inches, and fewer connectivity options. However, both…

Compared to the more expensive LG 49WL95C-W, the 32UN500-W has a smaller display, at 32 inches vs. 49 inches, and fewer connectivity options. However, both monitors show 4K native resolution, offer FreeSync compatibility, and have over 85% DCI-3P color space coverage. See our LG 49WL95C-W review for more details.

Available Inputs

3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI

3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB

DisplayPort, HDMI, USB

Bluelight Filter

Yes

Yes

Built-In Speakers

Yes

No

Yes

Built-In Webcam

No

No

No

Curved Screen

No

No

No

Display Type

LED

LCD

IPS

Flicker Free

Yes

Yes

Yes

HDMI Inputs

2

1

1

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Score Card

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Expert Score

78

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Customer Score

82

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True Score

78

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Tom’s Hardware
    92.08

    Category Trust Score

    80
    LG cut down to the bone to bring us a 32-inch monitor with 4K prowess…. read more

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    Mike Williams

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