This morning LG has announced its newest 4K 32UK550-B monitor, a 31.5-inch display that packs HDR and more. It’s priced at $500 which puts it right in the mid-range of 4K alternatives on the market. LG has been slow to roll out HDR monitors, so today’s news is a welcome announcement. In fact, its their first priced below $500. Head below for more.
LG introduces 32UK550-B monitor
The LG 32UK550-B display ships with a 31.5-inch panel that supports both 4K and HDR content. It can produce over 1-billion colors and covers 95% of the DCI-P3 spectrum. Basically, it can handle any sRGB color out there.
LG eases any concerns that shoppers may have spending less than $500 on a 4K monitor by delivering 60Hz refresh rates and 300 nits brightness. Two specs that can often be ignored in the low price ranges. It ships with a full calibrated display, which is a welcome move by the manufacturer. Most monitors these days require a fair amount of tweaking out of the box for peak performance.
Officially, we’re seeing HDR10 support on the 32UK550-B. With more content providers offering this type of high-resolution medium, there’s more opportunity to enjoy crystal clear video than ever before. Those with an Amazon Prime or Netflix subscription, and a hefty iTunes library, will most notably be able to enjoy full HDR content with this new monitor.
LG’s latest ships with two HDMI 2.0a ports along with a single DisplayPort 1.2 input. All ports offer HDCP 2.2 , which is a requirement by most services that offer HDR content. Unfortunately, you won’t find any USB ports on today’s release. Dual 5W speakers round out the list of notable specs.
LG 32UK550-B alternatives
LG’s latest monitor is likely very attractive to anyone looking for a new display that packs both 4K and HDR. But perhaps the $500 price tag is just a bit too much to spend. The reality is, it’s tough to come by a monitor under $500 that includes both of those specs. Here are a few alternatives worth checking out.
BenQ 28-inch 4K HDR Gaming Monitor: $429 – This BenQ monitor isn’t the most attractive alternative, but it meets all of the requirements for $70 less than today’s LG monitor. It ships with HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, which makes it perfect for any Mac setup. Rated 4.3/5 stars.
Monoprice 32-inch 4K HDR Monitor: $440 – Monoprice has been making lower-cost alternatives for some time. This one packs 4K at 60fps along with HDMI and AMD’s FreeSync technology. Monoprice monitors typically have solid ratings at Amazon.
Sceptre 27-inch 4K Monitor: $210 – If you’re willing to ditch the HDR compatibility, this option from Sceptre is over 50% less and still packs 4K, HDMI inputs and more. Over 50% of reviewers left a 4+ star rating.
Buy LG 32UK550-B
LG’s latest release is expected to hit stores in Japan on October 11th. You can expect it hit US shelves later this year with a roughly $500 price tag.