LG has introduced its new entry-level display designed for the mainstream market but supports a number of premium features such as AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate tech. The 32QK500-W relies on an IPS panel and features a larger size and a higher resolution than most monitors in the ~$300 class. 

High-end displays for enthusiasts and gamers evolve at a rather rapid pace with improved and larger models introduced every year. On the other hand, workhorses used for everyday work and play are updated on a much longer cadence. In fact, the most popular LCD models on the market still feature 23.5-inch to 27-inch 8-bit Full-HD panels and do not support any modern technologies. While not being a high-tech breakthrough, LG’s 32QK500-W changes what we come to expect from a budget monitor produced by a renowned brand.

The 32QK500-W relies on an 8-bit + FRC 31.5-inch IPS panel with a 2560×1440 resolution, 300 nits brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 75 Hz refresh rate (with FreeSync), an 8 ms response time, and 178°/178° viewing angles. The monitor can display 1.07 billion colors (a rare feature in this class) and is rated at 72% NTSC CIE1931 (roughly equals to 100% sRGB).

Being aimed at SOHO market, the LG 32QK500-W does not omit gaming features. In addition to already mentioned AMD FreeSync (works only over HDMI), the monitor also supports LG’s Dynamic Action Sync that skips some of the internal image processing to cut down input lag when activated. There is also the Black Stabilizer motion blur reduction tech that makes fast-paced scenes look sharper by inserting a black image between frames (though it remains to be seen how well it is going to work with a 75 Hz panel), and the Crosshair overlay to simplify lives of FPS gamers.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the LG 32QK500-W has one DisplayPort, one Mini DisplayPort, and two HDMI inputs. In addition, the display has a 3.5-mm audio connector for headphones.

Like premium monitors from LG, the 32QK500-W features the company’s stylish Edge-ArcLine stand that in the case of the particular display enables to adjust tilt. Alternatively, the stand can be detached and the LCD mounted to the wall using VESA 100x100 mm mounting holes.

Specifications of the LG 32QK500-W 31.5-Inch Display
Panel 31.5" IPS
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Rate AMD FreeSync
Response Time (Grey-to-Grey) 8 ms
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.2727 × 0.2727 mm
Pixel Density 93 PPI
Color Gamut 99% sRGB (tbc)
72% NTSC CIE1931
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort
1 × Mini DisplayPort
2 × HDMI
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
Stand Can adjust tilt
Power Consumption Standby 0.5 W
Typical 46 W
Maximum 50 W

The LG 32QK500-W is currently listed at many of the company’s websites around the world. Considering the fact that the product does not feature any unproven technologies, it is likely that the display will hit the market shortly. The price of the new unit in Japan is estimated to be ¥34,800 ($307) without tax, so it is safe to say that the monitor will retail for $299 in the US.

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Sources: LG, PC Watch

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  • Vayra - Monday, December 17, 2018 - link

    300cd/m is fine, in fact most people tend to adjust brightness to somewhere along the lines of 200cd/m and for accuracy that is also the region to be looking at.
  • RSAUser - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    If your screen is any room with a lot of light, 300cd/m is barely adequate. I have both a 300cd/m and a 500cd/m screen on this desk, the sun is currently shining through the window and the 300cd/m looks washed out as max brightness while the sun shines on it, with the 500cd/m looking good.

    I skimped on my second monitor as was only going to use it for displaying text, I regret not making sure that it had a higher brightness.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, December 20, 2018 - link

    I always calibrate my monitors down to 120cd/m. Anything more than that is useless to me. Good for you if you want to blind yourself.
  • RSAUser - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    Assuming sarcastic? 120cd/m you're probably using it in a room with no lights/curtains drawn.
  • greenmrt - Monday, December 17, 2018 - link

    I want a 27" version of this to put beside my gaming monitor.
  • johnkeo - Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - link

    the price could have been lesser to buy, https://bit.ly/2RYyPpy
  • Daver0280 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    This review is incorrect, i am using freesync with nvidia card, so gsync via freesync port which is now allowed for 10 and 20 series cards, using the displayport. In fact it doesnt work at all on hdmi as nvidia only allow gsync over dp. It does however let me enable gsync over hdmi but because its nvidia card it doesnt work on hdmi, so this means freesync is available on both hdmi and dp, manual says this also. When u turn gsync on on display it says not verified compatible but you just tick a box and it works perfectly!
  • Lyquidmetal - Friday, November 1, 2019 - link

    Thank you for confirming, I feel like that is all anyone needs to know about these monitors.
    So using Display port, connect your geforce card, then enable free synch on the monitor
    then check the geforce control panel to check off gsynch adaptive ?
    Also, how is the input lag for gaming, noticeable ?

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