LG has announced its new 31.5-inch UltraFine Ergo 4K display, the largest in the UltraFine family to date. Living up to its name, the Ergo monitor has an innovative ergonomic arm that provides far more flexibility than any other stand that comes with LCDs, affording some new opportunities to free up space on the desktop.

The new LG UltraFine Ergo display model 32UN880 uses a 31.5-inch IPS panel with a 3840×2160 resolution, offering a maximum brightness of 350 nits, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 60 Hz refresh rate, a 5 ms response time, and the usual 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles.

Traditionally for LG’s UltraFine LCDs — which are developed primarily for professional customers seeking for accurate colors — the new monitors can display 1.07 billion of colors and cover 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Unfortunately, we have no idea whether the devices support any other color spaces. Typically, LG’s UltraFine monitors only support DCI-P3, which makes them a great fit for Macs, but a suboptimal choice for Windows-based PCs.

Meanwhile, what is a bit unusual about the LG UltraFine Ergo is that it supports AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, a feature that's mostly used for gaming. HDR10 is also supported here, conferring a basic level of HDR support. Though given the peak luminance of the LCD, it is hard to expect the monitor to provide a meaningful HDR experience.

The key selling point of the LG UltraFine Ergo display is of course its full motion arm. The base of the arm uses a C-clamp, which allows it to be attached to almost any working surface. The arm itself can adjust not only the height, tilt, or swivel of the monitor, but also its distance to the viewer. In fact the arm is fairly long overall, which is quite different from what we normally see with standard displays.

With regards to connectivity,, the new LG UltraFine Ergo is different than other monitors in the family. The upcoming unit does not have a Thunderbolt 3 port, but instead sports one DisplayPort input, two HDMI ports, and one USB Type-C input. It also comes with a dual-port USB hub, though not built-in speakers or a headphone jack.

LG's 2019 UltraFine Displays
  LG UltraFine 4K LG UltraFine 5K LG UltraFine Ergo
Panel 23.7" IPS 27" IPS 31.5" IPS
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160 5120 x 2880 3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate - AMD FreeSync
Brightness 500 cd/m² 350 cd/m²
Color Gamut Display P3 DCI-P3
Color Depth 8 bit (?) 10 bit (?) ?
Response Time ? ? 5 ms
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Inputs Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C 1 × DisplayPort
2 × HDMI
1 × USB-3
USB Hub 3 × 5Gbps USB-C 2 × USB
Audio Stereo speakers Stereo speakers
Webcam - Integrated -
Stand Adjustable stand Adjustable arm with C-clamp
Power Delivery 85 W 94 W ?
Price $699.95 $1,299.95 ?

LG’s 31.5-inch UltraFine Ergo monitor will be available sometimes in 2020, but its price remains to be seen.

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  • fred666 - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    The arm shouldn't come with the display. The arm should last forever. The display might need to be replaced after 5-10 years.
  • DanNeely - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    I can't be sure from the low res pics being shared, but it looks like the arm connects to a 100mm vesa mount; so hopefully the arm could be swapped to a different display in the future.

    OTOH mechanical parts wear out too, so it might be due for replacement about the same time the panel is outdated.
  • fred666 - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    If you move it a lot and it is of low quality then maybe it can wear. But still, chances are that the arm won't fail at the same time as the display. Better to purchase separately.
  • lilkwarrior - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    Kind of DOA without HDMI 2.1, clear use of Thundebolt 3, no Dolby Vision & HLG HDR; and a pretty terrible brightness rating; I expect much more than LG than this considering the stellar standard they applied to their high-end TV line-up.

    It's crazy to thing the SAME company that gave us a full HDMI 2.1 OLED TV last year would have such a low bar for their 2020 mid-tier & high-tier monitors.
  • yetanotherhuman - Monday, December 23, 2019 - link

    HDR and brightness are massively overrated. Who the hell wants the sun right in their face?
  • dullard - Monday, December 23, 2019 - link

    HDR is massively UNDERRATED. The difference is literally night and day. Once you try it, you won't ever consider going back.

    You have a point that no one wants the full brightness of the sun right in their face. But, having the ability to have a few pixels be bright is quite helpful. And the only way to have some pixels be able to be bright, you need the whole monitor to be able to be bright.
  • lilkwarrior - Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - link

    Yeah, your comment reeks of someone without extensive experience using 1000+ HDR LCD devices or Dolby Vision HDR OLED TVs or panels.

    As one poster said, it's a do not go back value proposition.
  • p1esk - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    So they went 4k (24") - 5k (27") - 4k (32")? Makes total sense LG!
  • GreenReaper - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    5K was a K too far, judging by the issues: https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/31/the-lg-5k-moni...
  • jaggedcow - Saturday, December 21, 2019 - link

    Judging by the issue* (singular)
    That was fixed in later revisions.

    Hate on Apple all you want but I wish 5k displays for PC still existed.

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