As long as you don’t mind the standard drawbacks of OLEDs (subpar brightness and risk of burn in), the LG 27GR95QE is one of the best gaming monitors currently available in the popular 16:9 form factor.
Update: LG added a 2-year burn-in warranty in the US that applies retroactively.
A lot of gamers have been waiting a long time for 27″ – 32″ sized high refresh rate OLED gaming monitors and for most of them, the wait is now finally over with the LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B!
Based on LG Display’s W-OLED panel, the LG 27GR95QE delivers an infinite contrast ratio as each individual pixel is self-illuminated and therefore capable of completely turning off for true blacks.
Since it doesn’t have a backlight, there’s also no backlight bleeding, blooming, or IPS/VA glow of any kind, making for an incredibly immersive viewing experience, especially in dark rooms.
Next, the monitor has a wide 98.5% DCI-P3 gamut coverage, resulting in rich and vibrant colors. This is equivalent to around 135% sRGB gamut size, so content made with sRGB color space in mind will be over-saturated. Some users prefer the extra vibrancy provided by the over-saturation, but you can also clamp the gamut down to ~100% sRGB in case you prefer accuracy.
Another big advantage of OLED technology is exceptional image consistency thanks to the 178° wide viewing angles. The image remains flawless regardless of the angle you’re looking at it.
The LG 27GR95QE has a 2560×1440 screen resolution, which results in a pixel density of 110.84 PPI (pixels per inch) on the monitor’s 26.5″ viewable screen. You get plenty of screen space as well as sharp details and text without having to use any scaling.
A lot of users would have preferred a 4K resolution at this screen size for an even high pixel density and sharper details, but we find that 1440p suits ~27″ sized screens very well. Besides, 4K UHD is a lot more demanding than 1440p, so you wouldn’t be able to maintain as high frame rate.
While the difference in fine details and text clarity is quite noticeable when comparing 27″ 4K and 27″ 1440p monitors, that difference is barely visible in video games and when watching videos, so those who are looking for a monitor mainly for gaming and content consumption will be completely satisfied with the 27GR95QE.
You get a similar image clarity and sharpness as you would on a 42″ 4K display (~106 PPI), such as the LG OLED42C2, just a bit less screen real estate due to the lower 1440p resolution.
LG Display’s W-OLED panel uses a WRGB subpixel layout, which adds a white subpixel to the conventional RGB layout for increased brightness. This causes minor fringing on small text and thin lines, which some users might find a bit annoying, but it’s not noticeable in games and videos.
The fringing is not as noticeable as it is on monitors with a triangular subpixel layout, such as that of the Dell AW3423DWF with a QD-OLED panel, so except for those particularly sensitive to this, most users won’t even notice anything wrong with text rendering on the LG 27GR95QE unless looking at small text and fine details up close.
We recommend setting up Better ClearType Tuner to minimize fringing in some scenarios.
|100% White Window Max Brightness (SDR)||100% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)||10% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)||1 - 3% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)|
|250-nits||250-nits||450 ~ 550-nits||1000-nits|
|Samsung OLED G9||250-nits||250-nits||500-nits||1000-nits|
|Corsair Xeneon Flex||190-nits||160-nits||650-nits||800-nits|
*PC Mode, Game Optimizer enabled
**Uniform Brightness enabled
Another thing to keep in mind about OLED panels is the subpar brightness performance in comparison to LED and mini-LED backlit displays.
In the Gamer 1 mode, the LG 27GR95QE maintains ~200-nits of peak brightness regardless of the white window size in SDR. So, ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter) is not active.
The performance is very similar in all other modes except for ‘Vivid’, which can reach up to ~400-nits for 25% and smaller white window sizes, but drops to ~200-nits at around 50%, and down to ~130-nits at 75% – 100%. Therefore, we don’t recommend using the Vivid mode in SDR unless playing games or watching videos as the jumps in brightness will be annoying during everyday use. It also has a too high color temperature, resulting in a bluish tint.
|SDR||100% White Window Size||75% White Window Size||50% White Window Size||<25% White Window Size|
There are also a few presets for HDR. The Gamer 1, Gamer 2, FPS and RTS modes can reach around 650-nits for 10% and smaller sizes and 130-nits for 100% full-screen white windows.
The Vivid HDR mode can reach up to 800-nits for 3% and lower sizes, 700-nits for 10% and 130-nits for 100%, but it over-exposes some bright parts and has a bluish tint. Either way, it falls short of the specified 1000-nit peak brightness. LG plans to release a firmware update in April to improve the brightness performance.
|HDR||100% White Window Size||10% White Window Size||<3% White Window Size|
Overall, while most people will argue that the 200-nit SDR peak brightness is too low, it’s bright enough under normal lighting conditions. If your screen is facing a big window or studio lighting, however, you’ll need to adjust the lighting (dim the lights, shut the curtains, etc.) in order to mitigate glare for optimal image quality.
Thanks to the monitor’s infinite contrast ratio, wide color gamut and no backlight bleeding, blooming or other visual artifacts, HDR image quality is impressive as 650-nits can still create punchy highlights while preserving black depth.
By default, the monitor has a too high color temperature of 8500K, which gives white a blueish tint. We recommend changing the color temperature to ‘Manual’ and then to ‘C1’ to get the proper 6500K color temperature. You should also disable Smart Energy Saving in order to prevent the display from dimming itself.
The LG 27GR95QE monitor has a high 240Hz refresh rate, which when paired with OLED’s instantaneous pixel response time speed results in incredible motion clarity without any ghosting or pixel overshoot.
Variable refresh rate (VRR) is also supported via AMD FreeSync Premium, NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible and HDMI 2.1 VRR for tear-free gameplay all the way up to 240FPS without any noticeable input lag penalty.
When using VRR, the pixel response time performance is perfect regardless of the refresh/frame rate as there’s no need for different overdrive modes.
Input lag is excellent as well at just around 2ms of delay, which is imperceptible.
Sadly, Motion Blur Reduction is not available.
There’s a low-blue light filter mode available, and while there are slight dips in brightness due to the way OLED panels work, this is not noticeable in real use and won’t bother those sensitive to screen flickering.
The main downside of OLED panels is the risk of permanent image burn-in and temporary image retention.
However, LG packs a bunch of useful OLED Care features, which if used properly along with sensible use of the display in general, should prevent burn-in and image retention from happening.
- Screen Move – moves the screen by a few pixels at regular intervals
- Screen Saver – screen turns off automatically when no movement is detected after a certain period of time
- Image Cleaning – after using the monitor for more than 4 hours, the pixels are ‘refreshed’
- Pixel Cleaning – the pixels refresh after every 500 hours of use
As long as you let these features operate as intended and don’t leave the screen showing bright static elements for a long time, the LG 27GR95QE shouldn’t burn-in.
There’s no directional joystick for navigation through the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu. Instead, you can use the OSC (On-Screen Control) desktop application or the provided remote controller to make your preferred adjustments.
Interesting gaming features include Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in dark scenes by altering the gamma curvature), a refresh rate tracker, various picture presets (including three customizable profiles) and crosshair overlays.
Apart from the standard image settings (brightness, contrast, color temperature, etc.), the LG 27GR95QE also offers some advanced options, including four gamma modes, 6-axis hue/saturation, sharpness, color temperature fine-tuning in 500K increments, aspect ratio control (full wide, original and just scan) and Auto Input Switch.
The monitor also supports hardware calibration and comes with the LG True Color application, allowing you to store two calibrations on the monitor itself without having to rely on ICC profiles.
Design & Connectivity
The stand of the monitor is quite sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 110mm, tilt by -5°/15°, swivel by +/- 10°, 90° counter-clockwise pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.
Moreover, the screen is exceptionally thin and has ultra-thin bezels on all four sides of the screen. It has a light 35% haze matte anti-glare coating which prevents reflections without adding too much graininess to the image.
Monitors with a glossy screen surface have a more vivid image, but they’re more reflective, making them less suitable for rooms with plenty of sunlight or direct lighting.
The LG 27GR95QE also features Hexagon RGB lighting at the rear with adjustable colors and lighting patterns. In a dark room, the LEDs are even strong enough to reflect off of the wall and create atmospheric ambient lighting.
Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a digital audio output and a DTS headphone jack with HP:X support for 3D audio simulation.
The monitor also has a quiet cooling fan.
The monitor also supports 4K 120Hz HDR and VRR on the PS5 and the Xbox One/Series S/X.
Price & Similar Monitors
The LG 27GR95QE price amounts to $1,000, which is reasonable considering its image quality, performance and features.
However, the ASUS PG27AQDM delivers up to 30% higher brightness, but it has no burn-in warranty. The LG 27GR95QE can also be found on sale for $850, which in addition to its 2-year burn-in warranty can make it a more appealing buy for some users who don’t need that high brightness.
LG also released the LG 27GR95QL League of Legends variant, though it’s exclusive to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, and can only be ordered from LG.com.
For around the same price, you can get the Dell AW3423DWF (165Hz, FreeSync) with a 34″ 3440×1440 QD-OLED panel.
It offers a wider color gamut, a bit higher brightness and better burn-in resistance, but it has other drawbacks, such as the triangular subpixel layout and not all users prefer the ultrawide format.
Around this price range, you can also get the LG OLED42C2 with a 42″ 4K 120Hz W-OLED panel.
Other HDR monitors worth considering at this price range include the Innocn 27M2V and 32M2V and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 with mini LED backlights. They offer a lot higher brightness and no risk of burn-in, but they don’t have nearly as good contrast ratio or as fast response time.
Competitive gamers might also consider the ASUS PG27AQN with a 27″ 1440p 360Hz IPS panel. Due to its 360Hz refresh rate, it offers a bit lower input lag and smoother motion clarity, but the motion is not as clear and you don’t get proper HDR support.
Overall, the LG 27GR95QE is one of the best gaming monitors available provided you are familiar with all its advantages and disadvantages. It delivers amazing image quality and buttery-smooth performance in a popular 27″ form factor.
However, we recommend getting the ASUS model instead due to its higher brightness at the same price.
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||0.03ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive-Sync||FreeSync, G-SYNC Compatible (48-240Hz)|
HDMI 2.1 VRR (48-240Hz)
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack, 2x USB 3.0,|
Optical Digital Audio Jack
|Brightness (1 – 3% White Window)||650 cd/m²|
|Brightness (10% White Window)||650 cd/m²|
|Brightness (100% White Window)||130 cd/m² (HDR)|
200 cd/m² (SDR)
|Colors||1.07 billion (true 10-bit)|
- Infinite contrast ratio
- Wide color gamut with sRGB mode
- Decent peak brightness
- Low input lag, instant response time
- Plenty of features, including VRR up to 240Hz
- Fully adjustable stand and rich connectivity options
- Hardware calibration support
- Risk of permanent image burn-in
- Text clarity issues due to the uncommon subpixel layout
- Burn-in not covered by warranty