LG 32GP850 Review: 1440p 165Hz 1ms FreeSync IPS Gaming Monitor

The LG 32GP850 is a 32" 1440p 165Hz (180Hz OC) 1ms gaming monitor based on a nano IPS panel with a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a good mixture of gaming responsiveness and immersion, the LG 32GP850 just might be for you thanks to its 32″ 1440p nano IPS panel with vibrant colors and quick response time speed. Moreover, it supports overclocking up to 180Hz, variable refresh rate, MBR, and has an ergonomic stand!

Design:
(4.8)
Display:
(4.7)
Performance:
(4.6)
Price/Value:
(4.3)
4.6

The LG UltraGear 32GP850-B is a 32″ 1440p 165Hz gaming monitor based on a nano IPS panel with a fast 1ms response time speed and a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, ensuring both an immersive and responsive gaming experience!

Image Quality

Not so long ago, if you wanted a 32″ monitor with 1440p resolution and a high refresh rate, your only choice was a VA panel display, which implied slow pixel response times and a chance of getting a unit with VRR brightness flickering.

Then, we got the Samsung Odyssey C32G75T with a fast VA panel and no flickering issues, but with its premium 240Hz refresh rate and DisplayHDR 600 certification, it ended up being too expensive for most users at $800. Moreover, its steep 1000R screen curvature wasn’t well-received among many gamers.

Now, we finally have flat-screen 32″ 1440p IPS monitors with high refresh rates, fast response times, wide viewing angles and reliable VRR performance!

The LG 32GP850 monitor is based on a nano IPS panel boasting a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut – that’s equivalent to ~135% sRGB and results in rich and saturated colors, especially when it comes to reds and greens.

Since most content (non-HDR games, web content, etc.) is made with the sRGB gamut in mind, colors will be over-saturated. Luckily, the LG 32GP850 has an sRGB emulation mode that can restrict its native gamut down to ~100% sRGB for more accurate output! Note that you can adjust brightness in this mode, but not color channels.

In addition, IPS technology offers 178° wide viewing angles which prevent shifts in brightness, contrast, gamma and color when looking at the screen at skewed angles.

As you get good coverage of both sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces, and the colors are consistent across the entire screen, you can even use the LG 32GP850 for professional color-critical work.

Moving on, the monitor has a decent peak brightness of 350-nits, meaning that it can get more than bright enough under normal lighting conditions. The contrast ratio ranges from 700:1 to 1,000:1, depending on the individual unit. So, you won’t get as deep blacks as that of VA monitors, but you get other advantages of IPS technology.

Another drawback of IPS monitors is IPS glow.

It’s characterized as visible ‘glowing’ around the corners of the screen and it’s mainly noticeable when watching dark scenes in a dark room with high brightness setting. Its intensity also varies across different units, so your mileage may vary. Unless you get a really bad unit, it’s completely manageable.

Performance

While 4K UHD resolution would look much sharper on a 32″ monitor, 1440p is a lot less demanding to drive, allowing you to maintain a high frame rate with a decent mid-range graphics card.

It also looks quite good. You get a pixel density of 93 PPI (pixels per inch), which is equivalent to that of a 24″ 1080p monitor.

However, due to the bigger screen size, you’ll be sitting a bit further away from it, so individual pixels won’t be as noticeable as they are on 24″ 1080p displays.

The LG 32GP850 input lag amounts to around 4ms, which makes for imperceptible delay, while the 1ms GtG pixel response time speed takes care of ghosting.

There are four response time overdrive modes: Off, Normal, Fast, and Faster.

‘Faster’ adds too much overshoot, while ‘Off’ is not fast enough. At 165Hz (or 180Hz if overclocked), the Fast mode offers the best performance with minimal ghosting and a negligible amount of overshoot.

However, if you’re using a variable refresh rate (VRR) and your frame rate is below 100FPS, you should dial back the overdrive setting to ‘Normal’ for less overshoot.

The LG 32GP850 has both AMD’s FreeSync Premium and NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible certifications for tear-free gameplay up to 180FPS.

It also supports MBR (Motion Blur Reduction) at a fixed 120Hz, 144Hz, or 165Hz refresh rates. This technology uses backlight strobing to reduce perceived motion blur at a cost of picture brightness.

Unlike the 27″ version of this monitor, the LG 27GP850, the LG 32GP850 can’t run MBR and VRR simultaneously.

Either way, because these monitors use nano IPS technology with slow red phosphor decay, some red fringing/ghosting is noticeable when MBR is enabled. However, depending on the game, you still might find it useful.

The backlight of the monitor is flicker-free (unless MBR is enabled) and there’s an integrated low-blue light filter (Reader mode).

Features

The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor is neatly organized and easy to use thanks to the directional joystick beneath the bottom bezel of the monitor.

Noteworthy gaming features including Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker scenes by altering the gamma curvature), custom crosshairs, a refresh rate tracker and various picture presets (FPS, RTS and two Gamer customizable profiles).

You can also download the On-Screen Control software and make all the OSD-related adjustments in a desktop application.

Other useful features include advanced image adjustment tools, including brightness, contrast, four gamma presets, sharpness, color temperature and 6-axis hue/saturation.

Auto Input Switch is also supported, so if you have multiple devices connected to the screen, the monitor will automatically change its input source to the detected signal.

Finally, the LG 32GP850 supports HDR10, but it lacks a high enough brightness and contrast ratio for a meaningful HDR viewing experience. It also has the HDR Effect feature that simulates HDR, but it’s far from the ‘true’ HDR picture.

Design & Connectivity

LG 32GP850 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, but no swivel.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Note that HDMI 2.0 is limited to 144Hz at 2560×1440, while DisplayPort 1.4 allows for 180Hz at 2560×1440 with 10-bit color depth.

The monitor also supports 1080p 120Hz for the PS5 and 1440p 120Hz for the Xbox Series X.

Price & Similar Monitors

The LG 32GP850 price ranges from $550 to $600.

There’s also the LG 32GP83B variant, which is the same monitor, just without the 180Hz overclocking (165Hz maximum), MBR, and USB ports – it goes for $500.

For $500, you should also check out the Gigabyte M32Q. It’s a 165Hz (170Hz OC) model with similar response time performance, but not quite as wide color gamut (94% DCI-P3). However, it has a USB hub, USB-C, built-in speakers and a KVM switch, and Aim Stabilizer Sync (simultaneous VRR and MBR performance).

All three models are excellent, so the choice between them mainly comes down to your budget and personal preference.

If you want something similar but better, check out the ASUS PG329Q.

It’s a 32″ 1440p 165Hz (175Hz OC) IPS gaming monitor with an even wider 99% Adobe RGB color gamut (~160% sRGB) and DisplayHDR 600 support with a 600-nit peak brightness and 16 dimming zones. It goes for ~$700 though.

Visit our comprehensive and always up-to-date best gaming monitor buyer’s guide for more displays and information.

Conclusion

The LG 32GP850 is an excellent gaming monitor! Its big 32″ screen with 1440p resolution and gorgeous colors provides an immersive viewing experience, while the rapid 1ms GtG response time speed, 180Hz, and VRR ensure smooth performance.

Specifications

Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution2560×1440 (QHD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate165Hz (180Hz OC)
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Motion Blur ReductionMBR
Adaptive-SyncFreeSync Premium (48-180Hz)
G-SYNC Compatible (60-180Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other PortsHeadphone Jack, 2x USB 3.0
Brightness350 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
98% DCI-P3
HDRHDR10
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • Wide color gamut
  • Quick response time speed
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync and MBR up to 180Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Design lacks swivel option

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.