LG 32UD99 review: first 4K HDR monitor

Technical masterpiece, but ends up not fulfilling its promise

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Introduction

In the upcoming year the big promise of the monitor market is hdr: high dynamic range. With a higher maximum brightness, a bigger contrast, bigger colour space and more accurate colour nuances these monitors should, provided that they use the proper source material, mean a big step forwards in the way we experience digital image. The best of the best should of course be the 4K-models, otherwise known as ultra hd monitors. For this you need a more modern interface than displayport 1.2, but nevertheless LG managed to combine 4K and hdr for this standard with the 32UD99. We found out how they managed to do this and put this monitor through our extensive test method. 


We previously covered the first hdr-monitors that we welcomed to our test lab, the Samsung C49HG90 and the C27HG70. Secretly LG was first, but the pre-production model - that we were able to take a look at last summer - was not yet at a level that allowed for a lot of testing; it remained a big promise, the combination of the ultra hd-resolution with the higher dynamic range.

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It is certain that LG faced quite a challenge in order to get this product operational, because they already showed samples on the ISE show in the beginning of 2017. Still it took quite a few months before a product was released and even when we look at our Price comparison now we see a lot of red balls. At the time of writing only one store claims to have the monitor in stock, at a price that is a lot higher than the lowest price. 

The LG 32UD99 has an MSRP of 1320 dollars which would have been a pretty standard price for a 32-inch ultra hd monitor. However, times have changed and you can purchase a monitor with these basic specifications for a lot less nowadays. This means that the increased price should be justified by the mentioned addition of hdr, and of course we also expect excellent test results for brightness, contrast and colour fidelity.  

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31.5 inch, 3840x2160, 140 ppi, IPS, AMD FreeSync, 60 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 5 ms, 350 cd/m², 1300 : 1

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