If you place the LG 27UD59 next to the illustrious predecessor, the first difference you see is the colour of the base - which is now silver instead of black. The profile of the semicircular arch on which it rests is also a slightly different shape - but you have to see them next to each other in order to really notice the difference.
The – by modern standards – big bezels around the panel make their return. Also, the base is still quite simple; the panel can tilt but other adjustment is not possible. Up or down, rotate or pivot, it cannot do any of those things. If you want to be able to do that you could use the vesa mount on the back.
On the back we also see that the power supply is integrated, which means you plug a standard cable into the back. Above that we find two times hdmi 2.0 and a displayport 1.2 connector, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The cable connectors point directly backwards, there is no cable management other than what you do yourself with Velcro and tie-wraps. This makes it relatively barebones, but still justifiable because of the price. LG has provided the monitor with an AMD Freesync compatible scaler, albeit one with a limited range of 40 to 60 Hz. This means that there is no low frame rate compensation when the frame rate drops below 40 Hz.
Using separate software you can control many settings directly in Windows – the software is necessary if you want to use Screen Split. In any case, it is a little more user-friendly than the joystick at the bottom of the monitor. With Screen Split you can divide the screen surface into several grids to always position your applications in the same place.
The LG 27UD59 does not offer a lot more in terms of functionality, which is why we quickly move on to find out how well it performs.