An all-terrain monitor, both for work and for leisure and play . This is the LG 32UD59-B, a 32-inch computer (also available in 27 inches) with 4K resolution, a very sober but elegant design and a couple of technologies focused on improving the computer's performance when playing games or playing videos and movies.
I have had the opportunity to use this equipment for a while as a monitor in the office (and a few occasional games) . These are my impressions of the LG 32UD59-B, which you can find in stores for an official price of 485 euros .
LG 32UD59-B datasheet
|Resolution||4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), 300 nits|
|Panel type||VA, 10-bit color depth, covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color space|
|Flat / Curved||Flat|
|Aspect ratio||16: 9|
|Response time||4 ms|
|Contrast ratio||3000: 1|
|Refresh rate||60 Hz|
|Sound||2 x 5W|
|Connectivity||2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort|
|Others||Various picture modes (Photo, Cinema, Reader, Game, etc.), height and tilt shift|
|Dimensions||728.1 X 236.8 X 458.2 millimeters (with base)|
A very functional 4K monitor
Functional. That is perhaps the word that best defines the LG 32UD59-B. A monitor that will not surprise you with its design, and it does not have a specific format like the ultra-wide monitors that LG also sells. It knows what it plays and delivers what is expected of a versatile 4K monitor, designed for both leisure and office use.
This equipment has a screen size of 31.5 inches, with a 4K resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels . It is a resolution four times higher than conventional Full HD and it has already become a standard for a good part of the televisions on the market and also for mid-range monitors onwards. In this case, LG has opted for the traditional 16: 9 widescreen format, instead of the 21: 9 that its more field-oriented company monitors have.
During use, it seems to me that it is a monitor with a color treatment that is quite true to reality. It has a good maximum brightness of 300 nits and many modes of use to adapt them to each moment. These include:
-A game mode . This is the most complete part of the monitor, since we have a default option, one for RTS and two for FPS. RTS games are real-time strategy games, such as the mythical Total War in its numerous installments. As for the FPS, they are first-person shooter games, in which action prevails and an excellent level of detail and brightness is key to killing our enemies. Of course, in this mode the brightness is close to the maximum and it is not very comfortable if you are going to play us.
-A default mode . For normal office use or when you are going to combine navigation with office software and some occasional videos.
-A reader mode , with which part of the blue light emission is eliminated so that you can read for a long time on the screen without getting tired of your eyes.
-Photo mode .
-Cinema mode , highly recommended if you want to watch a series or a movie on the monitor screen and not an occasional video.
-Two modes for dark rooms .
-A specific mode for people with color blindness , as it allows better distinguishing between red and green.
Sober but elegant design
The LG 32UD59-B is an excellent piece of equipment if you are not looking for a flashy monitor. Its appearance is quite sober, but elegant, thanks to its rather thin frames and a metal base in the shape of a semicircle that has a brushed finish . That is, with horizontal stripes that give it a more distinguished appearance. I really liked this minimalist point since it fits perfectly with any environment and the base stands out slightly in front of the screen itself. Thanks to this, it can be an excellent option on smaller desks or tables.
Another advantage of this monitor is that it is possible to adjust both its height and its inclination . In the first case, the system is interesting because the part of the arm moves fluently once we overcome a bit of resistance, but then it stays fixed and supports a pressure (soft, yes). In total, we can change the height by up to 12 centimeters and tilt the screen up to 20 degrees or -5 if we bring it towards us.
Control of the functions is done through a small joystick at the bottom . The operation is quite intuitive and the options are easy to navigate. Of course, it seems to me that the fact that it is illuminated is a bit wasted. It is a good guide when you are looking for the button and you do not know very well where it goes, but I would have liked it to stand out more.
Good connections and fair sound
In the field of connections, the LG 32UD59-B incorporates two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort 1.2 port. With either of these two ports we can achieve 4K UHD resolution at 60Hz. This is one of the sections in which it is seen that we are not facing a dedicated gaming model such as the LG 32GK850G-B, which raises the frequency to 144Hz. What we do find is FreeSync technology to eliminate the annoying effects of tearing or horizontal stripes.
This monitor has two speakers with a power of 5W. Admittedly, its performance is quite fair, they can get you out of the rut but my recommendation is that you opt for external speakers or headphones.
I did not have in mind to include a section for the monitor control application, because they are usually not very useful tools. But I have to say that in this case the experience has been really good and it is the first time that I have really used one of these applications instead of the controls integrated in the monitor itself.
OnScreen Control has a simple interface, very clear and with the options at hand. The first section is the Screen Split, with which we can decide the type of split screen with which we are going to work. We have very varied options, up to eight windows on the screen. It also has PIP (Picture in Picture) modes to view content from two different sources at the same time. For example, a PC connected to one of the HDMI ports and a console connected to another of the ports.
Within the monitor settings we can select both the image mode and the brightness and contrast values , as well as the screen orientation (I do not advise changing this value).
By the way, something very interesting is the My Application Preset part. Through this program we can configure each application that we have installed so that it has a different predefined image mode.
Finally, with the game mode settings we can handle functions such as response time, FreeSync technology to avoid tearing effects or the black stabilizer. Personally, it is not a function that I have found so useful and it seems to me that little is gained by bringing the values near the top.
Price and reviews
The LG 32UD59-B monitor can be found for sale for a price below 500 euros. In short, this is a complete 4K monitor with a good color treatment and that moves very well between the fields of leisure, work and play. Perhaps its greatest but it is the sound system, with two integrated speakers that give very little of themselves. If you are thinking of buying it, it is best to take into account the extra expense on external speakers or headphones (if you don't already have them).