Does high-resolution 4K gaming make sense?
Not every gamer is chasing the fastest refresh rates, and many need a screen that has a compelling range of features outside of gaming. The LG 27UD88 is an interesting mix, with a very high 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, yet is also FreeSync compatible. The 27-inch screen uses an IPS panel that can display over 99% of the sRGB colour spectrum, and has a 5ms response time.
In other words, it’s a large, high-quality screen that can handle all sorts of use, such as video or picture editing. And despite only having a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz, FreeSync actually makes it a decent gaming option. This is because of the high resolution, most GPUs can’t drive it above 60fps anyway, and FreeSync ensures no tearing or stuttering when the frame rate drops.
In practice, it works quite well, and we managed a smooth experience on even a mid-range GPU. The 5ms GTG response time is not the lowest, but we didn’t experience any noticeable ghosting during gaming. Not surprisingly, the 27UD88 looks stunning, and has very rich, even colours.
The LG monitor also includes a few more gaming features, such as preset game modes, and a black equaliser to lighten up shadowy areas.
The 27UD88 includes two HDMI ports and two DisplayPort inputs, as well as USB-C. Impressively, though, it’s not just for data transfers, and supports 4K video and laptop charging. This makes the monitor ideal to pair with a laptop without needed more than one cable.
Impressive image quality with enough gaming-focused features for fun casual play.
$899 | WWW.LG.COM/AU Panel: 27-inch IPS; Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160; Refresh rate: 60Hz with AMD FreeSync