LG 27BK550Y

Low re­fresh rate and av­er­age re­sponse time make this a poor choice for a gam­ing mon­i­tor.

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It’s quite dif­fi­cult to class­theLG27BK550Y as a gam­ing mon­i­tor. For starters, it “only” has a re­fresh rate of 75Hz de­spite the 1080p res­o­lu­tion, doesn’t seem to sup­port FreeSync or G-Sync, has no par­tic­u­larly gamer-es­que fea­tures like in-game crosshair over­lays or a low re­sponse time. The 27BK550Y doesn’t even have a cool dragon or tribal sym­bol on it to de­note its gamer wor­thi­ness! The only thing that could make this a gam­ing mon­i­tor is the “game” pic­ture set­ting. That’s about it.

The 27BK550Y isn’t even that good of a mon­i­tor for desk­top use, with only a 1080p res­o­lu­tion at 27-inches, text isn’t as crisp as it could be like on a WQHD res­o­lu­tion dis­play at the same screen size. De­spite be­ing an IPS panel, colour gamut is run of the mill at 99% sRGB. In 2018, a non-gam­ing, non-bud­get mon­i­tor should be aim­ing for DCI-P3 cov­er­age. The 27BK550Y isn’t even cheap, sell­ing for around $400 at most PC stores.

The only up­side of the 27BK550Y re­ally, is its stand that can be ad­justed for tilt, pivot, swivel and height. It would be ex­cel­lent if ev­ery mon­i­tor came with such a flex­i­ble stand for cor­rect er­gonomics. Other than that, there’s not much rea­son to pay at­ten­tion to this mon­i­tor. It’s not aw­ful by any means, but the 27BK550Y has noth­ing unique about it ei­ther, mak­ing it very for­get­table com­pared to the other dis­plays we have in this roundup.

$399 | WWW.LG.COM

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