LG 27UD88-W Monitor Review

LG 27UD88-W Review

The not-so-catchily titled 27UD88-W is a 27” 4k IPS Monitor from LG, that features a rotatable screen and USB-C connectivity. It also has a host of other features including 99% sRGB colour gamut, 1000:1 contrast ratio and both HDMI, USB and Display ports (on the rear). As a FileMaker database developer, I needed a replacement for my aging 27” Apple Cinema display which was getting increasingly glitchy as the years went by and had no direct way of connecting to my Touchbar Macbook Pro. LG's monitors are endorsed by Apple and sold on the Online Apple Store, so clearly they’re up to the job.

Setting Up & pivoting

The LG 27UD88-W requires a small amount of assembly when it arrives (ie the stand needs to be connected to the display but it's a simple enough process and takes a couple of minutes). The stand has an arm that allow the monitor to be raised and lowered about 6 inches, which is a pretty decent amount and as much as anyone would want. In its highest position the monitor can be pivoted 90 degrees to become a vertical screen (there’s nothing to unlock, you can just grab the screen by its corners and twist) - although be aware you’ll need to tell your mac that the display’s changed in settings, the change won’t happen automatically.


First Impressions.

The LG screen’s appearance is very clean and professional. The base is actually plastic coated but has been given the look of brushed aluminium and it looks smart and minimalist which is how I think monitor stands should look. The screen has a small bezel around the outside and there’s nothing superfluous to detract from its appearance, except a discreet LG logo on the bottom bezel. The screen itself has an anti-glare coating, which is great because I have a side window in my office and the reflectivity on my previous monitor was really noticeable; that’s no longer an issue with the LG. Additionally the IPS display has a very wide viewing angle and LG’s screen quality is outstanding (mine had zero pixel defects and is essentially perfect).


LG Monitor on my desk align=

Connecting

As you’re probably already aware, the benefits of USB-C is the fact that you can use a single cable for both power and signal. If you’re an up-to-date Macbook user, that’s probably the only connection you have so just using a single port is a real benefit and is much easier than having multiple adaptors and power connectors. Once connected, the built in Settings will give you a choice of resolutions;


Screenshot of Mac Monitor Settings

However, if you’re like me you probably want a few more choices and although Apple’s decision to hide the complexities of resolution switching from the average user was probably the right one, it doesn’t suit everyone. Instead, I downloaded ‘Resolution Switch Pro’ from the App store which gives me every possible resolution. In the end I settled on 3200 x 1800, which provides me with more useable space than my previous Cinema Display but is still viewable without the need of a magnifying glass - so it's perfect for my FileMaker work. Your mileage may vary – in any case the LG has plenty of options from 640x480 (which admittedly looks pretty awful!) up to 3840 x 2160 (native resolution), so you're bound to find a resolution that you like.

Sound Options

Be aware that the LG has neither speakers nor a Microphone, although it does have a speaker jack. If you’re going to use your MBP ‘closed’ (as I do), you’ll probably need an external speaker. I use the Anker Soundcore, which also has a built in mic, makeing it suitable for Facetime and Skype.


Conclusion

The LG 27UD88-W is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high quality monitor for your Macbook Pro (or other Mac with either USB C or display port connector). It’s a very high quality 4k screen, has plenty of connection options, is reasonably priced, is rotatable and will look great on your desk. For our FileMaker database projects, it's perfect - what’s not to like?




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