LG 27GL83A-B Review of a 27 inch 2K monitor that's crushing it!

                    LG 27GL83A-B: review

Pros
  • 27 inch 2K monitor (1440p)
  • FreeSync and G-Sync compatible
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Connectivity HDMI + DisplayPort
Cons
  • Does not have speakers
  • Short power cord
  • No USB inputs
These days, finding a compelling 2K IPS monitor that's financially accessible to the masses is quite an undertaking. With so many options out there when you search for a 27 inch 2K monitor it can be hard to narrow down on the perfect model. Thankfully, with some models the decision is pretty clear from the beginning, such is the case of the LG 27GL83A-B.

The LG 27GL83A-B is the "younger brother" of the 27GL850 model but has managed to stand up on its own right thanks to its stunning display, state-of-the-art gaming features such as FreeSync and G-sync compatibilities, and, of course, the fact that it's been quickly embraced by hardcore gamers worldwide didn't hurt.  

But is this the best gaming monitor for you? Or would you be better served with a more affordable model such as the immensely popular - and slightly cheaper - AOC C24G1 reviewed a couple of weeks prior? That's what we're here to find out as we uncover everything you need to know about the LG 27GL83A-B.



Index


LG 27GL83A-B Specs


Make model LG 27GL83A-B
Dimensions with stand 24.2 x 22.6 x 10.8 inches
Weight with stand 13.5 pounds
Panel LED | IPS | 27 inches
Resolution 2K QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
Response time 1 ms (GtG)
Refresh rate 144 Hz
Color coverage 99% sRGB (1.07 B)
Aspect ratio 16: 9
Speakers No
VESA support Yes (100 x 100 mm)
Connectivity HDMI (x2) 
DisplayPort 
Headphone out


Who's it for?


This 27 inch 2K monitor is perfect for just about any user looking to get serious about gaming as well as for those who appreciate good picture quality but don't want to go above the 500-dollar line. 

Its compatibility with G-sync coupled with a 144hz refresh rate, 1440p resolution, and dark mode makes it an excellent monitor for just about any gaming scenario you can think of, from a first-person shooter to a racing game and everything in between. 

However, don't think that it's only suitable for gamers just because that's the target audience LG chose for this monitor. That's more of a marketing thing. 

Sure, it's one of the best gaming monitors in the market for under 500 dollars but that also means it's one of the best monitors in the mid-range period. Its 99% sRGB color reproduction, amazing panel, and general brightness make it a great option for day-to-day office work, multimedia entertainment, and a whole lot more. 


LG 27GL83A B Review

Design

LG 27GL83A-B: 2K gaming monitor with 1 ms response and 144 Hz refresh
Design-wise, this monitor promises not to leave anyone indifferent, since its robust matte black chassis is complemented by some very colorful red details, which differentiate it from monitors indicated for more of domestic use. But remember, this is more of a marketing approach than one that actually affects the quality of the monitor in and of itself. 

Its dimensions of 24.2 x 22.6 x 10.8 inches and weight of 13.5 pounds - in both cases with the stand included- do not differ much from the measurements of other 27-inch 2K gaming monitors, while its back has the necessary holes to attach a VESA wall mount (100 x 100 mm).

In addition, the benefits of this section extend to a central boomerang-shaped support, designed to adjust the height, inclination, and orientation of the panel according to your specific tastes and needs. AKA: you can adjust the display in whatever orientation suits you best. 

Ports and Connectivity

The LG 27GL83A B reviewed has an interesting selection of options at the connectivity level, thinking about simplifying the connection of peripherals and widely used devices such as: laptops, desktop consoles, tablets, TV Boxes and Chromecast, amongst others.

Specifically, this model has HDMI video outputs and a DisplayPort type (both cables included). And to enable the connection of headphones or stereo speakers, it incorporates a 3.5 mm connector. 

As a side note, we should point out that for G-Sync to work - and you'll want it to work -you need to be connecting the monitor to your laptop through the Displayport. 

Gaming performance

If there's one thing the 27GL83A-B buyers agree on with their impressions, is that this 2K gaming monitor delivers phenomenal picture quality and gaming performance thanks - in no small part - to its 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time (GtGwhen playing video games of very demanding and varied genres, including e-Sports, shooters, RPGs, battle royale, racing, and simulators.

And to improve your gaming sessions even further, regardless of whether you prefer NVIDIA or AMD graphics, it should be said that its compatibility with G-Sync and FreeSync technologies ensure a tearing and stuttering-free gaming session, especially under the most frenetic sequences.

Of course, we can't talk about the gaming performance and not mention the black stabilizer. Allowing you to have a better view of your enemies when playing within dark environments.  

Finally, there's also HDR10 support which is a great feature to have as it delivers a greater fidelity in terms of colors, contrasts, and brightness on the screen. Specifically, what HDR10 does is provide a picture quality that's closer to what the producer of the content had in mind when he produced said content, be it a movie, a game, or even a website's color scheme. 

The LG 27GL83A B packs a 27-inch IPS screen with a 2K QHD resolution that ensures a level of detail significantly higher than the 1080p standard. What's more, the fact that it's an IPS display means that the viewing angles are quite good at 178ยบ. You'd be surprised how often we find gaming monitors featuring TN (twisted nematic) displays that feature far more narrow viewing angles. 

As we've pointed out previously, you'll also be able to adjust the orientation of the monitor in whichever way fits you best, be it horizontal, portrait view, adjust the height, inclination, and everything we've come to expect from a mid-range monitor.

Finally, to improve the cinematic experience this model has a 16:9 aspect ratio, a brightness of 350 cd / m2, and coverage of 99% of the sRGB spectrum, or what's also known as the ability to portray 1.07 trillions of colors on screen.


Conclusion: Is the LG 27GL83A-B worth buying?

Wrapping up this review of the LG 27GL83A-B it's quite clear that this is one of the best gaming monitors in the market below the 500-dollar mark. Its high-end resolution coupled with a 144 Hz refresh rate, compatibility with multiple orientations, dark mode, HDR10, FreeSync, and G-Sync, as well as a slew of other specs makes it an excellent choice that's bound to deliver on all fronts. 

Ultimately, if you're looking for a 27-inch monitor to use primarily as a gaming screen then you'd be hard-pressed to find a model that's better suited than the 27GL83A-B within its price range.