LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B Review: OLED goes fast

All that color, all that contrast, and it goes so fast, too?

About LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B

Onscreen is a woman firing a gun, looking at a gaming monitor on a blue background

Credit: Review / Tim Renzi

OLED panels render deep blacks and bright, accurate colors.

Here are the specs of the monitors we tested:

  • Price: $1,000
  • Display Size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
  • Refresh Rate: 240Hz
  • Peak intensity: 200 nits (average rated in SDR), 1,000 nits (3% window peak); 837 nits (with HDR enabled)
  • HDR Support: HDR10
  • Color Depth: 10-bit
  • ** Color saturation:** 98% DCI-P3 (rated); 97% DCI-P3 (tested), 100% sRGB (tested)
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,500,000:1 (HDR rated), 14,090:1 (tested)
  • Pixel Response Time (GtG): 0.03ms
  • Ports: 2x HDMI 2.1, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 (DSC), 1 x USB-B 3.0 (upstream), 2 x USB-A 3.0 (downstream), 1 x 3.5mm, 1 x SPDIF out
  • VRR Support: AMD FreeSync Premium, G-Sync compatible
  • Other features: VESA Mount (100×100), Hexagon Lighting, DTS Headphone:X, “Uniform Brightness,” Factory Pre-Calibrated Color, Four-Way-Adjustable Stand

Which we like

The monitor, stand and cables are placed on a yellow background

Credit: Review / Tim Renzi

The UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B comes with a remote to control the OSD.

Absolutely gorgeous scenery

It’s hard to argue with a display that can deliver an incredibly wide color gamut, sizzling peak brightness and an almost unbeatable contrast ratio. The LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B does just that.

Its panel is capable of 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, but more impressively, it covers 97% coverage of the much larger DCI-P3 color space. This gives it a strong footing for displaying a wider range of colors in HDR content. It displays colors accurately out of the box, too, with an average color dE of just 1.91, which should leave colors looking as they should for the most part, although one shade of yellow measured in at a dE of 8.84 — an issue that requires some tweaking. may fall subdued

That impressive color gamut is supported by the benefits of OLED. While the display is limited to an overall SDR brightness of around 200 nits, which is on the dim side of the spectrum, highlights can still shine brightly when HDR is enabled, with small parts of the display hitting as high as 837 nits. My test (notably shy of LG’s 1,000-nit rating).

Those highlights can come with dark and detailed shadows as well as pitch-black pixels. So, even if the 837 nits don’t seem obscenely bright, they can appear that way when they’re shining on an otherwise dark screen.

For those worried about color fringing issues in some OLED displays used as monitors, they are almost completely absent, even with black and white content. Subtle fringing along the edges of shades of yellow is the only situation I noticed, and even then it’s hardly distracting.

All colors are on fantastic performance in games like Overwatch 2 And Hi-Fi RushAnd the stunning blend of color and contrast shows up amazingly well Measles and whips of the will, where Ori always glows and all of the game’s attacks come with a glow of brilliance. Meanwhile, the extended color gamut also plays well in more realistic visual settings, such as dark worlds Dying Light 2.

Supreme simplicity

OLEDs have always had an advantage over LCD, TN and VA panels for their extremely fast pixel response times. This OLED sees each pixel almost instantly on refresh, where other panels have slow transitions for each pixel. Slow response times result in faint trails behind moving objects on the screen, known as ghosting.

That inherent advantage doesn’t always translate into an advantage for OLED displays when gaming, as few people have combined that pixel response time with a faster refresh rate. Even the best gaming TVs and large monitors only hit 120Hz or 144Hz, while the Alienware AW3423DW pushed it to 175Hz.

This leaves room for 240Hz, 360Hz and faster IPS and VA monitors to zoom beyond. But the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B finally ramps things up to 240Hz. A zippy refresh rate combined with instant pixel response creates flawless images even in the most intense action. Turn on the variable refresh rate to synchronize the display with the game’s frame rate, and you’re delivering every frame pristinely.

I didn’t notice even the faintest bit of ghosting, no matter how intense the action is in Dozens Overwatch 2 match and in UFO testing of Blur BustersOne high-speed photograph I took showed a pristine UFO where other displays showed ghosts.

Thoughtful TV extras

When you’re spending $1,000 on a display, you want to make sure you’re getting thoughtful extras that help make it more than a basic monitor. The LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B has a few of them. It includes a remote control that can quickly adjust settings, swap inputs, control brightness and volume, and adjust the hexagon bias lighting on the back of the monitor.

The monitor also includes a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports alongside its DisplayPort 1.4 port. This provides a means to get 4K HDR input from a separate console or streaming stick, allowing you to take advantage of the display for more than just games. (Unfortunately there’s no integrated KVM to switch your USB inputs between devices.)

There’s also an optical audio output port for better audio signal transmission to soundbars or speakers instead of using the 3.5mm headset jack.

Which we don’t like

A gaming monitor on a stand with a colorful first-person shooter on the screen

Credit: Review / Tim Renzi

Thanks to the monitor’s fast pixel refresh rate, fast-paced games don’t smear or blur.

Limited overall brightness

Perhaps the biggest downside of OLED displays is present on the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B. It’s inability to run the full display at its maximum brightness, the same problem I saw with the Asus ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ.

Since each pixel is self-illuminating, it consumes more and more power as the number of illuminated pixels increases. So, even though the display was able to hit 837 nits in a small patch of white pixels, it couldn’t sustain the same peak over a larger area.

In everyday use, this may not be a big problem. Not that I want a flash bang to suddenly light up the entire screen at 1,000 nits in-game (although some gamers might enjoy the realism). A bigger concern is that it may limit the display’s usefulness in other contexts.

Working on documents, which usually means a large white background, will find display brightness limited to around 200 nits. This is comfortable in a room with little overhead lighting, but can be too dim in a bright environment.

Fortunately, I didn’t encounter any unpleasant automatic brightness limiter behavior, which makes all the white parts of the screen appear darker and darker as it covers more area on the screen. For example, a small white window may appear bright, but if it is expanded to cover the entire screen, it will appear noticeably dimmer. This monitor avoids white point by locking it to a 200-nit target, which it can sustain for small and full-screen windows alike.

Lack of USB-C and speakers

The price of the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B puts it in league with other premium gaming monitors, even if it’s not really the most expensive. However, it lacks the added context it contains. For one, it has no speakers. Even just a modest pair would have been a nice inclusion.

Perhaps more noticeable is the lack of any USB-C ports. While there is a basic two-port USB hub, it still uses the dated USB-B for the upstream port. This limits the possibility of using the monitor easily with many laptops, charging your USB-C devices too little.

Reliance on remote

As nice as the inclusion of a small remote to control the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B is, the benefit is almost ruined by the fact that it links nearly all of the LG monitor’s controls to the remote. Ask yourself this: How often can I replace my remote incorrectly?

On the underside of the monitor is a power button that allows for brightness, volume and input adjustments. That’s it. Not only that, it’s a pain to use as the controls are entirely based on either pressing or holding a single button, which is completely redundant to perform any action smoothly. Dialing the brightness from 100% to 50% will easily take a minute. In summary, don’t lose the remote.

Should you buy it?

Viewing a gaming monitor in profile with a very thin panel

Credit: Review / Tim Renzi

Like LG’s TVs, the UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B uses a super slim OLED panel.

Yes, if gorgeous, smooth gaming is what you’re after

As for the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B, if this monitor’s shortcomings can even be called bad, the good dramatically outweighs the bad. This makes it an attractive value because its upgrades over competitive low- and mid-priced monitors help justify the increased price. The display does an excellent job of balancing its features; It’s a crisp, fast 27-inch display that’s as equipped to deliver compelling visuals for story-driven games as it is for the most competitive titles.

Faces serious competition from it Alienware AW3423DWF, however, which has recently been selling for $1,000 or less. It’s a QD-OLED display that has the same benefits but can more easily achieve 1,000-nit highlights. That monitor is 21:9 ultra-wide, which offers more screen space but runs at a slower 165Hz refresh rate. It may certainly make more sense for some gamers, but for those who want an advantage in competitive games and a traditional aspect ratio, the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B is a solid option.

As far as competing gaming monitors that can do 240Hz or even faster, the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B stands out. You can save money by going with a non-OLED model like the Gigabyte M27Q X, but you’ll be left behind when it comes to pixel response time and visual quality. That might be worth the trade-off for some, but LG is certainly working to justify the extra cost. Even with a 360Hz monitor like the AOC Agon Pro AG254FG, ghosting and motion blur can be present, if subtle, allowing the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B to remain competitive.

Gamers certainly have other options that may be better suited to their specific needs, but the LG UltraGear OLED 27GR95QE-B is an exceptional monitor that’s ready for almost any challenge that might come its way. Its supreme flexibility and remarkable performance make it easy to recommend.
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