LG trotted out a big and beautiful 4K monitor with HDR support at CES a couple of months ago, and we've been awaiting its arrival ever since. Well, the wait is over, at least in terms of being able to order one—the 31.5-inch 32UD99-W (opens in new tab) is now available to pre-order for $999.
If LG priced this thing a dollar more we might have scoffed at the $1,000 price tag. But at $999, how can you pass this up?
Joking aside, though pricey this is a premium monitor and LG's first to boast HDR support. Specifically, the 32UD99-W supports the HDR10 standard (versus the competing Dolby Vision standard), the same high dynamic range technology found in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and several TVs and monitors.
The 32UD99-W has a narrow bezel on all four sides and features an in-plane switching (IPS) panel with high color accuracy (95 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space). Based on its rated specs, it's also capable of getting really bright—it has a typical rating of 350 nits and a peak rating of 550 nits.
For gaming, FreeSync support is present and accounted for, along with a relatively low 5ms GTG response time. It also has generous viewing angles (178 degrees vertical and horizontal), which is typical of IPS panels.
Audio is served up through a pair of built-in 5W speakers enhanced by LG's "Rich Bass" technology, which is supposed to highlight low-end sound. But who are we kidding—get yourself some real speakers (opens in new tab). And on the connectivity side, there are two downstream USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, two HDMI 2.0a ports, and a DisplayPort 1.2 connector.
On the ergonomics front, LG's monitor supports tilt (-5 to 15 degrees), height (110mm), and pivot (90 degrees) adjustments.
The LG 32UD99-W can be pre-ordered from B&H Photo (opens in new tab) with expected availability on March 28. Adorama (opens in new tab) is also accepting orders, though it doesn't clarify if the item is in stock now or will ship at a later date.
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