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LG UltraFine Ergo 32UN880-B Review

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In a Nutshell

Besides offering incredible image quality, LG’s 32-inch 4K IPS monitor also features superior ergonomics, which can be attributed to the included ergonomic desktop stand.

LG 32UN880-B 32" UltraFine Display Ergo UHD 4K IPS Display with HDR 10 Compatibility and USB Type-C Connectivity, Black

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If you have been searching for a premium-class PC monitor, then you have probably come across LG’s UltraFine monitor line. This series of LG monitors brings models for more demanding users, with an emphasis on productivity and ergonomics, and thus much better panel quality compared to other office, or gaming monitors. Given the fact that LG’s UltraFine monitors can be found even in Apple’s digital stores, it is quite evident that this series of monitors has a certain pedigree.

As can be inferred from its label, the UltraFine Ergo 32UN880-B is a 32-inch desktop monitor that can boast with splendid ergonomics. It is important to note that this monitor does not come with a classic stand, but rather with a one huge flexible arm which is fixed to the back edge of the table by a massive C-Clamp. This is the so-called “full motion” stand, which features an arm that allows user to move monitor closer or further away from himself/herself. The screen can thus be pushed all the way back to the stand itself, or can be pulled up to 18 cm away from it. Of course, all other maneuvers are also supported, such as tilting around the horizontal axis (± 25°), turning left and right (± 280°), pivoting (± 90°), and height adjustment (± 9 cm).

LG UltraFine 32UN880-B Specifications

Screen Size31.5″ (16:9)
Display Resoluton3.840 x 2.160 (4K)
Refresh Rate60 Hz (AMD FreeSync)
Display TypeIPS (10-bit), W-LED
Response Time5 ms (GTG)
Viewing Angles178° / 178°
HDRYes (HDR10)
Connectors1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C (DisplayPort, 60 W USB-PD), 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5 mm audio output

In addition to offering truly outstanding handling, unseen with any monitor with a regular stand, the included stand also allows you to completely hide all the cables. They can be conducted through the metal tube of the stand, and can exit from its underside and disappear under the table, away from view.

The monitor itself features a plastic, but robust casing, with thin, 9 millimeters top and side edges of the screen, and a four-way joystick for navigating through the OSD. The joystick is located in the middle of the bottom of the screen, and is extremely convenient to use.

All connectors are located at the rear. In addition to one DisplayPort, and two HDMI ports, there is a USB Type-C connector, and a pair of USB 3.0 Type-A ports, as well as one audio-out, and one power connector. The addition of USB Type-C interface will probably cheer anyone who owns a newer laptop, because not only it can be used to transfer data, but also allows video transmission, as well as battery charging. The supported charging power is 60 watts, and if the power consumption of your notebook exceeds this amount, it will start drawing power from its battery. Overall, the existence of the USB-C interface means that LG’s monitor can function as a docking station, which many professionals users will much appreciate. The USB-C cable can also be used to expand computer’s desktop interface, as well transfer data from external hard drives, or smartphones.

Mighty OSD

Before we get into the details of the built-in 4K IPS panel, let’s say a few words about the OSD. The aforementioned four-way joystick gives you quick access to functions such as volume, video input selection and factory image profiles (Vivid, HDR Effect, Reader, Cinema, FPS, RTS, Color Weakness, sRGB, DCI-P3, Calibration 1, Calibration 2, Custom). In the settings, you can intuitively control common things, such as brightness, contrast, color temperature, and gamma.

Although this is not a gaming monitor, the OSD also allows you to enable Overdrive (a technology to accelerate the transition of pixels, with the aim of reducing ghosting) and activate adaptive synchronization, which is deactivated by default. The monitor officially supports AMD FreeSync (Nvidia’s graphics cards recognize it as G-Sync compatible) and offers two options: Basic and Extended. In case you want to set the FreeSync operating range to 40-60 Hz, then you should select Extended option. This is particularly useful if your computer is powerful enough to achieve between 40 and 60 FPS at native 4K resolution in games, as FreeSync will take care of delivering flawless image smoothing and will eliminate any screen tearing.

Speaking of this monitor in the context of gaming, let’s also mention that the maximum sharpness of moving objects is obtained when Overdrive is set to Fast. This monitor also features a surprisingly low input lag of only 17 milliseconds, albeit with slightly larger oscillations in both directions; the minimum input lag drops to 8 ms and the maximum goes up to 26 milliseconds. One option that is not present in the OSD, and would be potentially useful, is the simultaneous display of an image from two sources – Picture-in-Picture (PiP) or Picture-by-Picture (PbP).

The LG UltraFine Ergo 32UN880-B is equipped with a flat, 10-bit IPS panel. Its native resolution is 4K (3.840×2.160), and the diagonal is 31.5 inches. This configuration results in a pixel density of 140 PPI and generally excellent display sharpness. Windows recommends that this combination of diagonal and native resolution should be used with 150 percent interface scaling, but in practice 125 percent scaling can also be used without any issues. If they really want, users with excellent eyesight can use 100 percent scaling, even though the graphical elements of the operating system and applications can become quite too small in that case.

Image Quality

According to the manufacturer, the UltraFine Ergo 32UN880-B is factory calibrated. Initial measurements with a colorimeter gave us a hint that someone really spent some time adjusting the display of this monitor, because we were able to measure a brightness of 222 cd/m2 and a color temperature of 6.514 K right out-of-the-box. For a large number of users, these values are almost optimal and shouldn’t be modified. In other words, if you are doing normal office work and want a monitor that is ready to work as soon as it is turned on, the UltraFine Ergo 32UN880-B fully fits that description.

A deeper analysis of the panel’s performance found that there are only two options worth changing. First, the brightness could be raised to a desired 250 cd/m2 . In order to to that, you just have to raise the Brightness value from 50 to 60 in monitor’s OSD settings menu. The measurement also showed that the gamma should be raised from the factory setting of Mode 1 to Mode 4, because then you get a curve that almost perfectly follows the reference, while with Mode 1 setting enabled there is a negligible deviation at higher brightness, which can result in loss of detail in the brighter parts of the scene.

No other modifications to the settings are required, and you do not need to use any other factory image profiles offered, as none of them offer a better display than the one we’ve just suggested. You might only be interested in the Reader profile, in which the blue color is aggressively filtered, with the aim of drastically reducing eye fatigue, especially during night work. As its name suggests, this profile can be convenient for reading long documents during the night, especially if they are written on a white background.

After these minor interventions, the colorimeter showed us 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space, as well as 95 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 space (and 87% for the Adobe RGB space). The total brightness range of the screen ranged from 36 to 372 cd/m2, and the static contrast ratio ranged from 890:1 to 1.010:1, which is very good for an IPS panel. The monitor formally supports the HDR standard HDR10, but the mentioned maximum brightness is insufficient to obtain the dynamics needed for “real” HDR. The color uniformity of this monitor is excellent, with a maximum measured deviation being invisible to the naked eye. The backlight uniformity test showed that the lower left corner of the screen can be up to 15% darker than the middle. These oscillations are invisible in practice, and can be spotted only if you display one color across the entire screen and carefully look for the smallest irregularities.

As for the “factory” color accuracy, it is good, though not flawless. Gray tones have excellent precision, but for some shades of green, red and blue we measured ΔE greater than 4. All of this changed dramatically after calibration. The calibrated panel displayed superior color accuracy, with a maximum measured ΔE of 1.7, meaning that the UltraFine Ergo 32UN880-B can be used for professional photo processing, video editing and all other color-critical tasks.

Conclusion

The LG UltraFine Ergo 32UN880-B is an excellent office monitor, and its calibration further expands the area of specialization and makes it interesting to more demanding users, who will also find it quite affordable. In addition to a high-quality 32-inch 4K IPS panel, the 32UN880-B also offers a USB-C interface, with all of its benefits, as well as outstanding ergonomics, with which few other monitors on the market can compete.

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