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amazon LG UltraFine 27EP950 reviews
Screen size: 26.9-inch
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 4K (3840×2160)
Screen technology: OLED
Color system: 10-bit
Color depth: 1.07 billion colors
Color gamut: AdobeRGB & DCI-P3 99% (Typ.)
Scan frequency: 60Hz
Response speed: 1ms (GtG)
Brightness: 250 cd/m² (min)
Features: HDR 10, DisplayHDR 400 TRUE BLACK
Connectors: 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x USB-C (DP Alternate Mode, PD 90W), 3x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone 3.5mm
In addition to the 27-inch LG UltraFine 27EP950 version, there is also a 32EP950 version on the market with similar specifications, only the size is up to 32 inches.
In terms of parameters, perhaps immediately striking our eyes is a genuine OLED panel with extremely attractive strengths: sharp 4K resolution, 10-bit color system, AdobeRGB & DCI-P3 color gamut to 99 %, meet DisplayHDR 400 TRUE BLACK standard. I will talk more about these points after we take a look at the LG UltraFine 27EP950 screen together.
If you are used to looking at gaming monitors, shimmering RGB LEDs, and sturdy V-shaped stands, the design of the LG UltraFine 27EP950 is quite monotonous. The screen border and back are made of plastic. The back has the LG logo imprinted with the signal wire area. The round body is made of sturdy metal, and you can add a plastic clip to hold the wire here for neater wiring.
When I got to the base, I was a little surprised. Instead of a V-shaped leg or a flat surface, LG has designed an arc-shaped base that is pointed at both ends. Previously, LG also had screen models with arc-shaped stands, but it is usually a flat version, and in the case of the 27EP950, it is thinner, creating an elegant and minimalistic corner of the PC. 27EP950 supports screen rotation (90 degrees), up and down, and up/down tilt; only horizontal rotation (around the cylinder body) is not okay.
In general, the exterior of the LG UltraFine 27EP950 is not very prominent, but it is thanks to such a neutral design that this monitor will easily blend into any PC corner, whether gaming or working. However, at this point, many of you will begin to intend to turn away from 27EP950, because the impression from the first meeting is not there, how can we move forward together?
DisplayHDR 400, you must have seen it on quite a few PC monitors today, but DisplayHDR 400 True Black is still quite rare. A little bit backward, in early 2019, VESA introduced new HDR standards called True Black, starting with DisplayHDR 400 True Black and 500 True Black. These standards are essentially the same as DisplayHDR but are specific to OLED panel technology because it is capable of delivering much deeper and more accurate blacks than LCD panels.
Because OLED screens can completely turn off each pixel, rather than using the “local dimming” feature like LCD, there will be no “halo” phenomenon around the glowing pixels. Thanks to this operating mechanism, OLED screens have near-infinity contrast, helping to present HDR content more realistically and convincingly, providing a different experience than LCD screens, I had the opportunity to experience this firsthand on the LG UltraFine 27EP950 screen.
The 27-inch size is quite a bit bigger than the 24-inch, but overall it still fits most of your PC desks, not as “overwhelming” as the 32-inch version. In addition, with 4K resolution, you only need to sit 50 cm from the screen (nearly an arm) and 27EP950 is enough to reach the “standard” Apple Retina already. Therefore, you do not need to worry about the screen being pitted, even looking at the smooth cover is different.
In addition to meeting the DisplayHDR 400 TRUE BLACK standard as shared above, the 27EP950 also has a 10-bit color system and AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 color gamut reaching 99%. The 10-bit color system will help the screen display more colors, and the light/dark, and dark/light transitions will also be smoother, without “color banding”.
The AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts are for professional tasks in the studio, respectively (because they support more and better colors than sRGB in software like Adobe Photoshop) and for movies (which have been standardized globally). As a result, the LG UltraFine 27EP950 will display more accurate colors, and be a good assistant when you do graphics-intensive tasks; plus its 27-inch size and 4K resolution help display a lot of content on the screen.
This monitor also has a bright spot that it supports up to 2 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, and 3 USB ports so you can connect more devices. In particular, the USB-C port on the 27EP950 not only has the usual data transfer function, but it also has DP Alternate Mode to output images with a resolution of up to 4K @ 60Hz, just like the DisplayPort port, and supports PowerDelivery up to 90W so you can quickly charge your phone, tablet, and more.
Going to the entertainment “category”, I tried some games that support the HDR feature on this monitor, to see how it differs from the regular screen. Indeed, the parameters of the 27EP950 are not ideal for playing FPS shooters, but in some blockbuster games like Battlefield 5 or Star Wars: Battlefront 2 that I have tried, it has no shortage of epic, bold scenes cinematic quality, helping to promote the DisplayHDR 400 TRUE BLACK feature.
When combining OLED panels with the HDR feature, the contrast between bright areas (where the sun shines, fire bombs, smoke, lights, …) and dark areas (shades, hidden corners, tunnels, etc.). I feel like I’m no longer playing a game, but the scenes now have more depth, creating more solidity, and making the scene much more realistic than in SDR mode.
To exploit this screen more, I turned on the popular horror game Resident Evil Village to try it out. This game is set in a boring village in Europe, so the atmosphere is equally gloomy. So from the misty outdoor scenes to the indoor interior lit by candles and fire, everything becomes scarier than ever because everything around is now pitch black. The lights are glimmering in the dark, only making the fear in me more.
That’s when playing games, and when watching 4K HDR movies, I have to admit that the LG UltraFine 27EP950 takes me from one surprise to another. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, the action scenes look much more eye-catching and vivid. Especially when Dr. Octavius attacked Spider-Man on the bridge, then the two dragged each other under the bridge to continue fighting. At this time, the shade under the bridge looks completely dark, creating a clear contrast with the bright sky right next to it.
In the movie The Batman (2022), it is already dark, already dark, but 27EP950 has raised the experience a step further, helping the scenes in the dark no longer have a situation like there is a fog blocking the way but instead a color… solid black. Therefore, even a small light spot becomes more prominent in the frame.
where can you get a LG UltraFine 27EP950 online
LG 27EP950-B 27” Ultrafine UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED Pro Display with Adobe RBG 99% / DCI-P3 99%, VESA Display HDR 400 True Black, 1M:1 Contrast Ratio and Tilt/Height/Pivot Adjustable Stand – Black: Buy it now
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