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4K monitors are always all the rage when it comes to TVs and monitors since its inception. The initial launch of 4K monitors overshadowed the existence of 1440p monitors in the mainstream market – and that’s because the marketing for 4K monitors for TVs is applicable for computer monitors too. As time goes by, we have more choices for 4K monitors. Then comes the LG 27UD58 – a 27-inch 4K monitor with AMD FreeSync.

Here’s our full review of the monitor – and we also have a video for you!

Unboxing

The LG 27UD58 comes in a very tiny and thin box for a 27-inch monitor, by the way – and yet have an adequate thickness of foam to protect the monitor during transport. It’s a really compact and tight packaging, by the way.

LG 27UD58
Surprised by its size actually – it measures only slightly larger than the screen itself!

Be careful of which direction you’re opening from – as LG did label which part is supposed to face the front/up.

Everything is nicely packed too – and all of the accessories, cables, and documentations are nicely segregated. Neat packaging.

LG 27UD58
Some thick foam to protect all the contents.

After digging out all of the things in the box, I found a single HDMI cable, a full-sized male-to-male DisplayPort cable, lots of documentation including a Display Quality Assurance Report, a CD (seriously, why?), the base mounts, cover, cable clip, and a power jack.

The main focus of it here is the Display Quality Assurance Report – as that’s the main report that tells you the quality of this particular unit of the LG 27UD58. All units of the LG 27UD58 are individually calibrated to give you the most accurate colors.

LG 27UD58

Specs

As for the list of specs, the LG 27UD58 is obviously a 4K monitor with 3840×2160 resolution and comes with 60Hz refresh rate with its IPS panel. This monitor has a 5ms response time with 72% NTSC color gamut. As a bonus, the LG 27UD58 even comes with AMD FreeSync.

Screen size 27-inch
Panel type IPS, matte
Color Gamut 72% NTSC
Response time 5ms
Resolution 3840×2160
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Viewing angle 178°(H)/178°(V)
VESA compliance Yes; VESA MIS-D 100mm x 100mm mount
Ergonomic Tilt only
Ports HDMI1; HDMI2; DisplayPort; headphone jack
Other features AMD FreeSync

Setting up

To be honest, the LG 27UD58 is a fairly lightweight monitor and it’s very easy to get it going. As LG has clearly labeled and placed everything in the box, it took only a few seconds to get everything prepped and ready to go.

Firstly, get the display out from the box and place it somewhere flat. Then, get the two screws and the neck ready and screw it into the monitor. After that, take the base and screw it into the neck. Then, take the cover piece and place it over the two exposed screws to cover them up.

All set and done!

What worried me at first is the small contact point of the base, but surprisingly – its frame is made out of solid aluminium with grippy rubber feet at the end points. It’s definitely not going anywhere.

Partly its rigidity comes from the lack of height adjustment too, which might be worrying for many people – including me. The tilt angle on the LG 27UD58 is quite good, though there are no specific numbers stated by LG.

Ports

As mentioned before in the list of specs, the LG 27UD58 comes with two HDMI, DisplayPort, headphone jack, and a power jack.

What’s impressive is that LG managed to cramp in the power supply inside the monitor itself – so you don’t have to deal with an external power brick. Also, LG has made these ports to stick out perpendicularly towards the back – which might cause a bit of interference if you’re trying to wall mount the LG 27UD58.

LG 27UD58

Once you got all of the cable hooked up, you can route them behind the LG 27UD58’s neck with the included clip.

LG 27UD58
Route your cables through this.

The overall look of it is pretty clean with that glossy black finish, in my opinion.

On-screen display menu

I highly recommend you to check out the view we have made, as it guides you through all of the display menu settings and options available.

One thing I do like with the LG 27UD58 is the placement of that little joystick right underneath the LG logo at the center. It’s tactile and feels surprisingly good to use.

I think that the menu is actually organized in a pretty good layout, however, a brief description of that it does is needed on the OSD itself. By the way, the LG 27UD58 does have DCC/CI support too, so you can control these settings via software.

User experience

So how’s the LG 27UD58? I have to say, the LG 27UD58 is really bright. I don’t really like bright lights to begin with, so I have to set it to a rather low brightness. Again, thanks to the simple OSD display, it’s pretty simple to do.

For whatever reason you’re actually utilizing the headphone jack on the LG 27UD58 itself, then make sure you have a cable length of at least 50cm or so. Because of the weirdness of that jack’s position at the monitor, the headphone cable’s route is pretty weird too.

LG 27UD58
Yep, the headphone jack is at the top.

Since the LG 27UD58 are individually calibrated and signed, the color accuracy on this display is absolutely gorgeous – as it really brings out all of the colors clearly but it’s not overly saturated. It’s got the color vividness sweet spot just nice.

LG 27UD58

One thing that’s still a little weird is the presence of AMD FreeSync in this 60Hz 4K monitor. I mean, it feels a bit out of sync (no pun intended) for a 60Hz monitor to include FreeSync. Sure, once can argue that since FreeSync is indeed free and open source, it’s a bonus for us the consumers to have a monitor that supports FreeSync –  but is it worth the extra effort to implement it in the first place?

Then comes to overclocking the display. I tried it with DisplayPort and tried 75Hz straight – since that seems to be the norm for faster-than-60Hz monitors these days. Once I keyed in 75Hz, the display just wouldn’t turn on at all. I tried lowering the number all the way down to 65Hz – a mere 5Hz increase – and the LG 27UD58 turns on – but fails the frame skip test.

Wrapping up the LG 27UD58 review

Alright, so here’s the conclusion for the LG 27UD58. It’s a pretty 4K monitor with a few crucial features that everyone seeks. The base is thin and elegant yet functional to hide the cables. It does support VESA mounting too.

One thing I absolutely love LG for is integrating the power supply into the monitor itself. With that said, the LG 27UD58 is actually a pretty decent 4K monitor with these specs.

LG 27UD58
Just look at how sleek the monitor is!

For the price of about RM1,700-ish over at Lazada right now, this monitor is actually a decent buy for those who want to up the resolution and get great colors and great viewing angles. Just make sure you do have a graphics card that’s capable of handling the 4K resolution – but that’s a story for another day.

LG 27UD58

Where to buy?

Prices listed are as of publishing date.


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