Best LG gaming monitors in 2022

If you’re in the market for a new monitor, LG offers a number of great devices. While the company isn’t the top choice for any gamer it was just a year or two ago, its gaming monitor lineup includes pretty good options no matter your preferences. You’ve got excellent 4K and 1440p high refresh rate models as well as a couple of excellent ultrawide gaming monitors. Those who demand the best image quality and high-end HDR experience can always pick one of LG’s OLED TVs.

Below you can find the best LG gaming monitors. As we already said, we have something for everyone, including a pretty good budget gaming monitor. Before we begin, note that almost every monitor on this list uses LG’s Nano IPS technology. Nano IPS redefined the gaming monitor market with ultra-fast response times and excellent colors. On the other hand, the main downside of this flavor of IPS technology is weak contrast, even when compared with other IPS panels. If your gaming monitor checklist includes deep blacks, either skip this list or drop to the very end of it.

Before we begin, let’s share a couple of articles you might find interesting. If you’re into esports, definitely check our list of the best 1440p 240Hz monitors since we only have one 1080p 240Hz pick here. Next, our guide for the best IPS monitors includes a couple of models suited for professional use, not only gaming. Finally, read our 1080p vs 1440p vs 4K vs 8K guide to learn about the differences between the most popular monitor resolutions. 

1. LG 27GP950: Best 4K LG gaming monitor

Resolution
3840 × 2160
Pixel Density
163 PPI
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Panel Type
IPS

We’re starting this list with the best 4K gaming monitor made by LG. The 27GP950 is an excellent monitor and one of the best picks for everyone looking for a 4K 144Hz gaming monitor. Its strong points are extra fast response time, luscious colors, and HDMI 2.1 inputs. There’s also G-Sync compatibility and FreeSync support. HDMI 2.1 support makes the 27GP950 one of the best monitors for console gamers that don’t have plenty of space in their room. Further, 4K resolution, combined with almost 90 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, makes the 27GN950 a superb choice for content creators.

The max refresh rate is 144Hz but you can overclock the panel to 160Hz. Overall, this is a superb result for a 4K gaming monitor. The contrast hovers around 1000:1, and the monitor has an excellent peak brightness of about 420 nits. HDR support is there, at least on paper. In reality, do not buy this monitor for the HDR experience. As on most gaming monitors, the HDR experience is limited, with poor contrast and shabby local dimming feature (there are only 16 local dimming zones). For instance, if you want a solid HDR experience, you need at least 1000 zones.

As for downsides, aside from average contrast, the 27GP950 also suffers from IPS glow, and its 16-zone local dimming feature will create an awful halo effect around glowing objects in HDR mode. Last but not least, the price could’ve been lower. Still, the 27GP950 is one of the best 4K gaming monitors right now. Especially for console gamers, content creators, and those that look for fast response times combined with 4K resolution and great colors.

2. LG 27GP850-B: Best 1440p LG gaming monitor

Resolution
2560 × 1440
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Panel Type
IPS

Next up, we have the sweet spot monitor for gamers, the 27GP850. This is a 1440p gaming monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate (can be overclocked to 180Hz) and impressive response time. This is the one to get if you need an ultra-fast gaming monitor but aren’t interested in 240Hz and 360Hz esports beasts. This is also an excellent choice for gamers who only occasionally dab into multiplayer.

So, the 27GP850 offers a swift response time – below 5ms at max refresh rate – which results in impressive motion handling and outstanding performance across the full refresh range. You also get a wide color gamut panel with pretty good factory calibration, making this monitor a solid buy for content creators. The poor contrast ratio strikes again, this time only reaching about 820:1. Pretty bad result for an otherwise brilliant IPS panel. At least the max brightness is excellent, reaching north of 450 nits.

Note that the 27GP850 comes with a pretty good sRGB mode, which is missing on a surprisingly large number of monitors with a wide color gamut. HDR support is on-paper only since the monitor doesn’t have any local dimming zones and poor contrast. In other words, just ignore the HDR 400 support found in the specs. Overall, the 27GP850 is a superb gaming monitor. You’ve got very low response times combined with a wide color gamut and a working sRGB mode. On the flip side, the contrast ratio is below par, and the monitor is a bit more expensive than what we’d like considering its performance and suite of features.

3. LG 27GP750: Best 1080p LG gaming monitor

Resolution
1920 × 1080
Pixel Density
82 PPI
Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Panel Type
IPS

The 27GP750 is a 1080p gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate. In other words, a pretty good choice for esports gamers. Further, with its surprisingly low price, this is, in our opinion, the best budget gaming monitor made by LG. The list of positives includes lightning-fast response time that can follow the extreme 240Hz native refresh rate, extremely low input lag, and high peak brightness (about 380 nits). You also got FreeSync support and G-Sync compatibility. All this makes the LG 27GP750 a superb choice for esports gamers who don’t mind 1080p resolution on a 27-inch panel.

The 27GP750 comes with an average contrast of 1000:1, limited color gamut (but still great colors in SDR mode), and not that great factory calibration. Further, HDR is, again, here in name only. Also, remember that 1080p on a 27-inch panel results in less-than-ideal pixel density. We recommend checking out a 1080p 27-inch monitor in person to see if the image is too grainy for your preferences. Still, the list of positives is pretty good for a gaming monitor, and there’s also a competitive price, making the 27GP750 a strong contender in the budget 1080p monitor market.

4. LG 34GP83A: Best ultrawide LG gaming monitor

Resolution
3440 × 1440
Pixel Density
110 PPI
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Panel Type
IPS

While not the priciest 34-inch ultrawide made by LG, the 34GP83A is definitely the best ultrawide gaming monitor from LG thanks to its impressive performance coupled with the easier-to-swallow price compared to most other high-end ultrawide gaming monitors. You’re looking at an excellent IPS panel regardless of the size and aspect ratio when it comes to performance. Response time is impressive, colors are vibrant and accurate, and the slightly curved 21:9 screen is highly immersive and perfect for gaming.

The 34GP83A also has an excellent peak brightness of about 400 nits along with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz (160Hz when overclocked) and an average contrast for an IPS panel of around 1000:1. The monitor supports HDR 400 spec, but that’s only on paper. The HDR experience is subpar in real use thanks to the low HDR peak brightness (~450 nits) and no local dimming feature. We also have to commend LG for the excellent color accuracy out of the box.

While the 21:9 aspect ratio is perfect for watching most movies and 21:9 TV shows, low contrast makes the 34GP83A less than ideal pick for movie fans and gamers who enjoy their hobbies mainly in the dark. As for content creators, the same stands – as long as you don’t plan on using the monitor in a dark room, this is an excellent choice. Do note that the curve radius of 1900R is relatively tame, especially on a 21:9 panel. It shouldn’t bother users who generally don’t like curved screens much.

5. LG 32GP850: Best 32-inch LG gaming monitor

Resolution
2560 × 1440
Pixel Density
93 PPI
Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Panel Type
IPS

The LG 32GP850 is an excellent 32-inch gaming monitor and the best there is from LG at the moment, as long as you don’t mind 1440p resolution on a 32-inch panel. Performance-wise, this monitor is very similar to its 27-inch cousin, the LG 27GP850. You’ve got excellent response time – about 1ms slower than the 27-inch panel but still quite fast – wide color gamut with accurate colors, an sRGB emulation mode, and a pretty high peak brightness of 400 nits.

The negatives are also quite similar to the 27-inch version: lower than average contrast of about 850:1, HDR support on paper only, and a bit higher price than the competition. At the end of the day, the 32GP850 is an excellent 32-inch gaming monitor with excellent motion handling, a very high refresh rate, and very low input lag.

Thanks to its wide color gamut, it’s also great for content creation. It’s not great for dark room usage due to its dwindling contrast ratio, and there’s also the issue of low pixel density. Now, 93 PPI isn’t as bad as 82 PPI found on 27-inch 1080p panels, but it’s undoubtedly noticeably lower than the 109 PPI you’ve got on a 27-inch 1440p panel.

6. LG C2 OLED: Best HDR LG gaming monitor

Resolution
3840 × 2160
Pixel Density
105 PPI
Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Panel Type
OLED

The last entry on our list isn’t exactly a PC monitor, but if you want a true HDR gaming experience, the LG C2 OLED TV is the one to get. Now, while the 42-inch version of the C2 is not as large as a proper BFGD monitor, it’s still too large for most users. However, if you can handle its size and if you can find space for it on your desk, you’re looking at one of the best gaming monitors you can get right now, period.

Thanks to its OLED panel, the 42-inch C2 has the lowest response time on the market. You’re looking at, more or less, 1ms pixel response time on average. This, coupled with extremely low input lag, makes for the best-in-class motion handling. Next, we have the infinite contrast ratio, again thanks to the OLED panel. The max brightness in HDR is around 850 nits. In other words, the C2 offers one of the best HDR experiences you can get, both in games and movies.

The C2’s automatic brightness limiter can lower max brightness to less than 200 nits when watching SDR content during scenes with large & bright objects. In typical SDR scenarios, the maximum brightness can reach about 400 nits. In other words, excellent brightness for SDR content as long as there aren’t large bright scenes on the TV, such as full-screen Excel sheets or scenes with lots of snow. Finally, the C2 is a wide color gamut “monitor.” Its panel covers almost 100 percent of the DCI-P3 range and has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy.

The 120Hz refresh rate isn’t the highest you can find. However, 120Hz, in combination with lightning-fast response time and low input lag, equals an excellent experience with crystal clear image even during high-paced shootouts in popular multiplayer titles. The FreeSync support and G-Sync compatibility are the cherries on the top of this already quite succulent cake.

The 42-inch C2 is also the best gaming monitor for gamers who use both PC and consoles. Four HDMI 2.1 inputs mean you can use your PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S simultaneously on this TV. When it comes to downsides, the C2 is quite expensive and comes with a permanent burn-in risk. With that said, OLED tech is nowadays much better at minimizing burn-in, and the TV also comes with a number of features that further reduce the risk.