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LG 31.5” UHD 4K HDR Gaming Monitor FreeSync Speakers White 32UN500-W $499 + Post ($489 Delivered with First) RRP $729 @ Kogan


My 5th Ozbargain Deal Post,.. Hope this one survives lolz

Considering some of the specs this monitor offers, I think not a bad price (unless there is something better out there?)

Been hanging out for a 32inch 4K monitor as it hits the sweet spot in size were one does not need to scale windows desktop bigger (cause hard to see font on a small 4K screen such as my current LG 27inch monitor Without scalling bigger)

Please do comment if this is worth the price offered by Kogan as will probably purchase one tonight

Noticed too,. Office Works sell the exact same specs LG 32inch 4K monitors, though theres have different model numbers, wonder if they'd price match with there "price match and 5% discount offer" with this 32inch 4K LG monitor from Kogan, might try them out today and report back here

The LG 31.5” UHD 4K HDR (32UN500-W) Gaming Monitor enables you to enjoy 4K HDR content as you've dreamed of

Boosts the new era of 4K HDR console gaming experience, not only bringing unprecedented thrills with decent image and sound, but also helping you win more battles with AMD FreeSync, Dynamic Action Sync and Black Stabiliser.
Speakers Wattage: 5W x2

Fluid and rapid motion,. with AMD FreeSync technology, console gamers can experience a seamless, fluid movement throughout high-resolution, fast-paced games. AMD FreeSync virtually eliminates screen tearing and stuttering.

React faster to opponents,. the Dynamic Action Sync feature minimises input lag so gamers can catch every single moment in real time.

Attack first in dark,. gamers can avoid snipers hiding in the darkest places and quickly escape situations when the flash explodes.

More vivid and realistic,. explore HDR content from multiple streaming services. The result is the truest with vivid colors in a wide range when playing on LG UHD 4K monitor with HDR10 technology in support of DCI-P3(D65) 95% (Typ.) colour space.

Easy and clean design,. the one-click stand makes it easy to install without any other equipment, and you can flexibly adjust the tilt of the big screen to position it in the optimal position desired by you

Panel Type: VA
AMD FreeSync technology
Game Mode with Dynamic Action Sync
Dimensions: With Stand: 714.3 x 512.3 x 208.8mm | Without Stand: 714.3 x 420.0 x 45.7mm
Weight: With Stand: 7.8kg | Without Stand: 6.8kg
Display: Brightness 280 (min), 350 (Typ)cd/m²
Colour Gamut: Yes
Contrast Ratio: 1800:1 (min), 3000:1 (Typ)
Pixel/Dot Pitch 0.18159 x 0.18159 mm
Resolution 3840 x 2160 UHD 4K
Response Time 4ms
Screen Size 31.5"
Supported Aspect Ratios 16:9
Viewable Angle 178degree(R/L), 178degree(U/D)
Surface Treatment: Anti Glare
PIP: Yes
Black Stabiliser: Yes
Flicker Safe: Yes
Reader Mode: Yes
Wall Mountable: 100 x 100mm
Headphone Jack: Yes
Input Voltage: 100~240V (50/60Hz)
Power Consumption: 55W (Max), 45W (Typ), 0.5W (Sleep Mode), Less than 0.3W (DC Off)
Manufacturer Warranty: 3 Years

More specs from manufacturer

3-Side Virtually Borderless Design
Vivid Color & HDR
DCI-P3 90% (Typ.) HDR10
Multimedia Features
AMD FreeSync™

Actually this is being offered at LG website in America for US$329.99, funny the warranty is only stated for one year?

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  • +1 vote

    FYI, this is VA panel.

  • +5 votes

    I wonder how much you got paid off by LG to post this lol… joking. Not sure if you heard but they just got caught out bribing YouTubers to give them good reviews on their monitors. Hardware Unboxed did a video on it.


      Wow thanks I actually own a 27inch LG 4K panel, I've never had any issues with it though I wouldn't brag about the screen quality and I think i paid just a shade over $400 for it 3 years back, will check out the Hardware Unboxed video

      Yupz just searched through google and what your saying is posted everywhere,. so thanks

      • +1 vote

        Not to say they're bad monitors but just LG having stipulations about what they can say and only testing in certain modes etc. Of course they'll offer "compensation" for doing this :).
        If you're looking for a decent HDR panel this is fairly average. 300 nits is stock standard for monitors and TVs 10 years ago. If you don't use HDR then this will be fine with a better contrast ratio and deeper blacks


          Yeah my current 27inch LG 4K monitor i purchased 3 years back I think has a brightness of only 200 or maybe 250 nits, its in a bedroom were light doesn't really enter through the window so not really an issue when using with my pc but my first use with it was as a TV attached to a Mighty Fetch box at 4K (while waiting for parts to build my PC) and definitely noticed the the lower brightness compared to my cheap budget HD TV, actually was worried that it would be the same when hooked it up to my new built PC, of course sitting literally in front of it is different from viewing it far away, main two reasons ill be buying this is the price and importantly it being a 32inch 4K monitor were I wont have to adjust windows desktop scaling, as was really annoyed I had to scale on my current 4K 27 incher

  • +1 vote


    How is it compared to the Samsung:



      The Samsung is not @ 4K resolution as much as I'd prefer too try out a Samsung branded monitor, basically I'm after a cheap 4K 32inch monitor but thanks 👍😁

  • +5 votes

    Feels like I'm going to be waiting forever for a monitor with the specs I want : 32". 4K. >= 144Hz. HDMI 2.1. Price <= 2 kidneys.

    Really annoys me when manufacturers advertise their monitors as "Gaming!!" but then you have to go searching the internet for the refresh rate specs because they casually neglect to include it in the listing (only to find it is 60Hz).

    • +3 votes

      With almost every monitor or TV to get the best refresh rate and lag you have to be in a certain mode and lose so many picture processing features to achieve it. Another thing they never tell you.

    • +3 votes

      it is weird indeed, 32 4k 100+hz seems to be a very niche spec that no manufacturers want to do… the only thing close to it would be the LG 43" OLED 120hz.

      Try asking for IPS instead of VA and it gets even harder.


        What's the big differences between IPS vs VA monitor panels, I can see the VA panel technology has been around for a while, yes makes a big difference in pricing so I'm assuming IPS is better then VA

        • +1 vote

          VA panels have much better brightness and contrast. But can lose that advantage when viewed on an angle. IPS is usually about a quarter of the contrast ratio and sometimes not even half the brightness compared to better VA. So if your using it as a monitor you'd rather have VA as you're straight on all the time. Colour accuracy can vary depending on panel, but because of the better brightness and contrast you'll get more colour volume. The most noticeable thing is that VA will have much deeper blacks. This is why all the big brands use VA in there top of the line TV models.


            @Monstalova: Thanks a lot was actually worried VA panels were inferior too IPS panels,.. I'm certainly after brightness and deep blacks and prices seem cheaper for VA panels

            Seen a curved VA panel monitor, (never owned one) I'm guessing sitting straight in front, the curved ends would be more visible (well more straight inline view to user) over a flat VA panel, I'm assuming especially over a 32inch sized monitor

            • +1 vote

              @Italkdigital: From my friends curved monitor it seems it actually helps for VA. It loses a little brightness and colour saturation when viewing the screen up close if you look at the edges normally. In my view its basically what an IPS looks like straight on anyway.


                @Monstalova: I guess too one has too get use too a curved panel also

                edit: I think the curved monitor I've found has 350nits brightness, the brightest I've seen so far in this price range, between $400 to $500 range, might post it on Ozbargain latter

          • -1 vote

            @Monstalova: I don't believe IPS vs VA are actually different in terms of brightness - that's a function of the LED backlight, not the type of LCD. The big differences are the ones you mentioned - VA has worse viewing angles but much better contrast, but also tend to get a bit smeary in darker areas. IPS is much more colour accurate, if you need it e.g. photo or video editing, and better response times, but contrast is much worse (looks grey rather than black).

            I've heard the Samsung VAs are closing the gap with IPS and have great contrast, but I get put off by the crazy curves on their gaming monitors.

            My perfect monitor doesn't exist yet… Well it does, but it's about $3k more than I'm willing to pay.

            • -1 vote

              @tophorus: Colour accuracy like i said can vary and depends on the manufacturer if they put the better tech in it like quantum dot or better phosphorus. Brightness is do with the panel. The LEDs cannot penetrate through the IPS panel as well so the brightness takes a big hit


                @Monstalova: You sure? Would love to read up on that, because I haven't heard that before, and I've been poring over monitor specs and reviews for months now. The VAs definitely get much higher contrast ratios, but I haven't seen anything to indicate that VAs are in general brighter than IPS. In fact, of the Vesa-certified monitors that reach DisplayHDR 1000 or 1400, the majority of them seem to be IPS.

                You might be right, but it's just not something I've seen written anywhere that I've looked at so far, and I've done a lot of reading.

                In terms of colour gamut, you're right, there are now technologies such quantum dots that can improve the colour gamut by emitting light at a different frequency to the source, but the most common approach by manufacturers is actually to use a wide gamut backlight. There are some LG monitor variations, for example, where the panel is identical but one only covers sRGB while the other can do something like 90% of DCI-P3, and the difference is the backlight they use.

                BTW, phosphors are not used in LCDs - that's the domain of CRT screens.

                • -1 vote

                  @tophorus: Its in the name! :)
                  VA means vertically aligned. IPS generally has horizontal when they move to shut off or open for light. Vertical allows more light to push through. Also shuts off better allowing less light to get through when needed giving better blacks. Their slightly better structure is more efficient. Maybe look at the high end TVs that can get to 4000 nits on VA. I've never seen an IPS that can get anywhere near 2000. Quantum dots can still have phosphorus as well as regular monitors and TVs without quantum dot. There are different ways they make them. I know cadmium was used when Sony first did it, then Samsung were using cadmium free for environmental purposes. One of the main elements in all quantum dots is indium phosphide (Indium and Phosphorus) Sounds like you've only begun on your research…


                    @Monstalova: From TechSpot article comparing TN, IPS and VA:

                    In terms of brightness there’s no inherent differences between the technologies because the backlight, which determines brightness, is separate to the liquid crystal panel. However there are significant differences to contrast ratios, and this an area most people look at when determining which panel type they want.

                    I still haven't found any evidence that the type of LCD has any bearing on brightness…?

                    Also I think you're confusing contrast ratio with brightness. The average TV these days is still 500-1000 nits. Some of the really bright ones are approaching 2000 (see https://www.rtings.com/tv/tests/picture-quality/peak-brightn...). Yes, there are a couple of prototypes and reference TVs that have gone higher (Sony had a 10,000 nit TV at one of the shows, which probably needed a nuclear reactor to power it).

                    I suspect the reason TV makers go with VA over IPS for the brighter screens is because with IPS the bright highlights end up washing out the blacks. It's not because the IPS screens can't go as bright, it's because VA lets them get better contrast without the added expense of full array light dimming.

                    • -1 vote

                      @tophorus: I've given you the explanation but you decide to look at supposed tech journalists that dont know the reason why VA panels go brighter? They just assume it makes no difference. Z9G a consumer TV of 2020 gets 4000 nits with a VA panel. Even Hisense had a TV in Australia 2018 that did 3000. Im not confusing anything, you're just looking for proof to justify your assumptions. That article you mentioned was pointless. Of course the backlight is separate from the panel. The LEDs still need to penetrate through the panel. IPS LCD is horizontal and differently shaped than the VA (vertical) LCD. The liquid crystals move when needed. Slightly thinner and wider so it can shut out more light and open more space when required. There's a new IPS variant ADS which has improved the brightness over the last year or two but still not being able to reach VA peaks. I used to work for Panasonic and can tell you these thing because I've seen it and constructed parts of it. I have no idea why you're trying to prove me wrong when you don't know how the internals of a TV work. This info is not really talked about because nobody cared or even asked about the differences (to the normal eye its very hard to tell the difference anyway).


                        @Monstalova: Hi @Monstalova, I'm not trying to prove you wrong. Like I said up front, you may well be right, but I just haven't seen it mentioned before apart from this OzBargain post. I'm actually just interested in learning about the tech, and curious about why this doesn't seem to get mentioned as a downside of IPS.

                        Saying "it's in the name" didn't really help me, because I thought the crystal alignment shifted under a charge to let the light through anyway, i.e. VA goes from vertical to horizontal, IPS goes from parallel to… parallel but rotated 90 degrees? Not sure. I was kind of hoping you could link me to some sort of article or paper that describes it in more detail.

                        To me it seems surprising that if IPS was generally only half the brightness of VA panels, as you said above, surely monitors for sale would (on average) have brighter screens if they are VA compared to IPS? That doesn't seem to be the case with the monitors I've been looking at: most monitors seem to be 300-400 nits regardless of LCD type. If manufacturers could get 600+ nits brightness with better contrast just by switching from IPS to VA then why aren't they doing it? Everyone seems to agree that HDR (requiring high brightness, high contrast) is the way to go for image quality.

                        So please don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to prove you wrong, I'm genuinely curious about this.


          Thanks to both of yas,.. interesting read


        I don't think it's weird at all that 4K @ 100+Hz is niche, very few people have the hardware to drive that many pixels at that speed


          Will a 3070 do?


          4k 100hz exists as 27 and 28 inch for a while… the niche is the whole combination of 32", 4k, and 100+hz

          LG C9 OLED (55"-75") already existed for a while too…


      My original plan was too wait for a 32inh 4K TV with HDMI 2.1 ports though I haven't seen any as yet only bigger sizes then 32inch more so over 50inch sizes

  • +2 votes

    uggh 300nits for HDR - PASS


      Yeah found better 32inch 4K monitors similar price or around $50 more will post here when I have a chance, one has 350 nits brightness hopefully better for HDR and it also has USB ports though only 3 watt speakers which I hope will do for general Windows use

      Also might hold out for Prime Day(s) as not far away on the 21st/22nd this month


      Really should be a legal mandate that HDR300 needs to be written “HDR”.



    Isn’t this pretty much the same but cheaper?


      It surely is another one too consider, dare I say now it's leading on my list too buy cause of the $379 price, found one that has USB ports for $450, nice too have them but yeah see what hhappens so big thanks for your post