LG puts a price on HDR with $1000 32UD99-W


— 5:05 PM on March 20, 2017

HDR is coming into its own in the television world, but the new color standard is just beginning to make its way into the PC side of things. Right now, each and every display that supports HDR is noteworthy. LG's new 4K, 32-inch 32UD99-W monitor was first displayed during CES earlier this year and is now available.

The HDR10-compliant 31.5" IPS display shows off 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut across its screen. The 32UD99-W offers onboard color-space switching, a feature that'll probably come in handy for graphics professionals. Seeing as HDR is the headlining characteristic of this display, it'll light up your room a bit better than your run-of-the-mill screen. LG says that peak brightness should hit 550 cd/m², compared to the 350 cd/m² offered by most screens. The typical contrast ratio is 1300:1, an upgrade compared to the common 800:1 or 1000:1 figures.

While the 32UD99-W might be a great monitor for graphics work or watching videos, gamers might be put off by the 5-ms response time and 60Hz maximum refresh rate. The monitor does offer FreeSync support in the 40Hz to 60Hz range, and a Game Mode that disables any post-processing.

For inputs, the 32UD99-W offers a USB Type-C port, a DisplayPort connector, and two HDMI 2.0a ports. There are also two USB 3.0 ports as an added convenience. The stand offers plenty of movement with height, angle, and pivot adjustments. LG packed in a pair of 5-watt speakers in case you don't already have a set on hand. On the software side, you get screen splitting, picture-in-picture, and color and game presets via the included utility.

The LG 32UD99-W is available right now for $999 at BH Photo & Video, Adorama, or Amazon.

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