LG have announced the forthcoming release of their new UltraFine 32UQ85R monitor, a 31.5″ sized 4K display with the new “IPS Black” panel technology from LG.Display. This offers improvements to contrast ratios and off-angle viewing of dark content that have long been a weakness of IPS panels. The screen is aimed at productivity enhancements, office environments and general usage.
LG 32UQ85R Specification
The screen is 31.5″ in size and offers a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution, 5ms G2G response time (on max ‘Faster’ setting), an impressive (for an IPS panel) 2000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 98% of the DCI-P3 reference.
The screen includes a factory calibration plus support for hardware calibration using ‘Calibration Studio’ software from LG. You can use the provided detachable automatic self-calibration device for this hardware calibration if you want, or a third party device if you’d rather.
The screen has a 60Hz refresh rate, since it is aimed at office and general uses and not gamers. But it does also include adaptive-sync for VRR from both NVIDIA and AMD systems (48 – 60Hz VRR range).
The stand provides tilt, height and swivel adjustments. There are 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0 and a USB type-C (with DP alt mode, 96W power delivery and data) provided for connectivity. There are also 2x USB ports, and built in 2x 5W MaxxAudio speakers.
IPS Black Technology
This is LG.Display’s latest IPS panel innovation which is designed to increase contrast ratio, and improve dark image viewing from an angle (i.e. reduce common “IPS glow”). We brought you some early information back in July 2021 about this in our last LG.Display panel roadmap update and we knew at the time that one of the two currently planned panels was a 31.5″ 4K offering – which is what LG are using here for this monitor.
Spec wise the LG 32UQ85R offers an impressive 2000:1 contrast ratio, doubling that of most IPS technology panels. It will be very interesting to see how this performs in real use once it’s launched. This could be a positive sign of things to come for IPS panels if manufacturers can improve contrast ratio. It also remains to be seen what improvements it offers to dark content viewing from an angle, and reducing IPS glow – which LG promote as “Deep Black from Sides” in their marketing (catchy!). As LG put it in their press release: “LG’s first Nano IPS Black panel empowers the LG UltraFine Display to deliver realistic and nuanced black tones, adding more depth to images and allowing creators to realize their visions with advanced precision.”
More information on specs, pricing and availability when we get it. You can find out more about these new premium monitors by joining LG’s CES 2022 virtual press conference on January 4 at 08:00 PST.
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