Costco $179 - LG UltraGear 27" Class FHD IPS G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor

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  1. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Local Costco has a stack of these in stock for a Holiday sale that starts Nov 22nd - Dec 2nd 2019, and you can buy now and get a "Price Adjustment" to $179.99 when the sale starts = $70 off current price of $249.99:

    LG UltraGear 27" Class FHD IPS G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor
    https://www.costco.com/lg-ultragear-27"-class-fhd-ips-g-sync-compatible-gaming-monitor.product.100512138.html

    ★★★★★5 out of 5 stars Read reviews 5.0 (2)
    Item 1367030 Model 27GL63T-B.AUS
    Your Price $249.99

    Display:
    • 27" IPS Panel
    • 1920 x 1080 Resolution
    • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
    • 144Hz Refresh Rate
    • 5ms Response Time (1ms Motion Blur Reduction)
    • NVIDIA G–Sync Compatible
    • sRGB 99% Color Gamut
    • 320cd (typ) / 400cd (Min) Brightness
    • 600:1 (Min.), 1000:1 (Typ.) (from LG Specs page, link below)
    • Height/Pivot/Tilt Adjustable Stand
    Ports:
    • 1 x HDMI
    • 1 X Display Port
    Audio:
    • Headphone out
    Dimensions and Weight:
    • 24.2" x 18.3-22.6" x 10.8" (With Stand)
    • 24.2" x 14.4" x 1.8" (Without Stand)
    • 14.1lbs (With Stand)
    • 9.9lbs (Without Stand)
    When viewing the display in Costco it was clearly a stunning panel, with dark blacks, accurately saturated colors, and very sharp text and images. It has a large "wow factor" to the image. Every other display looked washed out and out of focus in comparison, and there was a wide range of large, wide, 1080p, 1440p, and 2160p monitors on display.

    Although Costco had a bunch on the floor when I got mine [before the sale starts], it didn't look like it would take much demand to clean them out quickly. Although it involves 2 trips in to Costco, having the monitor now (my old Dell is failing) + $70+tax refunded later is worth it to me.

    Costco Price Adjustment:
    https://customerservice.costco.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/628

    Customer Service / Sales guys said up to 90 days return for full refund - same for price adjustment, but the details online say 30 days for the price adjustment - and I think you'd want to go in *during the sale* to get that immediate price adjustment.

    Also, LG has several 27" UltraGear models, this one looks like a "special" for Costco that most closely matches the 27GL650f-b, and the only difference I can find is this Costco model only has 1 HDMI port instead of 2, and both have 1 Display Port.

    LG 27GL63T-B 27 inch UltraGear™ Full HD IPS Gaming Monitor with G-Sync® Compatibility
    https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gl63t-b
    https://www.lg.com/us/support/product/lg-27GL63T-B.AUS

    LG 27GL650F-B 27 inch UltraGear™ Full HD IPS Gaming Monitor with G-Sync® Compatible, Adaptive-Sync
    https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gl650f-b

    The unit I unpacked is perfect with no bright uneven IPS edge bleed. The IPS "glow" is even and minimized to satisfaction for me @ Brightness of 45-55, With the "Black Stabilizer" setting at 50, @ 144hz refresh the blacks are dark with good shadow detail. Out of the box the Brightness is set to 100% - way too bright, I adjusted the Brightness to 50, Contrast to 45, and Sharpness to 70, Gaming Response to Fast, refresh to 144hz.

    The LG site page for this monitor doesn't list HDR, but HDR is listed on the box, with an HDR Effect Game Mode profile in the menu with an HDR status item in the status list above the settings menu. There are also Adaptive Sync settings: Off, Basic, Extended, and a 1ms Motion Blur Reduction. All of the "Special Features" items on the 27GL650F-B Specs are in the 27GL63T-B menu system, even though some are missing on the 27GL63T-B Specs page.

    I was looking to get a LG 27GL850 27" @ $499 from BestBuy to replace the Dell, but Bestbuy are out of stock - even when they were in stock you have to order for delivery - it's never in stock at their stores. I'm glad I checked Costco as the monitor was in stock and available immediately.

    I am waiting for the 38GL950G to be released for my main system. Although, I think I'd like a 2 x 27" = 49" curved widescreen version updated to current specs of the UltraGear monitors, if LG announces one soon enough.
     
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    This is a great price if you can tolerate 1080p resolution on a 27-inch display.
     
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    I've been using 27" 1080p monitors for a long long time, and this is the best 1080p monitor I've owned at the lowest price for this quality of display. Dark blacks, accurate colors, large brightness range, 144hz, variable refresh / Freesync / Nvidia G Sync Compatible + plenty of menu options for adjustability.

    On some systems a 1080p monitor is enough. This one has very sharp distinct text even into the very small range. I can read text easily and without eye strain for hours.

    There are 1440p and 2160p models in that 27" UltraGear family if you need higher resolution. They might even go on discount at some point this Holiday somewhere.

    I hope if someone notices them onsale they will post about them here on NBR.

    I did recommend to Costco that they offer the 1440p LG 27GL83A at similar discount:

    LG 27GL83A 27'' UltraGear™ QHD IPS 1ms Gaming Monitor with G-Sync® Compatibility
    https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gl83a-b
    • IPS 1ms Response Time
    • 27" QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS Display
    • NVIDIA® G-SYNC® Compatible
    • 144Hz refresh rate
    • Tilt / Height / Pivot Adjustable Stand
    Amazon has this 1440p model right now for $380:
    https://www.amazon.com/LG-27GL83A-B-Ultragear-Compatible-Monitor/dp/B07YGZL8XF

    And, the model I was originally going to purchase is the 4k version, LG 27GL850-B:

    27GL850-B 27" Class UltraGear™ Nano IPS 1ms Gaming Monitor with G-Sync® Compatible
    https://www.lg.com/ca_en/desktop-monitors/lg-27GL850-B
    • Nano IPS 1ms response time
    • NVIDIA® G-SYNC® Compatible
    • 144Hz refresh rate
    • HDR 10
    • 27” QHD (2560 x 1440) Nano IPS Display
    • Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync™)
    Amazon lists the monitor, but it is constantly out of stock - Arrives: Nov 29 - Dec 13, and the date just keeps changing...
    https://www.amazon.com/LG-27GL850-B-Ultragear-Compatible-Monitor/dp/B07TD94TQF

    Everywhere the 27GL850-B I've found listed for sale they are out of stock, and I couldn't wait so I lucked into the Costco 1080p version, which is really just fine for the existing Dell I am replacing.

    When I build a new PC I'll try to go with a Ultra-Wide 38"/49" like the as yet unreleased 38GL950G-B:

    38” Ultragear™ 21:9 Curved WQHD+ Nano IPS 1ms 144Hz HDR 400 Sphere Lighting 2.0 3-Side Virtually Borderless
    https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-38GL950G-B-gaming-monitor
    • 38” 21:9 Curved WQHD+ (3840 x 1600) Nano IPS Display
    • Nano IPS (DCI-P3 98%) 1ms Response Time
    • NVIDIA G-SYNC®
    • 144Hz / 175Hz Overclock
    • VESA Display HDR 400
    • Sphere Lighting 2.0
    The UltraGear series of "Nano IPS" panels all look to have the same characterisics - and for $179 the 1080p model seemed like a great enough deal to share with everyone. :)

    BTW, Costco has increased their floor stock 3x what I saw when I got my display, so hopefuly there's plenty to go around this holiday season, unlike the rest of the UltraGear Nano IPS Display lineup.
     
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    Hardware Unboxed just released an IPS recommended list, with 3 of them being these LG Nano IPS monitors and 2 of them I've listed here in this thread:

    Top 5 Best IPS Gaming Monitors of 2019, Plus Great Value Picks
    Nov 9, 2019
    Hardware Unboxed


    Hardware Unboxed has a number of good monitor reviews to help make a good display choice:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI8iQa1hv7oV_Z8D35vVuSg/videos

    And HU did a recent review of an Acer 1080p monitor (not recommended by HU) and in the Monitors Mentioned Spoiler there is a long list of HU tested monitors - this Costco model wasn't covered but the 27GL650F that is similar was mentioned - as is the LG 27GK750F another 1080p model - as are a bunch of others:

    Acer VG271P Review, Is This The Cheap IPS Gaming Monitor to Buy?
    Acer VG271P - https://www.amazon.com/Acer-VG271-Pbmiipx-Technology-DisplayHDR400/dp/B07MDXF81K
    Asus VG279Q - https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Monitor-FreeSync-Adaptive-Renewed/dp/B07PJVBMDT
    LG 27GL650F - https://www.amazon.com/LG-27GL650F-B-Ultragear-Compatible-Monitor/dp/B07R7636MH
    Gigabyte CV27Q - https://www.amazon.com/AORUS-FreeSync-Exclusive-2560x1440-Response/dp/B07X3Y9VTS/
    LG 27GL850 - https://www.amazon.com/LG-27GL850-B-Ultragear-Compatible-Monitor/dp/B07TD94TQF
    Gigabyte AD27QD - https://www.amazon.com/FreeSync-Monitor-Exclusive-2560x1440-Display/dp/B07MVX3PKS
    Pixio PX7 Prime - https://www.amazon.com/Pixio-FreeSync-Certified-Ultimate-Warranty/dp/B07WGXXV55/
    Pixio PX5 Hayabusa - https://www.amazon.com/Pixio-Hayabusa-FreeSync-Height-Adjustable-Compatible/dp/B07QDPLL51
    Gigabyte KD25F - https://www.amazon.com/AORUS-FreeSync-Exclusive-1920x1080-Response/dp/B07TNXFXF6
    Acer Predator X35 - https://www.amazon.com/Acer-X35-bmiphzx-UltraWide-DisplayHDR/dp/B07V8KVK8H
    Asus PG35VQ - https://www.amazon.com/PG35VQ-Monitor-Ultimate-DisplayPort-Displayhdr/dp/B07VTTZ4TD
    Asus XG438Q - https://www.amazon.com/XG438Q-Monitor-FreeSync-Displayhdr-Non-Glare/dp/B07WDLV344
    LG 27GK750F - https://www.amazon.com/LG-27GK750F-B-27-inch-FHD-1920x1/dp/B078TTSB8V
    MSI MPG341CQR - https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Non-Glare-Adjustable-Optix-MAG321CQR/dp/B07NQG1FFB
    LG 34GK950F - https://www.amazon.com/LG-34GK950F-B-34-21-Ultragear/dp/B0798Q8KG4
    ViewSonix XG350R-C - https://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-Elite-XG350R-C-UltraWide-Ergonomics/dp/B07MR337HK

    A few months ago HU upgraded their monitor testing methodology, and I found their testing details interesting and their results helpful:

    Massive Monitor Testing Overhaul, New Benchmarks, More Charts, Better Data
    Hardware Unboxed
    Aug 6, 2019
     
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