LG 27MP58VQ-P Review – Good Budget Gaming Monitor
LG 27MP58VQ-P Review
Back in the day, people were stuck with TN panel displays in their LCD monitors. Although they do the job of displaying what your PC sends to it, it is not the best when it comes to visuals.
The good thing about TN panel displays is that they are more responsive and gamers usually choose this type of display to ensure that they do not suffer from graphical ghosting.
But, what if you just want a monitor that has amazing color reproduction? What if you want to enjoy your game in more vivid detail?
If so, you would want a monitor that has an IPS panel. The IPS or “In-Plane Switching” is a display technology that has way better color reproduction and saturation than that of a TN panel. Although that is the case, it comes with a price; most IPS panel displays have high response times (8ms and above) and it might not be the best monitor to get when you’re playing fast-paced games.
The IPS gaming monitors today, however, have vastly improved in that it now has a much better response time than IPS monitors of old.
In today’s article, I will be talking about the LG 27MP58VQ-P. This is a 27-inch IPS monitor that has an impressive design and an equally impressive performance.
LG 27MP58VQ-P Review – The Design
LG has been known to churn out a lot of impressive TVs so they know what to put on a monitor to make it great.
The LG 27MP58VQ-P is not a gaming monitor, per se, but it can be a good monitor for gaming because of its impressive specs.
For starters, the LG 27MP58VQ-P is a 27-inch IPS display monitor with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p). This makes the monitor not only good for gaming but also for other purposes such as viewing movies and photos. It is also a good monitor for editing as well.
When you look at the product on the front, the monitor looks like your ordinary everyday monitor. When you look at it in its entirety, however, you are presented with a greatly designed product that is sleek in its looks. It also comes with a curved stand which adds to the overall premium aesthetic of the monitor. LG calls the monitor’s stand the “Arcline Stand”.
The LG 27MP58VQ-P is pretty thin. Its dimensions are 25 x 8.1 x 18.5 inches and it is pretty lightweight at 9.5 pounds (including the stand).
The bezels of the LG 27MP58VQ-P are thin enough that when you use more than one of this product, it will not be discernable. I actually like the fact that the display on screen takes up the majority of the screen real estate (at around 95%). That’s how thin the bezels are.
There is no height adjustment or pivot mechanism for this particular monitor. Although it is not a big issue for most people, there are some people who want a nifty height adjustment feature.
Overall, the LG 27MP58VQ-P has pretty impressive aesthetics. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people who buys this monitor flaunts it to their friends.
Performance of LG 27MP58VQ-P
When it comes to its performance, I would say that the LG 27MP58VQ-P performs pretty well in both gaming and multimedia scenarios.
The LG 27MP58VQ-P is perfect when you are playing graphically rich games like MMORPGs and RTS games. Of course, the performance of this monitor is no slouch either thanks to its 5ms response time.
In fact, this monitor is one of the fastest IPS panel displays out there. The 5ms response time might be too slow for FPS gamers, but for other gaming genres, it is pretty adequate. The LG 27MP58VQ-P, however, only has a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz.
It also comes with LG’s “Black Stabilizer” technology which makes targets and other details more prominent even when the environment is dark or poorly lit.
As for multimedia consumption, the LG 27MP58VQ-P provides vivid details. If you frequently watch movies like Lord of the Rings or any other adventure flicks, you will find that the scenery pops out more thanks to its IPS display panel.
It does come with a rather mediocre Color Gamut score of only 72% but I was still impressed with its vividness and clarity thanks to its impressive color depth of 16.7 million colors.
The monitor also comes in the 16:9 aspect ratio by default and the screen itself has anti-glare properties which allow you to see what’s on the display even if it is in direct sunlight.
Since this monitor uses the IPS display panel, viewing angles are impressive. The monitor’s display will look the same no matter which angle you’re looking at the monitor.
Another thing that is interesting about the LG 27MP58VQ-P (aside from its aesthetics) is that its onscreen display settings can actually be toggled using your computer’s mouse.
The way you do it is by installing the monitor’s driver software and you can tweak certain parameters of the product from there. You do not have to press any physical buttons on the monitor which can take some time; you now only have to tweak the settings that you want to change on the software itself.
The LG 27MP58VQ-P comes with preset color modes that you can choose according to your liking. Of course, the company allows you to create your own color profile and it can be easily done using their software.
I am pretty impressed with the software as it is pretty straightforward and intuitive as well. Also, you can set your optimum workspace from within the software. Do you want to put different programs on one screen as neatly as possible? You can do that by using LG’s driver software.
LG 27MP58VQ-P Review – Display Inputs
The LG 27MP58VQ-P comes with three different display inputs: D-Sub, DVI-D, and HDMI. By default, the product comes with only a VGA cable, so you have to spend additional money for the other cables.
I suggest you do not use the VGA cable as it is now an obsolete display input. Use the either the DVI-D or HDMI input instead.
Every company always has great features that they put into their products and the LG 27MP58VQ-P is no exception.
The main features of this monitor are the Black Equalizer technology that I mentioned before, Reader Mode, Flicker-free technology, and the Intelligent Auto Color Calibration.
The Reader mode is basically just the same as the low blue light feature found in most monitors nowadays.
This feature allows you to read text on your monitor without causing eyestrain from prolonged use.
On top of that, this monitor also comes with the Flicker-free technology. As the name implies, this feature eliminates the usual Flicker that monitors make.
This translates to viewing comfort as your eyes will not work as hard to stabilize the image on the screen.
And lastly, the LG 27MP58VQ-P comes with the company’s “Intelligent Auto”, which is a feature that automatically calibrates the screen’s color saturation to ensure that you get the best possible visual detail. If you do not want this feature, this can easily be turned off using the driver software.
The LG 27MP58VQ-P is a good IPS display monitor that has a good enough size for you to enjoy your games and multimedia.
Although it is not that great compared to other LG monitors, for the price of only $170, you get a robust monitor suitable for gaming and watching movies.
It’s got cool features such as the ability to tweak its settings using its driver software, a Reading Mode and Flicker-free technologies which alleviates eye strain, and the Intelligent Auto feature which improves color reproduction even further.
The 5ms response time is also great for most gaming applications. Although it only has a color gamut score of 72%, it still impressed me with its visual clarity when playing MMORPG games.
For a monitor that is priced under $200, the LG 27MP58VQ-P is a solid buy for people who are looking for a great IPS monitor that won’t break the bank.
Another Review of LG 27MP58VQ-P
THE general purpose gaming monitor
One of LG’s most affordable monitors, the LG 27MP58VQ-P is constructed for productivity, entertainment, and some light gaming. With almost all the specifications being above average and the quality being the best in its class, and add-ons like black stabilizer, and OSD and split screen, the LG 27MP58VQ-P is THE general purpose monitor that takes your entertainment and task-handling to the next level. If your primary goal is gaming, then this is not the display for you. You might want to go with one that has adaptive sync support, and a higher refresh rate. But if you want a general-purpose monitor (with the facility of some light gaming), the LG 27MP58VQ-P is indeed the best in its price range. Let’s have an up-close look at the features and break them down.
What’s in the box
The box comes with the full display, the power chord to it (27W) and a VGA cable for connectivity.
- Panel Type: IPS
- Screen size: 27 inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080P
- Refresh Rate: 75 Hz
- Response time: 5 ms (gray to gray)
- Dimensions: 25 x 15.1 x 3.6 inches (without the stand)
- Brightness: 250cd/m2
- Color Gamut: 72%
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- I/O: HDMI 2.0, DVI-D, D-Sub
- Warranty: 1 Year (Parts & Labor)
The 27-inch Widescreen LED display features a stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. The image quality of this display is the best in its class because of a lot of things, which are added on to this base of setup. The LED back-lit displays are better in color reproduction and transition, and the full HD helps while viewing content like Blu-ray movies, and while gaming as well. The panel is an In-plane switch (IPS) design, which means that not only it’s superior concerning color quality, but also regarding viewing angles. 178 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide us with a better peripheral range.
Now that we know about the basic output-supportive features let’s talk about image/content production on the display. The LG 27MP58VQ-P has a total of 16.7 million colors that are produced with a 16:9 aspect ratio at 72% color gamut. And while this color gamut value makes the monitor a bad bet for content editors/creators, this is excellent for some casual gaming and viewing movies in full HD. The brightness of this display is at 250cd/m2 (instead of the usual 350) and the monitor come pre-calibrated at maximum brightness, so you might have to use the on-screen display first thing in order to set up and calibrate the visual output. However, it is not exactly a ‘drawback’ as it is pretty easy to take care of.
A 5ms gray to gray response time reduces the input lag, or the lag time between different frames, to deliver smoother image transitions. Such a high value ensures that there is no flickering on the screen while watching a full HD movie or during gaming. This is one of the main features of this monitor that make it a ‘flicker-free display’ when combined with a refresh rate as high as 75Hz (which allows excellent content viewing and average gaming) sparing your eyes from annoying flickers that can cause eye fatigue.
The LG 27MP58VQ-P houses many add-ons on top of the response time, and it’s full HD resolution, to achieve that perfect output quality and a hassle-free experience. Let’s quickly have a look at them and try to understand them independently.
Split screen 2.0
The LG 27MP58VQ-P is a boon for multitaskers. There are four types of Picture-in-Picture (PIP) modes available among its 14 Screen Split options. You can have 2 to 4 windows to be shown in 8 different screen ratios on the display without feeling cluttered. Enough said!
The OSD (on screen display) of this display is quick and very well-designed. You have multiple options to modify your display configuration in depth. Volume, brightness, picture mode presets, Screen Split and more can be adjusted with just a few clicks of the mouse.
The reader mode implements a ‘safer for the eyes’ feature in the display that works by reducing blue light to help lessen eye fatigue. Blue light can cause eye fatigue and other issues related to it when viewed for longer duration or in the night time. As it has a wavelength that is very close to that of the UV rays, it is imperative that it is eliminated, and the color is reconstructed using a combination of lights. With just a click of a mouse, you can more comfortably read your monitor screen.
This feature helps you keep an excellent visibility even in dark gaming scenes. For gamers, LG’s Black Stabilizer senses the dark scenes and helps make it brighter in a way that is subtle and efficient, so that you can find the enemies hiding and waiting to attack your player in the dark. Very useful for multiplayer and shooter games, and it complements the general purpose use too.
Design and connectivity
The design of LG 27MP58VQ-P is frill-free and sleek. The dimensions are 25 x 15.1 x 3.6 inches without the stand, and with the stand, it becomes 25 inches x 18.5 inches x 8.1 inches. The weight of the monitor is 9.5 pounds, and it looks perfect and sleek on the desk. There is no height, pivot and swivel adjustability (tilt is available) or VESA mounting on this one like many gaming-oriented displays have but for a general purpose screen, it sits on the table at just the right height. The 27MP58VQ-P comes equipped with one VGA input, one DVI-D port, and HDMI inputs for versatility in connectivity. It also has a Kensington lock slot that helps protect your investment, and you have to give LG credit for that!
- Full HD (1920 x 1080P), excellent color production
- High response time (5ms)
- Sleek, no-frill design
- A variety of add-on features like Split screen and reader mode
- Affordable price
- No inbuilt speakers
- No adaptive sync support
Priced at around just $180, the LG 27MP58VQ-P is ‘the best general purpose monitor that you can game on’ and it has been given 4 stars on Amazon by reviewers, and we can see why.