Updated: Jan 18
If you’re looking to create a minimalist desk setup, you would likely be considering getting a monitor arm. Not only does it create a cleaner look, but it frees up more desk space and is much more versatile as well.
However, it is an additional cost to be taken into consideration. But what if you can get that, right out of the box?
This is the LG UltraFine Display Ergo, and to be more specific, it’s the 27UN880. If you’ve been following LG, you would know right away from the name that this is a 27-inch 4K monitor. But what makes this far more unique than the rest, is the Ergo name.
That’s right, instead of a traditional monitor stand, you get a monitor arm. Right out of the box. Thus, here are five great things you should know about the 27UN880, especially if you’re considering getting it.
The main feature is, of course, that ergonomic stand that is essentially just like an aftermarket monitor arm. There are two main ways in which you can mount the stand to your desk, and yes, both are included in the box.
You can either use the C-Clamp or the grommet. Which you use is entirely dependent on your desk and your preferred setup. Personally, we’ll be using the C-Clamp as we feel that this is the far more convenient solution that’s easier to set up and much more versatile as well, since you can shift the monitor wherever you want, anytime you want. It would also arguably be the one most of you would choose to use as well.
Next up is the arm itself and this is basically where all the magic happens. You can extend or retract up to 180mm, adjust the height up to 130mm, you have the ability to pivot 90 degrees and have it fully vertical, tilt plus or minus 25 degrees and you can even swivel up to 280 degrees.
Needless to say, this makes it extremely versatile and you can basically have your monitor facing how you want it, wherever you are standing or sitting. There’s also a cable management system on the stand itself which helps to keep everything clean and tidy.
Honestly, if you’ve never tried a monitor arm before, this will change your life. I’m not even kidding. Not only is it a cleaner look, you get the best in versatility, but you also get more desk space which is always a plus in our books.
But all that is for naught if the monitor itself isn’t great. Suffice to say, you needn’t worry about that.
As mentioned earlier and as the name suggests, you get a 27-inch 4K panel running at 60Hz with a 5ms grey to grey response time. The panel itself is IPS, courtesy of LG, with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and it covers 99% of the sRGB colour gamut, supports 10-bit colour and HDR400.
Additionally, it features a matte anti-glare coating which we definitely prefer and can reach a max brightness of about 350 nits. All in all, it’s a great panel that’s able to provide the visual fidelity that’s to be expected from an IPS panel.
But now let’s talk ports, and this is where this monitor impresses just a little more.
You get a single DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, a USB 3 hub, a headphone jack and most importantly, a USB-C port which not only supports display input but also up to 60 watts of power delivery.
Of course, it goes without saying that you can pretty much power the monitor using any of the available ports. While DisplayPort is our recommendation, HDMI 2.0 is plenty fine as well as 4K 60 hertz is well within its capabilities. But if you’re aiming for the cleanest of desk setups and you’re a laptop user, that USB-C port is definitely what you want to use.
Just a power cable for the monitor, and a single USB-C cable to power both the display output from your laptop while also charging your laptop. Equip a wireless mouse and a wireless keyboard and you’ve got a really sweet and clean setup.
Less is definitely more.
Honestly, the 27UN880 is just a great no-nonsense 4K IPS monitor. It’s great for just about everything.
Be it simple browsing on the web, working and typing on documents, or consuming content on YouTube and even playing games and such. The 4K resolution at 27-inch is just about right where you don’t really need to mess around with Windows Scaling too much, while you’re getting that full visual fidelity and actual real screen estate that it provides.
One thing to note however is that if you’re planning to game on this monitor, do know you need quite the rig to power your games at the full native 4K resolution.
So with all that said, we would say that the main focus and best use case for this monitor will have to be general usage and productivity. It’s just a great panel for consuming and creating content. In which it also ties hand in hand with the ergonomic nature as well, especially if you’re rocking an adjustable desk.
Overall, the LG UltraFine Display Ergo 27UN880 has been a great experience. It’s a solid monitor that’s just great for just about anything you would want to do on your PC. It is definitely more geared towards productivity and creative tasks and that’s where it excels for sure.
But really, it’s just great all around. What makes it doubly great is the price. At just about US$599.99 or S$899, this is honestly quite value for money especially if you want to get into the 4K experience.
Moreover, you’re getting that ergonomic monitor arm design as well, which is just superb. It really does make for a clean and minimalist desk setup.
The LG 4K UltraFine Ergo monitor is available at authorised retailers including Best Denki, Courts and Harvey Norman. Check out more information about the LG 4K UltraFine Ergo monitor on LG's website.
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