LG has announced a new 32-inch QHD display, the 32QK500-W, which offers an impressive mix of features for a midrange monitor for $349.99, via Engadget.
While not quite a full 4K display, the 32QK500-W should get you decent pixel density with a 2560 x 1440 IPS panel. There’s also support for AMD FreeSync, a 75Hz refresh rate, and an 8ms response time. It might not be the fastest display out there, but it’s certainly something that’ll hold up for less demanding gaming.
No USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports
Add in the relatively restrained design for a desktop monitor with a tilting “Edge-ArcLine stand” that looks a bit nicer than your average black box screen, and you’ve got a reasonably nice-looking option for the price. Unfortunately, that forward-thinking design doesn’t extend to ports: despite the fact that it’s nearly 2019, there’s no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 display options on the 32QK500-W; there are only a DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and two HDMI ports.
There are a few nice extra touches that LG is offering here, including a “reader mode” option that reduces blue light (although the jury is still out on whether there are any harmful effects from it). LG is also offering a software option for controlling display settings like brightness, contrast, and split-screen mode, meaning that you won’t have to fiddle around endlessly with a befuddling button setup.
LG has yet to announce an exact release date for the 32QK500-W, but it should go on sale sometime in the near future for $349.99.
Correction, 9PM ET: This article previously described the monitor as UHD; it’s QHD.