One of our favorite gaming monitors here at Digital Foundry is on sale for Prime Day, with the LG 27GL83A dropping from £350 to just £280. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this model, which also moonlights as our best monitor choice.
It’s rare to find a monitor with such solid specs at this price. First, it has a Fast IPS panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. In fact, it is the same as in the popular LG 27GL850 and Dell S2721DGFA. That means it has the qualities we love about TN monitors, with a fast pixel response time and great motion clarity. But because it’s an IPS display, you’ll also benefit from wide viewing angles and vibrant colors.
The QHD resolution is the perfect sweet spot for gaming, letting you crank up the details without needing the extra horsepower needed to hit 4K. And if you turn the settings down or play fast shooters like Doom Eternal, Call of Duty and Apex Legends on your PC, Xbox or PS5 consoles, the 144Hz refresh rate will be a treat. It’s extra useful to see more of the action on the screen, as long as your reflexes keep up. You also get the benefits of both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology to prevent screen tearing and shaking.
With 99 percent sRGB color accuracy, you can work on creative work without any worries outside of gaming sessions – something you can’t do on a standard TN or VA panel.
The only real weakness we can find here is the contrast, which is only around 1000:1 on average. If you often play games with dark scenes – think day/night cycle shooters like Metro Exodus – then the advanced VA panels of Samsung displays like the Odyssey G7 (which is also on sale this Prime Day) could be ideal – or you could think of an OLED, such as the barely desk-sized and also competitively priced LG C1 48-inch OLED.
If you’re looking for something different to spice up your gaming life, check out our list of Digital Foundry-approved accessories on sale this Prime Day. We are also constantly updating our DF Deals Twitter feed for any discounts we find on monitors, keyboards and mice that will help give you a head start.