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LG 27QN880-B review: 100 points for the Ergo concept

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If you look at different monitors, you realize that many a Prohave problem Things like the height or the inclination can often hardly or not at all be adjusted. LG wants to fix that with the LG 27QN880-B. my test

But why is it important to be able to adjust the height, the incline and also the distance well? If these properties are not optimally set, this can lead to a cramped, uncomfortable sitting position and tension in the neck and you have to take frequent breaks while working.

LG was basically one of the pioneers, as I was with 38WN95C-W was allowed to determine. With this model you can easily adjust the inclination, height and rotation. The already quite high flexibility was further improved for the Ergo series. As? I was able to test that with the 27QN880-B for a few weeks.

Unboxing and building

The monitor arrives at a home in a large cardboard box. On this are several pictures of the device next to the Proproduct names, logos and other inscriptions. LG includes everything needed for smooth operation. You get the screen itself, the stand, the power adapter, an extension cord for the power cord (I saw it for the first time, I find it handy), an HDMI cable, and a USB-C cable.

LG 27QN880-B unboxing

The LG 27QN880-B comes in this packaging. (Image: TechnikNews)

At the beginning of the setup, you need to attach the stand to the desk. To do this, simply place it on the table top and screw the clamp shut. Now it can happen, however, that the table top is too thin for the length of the thread. In this case you have to fasten this further up, which requires a Phillips wrench. But don't worry, it can be done in a matter of minutes and is pretty simple. Then you can remove the protective film and connect the monitor to the stand. The best way to do this is to first hook the housing into the hooks and then tilt it down until you hear a click.

A little tip: when hanging it is an advantage if the arm for the monitor is swiveled all the way to the right or all the way to the left. As a result, it does not move and cannot hit walls or other objects. It can also be helpful to ask a second person for assistance.

Design: the trademark of the Ergo range

In principle, the design of the 27QN880-B is quite unspectacular. The front is discreet, on the underside of this you can only find an LG logo and the display bezels are very thin all around. The connections, which we will get to later, were installed on the back and we have a small button on the underside to control the monitor.

Let us now come back to the topic from the introduction. The arm on which the monitor hangs is much more exciting. This allows the setting from every conceivable position. The possibilities are pretty unlimited, I'll summarize them briefly:

  • up and down: by 13 centimeters each
  • pan right and left: up to 280 degrees in one direction
  • Forward: 18 centimeters
  • tilt vertically: 25 degrees
  • rotate: 90 degrees

As you can see: LG could not have designed this stand more flexibly. Of course, this also has many advantages. The entire construction can be attached to any surface in your home, even small tables, as the footprint of the base is very small. If you have a height-adjustable desk, you can optimally adjust the monitor for the sitting and standing position. And when the workplace is full, you simply turn the 27QN880-B to the side. Furthermore, it is practical for presentations that you can swivel it together with a webcam to the desired point. Last but not least, I can well imagine using it on commercial premises. And of course include necksproproblems or other inconveniences are a thing of the past.

Display and picture quality

Image quality is at least as important as an optimal sitting posture in front of the screen.

The display measures 27 inches diagonally with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and is based on IPS. The resolution is 2560×1440 pixels, also known as QHD. It also supports HDR 10 and covers 99 of the sRGB color space Procent off. 75 hertz is the maximum repetition rate of the image and the upper limit of the brightness is 350 candelas pro Square meters.

In everyday use, the image quality is largely comparable to that of the LG 38WN95C-W. The sharpness of the image is on the same level as both models have a QHD resolution. When it comes to color reproduction, the Ergo lags behind a bit. Namely, the 38WN95C-W covers 135 Procent from sRGB, while this model, as mentioned, only has 99 Proare cent. But it is better suited for pixel-precise image processing, since the image is not distorted without the Curved. When it comes to gaming, however, the 27QN880-B comes up short again, since the maximum refresh rate is only 75 Hertz and technologies such as G-Sync are not supported.

If you then recall the price of only 379 euros, you will notice that the listed compromises, which most users will not even notice, are justified. If you really have higher demands on a monitor, you will look around in a higher price range anyway.

Connections, speakers and controls

The 27QN880-B offers several ways to connect a terminal. On the back there are two HDMIs, one DisplayPort, and one USB-C with Power Delivery. So there is a suitable option for everyone.

If you opt for USB-C, you can expect some additional conveniences profit. The monitor can then be used as a hub, for example. So it charges the end device and at the same time transfers data to and from the USB-A ports and the jack plug. It all works over a single cable, which is especially useful for owners of MacBooks and newer Windows laptops.

I don't have much to say about the speakers and controls. The former perform just as well as in the 38WN95C-W, so you should definitely buy external speakers or use the ones built into the connected laptop. Control is again via software for Windows and macOS or via the stick on the underside of the monitor. This area also remained unchanged.

Prices and availability

You can buy the LG 27QN880-B from LG itself and from Amazon. Cost: 379 euros (RRP).

LG 27QN880-B: Conclusion

In my opinion, the LG 27QN880-B is pursuing very good approaches. The Ergo concept increases flexibility, ensures a good sitting position and prevents pain. In addition, the footprint on the desk is small and the device impresses with its good image quality. Little things, such as the integrated hub, are always welcome and welcome.

I find it a bit annoying that the control options and the speakers have not been revised. In addition, it is incomprehensible to me that a DisplayPort cable is not included in the scope of delivery.

Whether you should actually use this model now depends on what you need a monitor for. If you don't value top-of-the-line image quality that much and really want the ergo stand, you've come to the right place. Otherwise there are others Proproducts in the series with a better panel. LG even offers ultrawide models with the Ergo stand.

Thank you for providing the LG 27QN880-B.

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David Haydl

David lives in Graz and has been there for around half a decade TechnikNews, also editor-in-chief for some time. He regularly provides the site with news, test reports and the like TechnikNews Weekly, which was his idea to launch. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, listening to a lot of music (and clearly too loud) and some podcasts on all kinds of topics, and also likes to go running. He enjoys the time that remains with his charming girlfriend or in front of the TV.

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