LG is not playing any games with this impressive 27 inch IPS monitor though you are welcome to play all the games you like as this is a mid tier monitor built for gamers. The highlight feature is the AMD Freesync capabilities along with a cool little crosshair feature for all of you FPS junkies. The price is currently really nice as right around $288 is pretty good for the specs that this model delivers. The resolution is right around where you would expect and when you combine that with the various specs based on color perception and you have a visibly stunning screen delivering all that juicy 1080p goodness.
The speed however is kind of average so the hyper intense situations might leave something to be desired. For a mid tier monitor this model overall looks great with a 4 sided borderless design and a sleak silver curved base fit for a space ship. Everybody likes to look good and this is a great example of a way to look good without breaking the budget. Gamers rejoice you do not have to spend a crazy amount for a taste of what next generation monitors can provide.
Design and Features
The first thing you will notice about this LG monitor is its borderless design, it has 4 sides but you will hardly be able to tell where the screen ends and the border begins. It is a 27 inch IPS display giving us a very respectable screen size along with the top of the line for display types. IPS displays work with the LED backlight to provide incredibly realistic colors at any viewing angle. This works great with the 1920 x 1080 maximum resolution giving you full 1080P HD visuals that are sure to please. It is not the beauty of a 4K or even a 2K display but you won’t find those really in the mid tier price range so this is plenty good enough for that.
The highlight of this monitor is most definitely the beauty of its display rocking an impressive contrast ratio of 1000:1 with over 16.7 million colors gives you the type of realism that will make you almost feel like you are there. The brightness score is above average at 250cd/m2 so it does well with the dark too. Finally with over 99% sRGB coverage we have the full immersion and realism coming full circles. All that is nice for most people but if you are like me you come for the great visuals and you stay for the gaming. This model had AMD FreeSync to reduce tearing with your AMD graphics card to keep your experience pleasing.
We also have a crosshair feature that allows you to keep your crosshair centered in the screen which is really useful for disorienting first person shooter players. The last feature made for gamers is the black stabilizer that works to make sure your can distinguish differences even when the action on screen gets really dark. On top of all this we have flicker free technology to help reduce the stress on your eyes. The only downside to this displays features are its speed with a 5 millisecond response time and a 60 hz refresh rate when things heat up you might experience a bit of slowing down as those stats are quite average. This LG is packed with nice goodies for gamers while being pretty good in its own right.
You can almost call this monitors base an extra feature as the slim Arcline base gives you a stylish futuristic curve. Sadly this curved base does not allow much for adjustability. No swiveling, pivoting, or even tilting here so you are going to have to set up your viewing angle the old fashioned way. Utility also is not a strong suit as we don’t have any USB ports. We do have good connectivity for other monitors though with a VGA port and 2 HDMI’s.
There are built in speakers but as per usual for monitors they come in the 2 watt stereo speaker variety so the included headphone jack might be more of your go to. Most of the nice tech went into the display so the features list is pretty drab. The ultimate feature for this monitor is it’s borderless design and smooth appeal.
LG 27MP89HM-S Conclusion
Every gamer has an urge to maximize their on screen productivity so it is nice to find a monitor that specializes in this while still being priced in the mid range for computer monitors.
You can tell LG has a lot of experience in making screens from their television work as this monitor looks nice and stylish beyond what you would expect for a screen right under $300 dollars. The resolution is par for the course along with adequate speed and the top of the line IPS display combining for a pretty nice package when you add it all together. You will not be able to find many monitors that look this good at this size in this price range. When you add on how it has features specifically made for gamers the value really shines through. Pop up a few things and this monitor could easily be over $400 so it gets my thumbs up.