LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B Review: LG is a well-known brand in the electronics industry for producing a variety of consumer products, including home appliances, laptops, and smart entertainment devices. It’s also a leading innovator in display technology, with some of the most cutting-edge televisions on the market. LG’s monitor lineup is especially interesting since it offers office, content creation, and gaming solutions.
If you have been searching for a gaming monitor for your powerful gaming rig, chances are the LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B has caught your eyes more than once. In case you have forgotten, it’s a Full HD gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate, but it uses a color-accurate IPS panel to achieve better brightness and vibrancy over VA and TN panels. It’s also one of the most affordable 27-inch gaming monitors out there.
- 1 LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B Review
- 2 LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Price & Availability
- 3 LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Design
- 4 LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Connectivity
- 5 LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Display Performance
- 6 Overview
- 7 Brightness and Contrast Ratio
- 8 Color Accuracy
- 9 Panel Uniformity
- 10 Response Time
- 11 Variable Refresh Rate
- 12 Final Thoughts On The LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B
LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B Review
Whether you plan to replace your old computer monitor or buy a gaming display for competitive gaming, check out our in-depth LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B review before you make a purchase. It covers all the important tidbits you should know about this particular monitor.
LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Price & Availability
At the time of writing, you can find the LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B on Amazon close to its retail price. There are similarly priced options from companies like AOC, Asus, Acer, Sceptre, and Samsung, but the LG UltraGear is one of the only high refresh rate monitors of that size with an IPS panel.
The 27GL63T-B is also slightly cheaper than the UltraGear 27GL650F, which retails for $300. There’s virtually no exterior difference between the two, though the former lacks HDR10 capabilities. We will go more into that in detail in the following sections.
LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Design
- Dimensions w/ Stand (W x D x H):2″ x 22.6″ x 10.8″
- Dimensions w/o Stand (W x D x H):2″ x 14.4″ x 1.8”
- Weight:1 lbs (w/ Stand), 9.9 lbs (w/o Stand)
Most models in LG’s UltraGear monitor lineup share the same design language, and the 27GL63T-B is no different. The large 27-inch panel occupies most of the front and is surrounded by reasonably thin bezels on three sides, except for the thick bottom bezel at the bottom. It’s also where you will see the centered “LG” branding.
The back of the unit is made of plastic and has a matte black texture, with a giant red ring slightly protruding from the center. The red accent stripes and outline running along the center ring give the 27GL63T-B that discrete and signature UltraGear look. Luckily, this particular unit doesn’t use any glossy parts, unlike other monitors from prominent “gaming” brands. We very much appreciate its basic yet appealing design with no pointless elements or RGB lighting.
At its core, the LG 27GL63T-B is an entry-level gaming monitor, but it still comes with a fully adjustable ergonomic stand. It offers a good range of tilt, pivot, and height motion, letting you orient the monitor vertically if you want to. Like the monitor itself, the stand also uses red highlights all around to match the aesthetics.
What annoys us is its V-shaped legs, which take up almost 11 inches of desk space. The stand does have a slight wobble, but that’s a common find on other UltraGear models. It’s worth mentioning that you can always use a VESA-compatible, aftermarket monitor stand or arm to get the gaming monitor floating above your desk.
Like most LG monitors, this UltraGear model uses a joystick-style control nub for simplified on-screen display navigation. It’s centered right below the bottom bezel to make it convenient for users to access. The best part is that you can also use the LG OnScreen Control app to play with the OSD options.
All in all, the LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B is extremely well-built compared to similarly-priced gaming monitors. Our unit doesn’t seem to have any visible defects, with no odd markings, scratches, or cracks on the chassis. That said, the wobbly stand does need some work.
LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Connectivity
- Video Inputs: 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
- Audio Outputs: 1 x 3.5mm Line-Out
Since the LG 27GL63T-B is an entry-level monitor in the UltraGear lineup, connectivity is pretty limited compared to higher-priced models. The rear I/O consists of a single HDMI 2.0 and a DisplayPort 1.4 port for video. There is no USB connectivity, so you will have to plug your wired peripherals directly into your PC.
The 27GL63T-B lacks built-in speakers, so the single 3.5mm jack next to the HDMI port is your only option for audio output from the monitor. Once again, it’s reasonable for gaming monitors to omit speakers since they don’t sound good in the first place. After all, competitive gamers use a headphone anyway.
LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B: Display Performance
- Panel Type: IPS
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
- Brightness (Typical): 320 cd/m²
- Contrast Ratio (Typical): 1000:1
- Response Time (GtG): 5 ms (Faster), 1 ms (MBR)
- Additional Features: Radeon FreeSync, Anti-Glare Coating
The LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B packs a 27-inch 1080p IPS panel, which refreshes at 144 Hz and is rated for 5 ms gray to gray response time. According to the spec chart, the typical brightness is 320 nits, with the maximum being 400 nits. The 1000:1 contrast ratio is also pretty standard for IPS panels. Note that it doesn’t meet VESA’s basic DisplayHDR 400 standard.
One important thing to note about this monitor is its relatively low pixel density (82 PPI), a common drawback of larger 1080p panels. However, we wouldn’t necessarily call it a dealbreaker, given that most people game from a reasonable distance anyway. With that said, texts may look slightly blurry in documents.
Brightness and Contrast Ratio
The typical 350 cd/m² value we recorded on our unit is on par with LG’s claims. However, the contrast ratio was around 900:1 after calibration, resulting in darker scenes in movies and games to look more grayish. A regular IPS panel should at least reach the 1000:1 mark, and the black levels on the 27GL63T-B aren’t up to the standards.
Note that the contrast ratio wasn’t good even before we calibrated the unit. It seems like the high refresh rate IPS panel does make a few trade-offs, and the contrast ratio is one of them. Fortunately, you still get the excellent viewing angles of an IPS panel, which is significantly better than VA and TN solutions.
IPS panels are known to deliver best-in-class color accuracy, and the LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B covers 99% of the sRGB color space. We still think that LG could have done a better job with the greyscale performance since the average Delta E value is 2.8 out of the box.
While it should be fine for gaming purposes, creative work requires proper calibration. You can use a colorimeter to get a lower ΔE average, but you would be better off spending the money on a higher-end monitor at that point.
We also recorded the default color temperature slightly on the warmer side, but at least you can change it to your preference from the OSD. The default gamma value came out decent, meaning that the display doesn’t look too bright or dim in particular scenes. In a dimly lit room, we would recommend setting the brightness between 45 to 50 for the best balance.
We found the panel uniformity on our 27GL63T-B to be average. The central zones are mostly uniform, but it slowly falls part along the sides of the screen due to the backlight bleed.
When displaying a solid black image, we also did notice a fair amount of IPS glow. While none of it will distract you while gaming, it’s far from being close to the best IPS monitors.
The LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B achieves a 5 ms gray to gray average on the “Faster” setting. From a response time standpoint, it’s a surprisingly good start, considering the value is usually double for a typical IPS panel. The results we got are also dangerously close to matching some of the best TN-panel gaming monitors.
The issues occur with the 1 ms MBR setting, which significantly cuts down the average response time but results in insane overshoot and terrible inverse ghosting. The severe trailing effect will hamper your gaming experience, so we wouldn’t recommend enabling the option.
Variable Refresh Rate
The LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B supports Radeon FreeSync. It has been the main standard for VESA Adaptive Sync for some time now. In games that your GPU can’t keep up with the monitor’s 144 Hz refresh rate, enabling VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) will eliminate screen tearing.
LG also puts a rather deceiving “NVIDIA G-Sync” badge on the monitor. Note that the UltraGear 27GL63T-B is only “G-Sync Compatible,” which makes use of the VESA Adaptive Sync standard. Don’t mix it up with the G-Sync Ultimate models that use specialized hardware.
Final Thoughts On The LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B
As far as entry-level gaming monitors go, the LG UltraGear 27GL63T B is an overall decent performer. It doesn’t have the best brightness, contrast ratio, or color accuracy, but it’s definitely one of the fastest IPS monitors in its price segment. For competitive gaming, this Full HD monitor should meet most of your requirements, including support for both AMD FreeSync, NVIDIA G-Sync. We almost forgot to mention the built-in crosshair overlay that you can enable from the monitor’s OSD.
If you can allocate a bit more budget, the LG UltraGear 27GN800-B is a much better choice. It’s not only a 1440p 144 Hz IPS monitor of the same 27” size but also has an incredible 1 ms gray to gray response time. Paired with a mid-range NVIDIA Ampere or AMD RDNA 2 graphics card, it should be enough for a high-quality gaming experience.
If you have any other questions about the LG UltraGear 27GL63T-B, hit us up in the comments. That said, our in-depth review should hopefully clarify most of the important bits to you.
|Super-fast 144 Hz IPS panel||Mediocre contrast ratio|
|Supports FreeSync and G-Sync||Not suitable for content creation|
|Highly-adjustable stand||1 ms MBR is a gimmick|
|Value for money|