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LG Smart Monitor 32SR50F review: Decent hybrid

LG Smart Monitor 32SR50F review: Decent hybrid

LG Smart Monitor 32SR50F

The LG Smart Monitor 32SR50F works as both a TV and a PC monitor, but it's far from the best at either. My expectations, however, have been lowered after reviewing the Samsung Smart Monitor M8, which offers a similar TV-monitor hybrid experience. The LG, though, is more affordable — it also has a lower 1080p resolution, and lacks the Samsung's detachable webcam. It's a more than decent option if you aren't too picky.

Quick specs

  • 31.5-inch IPS panel, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  • 60Hz refresh rate, 250 nits brightness
  • webOS 23 with LG ThinQ and Amazon Alexa
  • 2x HDMI, 2x USB-A (2.0), headphone jack

The LG Smart Monitor only has a 1080p resolution, despite its sizable 31.5-inch screen size. As a result, text and icons are slightly fuzzy, and not crisp at all. It's not the best experience for editing documents and spreadsheets. It's bright enough for indoor use (250 nits), but again it's nothing to shout about. The reflective finish doesn't help, either. Viewing angles are acceptable, since it's an IPS display. It has a standard 60Hz refresh rate, which is unsurprising for a TV/monitor hybrid that's not built for gaming. There are two HDMI ports (no DisplayPort or USB-C), including one with eARC support, as well as two USB-A ports. As a PC monitor, the LG is just adequate, with entry-level specs and performance.

LG Smart Monitor 32SR50F
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But the thing is the LG Smart Monitor doesn't actually require a PC. It has Wi-Fi, runs the same webOS platform as LG TVs, and comes with LG's Home Office software that lets you log in to online productivity apps such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Microsoft 365. You can also mirror the screen of your mobile device to the LG using AirPlay 2 or Android's Screen Cast. There's also plenty of entertainment options, from Netflix to Amazon Prime Video to Spotify. And if you really want to control your smart home devices through the LG Smart Monitor, you can do so using the Home Hub dashboard. In other words, it's the full LG TV experience. As a TV, it's decent, but unsurprisingly for an IPS LCD, the blacks aren't deep, and colours are less than vibrant. The 5W stereo speakers sound fairly hollow, and are just serviceable.

LG Smart Monitor 32SR50F
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

The LG Smart Monitor's 32-inch size is just nice for an average-sized desk. The bezels are chunky, plasticky, and white. I can't tell if its white finish will stay pristine or it will yellow with age. A handy remote control is included for when you're using it as a TV. And if you happen to lose the remote, you can fumble around the settings using the small joystick at the underside of the display. There's no swivel, or height adjustment, which I missed. You do get a slight amount of tilt adjustment, and it is VESA mountable. I also like how accessible the ports are at the back, compared with most other monitors. If you have limited desk space, you should know that it uses a small external power brick.

LG launched the Smart Monitor 32SR50F at S$499 last November, but the street price is now around S$399. I think that's a fair price for what you get, a decent display that does double duty as TV and monitor. For those with limited space — perhaps you're renting a room — it's a decent option. LG also sells a 27-inch version at S$349. Get it now from Shopee, and Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by LG.


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Verdict



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Decent TV-monitor hybrid

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