2023 LG SMART Monitors blur the lines between a TV and Monitor

    LG Electronics has unveiled its latest SMART Monitor lineup which comes in both 27″ and 31.5″ sizes. These new monitors offer a new trick, the ability to connect to them without any PC connection at all.

    The LG SMART Monitors run webOS 23 and come with a remote control, blurring the lines between a TV and display.

    Generally using monitors requires you to turn on your PC to power them, but if you just want to watch stream your favourite shows, sports and music, this seems like overkill and certainly uses more power than necessary.

    LG says these displays are great for watching entertainment or productivity like conference calls, working on documents, or browsing the Internet.

    The displays feature a minimalist design, offering a sleek look that is great for those looking to achieve that clean look on the desk.

    The 32SR50F and 27SR50F provide easy access to streaming apps tailored recommendations for movies, series and music from the Home Board screen, and personalised sports profiles – complete with customisable sports service cards – that make it simple for users to keep up with the sports they love.

    LG SMART Monitors store the user’s favourite leagues and teams, notify them of upcoming games, and provide up-to-date schedules and key statistics. Also included is the LG Mood Music function, which serves as a personal DJ; curating playlists based on the user’s musical preferences.

    Handy solutions for those working from home, the monitors come with built-in LG Home Office software that supports various productivity programs including Microsoft 365 and Google Calendar. 

    LG SMART Monitors help enhance workflow and remove the need to connect directly to a PC by allowing users to easily share content from their smart devices via AirPlay 2 and Miracast.

    The new monitors can even function as smart home hubs, with support for the company’s ThinQ Home Hub making it possible for users to monitor and manage their home appliances. Through the ThinQ app, the 32SR50F and 27SR50F are able to connect with various IoT-compatible household appliances, such as refrigerators and washing machines.

    “The LG SMART Monitor series is designed with a focus on meeting the personal preferences and unique demands of various kinds of users. Moving forward, LG plans to introduce new SMART Monitors that will be able to accommodate an even broader range of lifestyle needs.”

    Seo Young-jae, senior vice president and head of the IT business unit of LG Electronics Business Solutions Company.

    The new LG SMART Monitors are scheduled to be released in key markets in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America, with availability starting in the U.S. this November. 

    Key Specifications:

    LG SMART Monitor(32SR50F)LG SMART Monitor(27SR50F) 
    Size / ResolutionScreen Size31.5-inch27-inch 
    ResolutionFHD (1,920 x 1080)FHD (1,920 x 1080) 
    Colour Gamut (Typ.)sRGB 99%NTSC 72% 
    HDRHDR 10HDR10 
    Refresh Rate /Response Time60Hz / 8ms60Hz / 14ms 
    Interface USB Type-C™ 
    HDMIO (x2)O (x2) 
    USB 2.0O (x2)O (x2) 
    Speaker5W (x2)5W (x2) 
    Smart Feature/ ServiceOSwebOS 23webOS 23 
    Microsoft OfficeOO 
    Voice AssistantLG ThinQ, AlexaLG ThinQ, Alexa 
    Mobile Casting/MirroringAirPlay 2 / ScreenShareAirPlay 2 / ScreenShare 
    AccessoryHDMI / White RemoteControlHDMI / White RemoteControl 

    Availability, pricing and specifications for Australia have yet to be determined. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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