The LG 27UD88 is a solid external 4K monitor from a reputable brand. When you think about USB-C monitors for tablets and laptops, you may think they provide sub-par experiences. This LG panel says otherwise.

Our pick

LG 27UD88

Beautiful colors and picture quality.

A 4K display is always tempting, but it can be pricey. If you're set on high resolutions, this 27-inch screen from LG will no doubt please. It has beautiful color, precise contrast, and almost no bezel around the edges.

Who should buy this external display

If you happen to be on the hunt for an external display — and by "external display" we mean one that plugs into a portable device, like a laptop or tablet — that can hook up to your HP ENVY x2 using nothing other than a USB Type-C connection, sporting a high resolution and quality internals, then you should consider the 27UD88.

Not only does it look great on-screen, but the rest of the monitor is also solid-looking.

Is it a good time to buy this display?

There's no wrong time to purchase a monitor. Sure, you'll likely find a newer model eventually, but such is life. The LG 27UD88 has been around for a few years now and it's still an excellent panel, which says a lot about what LG has on offer here. It also means there's very little reason to fix something that isn't broken.

Reasons to buy

  • Great colors.
  • 4K resolution.
  • Powered by USB Type-C.
  • Isn't a black slab of plastic.
  • Very thin bezels.

Reasons not to buy

  • Pricey.

Treat your eyes with the LG 27UD88

There's no black slab of plastic here, which fits the design of the ENVY x2 perfectly. As for raw specifications, you're looking at IPS technology, making it produce some stunning visuals with great viewing angles, a response time of just five milliseconds, as well as a 60Hz refresh rate — standard on most displays, especially at 4K.

Whether you need to do some work, browse a few websites before heading out with the ENVY x2, or play a Windows Store game, this panel will be able to handle pretty much everything you can throw at it on this Windows tablet. There's even FreeSync included, should you own a desktop or laptop with an AMD GPU.

There are plenty of external monitors available, but only a handful are truly great.

And when you are done using the display on your HP ENVY x2, or perhaps have a desktop in the office, too, this monitor sports two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, as well as some USB to boot. That makes it possible to use this model as your main display if you so desire. It has everything you need to hook up all the things.

Possibly the best part about this monitor is its ability to power a laptop while displaying content on-screen.

Alternatives to the LG 27UD88

LG isn't the only kid on the block when it comes to external monitors. If the 27-inch model we highlighted doesn't quite tick all your boxes, here are some other recommendations from other vendors.

Runner-up

HP ENVY 27

HP produces some incredible looking displays and this is a fine example.

HP makes some of the finest looking PC hardware around right now and the Envy 27 is no exception. Its elegant style will make any setup stand out.

The 178-degree viewing angles and minimal bezels make it perfect for multi-monitor setups. It's not all-show and no-go, either. The 27-inch panel is 4K resolution and also has support for AMD FreeSync when connected to compatible PCs. Like our top LG pick, it charges your tablet while connected.

Value pick

AOC i1659fwux

Small, compact and affordable.

This handy portable display from AOC starts at $99.99 for the basic 16-inch model, but you probably want to spend a little more and pick up the same size but with IPS display tech for just shy of $140.

What makes this display interesting is the size, allowing you to pack it into your bag and take it abroad. It's perfect for using your HP ENVY x2 at a hotel while on vacation or a business trip. The 1920 x 1080 resolution will also allow you to get much more done with the power of two screens to work with.

Bottom line

It's easy to pick up any old monitor, an adapter, and call it a day. There are some really good bargains out there on older models, too. It all depends on what you're after. If you want a premium experience with the HP ENVY x2, the LG 27UD88 is an excellent choice.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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