What makes the LG Smart Monitor more like a TV is that it supports the company’s Bluetooth Magic remote (although unfortunately sold separately), and it runs webOS just like LG smart TVs, along with support for Apple. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. It’s similar in concept to the StanbyMe touchscreen LG launched at CES with its built-in streaming, but with more resolution, no touch capabilities and, of course, without the wheeled floor stand.
Compared to this LG monitor, Samsung’s M8 is also 32 inches with an adjustable stand, built-in speakers, and a similar refresh rate (60Hz to LG’s 65Hz) and resolution, though LG’s screen doesn’t have HDR. But Samsung is actually adding the TV-style remote to its monitor.
The LG has two HDMI ports (one with eARC/ARC), a USB-C uplink with 65W power for a laptop, three USB 2.0 ports for peripherals and built-in Ethernet. There are no high-speed USB 3.0 ports or built-in webcam, but you can connect your own. You can also rotate the monitor vertically if you feel like it, but keep in mind that the stand requires a desk to attach to and doesn’t have a traditional desktop standing option.
It’s not the most versatile smart TV and monitor hybrid, but at $499 it might suit your budget better than the $699 Samsung M8. The only problem is you can’t buy one yet – LG’s website shows availability nowhere, and an Amazon listing for the monitor has no units in stock. The edge Contacted LG for more information on availability, but we haven’t received a response yet.