LG’s 32-inch Smart Monitor is a hybrid for productivity and binge-watching

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.

All angles for the LG Smart Monitor.

All angles for the LG Smart Monitor.
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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.

You can connect a soundbar with HDMI eARC, plus connect Ethernet so the TV apps can have a more reliable connection for streaming.

You can connect a soundbar with HDMI eARC, plus connect Ethernet so the TV apps can have a more reliable connection for streaming.
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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.