LG was one of the first suppliers to bring displays with 21:9 aspect ratio to consumers a couple of years ago, and at IFA 2016 the company introduced its new ultra-wide monitor for demanding gamers, the LG 34UC79G. The gaming display offers an interesting mix of features, combining a curved 2560×1080 panel with support for AMD’s FreeSync technology, and a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz.

Drilling down, the LG UltraWide 34UC79G's differentiating features are clearly meant to be its curved panel and refresh rate, courtesy of a new panel from LG. High refresh rate curved displays have been rare up until now, with entries such as Acer's Predator Z35 and ASUS' ROG Swift PG348Q essentially being overclocked versions of older panels. Looking at LG's new panel under the hood, we have AH-IPS panel with a resolution of 2560×1080, a 5ms GtG response time, a peak brightness of 300 nits, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The panel is capable of a native 144 Hz refresh rate, making the 34UC79G a pretty exclusive monitor.

LG UltraWide 34UC79G
Panel 34" AH-IPS
Native Resolution 2560 × 1080
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Response Time 5 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.312 mm
Curvature 3800R (?)
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Inputs DisplayPort 1.2
USB Hub 2-port USB 3.0 hub: two USB-A receptacles, one supports fast charging
Audio 7 W × 2
audio in/out ports
Launch Price $699

LG positions its 34UC79G as an “ultimate” solution for gamers, which is why the trade-off between high refresh rate and high resolution seems to be reasonable, at least until LG Display starts to produce ultra-wide panels with higher resolutions and increased refresh rate. LG claims that the monitor supports the range of dynamic refresh rates between 50 and 144 Hz, which seems to be a good implementation of AMD’s FreeSync technology.

To connect to PC, the LG 34UC79G can use an HDMI or one of two DisplayPort 1.2a connectors. The monitor also has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub to connect a mouse and a keyboard (it even has a special holder for their cable management). Besides, the company also integrated two 7 W speakers with MaxxAudio surround technology into the display, which could be useful for those, who do not have enough desk space for sizeable speakers.

The LG 34UC79G display is already available in the U.S. for $699.99, other markets are expected to follow shortly.

Source: LG

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  • ImSpartacus - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Depending on the type of game, ultra wide can be helpful. I have a bog-standard 2560x1440 27"er and I sometimes run certain games windowed in near-2560x1080 to get extra fov (and see my taskbar at all times). There are tradeoffs, but it's not useless.
  • dakishimesan - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    how many games actually support 21:9 fullscreen without stretching?
  • ShieTar - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Just about all AAA titles produced in the last 10 years. The problem isn't stretching, but some cut the FoV in the vertical instead of extending in the horizontal, and that's a bit useless.
  • Impulses - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - link

    Like Overwatch, they claim giving you the wider FoV is unfair, unlike the twenty other ways you can get an advantage with better hardware. :p
  • Solidstate89 - Thursday, September 15, 2016 - link

    Are you kidding me? It's incredibly practical for desktop tasks. What the hell are you talking about? It's basically having a dual-monitor setup in one.

    Of course, I have one that's at 3440x1440. I wouldn't get anything less than that. But seriously, it's not very practical? What an insane statement. It has more pixels than any resolution short of 4K.
  • FlyBri - Monday, September 12, 2016 - link

    @Jax Omen - For some other people though, they want ultrawide. I've been using a 16:0 or 16:10 monitor for many years, and last year got an ultrawide to try it out, and I can tell you without a doubt, I don't want to go back ever again. I thought 16:9 or 16:10 was enough too, but after owning an ultrawide now, there's no way I can say that anymore. If you personally have used an ultrawide for a good amount of time and still didn't like it, that's fine. But if you've never used one, or used one very briefly, you may change your mind if you have a chance to use it more.
  • zodiacfml - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    latest ports please
  • DanNeely - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    You can fill in the price section of the table from the article title.
  • uefi - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    A higher resolution of 3440x1440 at lower 90hz refresh would be a better trade off for me since more game's fps spread around 60-100hz at max settings.
  • ImSpartacus - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    So much this.

    And I believe freesync still has that limitation where the max refresh is 2.5x the min refresh, so a max of 90hz allows you to cover a more realistic range for most GPUs.

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