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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  • piroroadkill - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - link

    No, there's no such limitation, that's just the bare minimum required for Low Framerate Compensation to function.
  • Impulses - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - link

  • damianrobertjones - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    It's simply not worth the cash. No, sorry, bit it isn't at least to me. Each time new tech arrives they don't throw away any time in pushing the price forward. Curved screen? Pointless. Resolution? Fine but not really required just yet unless you need it for x or y. Refresh rate? Cool but only for specific x or y reasons.

    Still no reason, at all, to cost $700.
  • madwolfa - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Please make it not curved please.
  • anomalydesign - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Actually, IPS ultrawide monitors are one of the few instances where the curve makes sense. You're close enough to the screen that the far sides of the display are at an appreciably different angle that the center of the screen. This leads to the "IPS glow" effect in the corners (which many people mistake for backlightbleed
  • anomalydesign - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    ). The best way to avoid this is to bend the edges in toward yourself.
  • Impulses - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - link

    I'd take the IPS glow over the inherent distortion when doing photo/design work, but I recognize I'm probably like a sub niche.
  • GhostOfAnand - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Any news on when Intel integrated graphics will support adaptive-sync? Does Krabby Lake have it?
  • Xajel - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - link

    So when will I get a 3840x1440 21:9 HDR enabled, AdobeRGB colors should be as close as 100%... 144Hz or 120Hz are okay....

    That's the minimum thing... the best thing will be the same just with higher resolution of 5120x2160
  • Gadgety - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - link

    "LG positions its 34UC79G as an “ultimate” solution for gamers" Apart from milking the gaming market, any reason for not using OLED? LG has the tech, no? Any disadvantage to OLED?

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