We love our ultrawide monitors here at Techgage, so it’s always nice to see companies release new models, even if they are refreshes, as it affirms there is indeed a market for such beasts. Today is LG’s turn as it pushes out the new 34UC89G, a 34-inch ultrawide sporting NVIDIA’s G-Sync adaptive refresh technology, oh, and a 144Hz panel to boot.
Ultrawide monitors have slowly begun to gain traction as they provide a much greater field of view than the standard 16:9 format that started with the HD craze about 10 years ago. In competitive gameplay, that extra field of view can provide a significant advantage.
But ultrawide isn’t the only thing gamers have been screaming for. High refresh rate monitors have really started to be taken seriously, since 60Hz just isn’t responsive enough for those twitch gamers. While the older gentle people may not have the eye for it, but going from 8ms down to 1ms response times is the difference between life and death. If 144Hz isn’t quite enough for you, then you can push the display harder with some overclocking up to 166Hz.
Putting the two together, ultrawide and 144Hz, has taken its time, since getting panels so large to respond fast enough was a tricky endeavor, but they are now being pushed out with the likes of LG’s 34UC89. Add in G-Sync to match frame times and you have a stutter free gaming experience – well, provided your graphics card is up to the task. To add to the immersion, the monitor is curved too, and judging by the picture, quite aggressively too (we can’t find a value, but likely 1800R)
The only real downside to the 34UC89 is the lower resolution of 2560×1080, rather than the more common for a 34-inch ultrawide of 3440×1440. More modern displays have also started to integrate HDR and 10-bit LUTs for the super-rich colors that are being pushed by not just movies, but a number of games too, however, HDR isn’t available just yet on this monitor.
If you are on the lookout for a more modern ultrawide, then the LG 34UC89G is worth a look, but might be a bit steep at $1000. The curved display, 144Hz, and G-Sync, all add to the premium price.