Want a fast ultrawide gaming monitor that’ll make your gaming experience both immersive and responsive at a reasonable price?
Introducing the LG 34UC79G, a 34″ ultrawide monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, an IPS panel for striking colors, and plenty of exclusive features such as FreeSync and 1ms MBR.
The 34UC79G is based on LG’s AH-IPS panel with a 250-nit peak brightness, a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, and true 8-bit color depth.
Further, the panel ensures wide 178-degree viewing angles which make for the perfect picture quality no matter the angle you’re looking at the screen.
The only downside of this monitor is its low resolution for the big screen size, but there is a silver lining.
The 2560×1080 UWHD resolution on a 34″ screen results in a pixel density of 81.72 PPI (pixels per inch) which translates to somewhat limited screen space and lack of details.
So, if you plan on doing a lot of work, the LG 34UC79G is not the optimal monitor for you as small text gets a bit smudgy and blurry.
In video games and movies, however, this is not as apparent allowing you to enjoy the big screen, vibrant colors, and high refresh rate of the monitor.
Additionally, if you want a higher resolution ultrawide display, you’d have to opt for a 3440×1440 monitor which is a lot more expensive and demanding on your CPU/GPU and would make reaching high frame rates impossible in most of the newer, more demanding titles.
The LG 34UC79G input lag performance is impressive at only 10ms of imperceptible delay.
Moreover, thanks to the quick response time speed, there’s no prominent ghosting or motion blur in fast-paced games as pixels change from one shade to another in time.
You can further eliminate motion blur by enabling the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction (MBR) technology which via backlight strobing reduces the perceived trailing of fast-moving objects.
The 1ms MBR technology only operates at fixed refresh rates that you can set to 60Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz.
The display is factory-calibrated, has a flicker-free backlighting (unless 1ms MBR is enabled), and features an integrated low blue light filter.
At 144Hz, the fast-paced motion is significantly smoother and while it won’t make you a better player in competitive games, it will make gameplay a lot more enjoyable and seamless.
The LG 34UC79G 144Hz gaming monitor also supports AMD FreeSync. This technology allows the monitor to change its refresh rate according to the GPU’s frame rate which in turn gets rid of all screen tearing and stuttering.
Note that you cannot use this technology at the same time as 1ms MBR.
The LG 34UC79G FreeSync range within which variable refresh rate works is 50-144Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second). If your frame rate dips below 50, the AMD LFC technology is automatically enabled which makes the display’s refresh rate double or triple the frame rate to maintain smooth performance.
Update: FreeSync also works without any issues when using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card.
Other gaming features including Black Stabilizer for better visibility of objects in dark areas in video games, Dynamic Action Sync for minimal input lag, customizable crosshairs, and pre-calibrated picture presets including two FPS, one RTS, and one customizable gaming mode.
The 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio provides you with a wider field of view which makes for a more immersive gameplay experience and can also be an advantage against other players as you can spot the enemies in corners more quickly.
For this reason, some competitive games don’t support the 21:9 format. Check what games support 21:9.
Design & Connectivity
The LG 34UC79G features a robust design with a height-adjustable stand (up to 120mm). The screen can also be tilted by -5°/20° or mounted to a third-party stand using the 100 x 100mm VESA mount holes. You cannot swivel or pivot the screen though.
Connectivity options include a DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a headphones jack, and a dual USB 3.0 hub (one upstream and two downstream ports – one with fast-charging). FreeSync works over DisplayPort only.
The 3800R curvature is subtle but noticeable and adds to the gameplay immersion.
Price & Similar Monitors
The LG 34UC79G price amounts to $599.99 MSRP which is a very good price considering the monitor’s features and performance.
You can also get this monitor with G-SYNC instead of FreeSync, the LG 34UC89-G, if you want a variable refresh rate with NVIDIA cards.
If you’re interested in a higher resolution ultrawide display, check out the LG 34UC80 which is available for the same price, but has a lower refresh rate.
In case you don’t want to compromise anything, the LG 34GK950F offers both 3440×1440 and 144Hz as well as FreeSync 2, HDR, and more.
All in all, the LG 34UC79G curved ultrawide monitor offers an exceptional value for the price and we find it to be the best gaming monitor for ~$600.
You get a big curved screen, rich colors of the IPS panel, a quick response time, low input lag, a high refresh rate, and plenty of features including FreeSync and 1ms MBR.
Due to its low pixel density, it’s not as good for office-related use, but for gaming, watching movies, web-surfing and other entertainment purposes, it’s perfect.
LG 34UC79G Specifications
|Aspect Ratio||21:9 (UltraWide)|
|Response Time||5ms (GtG)|
|Backlight Strobing||1ms Motion Blur Reduction|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (50Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
What We Loved
- Excellent value for the price
- Quick response time, low input lag, high refresh rate
- Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and 1ms MBR
- Ergonomic design and rich connectivity options
- Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
What We Didn’t Like
- Low pixel density but tolerable for entertainment purposes
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.