Gaming monitors are still en-vogue. With the LG 34UC79G we have a new model of the South Korean provider in the detailed test, which offers not only a broad picture, but also FreeSync, a high repetition frequency and thought-out features – whether the established competition must warm up?
A special hype has emerged in the past few years, especially for gamer-tailored monitors. This is not completely incomprehensible. On the one hand, monitors were not very well respected for a long period of time, if one were to ignore fast reaction times, in contrast to many other areas, a real advance could still be achieved. This progress comes in the form of techniques like free-sync or G-sync, which have finally eliminated disturbing tearing effects, ever faster repetition frequencies and larger panels, which are still curved in the best case. All of this makes the player feel much more involved in the action.
Large-format, pure-bred gaming monitors have recently come from manufacturers such as ASUS or Acer, but LG has kept its feet still, certain gaming features were also used in the previous monitors, such as the 34UC98-W. However, it was not a whole thing outside, because the South Korean company often worked as a panel supplier. With the IFA 2016 this has changed, because LG has presented the new LG 34UC79G. The course comes in a customized gaming look and with numerous features, which are exactly matched to gamers.
With a diagonal of 34 inches, a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels and a radius of 3,800 mm, it quickly becomes clear that LG does not have the absolute high-end clientele in mind. This is also noticed at the price, because the 699 euros for a large-sized gaming monitor still quite moderate.
One thing almost all gaming devices have in common: a striking look. How conspicuous, that depends again on the manufacturer. While a lot of ROG and Predator models with an extremely krawalligen optic comes, LG goes at the LG 34UC79G fortunately a little decent work. It is not, of course, without an adapted look.
Already at first glance it is noticeable that LG has used the housing with the usual components and adapted it accordingly. Therefore the LG 34UC79G also sits behind an edge-to-edge cover with only a minimally wider lower frame element. Not only does this look extremely smart, it also makes the monitor slightly smaller than it actually is, but also predestines the 34-inch monitor for multi-monitor use. If you want to build up a large-scale surround gaming setup, the new 34-inch is the right choice.
A side view makes it really clear: the LG 34UC79G not only has the wide 21: 9 format, which leads to better viewing angle coverage, but also a curved surface. This effect makes the user feel even more involved in the event. And when we are at it, the surround-view setup is of course also beneficial to the curvature.
Compared to the high-end consumer model, the 34UC98-W, LG does not set to a radius of curvature of 1.900 mm, but goes to work with 3.800 mm. Correspondingly, the effect is not quite as pronounced as with more curved models, but you can clearly distinguish between planed displays.
The base in its basic form is similar to the models known by LG, but is not curved here, but consists of two straight legs. While the foot of the mainstream models has a metal look, the stylistic color mix of black and red is used here at LG 34UC79G. The foot fulfills its purpose and offers the display a safe stand.
If the 34-inch is turned, the gaming genes are a bit clearer, but in comparison to the Acer Predator X34 or the ASUS ROG PG348Q but clearly more decent. The back of the pedestal and parts of the support arm come back in black. At the same time, however, a third design element is used as LG also uses several glossy surfaces in black at this point. All in all, the LG 34UC79G has so eye-catchers, which do not look as exaggerated as with some competition model. LG also does without an extensive lighting concept – we should not disturb it.
The 34-inch version offers a sensible design. With DisplayPort and two HDMI interfaces, the most important ports are offered, but in most cases the DisplayPort is preferred due to FreeSync usage. For data exchange, there is also an integrated USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports in the downstream. On a USB-type C interface, as we recently seen at the 27UD88-W, LG dispenses with its new gaming device.
There is nothing to complain about with respect to the material quality and the processing quality. The 34-inch wheelchair moves through and through on a high-quality level.
LG’s gaming 34-inch is based on a tried and tested housing concept and adapts it visually to the target group. Correspondingly, it is also no surprise that the LG 34UC79G is ergonomically on a level with the most recently tested devices.
Therefore, in addition to the possibility of tilt adjustment, there is also a practical height adjustment. LG grants the user a setting range of 12 cm, which is within the usual framework and is perfectly adequate for normal grown users. Not with the part is however a pivot function, a 34-Zoller with 21: 9 format would be hochkant but anyway too high, in order to be able to work purposefully.
Already with the last LG devices, the thought-out operating concept convinced us. As with all its current monitors, LG uses a joystick placed centrally on the underside of the frame. The is not only good to achieve, but it actually also allows all the functions of the monitor to comfortably speak with only one control element.
LG is setting up a two-stage design for the OSD. In the first level, the most important settings, such as gaming features (Presets, Black Stabilizer, OverDrive) can be accessed. Only in the second level will the entire range of functions be accessible. LG offers an extensive feature set, so that a 6-axis color correction is also included. This is by no means the standard for gaming monitors and will delight users who would like to use their gaming monitor for image processing.
With the actual gaming features LG offers a good functional range. Several presets are offered, but individual settings can only be stored in one profile, as other manufacturers offer something more. For this, however, LG also allows a crosshair to be displayed – whether this is regarded as cheating depends in this case completely on the eye of the beholder. It also allows the Overdrive feature to be adjusted in several steps or to adjust the Black-Stabalizer to your own needs.
The size also increases the consumption of electricity. LG also uses an IPS panel, which promises good picture quality, but requires a little more power than TN devices due to the design. The 35 watts measured by us at a brightness of 150 cd / m² are still within the frame, but with a view to the not too high resolution, a little less electricity starter would be desirable.
In our large display FAQ, we are extensively using various panel techniques and explain their advantages and disadvantages, which directly affect the quality of the monitor. A look is definitely worth it.
LG naturally relies on an IPS panel at LG 34UC79G, it is the self-developed technology. Unlike the LG panels, which are used in the high-end devices of the gaming competition, however, LG has opted for a low-resolution model – which naturally leads to a significantly more attractive price point.
More specifically, the panel used by LG has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels. In combination with the large diagonal of 34 inches is not that much, usually 27-inch is more pixels in the height, while 34-inch is usually with 3,440 x 1,440 pixels. Accordingly, not only the screen sharpens, also the space on the desktop falls less. What can be a disadvantage for all users who want to do image processing and office work can have a positive effect on the players. The graphic card has to do so much less work than with more expensive solutions. Say: The currently used model must be updated later or not simultaneously with the new monitor also a new GPU be purchased.
The comparatively low resolution also has a completely different advantage for gamers. Due to the limitation of the DisplayPort 1.2 standards, a choice must be made: Either high resolution or a fast refresh rate, for both the bandwidth is simply not enough. Accordingly, the maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz can currently only be achieved. This makes LG 34UC79G clear from devices such as the Acer Predator X34 or the ASUS ROG PG348Q, but is by no means alone. Of course, the small-format gaming monitors with correspondingly high frequencies are waiting, with the Acer Predator X35, however, we had already a larger device with an even higher Hz number in the test.
LG Gaming 34-inch offers an extremely direct response, thanks to the maximum possible 144 Hz, which further subjectively increases the “mid-range effect”. All this succeeds in the 34-inch model without any problems with display. The FreeSync technology, also supported by LG, is supported over the entire frequency range and ensures, as usual, that disturbing tearing effects no longer occur. As usual, however, the advantages of FreeSync at high frequencies are no longer so important. A disturbing input lag we could not find, LGs 34-Zöller is here extremely fast. With the Motion Blur Reduction, LG is also able to combat streaking. The only problem is that the feature works only up to a maximum of 120 Hz, so the user must decide to use FreeSync with 144 Hz or Mution Blur Reduction. Without the latter feature, streaking is visible, but still remains limited.
The Black Stabilizer, which is subtly used to make the details in dark parts of the picture better, could be well liked in our test.
Typical for an IPS panel are generous viewing angles and the color representation can be enjoyed. The latter is finely graduated and differentiated – as our later measurements show, but for a correct color temperature something must be readjusted. There are also numerous presets, so the monitor can easily be adapted to your own needs.
As is the case with curved displays, a backlight bleeding is present, but the extent is limited. In our pictures with extended exposure time, the lighthouses still fall, but in practice they do not have a negative effect on the playing experience. At this point, LG 34UC79G can take advantage of the lower curvature.
The IPS panel used by LG has a maximum luminosity of 277 cd / m², averaged over the panel, it is 268.9 cd / m². This is sufficient to be able to work without problems even in brightly lit rooms, only a light source should not necessarily be in the back of the viewer. Our measurements also show that the panel used by LG is very homogeneous and reaches a value of 91%. Differences in brightness are hardly detectable with the naked eye. The contrast ratio, which is 1.419: 1, is also very good.
Averaging the panel, we were able to find a value of 6.803 Kelvin for the LG 34UC79G. Although this is somewhat cooler than the 6,500 Kelvin photoeutral, which is the optimal case, but who is not professional image processing, will hardly notice the difference here. Color reproduction is also noticeable. Above all colors, the average DeltaE was just at a value of 0.96, the maximum we could measure DeltaE 5.45. For a gaming monitor, these are quite useful values.
The effect of the different presets on the color representation is summarized in the table below.
In fact, it was long overdue for LG to bring its first pure-bred gaming monitor to the market. With the new LG 34UC79G it is now finally ready. It quickly becomes apparent that LG is not targeting the absolute premium segment, which is certainly not the worst idea with regard to the sold numbers.
Swabs must be made at the resolution, which will interfere with users who are looking for maximum screen clarity and plenty of desktop space. In return, gamers benefit from the fact that the graphics card is less heavily loaded, which in the long run can save a lot of money. In addition, the maximum possible 144 Hz can only be realized in this way, otherwise the DisplayPort would be limited. Also of the lot is also FreeSync, which can be used over the entire frequency range.
In addition, LG offers a thought-through but by no means excessive gaming setup. There are numerous features in the OSD, but the fact that LG offers only an individually assignable profile is disturbing. Away from the gaming features, the LG 34UC79G offers comprehensive settings. For example, a 6-axis color correction is offered, which is not the standard for gaming displays. Luckily again, the Joytick control used by LG can also be enjoyed.
The case misses LG gaming paint, but remains quite discreet. The tried and tested color mix of red and black is used. The processing quality is at a high level. The ergonomic setting possibilities, which allow a long fatigue-free working or playing, have been very good.
The most important thing, of course, is the picture quality. The LG 34UC79G was able to convince when playing with a fast and direct playback. Only with the Overdrive one should not exaggerate. If you would like to use the 34-Incher also away from its gaming sessions, you benefit from the bright, homogenous and contrasting image with a lively and natural color. It is also a pity that the radius is only 3,800 mm.
The gaming debut of LG in the form of LG 34UC79G leaves a positive impression and makes little mistakes, just the not very high native resolution, but many will be a thorn in the eye. Workers will probably prefer to use a higher-resolution device, but the high repetition frequency and the lower graphics card requirements are certainly advantages for players. The 34-inch is attractively priced, because even off the gaming features, a good function is offered – thus the LG 34UC79G represents a first-class entry into the world of high-quality gaming displays.