LG 34UC79G-B; An In-Depth Review

If you have been in the market for ultra-wide curved monitors for some time now, then you probably have done your research and already know what to look for. Ultra-wide curved screens are quite tricky, some people like, some people don’t. There seems to be no in-between. What’s really interesting though is the wide variety of people who love this tech – from gamers, graphic designers, movie lovers, and even office workers. There have been lots of really good curved screens in the market, and as expected, most of them come with a hefty price tag. LG is one of the few brands out there that tried to make ultra-wide curved screens more accessible to the public by giving their LG 34UC79G-B a more reasonable, if not affordable price. Check out Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review.

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

LG 34UC79G-B is for people looking for an excellent ultra-wide curved screen monitor for an affordable price. It may be stripped off of some features and extras we normally see in high-tier curved screen display, and comes with some compromises, but it’s more than good enough to deliver satisfactory performance. The screen performance itself is exceptional, and it still comes with wide range of features.

 

Benefits

LG 34UC79G-B is easily one of the most intriguing displays in the market today; to say this 34-inch screen is huge is an understatement, it definitely amps gaming performance with its gentle curve. It looks sleek aesthetic wise, runs in IPS for vivid imagery, plus it comes with AMD FreeSync tech for smooth gaming performance. All these amazing things for an affordable price.

 

IPS Panel Means Good Imagery and Visual Performance

Benchmark tests shows LG 34UC79G-B actually get better scores than what it’s quoted for, particularly on Brightness level, which is at 259cd/m2. It also delivers excellent black level of 0.19cd/m2. This allows the screen to deliver a contrast ratio of 1363:1.This means the screen has no problem showing vibrant and livelier colors from wider range of different color shades, even closely-matched color tones are easier to tell apart. The excellent black level also makes the color pop. Gaming with this kind of monitor is usually isn’t good, but this actually delivers good picture quality without compromising gaming performance.

When it comes to colour accuracy, this LG monitor also delivers solid performance, as expected from its IPS panel. Delta E is at 2.28, which is good, while Color Temperature is at 6501K, which is absolutely stunning. These figures can easily appeal to directors and developers.

For the sRGB coverage level, the monitor has 92.1%, which is decent. Not excellent, but decent. The only shortcomings are in red and pink shades.

For its uniformity, the LG maintained impressive numbers. Most large screen displays struggle in maintaining backlight accuracy, but this product however, doesn’t seem to suffer the same problem, as it kept the variance at below 10% in most sections. That figure only rose a little along the right hand edge, going up to 12%. These digits are still better than most large screen gaming monitors.

Colors throughout the screen remained accurate as well, with temperature deviated by just 5% across the whole screen.


144Hz Refresh Rate with IPS, AMD FreeSync for Seamless Fluid Movement, 1ms Motion Blur Reduction for Precision and Accuracy

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


Response time is obviously one of the vital aspects monitor shoppers look for. For this particular display, it scored 10.3ms. That may be far from the best when compared to dedicated gaming displays, but considering it runs at IPS, it’s still really impressive.

Also, thanks to AMD FreeSync technology, this monitor has no problem running hi-res, fast-paced games with no screen tearing and stuttering.

Also, as said earlier, this display is equipped with excellent features, including the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction. This means when activated, the screen can actually deliver blur-free, and ghosting-free performance, making action smoother and your reacting more precise while playing your favorite games. There is of course the Dynamic Action Sync mode, which brings the Response Time down to 5ms and lowers Input Lag for faster reaction time, without causing significant effect on the screen’s imagery.

 

Crosshair and More Advanced Gaming Features

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


Gamers, especially FPS lovers, can definitely place their striking skills to the next level, as this feature puts a crosshair right at the center of the display, allowing easy shooting. This feature easily improves accuracy of FPS shooter games.

 

Play Ghost Recon Wildlands for Free*

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


Buy this monitor between March 07, 2017 and 0August 31, 2017 to be eligible for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands download. This will put you right into the action and experience the beauty of 34-inch curved screen.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

Obviously, there are not a lot of options out there for dual monitor setup for monitors of this size. As most manufacturers have designed this monitor to be as it is; the size of the screen alone can be enough for everyone to work on comfortably. However, since each is different, the ergonomics and comfort is obviously different from one user to another. If you think you need more options for adjustments, then you should definitely opt for a desk mount or better yet, a wall mount. One good option comes from Ergotron.

Ergotron Interactive Arm, VHD (Image from Amazon)


One good example is the Interactive Arm, VHD from Ergotron. This wall mount can support screens ranging from 30-inch to 60-inch in size and weight of 35 lbs. to 70 lbs. It is fully adjustable, allowing you to swing, lift and turn your display to any direction, and make the screen look like it’s floating in the air. This monitor lets users move their monitor or TV into multiple positions with one simple touch; no more sore necks and caused by awkward angles.

 

 

Design and Features

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


As with any other curved screens, LG 34UC79G-B looks disarming at first – the huge screen stretches across the desk, while the curve easily draws your eyes.

Sitting close to the screen however, make loads of sense. The gentle arc (3800mm radius) causes no image distortion, rather the sides smoothly tilts, making a discreet curve that causes no distractions to the user. 

 

Massive Screen Giving You More Screen Real Estate for Work Both Work and Entertainment

This 21:9 Aspect Ratio is probably more useful than taller 4K monitors. The extra width makes way for better field of view for films, opens more rows for spreadsheets, opens multiple apps and window programs at once, and better gaming experience, especially for RTS, FPS, MOBA, and racing games.

The huge screen runs 2560x1080p resolution. That’s a step lower than most of its rivals like the AOC Agon AG352UCG and Acer Predator X34, which both runs at 3440x1440 resolution, but of course, the LG version is hundreds of dollars cheaper.


Smaller resolution has its own set of pros and cons. For one, the pixel density is only at 82ppi (pixels per inch), making them visible when you’re sitting close. 3440x1440 on the other hand, has 110ppi, which gives crisper imagery.

The pro side of course, is games run smoother in smaller ppi. This means you don’t need a ridiculously powerful (and expensive) GPU to get your games to run smoothly. Plus, this means there is more chance to take advantage of the whopping 144Hz refresh rate of this display.

 

Buttons and Controls

OSD (on-screen display) takes up the whole right hand side of the screen, making the Menu larger than most OSDs from other monitors in the market. And rightfully so, given the number of options available for the Menu.

The Menu is easy to navigate, and it’s more convenient to wade through, thanks to the accurate and fast response from the joystick below the bottom bezel. It comes with quick access for basic picture settings, like brightness, contrast, and volume. But the beefiest would be the Picture Menu, which includes wide selection of options and picture modes, color temperature adjustment, and wide variety of gaming-centric features.

Gaming features are also found in a quick access menu which pops out when you tap the joystick. The sub-menu switches between genre-specific screen modes, plus options related to the response time, black equalizer, and the AMD FreeSync.

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


As said earlier, this monitor comes equipped with ample features, including pre-configured gaming modes. Unfortunately, these extras come with their own cons. The FPS mode for example, sharpens the screen, to the point that it becomes distracting as it changes color temperature to a cold 7286K, which robs the screen off of vibrancy.

The second FPS mode may not be as sharp, but it compromises the black level to the point that it contrast is also a little compromised, hampering images. It may highlight darker areas of the screen during games, but it also causes images to lack the depth and punch. The RTS mode also causes problem to the contrast and color temperature.

 

The Photo mode is also hindered by a cold temperature. Cinema mode on the other hand, shows better image quality through vibrant colors, as it is set close to the manufacturer’s factory settings.

 

High Refresh Rate to Synchronize Your GPU

Also, there’s the AMD FreeSync, which amps the gaming performance. It runs at a low figure of 50Hz and as high as 144Hz. This means games running between 50fps to 144fps will run without a problem in this display. That’s way better than its rivals from AOC and Acer, which both peaks at 100Hz through Nvidia GSync.

High refresh rate of course, is better, as GPU frames are better synchronized with the monitor’s refresh rate, making games and action-packed movies look smoother.

 

The IPS screen is not new in curved monitor market, as Acer Predator X34 uses the same technology, and for a good reason. In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel provides better colour accuracy and superb viewing angle, although they struggle at black levels and response times.

Inside the cabinet of LG 34UC79G-B is a lovely looking panel; its base is made up of matte plastic with red accents, and more crimson at the backside of the stand. Speaking of the stand, it’s adjustable, which is a welcome addition, since not many 34-inch displays come with adjustable stands.

 

Connectivity Options

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


LG provided complete connectivity options for this monitor. They’re strategically located at the backside of the cabinet, facing outwards, making it easy to reach. The selection includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, and two USB 3.0 ports, plus an audio jack.

 

Adjustable Stand, with VESA for More Ergonomic Freedom

LG 34UC79G-B (Image from Amazon)


The monitor’s stand allows 120mm height adjustment, and can be tilted forward and backward. It doesn’t allow swivel adjustments though, which is a common limitation among screens of its size.

If you’re looking for more ergonomic freedom, you can of course ditch the factory-supplied stand and use the VESA compliant mounting holes and pair the monitor with a fully adjustable stand, for either wall mount or desk mount.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the Power Cord, HDMI, Display Port and Cable Holder.


Bottom Line

 

LG 34UC79G-B definitely is designed and excels in gaming; with lots of features that helps gamers especially for FPS games. It runs at 144Hz refresh rate, which is the fastest in the market right now, allowing the screen to deliver smooth gaming performance without screen tearing or shuttering.

Design wise, there aren’t many things we can complain about the LG 34UC79G-B. Bezels around may be a little thick, but that’s all the downside there is. The buttons for the OSD feels a little wobbly to use though.

For the most part, it’s an excellent build; screen size is paired with sensible resolution, ample features, and solid build quality. Performance wise, it hits almost all the marks – it delivers great image performance from excellent contrast ratio and black level, giving accurate colors more pop. It also maintains good uniformity across the screen, and good viewing angle. All these pros are mainly because of the IPS panel.

There are some issues though, like the lack of integrated speakers, which is unfortunate, considering most monitors of its size come with built-in speakers as it definitely hugs a huge space on your desk.

All in all, LG 34UC79G-B is a wonderful ultra-wide curved screen monitor. What’s even more impressive is the fact that it comes with an affordable price; it’s cheaper than a lot of its competitors.

For more in-depth monitor reviews, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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