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LG 34UC89G 34-inch curved monitor gets the design right

While it may lack some connectors, LG's gaming monitor puts almost everything in the proper places.

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Not flashy up front

With the exception of the V-shaped base and a hint of red, there's nothing that screams "gaming monitor" from up front.

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Back

The back is another story. Though sadly nothing lights up, the red accents and sharp angles give it the right look.

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Connectors

There aren't a ton: two USB 3.0, an audio out, a DisplayPort and an HDMI.

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Cable management

The connectors are at least easy to get to, and the stand has a plastic corral to slip the cables through, which also serves as a spot to hang your headset. You don't have to attach it, though.

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Snap on

The monitor snaps on to the stand's VESA-size mount plate; the button unlocks it for removal.

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As low as it goes

You can raise and lower the display enough that most people should be able to put it at a comfortable height.

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As high as it goes

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Ultrathin bezels

It looks like there are no bezels on the top or sides; they're just hidden. Still, they're pretty thin.

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One control

I really like the joystick control for the onscreen menus. Unlike most monitors, LG puts it in the center bottom rather than the side for easy accessibility.

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Tilt

The stand lets you tilt the display back about 20 degrees

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Tilted back all the way

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Onscreen menus

The menu design really reflects the monitor's game focus. 

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Onscreen menus

All of the presets, with the exception of Reader, are for games -- and Reader is a blue-light reduction mode that's way too dim and warm. They're customizable, though. The FPS modes have boosted response times, and the FPS and RTS options have varying Black Stabilizer settings.

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Presets

While each of the presets has different default settings, they're all customizable. Unfortunately, you can't attach a refresh rate or G-Sync status to them.

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Options

The G-sync status and refresh rate are just informative -- you don't set them here, only via the Nvidia driver.

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Picture settings

You get three gamma presets with uninformative names (gamma1!), color temperature settings like "warm" and "cool", and the ability to set the RGB values independently.

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Even more side

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Yet more of the side

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Seriously, the side again

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One last look at the side

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