The Good The LG 34UC89G's curved IPS panel delivers a better picture than many VA-based alternatives without sacrificing speed, it has some nice options for gaming, and the relatively well-designed monitor and stand look the part.
The Bad Given its size and cost, it's relatively low resolution; there aren't a lot of connections and no USB-C, it doesn't have any colored lights, and it's not great for anything other than gaming.
The Bottom Line For gamers who need G-Sync and want a lot of screen real estate, the LG 34UC89G is a solid choice.
A big G-Sync display that sacrifices pixels for performance
LG's striking red-and-black gaming monitor certainly looks the part -- that's relatively unusual for a company that doesn't have a dedicated gaming brand -- and with a fast IPS panel, high refresh rate, G-Sync and a roomy slightly curved screen, it's a nice package for many types of games. But a few drawbacks diminish the appeal.
LG's price for the monitor is just under $1,000; most places seem to sell it for about $900. That's a couple hundred less than Alienware's recently announced but not-yet-shipping AW3418HW, which has similar specs, at least based on the few that are available. For that money, though, you get more ports and basic lighting effects. The 34UC89G doesn't seem to be available yet in the UK or Australia, but the US price directly converts to about £765 and AU$1,250. The 34UC79G is the corresponding FreeSync version, though it doesn't have identical specs.
The stand is well designed; connectors are easily accessible in the back and there's a snap-in piece for managing cables and hanging your headset. You can also raise and lower it sufficiently to accommodate most people, and tilt it about 20 degrees back as well as a touch forward.
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