CNET First Look
LG 34U89C is a nice monitor when speed and color matter mostThis 34-inch curved IPS display looks good, but it's low res.
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. For fast, well-performing IPS panel, high refresh rate, G-Sync, and a roomy slightly curved screen, it's a nice package for many types of games. The resolution's a sore spot though, 2560 x 1080 is low for a display this size. You can always scale a high resolution monitor back for faster game play but you can't make a low resolution monitor magically add more pixels. And for work on a white background the pixel grid is pretty obvious. The stand's well designed, connectors are easily accessible on the back. And there's a snap-in piece for cable management or hanging your headset on. You can also raise and lower it sufficiently to accommodate most people, and tilt it back about 20 degrees. Like a lot of monitors, the 34UC89G uses a single joystick control for its settings and menu navigation. LG's is particularly nice. Located right in the middle of bottom under the logo, so you don't have to grope for it. It's easy to maneuver, and the on-screen menu display defaults to the bottom middle rather than stretched across the bottom or on the side. LG doesn't offer any particularly novel features, but it includes all the basics. At least for gaming. Black stabilizers is LG's name for it's setting to change the gamma and shadows for games where enemies lurk in dark corners. On the low and medium settings the effect is pretty subtle but is quiet noticable on high. It can display a cross hair or dot in the center which helps quickly orient a target in your sights. But you can't tie them to profiles and they're always globally on or off. [MUSIC]