Gaming monitors are important not just for PC gamers, but also for console gamers who are seeking that extra mile in clarity and refresh rates. In that regards, the LG 34UC98 more than delivers, and if I am able to, I would like to make an argument for curved screens that some people still consider a mere novelty.
The monitor is an impressive 34″, sporting a 3,440 x 1,440-pixel resolution with FreeSync, AMD’s dynamic refresh rate that was developed to combat Nvidia’s G-Sync. If your PC or console does not run on an AMD GPU, you may miss out on this perk, but you will enjoy the other benefits of the monitor. Yes, FreeSync only works with AMD setups.
The stand is a bold, steel-looking, curved-shaped holder, but, deceivingly, you will not be able to alter its orientation. You will be limited to a slight tilt backwards/forwards.
Ports and Controls
LG clearly knows how needy gamers can be, so they have installed a USB hub into the monitor. There are also two HDMI ports, one Display Port, as well as ThunderBolt 2.0 ports just in case you game and produce content for your YouTube channel.
It’s certainly a great choice for ports, it’s just a hint bizarre that they did not just bundle a Thunderbolt 3.0 port, especially since the tech has been available commercially for quite some time. Also suspect is the lack of a USB Type-C which LG themselves use for their portable devices.
Controlling the monitor was a breeze and proved to be easier than some other monitors I had tested in the recent past. A small knob beneath the display that feels like a flipped joystick is your one-stop for all the monitor’s functions. Unfortunately, the attention to the physical attributes does not carry over to the display settings.
There are preset picture modes for multiple functions like gaming (with multiple setups for FPS and RTS games specifically), reading, photo editing, and working in the dark, but I found it challenging to tweak the display to my liking. The options are jargon-ridden and will only entertain techies and the engineers at LG. It’s high time these companies acknowledge the simple fact that most of their customer base is illiterate in monitor and display options. I’m not asking them to dumb-down the features, just either word them in a way that makes sense to the average consumer, or present alternative options, sliders and wordings that would work in accompaniment to the existent features, and not replace them.
What’s in it for your eyes
The 21:9 LG 34UC98 panel was capable of producing 98 percent of the sRGB spectrum, and 76 percent of the AdobeRGB spectrum. The color accuracy is a high point for the LG at 1.68, where lower is better, and under one is ideal. This will give you a joyful movie watching time and a great experience while producing those let’s-play gameplay videos.
The 3440 x 1440 panel has an impressive brightness that I managed to measure at 315 lux which out-classed my 55″ LG HD TV, yet I felt the contrast ratio didn’t use the brightness to its full potential.
If you are a gamer who plays a lot and loves to create content, this monitor will be a great investment for your money. At $900 it is certainly on the pricier range, but if you have the budget for it, you won’t regret it.