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LG 34GN850-B Review

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Updated December 20, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
83/100

Customer Score (From 985 Reviews)
4.5/5

Overview

The LG 34GP950G-B is a high-end ultrawide gaming monitor, which made its debut in 2021, promising pro-level gaming performance to enthusiasts. This device stands out among the most advanced computer monitors because of its ultrawide 34-inch Nano IS display with a 3440 x 1440 resolution.

The screen is curved, providing visual immersion. This device boasts NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate technology for reducing screen tearing and supports AMD FreeSync. With a maximum 180Hz refresh rate, the device provides excellent motion handling. Continue reading to see how it ranks against the best selling gaming monitors on the market.

Reasons to Buy

  • Outstanding 180Hz refresh rate
  • Super-fast response time and low input lag
  • G-SYNC Ultimate and FreeSync compatibility
  • Excellent color gamut coverage
  • Wide viewing angles
  • HDMI 2.0 ports

Reasons to Not

  • Poor contrast ratio
  • Mediocre local dimming function
  • Stand doesn’t swivel or support portrait mode

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: The LG 34GP950G-B(This review) has a higher 180Hz refresh rate compared to the 160Hz of the LG 34GN850-B. These two monitors have a similar 34-inch IPS screen size but differ in the supported variable refresh rate (VRR) tech. While the LG 34GP950G-B natively supports G-SYNC, the LG 34GN850-B natively supports FreeSync, which isn’t that different than the Nixeus EDG 34.

Featuring a similar 34-inch curved screen, IPS panel type, and HDR10 tech, the LG 34GP950G-B, and the LG 34GP83A-B are very similar. However, the LG 34GP950G-B has a local dimming feature, which is not present in the LG 34GP83A-B. The two monitors support different anti-tearing technologies, with the LG 34GP950G-B having native NVIDIA G-SYNC, while the LG 34GP83A-B is compatible with G-SYNC. Although, neither of them uses Adaptive Sync, as you’ll find in the MSI Optix G272.

Compared to other brand’s similar models: Being LED-backlit, the LG 34GP950G-B gets brighter in HDR mode (656-nit peak brightness), than the QD-OLED Dell Alienware AW3423DW, which has a peak brightness of 484 nits. On the other hand, the Dell monitor has a better 0.4 ms rise-and-fall response time than the 3.9 ms of the LG device. In terms of darkroom performance, the Dell monitor provides deeper black levels, featuring an infinite contrast ratio, compared to the LG’s 836:1.

What’s New In This Model Year Vs Previous Model Year: The LG 34GP950G-B is very similar to its predecessor, the LG 34GK950F-B, with both monitors having a 34-inch 3440 x 1440 screen and an IPS panel. The newer gaming monitor goes one better, featuring HDR10 tech, which is missing on the older model.

Critic Consensus

Product testers praised the LG 34GP950G-B, recommending it for gaming. They hailed its outstanding 3.9 ms rise-and-fall response time and 3.7 ms input lag, which provided a fast response during testing. The monitor features an HDMI 2.0 port, which proved to support 4K resolutions during testing. Analysts at Tom’s Hardware praised this device’s 180Hz refresh rate, which is better than the 160Hz rate of the LG 38GN950-B.

They proved that this device natively supports FreeSync and is compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC. Digital Trends product testers hailed its wide viewing angles, commenting that the only observed color washout after 43° horizontally. Reviewers discovered that it covers an outstanding 99.6% of the sRGB and 89.4% of the Adobe RGB color spaces, providing a wide color gamut suitable for content creation. However, analysts were disappointed by the paltry 836:1 contrast ratio, which only increases to 918:1 with local dimming, and black images appeared grayish in dark rooms.