You'll Need an Extra Pair of Eyes for LG's Massive New Monitors

By Gerald Lynch on at

You can splash out for a Pascal-powered Nvidia GTX 1080 all you want, but if you haven't got a decent monitor to go with it, all that pixel-pushing power is going to waste. LG's rolling start to its IFA 2016 showcase kicks off with a duo of new monitors, each ticking what are likely to be expensive boxes for demanding gamers.

First up is the 21:9 UltraWide 38UC99. An absolute whopper at 38-inches on the diagonal, it's making use of an IPS panel (which usually offers the best viewing angles and colour accuracy) and a super-sharp 3840 x 1600 maximum resolution. This one's aimed at imaging pros and "data crunchers" as much as gamers, with 99 per cent of the sRGB colour space covered. It's also the first ultrawide monitor to pack a USB Type-C port.

The slightly smaller 34-inch option is the one gamers should be most interested in though. The LG 34 UC79G has a curved display and 21:9 ultrawide ratio. A fast 144Hz refresh rate lets shooters square their targets smoothly (even smoother if paired with an AMD FreeSync compatible graphics card) while a fixed crosshair on the centre of the screen can be switched on too. Might be verging on cheating, that last one.

No pricing or availablity yet (don't expect them to come cheaply at those sizes), but they'll be on show in Germany at this week's IFA conference. We'll be at the show and will update with hands-on impressions if something shinier doesn't grab our attentions first.