The TV and monitor market is going through an undeniable curved craze at the moment, with every manufacturer on deck trying their hand at making something that looks like it’s been out in the sun too long. With CES ongoing, there are now hundreds of new curved displays on their way to the market, but LG’s gamer-centric one is quite the standout.
The 34-inch curved monitor is the perfect companion to an incredibly powerful machine, delivering a stunning 4K image with the immersion of a curved display. The 34UC887M monitor features a 4K resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio, meaning that your peripheral vision will not be able to escape the game you’re currently playing. It also features an UltraWide IPS panel, so you can rest assured that colour reproduction is just as premium as the design suggests, along with a massive 178 degree viewing angle.
But what makes it a gaming monitor? Well first and foremost, this curved monitor is probably the only one out there that will ship with AMD’s FreeSync technology support, eliminating annoying screen tearing from all your games. It’s similar to Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which also aims to eliminate screen tearing that software just can’t get to, but right now there’s no word on support for it.
LG would love gamers to stack a few of these monitors together for the ultimate gaming experience (as pictured above) and I must say it’s drool inducing. But that’s immediately dried up when you glance over at the price. Since curved display are new and all the rage now, they come at a premium price, and this monitor is no different. There’s no confirmed price, but an almost identical LG monitor for professional use goes for around $1,299.99, so expect something close to that.
Still, with more curved displays hitting the market you can expect the prices to start falling drastically in the next few months, in the same way that HD displays are now a staple purchase. I just question how much of a difference a curved display actually makes. What do you think: fad or actual immersive innovation?
Last Updated: January 6, 2015