LG is once again expanding its UltraGear line of gaming monitors with a new model. Before you ask: No, the company’s latest addition is not a . But it is interesting for several reasons. LG is marketing the like a fast ultrawide with cutting-edge HDR capabilities.
The monitor features a 49-inch VA panel with a 32:9 aspect ratio, 5120 by 1440 resolution, 98.5% DCI-P3 coverage and an aggressive 1000R curve. It also has a 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms pixel response time, and AMD FreeSync Premium. To top it off, LG claims the 49GR85DC-B is DisplayHDR 1000 certified, suggesting the panel is capable of peaking at a jaw-dropping 1000 nits of brightness and has some amount of local dimming.
At first glance, this is a spec list that should make the 49GR85DC-B a home run for fans of ultrawide gaming, but there are a few things to note that may not make it as appealing. it seems. First, there is the price. LG is asking $1,300 for the 49GR85DC-B. In 2023, that’s a lot for an LCD. Also, in my experience, VA panels are never as fast as the manufacturers claim, so don’t be surprised if LG’s latest doesn’t live up to the 1ms response time quoted by the society. It’s also worth mentioning that not many games support 32:9 resolutions.
The 49GR85DC-B is available for pre-order starting today on LG’s website. If you decide to jump on this one early, the company will send you a free . It’s a $200 mousepad that doubles as a USB hub and has RGB lighting.
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