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LG 34GN850-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Review updated Jun 09, 2020 at 07:44 am
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 07, 2023 at 11:15 am
LG 34GN850-B Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office
8.5
Gaming
7.5
Media Consumption
8.0
Media Creation
6.6
HDR

The LG 34GN850-B is an overall good monitor with impressive gaming performance. It has a 1440p resolution on a 34 inch screen, delivering an immersive gaming experience as well as plenty of screen real estate for productivity tasks. The screen is lightly curved and it can get bright enough for use in moderately-lit rooms. Its superb response time and high refresh rate result in clear images with very little motion blur, and it comes with native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Sadly, it doesn't perform all that well in dark environments due to its low contrast ratio, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature either. On the upside, it supports HDR and it has an sRGB mode that produces colors with great accuracy.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

The LG 34GN850-B is a good monitor for most uses. Although it's mainly made for gaming and it performs impressively well in that regard, it's also a good choice for productivity and media consumption. Its 21:9 aspect ratio is great for multitasking, and its excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space makes it suitable for content creators. Unfortunately, its sub-par contrast ratio makes it less suitable for dark rooms, and its ergonomics are poor, as it can't swivel or rotate to portrait mode.

Pros
  • Superb response time.
  • Great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Exceptionally low input lag.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast ratio.
  • Poor ergonomics.
7.7 Office

The LG 34GN850-B is a good office monitor. Its large screen size is great for multitasking, and its 1440p resolution renders text clearly. It gets bright enough for most office settings, and it handles reflections decently well. Sadly, its ergonomics are rather poor and although its IPS panel has decent horizontal viewing angles, it's not as good as most IPS monitors.

Pros
  • Superb response time.
  • Great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Exceptionally low input lag.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast ratio.
  • Poor ergonomics.
8.5 Gaming

The LG 34GN850-B is an impressive gaming monitor. It has a large high-resolution screen, superb response time, and an exceptionally low input lag. It supports FreeSync natively and it's also certified to be compatible with recent NVIDIA graphics cards. However, it's not the best choice for dark room gaming and the stand's poor ergonomics make it harder to adjust the monitor to your optimal viewing position.

Pros
  • Superb response time.
  • Great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Exceptionally low input lag.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast ratio.
  • Poor ergonomics.
7.5 Media Consumption

The LG 34GN850-B is a good monitor for media consumption. It delivers good picture quality thanks to its high resolution, and its large, curved screen is great for immersion. While its IPS panel provides decent viewing angles, it's not the best for watching in the dark due to the low contrast ratio. It gets bright enough for most rooms, but it may struggle a bit if there's a lot of sunlight.

Pros
  • Superb response time.
  • Great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Exceptionally low input lag.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast ratio.
  • Poor ergonomics.
8.0 Media Creation

The LG 34GN850-B is a good monitor for content creators. Its large screen size and ultrawide format are great for having multiple windows open at the same time. Gray uniformity is excellent, gradient handling is superb, and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Unfortunately, it can't swivel or rotate to portrait mode, and there's a bit of backlight bleed as well, although the latter can vary per unit.

Pros
  • Superb response time.
  • Great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Exceptionally low input lag.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast ratio.
  • Poor ergonomics.
6.6 HDR

The LG 34GN850-B is alright for HDR. While it displays the wide range of colors needed for HDR, it doesn't get bright enough to make them look vivid or for highlights to pop. It also struggles in dark rooms as blacks look gray in the dark, and it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve it.

Pros
  • Superb response time.
  • Great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Exceptionally low input lag.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast ratio.
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Office
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 7.5 Media Consumption
  • 8.0 Media Creation
  • 6.6 HDR
  1. Updated Feb 07, 2023: Added text in the macOS Compatibility and Console Compatibility boxes and clarified text throughout as part of Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Feb 06, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.2, resulting in changes to the results and scores with the Response Time and Input Lag. Added tests for Console Compatibility and macOS compatibility and made minor changes to other tests, which you can see in our Changelog.
  3. Updated Jun 09, 2020: Retested to see if it can display chroma 4:2:2 at 160Hz with 10-bit color depth.
  4. Updated Jun 02, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated May 28, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the LG 34GN850-B and it's only available in a 34 inch size. However, this is only one of several monitors in LG's UltraGear Gaming monitor lineup, which has over a dozen models available in various configurations.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG 34GN850-B doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit of the LG 34GN850-B was manufactured in April 2020, you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The LG 34GN850-B is an overall good monitor. It's one of the best 21:9 ultrawide gaming monitors that we've reviewed so far and it's cheaper than other similar monitors. However, it's not the best choice for dark room gaming due to its low contrast ratio and its horizontal viewing angles aren't as good as other IPS monitors. For other options, you can also see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best ultrawide gaming monitors, and the best 144Hz monitors.

LG 34GP83A-B

The LG 34GP83A-B and the LG 34GN850-B are almost identical in design, features, and performance. The main differences are that the 34GN850-B has slightly better response time at max refresh rate, and it gets a bit brighter in HDR, although not by much.

Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T

The LG 34GN850-B and the Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T are very different monitors. The Samsung is a 16:9 model available in a 27-inch or 32-inch size, while the LG is a 21:9 model that only comes in a 34-inch size. The Samsung has a higher refresh rate, but its response time isn't as good as the LG's because it has more overshoot causing inverse ghosting, as well as slow dark transitions that can result in dark smearing behind fast-moving objects. If you game in the dark, the Samsung is a much better choice because it uses a VA panel with a significantly higher contrast ratio. However, it comes at the cost of narrow viewing angles, so if you need to share your screen with someone else, the LG might be a better choice.

Samsung Odyssey G9

The LG 34GN850-B is marginally better than the Samsung Odyssey G9. The LG has an IPS panel with much wider viewing angles, better color accuracy, and significantly faster response time when running at its maximum refresh rate. However, the Samsung has a bigger 32:9 screen, a better contrast ratio, and a higher refresh rate.

LG 34GP950G-B

The LG 34GN850-B and the LG 34GP950G-B are very similar overall. The 34GP950G has a slightly higher refresh rate and a faster response time when gaming at 60Hz. There's also a difference in the supported gaming technologies. The 34GP950G is a native G-SYNC monitor, whereas the 34GN850-B supports FreeSync, so if you want to get the most out of your graphics card, it might be better to get the one that matches your card.

Gigabyte M34WQ

The Gigabyte M34WQ and the LG 34GN850-B offer similar overall performance, but each has a slight edge depending on your planned usage. The Gigabyte is better for productivity, as it has a few extra office features built-in, including a keyboard video and mouse switch (KVM), which allows you to switch between two sources with one set of input devices. If you only plan on gaming, the LG is a better choice, as it has a faster refresh rate and better motion handling, but it lacks a backlight strobing feature.

Samsung Odyssey G5 C34G55T

The LG 34GN850-B is better overall than the Samsung Odyssey G5 C34G55T, but they have different panel types. The LG has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel with a higher contrast ratio. The LG is a bit better for gaming because it has a much quicker response time that results in smoother motion, and it gets brighter overall than the Samsung, making it a better choice for HDR gaming.

Gigabyte G34WQC

The LG 34GN850-B is a bit better than the Gigabyte G34WQC for most uses. The LG has wider viewing angles, better color accuracy out of the box, and significantly faster response time. However, the Gigabyte is better suited for dark rooms as it has a much higher contrast ratio to produce deep blacks.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B

In terms of gaming performance, the LG 34GN850-B is better than the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B. It's mainly because the ASUS has more motion artifacts, like dark smears behind fast-moving objects, which is typical for VA panels. However, the ASUS is a better choice for dark rooms because it has a much higher contrast ratio to produce deeper blacks. It also has a wider color gamut and higher peak brightness to deliver a better HDR experience.

Gigabyte M27Q

The LG 34GN850-B and the Gigabyte M27Q have different aspect ratios. The LG is an ultrawide, while the Gigabyte has a standard 16:9 format. Gaming-wise, even though the Gigabyte has a slightly higher refresh rate, the LG has a faster response time at max refresh rate to deliver a clearer image in fast-moving scenes. However, if you often game at 60Hz, then the Gigabyte comes out ahead. The Gigabyte also has wider viewing angles, higher screen brightness, and more features, like USB-C input and a built-in KVM.

Dell Alienware AW3423DW

If you want the best gaming performance, the Dell Alienware AW3423DW is a better choice than the LG 34GN850-B. The Dell looks better in dark rooms, delivers a better HDR experience, and has better motion handling. The LG does have better text clarity, so if that's important to you, consider this monitor instead.

LG 38GN950-B

The LG 38GN950-B and the LG 34GN850-B are very similar in design and performance. The 38GN950 has a bigger screen and a higher resolution, although the pixel density is the same. It also has a much wider color gamut and gets a lot brighter, which means it can deliver a much better HDR experience than the 34GN850-B.

AOC CU34G2X

The LG 34GN850-B and the AOC CU34G2X are both great gaming monitors with different panel types. The LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, while the AOC has a VA panel with higher contrast. Motion looks much better on the LG because it has a quicker response time, and it doesn't have black smearing like on the AOC. The LG also gets much brighter, so it does a better job at fighting glare. If ergonomics are important to you, the AOC offers swivel adjustments, which the LG doesn't.

LG 34GK950F-B

Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B and the LG 34GN850-B perform very similarly, with the 34GN850-B being marginally better. The 34GN850-B has a faster response time, better reflection handling, and it has better black uniformity, although the latter could be due to panel variance. The 34GN850-B has a slightly higher peak brightness and its refresh rate can be overclocked to 160Hz, but the 34GK950F-B has significantly better horizontal viewing angles and it has a black frame insertion feature, which the 34GN850-B lacks.

LG 38WN95C-W

The LG 38WN95C-W is slightly better overall than the LG 34GN850-B. The 38WN95C-W gets much brighter, it has wider viewing angles, supports Thunderbolt 3, has built-in speakers, and it's bigger. However, the 34GN850-B has a higher refresh rate, quicker response time, and better reflection handling.

LG 38GL950G-B

For most uses, the LG 38GL950G-B and the LG 34GN850-B perform very similarly, with the 38GL950G-B being marginally better. The 38GL950G-B has a bigger screen, it gets brighter, and it has a higher max refresh rate. On the other hand, the 34GN850-B has a faster response time and a much better HDR color gamut.

Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx

The Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx and the LG 34GN850-B have very similar performance overall. The Acer has much better ergonomics, better reflection handling, and a Black Frame Insertion feature. On the flip side, the LG has a slightly higher refresh rate, significantly faster response time, and it gets a lot brighter.

Dell Alienware AW3420DW

The LG 34GN850-B is a better monitor than the Dell Alienware AW3420DW for most uses. The LG has a higher refresh rate, a significantly faster response time, and it supports HDR. Additionally, the LG gets brighter, it has better reflection handling, and is more color accurate. The LG is a native FreeSync monitor with G-SYNC compatibility, while the Dell is a native G-SYNC monitor that also works with FreeSync.

LG 27GL850-B/27GL83A-B

The LG 34GN850-B is marginally better than the LG 27GL850-B. The 34GN850-B has a bigger screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which provides better immersion in some games and more screen real estate for productivity tasks. The 34GN850-B's refresh rate can be overclocked, its response time is faster, and it has better color accuracy. However, the 27GL850-B has better ergonomics, since it can rotate to portrait mode, and it has better horizontal viewing angles, making it more suitable for co-op games.

Nixeus EDG 34

For most uses, the LG 34GN850-B performs significantly better than the Nixeus EDG 34. The LG has a much faster response time, which results in less motion blur, and its refresh rate can be overclocked to 160Hz. The LG's IPS panel has much better viewing angles and out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it can get brighter in HDR content. On the other hand, the Nixeus has a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio, allowing it to produce deep and inky blacks.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
Yes
Curve Radius
1900R

The LG 34GN850-B has a simple design that looks like most gaming monitors in LG's UltraGear lineup. It has thin bezels on all sides and the screen is curved. The stand is a bit different compared to other LG UltraGear monitors, so only the tips of the V-shaped stand make contact with the table. There are some red accents on the stand and the back of the monitor, but they don't light up.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG 34GN850-B has a decent build quality. It's fairly sturdy despite its full plastic construction and the stand is stable, with only a bit of wobble. However, the cable management cutout feels rather flimsy and could potentially break if pressure is applied.

5.9
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-15° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

Unfortunately, the LG 34GN850-B has poor ergonomics. It can't rotate to portrait mode due to its aspect ratio and curvature, and it can't swivel either. There's a decent amount of height adjustment, but the tilt range is limited. If you want a similar monitor with better ergonomics, check out the Acer Nitro XV340CK.

The back of the monitor is plain and looks like most LG UltraGear gaming monitors. The red accents don't light up and there's a small cutout on the stand that serves as cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
17.8" (45.3 cm)
Base Depth
12.2" (31.0 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
10.4" (26.5 cm)
Weight (With Display)
17.1 lbs (7.8 kg)

The stand isn't that wide, but it's deep. Thankfully, the feet are thin, which leaves a bit more usable desk space.

Design
Display
Size
34"
Housing Width
32.2" (81.9 cm)
Housing Height
14.2" (36.1 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
12.4 lbs (5.6 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (1.0 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a single joystick located below the LG branding, allowing you to navigate the on-screen menu.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • Power adapter and cable
  • User guide
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-A to USB-B upstream cable
  • Driver CD

Picture Quality
5.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
960 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The LG 34GN850-B has a sub-par contrast ratio, which is expected of most IPS panels. This makes blacks look grayish, especially in a dark environments. If you want something with a VA panel and a higher contrast, check out the AOC CU34G2X.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The LG 34GN850-B doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
343 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
354 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
358 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
359 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
359 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
359 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
354 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
358 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
359 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
359 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
359 cd/m²
ABL
0.001
Minimum Brightness
58 cd/m²

Great SDR peak brightness. It's bright enough for moderately-lit rooms, but it may struggle to overcome glare in very bright rooms. Thankfully, there's almost no variation in brightness when displaying different content.

If you want a monitor that can get brighter, check out the LG 38GL950G-B.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 400
Real Scene
441 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
436 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
436 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
436 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
436 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
436 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
435 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
436 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
436 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
436 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
436 cd/m²
ABL
0.000

HDR peak brightness is decent and is very consistent across different content. It's good enough to deliver an okay HDR gaming experience, but not for HDR movies.

7.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
43°
Color Washout From Right
42°
Color Shift From Left
55°
Color Shift From Right
54°
Brightness Loss From Left
47°
Brightness Loss From Right
48°
Black Level Raise From Left
26°
Black Level Raise From Right
20°
Gamma Shift From Left
37°
Gamma Shift From Right
31°

Decent horizontal viewing angle, although not as good as most IPS panels. Black level rise and gamma shift happen fairly quickly when moving off-center, but colors remain accurate until you reach moderate viewing angles.

7.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
33°
Color Washout From Above
32°
Color Shift From Below
46°
Color Shift From Above
58°
Brightness Loss From Below
36°
Brightness Loss From Above
34°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
44°
Gamma Shift From Above
41°

The LG 34GN850-B has good vertical viewing angles; however, colors can appear washed out at the top and bottom of the screen if you sit very close.

8.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.733%
50% DSE
0.144%

Excellent gray uniformity. There are only a few spots that are slightly darker and there's almost no dirty screen effect. In dark scenes, uniformity is outstanding.

6.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.613%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is okay. There's more backlight bleed at the corners than the photo suggests, as the photo is slightly cropped off due to the monitor's curvature.

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.8%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.28
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,953 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.20
Color dE (Avg.)
1.92
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Brightness Setting
45
Measured Brightness
196 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The LG 34GN850-B has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy. The monitor has an sRGB mode that displays most colors accurately; however, white balance is a bit off, and the color temperature is warmer than the 6500K target. Gamma follows the curve for the most part, although dark scenes tend to be over-darkened. Unfortunately, using the sRGB mode locks many settings, like Adaptive Sync and Response Time, so if you want to use those settings, you need to use another, less accurate picture mode.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.6%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.63
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,521 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.30
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
50-49-48
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Brightness Setting
14
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

After calibration, the LG 34GN850-B's color accuracy is superb. White balance and gamma are nearly perfect, and the color temperature is much closer to our 6500K target.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
86.6%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

Exceptional SDR color gamut. The LG 34GN850-B can display the full sRGB color space used in most content, and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is great for content creators.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.4%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
91.5%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

Color volume is exceptional. The monitor can display most colors well except for dark and saturated colors, which is due to its low contrast ratio.

8.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
94.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
71.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

Good HDR color gamut. It has great coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, but coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is just okay.

7.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
78.4%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
62.2%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

Decent HDR color volume. It's mostly limited by the monitor's HDR color gamut and low contrast ratio.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.6%
Indirect Reflections
3.3%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.3%

Decent reflection handling. The monitor's matte anti-reflective coating performs well at reducing the intensity of reflected light, but visibility can still be an issue in very bright rooms.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is good. Letters look much more defined with ClearType enabled (top photo), especially diagonal lines.

9.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Superb gradient handling. There's only some very fine banding when displaying reds, but it shouldn't be noticeable in normal content.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
160 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
160 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
85 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
50 Hz

You can only reach its overclockable 160Hz refresh rate with a DisplayPort connection, and you need to have VRR enabled. Additionally, the max refresh rate is limited over HDMI due to bandwidth limitations.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
160 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

It supports FreeSync natively and has been certified by NVIDIA to be compatible with G-SYNC. However, G-SYNC only works through a DisplayPort connection. If you prefer a monitor with native G-SYNC support, check out the LG 34GP950G-B instead.

9.2
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.4 ms
Total Response Time
6.2 ms
Overshoot Error
1.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.2 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
8.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
8.7%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The LG 34GN850-B has superb response time when playing at its maximum refresh rate. The 'Normal' Overdrive setting provides the best performance with less overshoot than 'Fast' and 'Faster'.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.8 ms
Total Response Time
7.9 ms
Overshoot Error
2.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.6 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
12.9 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
13.5%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is excellent. Once again, there's minimal blur, and 'Normal' is the recommended overdrive setting, as there's hardly any overshoot. Interestingly, you need to create a custom resolution to send a fixed 120Hz signal, but 120Hz works fine with VRR enabled if you set a higher refresh rate and the frame rate of your source drops to 120.

7.9
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.5 ms
Total Response Time
13.9 ms
Overshoot Error
4.2%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
22.5 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
20.5%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The 60Hz response time is good. Although the total response time is slower than with higher frame rate signals, it's still good. The 'Normal' setting still has less overshoot than 'Fast' and 'Faster'.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

The LG 34GN850-B doesn't have a black frame insertion feature.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is flicker-free, which can be helpful in reducing eye strain.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.2 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The LG 34GN850-B has an exceptionally low input lag for a responsive feel while gaming.

8.4
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
3440 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Megapixels
5.0 MP
Pixel Density
108 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
34.0"
Screen Area
418 in²

The LG 34GN850-B has an excellent resolution and size. Its ultrawide format is well-suited for gaming and for productivity, and its high resolution delivers detailed images and clear text.

7.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The LG 34GN850-B works well with the PS5. It downscales a 4k image, which results in a sharper image than a native 1440p signal. However, the PS5 doesn't support ultrawide gaming, so you'll see black bars on the sides.

9.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This monitor works well with the Xbox Series X. It downscales a 4k image, which results in a sharper image than a native 1440p signal. Unlike some other monitors, you don't need to enable the HDMI override for 1440p @ 60Hz to work. The Xbox doesn't support ultrawide gaming, so you'll see black bars on the sides.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
2
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No
Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The LG 34GN850-B works well with recent M1 MacBooks. The VRR only works up to 144Hz, so if you want to use the overclockable 160Hz, you need to use a fixed refresh rate instead. There aren't any noticeable issues with VRR in the desktop and in games, except there's a thin gray bar at the top of the screen in games, similar to the LG 34GP83A-B. HDR looks fine, but the max refresh rate with HDR is 100Hz, and you can't use VRR at the same time. Windows return to their original position when you wake the laptop up from sleep or open the lid, which is great.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The LG 34GN850-B comes with a few extra features, including:

  • Crosshair: Adds on-screen crosshair for shooter games.
  • Black Stabilizer: Makes objects in dark scenes more visible.
  • DAS (Dynamic Action Sync): Helps minimize input lag. This feature is enabled automatically when playing at the monitor's maximum refresh rate and can't be disabled.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)