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LG 49GR85DC-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Aug 30, 2023 at 09:00 am
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 30, 2023 at 09:00 am
LG 49GR85DC-B Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office
8.8
Gaming
7.5
Media Consumption
7.6
Media Creation
7.2
HDR

The LG 49GR85DC-B is a 49-inch super ultrawide gaming monitor with a 1000R curve. It's a new option in 2023 and is one of a handful of monitors from LG with a large 32:9 aspect ratio. With a 5120x1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, it mainly competes as a cheaper alternative to the popular Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, which has extra features like Mini LED backlighting. Besides that, it has everything you'd expect to find in a gaming monitor, like support for all common variable refresh rate (VRR) formats, including HDMI Forum VRR. It supports both DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can reach its max refresh rate with high-end graphics cards that support compression. It even features an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it's limited to 12 dimming zones.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The LG 49GR85DC is good for most uses. It's excellent as a gaming monitor thanks to its 240Hz refresh rate, and with HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 bandwidth, you can reach that max refresh rate over either type of connection. It also has VRR support to reduce screen tearing and low input lag for a responsive feel, but there's black smearing with fast-moving objects. Besides that, its large 49-inch super ultrawide screen makes it easy to open various windows, whether you need it for general work use or to edit your latest videos, and it also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room. However, it has narrow viewing angles that make the image look washed out from the sides or if you sit too close. It's decent for watching content in HDR as it gets bright, but its local dimming feature is terrible and results in distracting blooming around bright objects.

Pros
  • Large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio.
  • Performs well in bright rooms.
  • 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
Cons
  • Text clarity issues.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Some smearing behind fast-moving objects.
  • Terrible local dimming feature results in noticeable blooming.
7.5 Office

The LG 49GR85DC-B is good for office use. Its large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio make it easy to multitask with multiple windows open, as there's plenty of screen real estate. It also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit office space and has good reflection handling. However, it has some limitations because its narrow viewing angles make the image look washed out at the sides if you sit too close. It also has trouble rendering text clearly, as most text looks blurry.

Pros
  • Large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio.
  • Performs well in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Text clarity issues.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
8.8 Gaming

The LG 49GR85DC-B is excellent for gaming. It has a high 240Hz refresh rate, which is ideal for any type of gamer, and has VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Its 49-inch screen provides plenty of screen space for an immersive experience if your games support ultrawide formats. It also offers a responsive feel thanks to its low input lag, but while it has a fast overall response time, there's still black smearing with fast-moving objects. Luckily, it features HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can take full advantage of it with a high-end graphics card. It also works without issue with gaming consoles, but you'll see black bars on the sides because the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 don't support ultrawide gaming.

Pros
  • Large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio.
  • 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Some smearing behind fast-moving objects.
7.5 Media Consumption

The LG 49GR85DC-B is good for media consumption. The ultrawide screen is great for watching widescreen movies, but you'll still see black bars on the sides because most movies aren't available in the monitor's 32:9 aspect ratio. It displays decently deep blacks in dark rooms, but its local dimming feature is terrible, so there's blooming around bright objects. However, if you prefer watching content in bright rooms, it gets bright enough to fight glare. While its 49-inch screen makes it easy to watch stuff with a friend next to you, it has narrow viewing angles that make the image appear washed out when viewed from different angles.

Pros
  • Large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio.
  • Performs well in bright rooms.
  • Accurate sRGB mode.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Most blacks look gray in dark rooms.
  • Terrible local dimming feature results in noticeable blooming.
7.6 Media Creation

The LG 49GR85DC is good for media creation. Its 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio are especially ideal if you want to see most of your video editing timeline at once or if you want to multitask with different windows open. It also has an accurate sRGB mode and displays a wide range of colors in SDR. However, it has some downsides, as there are text clarity issues. It also has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen look washed out if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio.
  • Performs well in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Text clarity issues.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.2 HDR

The LG 49GR85DC-B is decent for HDR. While it gets extremely bright in HDR, its local dimming feature is ineffective at improving the contrast and making highlights stand out against the rest of the image. There's also distracting blooming around bright objects with the local dimming feature on.

Pros
  • Excellent HDR peak brightness.
Cons
  • Most blacks look gray in dark rooms.
  • Terrible local dimming feature results in noticeable blooming.
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 7.5 Media Consumption
  • 7.6 Media Creation
  • 7.2 HDR
  1. Updated Aug 30, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Aug 15, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jun 27, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Jun 23, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 49-inch LG 49GR85DC-B, which is the only size available, so the results are only valid for this monitor.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate
49GR85DC-B 49" VA 5120x1440 240Hz

Our unit was manufactured in February 2023; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The LG UltraGear 49GR85DC-B is an excellent gaming monitor that offers a fast refresh rate and good enough motion handling, and the super ultrawide screen helps provide an immersive gaming experience. However, if you're looking for an ultrawide gaming monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio, you can get better picture quality and performance with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. Although it costs a bit more, it has an improved local dimming feature and brighter highlights thanks to its Mini LED backlighting.

Also, see our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors, the best curved gaming monitors, and the best 240Hz monitors.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 and the LG 49GR85DC-B are similar super ultrawide monitors with a 5120x1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, but the Samsung has a few advantages. The main difference is that the Samsung monitor uses Mini LED backlighting for deeper blacks and brighter highlights. The Samsung also has better text clarity and less motion smearing than the LG, delivering an overall better experience.

Samsung Odyssey G9

The LG 49GR85DC-B and the Samsung Odyssey G9 are similar 240Hz gaming monitors with a super ultrawide aspect ratio, but the LG has a few advantages. The LG has better motion handling with less inverse ghosting, but the Samsung has less black smearing. The LG also features HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which the Samsung monitor doesn't have, so you can reach its max refresh rate over HDMI with a high-end graphics card.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 and the LG 49GR85DC-B are different types of super ultrawide gaming monitors. The Samsung is better in most ways because it uses a QD-OLED panel that delivers improved picture quality and superior motion handling than the LG. The Samsung even has wider viewing angles, so the image remains consistent no matter where you view it from. The main advantage the LG has is that it doesn't risk permanent burn-in like on the Samsung, and there's less color fringing.

LG 45GR95QE-B

The LG 45GR95QE-B and the LG 49GR85DC-B are different types of ultrawide gaming monitors with a 240Hz refresh rate. The 49GR95QE-B has an OLED panel that results in deeper blacks than the 49GR85DC-B, and it also has better motion handling. While they each have an ultrawide screen, the 49GR85DC-B has an ever wider super ultrawide aspect ratio, and it doesn't have the same risk of burn-in as the 49GR95QE-B.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
Yes
Curve Radius
1000R

The LG 49GR85DC-B has a gamer-oriented design with a hexagon shape on the back that features RGB lighting. It has wide-set feet and thick bezels, with an even thicker bottom bezel. The aggressive 1000R curve also helps bring the edges of the screen closer to you.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is great. It's mainly plastic, while the feet on the stand are metal. The screen stays in place on the stand very well, and you won't accidentally move it, but that means it takes some force when you want to adjust it. There's still some wobble due to its large size, but it quickly stabilizes itself. Other than that, there aren't any obvious issues, and the materials feel well-made.

6.4
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-15° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
-15° to 15°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The LG 49GR85DC has decent ergonomics for a super ultrawide monitor. While the range of adjustments is limited, placing it in an ideal position is still easy. At the height adjustment's lowest position, there are 3.7 inches (9.5 cm) between the desk and the bottom of the screen. The stand also features a clip for cable management, and the monitor comes with a hook that you can use as a mouse bungee, which you can attach to either side of the monitor.

Design
Stand
Base Width
28.5" (72.3 cm)
Base Depth
13.5" (34.4 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
15.1" (38.3 cm)
Weight (With Display)
33.7 lbs (15.3 kg)

The wide-set feet occupy a lot of space on your desk, but there's enough space to put stuff like your keyboard between the feet. The thickness measurement is from the sides of the screen to the back of the stand, and the thickness from the center of the screen to the back of the stand is 9.1 inches (23.0 cm).

Design
Display
Size
49"
Housing Width
47.9" (121.7 cm)
Housing Height
14.8" (37.5 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
8.1" (20.7 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
26.8 lbs (12.2 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The thickness measurement is from the sides of the screen to the back of it, and the thickness from the center to the back of the screen is 2.8 inches (7.2 cm).

Design
Controls

There's a joystick underneath the center of the screen to control the on-screen display.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Power cable
  • Mouse bungee clip
  • User guides

Picture Quality
7.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2,168 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
2,095 : 1

Despite having a VA panel, the LG 49GR85DC-B has a limited contrast ratio. While it's better than most IPS panels, it doesn't display the same deep blacks as other monitors with a VA panel, like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. Its local dimming feature fails to improve the black levels, so blacks look gray next to bright highlights.

2.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

This monitor has a local dimming feature, but it performs terribly. With only 12 edge-lit dimming zones, it fails to improve the picture quality in dark scenes, and any bright object causes an entire zone to light up. Because of this, there's a ton of blooming, and it's clear when objects transition across dimming zones. Even if you're watching 16:9 or 21:9 content with black bars on the side, there's distracting blooming around the main image. Overall, the feature doesn't add much, and it's better to disable it if you find the blooming distracting. Luckily, you can deactivate it even in HDR.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
387 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
404 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
408 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
410 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
411 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
412 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
404 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
408 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
410 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
411 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001
Minimum Brightness
10 cd/m²

The SDR brightness is great. It gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room. The Real Scene result has a 32:9 aspect ratio, and the brightness with a 16:9 aspect ratio is 402 cd/m², so it maintains its brightness consistently with different content. However, a bug causes the screen to get temporarily brighter when closing windows, and then it goes back to its original brightness, but it happens very fast. Other times, the brightness would jump to its max even with the brightness setting put to something lower, and it would only go back to normal after restarting the monitor.

These results are from after calibration in the 'Gamer 1' Game Mode with the Brightness at its max, Smart Energy Saving disabled, and Local Dimming on 'Faster'. If you find the local dimming feature distracting and choose to disable it, it still gets bright as it reaches 300 cd/m² with most content.

8.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 1000
Real Scene
791 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,222 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,230 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,234 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,241 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
1,246 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,217 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,226 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
836 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
839 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
840 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.027

The LG 49GR85DC has excellent HDR peak brightness. It gets very bright when highlights first appear on the screen, but it doesn't sustain this brightness for long as larger highlights get dimmer over time. The Real Scene result is with a 32:9 aspect ratio, reaching 820 cd/m² with a 16:9 aspect ratio. These results are in the 'Gamer 1' Game Mode with the Brightness at its max, Smart Energy Saving disabled, and Local Dimming on 'Faster'.

5.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
39°
Color Washout From Right
37°
Color Shift From Left
35°
Color Shift From Right
35°
Brightness Loss From Left
36°
Brightness Loss From Right
34°
Black Level Raise From Left
13°
Black Level Raise From Right
12°
Gamma Shift From Left
11°
Gamma Shift From Right
12°

The horizontal viewing angle is disappointing. The image fades and looks inconsistent from the sides. This is also problematic if you sit close to the screen as the edges look washed out, but with its aggressive curve, it's less of a problem if you sit a bit further back from the screen.

5.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
30°
Color Washout From Above
29°
Color Shift From Below
43°
Color Shift From Above
44°
Brightness Loss From Below
31°
Brightness Loss From Above
31°
Black Level Raise From Below
12°
Black Level Raise From Above
12°
Gamma Shift From Below
12°
Gamma Shift From Above
14°

The vertical viewing angle is poor. The image is inconsistent if you're standing up and looking down on the screen.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.374%
50% DSE
0.168%

The gray uniformity is great. For such a large screen, it displays areas of the same color well throughout, and while there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center and banding towards the edges, this is only noticeable with full-screen documents or webpages.

5.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.263%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
3.781%

This monitor has poor black uniformity. There's noticeable clouding with local dimming off, and while enabling it helps improve the black levels a bit, there's more blooming.

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
102.3%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
4.32
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,628 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
2.87
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
Default
Brightness Setting
45
Measured Brightness
272 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The LG 49GR85DC-B has great accuracy before calibration in the sRGB mode. It limits colors well to the sRGB color space, but some blues and cyans are still oversaturated, and not all colors are perfectly accurate. The white balance is also off, particularly with brighter shades of gray, and gamma follows a 2.2 target instead of sRGB, so all scenes are inaccurate. On the plus side, the color temperature is close to the 6500K target. The sRGB mode locks some picture settings, including Black Stabilizer and Response Time, so if you want to use those for gaming, you'll need to use another, less accurate mode, whose results you can see here.

9.4
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Gamer 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
99.6%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.89
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,459 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
1.56
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
45-45-42
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Brightness Setting
24
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after a full calibration is fantastic. Calibrating it fixes most issues, but some yellows and reds are still slightly off.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
86.5%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 49GR85DC-B has a fantastic SDR color gamut. It perfectly displays the entire sRGB color space and has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in professional editing. Still, it undersaturates greens and cyans, and reds are oversaturated.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.9%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
88.3%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The SDR color volume is incredible. Besides dark colors, it displays most colors well at a wide range of luminance levels.

7.8
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
89.0%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
65.9%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The LG 49GR85DC has a good HDR color gamut. It's great with the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space but has a more narrow color gamut in the wider Rec. 2020 color space. However, tone mapping with whites is off in both color spaces, and most colors are slightly inaccurate but not terribly so.

7.8
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
78.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Gamer 1
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
64.8%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Gamer 1

The HDR color volume is good. It displays most colors well, but they don't get as bright as pure white.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.9%
Indirect Reflections
3.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.4%

The LG 49GR85DC-B has very good reflection handling. The matte screen coating does a good job of reducing glare from bright light sources, and, combined with its great peak brightness, you won't have issues using it in a well-lit room.

6.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
VA
Subpixel Layout
RGB

This monitor has trouble displaying proper text and isn't as good as other 5120x1440 monitors like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It's fine if you enable Windows ClearType (top photo), but letters aren't sharp. These photos are in Windows 10, and while it's slightly better in Windows 11 as you can see with ClearType on and ClearType off, it still isn't good. The aggressive matte screen coating also contributes to letters looking blurry.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is remarkable. You won't notice banding with most content.

Motion
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
240 Hz

The LG 49GR85DC-B supports Display Stream Compression (DSC), meaning you can reach its max refresh rate over DisplayPort and HDMI as long as your graphics card also supports DSC, which any NVIDIA 16 Series or AMD RX 5000 Series and newer graphics card supports.

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

This monitor supports all common types of VRR, including HDMI Forum VRR. It works across a wide refresh rate range, but its Low Frame Compensation (LFC) kicks in at 100Hz and below. This doubles the frames to reach a higher refresh rate, so it's never refreshing at lower refresh rates. There was also an issue where the screen was refreshing at 120Hz even though the PC was reporting that it was refreshing at 60Hz or 80Hz, and the issue would only fix itself after restarting the monitor.

8.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.8 ms
Total Response Time
8.0 ms
Overshoot Error
1.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
10.2 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
20.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
14.0%

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

The LG UltraGear 49GR85DC has an impressive response time at its max refresh rate of 240Hz. There's minimal motion blur or inverse ghosting, but there's still smearing because the response time is slow in dark transitions. The recommended Response Time setting is 'Fast' because it has the fastest total response time without much overshoot.

8.5
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.3 ms
Total Response Time
8.9 ms
Overshoot Error
3.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
6.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
16.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
18.6%

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

The response time at 120Hz is excellent, and it performs similarly to its max refresh rate of 240Hz. There isn't much motion blur, but black smearing is still visible. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Fast' because it has a fast total response time, and 'Faster' has too much overshoot.

7.5
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.5 ms
Total Response Time
15 ms
Overshoot Error
4.6%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
6.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
30.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
21.4%

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

The response time at 60Hz is good. There's a bit more blur than at higher refresh rates, but because the recommended overdrive setting is 'Fast', you won't have to worry about changing the setting when switching between games or sources. As explained in the Variable Refresh Rate section, the LFC starts to double frames at 100Hz and below, meaning the screen never refreshes at 60Hz with VRR on, so these results are only useful if you're playing fixed 60Hz games with VRR disabled.

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 49GR85DC-B doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
>1000 Hz

The backlight only uses pulse width modulation (PWM) with the Brightness setting at '29' and below, and it's flicker-free above that. Even when it flickers, it's such a high flicker frequency that you won't notice it.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.2 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.3 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The LG 49GR85DC has low input lag for a responsive feel while gaming.

8.7
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
5120 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
32:9
Megapixels
7.4 MP
Pixel Density
106 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
49.2"
Screen Area
642 in²
10
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This monitor works with any signal from the PS5 thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It downscales 4k signals, resulting in a more detailed image than native 1440p. You just need to change the Aspect Ratio setting in the monitor's OSD to get a 16:9 image, as the console doesn't support ultrawide signals, and the image stretches if you don't change the setting.

10
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The LG 49GR85DC-B works well with the Xbox Series X|S, as it supports any signal. It downscales 4k signals, resulting in a more detailed image than native 1440p. However, 1440p @ 60Hz only works by enabling the Xbox's HDMI override setting, which also disables VRR. You need to change the Aspect Ratio setting in the OSD for a 16:9 image, as the console doesn't support ultrawide signals, and the image stretches if you don't change the setting.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
48Gbps (FRL 12x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No

The 3.5mm audio output serves as a combo jack with audio out and mic in, but you need to have the USB-B cable connected to your computer to fully use it. It also supports DTS Headphones:X audio passthrough for headphones that support it.

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 49GR85DC-B works well with macOS using a DisplayPort to USB-C cable, but you're limited to a max refresh rate of 144Hz with that connection. HDR looks washed out but isn't as bad as other monitors. It supports VRR, but it doesn't always work and flickers sometimes, which can get distracting. Like the LG 27GR95QE-B, a thin gray bar appears in games at times, but it quickly disappears. If you're using a MacBook, windows stay in place when closing the lid and return to their original position when waking the laptop up from sleep. If you have a Mac computer that supports HDMI 2.1, you can reach the full 240Hz refresh rate over HDMI.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Presets
Multiple Input Display
PIP + PBP
KVM Switch
No

The LG 49GR85DC-B has a few extra features, including:

  • Black Stabilizer: Adjusts the gamma so that it's easier to see opponents in dark areas.
  • Crosshair: Adds a virtual crosshair that your game's anti-cheat tool won't detect, giving you a competitive advantage.
  • DFC: Changes the contrast based on the content.
  • FPS Counter: Displays a frame rate counter.
  • Hexagon Lighting: This is the setting to adjust the RGB lighting on the back of the monitor.
  • PBP/PIP: Lets you view images from two sources at once, and you can customize how you want to view the two images.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)