LG unveils a 49-inch monitor featuring HDR and a 240Hz refresh rate

LG adds a new model to its UltraGear gaming monitor lineup, featuring impressive HDR and ultrawide display with fast refresh rates.

The monitor boasts a 49-inch VA panel with a 32:9 aspect ratio, 5,120 by 1,440 resolution, 98.5 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 1000R curve, 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms pixel response time, and AMD FreeSync Premium. Additionally, LG’s 49GR85DC-B is DisplayHDR 1000 certified, implying a maximum brightness of 1000 nits and some degree of local dimming.

Although the spec list of the 49GR85DC-B appears promising for ultrawide gaming enthusiasts, there are a few factors to consider that may dampen its appeal. Firstly, the price is steep at USD$1,300, which is relatively high for an LCD in 2023. Moreover, based on my experience, VA panels usually fall short of the advertised speed, so the 1ms response time listed by LG may not be entirely accurate. Lastly, it is essential to note that only a few games support 32:9 resolutions.

LG’s 49GR85DC-B is currently open for pre-orders on the company’s website. Early adopters of the product will receive an UltraGear Gaming Pad for free, which is valued at USD$200 and serves as a mouse mat, USB hub, and features RGB lighting.

I love big screens and high refresh rates but honestly, coming from a perspective as someone who has owned a 144hz, 165hz and 240hz monitor. You might not be able to tell much of a difference especially when you are gaming.

However, when it comes to resolution, you will be able to tell the difference right away. So unless you are a pro-league gamer I suggest just stick to a big screen with a good refresh rate of 144Hz or above and 4K if possible or 2K.


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