The LG 34GK950F is one of the first few ultrawide monitors to offer a 144Hz refresh rate matched to its 3440 x 1440 resolution. We’ve seen massive demand for a 21:9 gaming monitor with a QHD panel that can go faster than the current 120Hz offerings such as the Acer X34P or the Alienware AW3418HW. The LG34GK950F promises to outclass its competition with the use of the brand’s Nano IPS technology which makes it worth more than a peek.
LG 34GK950F Specifications
- Screen Size: 34Inches
- Resolution: 3440 x 1440 UW-QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 21:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching(IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4x 1, HDMI 0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm Audio Jacks
Design and Features
The LG 34GK950F follows the positively accepted aesthetics of the LG 27GK750F and the 32GK850G which is composed of a super sleek, matte black exterior with red accents. The face sports a frameless design which is more accurately a dual-stage implementation composed of a hard outer and thin inner layer. The OSD joystick will be located under the bottom strip at dead-center, so users don’t have to reach the monitor’s nether regions for tweaking.
The rear of chassis for the LG 34GK950F sports a large circular feature that includes air vents and a glossy red ring for full gaming effect. On the G-Sync variants, this add-on is called Sphere Lighting since there are several RGB LED bulbs embedded in the slots. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t get the festive lighting due to it being a more affordable or lower-tiered option.
Since the LG 34GK950F does not have connectivity restrictions since it is a FreeSync display. The front-facing I/O panel includes DisplayPort 1.4 for HDR video signals and dual HDMI 2.0 slots as secondaries. There is also a dual USB 3.0 hub in the layout for your accessories, but there are no speakers fitted into the features.
Despite its svelte figure, the LG 34GK950F is still a massive display that needs a durable and fully-functional stand. The set included with the monitor sports a penguin feet-styled base with red accents and a telescopic upright that offers height, tilt, and swivel adjustments. You can entirely remove this part of the product in favor of VESA mounts, but we think there is little reason to do so.
Display and Performance
The LG 34GK950F sports a 34-inch Nano IPS panel with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz native refresh rate, and 5ms response time. Notably, the expected slower pixel transitions of IPS panel can be boosted since this offering will include a 1ms MPRT overdrive feature. The product manages to get HDR400 certification thanks to its 400cd/m2 backlight and 1000:1 ratio.
The IPS screen on this model will include a light-matte AG coating which LG says should not add a grainy or detrimental effect to the vibrancy. It’s also important to note that the LG 34GK950F sports a slightly gentler 1900r curve which should help to avoid distortion without sacrificing the immersive effects for the user.
The term Nano IPS were coined for LG’s KSF phosphor-treated WLED panel which can achieve 98% DCI-P3. That volume translates to a massive 135% coverage of the sRGB color gamut which is supremely vibrant and saturated, making it perfect for HDR. The panel used also supports 10-bit color via FRC which improves the monitor’s capability of producing HDR imagery.
One downside is that the LG 34GK950F only has a 400cd/m2 backlight with no individual or edge-lit zones that tremendously helps to recreate HDR effects. This aspect limits the monitor to the VESA HDR400 standard which is considered the bare minimum for computer displays. But at this point, true HDR monitors with FALD units cost two grand or more, so we can only find this feature as an enticing bonus.
The LG 34GK950F includes the brand’s specific set of gaming features such as Dynamic Action Sync to reduce input lag and 1ms MPRT booster. The latter is similar to a backlight strobe feature which aims to eliminate blurring and ghosting in fast-paced scenarios.
Finally, the LG 34GK950F is compatible with AMD’s FreeSync 2 technology which allows it to process HDR signals while curing tearing and stuttering. FreeSync is still exclusive to AMD GPUs, but the monitor will still automatically activate its HDR chops once it receives an HDR signal from any GPU brand.
Thoughts on the LG 34GK950F
The LG 34GK950F’s main selling point would be its 144Hz native refresh rate which enthusiasts have been clamoring for in the past year. We’re excited to test a faster and more responsive ultrawide that brings valuable features and capabilities for gaming such as HDR400 and FreeSync 2. We also love LG’s current take on gamer-centric designs which doesn’t lose the identity despite being classier and more subtle in a few aspects.
The LG 34GK950F is scheduled for release before the year ends, but there are no specifics as of this time. Keep checking this page for the latest updates and availability via the links we provided above and below. You can also check LG’s official page for this exciting new monitors by clicking this link.