The LG 34GK950G features a 120Hz panel with the brand’s signature Nano IPS technology and Nvidia’s G-Sync for a smooth and vibrant performance. We’ve seen numerous new models, including a 144Hz QHD ultrawide from the same maker. The LG 34GK950G will attempt to edge out established competitors like the Acer X34P with its Nano IPS tech, but its performance numbers will decide its fate.
LG 34GK950G 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 0x 2, USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm Audio Jacks
Design and Features
The 34GK950G closely resembles the 32GK850G when it comes to aesthetics save for the 21:9 aspect ratio which dictates the considerable width. This monitor will ship in full matte black with a few red accents on some of its parts. The face has a borderless design made possible through a dual-stage application composed of a thin outer layer and an even sleeker inner border.
The most striking feature of the LG 34GK950G is its Sphere Lighting system that surrounds the attachment point of the stand. This decorative ring has embedded RGB LEDs which can be controlled via a hotkey or the OSD. We’ve seen this add-on on the 32GK850G and think that it’s bright enough to act as a bias light for eye comfort and safety.
We like LG’s placement of the OSD JOG button at the middle of the bottom bezel for easy tweaking. However, the connectivity layout is rather limited thanks to the G-Sync module’s inherent restrictions. You only get DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, and a couple of USB 3.0 ports for accessories.
The brand’s simplified design for stands is also applied in the LG 34GK950G. The penguin-feet base provides excellent stability, but it eats up a considerable width on any desk. However, its flexible enough with tilt, swivel, and height adjustments and is completely removable via a QD mechanism.
Display and Performance
The LG 34GK950G sports a 34-inch Nano IPS panel with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 5ms response time. The panel is a 120Hz native variant, but the G-Sync module forces the monitor to run at 100Hz with a 20Hz overclock from the controller. This fact simply means that the monitor’s max refresh is 100% guaranteed without any issues, but you cannot push it beyond that limit.
LG is keen on pushing its Nano IPS technology for several models in its superb portfolio. Nano IPS is a name made for an IPS module that has an enhanced KSF phosphor layer for extra vibrancy. This tech allows the LG 34GK950G to achieve 98% DCI-P3 which equates to 135% in the sRGB gamut.
There is no mention of HDR compatibility in the initial press release, but the LG 34GK950G’s enhanced IPS panel with true 8-bit color is promising. The implementation guarantees excellent color coverage with superb accuracy, enabling the monitor to double as a display for professional endeavors.
It can also be easily derived that this model will be HDR400 compatible based on these specs, but we’ll have to wait for its official release to check. However, this level isn’t enough for the meticulous enthusiasts who want the real deal from HDR1000 monitors. To be honest, it might be a while till we see an ultrawide monitor with that kind of specifications.
There is no mention of its inclusion, but the LG 34GK950G might as well have ULMB which is usually bundled together with G-Sync. Nvidia’s VRR technology is essential for monitors like since the extra peripheral view drops framerates randomly and considerably in modern titles.
We can also expect to see LG’s standard gaming features such as Dynamic Action Sync and Black Stabilizer. The LG 34GK950G also includes tools for multitaskers such as Reader Modes and Low Blue Light settings for safety and comfort.
Thoughts on the LG 34GK950G
The LG 34GK950G may be a little late to the 120Hz ultrawide party, but its Nano IPS technology still makes it a display we can look forward to. The promise of vibrant and accurate colors with an added touch of HDR could make this a great upgrade for your gaming setup. The design can also become the crowd favorite once it releases, thanks to the sleek proportions and the beautiful Sphere Lighting.
If you are interested, the LG 34GK950G is scheduled for a November 2018 release with a launch price of a little over $1500. The price is steep considering its competitors sit around the one-grand range, but the Nano IPS feature is something we can all look forward to seeing in action. For further information, keep checking this page or LG’s official page for this exciting product.