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LG 34GK950F Curved Gaming Monitor Review: 144Hz Ultrawide With HDR

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Ultra-wide gaming monitors are clearly a thing these days, and though they are priced at the premium end, many enthusiasts have embraced them. Those seeking ultimate performance, however, may be waiting for ultrawides to match their 16:9 counterparts in all ways. Over the past three years, we’ve seen many new 21:9 displays that offer adaptive refresh and high framerates. But traditional screens still win the speed contest with 144Hz and higher speeds available. The 34GK950F is one of the few 144Hz-native, ultra-wide screens out there, plus it has FreeSync 2 with LFC, HDR and wide gamut color.

Like all LG monitors, the 34GK950F is very accurate out of the box. Though its grayscale measurement is right on the edge of requiring calibration, we recorded excellent color gamut results. Most will be satisfied leaving it in its default Gamer 1 picture mode and adjusting brightness to taste. And if you’re picky like us and want to use sRGB for SDR content, that mode is available and factory-certified for accuracy to boot.

With a VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, the 34GK950F emits enough light to create decent, if not life-changing, HDR. Highlights pop a little more, and color is clearly more saturated and realistic. Of course, the best way to enjoy this is with HDR games mastered to the DCI-P3 color space.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade an early-generation ultra-wide or you want to leave the world of 16:9 behind, the LG 34GK950F is a great choice. Highly recommended.

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Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.