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LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear monitor (49GR85DC-B) | Image: LG

LG’s Monstrous 49-Inch 240 Hz UltraGear Gaming Monitor Ups the Ante

LG is welcoming another new member to its UltraGear line of gaming monitors with a brand new 49-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that sports a blazing fast 240Hz refresh rate and a QHD curved panel. Instead of opting for an OLED or IPS display, the LG 49GR85DC-B takes advantage of a VA panel that’s geared toward delivering an ultra-fast response rate and a “virtually tear-free” HDR gaming experience. Despite losing out on a shiny OLED panel, the new 49GR85DC-B packs some serious punch that will help you elevate your gaming to stunning new levels. This new monitor features a 49-inch VA panel with a 32:9 aspect ratio, which it achieves by sticking two Quad HD 16:9 screens together without leaving any sort of crack or bezel behind.

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LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear monitor (49GR85DC-B) | Image: LG

LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear monitor (49GR85DC-B) | Image: LG

The 32:9 ratio is quite an unorthodox and non-standard choice, considering most games aren’t designed to run at such a wide size. That said, the aspect ratio is a major step up from the usual 21:9 ratio typically found in most ultrawide gaming displays and is basically the same as having two 16:9 monitors side by side. Resolution-wise, the LG 49GR85DC-B is capable of outputting 5,120×1,440 pixels and comes with a bold 1000R curve VA panel that has 98.5 per cent DCI-P3 coverage.

Like any other top-end gaming monitor on the market right now, there is support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, accompanied by a lightning-fast 240Hz refresh rate and a claimed 1ms pixel response time. While the 1ms response time sounds impressive on paper, VA panels generally aren’t as snappy as companies market them to be. However, we will need to check the monitor out for ourselves to see if it can live up to the big claims of LG.  Other advanced gaming features include Dynamic Action Sync, Black Stabilizer, FPS Counter, and Crosshair.

LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear monitor (49GR85DC-B) | Image: LG

LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear monitor (49GR85DC-B) | Image: LG

Lastly, the 49GR85DC-B even supports DisplayHDR 1000, which implies it is capable of 1000 nits peak brightness and local dimming. To help you reach those super high refresh rates, these monitors come equipped with HDMI 2.1 inputs as well as DisplayPort 1.4, with the option of connecting two different sources on each half of the screen. It wouldn’t be a gaming monitor without the RGB shinanigans.

The LG 49GR85DC-B features LED Hexagon backlighting and while there are no in-built speakers here, the new model does come with a built-in four-pole headphone jack with support for DTS Headphone: X, which LG says will deliver “accurate spatial localization in games for 3D audio over headphones.”

LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear monitor (49GR85DC-B) | Image: LG

LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear monitor (49GR85DC-B) | Image: LG

Rather than following the footsteps of its competitors, LG has taken a whole new approach with the 49GR85DC-B, which on paper, definitely seems to pay off. However, stellar specs aside, we aren’t quite sure whether all that extra screen width is worth the asking price since most of it remains unutilized anyway.

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That said, for those ready to throw down their money, the LG 49GR85DC-B is now available to preorder in the US and Australia for USD$1,300 (or roughly AUD $1940) via LG’s official website. To sweeten the launch deal, LG is even giving away its $199 UltraGear gaming pad, an RGB-illuminated mouse pad, for free for those who order before April 2. The new monitor is slated to ship from April 23.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa is an experienced reporter specialising in video game, eSports and technology coverage. A BTech IT graduate, Shubhendu has previously written for entertainment-based publications such as GiveMeSport, Touch, Tap, Play, Attack of the Fanboy, EssentiallySports, Twinfinite and The Load Out.