LG 32GK850G

Per­fect if you need a large, high res­o­lu­tion mon­i­tor with sup­port for Nvida G-Sync.

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Price $ 1299 lg.com/au

Gamers have never had it bet­ter, with a plethora of de­vices and accessories cur­rently on the mar­ket to help them in­dulge in their pas­sion. Mon­i­tors of course, are not im­mune from the gam­ing prod­uct sphere, with most man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­duc­ing a range of dis­plays made with the gamer in mind. LG’s lat­est mon­i­tor is a gamer’s de­light, fit­ted out with all the specs any de­mand­ing gamer will love.

The 32GK850G-B is a 31.5-inch, 2560x1440 dis­play with a VA-type panel. A VA-type panel is the best choice for most gamers, as it re­tains a level of colour ren­di­tion su­pe­rior to that of the cheaper TN type pan­els, but al­lows for faster refresh rates than IPS pan­els, which are nor­mally used for colour ac­cu­rate ap­pli­ca­tions. LG’s use of a VA panel al­lows for a whop­ping 144Hz refresh rate, per­fect for com­pet­i­tive FPS gam­ing - or for the fussy en­thu­si­ast.

To har­ness the full ca­pa­bil­ity of a 144Hz refresh rate, the LG 32GK850G-B sup­ports Nvidia’s G-Sync tech­nol­ogy. If you’re un­aware, G-Sync al­lows com­pat­i­ble video cards (Ke­pler, Maxwell, Pas­cal & Volta based GPUs) by adapt­ing the frame-rate of the mon­i­tor to suit the GPU out­put. This pre­vents screen tear­ing - that an­noy­ing pix­i­la­tion look­ing glitches or stut­ter­ing you some­times see in 3D games when there’s a lot of fast ac­tion on the screen.

Not ev­ery­one is a fan of G-Sync, as it’s ex­pen­sive for mon­i­tor man­u­fac­tur­ers to im­ple­ment com­pared to the free Adaptive Sync fea­ture of Dis­playPort 1.2a, which is used by AMD. But, if you have an Nvidia GPU, you have no choice, so G-Sync it is. It works su­perbly on the LG 32GK850G-B, mak­ing for a silky-smooth ex­pe­ri­ence. Even if your PC can’t go all the way to 144fps, even at lower rates, G-Sync will kick in and pre­vent un­sightly tear­ing.

Other fea­tures gamers will love in­clude the abil­ity to place a crosshair over­lay in the mid­dle of the dis­play to en­sure pre­cise shoot­ing in FPS games, and Black Sta­bi­lizer, which high­lights dark ar­eas, so you can see en­e­mies hid­ing in the shad­ows. There’s also the abil­ity to over­clock the refresh rate to 165Hz, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

If bling is your thing, the LG 32GK850G-B has you cov­ered here too, with a gi­ant LED ring at the rear of the dis­play that can light up the wall and sur­round­ing area in a set of pre-de­fined colours. In the dark, it looks fan­tas­tic. Un­for­tu­nately, there’s no way to get the LEDs to sync with plat­forms like Gi­ga­byte’s Aorus or Asus Strix, and there’s no soft­ware from LG to con­trol

There’s also the abil­ity to over­clock the refresh rate to 165Hz, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

the lights from your PC.

Nvidia gamers that want a 2560x1440 mon­i­tor that’s big­ger than 27-inch, has a high refresh rate and G-Sync don’t have much choice. This trans­lates to poor value for money com­pared to sim­i­lar mon­i­tors with AMD’s FreeSync tech­nol­ogy. Luck­ily, the LG 32GK850G-B is a top class mon­i­tor with ex­cel­lent build qual­ity, wicked fast refresh rates that’ll sat­isfy any­one af­ter a big and fast dis­play with G-Sync sup­port. AN­THONY AGIUS

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