Hands-on with LG’s new 1ms gaming monitors

On a Tuesday afternoon in Sydney, through Surrey Hills and down Wentworth avenue, down a flight of stairs behind Chin Chin bar and the end of a long corridor – a gaming den has been built. Where normally open windows look out onto the busy street, today the glass is blacked out and the interior is lit with the soft glow of red and pink lights, mixed with the hum of RGB hardware. 

To the end of the room, a massive LG screen shows clips of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare between product clips, LG logos and shots of LG’s flagship sponsored esports team – The Direwolves. 

We were invited by LG to check out the LG UltraGear Gaming Monitor range, a new set of monitors aimed at power-users to update or complete their already beefy gaming rigs. This new line-up of monitors is a symbol of LG embracing the PC gaming mentality of “how far can we push this?” and they’re equipped with price tags to match. 

Everything about this event was built for PC gamers who want to game at the fastest, cleanest and highest settings possible, a great line-up of RTX systems, high-refresh-rate monitors and sweet sweet RGB peripherals.  

LG’s new line of UltraGear Gaming Monitors are built around a 1ms response time and are said to be LG’s fastest and most responsive monitors. In playing – we were jumping into online rounds of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – the monitors did feel fluid, with no noticeable tearing or smearing of the image as I ran around the maps. 

Even though I’m not a COD aficionado, and the latest rendition feels like it’s been drinking from Battlefield and Counter Strike’s respective kool-aid, it was a great experience and showed what these systems could do.

The range of six monitors on display with decidedly powerful gaming rigs really showed how far the Call of Duty series has come since the early days.   

The systems being used were supplied by MWave, and seem to be based on MWave’s prebuilt systems, packed out with RTX GPUs and rounded up with HyperX keyboards, headsets and mice. Suffice to say the combination of optical mice, mechanical keyboards and surround-sound headsets make for a great pairing with the systems and monitors. 

“With a wide choice of models that prioritise performance, picture quality and out-of-this-world gaming, more Australian gamers are seeing LG as an innovation leader in monitors,”

Russ Prendergast, Marketing Manager IT at LG Electronics Australia.

From an immersion standpoint, chasing down random online players, shotgun in hand and diving through windows to hide behind furniture. I almost forgot I was in a downtown bar surrounded by other journalists. It’s a damn fine experience, and the entire range of new monitors are crisp, clean and responsive with their 1ms response time and maxed-out settings.

The range of monitors starts at a 27” 19209×1080 IPS display, which was still a bloody good looking screen with 1ms response and AMD FreeSync built-in. while the range caps out at a massive 38” Nano IPS curved panel with G-Sync at 3840 x 1600, and of course still 1ms response time.

I have no shame at all in seeing that monitor and saying this gaming monitor substantially larger than the first HD TV I bought myself at university, and so much clearer. 

“Launching the new UltraGear range is a demonstration of our confidence and excitement about the Australian gaming market.”

Russ Prendergast, Marketing Manager IT at LG Electronics Australia.

LG is touting these monitors as the last tool in a gamer’s arsenal, something for the PC gamer who already has their beefed-up RTX system and wants to push it to the limit. And suffice to say those larger monitor sizes will need a decent system to push out the full resolution at up to 240hz.

Here’s the breakdown, the new range are available now:

  • 27GL650F-B – 27” Full HD IPS Display with AMD FreeSync, 1920 x 1080 and 1ms response time. RRP: $549
  • 27GL850-B – 27” QHD Nano IPS with NVidia G-Sync, 2560 x 1440 and 1ms response time. RRP: $999
  • 32GK850F-B – 31.5” QHD VA Display with AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2, 2560 x 1440 and 1ms response time. RRP: $849
  • 34GL750-B – 34” Full HD curved IPS display with Nvidia G-Sync, 2560 x 1080 and 1ms response time. RRP: $999
  • 34GK950F-B – 34” UltraWide QHD IPS Curved Display with AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2, 3440 x 1440 and 1ms response time. RRP: $2199
  • 38GL950G – 38” Nano IPS Curved Display with Nvidia G-Sync, 3840 x 1600 and 1ms response time. RRP: $2999

For the full line-up, check out the website here.

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Nathanael Peacock
Nathanael is a gamer and writer in Melbourne, Australia. You'll likely find him either up to his eyeballs in RPG lore, or spending way too long in any character creator. In his spare time he also rides motorbikes and sword-fights competitively.

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