LG UM57 Gaming Monitor Review

When discussing the LG UM57 LED monitor, the phrase “bigger is better” is the perfect way to describe it. Whether it’s because of the massive screen resolution or the huge coverage of the sRGB spectrum, the UM57 is “large” in every single sense of the word.

The Ultra-Wide Screen Resolution

There is no doubt about it that the biggest feature that separates this monitor from most of the pack (as it is not the only model that has it) is its ultra-wide aspect ratio. Instead of the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, the UM57 has extended that to be 21:9. What this provides is an insane resolution of 2560 x 1080, which is beyond true HD. As one would guess, this makes the experience much more immersive. In addition, not only will a gamer have a wider field of vision (which comes in handy in FPS games) but multiple tasks can be viewed at the same time with ease.

Pre-Set Gaming Modes

With a screen resolution as massive as the LG UM57 (and with the ability for 4-screen split), the picture looks great at every single angle. What makes this monitor truly great for gaming fans (specifically FPS fans), though, is the Dynamic Action Sync and Black Stabilizer. The former allows every single moment to be caught in real time, while the latter will brighten dark areas. For the ideal experience, there are two included FPS modes by default.

In-Plane-Switching Technology

Every single hardcore gaming fan will say that the success of a monitor hinges on its fluidity and response time. Well, with the UM57’s In-Plane-Switching technology response times are significantly shortened to improve gameplay. Outside of that, though, over 99 percent of the sRGB spectrum is covered. For those unaware, the sRGB is the standard color space for ideal color reproduction. With such a high percentage, this monitor ensures that the best possible color is present.

There is something truly special about viewing a video game at a resolution of 2560 x 1080 (with a 21:9 aspect ratio). Being able to have such a wide field of vision while gaming completely enhances the experience. Of course, the In-Plane-Switching technology that creates faster response times and beautiful color adds to the experience, as well.

It’s understandable, though, that this monitor won’t be ideal for everyone. If this is the case, a recommended option is to check out this Acer R240HY review.