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Review LG 24GM79G: Gaming monitor with a frequency of 144 Hz

Written by Millo

Reviwe LG 24GM79G: affordable gaming monitor with a frequency of 144 Hz

What is it?

LG 24GM79G is the most affordable gaming monitor in the LG line with a frequency of 144 Hz. It is equipped with a 24-inch monitor with a standard aspect ratio of 16: 9 and a resolution of 1920×1080. A fast TN-matrix with anti-reflective coating is used in it. Besides, a pair of HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-hub and a headphone jack are provided for connection.

How is it interesting?

Now, it’s a common tendency for most of the monitors to use IPS-matrices because of better color rendering and maximum viewing angles. They do have their advantages, but some gaming models are specially manufactured with TN-matrices (as in the case of LG 24GM79G). Because TN-matrices are faster than IPS, which is very important in dynamic games, and the cost is significantly lower. Features? LG identifies the maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz (already mentioned above), support for AMD FreeSync technology (for synchronizing the monitor’s frame rate and the Radeon video card), 1 ms Motion Blur Reduction (to prevent objects from blurring in dynamic scenes), Dynamic Action Sync (to reduce the in- lag) and a black stabilizer (for highlighting dark areas). We will discuss this in more detail below.

What’s in the kit?

The monitor is delivered in a black box with a bunch of polygraphs and a brief description of the technologies. Inside it, you’ll see it in a disassembled condition. Assembling the stand before screwing it to the monitor is very straightforward. There are a removable bracket for fixing the cables from the rear, DisplayPort-cable, power cable, disk with software and instruction:

What does it look like?

Practically, the game models look aggressive and vivacious. But none of these traits is observed in the LG 24GM79G, it looks more like an office version. The case is made of a practical matte plastic, no design frills – looks like “frameless”. Along the perimeter of the screen, a usual black frame is seen though.

Under the screen, you’ll get the LG logo and a block with LEDs and buttons for quickly switching different game presets “on the go.” For example, the FPS1 and FPS2 modes, by default, are designed for lighter and darker cards (in first person shooters) and with the help of buttons, you can turn on the desired mode at once, without adjusting the settings menu each time:

For fine-tuning from below, there is a five-position joystick, traditional for all current LG models, but without lighting in this case:

The stand is square in shape, black in color, with a matte finish. It is quite massive, so the monitor rests securely on the table and won’t overturn it easily.

The foot is fixed to the monitor with a platform in a special position and fixed with four screws for reliability:

The back of the monitor is also almost entirely made of black matte plastic. Behind it, there is a large rectangular-shaped extended block, inside of which, all the electronics and power supply are hidden:

The only outward hint towards the gaming direction is the red bars on the sides of the rear block. They are penetrated inside the monitor that looks cool:

On the right side there are two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack:

At the bottom, there are connectors for linking the signal source and USB 3.0 Type B that joins a USB hub:

The monitor is qualitatively assembled and made of practical materials. Despite its focus on gaming, it looks very neat and quiet.

How Easy it’s to Use, What’s About Adjustments and Connectors?

The design allows you to adjust the angle of inclination in the range from -5 ° to 35 °:

And the height ranges 130 mm:

When used for work purposes, the possibility of turning it by 90 °, in portrait mode:

As for the ports, the monitor has everything you need. There are two HDMI ports version 2.0, one DisplayPort version 1.2, a headphone jack and a USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports:

Provides a removable clip for cables, which helps you organize all communications accurately:

As for the menu and the organization of the settings, everything is done similarly to the more expensive LG 27UD88and 34UC79G, which we had on the reviews. About the buttons for fast switching modes, as we said earlier, everything is controllable using the joystick and the on-screen menu. The first click on the joystick (which is also the power button) displays the Quick Circle Quick Settings screen. It allows you to switch to game mode. From there, select a source, turn off the monitor and go to the advanced settings menu. In the game mode settings, you can select one of the predefined sets of settings (there are 2 presets for first person shooters, 1 for strategies and 1 fully configurable), adjust the black stabilizer, turn on FreeSync, 1 ms Motion Blur Reduction, adjust the optional sight (Crosshair function), Super Resolution + and response time. In the advanced menu, there are additional modes of the picture, including night photo.

Also, it supports the OnScreen Control utility. Many settings duplicate the on-screen menu: brightness, contrast, image modes, and enable FreeSync. Plus, you can configure presets that will automatically turn on when certain applications are launched. Scale the text sizes of the system and use various Split Screen options.

And what’s about the picture quality?

Almost all of us perfectly know various merits and demerits of TN-matrices. Undoubtedly, the LG 24GM79G has a really good TN-matrix, horizontal viewing angles. But we cannot escape from the specifics of the matrix type that burns out the image slightly and leaves in yellowish shades:

With vertical cases, it becomes worse and the colors are overturned:

We measured the brightness and color rendition of the monitor in different modes. In user mode, the maximum brightness was even higher than the claimed brightness: 368.337 cd / m2. The minimum brightness is 0.915 cd / m2, and the contrast ratio (similar to TN matrices) is 403: 1 –very low, indeed. The graphs show that the gamma curve does not coincide with the benchmarks. So, distortions cannot be avoided. Factory calibration was very impressive – the red, blue and green components are very close to the standard. The color temperature varies from the reference 6500K to 7000K, and the error ΔE does not exceed the exponent 4. In the CIE diagram, it is seen that the color coverage is very close to the reference sRGB:

In the “photo” mode, the maximum brightness is noticeably lower than 288.269 cd / m2, the minimum brightness is 0.924 cd / m2, and the contrast ratio is 312: 1. In general, the graphs are similar, but the gamma curve is not so radically different from the reference one:

There are three preset game modes, you can further adjust them according to your need. In FPS1 mode, the maximum brightness is 171.54 cd / m2, the minimum is 0.54 cd / m2, and the contrast ratio is 318: 1. And graphics:

Overall, the shortcomings of the TN-matrix cannot be avoided for obvious technical reasons. The matrix is enough sensible. Wide (by TN standards) viewing angles provides horizontal and very good color rendering

What are the game functions and how does the monitor show itself in games?

The monitor is packed with a bunch of additional gaming (and not only gaming) functions. Let’s say a few words about it. we already discussed about them in our LG 34UC79G review, but for those who do not want to switch to another link, let’s recall what it’s about. Firstly, it’s a matrix with a frame rate of 144 Hz, and has the frame synchronization of AMD FreeSync for working with Radeon video cards is supported. This functionality allows you to eliminate frame breaks and hangs. Regretfully, (as the owner of GeForce GTX1070), I want to add that similar technology of G-Sync for GeForce video cards is encountered in monitors much less often, and their price tag is significantly higher than that of monitors with AMD FreeSync.

LG focuses on the functions of Motion Blur Reduction. When enabled, the response time is 1 ms, and surprisingly, the site clearly shows how it works. Inserting a black frame (a brief off of the backlight), it removes the blurring of the object. The function does not work simultaneously with AMD FreeSync and Dynamic Action Sync:

Dynamic Action Sync is designed to reduce the incidence of lags and, accordingly, it ensures a quick reaction to the player’s actions

And the stabilization of black color (Black Stabilizer), which makes the darkest parts of the picture lighter, allows not to miss the enemy in a dark alley:

In addition, in the settings, you can add to the screen an extra-large scope. This feature makes it easier to aim at the enemy (Crosshair function) and you can activate Super Resolution + technology, an enhancement that increases detail and sharpness at the edges of the picture. Don’t forget to assess the monitor while trying all these. I drove the LG 24GM79G, at first, with shooters CS: GO, Star Wars: Battlefront, Battlefield, DOOM plus action and RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda, The Division, GTAV, Watch Dogs, For Honor, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dark Souls 3 and the strategies of XCOM 2 and StarCraft II. The matrix is really very bright and with a proper “iron”, the picture is very smooth and clear. Support for AMD FreeSync does not mean that the monitor will not work well with GeForce. Because I personally tested it and my GTX1070 and the monitor has become best friends. Everyone possesses different visions, maybe between 30 and 60 frames per second, sometimes more complicated. Then why 144 Hz? The nuance is that the monitors are not ideal and the same signal (60 Hz) fed to the matrix is not consistent with FPS and restricts smoothness of the picture. We know that the pixel has its own time, and accordingly, it takes its the desired color. This results in – dynamic scenes and produce frames with artifacts and trails. Modern gaming monitors with fast matrices are sharpened to the maximum speed. It leads to “burning” the pixel in the right color, which reduces the blur effect and plumes. Consequently, an eye of 144 Hz and a response time of 1 ms really make the dynamic images clearer. Individual playing on the LG 24GM79G is really comfortable. To highlight of dark secluded areas (Black Stabilizer) where the enemy can quietly hide, additional chips are useful. The function of the overlay sight CrossHair comes handy if there is no “native” sight. For example, Battlefield on the “hardcore” (where the sight, the card, and the number of cartridges are removed), PayDay 2 or Metro at high levels of complexity.

Final Words

LG 24GM79G is an interesting monitor for the most hardcore gamers, who want to get the fastest matrix with a minimum response time matrix for a reasonable price. Judging by the offers in online stores, right now, this is the most affordable monitor with a frequency of 144 Hz, a minimum response time of 1 ms and supportive of synchronization with AMD FreeSync. Yes, miracles do not happen every day. But TN-matrix is installed in the monitor very qualitatively. The monitor is very practical in terms of materials of construction and design. There are a lot of possibilities for position adjustment. Plus, there are all modern video connectors, a hub with USB 3.0 and a headphone jack.

3 Reasons to Buy LG 24GM79G:

• 144 Hz frequency, AMD FreeSync and 1 ms Motion Blur Reduction;

• All the necessary video inputs plus a hub with USB 3.0;

• practical and convenient design.

1 reason not to buy LG 24GM79G:

• typical features of the TN-matrix: color coverage and viewing angles.

Specifications of LG 24GM79G

Specifications of LG 24GM79G

Diagonal

24 “

Type of matrix

TN

Aspect Ratio

16: 9

Resolution

1920×1080

Contrast

1000: 1

Viewing Angles

170/160

Display Colors

8 bits, 16.7 million, NTSC 72%

Response time

2ms (fast) 1ms Motion Blur Reduction

Brightness

350 cd / m2

Coating

Anti-glare (3H)

Connectors and ports

DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, headphones

Wall mount

VESA 100×100

Size (with stand)

567.6x240x388.7 mm

Weight (with stand)

5.94 kg

About the author

Millo

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Australian outdoors, you can find Millo on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.