Curved monitors are slowly starting to gain some traction, especially for gamers. The key feature of a curved gaming monitor is that the curvature helps shorten the distance the display is from the viewer’s eyes. As a result, the extra field of view offers gamers a more immersive experience when gaming. Lenovo has joined the party, and our Lenovo Y27g review takes a look at the first curved gaming monitor from the company.
The Lenovo Y27g Curved Gaming Monitor has the following features and specifications:
- NVIDIA G-SYNC technology synchronizes the display refresh rate to GPU, eliminating screen tearing and stuttering
- Tilt, lift, and swivel stand with traceable scale
- Rotated headphone hook and hidden cable management balance aesthetics and functionality
- Quick release 100mm VESA allows users to hang the monitor
- Lenovo Gaming monitor OSD
- Lenovo Artery gaming monitor software
- Compliance with RoHS and REACH requirements
- Kensington Lock slot for security
- Certified for Microsoft Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Panel Size: 27″
- Panel Type: VA
- Curvature: R1800
- Backlight: WLED
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Viewing Angle: 178°/178°
- Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
- Response Time: Minimum: 4ms, Typical: 7ms
- Max Brightness: 300 cd/m2
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
- Color Gamut: (NTSC) 72%
- Pixel Pitch: 0.3114
- Input Signals: DP, HDMI
- Other Ports: 3 x USB 3.0 (downstream), 1 x USB 3.0 (upstream), Headphone/Mic Combo
- Tilt Angle: -5° (front), 22° (back)
- Swivel Angle: -30° (left), 30° (right)
- Lift: 110 mm (4.33 inches)
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 24.61 x 22.18 x 9.51″ (62.5 x 56.3 x 24.2mm)
- Weight: 14.9lb (6.75kg)
What’s in the Box
- 1x Y27g Curved Gaming Monitor (65BEGCC1US)
- 1x attached stand and Base
- 1x DP cable
- 1x USB cable
- 1x Setup guide
- 1x Power cord (1.0m) and Adapter
Lenovo’s Y27g Curved Gaming Monitor has a pretty sleek, yet low key design at the same time. The monitor itself is nicely curved, and this adds to the overall streamlined look of the monitor. The edges of the screen are black, with the top, left, and right edges flat and the bottom having a slight protrusion across the middle half. To the left of this angled protrusion is the Lenovo logo, and on the right are six buttons for adjusting brightness, contrast, and other features.
The adjustable stand base forms a V that angles outward and supports the weight of the monitor. The bottom of the stand base has two pads on each end as well as pads around the bottom of the centre circle to prevent scratching your desk. The base of the stand also rotates 30° in either direction, and the stand itself lifts up an additional 110mm (4.33″). In addition to lifting, the stand also tilts down 5° and back 22°. With the combination of swivel, tilt, and lift, it’s pretty easy to adjust the monitor to your preferred viewing angle and height. The monitor can also be removed from the stand easily to be VESA mounted.
The back of the monitor has the Lenovo logo in the upper left corner and also has a series of red vents that angle towards the centre of the back of the monitor. The top of the back of the stand is red, but angles down to form the Lenovo Y Gaming logo. The bottom of the back of the monitor houses your ports: power, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.0 upstream, and 1 USB 3.0 downstream. The ports are covered with a removable cover which hides the extra ports and adds a bit of cable management to the monitor.
Finally, the left side of the monitor houses 2 more USB 3.0 ports, an audio-out jack, and a gamer oriented feature — a “tuckable headphone hook” which swivels out from the side of the monitor, giving you a place to hang your headphones. Depending on the size of your headphones, there isn’t much clearance from the bottom of the headphones and your desk, but that also depends on the adjusted height of the monitor.
Overall, the Lenovo Y27g Curved Gaming Monitor has a pretty pleasing and sleek looking design.
With an FHD 1080p display, the Y27g monitor has a decent colour representation, at least for gaming. When I first fired up the monitor, it took me a bit to get used to having text on the edges of the monitor curve towards me, and even after a month of use I still find it a bit odd. The caveat here though is during the day I use a flat 24″ monitor and was primarily using this in the evening for a couple hours of working or gaming.
On the other hand, gaming is a fantastic experience — after all, this is a curved GAMING monitor. I fired up Forza Motorsport 6 Apex and then later jumped into Forza Horizon 3 and both games looked stunning on the monitor, and the curved screen actually did make a visual difference. Games like Tomb Raider and Crysis III also looked great and more immersive. While gaming is a great and more immersive experience on the monitor, the inclusion of NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology which produces a refresh rate of 144Hz definitely smoothed out the gameplay. The combination of the higher refresh rate and the curved screen definitely made driving in the Forza games just that much more enjoyable.
The viewing angle on the monitor is decent as well, and it was pretty easy to see from multiple angles. I’ve never used a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel monitor before, and I was pretty impressed with the results. I read up a bit about it of course, and one of the major complaints of VA panels is a slightly slower response time, but I definitely didn’t notice any issues when using the DisplayPort connection, and I also didn’t have any issues when connected via HDMI.
I’d love to see Lenovo come out with a few different options that have higher resolutions.
As mentioned in the display section above, the monitor performed great using the DisplayPort connection and an NVIDIA card that supports G-SYNC and the higher refresh rate. The monitor performed decently as well on an HDMI connection and gaming was still more immersive, but you can’t take advantage of the 144Hz refresh rate as that requires the DisplayPort connection and the difference is noticeable. That being said, I’ve been gaming for years at standard refresh rates and I only noticed the difference after using G-SYNC for a couple weeks while gaming.
If you don’t have a supported NVIDIA video card or have an AMD card, Lenovo also offers an AMD Free Sync version for about $150 cheaper.
Menu operation is pretty straightforward and easy to use. The power button is on the far left and has an LED under it which displays white when on and orange when in standby mode. The other menu buttons allow you to toggle between preset and game modes, adjust brightness, colour, and contrast, enable/disable HDMI or DisplayPort deep sleep, adjust 6-axis colour, blue light, adaptive contrast, gamma, scaling, and more.
With a retail price of $599USD, the Lenovo Y27g Curved Gaming Monitor can be found on Amazon for $549USD. Even though it’s only a 1080p resolution monitor, the curved screen and NVIDIA G-SYNC definitely offer a couple of bonuses for gamers.
If you use your computer primarily for gaming and have an NVIDIA video card which supports G-SYNC, you can’t go wrong with the Lenovo Y27g Curved Gaming Monitor.
*We were sent a demo unit of the Lenovo Y27g Curved Gaming Monitor for the purposes of this review.
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