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Friday
Jul282017

LG UltraWide Monitor Review

I recently bought myself a new LG UltraWide monitor. This is the first 21:9 monitor I’ve had the opportunity to use and after spending a little over a week with it, I can't see myself buying another traditional aspect ratio monitor. Watch the video below to learn more. 

 

Purchasing

Amazon Links:

US: http://amzn.to/2h8RQXQ

UK: http://amzn.to/2w6p6lj

CA: http://amzn.to/2w6vFUV

More info

LG's website: http://www.lg.com/uk/monitors/lg-29UM68


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Reader Comments (8)

The monitor looks great, but I panic when I see laptops sitting precariously in docks on top of things like your speaker ;)

July 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave Plumb

if you're planning to play portal again: games made in the source engine support command lines (iirc they're called something different, but you'll find them in the right click menu of the game in steam). here you can enter -noborder -w 2560 -h 1080 -x 0 -y 0 0 to get your 21:9 awesomeness. Enjoy c:

July 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMitsunee

Thanks for the tip. I did play through the Portal games on console when they first came out. The reason it's installed on this PC is because I used it in a demonstration video after I assembled it a few years ago.

July 29, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Traditional aspect ratio? You mean like 4:3?

July 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRichard D

Very nice monitor. Great review (as always) and I value your opinion.
I've been looking into changing my monitors recently for similar reasons but took my decision just before you posted this article.

I have just taken on a computer project that will (in order to be efficient) require me to use more than the two HD monitors I currently have. I remember seeing Terry Pratchett's (sadly missed) system had at least four monitors.

I looked at ultra wide and multi-monitor set ups but eventually went for a 42" LG UHD TV for two reasons:
1. The LG uses just 10 Watts more than my two Acer 21" monitors yet provides me with the equivalent of four HD monitors without four support arms and four power/data cables.
2. I don't perform gaming on my computer nowadays so a high refresh rate isn't an issue. My i5 Acer Revo One despite being a bit long in the tooth can output 4K at 30Htz and watching Youtube videos seems to run just fine.

I love the fact that its one big screen and not four screens with black borders and since this LG can output chroma 4:4:4 signal the text and colours look as good as a computer monitor.

Keep up the good work

Sam

PS I still have my LG PF1000U projector and loving it but off to the IFA to look at Laser projectors soon.

August 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSam Tadanori

Hi Techmoan,
I've had one of these LG 21:9 screens for six months and fully agree with your findings. One thing I think you didn't mention is that the screen has the ability to split with two separate inputs so that you could have HDMI1 on one side and DisplayPort on the other for example, although on one of my PCs it requires a bit of fiddling with the resolution to get things just right (old graphics card).
Keep up the good work,
Matt

August 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Warner

Do you think it would be better for close up viewing for work tasks, rather than entertainment viewing, if the monitor were curved? It would seem a very wide monitor like that would be the type that would benefit from being curved if indeed, curved monitors are better for any purpose.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

In my opinion most curved serves no other purpose than increasing reflections. They were also supposed to look cool on TVs - but I think that ship has sailed now. A curved IMAX sized screen makes sense due to the size...but I'm not really seeing the benefit on a monitor of this size. That said at some point, when the size gets large enough it's probably a benefit. The new 32:9 aspect ratio Samsung screen's might be the first use case.

http://www.samsung.com/us/computing/monitors/gaming/49--chg90-qled-gaming-monitor-lc49hg90dmnxza/

August 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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