LG 34UM95 34 UltraWide Widescreen 219 Monitor My New Favourite
Sometimes I put off doing the review because newer, more interesting products arrive, and another times I just get too busy and I don't have time. But LG's 34UM95, I've been putting it off, because I just didn't want to take it off my desk for long enough to capture a tutorial of the thing. Â Specwise this 34inch, 21 by 9, â€œCinematicaspectratioâ€� monitor weighs in its massive 3440 by 1440 resolution, about 34% higher AND bigger than 20 by 60 27inch monitor. It features IPS panel rated at 5 miliseconds in response time and
uses 8bit panel control and frame rate bit dithering to achieve 10bit color, but only on the display port connection. Speaking of connection, it's got a headphone jack, integrated USB 3.0 hub and power jack to go along, with its dual HDMI display port and Thunderbolt2 tutorial inputs. Please note that the two Thunderbolt2 ports there are for daisychaining, not as two separate inputs. And the HDMI inputs are limited to 50 Hertz. This is an HDMI spec limitation and all the difference from 60 Hertz is noticeable. It's not as nearly as bad as the 30 Hertz that 4K monitors will run at over HDMI. Now physically the monitor is a unique specimen.
I've never seen anything quite like it and since it's the first of its own kind and only available in a couple of regions, I guess neither have for a lot of people. And I think that the coolest thing about it is how many different ways it can be used and very effectively. For 16:9 content, it's 27inch 2560 by 1440 monitor with black bars on the side. For sidebyside pseudodual monitor use,it's two 20.5inch monitors, each with the 1720 by 1440 resolution, a throwback 5:4 aspect ratio that really is better for some tasks than the newer 16:9 standard. And then finally, for 21 by 9 content,it's a truly fieldofviewfilling 34 inches of immersive bliss. The stand is branded â€œCrystal Floatâ€�, because it's clear, so that combined with nice thin bezel is supposed to make
the screen seem like, it's just hanging there. But, um, I found the effect was somewhat diminished by the fact that it only supports 10 degrees of tilt. And to adjust height, I had to jury rig the monitor stand on the box. With that said, at least LG had the consideration to include the VESA mount on the back, something that I'll likely use. On the bottom, we found a couple of integrated speakers and the joystick for navigating the onscreen menu. It allows picturebypicture control, input switching, input lag adjustment in a variety of image adjustments, including the unusual Reader mode, which reduces the â€œBluesâ€� for theoretically less eye fatigue. Back to the front, the screen uses the antiglare coating that is perhaps a little bit more matt than I would normally prefer
but ended up being great for me, since I sit next to the window at my desk, where I'll be using the monitor moving forward. Now, this is where the review deviates from the formula a bit, because I didn't know how to approach a review of something that is so different other than to draw your attention to the fact that I just said where I'll be using the monitoring moving forward. Because I've officially been converted. I'm ditching my dual 23inch 1080p monitors for this at work and I will really like to replace my Proart PA279Q at home, as well. This is just flat out, the best solution for productivity and gaming IMHO(in my humble opinion). And this is coming from someone that came into this review with pretty closedminded attitude. I was sure, a very short time ago, that 4K was next big revolution.
And the first time I saw a 21:9 desktop monitors at CES 2013, I didn't even ask for samples. I thought they were a silly, â€œbecausewecanâ€� factor that took everything that was wrong with 16:9, that is to say, not enough vertical real estate compared to the older 16:10 widescreen standard, and meted even more ridiculous. They felt like an expensive step backwards, and I didn't care at all. because I've only recently just getting 4K monitor samples, so that â€œthe first timeâ€� experience of 4K is actually still very fresh in my mind. I mean, to be clear, sitting in front of a 4K monitor is great. The sharpness and clarity of images is fantastic. And the amount of stuff that you can fit on it at the same time is amazing. But somehow it still feels like so many things in the PC industry, it's like, â€œYes, it's more pixels at a lower price!â€�