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Pros: So. Many. Pixels. This is my first 21:9 display and first with a 3k+ horizontal resolution. You actually have to let your eyes adjust to soak in all the details. The curve is also a new experience, and at first I found myself looking back and forth at things even with one window open before I finally learned to give myself some space and look at the center, letting my peripheral vision take care of the rest. Basically, this should be analogous for productivity to a couple of normal monitors glued together. The extra horizontal real estate is simply amazing for video editing and multiple windows – the “screen split” feature in the software is highly useful. I frequently find myself with three windows open at once side-by-side, whereas with a 1080P monitor I would normally have just two.
Watching movies is an awesome experience as well – say goodbye to black bars, since most movies utilize an exact 21:9 ratio. T99% sRGB gamut coverage and 10-bit colour along with factory calibrated colors mean this will do the job for photo editing too. Colors are beautiful but not oversaturated, which is a positive for most people unless you’ve just finished looking at your OLED screen phone. If you’ve just upgraded from a typical TN panel, expect to be blown away. And gaming is great, especially if the game can utilize the larger monitor as extra FOV. This can give you a big leg up in many first-person games, and the extra real estate definitely enhances the RTS/strategy genre.
The stand has ample adjustability options and mounts with 100x100mm VESA, which means if you want to mount this sucker on the wall, it will be easy. The pole of the stand is metal and it was overall easy to install with just a few screws. The back of the display is matte plastic, but feels solid.
Lots of connectivity as well, including two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two HDMI 1.4 ports, and an input for DisplayPort. There’s even a USB 3.0 port. 7w MaxxAudio speakers do the job – expect average built-in TV speaker quality. The joystick on the bottom of the monitor controls power as well as an intuitive interface for adjusting settings.
Cons: I am slightly amused by some reviewers who are using this monitor with an HDMI connection for gaming or, well, anything really. As far as I’m aware, using an HDMI input, you will be locked at 30hz regardless of your video card. This is especially an issue for people limited to laptops without DisplayPort outputs, and even more of an issue if they plan to game. Gaming at 30hz is simply… painful. So much tearing and choppiness. I actually did some testing with my Lenovo Y510P laptop using HDMI – obviously, framerate was an issue, but I can’t fault the monitor for that. Pushing this many pixels was a struggle in games for the GT 750M on the Y510P. But the main reason is was barely usable with the Y510P was due to the 30hz refresh rate and overall compatibility, even after installing the “drivers” included on the CD. So I would highly recommend using DisplayPort instead of HDMI. Luckily, I have a desktop with several DisplayPort outputs so I was in luck. I also would have liked to see easier access to the other ports instead of having to reach around the back.
I am also dismayed by the amount of plastic used, although I understand that most of the value is in the technology. The base of the stand as well as parts of the top are plastic, and I was hoping the back of the monitor would be matte aluminum, although that would be unusually premium. The speakers are also inadequate for any audiophile.
I’m not entirely sold on the curve either. It seems to distort the image more than it enhances it and kind of throws me off when I’m doing precision editing of photos. I think I would prefer a completely flat panel and I would save a bit of money by going that route, but it doesn’t get in the way of my enjoyment and still, well, looks cool. The display itself, despite its strengths, has a surprising amount of bleed for its price range. And the price range is a bit of a con on its own, but it remains competitive.
Overall Review: Overall, I love this monitor, but it’s not perfect. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who doesn’t have a DisplayPort output on their computer and I would slightly prefer something flat. Then again, I haven’t tried a flat 21:9 monitor so I might eat my words. After all, those edges are pretty far apart. I think the best uses for this bad boy are overall productivity and entertainment. It’s also very serviceable for photo editing but I’m not sure it would be my number one pick.
One last note: packaging is nice and obvious, so make sure to get a tracking number and camp by your door for when the UPS guy comes. Otherwise, I might recommend leaving a note on the door so they can put it somewhere inconspicuous on your property.
Pros: I swapped from using 2x BenQ 24” TN 0 ms response monitors to 1x LG IPS + 1x BenQ 24” TN.
At first I noticed colors being off but that lead me into using their menu system. I must say as ridiculous as it sounds their menu is actually one of the easiest I’ve used and it’s only 1 little joystick style button. It took me just a minute to figure out but once I did I found how I could change everything in the monitor. Not just RGB they let you change every hue of color to get it the exact way you want it for your setting. I ended up using one of their preset color styles that got me the rich blues I like.
I run a HIS Radeon 7770 GPU which immediately was able to pull up the max resolution and settings for my system. The clarity is incomparable. Each letter is far crisper than I could have expected it to be.
The curved portion seems nice to the point I don’t really notice it. It’s done very well and your eyes will love the size. It’s incredibly big but it still fits well on a ‘writing desk’ leaving plenty of room.
They don’t skimp on anything here. They even package an HDMI and Display Port cable which is impressive today while people want to milk you for all you have.
I ran a few games including Final Fantasy 14, Payday 2, Don’t Starve Together, CS:GO. Interesting to me was that none of these games complained about the screen size or aspect ratio. I was just in and going. Some games will have loading images at a certain 16:9 or 4:3 resolution so they black bar the sides but that’s just the way it is as the game devs didn’t plan on such glorious displaying being available for most people.
I actually like the stand as the base isn’t a flat piece of plastic and is more of a ring style which let me stick my desk wireless charger right in there so I have space to do so. Given its size anything to save desk space is nice.
Cons: It’s slightly dimmer not just in gamma or brightness/contract levels but just a little dimmer than the TN BenQ monitors I’m using. To keep them at a level that looked best I actually turned down the BenQ brightness so that they match. In using it and gaming with it I can’t find anything else I dislike.
Overall Review: I didn’t see any response time issues for me. Some people, given it’s a little higher than a TN monitor, may see this in some games but I personally don’t notice.
Speakers are available and there if you aren’t really going to listen to music much and just want some audio notifications but I’d still suggest not making them full time speakers. They are better than the BenQ ones for sure but that doesn’t say much.
It was easy to setup. Not much to do in putting on the stand. You’ll need a Philips screwdriver is it.
Pros: Color reproduction out of the box was excellent, as were most settings. I just had to lower the brightness for my viewing environment. The picture is very similar to my 27" 1440p Korean IPS monitor (QNIX QX2710), which uses a Samsung panel. With some tweaking I was able to get a movie picture close to the colors on my Pioneer Kuro TV, though it fell behind somewhat on contrast.
Although it is nowhere near the quality of an external setup, the audio is the best I have heard from built-in speakers. LG includes "MaxxAudio", accessed via the OSD, which has the usual tone controls, plus adjustments for 3D effect, dialog, and a "Midnight Mode" for quiet but clear night time listening.
One DisplayPort and two HDMI ports allow up to three PCs (or capable devices) to be connected at once, and there is a USB3.0 hub (1 type A for the PC, two type B for peripherals, current 1.1A), plus a headphone port. A recessed DC switch in the rear allows the monitor to be physically powered off in addition to the standby mode from the main control.
The small joystick under the panel center handles all the adjustments available for picture, audio, and input source. I found the on screen display menu extremely intuitive to use. It is so well designed that I didn't really need the manual except to look up the details of a couple of settings. Volume can be controlled directly without even entering the OSD menu, simply by moving it side to side.
One of the picture modes is "PBP", which would be "picture by picture" - this lets you view the output of two connected PCs side by side. You can also select which PC's audio you want to hear from the monitor.
I really liked the included software, mostly "Dual Controller", which is similar to products like "Microsoft Garage Mouse without Borders" or Synergy - i.e. a virtual KVM switch allowing you to use your mouse and keyboard across two PCs and monitors. Note: one has to be a supported LG monitor such as this one.
Also included is Screen Split, which divides the desktop into discrete areas for working on documents or applications you want to keep in a certain order. Each doc or app automatically snaps to fill in its current screen area.
Build quality is excellent. The stand is both sturdy and easy to adjust for tilt/height.
The bezel is amazingly narrow (just the sheet metal thickness), although there is also a narrow (less than 1/2") blank border on the screen itself.
Quality control is outstanding, and I found zero dead or stuck pixels.
Cons: While the picture is great, my monitor has a small problem with screen uniformity, i.e. lighter patches in the upper and lower left corners. Whether due to backlight bleed or IPS glow, it is there. Dark scenes in movies is where this is most noticeable, though by no means terrible, and it does not extend very far from the edge. Changing viewing distance and angle can improve, but not completely eliminate it. My 27" Qnix monitor (my second, a glossy model) had a similar problem that I alleviated by loosening the bezel, but I don't want to attempt that with the LG. On the other hand, the Qnix came with one dead pixel, unlike this one.
One minor niggle with the software: If you have another screen on your PC, Dual Connect (to a second PC) won't start if both screens on your main PC are active. To get it to work with two PCs you have to start it with just the LG as the active monitor (and also run it on the other PC) then extend the desktop to work across all three screens. This seems like something LG could fix, although it may be something to do with proprietary restrictions.
Price is currently quite high, though you do get what you pay for.
Overall Review: I wasn't convinced of the benefits of a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor until I started using this one:
- Gaming is more immersive as you have over 25% more width to your field of view, with the same screen height as a 27" 16:9 monitor.
- Ultra widescreen movies (eg. 2.35:1 aspect ratio) can be viewed fullscreen instead of having black bars at top and bottom. At 3'-4' the picture appears larger than that of my 50" 16:9 TV at 8'.
- It is easy to view multiple windows side by side.
- At optimal distance the curve feels "natural". After a week of use, I'd probably object if it wasn't there.
Unless you have a high end graphics setup you won't be able to drive modern games on ultra settings at high FPS and at 1440p.
I tested Far Cry 4 using my Z97 rig (i7-4790K with SLI GTX 670s) and was getting FPS in the low 50s (and the 2GB VRAM was maxed out). Fortunately, this monitor supports 2560x1080 and that setting boosted FPS to the mid-70s. Valley benchmark yielded even better improvements - from a stuttering mid-30s FPS to smooth mid-60s.
Most games should support 21:9 easily, but this is not guaranteed. Just Cause 2 worked flawlessly in 21:9, but Wolfenstein: The New Order had to be set to Windowed mode first - something Bethesda should have fixed.
Note: 3440x1440 is 4.95 megapixels, whereas 2560x1080 is 2.76 megapixels, far fewer to drive.
I did not notice any ghosting problems while gaming. There is a "Gaming" mode, but I found I did not need to use it. For most applications I preferred to use "Custom" rather than "Cinema" or the other pre-defined screen modes.
At 1440p, refresh rate is 60Hz on DisplayPort but only 50Hz on HDMI. At 1080p, both are are capable of 60Hz.
To make ultra widescreen movies fill the screen you have to use appropriate software and adjust settings where needed. Since most ultra widescreen movies are provided as 1080p with black bars included at top and bottom, this means zooming in. For DVDs or archived movies I use MPC-BE (offshoot of MPC-HC), and right-click->select Pan&Scan then Zoom To Widescreen. For Youtube and Netflix I use the Chrome browser with the Netflix Ultrawide Display Support extension. Firefox currently does not have a similar extension.
Unfortunately, watching true 16:9 movies and TV shows -- or regular Youtube videos -- means that you will have vertical black bars on either side on the picture, as if you zoom it will crop the picture at top and bottom.
Final thoughts: This is a great monitor, fully featured, attractive, and very easy to set up and use. If not for the bright areas in the corners I would unhesitatingly give it a perfect score. Being very picky about that particular issue, I am deducting one egg. However, its other qualities outweigh that complaint, and it will stay as my main monitor.
Note: The LG 34UC87C was provided to me by Newegg for this review.
Pros: The LG 34UC87C is a truly spectacular monitor, I was completely blown away buy the quality of this IPS panel, and also the quality of the monitor itself, from its USB 3.0 hub on the back and the 2 hdmi and display port which I am currently using. Their are many wonderful features that come along with this monitor, some of my favorite is the Response Time Control, Flicker Safe, the USB 3.0 hub the Display port, and the most obvious, the Ultrawide QHD IPS panel. The LG 34UC87C is my first curved display, and to have it at 3440x1440 is so beautiful. The 3440x1440 resolution is absolutely perfect for this size display, it has the same pixel density is that of 1920x1080 at 17.3" I am a hardcore gamer and video editor and the 21:9 aspect ratio LG 34UC87C is the most perfect monitor for these type of situations. For the last week or so I have been doing nothing but testing all the newest high end games and applications, like Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, AVS Video Editor, and Corel VideoStudio Pro X7, just look truly stunning, and with the 21:9 aspect ratio @ 3440x1440 I can have several windows open at the same time. The LG 34UC87C's bezel is so very small, at 15 mm you do not even notice it, the stand is nice and sturdy with next to no wobble and the base is faux brushed aluminum, which is great because it does not contract fingerprints, also the back of the monitor has a 100x100 VESA mount. I did some testing with the USB 3.0 hub and received not data transfer speed loss. I also found that the 7 watt speakers have a very great sound, even though they are rather small, they did not crack or pop at max volume, and is rich fulfilling sounding. The menu button on the bottom is typical of the LG TV's of the models of 2014 that I am used to, and the OSD has many features and is easy to navigate, some of the features in the OSD are PBP, which can also be controlled by the included software, "Dual Controller" and "Screen Split" and is especially useful when running 2 or more PC's being that you can easily cycle between PC's or split screen on the fly. It was also nice to see that the 34UC87C comes with an HDMI and Display Port cable and the included software. Before now I used to think that the curved monitor's or TV's were a gimmick, man was I wrong, my gaming experience is now much more emursive and the 3440@1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio is just unbelievable, just a absolutely gorgeous display.
Cons: Like the Adage goes " You Get What You Pay For" sure to some people this may be a con, but for myself and many others this is a $1000 monitor and it is worth it, their are only 2 different manufactures I buy when it comes to TV's and monitors and LG is one of them and you can probably guess what the other is they make to best panels I have ever seen. I am a repeat buyer of LG products and I have been nothing but completely satisfied with LG's IPS Panels, I currently have 4 LG's Panels in my home at the current moment.
Overall Review: The LG 34UC87C panel has almost no light bleed on the edges that it is really had to believe because that is a hard thing not to have, and the colors are vibrant, the blacks are black and the white is extremely white. I spent the last week or so testing many different games to see if there was any "lag" or if this 3440x1440 resolution would be a problem, but to my surprise every game I tried, worked perfect every game had the 3400x1400 Resolution option in the video setting menu, even on much older games, I am so very pleased with that because like I had mentioned before I am a hardcore gamer.The Response Time (ms) was awesome no lag whats so ever, that hard to do with the larger the panel gets. I ran AIDA64 Monitor Diagnostics V1.00.90 Test on the 34UC87C and in every test all of the Calibration Tests, Focus Tests, Grid Tests, Color Tests, and Reading Tests passed with ease, everything looked perfect. I feel very lucky to have the LG 34UC87C, I want to give a special thanks to Newegg for the opportunity to have the absolute pleasure of working on this monitor, and for you gamers out there thinking about getting this monitor you had better have better than a GTX 780Ti or better to push these pixels, I went from 81 FPS on UNIGINE's Valley Benchmark @ 1920X1080 to 37.8 FPS @ 3400x1440, that's a huge performance hit, and the GTX 780Ti Ain't No Slouch, 1920x1080 has 2,073,600 pixels and LG 34UC87C has 4,953,600, that's more than double, which makes it look more than twice as great! Thank you if you read my entire review, the LG 34UC87C commands the respect it deserves, sorry this review was so long-winded, Thanks again Newegg, it was a great pleasure, and I will be using the LG 34UC87C many years to come.
Pros: 1. Spacious
2. Great for productivity
3. Nice color and contrast
4. Have not seen any dead pixels
5. I really like it
6. Sound is decent
7. Design was well thought out
8. Can accept two sources without any problems
9. 2 HDMI ports and 1 display port
This is a great monitor. It is outstanding for productivity. You have three full size screens open side by side by side. The monitor software makes it simple, though it is not so hard with windows anyways. The monitor worked right out of the box, and I did not need to load the software. Since this was a test, the software worked too. I probably would not install it otherwise. See notes below.
I did not see any dead pixels. The color and contrast are great, especially for these old eyes. I cannot find anything to complain about at all. The curve is nice, because it helps the edges focus towards your vision. The sound is decent. You are not going to match a 2.1 set-up for bass, but other than that it is really pretty good.
I love that this monitor can accept two different inputs at the same time. The mood is PBR and it is flawless. Yes, you can watch TV and work without with minimal set-up. I had my laptop and desktop on at the same time often. You cannot transfer data through the screen, but both computers were working next to each other.
Cons: 1. Joystick is confusing at first
2. Does not play well with Steam
3. Adjusting the height was mystifying and trying to find in a manual was ridiculous
I really like this monitor, so I do not want to knock it much. It does a wonderful job. I could not adjust my settings in Steam to get the full screen on the monitor. I fiddled and futz with it for hours. There is probably an update coming some place that will make them play well together. It is not much of an issue except with Civ V, and then screens that come up occasionally will drive you nuts. The escape key is your friend.
The joystick was a little hard getting used to. I thought at first, I would not. That did change as I used the monitor, and has become a little easier to use. The height adjustment was a mystery. There is a staple installed at the base of the stand. You push down on the monitor and remove the staple. Now you can adjust the height. It was in the instructions, but not in the quick start guide or the printed instructions. You have to go to the website, or open them on the disk. It has to be the right one too. I am 6’4”, and I carry my height in my torso, so I sit very tall.
You have to really want this kind of format, but I really do not want to go back after trying it. Really, the cons are minor, and my biggest grip may leave – Steam formatting.
Overall Review: This monitor is not cheap, but what it can do makes it worthwhile. I would like to see a 6 screen splint and then some mixes of two boxes in one column and full columns in others. This is really minor – Windows 7, 8 and 10 can all do this without much fiddling. For productivity, I cannot think of a better monitor.
The pictures was excellent. I did not notice the back bleeding problems others have. No dead pixel from what I have seen. Great product right out of the box.
Adjusting the height is simple enough, but getting there should not be this hard. It should have been part of the quick set-up guide.
The USB port works well. If you really need it, it is there. For integrated speakers the sound is really good. Overall, it is an excellent monitor. Expensive, but well worth the price is this is what you are looking for.
Pros: First thing anyone recognizes about this beautiful monitor is the sheer size of it. With a viewable area of 31.25" X 13.4" and a native resolution of 3440x1440, there is not much you can't fit on this screen.
The built-in speakers are of a surprising quality. There isn't much in terms of low frequency sounds, but powered with MaxxAudio you get a pretty decent sound and a reasonably good volume. There is also a little jack for headphones (though a little hard to reach). The stand will allow vertical movement as well as some tilt.
Interfaces to the display include one DisplayPort (capable of version 1.2 by enabling it in the OSD) as well as two HDMI ports. The Audio for the built in speakers comes over the DisplayPort/HDMI connections. If connecting to a PC, this means the audio will be generated by your video card and not your audio card. Something that is a bit confusing about this monitor in the specs is the HDCP capability. In the specs listed here on newegg, it says no to HDCP, but when connected to my computer through DisplayPort, my graphics card driver reports that it is supported and ready. To test this, I installed PowerDVD and played a Blu-ray movie (which requires HDCP) and it worked. Verifying with the product page on LG's website, this monitor does indeed support HDCP.
The controls for the monitor itself is all done through a joystick on the underside in the center. At first I thought I would hate it, but soon got the hang of it and liked it. It would be nice if there was a way to manipulate the displays settings through computer software on newer monitors.
The display is curved but not very noticeable during use. I think the curve helps with keeping colors uniform and reduces some strain when looking at such a large display.
The monitor also includes extra features to make sure you can utilize all the space the best you can. One such feature is the PBP (Picture by Picture). This allows you to split the screen in half and have each side sourced from a different input with the ability of which input supplies the sound to the speakers. There is also a utility called Screen Split that can be used to section off areas of the screen. This does not change the resolution of the monitor, but rather detects when a window is placed in a region and makes it fit to the size of the region. HOWEVER, the included software WILL deactivate UAC when installed without your consent. UAC is the Yes/No box that darkens everything and asks if you want to allow a program to make changes to your computer. LG has offered an apology and new software that doesn't turn off UAC on their website. (I turned it back on and the software seems to be working fine).
Cons: Not much that I can complain about on this monitor, but here are a few. The display has a USB 3.0 hub built in, but I still haven't found out why. There is not an included USB 3.0 cable to connect it to the computer, and the ports are not in a very convenient place. About all I could think of was some USB WiFi adapters or keyboard/mouse. They are not practical for use with flash drives.
There is also some minor light bleed in the four corners. Not bad, barely noticeable when the display is black. Power supply for this monitor is external rather than internal.
WARNING: The bundled software will disable UAC when installed without consent. UAC is the Yes/No box that darkens everything and asks if you want to allow a program to make changes to your computer. LG has offered an apology and new software that doesn't disable UAC on their website. (I turned it back on and the software seems to be working fine).
Overall Review: I purchased an EVGA GeForce 960 SSC card to support the native resolution and it came with Batman: Arkham Knight. This game supports the native resolution of the game and it looks great. This monitor is replacing two 19" 4:3 monitors that I have had and it increased the viewable screen size by about 72 square inches.
You know it is a good monitor when it comes with instructions on how to un-package the product. Overall, very happy with it.
Pros: I won't repeat what is in the specs as that is a waste of space. This monitor is aimed at three different audiences.
1. Large workspace (production/PR positions). A larger workspace is absolutely required for developers, publishers, 3D modelers, and video producers. I happen to fall into three of these categories (developer, modeler and video), and this monitor delivers on both Windows 8.1 and OSX.
2. KVM replacement. For this model, you are permitted to hook up 3 PCs/Macs via HDMI or (old school/full size) display port. If you don't want to go out and buy a KVM, you can use this monitor. It works dandy.
3. PBP. This allows you to display 2 video inputs at the same time. However, when you do this, the screen is split in half, vertically. This can be a good thing if you are used to small monitor sizes. However, if you have been spoiled with a big workspace, this will not be your cup of tea. This is HDMI only. This does not work with DisplayPort.
Cons: I am always a stickler with warranties for all big appliances and electronics. Electronics should have a minimum 5 year warranty if the company stands behind its' products. If you see an electronic with a warranty of 5 years; that means the company believes in its products. Unfortunately, this monitor only have a 1 year warranty for labor and parts. This means LG does not believe in this monitor.
Since LG doesn't believe in the monitor, at least Newegg does! Purchase the 2 year extended repair coverage from Newegg as part of this monitor purchase. It is always good to have a company who got your back, and Newegg delivers.
Overall Review: Please, please, please read the instructions before unpacking the monitor. There is a very specific way to handle the monitor. If you refuse to read the instructions, do not be surprised if you break the monitor.
This monitor was pretty costly when I reviewed it. If you can afford this monitor, then you probably fit in one of the following categories:
1. You are a company.
2. You have money to spend.
3. You work from home.
On #4 .... There are a very, very few games that can run 3440x1440. In fact, I have only found 2 so far. So ... for the most part... be prepared to see some black bars :)
Radeon 9700 series
AMD FX 8350 (8 core)
2012 Mac Mini
2014 Mac Book Pro
Pros: Right now I am running it off an intel 4570T integrated graphics which is HD 4600. I set it on the wrong resolution . I am using 2560 x 1080 not the native 3440 x 1440 and it is great for my tired older eyes. I have 2 eye lens implants from cataract surgery and while they work great for middle vision and distant vision they are not that good with the 3440 x 1440 that this screen comes in. So I went to display settings and chose 2560 by 1080. works perfectly for my eyes. So good that I sat down and started typing this up 5 minutes after I set it from native to 2560 by 1080.
For the vision of my eyes on setting 2560 x 1080 this worth it to me.
I will post back with more details on how it works at full resolution. I will test it with a few mac minis. I will test it with a few video cards.
Cons: Cons $999.99 is pricey. I had some problems with it on one pc during setup but my asrock z97 board with the stock display cable provided works well. This screen costs a little more then the pc does
Overall Review: My pc
1) asrock z97 itx mobo
2) samsung ssd model mz-5pa2560/0D1
3) 2x 8gb sticks of silverline mushkin ram
4)intel 4570T cpu
6)Fsp 450watt aurum series pt-450m platinum psu
7)windows 7 ultimate
I am using the hd 4600 intel graphics