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Nice display panel; marginal quality otherwise
November 26, 2017
LG is clearly serious about the display panel. It is calibrated at the factory, and comes with a lab test report. We know LG can make some pretty high end stuff since the Apple store sells the LG UltraFine series displays. I bought this model for its IPS panel, which has a wide color gamut. I can't complain about the panel since it meets expectations, even though it has some uniformity issues.
Now, everything else was a letdown. The joystick controller for the power/menu operation, while not badly designed, is quite a flimsy gadget. Is it too much to ask for a decent power button? The stand is under-engineered and the enormously wide monitor does not seem stable. The inputs on the rear do not face downward as they do on every decent monitor I've owned. If you want to scoot the monitor against the back wall, you have to deal with right angle cables or adapters. Instead, I planned to use a generic VESA mount, but the mounting holes on the monitor’s back are so close to the (non-downward-facing) inputs that the inputs are blocked by a universal size VESA plate. The housing is ultra-shiny ultra-thin black plastic, which only looks good in product photographs.
If you don't mind the marginal build quality, but want a reasonable quality panel, for not a lot of money, this is not a bad deal. If you require an ultra-wide 21:9 monitor, this may be one of the better deals. But, if you don't have a specialized need (like gaming) for an UltraWide display, I would go with a 27" 16:9 IPS monitor. It has approximately the same screen area as a 29" UltraWide, but feels less awkward for common tasks I perform, like photo editing, creating office documents, or web surfing. For about the same price as this 29" 1080p 21:9 model, a 27" 1440p 16:9 has 33% more pixels.
I did not mark down the score for this monitor because of the UltraWide aspect ratio, which is a design criterion, not a flaw. I did subtract points because of the build quality and engineering.