|Screen Size||34 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||3440 x 1440 pixels|
LG Electronics UM95 34UM95C 34.0-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
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- 21:9 Ultra Wide Monitor
- 3440 x 1440 Resolution (WQHD)
- SRGB over 99% Color Space
- Multiple Ports: 2 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 Display Port
- Screen Split
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Ultrawide 21:9 Aspect Ratio
The UltraWide 21:9 aspect ratio makes movies and games more immersive than ever. Need to get some work done too? All of that UltraWide real estate makes it easy to view multiple documents at the same time, so you don't need to flip back and forth between them.
Disclaimer: 21:9 Screen or 3440 x 1440 (60Hz) resolution may not be available depending on content, device, interface or graphic card.
Quad High Definition
The 3440 X 1440 UltraWide QHD display offers amazingly sharp picture quality. Its pixel area is about 1.8 times larger than an UltraWide Full HD 21:9 monitor, and about 2.4 times larger than a Full HD 16:9 monitor. It provides an efficient environment in using Microsoft Office programs showing 47 columns and 63 rows in excel.
IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology enhances the performance of liquid crystal displays. Response times are shortened, color reproduction is improved, and users can now view the screen at virtually any angle.
sRGB is the standard color space of ideal color reproduction. So, with over 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum, this LG monitor is a great solution for professional photographers, graphic designers or anyone looking for highly accurate color.
Disclaimer: Color mode conversion between Adobe RGB and sRGB is available on the 'Color Mode' menu.
Graphic designers will surely appreciate the many features of LG's Mac-compatible UltraWide monitor. The 21:9 widescreen and 4-Screen Split will simplify working with multiple graphics windows.
Disclaimer: Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
The 4-Screen Split feature improves productivity by simply re-sizing the windows on your screen. With one drag you can re-size one window and the other windows automatically fit the available space. It allows from 2 to 4 windows to be shown in 8 different screen ratios without feeling cluttered.
Dual Link Up
The Dual Linkup feature allows two compatible portable devices--such as a computer, camera, phone, or Blu-ray player--to be connected to the monitor, and both can be viewed on the same screen simultaneously.
Note: To use Dual Linkup, one device must be connected to the DisplayPort while the other is connected to either the HDMI or DVI port.
|Panel Type||IPS- LED||IPS- LED||IPS- LED||IPS- LED|
|Resolution||3440 x 1440 (WQHD)||3440 x 1440 (WQHD)||3440 x 1440 (WQHD)||2560 x 1080 (WFHD)|
|Color Gamut||sRGB over 99%||sRGB over 99%||sRGB over 99%||sRGB over 99%|
|Inputs/Outputs||HDMI 2; DisplayPort 1||HDMI 2; USB 2; DisplayPort 1||HDMI 2; Thunderbolt 2; DisplayPort 1||HDMI 2; DisplayPort 1|
LG Electronics WQHD (3440 x 1440 resolution) IPS 34-Inch LED-Lit Ultra Wide 21:9 Aspect Ratio Monitor 34UM95C With Screen Split
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It is tempting for Mac people to gravitate to Apple's 27" Thunderbolt Display, but my last computer was a 2009 iMac that had they same screen as the Apple Thunderbolt Display, and I just could not deal with the glare anymore. Other reviewers have said that the LG 34UM95 is like a stretched Apple Thunderbolt Display and I tend to agree. For comparison, the LG 34UM95 is a 34" 21:9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 3440 by 1440; while the Apple Thunderbolt Display is a 27" 16:9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 2560 by 1440. Notice that they are both 1440 tall, but the LG 34UM95 is 880 pixels wider. When the LG 34UM95 is off it looks short and wide, but when it is on it seems really large.
The actual pixel area of the LG 34UM95 (as in the the part of the monitor that lights up, and not the bezel) is 31.5 inches (80 cm) wide and 13.25 inches (33.7 cm) tall. The DPI of the Apple Thunderbolt Display is about 108 dpi, and the LG 34UM95 is about 109 dpi, so effectively the same. The left, top, and right bezel of the LG 34UM95 is actually LCD and not a piece of plastic or glass; only the bottom bezel is plastic, so be careful when touching the sides or top of the monitor as you can damage it. I would recommend downloading the manual from LG's website before unboxing the monitor because it has a special section on how to move and touch the monitor without damaging it. I have to wonder if the people complaining about light-bleed problems happen to grab or unbox the monitor wrong and accidentally caused the light-bleed problems.
Speaking of moving the monitor around, I also have the LG 34UM95 mounted on a Ergotron LX desk mount arm (tall pole). Ergotron recommends the MX arm because of the 34 inch size of the LG monitor, but I have had it mounted on the LX arm for 2 months now and have experience no problems. The LG 34UM95, without the base (as in the monitor alone) weighs 14.9 pounds (6.75 kg), and the Ergotron LX can hold up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg). Also, the LG 34UM95 has a VESA size of 100 x 100 (mm), and so does the Ergotron LX, so it just screws on perfectly; no extra plates or adaptors are necessary.
As others have said, this monitor is a productivity game changer. For example, at 125% zoom, I can get 4 legal pages side by side. In Microsoft Excel I can see, at 125% zoom, 63 rows and 41 columns. In a DAW like GarageBand or Logic Pro X, you will be happy with how much of a track you can see and still have effects and other panels open. Same thing for working in video editors, the length of timeline visible at one time is just great, and I find that I do not have to resize and minimize panels like I use to. If you are a video editor working in 4K or higher, I would recommend using the LG 34UM95 as the monitor for the video editor you are using, and then a secondary 4K monitor to output that footage.
Both Photoshop and Illustrator are great to use on this monitor because you can leave all the panel open and still have plenty of room for the art board workspace. I was never fond of having all my tool palettes on one monitor and my workspace on another monitor, because I prefer to surround my workspace with the tools I am using and have then as close as possible. Effectively, if you are working with lots of documents and spreadsheets, audio, video, illustration, photos, and graphics you will enjoy this monitor.
I have used my LG 34UM95 everyday for the last 2 months for about 9 to 10 hours a day, and I am very pleased with it. Colors are vibrant and the white balance excellent. I do not need more then the sRGB 99% coverage that this monitor has for the work that I do, but if you need to meet Adobe RGB color reproduction then that is something to consider. The LG 34UM95 is factory calibrated and LG includes the calibration report for each specific monitor inside the box alongside the monitor manual. I did not think any color changes need to be made with my monitor right out of the box. I did test the calibration with my X-Rite ColorMunki, which made only brightness changes because of the lighting in my room; so as others have said color calibration right out of the box is very good.
Finally, I have some small side notes for other Mac users based on what I have experience with this monitor. Connecting this monitor over Thunderbolt is quite nice. I have the Apple numeric keyboard, a Blue Yeti USB microphone, and a USB thumb drive all in the back of the LG monitor along its USB hub; all of which send their data through the connected Thunderbolt cable to my MacBook. To be clear, only the Thunderbolt cable is connecting my MacBook to the LG monitor, everything else is plugged into the USB hub of the LG monitor. Everything runs fine and everything can be running at the same time. Audio from the MacBook is sent along the Thunderbolt cable, so you can choose to use the monitor speakers (which are surprisingly okay for monitor speaker) or connect headphones to the 3.5mm headphone jack on the back of the monitor. What does not work is the audio buttons on the Apple keyboard, but you have two choices: one, use the joystick controller on the bottom of the LG monitor to toggle the volume (where toggle left is volume down and toggle right is volume up), or two, try to use the volume sliders in apps.
My MacBook is in clamshell mode as I type this, which means the laptop is on but the lid is shut while it is powering the LG monitor. The 2014 15" MacBook Retina has no problems powering and running this monitor at full 3440x1440 resolution and at 60 Hz refresh rate. For MacBook users that also have discrete graphics you should know that the graphics card will always be on while you are connected to the monitor. I thought that since the 2014 Retina MacBook has both Intel Iris Pro Graphics and a discrete NVIDIA 750M graphics card that the Intel Iris Pro would handle the monitors and only use the NVIDIA when necessary, so I was surprised to find it always on. It does not matter whether the MacBook is open alongside the LG monitor, or closed and in clamshell mode, the discrete graphics card is always on as long as the LG monitor is on. This does create a little bit more heat on the MacBook, since the laptop would normally cycle the discrete graphics card on and off when using the laptop by itself. Switching from a Thunderbolt cable to a DisplayPort cable does not change anything for the discrete graphics card, it is still always on when connected to an external monitor.
I know this was a long review, but when considering an item such as this it helps to have as much information as possible, so I hope this was helpful.
If you are purchasing this monitor for gaming or movie watching, the bleed is very visible and intrusive during any dark scenes or whenever there is a cut to black. I have attached an image of my bleed problem.
When the screen is in full color, the colors are deep and vibrant. It is a gorgeous display. The mat finish is definitely a plus and the extra screen real estate certainly would have made this monitor the ultimate workflow optimization tool.
So far, Amazon has handled my return seamlessly. Am currently waiting for the refund to appear in my statement.
It is driven by a MacPro trashcan (late 2013) via Thunderbolt. It is not a "retina" display, but is on par with Apple's Thunderbolt Display.
I like the matte screen finish, which is a lot easier on the eyes. The backlight is even and bright. Colors are well saturated and can be tweaked to everyone's needs.
The width of the screen is immense! While I find myself working in the middle, I can throw windows to the side to deal with later. It's very different from working with two monitors where each app and each palette had a locked position for me. At first I thought I would re-create this system, but it was frustrating. Then I just let the instincts take over, although YMMV.
This monitor reduced the clutter both on my desk and on my desktop.
But when I'm not using it, I hate it. Sound odd? Let me explain.
When the monitor sleeps, the product designers thought it would be a great idea for the giant, cheesy, super bright white power LED to flash. This is a problem for me because my desk is in my bedroom. I know, you shouldn't keep your computer in your bedroom, but that's hard to avoid in a studio apartment. What's worse is, you can disable the power LED when the monitor is on, but you cannot in the menu disable the flashing. So I put a piece of black electrical tape over the light, which is really tacky but solves that problem. But if that wasn't enough, half the time it does this thing where the monitor will turn back on every minute to say there's no signal, filling my room with light.
So whenever I want to sleep, I have to turn it off. On most monitors that would be fine, but turning this one off requires the display to be awake so I can bring up the menu, and then pull the joystick button thing toward me to turn it off. It's just incredibly tedious. Why isn't there just a power button?
My previous monitor was the Apple Thunderbolt Display. When I slept my Macbook, the monitor just went to sleep, no flashing light, no nonsense. How is a 5 year old Apple monitor still better usability-wise than this? And none of this had to be this way - it's just a bunch of boneheaded design decisions. It reminded me of why I mostly stick to Apple products. They can sometimes make design choices I disagree with, sometimes their products have bugs, but you never get something this avoidably bad out of them.
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