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LG 34UC87C 34-inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide IPS Monitor Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 11, 2015 2:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: LG Electronics

LG Perfects Its UltraWide Monitor

 

I used the LG 34UC87C for around a month on my workstation, using it each and every day for writing content, surfing the web, watching content through Netflix, and playing games. Where the 34UC97 was a great monitor, the 34UC87C kicks it up a notch by offering height adjustment and a much, much better stand.

 

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The image quality is beautiful with it being virtually identical to the 34UC97, at least to my eyes, with its gorgeous colors, clarity, and viewing angles.

 

LG has used more of an industrial looking stand which I quite liked the look of, with black and silver accents. It is very sturdy and took a few beating with my keyboard when I pushed it up too far, and into the monitor stand. LG providing a stand on the 34UC87C is a great evolution from the 34UC97, something that I really used more than I thought I would. There are times when I'm wanting to look slightly up to the screen, or down, and being able to manually adjust this is great. The 34UC97 lacks in this department, but makes up for it with Thunderbolt connectivity.

 

 

Not that most people use Thunderbolt, but these 34-inch UltraWide monitors are for professionals, and some of them will use Thunderbolt for storage, or plugging in another monitor and daisy-chaining it to another display.

 

The 3440x1440 resolution is just so perfect, and I personally like it more than 4K at 3840x2160. On a 4K monitor, I use the additional pixels horizontally, but vertically, not so much. I think 1440 pixels high is absolutely perfect, with the additional pixels on 4K monitors going to waste for productivity or just surfing the web.

 

I found myself using the LG 34UC87C just as I did with the 34UC97, splitting the monitor into three. The first third of the monitor would be my tab for Gmail, Facebook, and Feedly, while the other two-thirds of the screen would be used for everything else. This made me feel like I was shifting from my 27-inch 2560x1440 monitor to an UltraWide version of that, and it worked extremely well. The curved 21:9 panel engulfs you with so much monitor you sometimes don't know what to do with it, and I would dare say that anyone moving from a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio display will have a weird time adjusting to the 21:9 aspect ratio. Once you do, you will never want to go back.

 

 

Gaming on the LG 34UC87C

 

As for gaming, I put the 34UC87C through its paces in Battlefield 4 at 3440x1440. The GeForce GTX 980M in my ASUS ROG G751 was more than beefy enough, providing 60FPS+ at 3440x1440 on a mix of medium/high details in Battlefield 4.

 

I didn't enjoy gaming as much as I wanted to on the LG 34UC87C mainly because of its 60Hz refresh rate. I had just come off of reviewing the ASUS ROG G751 gaming laptop with its 75Hz panel and G-Sync technology, with my main gaming panel being an Acer QHD panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync. It's sublime... and 60Hz feels like I'm going back to the Stone Age. So, for the purposes of the review, I used just the 34UC87C for a few weeks so that I could readjust to 60Hz.

 

While it didn't go so well, once I had adjusted to 60Hz, gaming was awesome. The super-wide field of view is just amazing in something like Battlefield 4. While running and gunning looks great, it's when you get onto a jet ski or a boat that the 21:9 aspect ratio really begins to sink in. It feels almost too wide, until you realize you only concentrate your eyes on the middle of the screen, and let your peripheral vision soak the rest of it in. Gorgeous.

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