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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

What's Hot

 

3440x1440 is AWESOME: For productivity, there is NO going back to any resolution apart from 3440x1440. The 21:9 aspect ratio is great, and in my opinion, is better than a single 4K monitor. Heck, two of these side-by-side is unstoppable, trust me - I've tried it.

 

Stand... By Me: While we loved the 34UC97, the stand could've been better, which it is on the 34UC87C. A fully height adjustable stand that is much sturdier than the one provided with the 34UC97.

 

 

Productivity Nuts Will Love It: If you're like me, you spend hours upon hours in front of your monitor. Most people will have a QHD (2560x1440) or Ultra HD (3840x2160) monitor if they're serious about productivity, so if you haven't upgraded yet and you're still on a Full HD (1920x1080) monitor, this is the one for you.

 

UltraWide Gaming is UltraAwesome: Sure, you're limited to 60Hz, but the 21:9 aspect ratio is absolutely awesome in games. Most new games have no issues with the 3440x1440 resolution, but you'll need to double check that your favorite games will work at this resolution.

 

 

What's Not

 

Needs G-Sync or FreeSync: I would have loved to have seen what LG can do with a 3440x1440 monitor with 75Hz and either G-Sync or FreeSync technology, but those monitors are coming out later this year - so if you're a gamer, you might want to wait a little while longer.

 

No Thunderbolt: I'm not taking any points off from the 34UC87C not having Thunderbolt, but it is a downside for some when comparing the 34UC97 against it.

 

60Hz Refresh Rate: Again, I'm not going to take points off of the review for the 60Hz refresh rate, but once these monitors get to 120Hz... oh man. I'm not going to leave my office, so I might as well serve my wife the divorce papers now. Sorry, babe.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The LG 34UC87C has become my new workstation monitor, and this won't change until G-Sync starts getting into these 21:9 monitors. LG has made some very good improvements on the 34UC87C over the 3497UC, which was already a good monitor, but lacked a great stand.

 

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We have a better looking monitor with the same 3440x1440 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, IPS panel and now... with a better stand. The height adjustment on the 34UC87C is great, allowing for differing heights which really comes in handy for those long hours at the desk. I found myself adjusting the monitor more than I thought I would, especially after I had adjusted my chair.

 

LG is continuing to show why it's the leader of the UltraWide display market, with the 34UC87C being the best entry yet. I'm scared of what things will be like in a few months when FreeSync and G-Sync start appearing in UltraWide monitors, as it'll mean I have to upgrade yet again - but I won't be parting with the 34UC87C. I think my next step will be getting a monitor arm that I can mount the 34UC87C onto, and have it above another 34-inch UltraWide monitor, how does that sound? If you're in the market for a new 34-inch UltraWide monitor, for under $1000, you just cannot go wrong with the 34UC87C.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (display quality/resolution)99%
Quality (build/matte or gloss finish)95%
General Features (outputs, ports)95%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: LG's 34UC87C is the new productivity champion. 3440x1440, 21:9 aspect ratio, a height adjustable stand, and kick ass image quality culminate in the best workstation monitor you can buy right now.

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