I've been wanting to test out LG's curved LED monitor since before it was even announced, back when it was a flat 34-inch ultra-wide monitor. But then LG went and threw a curveball on those plans, announcing a 34-inch ultra-wide curved LED monitor, with an amazing 21:9 aspect ratio. Well then.
As soon as LG said they had one available for me to review, I jumped on the chance and have been using it as my daily display for the last week now. The company started off by offering the aforementioned 34-inch ultra-wide monitor, without the curve, with the model of 34UM95. The one we have here today, is the 34UC97.
Both monitors are an interesting step from LG, as they offer a considerable increase in the amount of pixels offered by traditional Full HD (1920x1080) displays, with a 16:9 aspect ratio. We've also seen some 2560x1080 monitors, which are also 21:9 but still "Full HD" resolution for their pixel count. The LG monitor we have here today, is a 21:9 ultra-wide with a QHD resolution of 3440x1440.
Specifications & Availability
LG didn't just bake in some TN-based panel, the company opted for a much better quality IPS panel, something that looks truly glorious when you boot it up. There's no showing you an image, or taking a picture, this is a monitor you need to see in order to believe.
We have the 34-inch curved ultra-wide IPS-based display with a resolution of 3440x1440, 60Hz refresh rate, stereo speakers, 300cd/m2 brightness, 10-bit color depth, two Thunderbolt ports, one DisplayPort and two HDMI outputs, and a 178-degree viewing angle. USB 3.0 is also featured as well as a 3.5mm jack for headphones.
We have 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, with a real contrast ratio of 1000:1. Response time is at a respectable 5ms (G to G). There's VESA mounting on the back, with the entire package weighing in at 9kg (or 19.8lbs) with the stand attached. The entire box with everything inside of it weighs 11.5kg (or 25.3lbs).
The LG 34UC97 is available through Amazon for $1749, or through your local retailer. Here in Australia, the monitor is available with an RRP of $1799, which isn't too bad at all.
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