21:9 Aspect Ratio: It really forces you to use your desktop differently, and that's a good thing. We've been spoiled by 16:9 widescreen monitors for quite some time now, but the appearance of a curved ultra-wide panel? Thanks, LG.
Great Style: LG has done a great job on the aesthetics of the 34UC97, with a great stand, color scheme and finish. Top notch work from LG here, through and through.
Quality IPS Panel: Not only do we have a great looking, great performing curved ultra-wide display, it uses an IPS panel! This means we have great viewing angles, sharp text and beautiful, realistic colors.
Gaming: When games do support the 3440x1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, holy crap are you going to have a good time.
Thunderbolt 2 Connectivity: LG providing Thunderbolt 2 connectivity is a great thing, as it means Apple users can plug their Thunderbolt-capable product directly into the LG 34UC97, and have it work with the great 3440x1440 resolution.
Cuuuuurved: I like my monitors like I like my women, with curves. Yep, the curved nature of the LG 34UC97 is alluring, beautiful, captivating. The slight curve on the edges of the 34-inch ultra-wide monitor is perfection.
Great For Productivity: I sit in front of a monitor for the better part of each day, so to have all of this resolution - 3440x1440 to be exact - it's perfect. For professionals that work with photos and videos all day, what are you waiting for?
Not So Great For Gaming: Gaming with a 21:9 aspect ratio isn't the best time, and while it works in some games, the support for 21:9 gaming is not widespread. This is fine, you and I shouldn't be upset about this because that's not what the LG 34UC97 is about.
Dammit LG, you've just cost me nearly $2000. I will be pulling the trigger on one of these monitors as soon as I land back from Las Vegas for CES 2015 just after the New Year. This monitor is one of the best, if not the best monitor I've used for productivity. The 21:9 aspect ratio is simply sublime, but the curved panel really adds to the experience.
I walked into this review thinking that gaming on a 21:9 aspect ratio would be... well... not so good. I was thoroughly surprised with the performance of the gaming side of the 34UC97, with my time playing Battlefield 4 so joyous. Putting the monitor through its paces in our usual benchmarks, so that I could get a great look at how the 34-inch curved ultrawide would look, came out much better than I had expected.
For those who are in the market for a new monitor for productivity but didn't want to plunge into the world of 4K, LG has a display here with the 34UC97 that should be perfect for you. Video and photo junkies are going to love it. Movies also look great, depending on the aspect ratio of the movie itself. I found my handful of movies that I tested worked beautifully, which is another part of the display that surprised me.
Wow. Just wow.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (image quality)||95%|
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||75%|
|Value for Money||85%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: LG has crafted one of the best LCDs on the market, a beautiful IPS-based 34-inch curved ultrawide monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The perfect display for productivity, it's going to cost you, though.
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