LG 34UC97 Ultrawide Curved Monitor: The most ridiculous PC monitor I have ever used

By Jos ยท 20 replies
Dec 23, 2014
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  1. I got not one, but two monitors from LG for review last week. One was a specialised gaming monitor. The other was a lot more fun.

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  2. igotdembombs

    igotdembombs TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Just would like to note, Asus monitors are well respected in the fighting game community for having minimal HDTV lag, so comparing the game mode to the "cheap *** asus monitor" isn't too fair.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,999   +1,318

    I feel like this review was done by someone who really doesn't know any more about monitors than I do or have any more experience with them than I do......IDK. I walked away from this review unsatisfied or something.
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Exactly. This review could have been effectively written with a fraction of the words:

    "A larger, higher resolution 21:9 display is great for non-strategy games and movies filmed in 21:9 but may complicate tasks that require you to navigate across a workspace."
  5. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I am considering a monitor like this in the future but I can't get over the 21:9 or 16:9 "thinness".
    Maybe I just need to be more open-minded?

    I am looking forward to seeing this (or a very similar model) in person.
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,104   +1,276

    I've read another recent review on this monitor and it came to a similar solution. That person wasn't very tech savy either.

    I've had a 21-9 monitor for over a year now and can say that there is no problem going from one side of the monitor to the other or doing work on it. The fact that it pretty much replaces the need for dual monitors is great.
  7. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +20

    It took me a while to get used to 16:9, I still miss my 4:3 ratio monitor but 21:9? What's next, a long thin strip resembling a marquee? I find it ironic that these monitors are getting wider and wider while most websites and getting taller and thinner. I love my $100 Acer monitor. :)
  8. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Booster Posts: 110

    I've said it before and I'll say it again:


    vertical real estate is the premium on a widescreen monitor, not horizontal.

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  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Pull off the stand, add a touch screen and you're probably looking at next gen phablets.
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  10. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436


    But I'm so use to having it on the bottom that's why I use auto hide. Then I get all of my screen space which is noticeable even on 1080p vs 1200p.
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  11. "It is 34-inches. That's bigger than a lot of people's TV sets."

    I don't know a single person with a TV this small, and I know a ton of broke *** people.
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  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    The author clearly lives among Smurfs and other dimensionally challenged bipedal organisms.
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  13. Bao Nguyen

    Bao Nguyen TS Booster Posts: 61   +38

    "...and included a lot of "gaming" features like promises to reduce response time, but I'll be honest, I didn't notice anything looking any smoother or faster..."

    Have to quote you on this. When they say reduce response time, they did not talk about look or image quality, it's about input lag.

    Also Asus do not just do cheap quality monitor. In fact, the Asus Rog Swift is arguably the best gaming monitor there is to date.
  14. TheLastPanda

    TheLastPanda TS Member Posts: 78   +10

    Kotaku in a nutshell. To be fair though most people don't want detail like: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/display-monitor-tv-screen-test,3901.html they just want average user impressions because lets face it most of us are average. The rest of us on the other-hand have already seen the you-tube videos of linus gaming on 3 of these put together.
  15. Jam_Man

    Jam_Man TS Rookie

    Even the TV's in our bedrooms are 40"
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Hyundai best known for cars also makes some darn good computer monitors. I use too have one 19-inch with rotation feature. Neat feature to have but not use always. That's what some insurance companies had both type of monitors on each employee desk that needed to look-up document full scale.

    This one in this review I am not seeing why curve would be better. What about transparent panels around coming soon are flat not curve. So curve is just another sales pitch like 3D was.
  17. hrowder

    hrowder TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +11

    Currently, I have two 1920X1200 Samsung 25" monitors, one of which is also a TV but still has a very fast response time. I really like the ability to have several apps running at the same time on the two monitors, and it really makes editing of anything from text to code a lot nicer, as well as having a browser and e-mail client running on different screens. I have been interested in just this monitor (34UC97) for some time, but held off because it is not also a TV, and I like being able to put the mouse down and just watch some stuff now and then as a break. I have a 55" 4K LG TV in the house and I love that thing and want the same visual beauty in a monitor/TV solution for my home "office". So, though I really like the monitor, until they offer it with "monitor speed" and a TV option, I will be holding onto my money. I just built a new computer and was looking for a single monitor solution, and this was the main candidate, but no TV, no buy! Someday, soon hopefully, they will offer this type of monitor with the TV option and will get my money. I really want one that has both and can still game with at least 60hz speed and no lag. If there is an aftermarket solution that will give me at least 1080p TV on this monitor I would love to hear about it as I would buy that too, but an integrated "factory" solution would be best.
  18. Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Absolutely correct, Guyver ...
  19. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    If the author ever bothered to read the official spec or measure the monitor, he would know that the entire 34-series of LG monitors are in fact all 32". Nobody knows why they chose to use such confusing branding.
  20. "on a TV set - where most content at 16:9 - is all but useless (only certain movies, like blockbuster epics, are filmed in 21:9)"

    The majority of movies are in scope (2.35-2.40). My own movie collection is about 85% scope last time I checked and it's reasonably representative of cinema in general.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    Well Jos, I thought I had a deal for you on this monitor. But, as it turns out, Newegg only has the flat panel version on sale, (LG-34UM95-P).

    With promo code: EMCPWPH29 , it can be all yours for a paltry $849.95 w/Free Shipping

    But only for the next 2 days!

    No, actually everybody should know why they call it "34". To make it seem bigger than it is. Like duh...:oops:

    With that said, Newegg lists it as "32.7". To be a bit more truthful and tasteful, they should have called it a day at "33".

    I don't suppose you guys would consider giving us back control of text size, would ya?

    I didn't want the text to be this big, but after a couple of copy and pastes from Newegg's ad, this is what I got, so I decided to just run with it.

    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015

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