Price (RRP): $3,199
Manufacturer: LG Electronics Australia
LG’s latest UltraWide Monitor, the 34WK95U-W is stunning to behold. It has a 34 inch (86 cm) flat widescreen, but the real trick is its ‘5K’ display resolution.
While there are many monitors on the market that have a similar screen size, there are very few that can manage an ultra-high 5,120 x 2,160 pixel resolution. If fact, we can’t find any in Australian stores that are a direct match.
Why is 5K so special? Thanks to the LG 34WK95U-W’s tiny pixels, this means that more ‘dots’ can be squeezed into its 34 inch panel compared to others. The result is noticeably higher detail and the ability to display finer lines and shapes. This is perfect for intensive content creation, architectural and 3D design, financial analysis, medical imaging, prototyping and other pursuits.
5K panel features
To truly be a workstation-class monitor, a high-performance panel is essential. It’s good to see that LG’s Nano-IPS panel delivers the goods. This begins with nano-crystal colour technology, which essentially means that the nano-crystal particles absorb excess wavelengths of light to deliver a richer colour experience. As a result, the panel can display 98 percent of the DCI-P3 colourspace, which is an industry standard for video production and professional photo manipulation.
The LG’s 10-bit panel is HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) compliant, with a VESA certified ‘DisplayHDR 600’ peak brightness. This extra brightness really punches through in terms of crisp, dazzling whites, and accurately displays dynamic content created using modern HDR still and cine cameras.
Day to day use
We really appreciated the extra width of the LG’s ‘Ultrawide’ format. Compared to a standard 4K screen, you get about 33 percent more desktop space, which means more room for colour pallets, tool panes, app windows and source monitors. While you could place two smaller monitors side-by-side, the LG 34WK95U-W is a more elegant solution, plus you only need room for one stand and one cable to connect to your computer.
While sitting in middle of the display is ideal, you can be off-angle, such as towards one edge or the other and the image quality does not fade or degrade. The panel is capable of viewing horizontally or vertically up to 178 degrees. It’s good to see that the vertical viewing angle is so wide as it provides more placement options, such as wall mounting above your eye-line.
There’s really only one drawback to the LG’s 21:9 widescreen shape – it’s flat, not curved. When compared to a curved display of the same aspect ratio and size, the corners of the curved screen are physically closer to you, as they bend forward. You can also get this effect by positioning two monitors in a slight ‘V’ shape.
Given the 34WK95U-W’s considerable width, the corners are a little too far away to focus on clearly. This isn’t to say the LG’s corners are blurry as they are in fact very sharp, however, just slightly outside the limits of this reviewer’s eyesight.
Dazzling image quality
The LG 34WK95U’s image quality is nothing short of excellent, as you might expect at this price-point. Colours are gloriously bright and accurate thanks to the Nano IPS technology and the 10-bit panel.
There’s impressive colour purity, even as the brightness increases, so, for example, a red apple does not blow out to an orange colour as the brightness increases. Contrast wise, blacks appeared uniform and pure, with minimal blooming thanks to the local dimming technology. The actual contrast rating for the panel is 1200:1.
The LG’s high 5K resolution and pixel density means that text is impeccably crisp and sharp. There were no apparent moiré issues from closely spaced patterns or parallel lines that we could detect during our review.
If you do plan on watching fast motion or perhaps gaming on the LG, the panel’s 5 millisecond pixel response time should minimise motion blur and latency issues. Still, for gamers, there are probably better options out there that are cheaper, have a lower resolution and more gaming settings and functionality.
For Apple Mac users
One thing to note is that our testing platform was a 13in 2018 MacBook Pro, connected via USB-C. As such, the latest MacOS does not enable the full resolution of the monitor by default.
You can force it to run at the maximum 5,120 x 2,160 pixels however, and when doing so, the icons and text are tiny – but still very sharp. While you may not want to run this mode for day to day use, it’s a great option when using tools such as Adobe After Effects, Photoshop or Premier, or Apple’s Final Cut Pro. In this configuration, there’s just so much room and granularity to customise your workspace.