Those looking for a professional USB-C monitor are probably aware of LG’s existing 4K and 5K Ultrafine displays, which are made through a collaboration with Apple. These are non-widescreen 22 and 27 inch units. In many ways the LG 34WK95U-W is a better alternative as you still get the amazing detail and colour performance as well as 33 percent more width.
Connectivity and cables
The LG 34WK95U-W is designed to connect to USB-C laptops and PCs, both Windows and Mac.
It supports Thunderbolt 3, which is a standard that runs over the USB-C connection. Thunderbolt 3 is state of the art and blisteringly fast. It can transfer at speeds up to 40 gigabytes per second, which is two times faster than Thunderbolt 2 and eight times faster than USB 3.
This connector has the capacity to transmit two separate 4K video signals (or one 5K), as well as audio and data to any compatible device. It also delivers 85 watts of power so it can charge your laptop, all with just one cable.
You don’t have to use USB-C however, and video connections include two HDMI (version 2.0) ports and one Display Port (version 1.4). There is also a USB 2.0 (B-type) plug and two USB 3.0 (A-Type) connections.
The net result of the different connectors is that the monitor can become a connection ‘hub’. You can use the one USB-C cable to connect to your computer and transfer video, audio and power. The other USB plugs can then either or connect to or charge compatible devices such as phones, hard drives, USB sticks and web cameras.
While there are a lot of options, it would still be good to see an additional USB-C-Out port to daisy-chain a growing selection of USB-C devices.
Stand and ergonomics
The LG 34WK95U-W comes with a two-piece base and stand, and is quick to assemble without any tools. The stand has vertical height adjustment of 110mm and tilts 5 degrees forward and 15 degrees rearward. In daily use, the stand is quite sturdy and doesn’t tend to wobble, however the screen could be a little more firmly fixed in place when pushing on its corners.
For wall and bracket-mounting, there’s a VESA Standard Mount Interface with 100 x 100mm screw placement.
Sound-wise, there are two 5 watt speakers positioned along the bottom edge. These are not particularly loud or dynamic, however, they’re OK for general audio. Also worth noting is that MacOS software volume control is not supported so you’ll need to toggle the little hardware joystick to adjust volume. For headphones, a jack is included but you’ll need to run your cable around to the back of the display.
LG equips you with monitor management software for both Macs and Windows computers. ‘OnScreen Control’ has a number of features including split screen and preset window arrangements along with monitor settings. There’s also suite of colour calibration tools.
You can navigate the Monitor’s built-in on-screen menu from the small multi-directional joystick located on the display’s bottom edge. It’s quite easy to use, and gives you access to general input and screen adjustments. There are a few unexpected settings too such as an auto-brightness, screen response speed and local dimming.
Energy-wise, the 34WK95U-W could be better and only gets a 2.5 star certification, with 220kWh/year predicted consumption. It’s clear that displaying over 11 million pixels really does require some power!
Accessories out of the box include a power cable, USB B to A cable, Display Port and USB-C (TBT3 Active) cable. You’ll also be covered with a 3-year parts and labour warranty, which is a welcome inclusion.
As a professional-class display, you get what you pay for, and the LG UltraWide 34WK95U-W delivers in spades. Its 34 inch, 21:9 wide shape is very functional and versatile, offering a lot of desktop real estate while not taking up much actual room on your desk. Coupled with pin-sharp detail and excellent dynamic colour performance, there’s really no compromise for professionals looking for the best possible foundation to build, create, inform or inspire.