LG 38-inch Curved UltraWide Monitor: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit borgin recently I reviewed LG's ultra fine 5k displays and I configured them in a two display setup although I liked that screen real estate of multiple displays it's not always the most comfortable setup to use this is where LG's curved ultra wide display becomes a really interesting solution it provides far more horizontal screen real estate for productivity without adding multiple monitors and since you're sitting so close to the monitor the curve of the display actually adds some benefits to the user experience now the version I'm taking a look at today

Is the 38 inch you c99 with a 21 by 9 aspect ratio so this is a huge monitor now this retails for around $14.99 and features a USB type-c connector which makes it a great display for the latest MacBook Pro so when it comes to the unboxing this is a very large monitor so there are some handling instructions in the top of the box which explains how to best set this up and we're gonna go through that here so next up in the top of the box is the accessories which we'll get to in just a moment we also have our stance so this is the foot or base of the stand which is curved to the

Shape of the monitor so next up if we look down into the box just you that very distinctive curved shape of the monitor in addition to a piece of styrofoam which they want us to use to protect the display when we install the stand digging into the accessories the first thing we'll see here is lots of paperwork and an installation CD which you probably will not need we also get a full set of matching white cables including our power cable hdmi displayport and USB type-c cable also included is a very large external power supply which keeps the heat away from

The monitor it allows it to be very thin also thrown in here is a USB type 8 2 USB type-c adapter which is nice to have so when it comes to assembly in the base it's pretty basic I'll have to do is join them together and toward the bottom you'll see these little toggle screws that allow you to screw these in without any tools so when it comes to installing the stand they do want us to lay the monitor face down and they want us to use the styrofoam to protect the screen from scratching I'm also gonna leave the plastic on it so I don't scratch anything up so once I get everything

Into place these stand just slots in and snaps into place now if you want to use a visa mount this is a 100 millimeter visa mount so you can attach this instead of the stand that's included so once everything is assembled I can go ahead and upright the monitor and pull off all the plastic and start from protecting it now this is a really good-looking display especially in my syllabi this very large desk and I really like how this kind of fills it out it's also got a very thin bezel along the sides and I really like this matte screen which means it's less

Reflective which is important in my setup because I film here the back of the display is very minimal she's very smooth whites plastic with a very glossy finish so it looks very nice from whatever angle you're viewing it at we also get this very wide base that's curved and kind of replicates the shape of the monitor and that metal finish also reflects the light from the LED indicator that's on the bottom of the monitor I also like how that metal finish is picked up along the edges of the monitor itself now to keep your setup extra clean we do have some cable

Management which snaps onto the back of the stand and it works pretty well now like many LG displays I reviewed this does have an articulating stand which allows you to raise it up or lower it down you can also tilt it negative five degrees or plus 15 degrees and we can also tilt it left and right if you need to level it out for your desk now we do get two built-in 10 watt speakers with a nice rich base although it's not the best time these speakers I've heard they are very loud and they also work with Bluetooth so if you want to connect your phone and use the internal speakers you

Can do that so let's go ahead and take a quick listen the CLE sound box with this stand already installed well the first thing I have to do here is remove the accessory box and of course we're gonna get today also at the bottom edge like many LG monitors and TVs we get a little joystick that allows us to bring up the on-screen interface so we can quickly navigate through it that joystick also acts as an LED indicator to let you know when the display is in standby mode and you can turn this light off under settings so in terms of our ports we have quite a bit going on back here so

Of course we have USB type-c which is a quick charge connector we also get two USB 3 ports two HDMI 2.0 ports a display port which is version 1.2 as well as an audio aux jack so getting down to the specs this is again a very wide 21 by 9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 3840 by 1600 so this isn't as sharp as a 4k or 5k display and it definitely looks softer compared to those displays in terms of brightness this Peaks out at around 3 Nitz which isn't as bright as the 5k ultrafine display which goes up to around 500 nits so in terms of color

Depth this is a 10 bit panel so it can replicate srgb over 99% so this is a great monitor for professionals who need color accurate displays for video editing or graphics now if you're a gamer this does feature free sync which supports 75 Hertz refresh rates we also have one millisecond motion blur reduction so it speeds up the perceived response time of the display so it knows we reduces blurring and ghosting and virtually replicates a one millisecond response time now when it comes easy in this monitor it's pretty much like using any other monitor of course scale to the

Specific resolution so that means you have a lot more horizontal screen real estate to open up apps side-by-side which is fantastic for multitasking but I think the main reason this is so popular among video editors like myself is that it gives us this full uninterrupted view of our timeline so we get a lot more screen real estate to work with so we don't just spend as much time scrubbing through zooming in and out on our timeline it also gives us plenty of room for the app attributes so we have all those tools and utilities on the screen while monitoring our video so

It's not as cramped as it normally is now the only drawback here is that because I work in 4k I can't preview my full project on this monitor but the extra workspace definitely makes for a much more efficient environment to work in the other nice trick to this widescreen monitor is that we do have a split screen mode which means I can open up two ports at once so for example I can have something on the HDMI and something else on USBC and open them up side-by-side so in my case I just have two Macs plugged in but you can imagine opening up windows on one screen and Mac

On the other now for the most part using this monitor with a Mac is just plug and play just works you can also change the resolution which is scaled by default by Mac OS so if you want to change the scale up you can do that under settings now there are a few issues to know about so for example if you want to control the volume of the monitor you'll actually have to do that physically on the monitor you can't do it from the Mac that also applies to screen brightness so in the end because I've been using so many different monitors it's kind of hard to decide which one I prefer but

After using the ultra wide display I definitely prefer using this over the sharper 5k display just because of that screen real estate that's really hard to give up so the future is definitely in ultra wide but it could stand to be a bit brighter and a bit sharper than it is now alright guys hope you enjoyed this video if you did please give it a thumbs up to let me know and I'll see you again in the next video

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