Rated 5 out of 5 by Packy LG has another winner!
Awesome monitor! As someone who spends 40-50 hours a week in front of a computer screen using various CAD/Modeling/Programming software a good monitor is essential for me. Especially since many of those hour are spent dealing with precise 3D models. I was looking for a new monitor setup for my new engineering computer build. I came across this monitor at my local electronics store on sale. Having used many LG optical drives in 20 years of building computers I decided to try this monitor out. I was not disappointed! I ended up going back to the store and purchasing two more of these for a total of three.
First, the non-raised edges on the top and sides of the monitor help reduce eye strain especially when using a multiple monitor setup, and it give the picture a nice smooth, clean look. Second the IPS is amazing these monitors look great no matter what the viewing angle, you can almost be sitting completely to the side of the monitor and still not have any picture distortion what so ever. Third with having nearly double the resolution of a standard HD monitor text looks sharp and images clear. I have these monitors running off an AMD FirePro 8 GB Video card off the Display ports. Their response time is amazingly quick.
Since these monitors looked so good running off my computer I decided to go ahead and hook up a Blu-ray player and I was not disappointed. Netflix and Amazon prime videos look sharp and crystal clear. The first time I played a Blu-ray on one of these was like experiencing HD technology for the first time again. The video almost comes alive off the screen it’s so clear. Colors are deep and robust. Blacks are BLACK and whites are vibrant and bright. Not dull like on most HD monitors. DVDs look great as long as you are in standard 16:9 mode and not ultra wide. Which was expected since DVDs are not HD content to begin with and you can only stretch those 480 lines so far before noticing.
The interface is very user friendly and the 5-way joy stick located on the bottom of the monitor is very responsive, but not overly so to where the user is going to inadvertently change something they didn’t want to.
The split screen feature is nice for being able to view from two different sources at the same time. The 4-way split is cool too, but the 25 inch is a little too small for it really to be useful.
Speakers are better than most built-ins and even with volume all the way there isn’t any distortion with everyday listening. For music and movies though I opted to hook the 3.5mm output jack to my A/V receiver to take advantage of digital surround sound coming from their respective sources into the monitor through the HDMI and Display ports.
The only thing that would make this monitor perfect is if there was an IR sensor and they could be controlled from the Quick Remote feature on my LG smart phone.
I highly recommend this monitor to anyone who spends a lot time in front a screen. As soon as my budget allows I plan on trading these in for the 34 inch models to take better advantage of the 4-way split screen!
September 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by timpdx Goes to sleep almost immediately
The monitor goes to sleep no matter what power settings I have on my computer. While watching a movie...2 minutes...sleep mode. As soon as I unplug the monitor, my windows 8 laptop will revert to normal (meaning it does not sleep for an hour). Its a monitor problem, not a windows problem. It only happens when I plug in the LG. Otherwise its a good looking screen at a good price. But the powering off issue takes away from really loving this monitor. (tried all the settings in the menu on the monitor, nothing works) Its so annoying that this may go back to the store, I have a week left to do so. LG has no support.
September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BillyBruiser It's interesting for gaming and great for work.
The monitor comes packed with features and inputs to do anything you'd want to do with this monitor. Splitting the screen between inputs is an amazing feature to have on one monitor, plus it's wide enough that it makes some sense to do so. Snapping windows to one side of the screen make it feel as if I'm using two monitors. It's really great for browsing or work.
Gaming is a little less impressive in some ways. It looks great and performs very well in games, but the odd resolution makes for a slightly disappointing experience in some games. Most PC games don't handle the scaling on odd resolutions well. For example, I was playing Batman Arkham Origins, and though the game in the open world looks awesome and amazing, anytime the cutscenes or menus show, they are sized for a 1080p resolution, so it cuts off the sides of the game. That's not unplayable, but it's jarring. Some games are simply amazing with the added width perspective though. Skyrim, Dirt 3, Planetary Annihilation, and Rome 2 Total War are all great with the added width. To be clear though, if a game does have a problem, you can just play it in 1080p with black bars on the side.
If I had the money to spend on the 34" version, I'd definitely do that because occasionally I do get the feeling that the height of the monitor seems too small. That might be my own bad perception though because of how wide it is.
Finally, I recommend this monitor without reservation for someone who needs it for work. The size is great for production and makes browsing fantastic. For gaming, I recommend it with the caveat that you will have to be willing to deal with the occasional annoyance that comes with using a less common resolution. If you can deal with that, it's fantastic, but maybe a bit too pricey.
September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SG in VA Great product
I often need/want to view two things at a time; email and internet, spreadsheet and word document, etc. This monitor is all I need. I thought about getting two monitors, but then I would have had to buy another graphics card for the computer. I prefer the single, ultrawide monitor. It has a smaller footprint on my desk. It also does exceptional well with movies and youtube videos.
September 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boosty Nice Monitor
I bought this as a secondary monitor for it's Big Brother the 34UM95. It work flawlessly as my second monitor so I can monitor CPU temps, VGA temps, Chat..etc while gaming on my main screen.
August 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SBN75 This is an excellent value
Initially, I was going to set up a dual monitors display. Then I saw this beautiful monitor while I was shopping for 2 regular 16:9 monitors. This monitor fit my need perfectly. 2 16:9 monitors would be too wide for my need, and plus the dual monitor stand, the final price would be way above the price for one of this monitor. Been using this monitor for over 5 months and it has been flawless!
August 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Danny40 Wide screen makes me more productive
I love this wide screen monitor, no more swapping between programs to see information between the two. Now I can place programs (i.e. Browser and Quicken) side by side and get what I need. Sure I can extend my laptop display to the monitor, which I still do, yet the laptop screen is small leaving me squinting at it. I’d rather be able to put the 2 programs side by side on a monitor, which this product allows me to do! Graphics, video streaming, and resolution are great. I would have given 5 stars for everything, yet the 1 star was left off because I would have liked the monitor to have more height.
September 6, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Nick Can't install w/o optical drive
Couldn't find the software on LG website. If your laptop doesn't have an optical drive, make sure you can somehow get the software before you buy it.
June 28, 2014