Rated 5 out of 5 by Wheelzup What a Difference
I've been using LG monitors for several years and was thinking about getting a second one to pair up with the first but I found this one and after looking at others that were similar I went with this one. I did it mostly because I had no trouble with my other LG displays.
The wide screen almost screams open as many programs you can, I'll make them all look and be very easy to use. Now instead of two displays on my desk there is just one that can do what two can. I even got lucky and caught this model on sale making it a deal that couldn't be passed up on.
However the only problem is/was when I connected to my system the colors were okay but not crisp plus the text was very hard to read. After trying the HDMI cable that was included I still couldn't get it up to the resolution it was meant to run at. I found that I needed to get a different cable a dual DVI and since they were cheap enough I ordered one and as soon as it was hooked up all the issues went away and what I had in front of me blew me away. The colors and text all became very crisp and very easy to read. I had very few adjustments to make for color and when I opened up Photoshop there was no message telling me that my color profile needed to be adjusted. What a plus that was.
I ran a couple of games and they looked great and with more viewing space made them easier to see what all was going on.
The I opened several programs and used the included software to make each program run in its own little box, which actually worked as described. It is a very good looking display and actually takes up less space than my old 27" display.
It took a little getting used to since it is narrower than my other displays but making the adjustments so things didn't look squished was fairly easy.
October 11, 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 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 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 5 out of 5 by RC Replacement buy
Was looking at new monitors to replace a 24 inch 1080p one that I had. Came across this and picked it up along with upgrading my video card from a Nvidia 670GTX to a 770GTX. Couldn't be happier. I use it for gaming BF4 but also some work related, and while having my DirecTV plugged into HDMI and computer plugged in thru the Display Port. Works very well
August 1, 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 TheyCallMeTim Incredible!
The resolution, clarity and speed of this monitor is exactly what I expected from this monitor. Love the fact that ambient light doesn't glare the surface. The menu control took a bit to get used to using the four-way button but that's a minor issue. Judging from the reviews giving it low marks, some seem not aware of the limitations of their hardware. Works perfectly with the new MacPro as it supports the monitor's maximum resolution. A MacBook Pro from 2011 will obviously not work and it isn't an issue Apple needs to 'fix'...only a new graphic card will.
July 14, 2014