Can you handle the high-res 5K monitor from LG?
LG has released the 34-inch ultra-wide monitor back in 2018 and one and a half year later, its price went nearly 50% off! Launched at around $1,400, the LG 34WK95U-W Monitor is now around $800 and we’ve heard people asking themselves if there are other options out there that would compete with this monitor in terms of either price or performance.
In our LG 34WK95U-W Monitor Review we will look at what this monitor has to offer, how it handled competition and reach a conclusion to see if it’s a relevant purchase in 2020. Let’s jump into the pros and cons of buying an LG 34WK95U-W Monitor.
LG 34WK95U-W: Pros and Cons
+ Pros: beautiful design, user-friendly menus, large size, incredible image quality, great viewing angles, tons of pixels.
– Cons: no adaptive sync, no variable refresh rate, not easy to adjust, HDR peak brightness not high enough for watching HDR movies.
On paper, the 34-inch ultrawide monitor from LG is impressive, and now it’s only around $800, but is it better than the competition, a year and a half after it was launched?
LG 34WK95U-W: Design
The first thing you notice at a monitor are the thin bezels and LG is acing in this department. Then our eyes fall on the U-shaped metal stand, which is sturdy and keeps the monitor from wobbling, even though it’s quite thin.
What the stand lacks is ergonomics. You cannot properly adjust the tilt (17.5° to 5°) and there is no adjustment for height, while other competitors do offer this option, including the ability to swivel or rotate. You can replace the standard mount with a third-part mount since there’s a VESA mount available.
All in all, the build quality is good and there should be no issue when it comes to sturdiness.
LG 34WK95U-W: Display & Performance
Although most ultra-wide monitors are curved, LG ditched this feature and made its 34WK95U-W flat, to cater for the professionals that need more room for their work. This is probably why a gamer wouldn’t go for this monitor since it doesn’t have a variable refresh rate.
At 34 inches, the 21:9 display has a 5,120 x 2,160 resolution (163 pixels per inch) that shows incredible images thanks to the fancy Nano-IPS. ‘What is that feature offering?’ you may ask. Well, if color gamut and accuracy are your thing, then that’s what you’re getting thanks to the small particles that absorb the excess light wavelengths to deliver a better image quality.
When testing for contrast, we saw the LG 34WK95U-W lagged a bit compared to the Samsung CF791 and a lot more when compared to BenQ EX3501R. However, the display gamut was much better than both competitors, and so was the color accuracy.
The LG 34WK95U-W has great SDR Peak brightness, being able to deliver great images in a bright room. The HDR peak brightness is also good for HDR games but not when it comes to HDR movies.
It also delivers very fast response time, but it fails to offer higher refresh rates. It will only deliver 60 Hz and no FreeSync or G-Sync, which is why competitive gamers may not want to use the monitor for gaming.
LG 34WK95U-W: Other Features
The LG 34WK95U-W monitor comes with the following inputs:
- DisplayPort: 1 (DP 1.4)
- HDMI: 2 (HDMI 2.0)
- USB: 2 (USB 3.0)
- USB C: 1 (USB, Thunderbolt 3)
- Analog Audio Out:5mm 1
- Power Supply: Internal
Among the additional features, the LG 34WK95U-W monitor has Super Resolution+, an option that tries to improve upscaling quality. There’s also PBP (Picture By Picture), an option that lets your PC recognize the wide monitor as two monitors. You also have DFC, which automatically adjusts your brightness according to the screen, and uniformity (an option for Custom and sRGB).
In terms of the warranty, LG offers only one year for their 34WK95U-W monitor, which is a bit too little for the price it asked at launch, but then again, LG offers 1-year warranty for other monitors as well, except for the 34BK95U-W, which is a copy of the 34WK95U-W but comes with a 3-year warranty.
LG 34WK95U-W: Speakers
This LG monitor comes with two five-watt speakers that deliver solid sounds for everyday use, but we recommend you get a sound system or a soundbar if you want a better audio quality when listening to music or watching movies.
LG 34WK95U-W: Verdict
Looking at the LG 34WK95U-W, we can all agree it is stylish and large enough to replace two monitors. It delivers incredible images and at nearly half the price we saw at launch. Although it only comes with a 1-year warranty, an LG monitor will surely last a lot longer.
If you want a monitor that delivers amazing image quality, then you will certainly get that from the LG 34WK95U-W.
The LG 34WK95U-W would have definitely been our first choice as a gaming monitor if it had offered a high refresh rate or frame synchronizing options. If you want to game on it, we recommend you look for a monitor that can support FreeSync or G-Sync and if you’re a creative and want to get the most out of HDR movies, then the LG 34WK95U-W will deliver less than what you’d expect.