34UM95 LCD mon­i­tor

Will a su­per-widescreen mon­i­tor with five mil­lion pix­els ap­peal to artists and gamers?

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Price £897

MCom­pany LG

Web www.lg.com an­u­fac­tur­ers have re­leased a glut of 21:9 mon­i­tors re­cently – all 29-inch mod­els with 2,560x1,080 pixel grids, and all a lit­tle bit silly. As large (and ex­pen­sive) as the screens are, those 1,080 ver­ti­cal pix­els are sim­ply too re­stric­tive for gen­eral use, es­pe­cially if you want to use your art sta­tion as a game and film hub.

En­ter the new LG 34UM95. It ups the ante to 34 inches. Im­me­di­ately, this helps to mit­i­gate the old 29-inch form fac­tor’s visual shal­low­ness. Then there’s the res­o­lu­tion. It’s now 3,440x1,440 pix­els, which is the same ver­ti­cal pixel count as the popular 27-inch seg­ment and its 2,560x1,440 grid. In­stantly, our pre­vi­ous ob­jec­tion – not enough ver­ti­cal pix­els for sim­ple stuff like web brows­ing – melts away.

A dig­i­tal artist would be able to work with­out seg­ment­ing their setup with two screens (which would both have to be colour cal­i­brated). There’s enough screen real es­tate with this one mon­i­tor to work on sev­eral things at once – or one lengthy video time­line – and the im­age qual­ity is fan­tas­tic.

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Gamers will also have plenty to gawk at. This LG gives you a much more life-like filling of your pe­riph­eral vi­sion than a nor­mal mon­i­tor, re­sult­ing in an im­mer­sive play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. If there’s ever a de­vice to ap­pre­ci­ate the fi­nal re­sults of the gaming in­dus­try’s many con­cept artists, this is it. Say­ing that, it’s worth not­ing that some games such as Skyrim don’t support the 21:9 as­pect ra­tio, and when you’re stream­ing art tu­to­ri­als or watch­ing in­struc­tional DVDs, you’ll be see­ing some black bars on ei­ther sides of this mon­i­tor, be­cause so much footage is recorded at 16:9.

It’s un­for­tu­nate that the stand looks and feels cheap, although you can dis­man­tle it and choose another that bet­ter suits your height de­mands. But the LG’s ma­jor stum­bling block is its astro­nom­i­cal price – in part, prob­a­bly due to the Thun­der­bolt in­ter­face that means it’s com­pat­i­ble with the lat­est Mac Pros. If you don’t have the best part of a grand to splash on a mon­i­tor, hang fire for the much cheaper mon­i­tors us­ing this same 34-inch panel that are due for re­lease later this year.

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