Life is good is the sentence that underscores all LG products. The fact that they are among the leaders in the electronics industry shows that they walk the talk. Still, it seems LG decided to make life better by launching the first 38-inch curved screen; the LG 38UC99-W 38-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD+ IPS Monitor. There is way too much to say about this incredible monitor but too little time and space so let’s cut short the introduction.
The LG 38UC99-W monitor has a diagonal panel size of 37.5”, a half inch less than the 38” selling pitch. But this black hat marketing technique sinks into oblivion as you dig deeper into the nitty-gritty of the LG 38UC99-W.
The display panel is of the AH-IPS type, a technology that is recognized for wide viewing angles and high color accuracy. It beats the average color reproduction of standard IPS screens by delivering a color gamut that is above 99%. Due to this, the LG monitor is the best option for professional graphic designers and other experts whose jobs deserve high color rendition.
The monitor comes with Widescreen Quad plus High definition (QWHD+) screen with a resolution of 3840 x 1600 pixels. The result is an immersive viewing experience and out of the box picture quality. This impressive resolution, however, has a few glitches which are highlighted at the end of this review.
Joystick and onscreen controls
You need at least 15 minutes to learn how to use the joystick, but its performance is better than you can expect from the first impression. It is intuitive and controls everything in the monitor. If you prefer a more sophisticated operation, then you can use the on-screen control. It has all the essential monitor settings such as volume, picture mode presets, dual controller, brightness, and Screen Split.
Game enthusiasts understand the frustrations that result when the monitor’s refresh rates and the graphics card’s frame rates are out of sync. The 38 inch LG monitor eliminates the possibility of stuttering and tearing with a FreeSync technology. It ensures that the rate of frame production is in sync with the monitor’s refresh rate.
Another feature that boosts the gaming experience is the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction. It enhances the monitor’s response time. The effect of having a 2ms response time is a more precise game reaction with reduced blurring.
The LED backlit 38 inch LG screen comes with several ports; you will have to move the monitor to reach some of them. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB type C ports, and HDMI 2.0 ports and a display port, version 2.1. The two USB 3.0 ports can be used to connect a keyboard or mouse. They are located at the back of the monitor. You can use the Type C port to charge your phone or laptop.
Bluetooth Audio connection
The LG screen uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone, and other Bluetooth enabled devices within range. Unfortunately, this feature could not be turned off in the earlier versions of the monitor. This resulted in irritating popups as other devices tried to connect to it. We hope LG considers sorting this issue in its upcoming firmware upgrade.
LG reports the average rating of this monitor as 70W. However, you can avoid this as a manufacture’s selling pitch and prepare for 120W which is the highest rating.
The best applications for this monitor are graphics and picture quality sensitive programs such as Adobe and CADs. Heavy coders and web designers will also find this monitor more than sufficient. Using this monitor for an MS Word job is underutilizing its capability. The lowest you should go for Office applications is a large spreadsheet. Even then, you will be tempted to split the screen