LG 34UM68-P 34-Inch: Bang for the Buck

The first thing worth noticing about the LG 34UM68-P is the crisp 2k image. The combination of an IPS panel and a 2k resolution provides rich colors without having to calibrate or tweak OSD settings. Having said that, if you do like to refine your image, there is an expansive menu that can help you view and apply settings to your screen with minimal hassle.

Ultrawide Curved Monitors For Movies

Like with most widescreens, the 178 degree viewing angle means if you lie down to watch a movie, you’ll need to move this baby so you’re sitting directly in-front of it. If five people were on a crowded couch watching a movie on this display, the two friends on the furthest ends would be getting a fairly mediocre view.

The 5ms response time is nothing to write home about — you won’t have ghosting with fast objects in any form of media, with one exception. Fast paced video games may provide faint traces of ghosting, but they should be imperceptible to all but the finely trained eye. The 21:9 Ultra-wide resolution provides fluid motion without stuttering or tearing, and a non-glossy surface means no glare.

There’s not much to say about the glossy black cabinet, it feels completely standard. However, there is a relatively thin bezel that makes the monitor feel broader and more immersive than some of the thicker bezels used by other displays. Once you’ve figured out the assembly, the base is relatively easy to remove, but the weight of the screen can make removal unwieldy. The  base has a broad range of adjustability, as much has 20 degrees, which is useful for maintaining the direct line of sight you need to ensure color quality.

Features

There’s a notable “game mode” that you can use to toggle between RTS, FPS, and customized setting that can help enhance the visual acuity of your gaming experience. It’s easy to toggle between these genre-appropriate presets, and switch between modes as you toggle between games. You can even save various ‘picture modes’ and bring them up with basically two taps of your finger.

Four types of picture-in-picture modes enabling you to turn your monitor in to several monitors.  The on-screen controls can help you load presets and change settings in only a few clicks, making it optimal for work efficiency. This display also runs a black stabilizer, which paired with the higher contrast ratio of this device, makes this a great monitor for distinguishing dark objects, like players hiding in a dark corridor of a game. It’s also worth noting that LG guarantees the color accuracy as part of its rigid calibration tests.

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It used to be the case that few games used 21:9, but an increasing number of AAA titles are starting to use this field of view. Giants like League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and Call of Duty, have begun to make 21:9 an increasingly common standard.

Drawbacks

The assembly is frankly confusing. The instructions that come on the box aren’t clear, and you have to access the LG website to get more detailed instructions.

Specifications

34” Screen
LED Backlit
2560×1080 (2k) Resolution
75Hz Refresh Rate
178/178 Degree Viewing Angle

0.312 mm x 0.310 mm Pixel Pitch
Brightness 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 5,000,000:1
Response Time 5ms
Panel: IPS

Stand Adjustments 5-20 Degree Range (120mm)
Build-in Speakers 2x7W
17.6 lbs (including stand)
Connectors: HDMI, DisplayPort
1 Year Warranty

Conclusion

The range of features and size of the display are a significant value compared to many competitors on the market right now.  The appearance of this display is modest for what’s really inside — a finely tuned ultrawide gaming monitor.