A Review of the LG Electronics 34UM95 34-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
The LG UM95 34UM95 34-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor may not be a true 4K PC display but it offers a package of features that works better than many full blown 4K monitors on the market today. In the case of the 34UM95 you also get a very unique display that’s almost one of a kind in its class. The screen of this baby has been stretched out to cinematic proportions and delivers an awesome 21:9 aspect ratio with its 34 inches of diagonal size. Basically, an ultra-wide PC display with an absolutely beautiful physical design.
First announced at CES in early 2015, the 34UM95 was and remains the world’s first 34 inch ultrawide quad HD monitor. And despite a resolution that doesn’t quite reach 4K levels of 3840 x 2160, the 34UM95 comes very close with 3440 x 1440p and these are spread across a wonderfully large space.
LG really hit some good benchmarks with the 34UM95 and created themselves a superb piece of PC technology. Thus, it obviously comes with a number of excellent features built into it, many of which rival or outdo those of some very good full 4K monitors on sale today.
First off, there is the awesome UltraWide format of the 34UM95, which provides an excellent amount of physical space on which to work, play, do some gaming or perform multiple graphic/video design tasks by splitting the screen into two or four different segments thanks to the monitors varied inputs.
Secondly, the Ultra QHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 on the 34UM95 gives you razor sharp clarity at Retina-level amounts of detail without also creating as many of the scaling and graphics processing problems often associated with the even larger 4K Ultra HD and True 4K resolutions of 3840 x 2160 and 4096 x 2160. Basically, Ultra QHD offers almost all the benefits of full 4K without so many of the detriments it sometimes involves.
Connectivity on the 34UM95 is also excellent, truly superb and includes a wide range of ports you’d need for all sorts of multiple input or monitor daisy-chaining situations. The 34UM95 offers HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0 and, much rarer in PC monitors (more common to Apple machines) 2 Thunderbolt 2 inputs for even more connective power.
Finally, an assortment of display technologies come together in this monitor to deliver exquisite color, rendering, processing power and maximal comfort for the eyes. On top of these, LG even invested in some surprisingly powerful 7W surround sound speakers that both look stunning and perform wonderfully.
These are just some of the general great features the 34UM95 comes with, as we look deeper, you’ll be introduced to still more in the form of finer points on the above.
4.4 - 199 Reviews
No 4K monitor or monitor of any type is perfect and while LG really did create a wonderful piece of technology with the 34UM95, it’s not without its minor flaws.
For starters, there’s the obvious, this is not a 4K monitor. While this isn’t actually a flaw in the proper sense of the word, it’s something which might turn off a number of potential buyers who won’t settle for anything less than real 4K. Users who want something built for professional broadcast design work might also want to steer clear of the LG 34UM95 because it doesn’t offer the absolute best in color gamut technology and cannot render the full true 4K pixel count that matches studio filming resolutions with cinema cameras.
In addition to the above somewhat subjective visual “flaws”, there’s the fact that this is an IPS display. While this is excellent in terms of off-angle viewing and color saturation and vibrancy, it’s also less than ideal for anyone who wants this wonderfully wide monitor as a gaming PC. It’s price and response time are both a bit wrong for PC gamers, who are probably better off with a cheaper TN monitor with full 4K display.
Finally, the single biggest complaint we have about the LG 34UM95 is that it’s priced at a level that almost reaches that of a professional 4K design monitor but without offering all of the same specs. The 34UM95 has excellent connectivity and screen space but it only offers 99% sRGB color gamut coverage with no mention of AdobeRGB color space or let alone even more professional spectrums like the DCI-P3 range.
Without a doubt, the LG UM95 34UM95 34-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor is one superb piece of display technology with just about everything you could hope to need for moderate to highly detailed video, browsing and even design work. It’s unique design and excellent resolution make this one of the better UHD monitors on sale today even if it lacks full 4K.
Weight: 16.94 lbs with stand, 14.74 lbs without stand
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 32.3" x 18.28" x 6.74" inches with stand/ 32.3" x 14.81" x 3.23" without stand
Screen size: 34 inches, measured diagonally
Screen type: IPS
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Aspect Ratio: 21:9
Colors: 1.07 billion (10-bit)
Brightness: 320 cd/m2
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Screen Lighting: LED
Response time: 5 ms grey-to-grey
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
OS Compatibility: Windows
Connectivity Ports: 2 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x ThunderBolt 2, Headphone out
Of the assorted highlights on the LG 34UM95, several specifics stand out more than others.
First of all, the simplest highlight of the 34UM95 is the simple beauty of its design. Unlike so many 4K and UHD monitors on sale today, which look like discount items at a monitor sale from the turn of the century, the 34UM95 is gorgeously stylish. It’s minimalist design, very light looking but sturdy stand and extremely wide, very narrow bezeled screen combine to create something which draws attention to itself in a home or office desk. This monitor looks like it belongs to the future and LG didn’t forget appearance when also building quality into this machine.
Secondly, we come back to the enormously wide 21:9 aspect ratio on this lovely 34 inch screen. At 21:9 the display simply offers so much more working space and is perfect for those who need to multitask and open up lots of windows at the same time. It’s great for people who are doing video editing and music production work and need lots of timeline data on the screen at the same time. People who do lots of work with programs like Microsoft Excel, for example, will immediately be happy after having seen their spreadsheets get expanded to 47 columns and 63 rows right on a single, whole display.
Furthermore, the screen’s aspect ratio and wideness are further complemented in their workflow functionality by the excellently simple and user-friendly 4-Screen Split software, which exists as a small icon on the screen and can be used to create new multi-screen configurations every time you click on it.
Up to eight of these configurations exist for working in a split screen, a three-screen split or a quadruple screen layout with 720p HD per screen. The 4-Screen Split tool is great specifically because it’s so simple, functional and user friendly while also being very flexible.
Next, we should also mention the excellent connectivity package which includes not just one but two Thunderbolt 2 connections. This means you can hook two or more 34UM95’s together easily or simply connect two separate devices to the same monitor and have their content appear on-screen at the same time. If you add in the DisplayPort 1.2 connection, you could possibly even expand the connections to three devices at the same time.
The LG 34UM95 isn’t a full 4K monitor or a fully professional monitor in terms of pixels and color gamut but what it lacks in both categories, it makes up for in other ways.
The 3440 x 1440 resolution looks great on the 34 inch screen and using both apps like Spotify and Twitter as well as numerous software programs looks fantastically sharp with nowhere near the scaling problems that sometimes come with full 4K. Furthermore, content both looks really damn good on most websites (especially visual, photo and video content in UHD resolutions) while also fitting into a display with plenty of extra space for minimal scrolling. The 21:9 aspect ratio helps these qualities along even more.
It should however be noted that 3440 x 1440 resolution and 21:9 ratios aren’t available across the board. While both are indeed native to the 34UM95 monitor, they may not work with certain kinds of content, interfaces, or GPUs with insufficient processing power for all those pixels.
As far as color management goes, the 34UM95 also delivers really well despite only offering 99% sRGB coverage. The monitor’s color rendering is rich, deep and smooth while maintaining maximal balance and realism. The 10-bit color is a great feature of the 34UM95 and Windows users can take advantage of the True Color Finder software in the monitor for calibrating their displays according to specific preferences and ranges.
The monitor is an IPS display model, which means excellent consistency of color and brightness with even color temperatures across the screen. Furthermore, color expression with IPS is typically vibrant while also staying that way even at wide viewing angles. On the other hand, the IPS technology does reduce grey-to-grey response times to a (not too bad in this case) 5ms, something which some gamers might find less than ideal.
LG also invested the 34UM95’s design with Flicker Safe technology for making sure the backlighting LEDs stay as continuously active as possible for minimal flicker levels, which can cause eye strain.
Finally, while brightness is nominally 320cd/m2, actual practical levels will probably rarely go over 300cd/m2, as is commonly the case with most monitors, even those with high-end specs.
Finally, moving down to the connectivity specs of the LG 34UM95, we can say with certainty that this monitor offers one excellent package of connection ports. What makes it best is the sheer diversity of options that it offers.
While the dual HDMI ports are only of the older 1.4 version which supports ultra HD content at no more than 30 or in this case maybe 35Hz, the 34UM95 makes up for this deficiency with one DisplayPort 1.2 port which is more than capable of handling the PCs QuadHD resolution at 60Hz. Additionally, the Dual Link-up feature of the LG monitor let’s you connect, for example, a Blu-ray player for movie watching on one half of the massive screen while you work on a music editing program through a connection via HDMI or DisplayPort to a PC on the other half of the monitor’s screen, and both sides of the screen will offer smooth above-HD resolution while running simultaneously.
Most important of all, there are the dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, of which LG is a fan in its monitors.
These latter two ports ensure excellent daisy-chaining compatibility and the ability to connect the 34UM95 with multiple third party media and computing devices. Furthermore, because we’re talking about Thunderbolt 2, the 34UM95 is very much Mac Pro supported. Thus, the 4-Screen Split and True Color Finder programs on the 34UM95 are ready for dedicated Mac Pro machines and users. This means you can sync your own Mac Pro (if you have one) with all the best specs of the LG 34UM95.
The LG Electronics UM95 34UM95 34-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor used to sell for well over $1,000 when it was first released with its LG MSRP price but now it has gone down from that level and turned into a far more attractive offering. At $862.31 on Amazon.com, the 34UM95 is still a bit costly but much more reasonably priced.
4.4 - 199 Reviews
To summarize, this is not a 4K monitor and it doesn’t offer full professional color specs despite coming in at a somewhat high price tag. Furthermore, the 34UM95 lacks HDMI 2.0 despite offering otherwise excellent connectivity via DisplayPort 1.2 and Thunderbolt 2.
• Excellent refresh rate
• good color reproduction
• Thunderbolt 2
• Diverse connectivity for external devices
• Beautiful 34 inch wide-screen display
• 21:9 aspect ratio
• No HDMI 2.0
• A bit expensive
• No AdobeRGB
• Not fully 4K (subjective negative)