Review: LG 34WL85C-B UltraWide Curved Monitor

Curved behemoth

When you work with multiple tabs and windows open, your laptop’s 14- or 15-inch display just won’t cut it. Which is why some prefer using a dedicated monitor or even a two-monitor setup for a wider area to work with.

LG’s 34-inch UltraWide Curved Monitor—the LG 34WL85C-B—is one immersive behemoth of a screen that lets you work with all your task windows open simultaneously. You can be writing an article or report on one, monitoring Facebook on the other, scrolling through Twitter on the third window, and have Spotify playing your fave tunes on the fourth one. You can even use the monitor to display from two different inputs via picture-by-picture.

This monitor also covers 99% of the sRGB color space (great for photo and video editing) and supports HDR10, which means compatible content will offer better color quality and brightness. The dual-channel 7W speakers’ volume and sound quality are good enough for binge-watching your favorite Netflix series. For best results, though, set the volume at 90 percent to get clear, crisp audio.

This LG Ultrawide has a height-adjustable and tiltable stand. A clip on the back of the stand manages your cables and makes things look neat. There’s a fair amount of ports on the back: two HDMI ports, a Display Port, upstream and downstream USB ports, and a headphone jack.

If you’re considering getting this monitor, do note that you could experience sore neck muscles from having to move your head from side to side because of the sheer width of the display. You’ll probably get used to it eventually, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Speed says

This is a monitor you should consider if you need a monitor with a large and wide real-estate, and which produces vibrant and accurate color for both productivity and media consumption.

First published in Speed September-October 2020 issue

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