Hands-On With LG's $1,500 34WK95U UltraWide 5K Display

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  1. IdentityCrisis Suspended

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    I personally think the 5k LG Ultrafine is still the way to go over this. I do currently have a Dell U3415W Ultrawide, and while I like it, I still prefer standard width monitors that are sharp.
     
  2. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a

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    5K screens are 2880p, a more suitable marketing term for this would be “4K-Ultrawide” since it’s basically just a standard 4K screen with som extra pixels on the sides.. :)
     
  3. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

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    I have Acer's version of that Dell, the XR382CQK, and it really is the ultimate productivity monitor. It's got the same vertical resolution as the old 30" Apple Cinema Display, but much wider.

    Buying this much more expensive 5K ultrawide and running it at 3360 x 1417 would be a real step down.
     
  4. centauratlas macrumors 6502a

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    This is an interesting option.
     
  5. macduke macrumors G3

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    All that means is they cut the pixels off the bottom. You're getting less desktop space. I don't know why people are fooled by marketing like this. I've heard people say "Oh but I love ultrawide because I can have multiple apps side by side! Well you can do that with a regular display, you just can see more of both of the apps side by side! They're just cutting the bottom off.
     
  6. Luke MacWalker macrumors member

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    I wonder why they didn’t include an Ethernet port…
    Even USB-C monitors like the ones from Philips and BenQ are better hubs than this one. :(
     
  7. LukeChannings macrumors newbie

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    720p, 1080p, 4k, 5k, etc. *all* refer to the horizontal resolution. This is a 5k display, and LG actually market it as “5K2K”, meaning >5000px width, > 2000px height.
     
  8. jimothyGator macrumors regular

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    Actually, 720p and 1080p refer to the vertical resolution.
     
  9. LukeChannings macrumors newbie

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    My mistake, apologies. Kicking myself for not thinking too hard about that one.

    My point re 5k specifically is still true, 4k width is actually a little less than 4000 pixels, but still refers to horizontal resolution.
     
  10. socialwill macrumors member

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    This is a pretty spendy monitor, but it is nice to see the ultrawides moving into a higher resolution. I have been using the Dell 3417w and while I love the screen size, I miss having a retina type DPI.

    Personally I would wait a few months and see what Apple comes out with hopefully next year. I don't think it will be UltraWide, but I would guess 5k something.
     
  11. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502a

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    Form factor is everything. Most people scale their applications past 2k resolution, which makes the ultrawide form factor give them more screen real estate than a standard 27" or 24" monitor. I enjoyed the extra peripheral vision in games as well.
     
  12. JesperA, Dec 5, 2018
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    Can MacRumors check this out: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/got-the-lg-34wk95u-is-anti-glare-really-this-horrible.2158448/

    Before returning it, did you guys notice any issues with the AG coating?



    I bought it because i can use it at full resolution, with the iMac or the Ultrafine display i would have to use it at a scaled resolution thus giving me less workspace with those monitors. That said, i will return mine since the AG coating is crap so whatever.

    Yeah, i would agree with you, i always hated ultrawide monitors for the very reason you said, i alway got annoyed when i've got a 2560x1440 monitor and a colleague got an ultrawide with 2560x1080 resolution and he always claimed he got so much more space, he did not, he had less space on the vertical, same with 4K ultrawide.

    That said, you hit a "resolution wall" eventually depending on your eyesight, 4K is the maximum i can see on a 27" monitor, i cant use 5120x2880 at full resolution on a 27" monitor. So this monitor, for me, is a 4K monitor with extra width, not a 5K with less vertical space since i could not use a 5K 27" monitor at full resolution and the scaled resolution would give me less space (both horisontal and vertical) on the 27" 5K 16:9/10 monitors than what this 5K2K monitor gives me since i can use it with native res, so, this actually get me more workspace.

    Ideally though, i would prefer a 32-34" 5120x2880 monitors with native res.
     
  13. Scooz macrumors regular

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    Despite the great look of that huge screen, I‘ve come to prefer multiple monitors over wide ones again on macOS again.

    I can‘t stand the mile-long menu and dock and the distances it forces me to move the mouse and my head to use certain UI elements.

    With a three monitors setup I have the menu and dock on all three smaller spaces, no color change due to extreme viewing angles or weirdly focused reflection due to a bent screen. It has that sunray lamp feeling, though.

    Also spaces/fullscreen works nicely for each screen. Most if the time.

    I know that this might not work that well for certain setups, like cutting videos, but I got really annoyed with the resulting wide global UI element distribution under macOS :/

    Some wide screen monitors allow for a twin-input setting, which lessens that menu problem but results in the border running right through the middle of the screen.

    Also the fact that all of those monitors basically come as a vertically „cut“ version of a full screen ratio instead of a „double/triple 4K without borders“ seems not to be a true improvement.

    Waiting for a single device that does it all, right, and cheap :rolleyes: Or for a more
    comfortable VR/AR solution...
     
  14. ayale99 macrumors 6502

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    I just picked up the Dell 38" last week. $899 at Costco and they double the warranty. It's glorious for my workflow (not a gamer). I don't use the speakers on it, but they are the best stock speakers on a monitor that I've come across. KVM is awesome if you have two computers running too (no extra hub USB-C hub needed). Resolution is as sharp as I need it to be and I'm doing a lot of design work. Plenty of inputs. Go for it!
     
  15. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502a

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    This is not really a 5K display, as I’m sure many have pointed out. It’s a 2160p affair just a bit wider. It’s worse than the iMac’s display. I suppose thunderbolt 3 may just not be capable of pushing a resolution like 6768 x 2880 but thats really what we should be expecting from a $1500 monitor that claims 5k resolution
     
  16. JesperA macrumors 6502a

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    Why do people keep claiming this is a 5K monitor? LG has never claimed that the production version is 5K, since launch LG have branded this as a ”5K2K” monitor: https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-34WK95U-W-ultrawide-monitor

    All over the product page LG clearly brand it as 5K2K WUHD monitor and as a wide version of a ”4K” UHD monitor, nowhere does LG claim it as a 5K monitor, 5K is nowhere to be seen on the product box (the real pixel count is printed there only), nowhere in the manual does it claim to be a 5K monitor. 5K2K that LG call this monitor is an accurate description/abbreviation of this monitors resolution. Blaim sites like MacRumors that ommit the ”2K” part.
     
  17. EightyTwenty macrumors 6502a

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    This is NOT a true 5K display. True 5K has 2880 vertical pixels. This is actually a wide 4K monitor as it only has 2160 vertical pixels (sane as all 4K monitors). Even LG does not call this a 5K monitor. They market it as a “5K2K” monitor.
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    Terms like “4K” and “5K” are just marketing. The resolution that matters is the vertical resolution.

    720p = HD
    1080p = FHD
    2160p = 4K UHD
    2880p = 5K UHD

    This monitor is “only” 4K UHD. You cannot view native 5K UHD content on this monitor. It will downsample everything to 4K UHD.
     
  18. Schizoid macrumors 6502a

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    Me too, although going by Apple’s recent form I suspect it’ll be a mediocre box with a slim but limited display. All for just $9999
     
  19. old-school macrumors 6502

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    I've just got this monitor and it is really nice.

    However, I'm having an issue with the ports at the back - I'd like to use 1 usb c cable for my MBP but I can't get an ethernet->USB3 adapter on the back working. Anyone here got any suggestions? I could always get a hub and have 2 cables but seems a bit silly to have all the ports at the back of the monitor not in use.

    Yesterday I also noticed a 'ticking' sound from the monitor after a whole day of use. Wondering whether to worry about that.
     
  20. JesperA macrumors 6502a

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    Can you please check this thread? I would really appreciate it. https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/got-the-lg-34wk95u-is-anti-glare-really-this-horrible.2158448/

    Easiest way to check is to view white, grey or vibrant colors like this one: https://i.imgur.com/9j626OE.jpg

    10cm from screen and looking at it diagonally! Is the panel "clean" or do you see alot of noise/specks/tiny spots across the monitor, with the image i linked to i see alot of rainbow effect in the noise.

    I hear a ticking/crackling sound if i spend a couple hours at 80% brightness and then lower it to 20% or below, it starts ticking for 10-20 seconds before it stops. Is that what you are talking about or is it ticking all the time?
     
  21. old-school macrumors 6502

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    Will check and report back.

    I've only noticed it once but the monitor was really hot, and been on high brightness. It was ticking for a couple of minutes, I've since turned the brightness down a bit.
     
  22. Mydel macrumors 6502a

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    Its a very good screen. I have it and 34 inch non 5k version as well. My only complain is only 1 USBC with myriard of other ports that I never use. I could use 2/3 USBC though.
    Also that white plastic is way too soft. Just wiping the dust with anything but ultra clean microfiber cloth leaves scratch marks behind. I would love that screen in aluminum and with better ports choice.
     
  23. macduke macrumors G3

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    Yeah I switched jobs and went from a 5K 27" iMac to a 15" MBP and on days when I work from home I connect it to my 4K 27" external display so it was a 1:1 size change. I only slightly notice the lower PPI but what I notice more is the loss in desktop space. It's actually really significant when you switch to the 2560x1440 scaled mode on a 4K display and see what you're missing when the UI sizes up and the windows stay the same size. The problem with that, however, is that I am annoyed by the scaled resolution when I use that mode because I can easily tell a difference. I like having the @2X retina resolution sharpness. I tend to sit kinda close to my display since I do UI design work and my designs look weird when scaled. Fortunately my work computer is due for an upgrade next autumn and I'm also planning on getting some kind of a new desktop Mac with 5K or higher display (please 32" 6K) next year so it won't be long before I'm back at that glorious resolution. The 4K display will continue to serve as my gaming display and as a second display for my Mac.
     
  24. jimothyGator macrumors regular

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  25. MacBillUK macrumors newbie

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    I just bought the Samsung Thunderbolt 34in wide display (LC34J791) to partner with a 15 MBP 2018. It's not retina but it only cost me 449 GBP at a UK PCWorld Black Friday sale. So that's 3440x1440 and I only noticed the lower ppi on the smaller text. QLED display with two TB3 ports (so genuine pass-through), one of which powers my MBP at 85W, as well as two USB 2. If you really want the retina pixel density it's clearly not for you, but otherwise the massive amount of screen space and proper TB3 connectivity with full power is really working well for me. Works fine with the MBP and I'm using it alone now with the MBP shut. QLED display so bright enough. It's a compromise on Rez but a bit less cash - a lot less if you watch for a deal. US street seems to be about $880 unless discounted.
     

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