LG 34UM95 or 34UC97?

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  1. maplingstorie macrumors 6502

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    So unfortunately and devastatingly, Apple did not announce any updated Thunderbolt Displays (be it thinner 1440p or 4k or 5k), most likely I would be getting a 21:9 monitor for mainly productivity (video and music production). I am drawn towards the curved one (34UC97) something about curved displays that decrease distortion when viewing the sides. I did thought about the 4k 28" samsung/asus but they're TN panels. Back to topic, LG34UM95 or 34UC97? I'm open to other suggestions as well. :D
     
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    If you're interested in getting the LG 34UM95 the 34UM94 is on sale at Massdrop for $849. The only difference I think between the 95 and 94 is that the 95 carries a 3 year warranty and the 94 is a 1 year.

    I just joined the drop, and if you're willing to wait in order to save about $150 it's worth it. If you do decide to join, use this link so I can get a referral reward :) https://www.massdrop.com/r/YQ49R3

    Here's the link to the actual drop. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/lg-34um94-ultrawide-monitor
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    A data point: The LG 34UM94-P at B & H has a 'limited 3-year manufacturer warranty' (It is also $948.99 :)

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    My mistake, the 34UM94 is the one with the 3 year. So the one on Massdrop has the 3 year. You're right Alrescha. Thanks!
     
  6. jypfoto macrumors member

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    If the OP's location is right, they're located in Malaysia so the Massdrop deal may not be applicable to them. I just bought the UM95 myself from Costco, for the ease of returning it if it's damaged but also their no questions asked return policy since this isn't a tv or a computer which is 90 days, but can be returned at any time, so the 1 vs 3 yr warranty is less of a concern to me.
     
  7. maplingstorie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yup you're right. I contacted LG and they have no interest in bringing the 34" to the Malaysian Market. They are bringing the UM65 (29") but I am already struggling with screen estate on my Dell 1920x1200 monitor. Most likely i'll be buying from EBay. (approx. $14xx). I am keen towards Dell's U3415W (same panel with UC97) however, I may not be able to wait that long. Regards to warranty, I wouldn't worry much about it because it's going to be a huge hassle to send over for warranty, so kinda makes no difference for me :(



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    I did consider Massdrop too however, shipping from USA to Malaysia will cost a lot (>$200). Sigh, It's really hard to have good productivity tools in Malaysia, I wanna move to the US :(

    Edit: to be exact, shipping costs USD$247.12
     
  8. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    Another vote for the 34UC97. Because your sitting close to the display the curve will really help.
     
  9. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Might be worth seeing if you can get the AOC display with the same panel as the LG, cheaper, less features but in theory what matters should be identical. I think it's already available in the east, might be easier for you to get hold of.
     
  10. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    Ooh, I like that! I can see the curve in an ultra-wide monitor actually being useful, whereas it's rather dopey in a 16:9 HDTV.
     
  11. iTouch macrumors 6502

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    I'd get the model with the 3 year warranty. The monitor looks great. It's solid once you use the backplate on. But the adjustments are very limited. I'm having sleep/wake issues with this monitor as well. I'm using it with my Mac Mini through TB2. I'm probably switching to a Mac Pro at the end of the year.
     
  12. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    I have one and have seen the other in person

    I own the 34UM95 and love it. I have seen the 34UC97 in the store, connected to a PC.

    The only advantage to the curved model is that is has Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    If that is critically important to you, then fork over the bucks for the curved one.

    But if you don't care about TB2, then the 34UM95 is perfect, and $430 cheaper. I love the crap out of mine.
     
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  15. nfilg macrumors member

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    Yes this is true. But is really difficult to find the "perfect 4k monitor" even the 4k dci 31MU97-B has issues with color uniformity. I want to buy a 4k monitor too but its difficult to find the perfect one bellow 1200 price tag. Probably too many manufacturing quality control issues.
     
  16. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    This thread is about the 3440x1440 21:9 LG monitors.
     
  17. nfilg macrumors member

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    I know that! Sorry if I was off topic. I was just writing about similar price point and panel size options also "4k" monitors' prices are dropping.
     
  18. maplingstorie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Update: I got the Dell U3415W instead of the LG 34UC97 because my country's choice of LG is extremely basic. The display's colours are excellent, movies are fantastic in 21:9 and also it suffers from backlight bleeds. Getting a replacement in a few days and if it happens to suffer the same fate (backlight bleeds) I'll return it and continue playing the waiting game. I've attached a snapshot of my screen just to proof I'm not crazy or obsessed with "perfection"
     

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  19. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    Nope, you're definitely not crazy. My LGs looked like that (I tried two; the second was a replacement) and now I'm waiting on the Samsung with the VA panel.
     
  20. maplingstorie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    are all panels like this? This is saddening.
     
  21. Zorn macrumors 6502a

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    I have had the 34UM95 since April, and after a few months it started getting green lines in random places around the screen anytime something black/dark would be on screen. After a warranty replacement from LG that didn't help at all, they apparently ran out of replacements and offered to cut me a refund check for it.

    I bought a UC97, and the QA has been much better. Have not had any issues with this display and the picture looks awesome.
     
  22. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    That makes perfect sense, since the UC97 is a few months newer. There are reports of people owning perfectly functioning UM95s. Mine has a little bit of corner bleed, but at the time I bought it, it was the ONLY 34UM95 on the ground in the Dallas area, so I was NOT taking it back. :):D
     
  23. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    Some people claimed to have gotten good panels, so I guess not, but the backlight bleed intensity and distribution on the two copies I had was so close that it wouldn't surprise me to hear that they're all like this.
     
  24. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    The whole "backlight bleed" thing is ridiculous to me. People freak out about it and it's really, really, not that big a deal. :apple:
     
  25. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    More power to you if you think it's not a big deal, but I disagree. The backlight bleed on both of the LG monitors I had was clearly visible when the monitors were in normal, everyday use -- not just on full black test screens. Contrast distinctly washed out and colors shifted severely in the regions of the screen where the bleed was present. Some degree of backlight bleed is of course normal for this technology, but the LG's I had were unacceptable, especially at thier $1300 price point.
     

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