sweet curved 34 inch ultra wide monitor LG 34UC97-S

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BH photo is getting a shipment of these in 5 days or so. Hopefully someone will pop on one just to see how good it is. Linus on youtube originally reviewed the LG34UM95 and said the LG34u97-S is an improvement and the curve is just lovely because you sit so close to it you really feel the immersion.
 

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its the same pixel density as the LG34UM95 which people quite like. text isnt to small and the image is crisp and clear. I said absolutely nothing about retina. Its just a nice thunderbolt curved display. This monitor is only 43 ppi less then a 4k monitor.
 
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HFoletto

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Thank you so much for sharing!

It seems like a improved version of the 34UM95.
I'm wondering if the problems from the older model were fixed in this one.

Thank you again.
 

jypfoto

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I'm very interested and see that B&H has them in stock. Combined with my gift card from them, I'm very tempted to buy.

I see that it has TB2 instead of TB1 that the non-curved has also has USB3.0 inputs instead of the 1 3.0, 3 2.0 that the non-curved has.

The only thing preventing me from buying is the lack of height adjustment and the apparent lack of VESA mount. But I also see that they have a 34UC87 that's the same but has a rectangular stand instead, has a 3 yr warranty as opposed to the 97, and has a height adjustment. Just waiting to see if anyone is selling it, can't find one in the US.

It appears to be the same as the UM95 vs 94, the 94 is the commerical version with a 3 yr warranty, while the 95 is the consumer version with a 1 yr warranty, but they're the same price on B&H. Have to make a decision soon as B&H is closed for holiday for 10 days or so, so need to order by tomorrow morning!
 

HFoletto

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I'm very interested and see that B&H has them in stock. Combined with my gift card from them, I'm very tempted to buy.

I see that it has TB2 instead of TB1 that the non-curved has also has USB3.0 inputs instead of the 1 3.0, 3 2.0 that the non-curved has.

The only thing preventing me from buying is the lack of height adjustment and the apparent lack of VESA mount. But I also see that they have a 34UC87 that's the same but has a rectangular stand instead, has a 3 yr warranty as opposed to the 97, and has a height adjustment. Just waiting to see if anyone is selling it, can't find one in the US.

It appears to be the same as the UM95 vs 94, the 94 is the commerical version with a 3 yr warranty, while the 95 is the consumer version with a 1 yr warranty, but they're the same price on B&H. Have to make a decision soon as B&H is closed for holiday for 10 days or so, so need to order by tomorrow morning!
I can be wrong, but looking at the Technical Specifications at the LG site, seems like the 97 has support to VESA 100x100mm.
 

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I can be wrong, but looking at the Technical Specifications at the LG site, seems like the 97 has support to VESA 100x100mm.
I read somewhere that for vesa support it requires an adapter. This adapter is not sold separately and only included in some versions overseas.
 

ActionableMango

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I read somewhere that for vesa support it requires an adapter. This adapter is not sold separately and only included in some versions overseas.
At least one person in the USA has received the adapter for free by calling LG.
 

wetcanvas

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At least one person in the USA has received the adapter for free by calling LG.
at the time of my post (oct 8 of 2014) the adapter was not publicly available. sometime later like november or december lg posted on the site that if you had purchased the monitor you could call and order the adapter for free. This information was posted on the lg website.
 

mgipe

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So, does anyone want to report back after using one of these for a couple months? How has it worked out?
 

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I've used it for a couple months. Works great, and has none of the issues that plagued my 34UM95. I also was able to get the VESA mounting bracket free of charge by calling LG and asking for it, although it took two tries for them to send out the right thing.

Overall I'm still torn on whether this is the right way to go or the higher res of the 31MU97, but ultimately the nonexistent OS X support of the MU97 is tilting the scales in favor of this display.
 

ActionableMango

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Sure, just like any IPS monitor. But I don't spend my time looking at backlit black backgrounds, so it's never an issue for me.
I don't stare at backlit black screens either. I do care about normal use when there is dark content, like so:
https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=524515&d=1421081335

I just picked up the a Dell U3415W, which uses the same LG curved panel as the 97, and I have terrible backlight bleed in the corners for all dark content. It looks very similar to the example above.

I also watched 16:9 content and of course there are black pillarboxes on a 21:9 monitor. While this isn't staring at a black background, this scenario also looks really bad, which is unfortunate since a ton of content and games are 16:9.

This is a new phenomenon for me. My 16:9 IPS monitor does not look anything this with normal dark content, so I have politely disagree that all IPS monitors look like this.
 
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