If you’re looking for a top-tier curved monitor capable of displaying the highest quality pixels, LG’s introducing premium 21:9 ultrawide models at IFA that might just scratch your itch, no matter if you’re into gaming, editing, or just watching videos.
First up: The 38UC99. Don’t let that horribly bland name fool you—this 38-inch ultrawide is brimming with cutting-edge features.
The massive screen rocks an impressive 3840x1600 resolution, and it’s powered by IPS technology that delivers “wide color gamut covering 99 percent of the sRGB color space,” according to LG. A pair of integrated 10W Bluetooth-compatible speakers with enhanced bass give the monitor basic audio chops to complement the on-screen beauty. The 38UC99 also includes a USB-C port for transferring data or charging devices.
Those high-end features come at a price, however. The 38UC99 will set you back a cool $1,500 when it launches in September.
Gamers may want to check out the 34UC79G instead. This 34-inch display is the first 144Hz curved, ultrawide IPS monitor, according to LG. That’s an incredibly specific niche—but a highly desirable one, too. Unfortunately, the display resolution wasn’t announced.
The $700 34UC79G includes support for AMD’s buttery smooth FreeSync technology, along with other gaming-friendly features like Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, and even the ability to display a crosshair in the center of the screen to up your game in competitive shooters. Look for it in October.
The story behind the story: Curved displays aren’t especially compelling in TV form, but make much more sense as PC monitors, where they help to create a more immersive feel. And they certainly shake up the stale state of screen design, which may be why we’re swimming in curved monitor announcements all of a sudden. Just yesterday, Samsung announced two curved displays of its own—the first PC monitors powered by quantum dot technology.
The key selling point for this $600 monitor? Baked-in Google Cast support, which seems kind of superfluous if you plan on using the monitor on a traditional desk. You know, since it’d already be attached to a keyboard and monitor. That said, Cast support could come in handy if you plop the display in a central location in a TV replacement-type role, though the 34UM79M’s 34-inch ultrawide form factor could make it hard to find place in most rooms.