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The appearance of ultrawide monitors, spearheaded by LG, has been revolutionary for PC (and Mac) users.
Not too many years ago, monitors with a screen ratio of 4:3 and a resolution of 1024×768 or 1280×1024 were the norm. Beginning in the late 2000’s, 16:9 monitors became the new standard. If you wanted more screen real estate, your only option was a multi-screen setup with two (or more) monitors side by side. This left users with annoying bezels to deal with.
Cue the ultrawide revolution. The 21:9 screen ratio provided by an ultrawide monitor gives you more space, more immersion, and an altogether more enjoyable experience.
The 29UB65 is a 29″ ultrawide model from LG with a resolution of 2560 x 1080. That’s an additional 33% of horizontal screen real estate at your disposal compared to a 16:9 1080P monitor.
The advantage is most obvious when watching movies. The vast majority of movies are shot in a 21:9 aspect ratio, which just happens to be the same aspect ratio as this monitor. The result? You’re able to watch movies in full screen, without the thick black borders at the top and bottom of the screen which you’re probably used to if you’re using a 16:9 screen.
The monitor features an IPS backlit panel with very good viewing angles – there’s little to no loss in contrast of colour, even when looking at the screen at extreme angles. LG quotes angles of 178 degrees, which I found to be accurate.
Colour reproduction is excellent, with rich reds and blues, and deep inky blacks.
The range of inputs provided include DVI, DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and PC audio in. There’s also a headphone output.
The integrated speakers offer a decent sound, with little audible distortion even at loud volume levels. While not being on a par with a decent pair of dedicated speakers, the sound remains pleasant and balanced.