LG 34UC98 curved FreeSync UltraWide
Update: Correction to curvature, which as per exhibitions at CeBit is 1900R not 3800R. News piece below initially published 3rd January 2016.
Up until now, the UltraWide monitors from LG that support AMD FreeSync have been restricted to 2560 x 1080. For many, that simply isn’t sufficient for a screen of this size. The LG 34UC98 (also known as 34UC98-W) boasts a curved 34” UltraWide screen with 3440 x 1440 resolution, in addition to the inclusion of VESA Adaptive-Sync for AMD FreeSync support. The styling is a bit different to the previous 34UC97, most notably with the stand design which looks akin to some recent Samsung curved models. The same dual-stage bezel design is used with a hard outer component and a thin panel border (focus on the right side of the image below). The bottom bezel appears a bit thinner this time. The included stand offers tilt and 110mm height adjustment (4.33 inches).
The panel used is a 34” AH-IPS unit with 3440 x 1440 resolution (21:9 aspect ratio), 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles and fairly steep (1900R) curvature. This curve is twice as steep as its predecessor. It’s designed to enhance the feeling of depth when gaming or watching movies, without making the desktop appear too distorted or unnatural. In fact, by bringing the edges of the screen closer to your eyes, it’s designed to enhance rather than degrade visual comfort. The screen surface is very light matte anti-glare, providing a very smooth look to the image and preserving clarity and vibrancy better than stronger matte surfaces. The panel itself is 60Hz, but VESA Adaptive-Sync has been included for AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate support. A 55 – 75Hz variable refresh rate range has been confirmed – so not the most flexible at the lower end, but allowing the monitor to go beyond the 60Hz native to the panel. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified.
A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed which uses enhanced phosphors to offer complete sRGB coverage (and a bit of extension beyond), with a typical maximum luminance of 300 cd/m². A‘Reader Mode’ Low Blue Light (LBL) setting is also included to help further improve viewing comfort. The screen is factory calibrated, whilst 10-bit colour is supported (8-bits per channel plus FRC dithering). The ports include; DP 1.2a (with Adaptive-Sync), 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 3.0 ports with quick-charge (plus upstream). At least one of these USB 3.0 ports is Type-C with quick charging functionality. DP 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and Thunderbolt 2 support 3440 x 1440 @60Hz, with DP 1.2a being required to use AMD FreeSync with this model. 2 x 7W Maxx Audio speakers are also included for richer sound output than most integrated solutions will provide. The rear of the monitor is glossy and white – and for those who don’t like the included stand, 100 x 100mm VESA provision is included with holes beneath the mounting bracket.
This model is now available in the US at a suggested retail price is $1199.99 and also various other regions. Further information can be found on LG’s Korean website.