LG 34UM88 3440 x 1440 UltraWide model
With all this talk of new curved monitors and something of an emerging trend for even more steeply curved monitors, it’s easy to forget that some users would prefer a flat screen. This may just be a general preference, or alternatively they could have a good reason for wanting that – perhaps they’re designers and they don’t want their work to be adulterated by screen curvature. The LG 34UM88 (or 34UM88-P) shows that manufacturers haven’t lost sight of such users, offering a 34” 3440 x 1440 ‘UltraWide’ screen without the addition of a curve. The monitor has a slick modern appearance with LG’s now ubiquitous ‘Cinema Bezel’ design. The stand appears from available information to lack full ergonomic flexibility, but will allow the screen to be tilted and likely the screen height to be adjusted.
The panel used is a 60Hz 34” AH-IPS model with 3440 x 1440 resolution 21:9 ‘UltraWide’ resolution and very light matte screen surface. Being an IPS panel, colour consistency is a strong point and so is viewing angle performance. 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles are specified alongside a 1000:1 static contrast ratio. The monitor employs 8-bit + 2-bit FRC colour processing (i.e. 10-bit, with dithering used). An enhanced phosphor WLED backlight is used, offering >99% sRGB coverage and some extension beyond this in some regions (this remains a standard gamut model, however). Although not currently mentioned, it’s highly likely that this is flicker-free (or ‘flicker-safe’ as LG calls it). A ‘Reader Mode’ Low Blue Light setting is also expected. The specified response time is 5ms whilst a 320 cd/m² typical luminance is specified.
Further information on this model can be found here. The monitor is now available globally.