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LG 38WN95C 3840 x 1600 144Hz UltraWide

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UltraWide monitors are vaunted for both work and play, with ~38″ models offering a particularly expensive and immersive experience. The LG 38WN95C (38WN95C-W owing to the white rear and silver stand) follows on from the 38GL950G, with some similar characteristics but a modified feature-set. The screen has fairly slender bezels at the top and sides, a dual-stage design with a panel border around the image plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The panel border is flush with the rest of the screen and appears to blend in seamlessly when the monitor is switched off. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a central joystick beneath the bottom bezel.

A behemoth of a screen

The monitor adopts a 37.5” UltraWide Nano IPS panel with 3840 x 1600, 2300R curve and support for a 144Hz refresh rate. This is a 24:10 (12:5 or 2.4:1) aspect ratio and offers a similar pixel density to a 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) 16:9 model. The monitor supports Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync and ‘Nvidia G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ on compatible GPUs and systems. This contrasts with the 38GL950G’s use of a G-SYNC module, includes variable overdrive support for careful pixel response optimisation across a broad range of refresh rates. And unlike the ‘G’ model, this one doesn’t include the factory overclock option for 170Hz in the OSD. The variable refresh rate range has not yet been disclosed, but we’re expecting 48 – 144Hz with LFC (Low Framerate Compensation). Other aspects to note include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178/178° viewing angles, with the use of a light matte anti-glare screen surface. A WLED backlight with enhanced phosphors (the ‘Nano’ in Nano IPS) is included, yielding 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage and a 450 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. This boosts to at least 600 cd/m² when the monitor responds to HDR10 content, with VESA DisplayHDR 600 supported. This enables 10-bits to be used in the pipeline and allows the monitor to put its generous colour gamut and relatively high luminance levels to good use. It also necessitates some form of local dimming for the backlight – a step up in HDR performance from the more basic VESA DisplayHDR 400 support of the ‘G’ model.

A 1ms response time is specified, which is marketing and not a realistic indication of the typical pixel response times you should expect. The rear of the monitor is largely glossy white plastic, with a silver-coloured stand. The included stand offers tilt and height adjustment, attaching using a quick-release mechanism. It can be easily detached and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if preferred. The ports are located in a recessed area to the right of the stand attachment point, facing backwards. These include; Thunderbolt 3 (high speed USB-C with DP Alt mode and PD), DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), a 3.5mm headphone jack and a DC power input (external power brick). The ‘G’ model lacks the Thunderbolt 3 port and additional HDMI 2.0 port of this model.

A glossy white rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$1600 USD (£1350).

LG 38WN95C