LG 38WN95C-W review: You can work with it
Today there is something new on TechnikNews. I was able to test a monitor, the LG 38WN95C-W, for a few weeks. How I find it, I explain here.
So far we have only ever tested smartphones, laptops, tablets, smartwatches and similar things. But especially in times like these, many laptop users want a fixed setup in the Home Office to have. And for a perfect desk setup you need a monitor. Now you know how this test came about.
Since normal screens are rather "boring", I immediately decided to test an ultrawide model. And so the LG 38WN95C-W, which was presented at CES 2020, ended up on my doorstep at some point. Let's take a closer look at the good piece.
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Unboxing and assembly
The packaging of the LG monitor is huge. So I recommend that you find enough space to unpack. When you open the box, you immediately notice a smaller box. This contains the power supply unit and any connecting cables. It can be put on its side for the time being. If you remove the upper styrofoam part, you get access to the monitor and the components for the stand.
To set up the base, you have to put the two parts together and turn the built-in screw until both are firmly connected. You don't need any additional tools for this step. Then you have to lay the monitor with the back side up on the floor so that you can fix the stand you just assembled. Now you can do the construct proput it down without any problems and remove the remaining protective film.
Design and workmanship
The LG 38WN95C-W has a very simple appearance. The display bezels are very thin and even on all sides, you only find an LG logo. The aluminum stand looks very modern and the curved display also looks great. Those were all the things that you can see at first glance.
LG hid all of the “unsightly” parts of the monitor in some way. The joystick and the loudspeakers were installed on the underside, all connections are on the back and cables can be led down nicely behind the stand using the supplied bracket. This piece of plastic is put on the back of the foot, making cable management much easier.
The monitor itself can be adjusted in all conceivable directions. You can adjust the height, incline and rotation. This aspect is not even as unimportant as one might think. An optimal viewing angle on the display is essential for a good sitting position. And it prevents back pain and things like that. So here LG gets a lot of praise from me. You could create a modern design that is still very functional.
The processing is also at a very high level. The stand is made of aluminum and is very stable. The material used for the monitor was plastic. But the whole thing doesn't seem inferior.
Connections, controls and integrated speakers
I briefly indicated that all connections were placed on the back. And there are actually plenty of them. Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI and DisplayPort are available for connection to a laptop, stationary Mac or PC.
The LG 38WN95C-W can also be operated as a hub, provided that Thunderbolt is used to connect to the computer. Thanks to the jack plug and the USB 3.0 ports, you have the option of connecting SD card readers, microphones, hard drives, speakers and other accessories. At the same time, a laptop can also be charged with up to 64 watts. In the best case scenario, you have one cable for all connections.
The bottom line is that there should be a suitable selection of ports for everyone. I would have only wished for more USB-C ports, since not everything has a USB-A connector anymore.
The power connection for the monitor has also been integrated on the back. The only downside to the power supply is that the power supply is very large, which makes it harder to hide. But it must also be said that, from a technical point of view, it could not have been made smaller.
The monitor is controlled by a single stick on the underside of it. It is used when switching on and off, changing the image inputs, adjusting the image settings and adjusting the brightness. Alternatively, there is controller software for Windows and macOS. However, this does not come with as many functions, so it is less recommendable. The control via the button on the monitor is also a bit cumbersome. Everyone has to decide for themselves what they prefer.
The LG 38WN95C-W also houses speakers. These sound surprisingly good at low volumes. From a volume of 25 Procent they overdrive and then only sound uncomfortably loud.
Display and picture quality
Now we come to the most important and exciting part of my review, the display and the image quality.
But first, let's cover the basics. The screen measures 38 inches diagonally and is curved. With an aspect ratio of 21:9, this is also sorely needed for the size. This makes it easier to keep an eye on all the content without having to turn your head a lot. The refresh rate is 144 Hertz if you use the device with DisplayPort. In addition, there is a high coverage of the color spaces. We're talking about 98 Procenter in the DCI-P3 color space and from 135 Procenter in the sRGB color space. HDR is also supported, which means colors look better and more vibrant.
Also included are G-Sync from Nvidia and FreeSync from AMD. Both technologies are required for gaming, they synchronize the frame rate of the monitor with the performance of the graphics card. The result is that the number of images pro second that the graphics card procould produce, does not precede the value of the monitor. Through this Prozess, there are no truncated images when gaming.
The high resolution and the huge display size give you a huge work surface. The end result is an area that is roughly four times as large as a 16: 9 FHD display. Therefore, working and multitasking is a dream - more on that later.
If you are not satisfied with the characteristics of the picture that the monitor outputs by default, you can make changes to the picturepromake file. On the one hand, there are ready-made modes that go by the names "HDR Effect", "Cinema", "sRGB" and "Reader". For simple applications, there should definitely be a suitable one here Probe there. Otherwise, LG also built in other, more detailed settings. These include Auto-Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Super Resolution, which increases the resolution for movies and games, and other color rendering controls. The RGB and gamma values can be adjusted. Put simply, gamma determines how light and dark areas are shown.
For test purposes, I also ran the EIZO monitor test with the predefined colorprorun over it. I noticed two things that the LG monitor couldn't do so well. On the one hand, the circle could not be displayed completely round review image, on the other hand, I could still clearly see edges in the color transition.
But how do the listed points make themselves felt in everyday life? The picture on the monitor is extremely sharp and extremely true to color. A dual monitor setup is also no longer necessary because the large screen size and the 21: 9 aspect ratio give you the same effect. And thanks to the Curved, you have everything in view without having to turn your head much. In addition, it gives the monitor a modern look.
Purposes of use
There are three areas where I would like the LG 38WN95C-W in more detailprocould beer.
The first activity is Programmar This was possible in full-screen mode without any difficulties. I was able to open up to three documents without having to scroll horizontally a lot. The whole thing also worked with four windows, but then it got a little cramped. A good setting is also opening two documents so that there is space for a browser, a smartphone simulator or a terminal next to them. It is striking that my MacBook Pro stuttered a bit when switching to full screen mode.
A second use case is multitasking workflows. In my case, it was often a combination of a school meeting, my notes app and a browser. So I was able to pay attention during class and write down the material and do research without having to change windows. For my work at TechnikNews I always opened my text editor Ulysses, the browser and Slack, which also worked great. And if you ever feel a little listless, there is room for work on one side of the monitor, while a YouTube video, a film, a series, Twitter or Reddit can be placed on the other. Of course I would nie do😇.
Let's come back to film consumption. This is of course very useful with the given aspect ratio. So you can start a movie in full screen without getting black bars at the top and bottom. In addition, the experience is even more powerful due to the large display and the curved.
The LG 38WN95C-W is of course also very practical for other areas. I quickly think of audio editing and video editing. Through the large work area, you can see a large view of the timeline and also all the important controls that are required for editing. And with video editing, you also get a high-resolution view of the result. Editing detailed photos and graphics is not that good on the monitor in my opinion. The difficulty is not the colors of the monitor, but the curved ones. We remember: In the monitor test described, the 38WN95C-W could not display the circle of the test image completely correctly, which means that it is not so accurate to work. You don't have to worry when you simply “slide the slider”, because in this case the colors take precedence, not the pixels.
It should now be clear who the monitor is intended for. LG is clearly targeting this Pro-Users and gamers who have higher demands than simple users.
Prices and availability
The LG 38WN95C-W is available from Amazon and various retailers. LG wants to have around 1600 euros for it.
LG 38WN95C-W: Conclusion
The LG 38WN95C-W delivers largely. I particularly liked the integrated hub, the outstanding image quality with many adjustment options and the flexible setting of a position for a better viewing angle. However, some points of criticism are also dear to my heart. Editing high-resolution photos is one of them, as you have to compromise on accuracy with the monitor. Controlling the monitor is also a bit cumbersome because the controller software is not that sophisticated and operating the stick takes a "long time". I would also have liked more USB-C ports on the back.
Thank you for providing the LG 38WN95C-W.
We also have Probleme tested via Thunderbolt on different notebooks (Windows 11) and with different cables. For a monitor for over 1000 euros, I expected more.
Did you have to set anything to enable the rear USB ports? With me they are inoperative despite connection via Thunderbolt.
they were active for me immediately. The best thing would be to contact LG.
David from TechnikNews
Found out: the laptop BIOS had to be set to allow Thunderbolt to trust "unknown devices".