It's worth it.Well, I just tried the BestBuy site and, sure enough, they will honor the price match with the LG site sale of $200 off despite it not being "in stock" at the dealers with the low price. I was mostly checking for the price match and was helpless to the power of (perceived) savings and ordered one for delivery Wed. the 18th. Now I will need to sell my Dell Alienware 34" but will likely keep my MSI 32" (not to mention a few other older monitors scattered around). Way too much money spent but I am weak and the weakness is very strong.
Higher res does not really matter, I came from 4K @ 43" to this LG 38", and the higher ppi on the LG can put the 4K 43" to shame. The LG feels like a 5K monitor compared to the lower ppi 4K 43" I came from.Not even close. For pure gaming the 48CX will probably destroy this thing. Black blacks, no vignetting bullshit, higher resolution. I really see no downsides for gaming.
Thunderbolt would be useful for me too, being able to easily hook up my work Macbook Pro without adapters and also charge it.I'm in the camp that I want one of these but probably want to wait for the hdr600 version. I'm not positive I want to stick to that since the price drop makes it more interesting.
- Not a fan of "the fan". Fans can die. They do make some noise. And it adds bulk to the panel.
- Thunderbolt is useful to me as one device that will come on and off the monitor would be a surface book 2 which handily runs with no other connection than TB3 off my Dell 3818
- and TB is only coming in the panel that comes later
- While I won't hold my breath, it might have been useful if at least LG has managed to put HDMI 2.1 in this - something they could do if they weren't using the Nvidia control board
- HDR 600 vs HDR 400 is pretty much the difference between "ok" and "barely worthy". Neither is going to move you like OLED, but 600 is definitely better and at this price point I feel like 600 makes the price a bit more palatable
- As with the fan comment above, if you look at the 38WN95 page here you'll see that the top down view shows a MUCH slimmer profile with no Nvidia gsync control module https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-38wn95c-w-ultrawide-monitor#
All that said, I have been tempted. But TB3 is something I use very regularly on the 38 I have now. That 38 just got taken over by the family who also like it (doh!) So I need another and this new model is much better.
I think the upcoming panel will be better for me, but yes, I will get one of these versions.
Yeah I hit that one pretty much every day. Took me ages (well 20 minutes) to work that out on the docking stations the first time round. If it wasn't both thunderbolt 3 and active, then the speed downgrade dropped it below what the resolution the monitor needed. Cue "thunderbolt 3" labels all round the office. I also believe you still can't get more than 2m with them.Thundertbolt is actually a terrible cable for high bandwidth uses due to severe cable length restrictions. Only way to get past that is with expensive fiber optic cables.
That sounds right to me. I no longer get the static/EMI dropouts since I got the fibre optics cable. I've asked other people if they get this and it sounds like humidity may be a factor as well.Ya DP 2.0 is going to be sweet but any real usage I think will require a optic cable.
B&H have had them in stock several times, they just sold out fast. I originally had it preordered, then cancelled my preorder because I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the $1970 estimate on the preorder. Then later decided to buy it when B&H had them in stock end of December for $1800, was free 1 day shipping to northern Virginia area too. Many folks on the Ulrawidemasterrace reddit got theirs from B&H as well.I don't think B&H ever got any stock in. Their page has literally said "coming soon" since August. You may be waiting a while...
This should be fixed in future games that use DLSS 2.0. Currently the only game using it is Wolfenstein Youngblood but it should work with arbitrary resolutions (rather than a fixed set like in previous DLSS iterations) and give results that look as good as the native resolution.It's a shame DLSS isn't supported in anything so you can't really use ray tracing without a huge performance hit on this monitor.
Anyway as far as this 38 (and future) is concerned I have a curiosity question. The HDR600 panel model is going to get USB C (with the limits of length associated with the underlying DP 1.4 channel) as well as local dimming by way of edge driven sections (the weakest of the local methods but also perhaps the least susceptible to halos and other FALD driving issues). Do people think it's better to go with Gsync+HDR400 and take the more limited connections and that "fan" or do you think the HDR600, no fan, more connections is the better choice? I know opinions will vary but I'm curious anyway.
For me at least the extra connections for easily hooking up my work Macbook Pro and running PbP mode for my working from home rig would be nice. HDR600 with reasonable amount of local dimming zones (most likely has just 8-10 vertical columns, 16 zone grid would be nice) would take the HDR support from rubbish to usable. No, it would not be OLED level or anything but at least something you can use on a game by game basis if you want.Anyway as far as this 38 (and future) is concerned I have a curiosity question. The HDR600 panel model is going to get USB C (with the limits of length associated with the underlying DP 1.4 channel) as well as local dimming by way of edge driven sections (the weakest of the local methods but also perhaps the least susceptible to halos and other FALD driving issues). Do people think it's better to go with Gsync+HDR400 and take the more limited connections and that "fan" or do you think the HDR600, no fan, more connections is the better choice? I know opinions will vary but I'm curious anyway.
Even LG officially raised the price on their site. I assume it's a shortageKeep in mind that the tariff situation with China is going to impact prices. And sadly Marketing 101 says that if your product is in gigantic demand such that you can't produce enough to satisfy, you raise the price. But because the price was high enough to cause people to question the purchase I suspect you will see the price come back again after the initial demand has been met. Also remember the next model down, with Freesync 2 and Gesync compatible (meaning it is still a gaming capable monitor) plus USB C, more inputs overall and HDR600 is due out in Q2. MSI's version of this monitor (gamer focused) will use this panel. I'd love it if Alienware did a "both" where you had a AW3820F2 and AW3820G but who knows where they will land. Acer went with the Gsync hardware equipped model. So apparently both panels are possible, just up to a given OEM to decide just what models to offer.
But price will eventually come down, just not while the demand is huge I suspect. We'll see. Try the LG website too - because many vendors will price match if that price is 1599 instead of 1799.
While I do have a second monitor (a 21.5" IPS) mounted above this one for things like discord, I have not - not even once - missed my triple 27" setup. Not for work, not for gaming, not for just messing around on the web - this monitor is superior in every way. The reduced complexity, the ability to switch system inputs in 1-2 seconds with one click instead of 7-10 seconds with multiple, unintuitive inputs, the way my desk has opened up and I no longer have giant blinders wrapped around me - from just an experiential level, it's so much better. From a technical level, it's basically a dual 1920x1600 monitor - bigger than a 34, easier to push than a 4K.buydig.com is the only place you can buy this now at MSRP. I had a best buy open box order placed but it got cancelled .
I went and looked some more at the other two LG 38" monitors coming out, and I don't think they will support strobing... might as well get the better one with g-sync inside
Will be nice to go back to one monitor at home so I can get more space back on my desk.
Phew, glad that’s worked out for you. I went as strong as I’ve ever gone in recommending it over a multi screen.While I do have a second monitor (a 21.5" IPS) mounted above this one for things like discord, I have not - not even once - missed my triple 27" setup.
I've got both on a pole mount with wire pass through. I'm doing some final wiring management, but with the migration to the Ncase, this is as clean and tight as my system has ever been.Phew, glad that’s worked out for you. I went as strong as I’ve ever gone in recommending it over a multi screen.
It’s been a revelation for my home set up. Now I’ve got it properly adjustable on a stand even moreso.
that’s a good little stand, I like. Mine is awesome but aesthetically bugs me atm that I can’t have it in the middle of the monitor.
I'm glad I acted on the LG sale price at $1599 for the short time it was available (thru Best Buy price match). I have a similar setup to yours on articulating arms, except my 2nd monitor is a 32" 16:9. My speakers are no where near that large, though I have a 5.1 setup. Question: with your desk setup as shown, how far are you from the LG for viewing distance?
28" from my nose to the top of the monitor.I'm glad I acted on the LG sale price at $1599 for the short time it was available (thru Best Buy price match). I have a similar setup to yours on articulating arms, except my 2nd monitor is a 32" 16:9. My speakers are no where near that large, though I have a 5.1 setup. Question: with your desk setup as shown, how far are you from the LG for viewing distance?
Retail is more like $2400Sorry off topic a bit, I did a quick google, am I reading that right? Those are $2000?
Somehow I got the nocturnes for cheaper than the standard ones thanks to my local hifi shop.Sorry off topic a bit, I did a quick google, am I reading that right? Those are $2000?
Always buy KEF on sale. Always.Somehow I got the nocturnes for cheaper than the standard ones thanks to my local hifi shop.
I think they were $1525 US equivalent. Which was a good deal. Very nerdy but I thought it went with the whole tech theme. KEF you wanna buy on a sale.
Single box solution is great and they’re generally regarded as good value for performance (it’s insane the sound and clarity for the size) but yeah the warranty sucks. As does the digital volume control and the fact that it has a great built in dac but no headphone port or audio out.
With $2000 speakers, $700 headphones and a $600 DAC on my desk (plus a $279 headset for calls and there’s another set of $600 headphones boxed up under my desk that I haven’t used for a year and am too lazy to sell) it perhaps provides context to why I perhaps wasn’t as price sensitive as most earlier in the thread (though to pull this back on topic, I still regret nothing with this purchase, but do think monitor prices are stupid these days, as are phones)
Your setup is impressively slick!