Sick of waiting - bought an LG 38CB99-W

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  1. jfreund

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    The 38CB99-W appears to be the "business" model of the 38UC99-W. Identical specs and a 3 year warranty on the CB vs 1 year on the UC. These also appear to be the same as the newer 38WK95C-W (38BK95C-W for "business"), with the exception that the newer model has HDR. All of the LG 38" ultrawide monitors are Freesync (not Freesync 2.0, which calls into question the value of HDR on the newer one) with a max refresh of 75 Hz.

    For about 3 years I've been using a triple 2560x1600 setup with Monoprice "G-Pro" 30" IPS screens. I've upgraded my system twice in that time, moved into a different house, changed my chair/desk configuration, switched to a mechanical keyboard, and upgraded sound, leaving the monitors trailing everything else. I've been trying to wait until I can get an upgrade in every aspect of the display that matters to me - size, resolution, weight, picture quality, variable refresh, inputs, and remote control. I'm pretty sure that's still years away.

    Size/resolution: My monitor stand is maxed out with 3x30" screens in triple landscape. I might be able to fit 32" monitors with smaller bezels, but I've decided portrait/landscape/portrait is my best bet moving forward to satisfy my 3 screen addiction. After about a decade of using 16:10, I'm really hesitant to give up 10% of my vertical viewing space. My viewing distance (at least 4 feet) makes 4K rather impractical with screens that will fit into my setup.

    I wasn't even considering an ultrawide monitor until I saw that the 38" LGs have a resolution of 3840x1600. They are advertised as 21:9, but that actually comes out to 24:10. I can keep my vertical res, add ultrawide for gaming, and flip 2 monitors to portrait on the sides.

    Weight: These Monoprice screens are beasts - 20+ lbs. Even at 38", the LG is lighter at 17 lbs. I'll keep two of the 30" on the sides for now, but might go for something lighter eventually, to make it easier to keep things aligned.

    Picture quality: I'm not holding my breath for OLED monitors at a reasonable price. I'd prefer a VA panel for black levels, but the curved screen should allow more uniform viewing angles to reduce IPS glow. The 38UC99-W has reviewed very well on color accuracy and gray uniformity.

    Variable refresh: I bought a Freesync monitor to use with an Nvidia card. I would have considered Gsync if LG made it available with their 38" screens, but my brief experience using a Gsync monitor left me unimpressed. I just might not be sensitive to frame rates above 60 Hz. VRR would make a difference below 60 fps, but I've gamed for decades without it. The urge to upgrade my display is much stronger than any desire for VRR. If I'm lucky, AMD's next generation will be a worthwhile upgrade.

    Inputs/remote control: I have 2 "main" systems - a Windows PC and a Linux PC. I have a USB switch to change KB/mouse between them, and the Monoprice monitors have remote control to change inputs. No other manufacturer that I've seen commonly includes remote control with monitors. I'm hoping the "joystick" on the bottom of the LG is easy to reach.

    I decided against the newer 38WK95 because I'm not going to pay extra for HDR. My main Windows system is Win 8.1, so no HDR there. I did put together a test box with Win 10 1803 and connected it to my LG B7 OLED to discover that HDR on Windows is garbage. All it does on the desktop is jack up the brightness and make everything completely washed out. The only game I have with HDR is Mankind Divided, and I saw zero difference in game. It did cause annoying color and brightness fluctuations in the menus. As far as I can tell, HDR on Windows is currently a shitty gimmick.

    If there's an awesome monitor out there that I've missed, please let me know. 2019 should bring a few advancements, but I don't see any of them affecting my usage. Hopefully in 3-5 years, when I'm likely to upgrade again, there will be a monitor that knocks my socks off.
     
  2. Digital Viper-X-

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    Didn't want to wait for the new "microLED" ones? they seem like a fairly good reason to wait :)
     
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    Maybe by the time I'm ready to upgrade again. I don't see microLED shrinking to monitor-size for any kind of reasonable price in 2019, likely not 2020, either.
     
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    Sorry, I brain farted

    I meant NANO IPS (Quantom Dot)
     
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    I did take a look at the info on the LG "5K" 34" nanoIPS. Looks like an awesome screen, but I don't think 2160p will be better than 1600p at my viewing distance - at least not with a screen that will fit into my setup.

    I considered a 43" 4k TV. With my current monitors, my eye level is about 1/3 up the screen. A 4K TV would put too much of the viewing area above eye level for me. The surface of my desk is 34" off the floor and I have a 4" tall center speaker under the monitors.

    My configuration is pretty unusual, which is why I haven't found a monitor that really grabs my attention.
     
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    Sounds like you've already done your research =)
     
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    Nice. That looks like a sweet set.
     
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    I'll post impressions when I have it set up. I've been browsing the display forum off and on for several months, but I haven't seen much discussion of the 38" ultrawides. That's probably part of the reason I haven't noticed the 1600 vertical res in the 2 years they've been available.
     
  9. GNUse_the_force

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    Problem there is people are continually stating the wrong resolution and aspect ratios for monitors, even on this site. This monitor is actually the kind of sweet spot 30" 1600p owners have been looking for but oddly there has been no hype.

    It's basically a 30" 1600p monitor with extra width and 75hz refresh.
     
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    Scheduled for delivery on Wednesday!
     
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  12. BearOso

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    MicroLED can't shrink to small pixel densities and QD-LED is a few years off, so it's quite the long wait. I really hope QD-LED is viable.
     
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    QD-LED is already on it's way, (Jan 1st release date) - nano-ips monitors are QD panels I thought.
     
  14. DanNeely

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    Nope. I knew about it for a while and didn't want it.

    At only 14.6" tall instead of 16" if falls farther from what I'd been looking for until I gave up and bought a 32" 4k monitor at the end of last year. At 41/42" I might've been interested then. Now I don't think I'll ever go back to low DPI. I might consider a 5k equivalent; but would honestly rather hold out for the ~200DPI of a cut down 8k if I were to jump to a suitably tall ultra wide.
     
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    It's here and I'm using it now. I need to get my side monitors in place and run through the menus, then I'll do a new post.
     
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    Nano-IPS is just another backlighting trick for improved color gamut. QD-LED is printed electro-emissive elements that generate their own light like OLED.
     
  17. Digital Viper-X-

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    Oh, someone mentioned that nano-ips were LG's implementation of Quantum Dot
     
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