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LG 38" Ultrawide Monitor | 38UC99-W

dual source dot tech gets updated multiple times a day with variety of tech products so if you guys live in the US UK and Canada and want to save money on your next purchase consider bookmarking dual source tech and checking back at least once a day ultra wide monitors more and more people are converting their multi-monitor setup to a single ultra ride I've done it a few years ago and never looked back since LG has also been improving their ultra wide monitors and this year we have two different models the 38 you see 99 which is the one I'm reviewing in this video and the UC 79 GB that's aimed more towards gamers with its 144 Hertz refresh rate and low cost but if you guys want me to grab the gaming version as well and do a video on it then be sure to hit that like button so this is a 38 inch ultra wide curved monitor with an IPS display and no I'm not joking I did say 38 inches that's equivalent to three 16 by 9 1080p monitors side-by-side here's what it looks like compared to the last year's model the 34 you see 98 even though it doesn't look much bigger side-by-side I can definitely tell you it's much more noticeable in person it's been much like having a small curved TV right in front of you it took me a few days to get used to the size but all I can say to LG is please do not go any bigger I feel like 38 inches is the maximum for any single display of course with the size boost comes more pixels up from their previous 34 40 by 1440p up to 38 40 by 1600 needless to say you have more room to work with here's a quick sample between both resolutions so this year is a 38 40 by 1600 and here is the 34 40 by 1440p that's a much more real estate you are given with their new monitor as far as color reproduction I honestly cannot see the difference between the two the previous version had an amazing display so I feel like they kept it after all why change things that work it's still the same vibrant colors with amazing viewing angles and of course srgb over 99% in terms of design not much as changed also the back cover is made out of plastic and so is the base however if those have this brushed aluminum look I do love the consistency of the glass for both the neck and the back of the monitor and what's interesting is that the stand is compatible with their previous model as well of course it's optional because the monitor is VESA compatible as you can already tell but if you decide to use the stand then you would be pleased to find that it is height adjustable up to 110 meters as well as 5 to 15 degrees of tilt just like before take a look at the back is where you will find all of the ports we have one USB type-c one DisplayPort 1.2 two HDMI is one headphone jack and two USB 3.0 which by the way are both quick charge capable something that LG has improved from the previous version is their speakers now I know a lot of people myself included don't use the speakers on the monitors but for those of you who do I think you would be impressed LG is calling it their rich base and it features 210 watt drivers compared to their previous seven and here's the difference in sound quality obviously it's not going to sound better than actual desktop speakers but for being built in the monitor they are pretty damn good what's also interesting is that you can connect any Bluetooth device to the speakers and output the sound directly from the monitor I'm not really sure who will use that feature but it's there anyways accessing the menu is done by the joystick which is located on the bottom between the speakers and within the menu you have access to the quick settings that give you the option to change the brightness contrast and screen off which will only turn off the screen but will continue to output the sound then you have input so in here you can change the aspect ratio from full 21 by 9 to original which is 16 by 9 and then you have to cinema modes which lets you watch content and 21 by 9 full screen with caption the picture setting gives you access to change the colors but I find the default setting to be calibrated perfectly with the most accurate colors sound is pretty self-explanatory and then we have general which will give you some additional options for example enabling the quick charge feature so what does content look like on a 21 by 9 monitor that isn't made in 21 by 9 for example YouTube videos well just like before you get black borders on both sides however this time they are much wider watching movies or videos however and 21 by 9 is always a treat and I definitely feel like I get a more immersive experience since it's a much larger monitor productivity has also been affected from the resolution bump since I'm only using one monitor I can definitely use all the horizontal and vertical pixels I can get and because of this I was able to add two extra time lines near the bottom which will help a lot when it comes to editing gaming is also fun in 21 by 9 again going back to the whole immersive experience even some console games are starting to support 21 by 9 like the new Ratchet and Clank on ps4 the you c99 does feature a virtual 1 millisecond response time with motion blur reduction and 75 Hertz refresh rate however the 75 Hertz is only available with the DisplayPort and free sync enabled which is kind of a drawback on the monitor since most people use NVIDIA GPUs for people that use AMD cards it's great but for the rest of us we only get 60 Hertz then again this monitor wasn't made for hardcore gamers Stud it's aimed at casual gamers and productivity being the main focus as I mentioned in the beginning of this video that you see 97g is the one that's aimed mainly for gamers so to sum it up LG has done it again by creating another amazing ultrawide monitor by addressing some of the issues from their previous lineup the backlight bleed is very minimal and much improved from last year as well as an issue with image footprints which I've experienced on the UC 98 this is where a faint copy of an image is left over on the screen after moving the original I'm glad to report that the you see 99 does not experience this at least my model doesn't the only other gripe I have with this monitor is the price it's pretty steep and I get why I mean does come with a bunch of features but personally if it were up to me I would get rid of some features like the built-in speakers quick charge USB type-c and even free sync since there is already another version aimed at gaming dropping these features will dramatically reduce the cost of manufacturing which will then in return reduce the price of the monitor if you guys already own one of LG's previous ultra Lite monitors then I don't think it's worth it to make the upgrade however if you're looking into getting an ultra-wide then now is the best time to make the switch but as I said before this monitor is perfect for content creators and it's also great for casual gamers out there if you guys are interested in checking it out I'll drop a link to it down below and let me know if you guys want me to review the gaming version of this monitor by leaving a like and letting me know in the comment section below thanks so much for watching as always I'll see you in the next video
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