|So beautiful and wide .. although I have to say it is not as sharp as a MacBook Retina display|
I have a few criteria:
- ultra wide screen regardless of size - can be 32" or 34" or even 34"
- it must be IPS screen, not TN or whatever the other one is called
- it must have USB-C to charge the MacBook Pro and also to extend the display of the MacBook
- it must have good speakers. Not the puny ones that some Dell monitor shipped with. Really good ones. I hate having to plug in the speaker jack from PC to monitor
- it should have G-Sync support
- bonus - it has nice legs that doesn't take up space
I realize that I really wanted the USB-C and good speakers. I don't really care about G-Sync because even though I still play games, I spent more time surfing, reading, watching video and listening to music on the PC.
The LG UltraWide 38WK95C Monitor met all of the criteria except the G-Sync.
|Left column: USB-C (upstream), DisplayPort, HDMI x2. Right column: USB 3.0 x2 (downstream), headphone and power|
About the USB-CI will repeat this because not many YouTube videos or written reviews were very specific about the USB-C. This monitor DOES charge the 2017 MacBook Pro 13" via the USB-C cable that was provided by LG. It also extend the display of the MacBook, meaning it will be a secondary display to the Mac. In fact, it gives out 60W of power via the USB-C PD (Power Delivery). There you go. You can rest assure it works. Even the box has the words "Laptop charging" printed on it.
|Photo of the back - USB C at the top for the Mac; below is DisplayPort to connect to the GTX1060 on the PC|
|Use the USB-C cable provided by LG. I don't think you can use the one provided by Apple|
|When I connect the USB-C to the Mac, even with Windows running, a dialog box pops up|
There is another interesting thing about the USB-C. If the monitor goes to sleep, for instance, you sleep the PC and so they monitor blanks out, the USB-C continues to charge the Mac. However, the USB 3.0 which has a 5V, 0.9A charge capability, will stop charging. Btw, you can connect and charge an
I don't have a MacBook Pro 15", so I can't test but one video I saw in YouTube claimed that the 60W is able to charge the 15".
USB hubThere is a USB hub built into the back of the monitor - the USB-C cable served as an upstream port and the two blue-USB 3.0 port is the downstream port. What this means is that I can plug my mouse and keyboard into the USB 3.0 provided that:
1/ I plugged the USB-C into the MacBook. Then the keyboard+mouse can drive the MacBook.
2/ I attached the USB-C cable into a usb-C to usb-A adapter (that is included in the accessory box) and then plug this adapter into the PC's USB 3.0 port. Then the USB behind the monitor become a USB 3.0 hub and the keyboard+mouse can drive the PC.
This also means I must physically plug the USB-C cable into the Mac or a PC in order for the keyboard+mouse to drive the Mac or PC. My other option is to use software to simulate a KVM switch and LG does provide a software - they called it the Dual Controller. It simulates key and mouse press via tcpip. I am not a fan of this simulation as I believe there will be lag.
10Wx2 Bluetooth speakers
|Shot taken from the bottom of the monitor. Notice those vents? This is just one side of the speaker. There are two of them.|
Also, the speakers itself has Bluetooth capability, so I can cast sound from my iPhone or iPad into the speakers wireless across the room.
|Mission Impossible from iTunes - full screen and no black bars!|
The curve doesn't bother me much but you must sit a bit further from the monitor because it is just so huge. I do find myself having to move my head to one side if the window is there. I have to say though - if you are used to the super retina resolution from the MacBook Pro, you will find that this LG screen is not as sharp. It doesn't cramp a lot of pixels into a smaller inch. Really, it's just like any other monitor. I am just being spoiled by the MacBook Pro.
|The box is nice|
|Another view of the box. Very nice design.|
Follow up article - backlight bleeding? Thankfully, no.