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LG 38WN95C-W 38 Inch UltraWide WQHD+ 3840x1600 IPS Curved HDR Monitor $1539 Delivered @ Amazon AU


LGs RRP is $2,599, good luck with that LG - https://www.lg.com/au/it-monitors/lg-38wn95c-w

I have had this monitor for 6+ months hooked up to my Mac Studio (M2 Max) via the supplied Thunderbolt cable.
I also use it for WFH with my Windows laptop via HDMI, and it's wonderful for spreadsheets, and our stupid ERP system etc…

About this item

  • Point 1 38 Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor with WQHD+ 3840x1600 resolution display
  • Point 2 Supports a DCI-P3 98 percent colour space that offers rich colour reproduction
  • Point 3 VESA DisplayHDR 600, enabling dramatic visual immersion in the latest HDR games, movies and images.​
  • Point 4 The USB-C Compatible Thunderbolt 3 port allows you to simultaneously connect your screen to your laptop and charge at the same time
  • Point 5 IPS 1ms, 144Hz, and G-SYNC Compatible - deliver great picture quality for gaming
  • Point 6 Tilt, Height, Swivel Adjustable stand
  • Point 7 3 Year Warranty (Parts and Labour)

For Mac users, because Apple are asshats that don't let you play nice with non Apple monitors nicely, I have installed two things to give me better control.
Lunar - https://lunar.fyi/ to have full control of the monitor as though it was a native mac monitor , eg brightness and audio controls. I went Pro because they deserve the payment for their work, and the extra functions can't hurt.
Font Smoothing - https://www.fontsmoothingadjuster.com/ to turn off font smoothing easily which is on by default and causes problems. (this can be done with a simple Terminal command too)

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  • Is Lunar any different from the (free) MonitorControl app? https://github.com/MonitorControl/MonitorControl

    • +1

      Yes, it does far more, including its free mode. Click on that link and scroll down, it shows a full comparison to MonitorControl & Display Buddy.
      I found MonitorControl did not actually let me control the audio from the monitor. It gave the visual display that audio was being adjusted, the on screen display etc… but it didn't actually do anything.
      I also tried Better Display before I found Lunar.

  • @snuke does your thunderbolt work ok? Does it power and display the mac without having the charger connected?
    I've had this for nearly 3 years and it's always buggy so I've just gone back to hdmi connection. Really annoys me and it seems common with this model

    • I have it connected to my Mac Studio, not a Macbook of any kind. Although when I first got the monitor I didn't have the Studio, so I did attach my Macbook Pro (2016 Intel) and it worked 100% as it should.

      What is yours connected to exactly (M1 Macbooks have a funny relationship with external displays)

      • I've only tested on windows machines, Dell Lenovo, Razer and even a very low powered mini pc, all work when I have the original charger connected, but nothing without.

        Thunderbolt future proofing was a big reason for buying this, but I only found out it was an issue after warranty ended.

        • +1

          I read a few issues to do with the supplied Thunderbolt cable, before i got it, i was fully expecting to have to buy another.
          I can't recall exactly what it was. With my work Dell, and personal Dell XPS, I think I had issues, will test again tomorrow, but I know they were 100% fine when I used a USB-C PDW cable, the one I use that came with my Dell S2722QC.

          Have a scroll though this Reddit search, I know there are posts discussing it - https://old.reddit.com/r/ultrawidemasterrace/search?q=38WN95…

  • Does anyone if this works nice with Mac Mini/ Macbook Mx?

    • +2

      Read my original post, and other comments, already covered this.
      Mini will be like my Studio.

      Also, you always need to specify the SoCs, is it Intel or an M series, and which M series.

  • This or hold out for an Alienware AW3821DW to be on sale?

    • +3

      Figure out what features are most important to you and decide then. For me, USB-C, PDW & Speakers were must haves, Thunderbolt was a deal sealer.
      Speakers are average at best, but they are there.


      "The LG 38WN95C-W and the Dell AW3821DW are each very good overall monitors. They're both 38 inch models with a 3840x1600 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. The LG is mainly designed for office use, but it's slightly better than the Dell for gaming because it has a quicker response time, resulting in clearer motion. It's also slightly better for HDR gaming because it gets much brighter in HDR. However, if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the Dell may be a better choice for you because it has native G-SYNC support."

  • -1

    M1/Apple Silicon Mac users beware - there is an issue with at least some units of this monitor causing artifacts when connected via thunderbolt (HDMI & DP are fine, as are other computer inputs).

    It appears that when certain colors are displayed, there is a strange characteristic ghosting plus a vertical line pattern which persist even when you have no display connected. After a while (hours) of the display being off, the lines fade and it is fine. I seem to have the issue more when my macbook is open.

    Certain websites or applications can trigger the issue, depending on what they are displaying. It's really weird.

    Changing the colour profile in the macOS Display settings can fix it - the "Colour LCD" setting appears to not be affected, but the other settings either look terrible or cause the problem. YMMV.

    There are a few threads on reddit and elsewhere describing the issue - search for the model number.

    Great monitor besides this issue.

    • +1

      I posted a link to Reddit r/ultrawidemasterrace above where a few things get brought up usually to do with the LG provided cable. I mention this above, I used the Dell provided PDW cable and it sorted an issue I had with a windows laptop I was testing.

      Have you seen anything effecting M2 Macs? I have not, and we all know that M1s have had a string of problems with non Apple monitors.

      Here is a reddit thread outside of r/ultrawidemasterrace with M1 users having success and dramas - https://www.reddit.com/r/macbookpro/comments/wwilem/looking_…

      • I have not tried a different cable, I should try that (though I suspect it's not the problem).

        Not sure about M2.

        The issues in the link you provided appear to be related to the pixel density (PPI) of this display - definitely not the same issue I had. macOS works best at ~110 PPI or ~220 PPI. Here's a great, slightly technical article about this: https://bjango.com/articles/macexternaldisplays/

        This LG 38" has a "good" PPI for macOS - somewhere around 110. If you set the scaling to something other than 100% or 50%, you can expect some fuzziness. I use "More Space", which is the native resolution / 100%, with no scaling, so text is fine for me.

        Here are the threads about the specific issue I've encountered:
        - One user here found the same fix as I, change colour profile to "Colour LCD": https://old.reddit.com/r/ultrawidemasterrace/comments/10qic2…
        - https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/121o3ri/lg_38wn95…
        - https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/sungfj/lg_38wn95c…
        - Similar issue, but with another LG monitor: https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/s36bam/very_weird…

        Oh, I'll mention another problem with this display. The USB ports in the back only power up if you have a computer connected via USB-C! It's not like a powered hub, where you can charge your phone from the hub even when the computer isn't connected. Pretty annoying. My understanding is the USB-C Dell monitors do not have this problem.

        • I am all over the PPI thing, it's one reason I got this, it walls into that 110ish area. That link may be PPI, good chance it's also that Font Smoothing is now on by default since Big Sur, and no easy off, you have to enter the command via Terminal, or via the program I link above. As such most people have it on, and are unaware of the problems it causes.

          I have not seen any real screen issues with M2s, it looks like thy fixed the mess they made with M1, which is what all of your links are about, M1 users with odd issues.
          It should be straight advice for all M1 users to be careful about the monitors they get, and even if you are, there is no guarantee you will be happy because Apple really screwed it up.

          Re USB, good to know, and yes, daft.

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