LG 34UB88-B review and test: Business display with Thunderbolt 2

LG 34UB88-B review and test: Business display with Thunderbolt 2

LG introduced a business display LG 34UB88-B, which can not only replace multiple monitors on the desktop, but also offers good facilities. Below we look at its work in practice.

Large displays 21: 9 format are becoming popular, and they often acquire the support of G-Sync or FreeSync, to entice gamers. But in the corporate segment of 34-inch monitors is not so widespread. Although the potential of widescreen monitors there. Workstation users often connect two monitors, but the widescreen model, similar to test LG 34UD88-W, promises to be an interesting alternative.

34-inch LG monitor offers a resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels. It allows you to replace two 24-inch monitors. Furthermore, we have more pixels than the two modern displays Full-HD. With two monitors have to put up with a frame that separates the common plane desktop into two parts – here there is no frame. One large display occupies less space on a desk than two small, and also the power consumption will be less. Finally, the user will have to configure one monitor, but not two. It will be interesting to see if able LG 34UB88-B meet expectations.

At first glance, the LG worked well over the monitor to determine its success in the enterprise market. It not only offers a large bar, and a rich feature set, including a good ergonomic adjustment options and elaborate management system.

In Europe the price for a 34-inch diagonal LG 34UB88-B is 670 euros .

Review specifications LG LG 34UB88-B
Retail price:from 670 euros
Guarantee:36 months
Products webpage:LG 34UB88-W
Diagonal:34 “
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Colour:The black
Format:21: 9
Panel:AH-IPS
Look up Table:HDMI + Thunderbolt: 8 Bit
DisplayPort: 10 Bit
Glossy panel:No
Resolution:3.440 x 1.440 pixels
Contrast:1,000: 1
Brightness:Max. 320 cd / m²
Pixel response time:5 ms
Update frequency:60 Hz
Viewing angles:Horizontal: 178 °
Vertical: 178 °
Interfaces:1x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
2x Thunderbolt 2
3x USB 3.0 (1 up, 2 down)
HDCP:Yes
The weight:7.7 kg
Dimensions (W x H x D):829,9 x 468,9 x 173 mm
Ergonomics:Height: 110 mm
Tilt: -5 ° – 15 °
Kensington Lock:No
Wall Mount:100 x 100 mm
Built-in speakers:Yes
Power Supply:External
Additionally:Appendix OSC

LG 34UB88-B review and test: Business display with Thunderbolt 2

LG 34UB88-B: Design

For the consumer market LG Monitor uses a large number of high-gloss surfaces, as a result, they look very attractive. For LG corporate market has chosen a more serious approach. Almost all of the surface of matte color is also a uniform black, with no additives white.

As a result, LG 34UD88-W looks stylish and strictly, design does not become obsolete over time. Due to the narrow frame and slim body 34-inch monitor looks attractive, it does not seem cumbersome, despite the large diagonal. If we compare the two 24-inch monitors, which the new 34-inch display can replace desktop space required is less. Especially if you are using older models with backlight CCFL.

LG chose the design Edge-to-Edge with a solid front panel, but after turning the monitor can see that in fact the edges of the panel does not reach. But the frame is still not so wide, so it is theoretically possible to install two similar display nearby.

With Stand significant changes have taken place, it has the usual semi-circular shape, but LG has chosen black instead of silver metallic. As before, the stand provides excellent stability.

Rear monitor noticeable difference with the majority of the consumer market models. At the last stand is usually attached to the body of the monitor snaps, if 34UB88-B will have to use a screwdriver. LG used for the installation of standard mounting 100 x 100 mm, so you can use the universal holders for monitors.

The interface LG has equipped the monitor is pretty good. In addition to the usual input the DisplayPort, two Thunderbolt 2 available to ensure compatibility with your Mac. As a result, LG 34UB88-B chain can be integrated into devices that will be transmitted through the cable is not only a picture but also other data. There is also a built-in USB-Hub at the two ports. Manufacturer refused to VGA input, though it is still common in the corporate segment. However, in view of the diagonal and a resolution step is called justified.

Unfortunately, the laptop is connected to the signal transfer and recharge it at the same time will not work. LG could integrate Thunderbolt 3, but chose the old standard. To 34-inch monitor has turned out as thin as possible, LG has chosen an external power supply. While this approach for 34-inch models is ubiquitous.

By manufacturing and material quality to not have to go compromise. All transitions are made accurately, the gaps are uniform, no sharp edges.

LG 34UB88-B review and test: Business display with Thunderbolt 2

LG 34UB88-B: Ergonomics

Features mechanical adjustment

For business users are important opportunities ergonomic adjustment. They allow you to give the panel the most comfortable position to be able to work long hours without causing fatigue.

LG panel allows adjustment of the inclination 34UB88-B in the range of -5 – 15 °, the range of adjustment of 110 mm is available. Good and convenient combination, which is expected from the monitors above a certain price level.

panel rotation functions in portrait mode no. However, for a large panel format 21: 9, it is hardly relevant.

If you need a new office display, by LG 34UB88-B worth a closer look. However, the feature set 34-inch LG novelty can not be called unique.

OSD, management, and utility

LG once again pleases in our tests convincing performance management. Monitor LG 34UB88-B is no exception.

As before, the main and the only element of control is a mini-joystick located on the lower end of the panel in the middle. It provides navigation in four directions and depression. LG has been able to integrate the joystick without compromising appearance, the company did not have to use the back buttons or sensor elements. Here LG bypasses many competitors.

LG 34UB88-B review and test: Business display with Thunderbolt 2

Of course, good ergonomics and easy means of the monitor menu. As usual, LG menu broke into two levels. At the first level the user gets quick access to the most important settings. The second level offers have a full menu with a wide range of settings. Users who work professionally with pictures like adjusting color on six axes.

Interestingly, for the business LG Display has provided numerous gaming features, which can be reached through and quick access. Apparently, OSD and image processing processor is used the same as that of the other models of the LG.

Entitled OSC LG has provided another opportunity to manage a 34-inch monitor. Namely, a software utility that allows you to squeeze out 34UB88-B, even more than on-screen menu. You will be able to use all OSD functions with the mouse, navigation is easy and fast. But given the very good OSD, this possibility seems excessive.

But there are other OSC function. For example, you can enable automatic downloading of specific color profiles when you run these applications. It seems to be a simple function, but in practice, it provides additional comfort. Let’s hope that LG in the future to offer more profiles.

You can also specify the breakdown of the panel on the windows, which is very convenient in practice – still display with a diagonal of this can easily replace two 24-inch monitors. Basic options breakdown specified in the OSC, then sufficient to move the application window to the desired area, it will be configured automatically. Monitor 34UB88-B can be used as a replacement for two displays at the workplace, so the OSC allows you to quickly select the desired layout of windows as before with multiple displays. This improves the comfort of work with the monitor.

So that the LG decision can be called one of the most advanced in this area.

Energy consumption

If you need to upgrade the IT infrastructure, the question always arises operating costs. And in addition to the price of the monitor is necessary to take into account the cost of electricity. However, if you replace one large monitor display two small diagonal, then this step will reduce the power consumption. And in many cases, move to a new technological level.

In many cases, a 34-inch monitor can replace two old 24-inch display. In our tests, we got power LG 34UD88-B 34,6 W at a brightness of 150 cd / m². In the case of two old 24-inch monitors, both of which are commonly and consume about 50 W can be obtained a saving of around 65 watts. For the average working day (nine hours), you can save 0.58 kWh. Considering 250 working days per year, we get 147 kWh. It seems that the economy turns out not so impressive, but the penny penny gained.

Unfortunately, the LG did not install the presence detector or light, in contrast to the same Eizo. They could give more substantial energy savings.

LG 34UB88-B: Test results

The subjective evaluation of picture quality

LG has opted for 34UB88-B panel IPS. This is not surprising, since the LG IPS technology actively promoted. It provides high-quality images and wide viewing angles. Resolution 3.440 x 1.440 pixels for the 34-inch category is typical. In principle, the monitor can easily replace the two 24-inch display. Of course, the width of the pixel you get less, but the height – 360 pixels more that can be called adequate compensation. If you want more screen space with one monitor, we recommend you pay attention to the 38-inch model LG W 38UC99.

The combination of 34 inch diagonal and a resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels once again proved itself in practice. On the one hand, you get a large space on the desktop, on the other hand you do not have to include a scaling operating system that often have to do with 4K monitors or 5K. Of course, detailed pictures 34UD88-B inferior monitors with such a high resolution, but the daily work for LG novelty features is enough.

In contrast to the recently tested 38-inch monitor LG 38UC99, the W , the new business model is equipped with LG flat-screen TV. The new business line includes models with curved panel, but have flat option has its advantages, especially if the applications are important straight lines. For example, in Excel spreadsheets curved panel gives noticeable distortion. The same goes for working with images, where the same operations are important Kropa straight lines. Here LG 34UB88-B delivers tangible benefits.

In the 34-inch LG provides convincing image quality. The screen is bright enough, uniform illumination. By contrast, we also did not have complaints.

For monitor 34UB88-B can be quite comfortable to play. Of course, responsiveness it can hardly compete with the pure game models, but IPS panel still gives pleasure to a low response time and good responsiveness. we did not notice Afterglow. The OSD LG offers Overdrive function, but abuse it is not necessary, it is better to select the average value. Overall, the LG offers a surprisingly extensive set of game features for business-display, allowing you to enjoy the games from time to time.

Test results

Brightness, contrast and uniformity of illumination

In our tests, the 34-inch LG showed convincing results. The maximum brightness was 300 cd / m², the mean value – 285.8 cd / m², so the monitor can be quite comfortable to use in a well-lit room. The uniformity of illumination is not the highest – 88%, but still quite good. To the naked eye the difference in brightness is difficult to notice.

Contrast is not the highest, 768: 1. But, as we noted above, in practice it is not felt.

White point and color

We turn to the color reproduction LG 34UB88-B. Staffing color white point temperature of 6.754 K, which is quite close to the optimal value of 6,500 K. This level is sufficient for most users, except for professional photographs of the color temperature does not hurt to correct. For professional users, LG has prepared another ace up its sleeve: the monitor can be configured based on the profile of the hardware calibration. calibration settings are stored directly in the LUT of the monitor, which gives a more accurate result. That is not used for calibration transfer pictures via the graphics card.

Color reproduction can be called convincing maximum DeltaE was 4.66, the average DeltaE – 1,27.

LG is to be expected proposed several preset profiles. They are presented in the table below.

LG 34UB88-B: Conclusion

Of course, large monitors with a diagonal always attract attention. Widescreen displays are increasingly common in the homes of users, but LG decided to enter the enterprise market. And 34UB88-B has all the chances to succeed.

LG 34UB88-B relies on modern technology, which LG break in the consumer segment. The body has completely black coloring, it seems easier than consumer models, but a narrow frame and stylish shape still give a thoroughly modern design. The same goes for the quality of manufacturing, which is on the familiar high level of LG. The set of interfaces is quite extensive in features two Thunderbolt 2 interface as special features that let you connect the monitor to your Mac through the chain. It’s a shame that the LG refused to integrate more modern standard Thunderbolt-3, which seems more promising, the more so that today more and more manufacturers are beginning to use it.

According to the new ergonomic monitor LG showed himself well. The Korean manufacturer has integrated almost all of the basic functions of a mechanical adjustment, allowing to set the panel so as to work many hours without causing fatigue. Software OSC contains a large number of useful functions. According to the new LG monitor power consumption is also pleased. Unfortunately, the LG did not establish the presence of sensors or lighting that would save more energy. There are some competitors ahead.

IPS panel, the LG installed, provides a decent screen space, as well as good image quality. The panel is quite bright, uniform light enough to the naked eye does not notice the difference in brightness. While the contrast may be higher. Interestingly, LG has integrated additional functions in the OSD, targeted at gamers. Support FreeSync allow enjoy games without the annoying effect of the frame gap. The game board showed quite a decent performance, although it is inferior responsiveness pure gaming monitors. Overall, LG 34UB88-B demonstrates the advantages of wide screen monitors in a corporate environment. Due to the format of 21: 9 and the high resolution of the new monitor can replace two old display. It saves space on the table, looks good, and consumes less power. It is a pity that LG has not established additional sensors.

Advantages LG 34UB88-B:

  • Very good image quality
  • Stylish look and high quality manufacturing
  • Integrated Hub Thunderbolt 2
  • Good ergonomics
  • Very good customization options
  • High efficiency

Disadvantages LG 34UB88-B:

  • Contrast could be higher
  • No additional sensors

Source: lg

LG 34UB88-B review and test: Business display with Thunderbolt 2 was last modified: February 9th, 2017 by Tomas Shellby