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LG 29EA93 review

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Pros

  • Excellent connectivity
  • Dual Link-Up facility is neat
  • 21:9 aspect is great for films and some games

Cons

  • No height adjustment is a problem
  • Limited vertical desktop space
  • So-so accuracy out of the box

Key Features

  • 29-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio; 2,560 x 1,080 resolution; 2x HDMI (one with MHL); DisplayPort and DVI-D; 99% sRGB coverage
  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Review Price: £375.00

What is the LG 29EA93?

To say the LG 29EA93 is a 29-inch monitor is a little misleading. It measures 29 inches diagonally, but what makes the 29EA93 interesting is this isn’t a standard 16:9/16:10 aspect monitor, but an ‘UltraWide’ 21:9 aspect monitor with an unusual 2,560 x 1,080 resolution. It promises to make films and games more immersive, and improve your productivity, too. But does it?

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LG 29EA93: Design and Features

Superficially, the LG 29EA93 is an attractive monitor. Setting aside its odd, slightly squat appearance, the slim, black bezel and curvaceous white plastic rear make the LG 29EA93 look like it earns its sizable £375 price tag. The 'hollow circle' stand looks good, too, and gives you somewhere to put your keys.

LG hasn’t skimped on the connections, either. There are two HDMI ports (one MHL compliant), DisplayPort, PC audio in and out and DVI. There's also two USB ports at the rear that, though not easily accessible, should prove useful for accessories.

Like most monitors, the LG 29EA93 is wall/monitor arm mountable, too. Monitor arms won’t pose any problems, but the slight bulge and the rear-ward facing connections mean it’s not the best option for wall mounting.

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The more serious problem, however, is there's no height adjustment. This isn't a problem on many monitors where the natural height is comfortable, but the LG 29EA93's natural height is far too low for most desks.

LG does sell a 29-inch monitor with height adjustment, but it costs over £400. Philips's 21:9 monitor, however, includes height adjustment at more or less the same price as the LG 29EA93, and it uses the exact same LG-manufactured LCD panel.

The LG 29EA93 does have one interesting trick up its sleeve, however, a feature LG calls Dual Link-Up. This lets you connect two separate devices and show both side-by-side at the same time. It's a neat, if non-essential, feature, albeit one that requires one of the devices to connect via DisplayPort.

Another software feature is a useful Screen Split software utility. As the name suggests, it lets you automatically split/arrange windows in a number of different and useful ways. It makes getting the most of the 21:9 aspect a lot easier, though it would be nice if you could switch using keyboard shortcuts rather than right-clicking on the taskbar icon.

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LG 29EA93 - Setup

We don't often need to complain about setting up monitors, but the LG 29EA93 is the exception. It's not a deal-breaker, but the stand requires two separate (and rather small) screws that are fiddly to access. You have to hold the monitor in place as you screw them in, too, which is an awkward balancing act.

But the LG 29EA93 redeems itself with its setup menus. They're plentiful and easy to navigate, with RGB controls, three different gamma levels and plenty else besides for you to tweak. They're easiest monitor controls we've used in recent memory.

Matthew Bunton

August 9, 2013, 10:14 pm

I have the Dell version of this monitor the UltraSharp U2913WM. That has height adjustment a better stand and overall image quality improvements. I purchased it for around £400 and would advise people to go for that model over the LG.

Also the LG has firmware issues just Google it for more info.

The Dell can be bought for £365 on Amazon at the moment.

Trevor Totten

August 12, 2013, 8:03 am

I have the same monitor, and absolutely love it. Currently learning (well, re-learning) Java programming, and the aspect ratio is great for having tutorials and learning material on one half of the screen, and code on the other half. Managed to get a refurb from OCUK for £285. But it would easily be worth £365. Couldn't recommend it enough.

Howie

February 11, 2014, 12:22 pm

"This lets you connect two separate devices and show both side-by-side at the same time. It's a neat, if non-essential, feature, albeit one that requires one of the devices to connect via DisplayPort."

So how does that work, with one displayport connector?

andyvan

February 11, 2014, 3:11 pm

You use one of the other connections as well, not just DisplayPort.

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