With the pandemic far from being over, people are buying monitors for school, work, or even gaming. However, there are a lot of monitors in the market and most people think they’re all the same.
It’s been a while ever since I reviewed one — and that was a monitor I’ve purchased due aid in my duties as GadgetMatch’s Associate Creative Producer. But as LG announced their newest 2021 monitor lineup, I honestly got excited to try one out — and they reached out to offer me their newest LG 29WP500 UltraWide monitor.
After weeks of waiting, I finally had one to test out. Stay tuned as I’ll tell you why it’s truly a “bang for your buck” monitor.
Almost Borderless Design
As the model name implies, the monitor has a display size of 29-inches that’s measured diagonally.
What makes this different from its predecessor (the LG 29WL500 from 2019) is that, it now has slimmer 3-virtually borderless bezels evident on its top part and sides.
Meanwhile, the bottom or chin part is still “thicc”, making sure there’s enough room for the LG logo, joystick, and other set of components.
It also has a redefined stand design that’s made up of solid aluminum. The moment I put the monitor on my desk, it already felt secure as it can hold the monitor stable and sturdy enough even with minimal to no shaking at all.
To make it even better, it has an Anti-Glare Matte coating that’s helpful when your workstation is placed directly parallel to your windows. Annoying glossiness is something I encounter with my old monitor as well as my MacBook.
Unlike other high-end LG monitors like the UltraFine and UltraFine Ergo with a lot of ports including USB-C Thunderbolt and DisplayPort, LG’s 29WP500 only has two HDMI ports and an extra Audio Out port for any user to be able to plug in a set of earphones, headphones, sound bars or even speakers that still rely with a 3.5mm audio jack.
But if you want to cut all those pesky wiring, LG has built-in speakers with audio levels that can be controlled through its joystick below while being viewed through its OSD (On-Screen Display).
If you worry about power consumption, the LG UltraWide monitor has an A+ Energy Star rating. This means you don’t have to worry even if it’s turned on for several days or even weeks. It can also turn off automatically when not in use. What makes it more efficient is its “Smart Energy Saving” that adjusts brightness depending on how bright or dark the elements are on the screen.
Other than those power-saving features, there are also the Reader Mode feature plus Flicker-Safe technology for reducing eye strain and fatigue when reading or consuming content in the dark.
LG’s Display Superiority
As much as these brands hold up on their own, LG lives up to its billing of having the best displays out there with its true and unparalleled IPS technology. As a matter of fact, displays in the recent iPhones were produced by LG — and it’s not gonna stop in the iPhones yet to come.
True to its words, this LG 29WP500 UltraWide monitor offers 99 percent sRGB color accuracy. For a creative like myself, it’s important that colors are displayed correctly and properly without any shifts in hue and saturation. Regular users might prefer the more vibrant output. But the case is different if you’re doing creative work.
#NotSoFunFact: I realized my old monitor produced washed-out colors after opening this old PSD file I edited months ago.
Now, I don’t have to think twice color-grading clips for our YouTube videos.
Never thought post-processing photos in Lightroom could be a lot better with a color-accurate display.
Moreover, there’s HDR10 support for displaying less contrast-y elements and having a better dynamic range among content that supports it. While it only has Full HD+ resolution, watching 4K content (especially K-Pop music videos) is still a true feast for the eyes.
Whether that may be the color-rich music video of “Next Level” by aespa or the Greek Goddess war-like vibe with LOONA’s “PTT“, you can’t go wrong watching them through the LG 29WP500 UltraWide Monitor.
What’s with the “UltraWide” hype?
Regular monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio — which is also the common thing for all content you can find around. But having an UltraWide monitor gives you a wider 21:9 aspect ratio. That’s 33% more screen real-estate than the conventional monitor. Not only it gives you a wider view, honestly, I can be immersed with what I’m watching.
That’s not the case all of the time. In fact, there are still a lot of 16:9 content on the internet — including our GadgetMatch videos on YouTube as well as the review video I did for this monitor. But, realistically speaking, making 21:9 displays gives companies the idea to invest more on “unconventional-looking” UltraWide displays.
Don’t fret. There are continuously a growing demand for videos using the UltraWide ratio — especially Netflix titles that I recently enjoyed watching through this monitor including Hospital Playlist 2, Racket Boys, and even Nevertheless,. That’s mainly because phone displays are now wider and haven’t stuck to usual 16:9 displays we used to have years ago.
Just to give you a clear difference of what it looks like, here’s how much you can maximize your screen. With it, you can immerse yourself with an even wider content.
Speaking of maximized workspace, one of the biggest advantages of having an UltraWide monitor is being able to multitask faster and more efficient. Paired with LG’s OnScreen Control, partitioning several windows has never been so easy.
It’s very helpful when I edit YouTube videos while checking if it’s aligned with the script.
Or when I write articles while listening to my latest K-Pop playlist.
You can also do a seamless, three-window split with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
Even when checking for the latest Facebook updates of GadgetMatch, I can play YouTube while tweeting.
If you’re a hardcore multitasker, there’s a four-screen split for tasks like this. It’s great as long as your laptop can keep up.
More Immersive Gameplay
If you’re a console-type of gamer, you might want to look elsewhere. Even if this UltraWide monitor can run your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One series or even the newer PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, you’re out of luck as the games and the system itself is not optimized for an even wider gameplay in the long run — unless you wanna convince yourself that a stretched view when gaming looks somewhat fine.
But if you heavily invest on PC gaming, you’ll love the LG 29WP500 monitor even more. The list of games that support UltraWide gaming continues to grow. Even if this isn’t a high-class gaming monitor like the LG UltraGear, LG has still managed to fit in valuable gaming features for this monitor.
While it doesn’t have the buttery smooth 144Hz. 165Hz, or even as fast as 200Hz, its modest 75Hz refresh rate is already enough for our two naked eyes. To make it even better, this monitor supports AMD FreeSync so your device would just accordingly if it supports the feature when gaming. This reduces the tearing of objects in motion when playing.
Other than that, a great pair of having a 5ms response time, Dynamic Action Sync, plus Crosshair features that overall minimize the input lag especially when moving or shooting.
Finally, there’s a Black Stabilizer option for you to see better details against black elements or scenes. This is more advantageous (again) in FPS games especially with snipers around you.
Not fond of action games? You can still enjoy this UltraWide view when driving huge trucks and buses…
…building humongous cities with lots of Megastructures and tall skyscrapers…
… or even constructing and buying items for your own virtual mansion.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
LG offers the WP500 UltraWide monitor in two sizes: a 29-inch and a bigger 34-inch version. In the Philippines, it retails for PhP 15,099 and PhP 19,899 respectively. You can buy the new line of LG UltraWide monitors through official LG stores or via their official Lazada and Shopee stores.
While 34-inch may be someone’s cup of tea, personally, 29-inch is the ideal screen size for an UltraWide monitor. Having to buy an ultrawide monitor is far from being cheap. But LG made it possible for almost everyone to experience the goodness of ultrawide without breaking the bank. Not only the LG 29WP500 is one of the cheapest ultrawide monitor options out there, it’s also a lot cheaper compared to the 34-inch LG UltraWide monitor we had last year.
What gives me the conclusion to say it’s a definite “bang for your buck” monitor? Aside from all those features combined, you get LG’s premium display tech hat has been proven over the years. It’s a display tech that’s relied upon even by some of the smartphones today.
HP launches new laptops and AIO PCs for your home office
Bolster your home office
More than a year into the pandemic, the need for a powerful home office keeps intensifying. Companies are discovering the benefits (or the demand) for a more permanent work-from-home system. Adding more options for workers, HP has launched a flurry of new products for professionals and creatives.
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop PC
Even in a home setting, a hybrid device can make all the difference. Taking your work device into several rooms keeps the productivity flow going.
Touted as the world’s first 16-inch laptop with an integrated 5-megapixel camera, the HP Spectre X360 makes it easy to take your laptop wherever you go. The laptop sports the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11. Its 16-inch frame houses a UHD+ OLED display with VESA True Black HDR and a 16:10 ratio. The battery can last up to 17 hours on a single charge.
The laptop also comes packed with features to make video calls and working much more of a breeze. HP GlamCam automatically touches you up for calls, adjusts lighting. It can also lock your device automatically if you walk away and can blur your screen when someone is peeking in behind you.
The HP Spectre x360 ships in October starting at US$ 1,639.
HP Envy AIO PC
For a more robust office experience, the HP Envy delivers an all-in-one experience like no other. The device is reportedly the world’s first 34-inch AIO PC with a 5K display. It sports an 11th-generation Intel Core i9 octa-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11.
Further, it comes with a detachable, magnetic 16-megapixel camera. HP’s Enhanced Lighting can also improve how you look behind the camera.
The HP Envy ships in October and starts at US$ 1,999.
HP U32 4K DHR and M34d WQHD Curved Monitor
Rounding out the new releases, HP is launching a duo of monitors to supplement your setup. The HP U32 4K HDR monitor is a 31.5-inch diagonal 4K HDR monitor that can deliver stunning images. Meanwhile, the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor adds in a curved form factor and integrated speakers to a 34-inch device.
The HP U32 4K HDR ships in October for US$ 499, while the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor sells for US$ 529.99.
Lenovo’s ThinkVision P27u-20 offers more than just a pretty monitor
It’s a workstation hub for your home
Working from home is now a norm. Even after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, workforces have embraced a more hybrid schedule. As such, home workstations are now the in thing. To help with that, Lenovo is expanding its ThinkVision line to make hybrid workstations easier.
A workstation hub in itself, the ThinkVision P27u-20 offers dual wide color gamut calibrated for color accuracy. The 27-inch UHD IPS display can provide crystal clear images for photographers, videographers, and content creators.
The monitor also acts a hub for your other connectors. It features multiple USB 3.2 ports and Thunderbolt 4 compatibility which can power your laptop by up to 100W. The USB-C ports can also charge your smartphone up to 27W. Besides USB connectors, the P27u-20 also has an Ethernet port and built-in speakers.
Launching in December, the P27u-20 will retail for US$ 769.
Lenovo G27e-20 and G24e-20
Besides the ThinkVision monitor, Lenovo is also launching a pair of gaming monitors for gamers and young professionals. Both monitors blend image quality and ease of use with low blue light technology.
Both also feature AMD FreeSync Premium technology, which can provide tear-free, low-latency images. They have a 100Hz refresh rate and can overclock up to 120Hz for a smoother watching experience.
While the G24e-20 offers the same experience at 23.8 inches, the G27e-20 puts out images at 27 inches and 300 nits of brightness. Both are set at 1080p resolution. With Lenovo Artery, users can easily adjust features within the UI. And, as mentioned above, Lenovo’s EyeSafe reduces blue light output to protect every gamer’s eyes.
Both will ship out starting in October. The G27e-20 retails for US$ 239.99, and the G24e-20 retails for US$ 209.99.
Huawei MateView monitors now available in Singapore
Different monitors for different niches!
Huawei continues to reach out to other market segments, and they are already making waves in the PC monitor market. Recently, the company has launched new PC monitors in Singapore catering to different niches. Professionals, gamers, or just those looking for a reliable second screen have something to look at with these monitors.
Leading the pack of these new monitors is the Huawei MateView. Aimed for professionals, this PC monitor comes with a large 28.2-inch display and a crisp 4K resolution of exactly 3840 x 2560. It also has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is becoming increasingly popular for professionals alike. Truly, this is a monitor for professionals thanks to its 98 percent color reproduction of the DCI-P3 gamut and the near border-less screen. It also has a TÜV Rheinland certification for protection against the harsh blue light.
For connectivity, the MateView has two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one Mini DisplayPort, and one 3.5 mm headphone jack. Users who wanted a wire-free setup may can make use of the monitor’s screencasting feature, which boasts low latency while supporting up to 2K resolution.
Of course, the MateView won’t be a premium, professional-grade monitor without its two front-firing speakers that produce load and crisp audio. Speakers, however, are not the only thing present on this monitor. It even has dual far-field microphones with noise-cancellation — perfect for video conferences and meetings. All of this premium features come packed in a sleek, minimalist design that blends almost anywhere.
Meanwhile, the Huawei MateView GT caters to gamers looking for a no-fuss yet premium monitor. It also boasts the biggest screen size among Huawei’s MateView monitors, measuring at 34 inches. The emphasis of this monitor is on immersive gaming experience, and it delivers with its 21:9 aspect ratio and 1500R curvature. Not only that, it also has a 165 Hz refresh rate designed for action-packed and competitive gaming scenarios.
The display is only one factor though for a truly immersive experience. The MateView GT has dual 5W speakers integrated into the soundbar located at the monitor’s base. Plus, gamers can rely on the dual noise-cancelling microphones for crystal-clear communication during extended gaming sessions.
Huawei Display 23.8
Last but not the least is the Huawei Display 23.8. A perfect addition especially for those working from home, this monitor provides unhampered viewing experience thanks to its 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. The monitor has an ample screen size at 23.8 inches. The resolution peaks at full HD — exactly 1920 x 1080 — with a wide 178-degree viewing angle. Finally, it also supports AMD FreeSync technology — a boon for gamers looking for a budget PC monitor.
Price and availability
The Huawei MateView comes at SG$ 998, but can be had a reduced price of SG$ 858 when buyers purchase the voucher for SG$ 1 on Shopee during the 9.9 sale. The monitor also comes with a free Huawei FreeBuds Studio worth SG$ 398 during the launch period.
Meanwhile, the Huawei MateView GT is available at a usual price of SG$ 798, but can also be had at a reduced price of SG$ 658 with an SG$ 1 voucher available only from Sept. 1 – 8. Same as above, buyers can snag a free Huawei FreeBuds Studio when they purchase this during the launch period.
Finally, the Huawei Display is available only for SG$ 228. Buyers can even have it less for SG$ 30 less on select experience stores from Sept. 17 — 30.
All of Huawei monitors can be purchased from Huawei experience stores, Lazada, and Shopee official online stores. For more information, visit their website today.
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