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.
Qualcomm is working on a 12-core ARM PC chip
Coming in 2024
Though the company still stands at the forefront of smartphone processors, Qualcomm has some ways to go before making a significant impact on desktop processors. Of course, the company has already started making PC chips for a while now. However, other giants, like Intel and AMD, continue to dominate. According to a new report, Qualcomm is taking another crack at the market with an upcoming 12-core chipset.
Codenamed Hamoa, the upcoming chipset will reportedly feature eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. Additionally, it will support discrete GPUs.
In other news: Qualcomm's working on a 2024 desktop chip codename "Hamoa" with up to 12 (8P+4E) in-house cores (based on the Nuvia Phoenix design), similar mem/cache config as M1, explicit support for dGPUs and performance that is "extremely promising", according to my sources.
— Kuba Wojciechowski⚡ (@Za_Raczke) November 6, 2022
In terms of architecture, the Hamoa will have a similar memory and cache configuration as Apple’s M1 chipset. That’s no coincidence, though. According to the report from developer Kuba Wojciechowski, the chip will be based on Nuvia’s Phoenix design. Nuvia is made up of Apple’s former engineers who worked on the existing lineup of ARM-based chips.
With a big name behind it, the Hamoa has the potential to make a big splash on the scene once it launches. While the PC market has its fair share of big names, Apple has similarly wowed users with the M1 and the M2 chipsets. Naturally, it’s a point of jealousy since Apple chipsets only work with Apple. With the Hamoa chip, Qualcomm could infuse the market with a similar chipset.
Wojciechowski expects the processor to launch in 2024.
macOS Ventura now available
More efficiency, security
The latest software update for Macs — macOS Ventura — is now available for free, bringing groundbreaking new capabilities to Apple’s computers.
The Continuity Camera will give users an entirely new webcam experience. When an iPhone is nearby, Mac can automatically recognize and use the camera on the iPhone. This gives users the option to work wirelessly easily.
Desk View, meanwhile, taps into the Ultra-Wide camera on iPhone to show the user’s face and a good view of what’s happening around, which will come in handy for presentations, instructional videos, and more.
Handoff also comes to FaceTime, which will enable users to transfer a call from one Apple device to another nearby seamlessly.
Also available in the latest iPadOS update, the Stage Manager is more than just a tool for easy switching in between tasks or apps.
It actually automatically organizes apps and windows together. So, users can focus on what they need to, while still seeing everything in one glance.
Enabling Stage manager from Control Center also leads to the current window being displayed in the center with others appearing on the left.
Safari: Passkeys, collab features
When it comes to Safari, safe browsing is taken to a whole new level with the introduction of passkeys.
This sign-in method is easy to use, and generally more secure, replacing passwords. A unique digital key is created when a user creates a passkey, and it stays on the device.
Users may be able to sign using Touch ID or Face ID for verification. Passkeys are also synced with end-to-end encryption using iCloud Keychain to be available across other Apple devices.
Meanwhile, Shared Tab Groups allow friends, family, and colleagues to collaborate and share websites with others live.
Speaking of viewing things in real-time, the iCloud Shared Photo Library lets up to six individuals collaborate on a photo library where they can add, delete, edit, or favorite shared photos.
More efficiency for Mail, Messages
Similar to the iPadOS update, users will now be able to schedule messages. It can also cancel the delivery of a message before it reaches the inbox, and add links for better content previews.
Mail can also detect if items are missing so users can be reminded – especially when attaching files.
As for Messages, users will be able to edit or undo a recently sent message, recover accidentally deleted messages, or even mark a message as unread.
Gaming on Mac
Thanks to Apple silicon, every new Mac is also capable of running AAA games with ease. The new macOS Ventura brings technologies like Metal 3 that take full advantage of the incredible hardware in Mac. This results in more responsive gameplay, high frame rates, and beautiful visuals.
New AAA game titles are coming to Mac later this year, including Capcom’s Resident Evil Village, which will launch on the Mac App Store on October 28, and will take full advantage of the power and performance of Apple silicon.
Razer Basilisk v3 Pro review: HyperSpeed, hyper responsive
Another great piece of colorful hardware
When it comes to high quality gaming peripherals, Razer is surely one of the brands a lot of people have on their minds — and rightfully so. Specifically, the black and green brand’s lineup of gaming mice continuously brings that same level of quality and responsiveness across their newer iterations.
One such newer iteration is the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro, the wireless version of their latest Basilisk line of gaming mice. It’s part of their midweight gaming mice lineup. The Basilisk v3 Pro comes with the level of ergonomic comfort and customization suited for any gamer’s preference. All while this mouse provides the highest quality in performance and experience, ideally.
The question is: does the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro stand out as a gaming mouse for every type of gamer?
A bit on the hefty side yet easy to handle
The Razer Basilisk v3 Pro clocks in at around 112g, which feels a bit heavy initially. It’s something you will notice if you’ve been using lighter mice on your day-to-day gaming/work grind. Also, visually, it looks just a bit wider and longer than most of Razer’s gaming mice out there.
Even with some heft, this mouse still feels quite fluid to move on most surfaces. From most table tops to smooth mouse pads, the Basilisk v3 Pro’s surface tracking is pretty great. Although, there were times that the mouse was a bit too slippery on some surfaces, or the cursor wouldn’t move even while swinging the mouse.
Quite responsive, and makes your cursor go zoom
While on the topic of responsiveness, on all other aspects, the Basilisk v3 Pro is quite responsive. First up are the Razer Optical Mouse Switches attached to the left and right-click modules. Overall, the mouse picked up on almost all the clicks. And the Optical Mouse Switches feel sturdy to handle a ton of them.
Also, this mouse comes with a polling rate of up to 8,000Hz, set to 1,000Hz as the default upon set-up. Higher polling rates allow the mouse to be as responsive as possible, which is quite crucial when playing competitive titles. To match the polling rate, you can also scale this mouse to up to 30,000 DPI — which is complete overkill to your system if you set it that high.
Finally, there’s the Razer HyperScroll Tilt Wheel which you can configure to be in Tactical or Free Spin mode. Depending on your usage for it, this is pretty standard across all their gaming mice, with just a slight adjustment to how fast you can scroll. When in Free Spin Mode, it literally feels like you’re zooming past walls of texts or rows of tweets with one motion. Do note that for all of these features, it’s better to download Razer Synapse to properly set up the Basilisk v3 Pro for optimal use.
Setting it up took some time
Speaking of setting things up, the set-up process for the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro took a while for a couple of reasons. See, the Basilisk v3 Pro comes with a HyperSpeed USB Dongle. It typically works the moment it’s plugged into any PC. However, we did experience slight hiccups trying to get this to work at the start.
Normally, when plugging the dongle in, the mouse would start working. It is recommended to download Razer Synapse after plugging it in. No matter what we did, after installing Razer Synapse, the PC didn’t pick up the mouse. We even tried connecting it via Bluetooth, which got the mouse working but it wasn’t picked up by Synapse.
The only other way we had was just to do a wired connection with the USB-C to USB-A braided cord that came with the mouse. Normally, you would use this when you need to charge the mouse back to full capacity. Of course, the other added benefit to this was that it allows you to access the 8,000Hz polling rate, but you will be dealing with a pesky wire during gameplay.
Best paired with something wireless
Although, there was another piece of hardware Razer has that also solves this little set-up hiccup: the Razer Mouse Dock Pro. In essence, the Mouse Dock Pro is an additional accessory that wirelessly connects to compatible Razer mice. Like the Basilisk v3 Pro, this is also compatible with Razer Synapse for optimal performance.
The Razer Mouse Dock Pro also comes with a Wireless Charging Puck, which magnetically connects compatible mice to the dock with ease. Not only that, as the name suggests, you can wirelessly charge your mice with this installed. If you’re not a total fan of wired charging, this is a must-have.
Also, both the Basilisk v3 Pro and Mouse Dock Pro come with Razer Chroma support. So, you can easily sync the lighting effects. Some of the lighting effects even give you an indication of the battery percentage of your mice while charging. It even comes in a form factor with an anti-slip base, so it doesn’t easily get knocked over when you decide to rage at it.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
At PhP 8,995, the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is a solid gaming mouse fit for the competitive and casual gamer alike. It’s responsive and customizable enough to bring you the best experience possible when playing some of your favorite titles. Plus, it comes with all sets of hardware that make productive work feel like a breeze, literally.
Even with the initial set-up hiccups, this mouse still delivers as advertised. It is a bit on the heavy side of things. But you might not even feel it when you’re too engrossed in the game. Of course, for PhP 3,995, you can also get the Razer Mouse Dock Pro and truly have a full wireless experience with it.
Overall, the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is one wireless mouse that meets the standard of intuitive and responsive gaming. Whether it’s for working hard or playing harder, it’s a great option to consider. That rings true if you’re looking for an upgrade or just a new gaming mouse to use.
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