LG this week announced that it would demonstrate its next-generation ultra-wide curved displays at CES early next month. LG’s UltraGear 38GL950G will be one of the industry’s first 38-inch monitors with a 144 Hz refresh rate, whereas the UltraWide 49WL95C LCD will be the company’s largest monitor for prosumers and professionals.

One of The First 38-Inch WQHD+ Monitors with a 144 Hz Refresh Rate

The UltraGear 38GL950G is yet another addition to LG’s family of displays tailored for gamers. The LCD is based on a 38-inch curved panel featuring a 3840×1600 resolution (21:9 aspect ratio), 450 nits peak brightness, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. The display features LG’s Nano IPS treatment that fine-tunes the spectral output of the LED backlighting in a bid to absorb excess light wavelengths and improve the intensity, purity, as well as the accuracy of the on-screen colors. The display can reproduce 98% of the DCI-P3 gamut, which is in line with many professional-grade monitors.

Being aimed at gamers, the UltraGear 38GL950G supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology, as well as LG’s proprietary gaming features (crosshair overlay, overdrive controls, gamma tuning on dark scenes, etc.). In addition, the new display supports LG’s Sphere Lighting that adds ambient lighting effects akin to Philips’ amBX and AmbiLight. As for connectivity, the display features one DisplayPort, one HDMI input, as well as a dual-port USB 3.0 hub.

LG’s UltraGear 38GL950G will be one of the industry’s first 38-inch curved WQHD+ monitors featuring a 144 Hz refresh rate when it becomes available sometimes next year. At present, LG only offers 34-inch displays with such a high refresh rate. Meanwhile, typical gaming displays use 24 or 27-inch panels.

Another 49-Inch Monitor

LG was among the first to launch ultra-wide 37.5-inch LCDs for entertainment and productivity applications as well as 42.5-inch displays for prosumers. However, the company is a bit behind rivals with ultra-wide 49-inch monitors. This is going to change at CES, where LG intends to show its giant UltraWide 49WL95 LCD.

Specification wise, the UltraWide 49WL95 will be similar to its competitors with its 5120×1440 resolution, 350 nits peak brightness, 99% coverage of the sRGB color space, and so on. LG will position its 49-inch display as a replacement for two 27-inch QHD LCDs (a configuration often used by professionals and prosumers), so expect the product to be priced accordingly.

Among the key selling features of the monitor will be its USB Type-C docking capabilities with 85 W of USB power delivery (enough to feed most 15-inch laptops), an ambient light sensor to regulate brightness depending on the environmental brightness to keep power consumption in check, and two 10 W stereo speakers. As for general connectivity, the monitor will feature one DisplayPort, two HDMI inputs, and a quad-port USB 3.0 hub.

LG's Upcoming UltraGear and UltraWide Displays
  UltraGear 38GL950G UltraWide 49WL95
Panel 38" IPS 49"
Native Resolution 3840 × 1600 5120 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 144 Hz 60 Hz (?)
Dynamic Refresh Rate G-Sync -
Response Time ? ?
Brightness 450 cd/m² 350 cd/m²
Contrast ? ?
Backlighting LED with Nano IPS LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature ? ?
Aspect Ratio 21:9 32:9 (3.56:1)
Color Gamut DCI-P3: 98% sRGB: 99%
Pixel Pitch 0.232 mm² 0.234 mm²
Pixel Density 109 PPI 108 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × USB Type-C
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio - 2 × 10 W
USB Hub 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
MSRP ? ?

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Source: LG

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  • a5cent - Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - link

    According to TFTCentral this monitor will use LG's new LM375QW2 panel, which promises a 1ms G2G response time. Since it uses nVidia's G-SYNC module it is also expected to have very low input lag.

    I have no idea if those promises will be kept, but this will be an incredible monitor if it does.
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - link

    IPS with 1 ms? I think not. All I can find of that panel is that its 5 ms and has been promised for almost a year.
    In any case, I wasnt talking about PC monitors, I was replying to this guy claiming to just use a TV.
  • a5cent - Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - link

    I've been reading for well over a year that LG and AUO have invested heavily in reducing response times. It's one of their main R&D efforts. The fruits of those efforts have long been expected to hit the market in 2019 or 2020. I can't vouch for any of it, but I'd tend to believe what TFTCentral publishes:


    See the entry for the LM375QW2 panel. It clearly states 1ms. That number has been repeated in TFTCentral's news articles many times at this point.

    As for TV's, yes, I agree.
  • FXi - Sunday, December 23, 2018 - link

    As shown by the huge quantity of dual and triple (or more) monitor setups used by businesses and homes worldwide, there is quite a bit more demand for wider setups rather than taller. Taller is not unneeded, don't get me wrong. And gradually we are seeing taller setups. I think the gravity to wider is part of 2 things. It's pretty easy to take any current size and simple cut the panel 50% or 100% wider from the current size (think of it as a long roll of glass). And also they are trying to feed the highest potential demand first, with more specialty displays coming after they have fed the higher demand sizes. The larger screens are coming but the demand for them on desktops is not as big, that's all. And remember that making larger screens costs more to make backlights, so they are both lower demand and have higher quality control and manufacturing/engineering costs.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, December 20, 2018 - link

    For gimmick you lose a ton of vertical space.
  • Death666Angel - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    Only compared to 4k monitors in case of the 38" one or 4k and old school 30" 1600p ones compared to the 49" one. There are a lot worse ultrawide monitors out there.
  • Inteli - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    Whether you lose or gain space depends on what you compare it to. For the 49" monitor, you lose vertical space compared to a 55" 5k monitor, but you gain horizontal space compared to a 27" 1440p monitor. I don't know about you, but I personally see a whole lot more 27" 1440p monitors than 55" 5k monitors, so I think it's fair to call it an increase in horizontal space, instead of a decrease in vertical space.
  • p1esk - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    If you care about vertical space you should get this one: https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-34WK95U-W-ultraw...
  • boeush - Thursday, December 20, 2018 - link

    1) Why is it that the 38" one can have a vertical resolution of 1600, while the 49" one must regress to 1440?

    2) There is not nearly enough of a curve on the 49" monitor. The eye strain when repeatedly moving one's gaze between the edges of the monitor and its center, will be epic.
  • quiksilvr - Thursday, December 20, 2018 - link

    The 38" monitor is 21:9 whereas the 49" is 32:9, which is just 16:9 and 16:9 or two 24" monitors next to each other at a resolution of 2560x1440 each. That is why it is at a lower resolution vertically; it is much higher resolution horizontally.

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