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LG 38WK95C Review: 3840×1600 UltraWide FreeSync Curved Monitor With USB-C

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Introduction

In case you find the 34″ ultrawide displays too small and the 32:9 ‘super’ ultra-wide monitors too wide, a 38″ 3840×1600 screen such as the LG 38WK95C may be the perfect middle ground you’ve been looking for.

Image Quality

The LG 38WK95C-W features UWQHD+ screen resolution with 3840×1600 pixels; on its 37.5″ viewable screen, that results in a pixel-per-inch ratio of 110.93 PPI.

That’s roughly the same pixel density as 3440×1440 on 34″ and 2560×1440 on 27″ which is considered as the sweet spot. Basically, you get plenty of screen space while details are sharp and vivid. What’s more, you don’t have to apply any scaling.

The monitor is based on an IPS panel with 10-bit color support (8-bit + 2-bit FRC, 1.07 billion colors) with 99% sRGB color gamut, wide 178-degree viewing angles, a decent 300-nit peak brightness, and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1.

Now, while there are monitors at this price range that offer a wider color gamut and higher peak brightness/contrast ratio, they do not offer the cinematic viewing experience the 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio of the LG 38WK95C monitor does.

The extra horizontal screen space doesn’t only make productivity work and content creation (audio/video editing) a lot easier, it also makes movies and video games significantly more immersive.

In compatible video games, you get a wider field of view while movies look better as they are played at an aspect ratio that’s closer to their native format (2.35:1).

Performance

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Turning to the performance, the 3840×1600 resolution won’t go easy on your GPU/CPU, especially in the latest titles.

You will be able to run it up to 75Hz, so if you’re mostly playing competitive FPS titles, you should look for a lower-resolution/higher refresh rate gaming display instead.

For those who prefer stunning visuals and scenery to fast-paced performance, the LG 38WK95C is a treat.

It has low input lag of ~10ms and a response time speed of 5ms which is sufficient to eliminate any delays, ghosting, and other visual artifacts at 75Hz.

Additionally, the LG 38WK95C curved gaming monitor supports AMD FreeSync which provides a variable refresh rate (VRR) for compatible graphics cards.

FreeSync works within 52-75Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second). Within this range, there will be no screen tearing nor stuttering while FreeSync is enabled.

Note that when using compatible NVIDIA GPUs over the DisplayPort input, there are no issues with the performance though we’d have preferred a wider VRR range.

Features

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While the LG 38WK95C display is HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatible, it’s only software-enabled meaning that the monitor can accept the HDR10 signal, but lacks proper display capabilities for a decent HDR viewing experience.

The colors on the monitor are rich and vibrant and thanks to the high resolution, you get eye-catching detail clarity, but enabling HDR for compatible content won’t improve the viewing experience.

Some content may look slightly better or oversaturated, but most of the time, you will just get a washed out HDR picture.

So, it’s more of a gimmick than an actual HDR implementation.

Other features include Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture, Dynamic Action Sync (for minimal input lag), Black Stabilizer (better visibility in darker games), Reader Mode (low-blue light filter), Flicker Safe (flicker-free backlight), and pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RTS, Dark Room, Cinema, Photo, HDR Effect, HDR Game, HDR Cinema, etc).

The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is user-friendly and can be navigated via the joystick placed beneath the screen, or you can adjust all of the settings in the On-Screen Control application where you will find all the standard adjustments including contrast/brightness, input source, volume, color temperature, 6-axis hue/saturation, gamma (four presets), etc.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 38WK95C has a height adjustable stand by up to 100mm. You can also tilt the screen by -5°/15° or mount it using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, USB-C (60W power delivery, data, and DisplayPort 1.2 Alternate Mode), two downstream USB 3.0 ports, a headphones jack, and two 10W Bluetooth speakers. FreeSync works over both HDMI and DP with a 52-75Hz range.

The USB-C port allows you to connect a compatible laptop/Macbook to the screen and with just one cable simultaneously charge it (up to 60W) and transfer data/video signal. When the USB-C port is not used as the upstream port (USB-C to USB-A), the USB 3.0 hub is limited to the USB 2.0 bandwidth.

Note that you can turn off the screen and continue using the built-in Bluetooth speakers which actually provide a decent audio quality. Lastly, the screen has a subtle but noticeable 2300R curvature, an anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections, and ultra-thin bezels with a silver/black finish.

Price & Similar Monitors

The LG 38WK95C price amounts to around $1,200. It’s also available as the LG 38BK95C-W which is the same monitor, but a business model with an extended 3-year warranty whereas the 38WK95C is a consumer version with a 1-year warranty.

Before getting the LG 38WK95C, consider the following two alternatives based on the same 37.5″ IPS panel with USB-C 60W PD and software-enabled HDR.

  • ViewSonic VP3881 – A cheaper model with better color calibration and additional features for professional color-critical work including 14-bit 3D LUT. It has no AMD FreeSync nor Bluetooth speakers though.
  • Acer XR382CQK – A cheaper model with a wider FreeSync range (48-75Hz) and the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction (MBR) technology. It also has no Bluetooth speakers.

So, the ViewSonic VP3881 is a better pick for professional use and the Acer is more suited for gaming whereas the LG 38WK95C is a good in-between option. Unless you really want the Bluetooth speakers or need professional-grade color accuracy, go with the Acer XR382CQK.

You might also want to have a look at the LG 38UC99 which is essentially the same monitor as the 38WK95C, but with a different stand. The 38UC99 doesn’t support HDR, but it has 1ms MBR. Also, it supports FreeSync only over DisplayPort.

There’s also the Dell U3818DW model with up to 95W USB-C Power Delivery if you have a more power-hungry laptop.

All of the above-mentioned 38″ ultrawide displays will provide you with a stunning image quality and a smooth performance. So, choose according to the price/availability and your preference of the features.

Keep in mind that for roughly the same price of these 38″ ultrawide monitors, you can also get a 27″ 4K 144Hz gaming monitor such as the Acer XB273K or a 34″ 3440×1440 120Hz G-SYNC display such as the Dell AW3418DW.

If you are interested in an even better ultrawide monitor, check out the LG 34WK95U with a 5120×1440 resolution and DisplayHDR600.

LG 38WK95C Specifications

Screen Size37.5-inch
Screen Curvature2300R
Resolution3840×1600 (UWQHD+)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate60Hz (75Hz)
Response Time5ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (52Hz-75Hz)
Speakers2x10W
Bluetooth
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB-C (60W PD)
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
HDRSoftware-enabled only

What We Loved

  • Vibrant colors and clear details
  • Rich connectivity options including USB-C and Bluetooth speakers
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync
  • Height-adjustable stand

What We Didn’t Like

  • Narrow FreeSync range
  • Slightly more expensive than the alternatives
  • HDR is software-enabled only

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Joseph is a tech writer and copy-editor that has written and ghostwritten hundreds of articles for different online magazines and blogs. He now writes and manages DisplayNinja to ensure it stays as the people’s favorite resource.

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