LG 29UM69G-B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Mar 27, 2018 at 02:29 pm
LG 29UM69G-B Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.1
Office
7.6
Gaming
6.7
Multimedia
6.7
Media Creation
4.9
HDR Gaming
Size 29"
Resolution 2560x1080
Refresh Rate 75 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The LG 29UM69G is a decent ultrawide IPS gaming monitor with a higher-than-average 75Hz refresh rate. It has great motion handling due to the low response time and ability to flicker the image and clear up fast movement. It also feels responsive due to the low input lag. Unfortunately, the picture quality is below average due to the very poor black uniformity and below average screen brightness.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

Decent monitor for a range of usages. The ultrawide resolution is good for multitasking as two windows can fit comfortably side-by-side. The 75Hz refresh rate combined with low input lag and great motion handling make the monitor very responsive. Unfortunately, the picture quality is below average, however, it is accurate out of the box and remains accurate when viewed at an angle.

Pros
  • Immersive 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio
  • Great motion features such as FreeSync
Cons
  • Mediocre dark room picture quality
  • Could be brighter
7.1 Office

Average monitor for office use. The ultrawide resolution allows displaying documents or webpages side-by-side and the monitor is accurate out of the box. Unfortunately, the LG 29UM69G can't get very bright to combat glare, but the screen finish is good at reducing reflections. The picture quality is also accurate, which is good, and remains accurate when viewed at an angle which is great for sharing images with coworkers.

7.6 Gaming

Good monitor for gaming. The LG 29UM69G-B feels responsive due to the low input lag and 75Hz refresh rate, which is good but not as good as other monitors at 120Hz or 144Hz. The motion handling is great but, unfortunately, the picture quality is below average and in a dark room, the black uniformity is very bad.

6.7 Multimedia

Below average for watching movies and TV shows. The picture quality is sub-par due to the low native contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, so blacks appear gray and blotchy. The colors are very accurate out of the box, which is good, and remain accurate when viewed at an angle.

6.7 Media Creation

Below average for editing photos or videos. Unfortunately, the picture quality isn't as good as other monitors and the monitor can't get very bright to overcome glare. The image is very accurate out of the box though, and remains accurate when viewed at an angle. The motion handling is also great.

4.9 HDR Gaming

The LG 29UM69G-B doesn't support HDR, local dimming or a wide color gamut. This is common for most monitors on the market at the moment. For a high-end monitor which supports HDR, see the Samsung CHG70.

  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Office
  • 7.6 Gaming
  • 6.7 Multimedia
  • 6.7 Media Creation
  • 4.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 1/17/2019: We tested the monitor's compatibility with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver. See our full investigation into NVIDIA's FreeSync Drivers here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)

The design of the LG ultrawide is good. All of the parts are made of plastic but the monitor is quite stylish with defined edges and glossy plastic. The stand has a small footprint but supports the monitor quite well, although the light weight means the whole monitor moves when knocked. The back is glossy plastic which attracts fingerprints but looks good, and there is a small clip for cable management.

Design
Stand
Width
15.4" (39.1 cm)
Depth
7.6" (19.3 cm)

The stand of the LG 29UM69G has a small footprint but still supports the monitor quite well. It looks quite stylish with the V-shape.

2.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -22.5° to 0°

This LG monitor only has very limited adjustment options, so it may be more difficult to find a comfortable setup. The monitor can only tilt backward.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The rear of the monitor is glossy plastic and looks good, but does attract fingerprints. There is a clip for cable management visible here.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.6" (1.5 cm)

The borders of the LG 29UM69G-B are quite thick. There is quite a large gap before the pixels begin, which is only really visible when the monitor is on as there is no distinct bezel.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
1.7" (4.3 cm)

The monitor has an average thickness when viewed from the side.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is fine. All of the parts are made of plastic and do feel a bit cheap, but this shouldn't be an issue for normal use.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1023 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

This LG monitor has a below average contrast ratio, which results in blacks that look more gray than really black when viewed in a dark environment. This is mostly normal for IPS monitor. This is not a problem when viewed in an office setting, where there is abundant lighting.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The LG 29UM69G-B does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

6.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
245 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
261 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
242 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
261 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The LG ultrawide can get decently bright which should be good enough for most rooms, but it may appear a little dim in a very bright room.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

HDR is not supported.

7.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
43 °
Color Shift from Right
41 °
Brightness from Left
51 °
Brightness from Right
48 °
Black Level from Left
75 °
Black Level from Right
75 °
Curve Radius N/A

Good horizontal viewing angle. At an angle, the black level remains nearly perfect, while brightness decreases and colors degrade fairly gradually.

7.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
29 °
Color Shift from Above
29 °
Brightness from Below
35 °
Brightness from Above
35 °
Black Level from Below
20 °
Black Level from Above
75 °

Decent vertical viewing angle. The black level near the bottom of the screen will look a little grayer than at the top of the screen, while the brightness and colors at both the top and bottom of the screen will look a little worse than the center.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.118 %
50% DSE
0.111 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.961 %
5% DSE
0.054 %

Great gray uniformity for this the LG 29UM69G, which is a similar result to the LG 27UD68P-B. This is great for watching content with large uniform areas, such as sports or when browsing the web. Both the right and left side of the screen look a bit darker than the center, but other than this the overall screen is pretty even. On the 5% gray uniformity test picture, not many issues can be noticed at all, which is a great result for watching dark content in a dark room, such as movies at night.

0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
8.630 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Awful black uniformity for this LG monitor, which is bad for watching dark content in a dark room such as gaming at night. Flashlighting is the major issue here and affects the overall uniformity significantly, especially in the top left corner which can sometimes be noticed even in an average room.

8.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
253 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
70
RGB controls
50-50-50
Color Temperature
6452 K
White Balance dE
2.11
Color dE
2.93
Gamma
2.15

Out of the box, the LG 29UM69G has a very good accuracy. The white balance dE is relatively low at 2.11 and the color dE is at 2.93, both of which would be noticeable to professional. The gamma is at 2.15, which is a bit under what we aim for (2.4), but the curve is not far from our target curve.

This monitor is very accurate and for most people that will not calibrate it, there is more than one 'Picture Mode' that are pretty accurate. 'Custom', 'Photo', 'FPS 1', 'RTS Game', and 'Custom Game' all have a similar accuracy, so you could try them and select the one that you find the best for your use.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
23
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
47-50-47
Color Temperature
6511 K
White Balance dE
0.54
Color dE
1.85
Gamma
2.17

After calibration, the LG 29UM69G-B is even more accurate. The white balance dE is now only 0.54, which is almost perfect. The color dE went down a bit at 1.85, but not as much as seen on other monitors, but with a color dE of 1.85, it is still pretty good. The gamma was corrected and now track a bit more closely our 2.4 target and the curve stick a bit more to our target curve.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
96.6 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.8 %

Very good coverage of the standard s.RGB colorspace, which is great for most uses. Unfortunately, its Adobe RGB colorsplace coverage is quite limited, making this monitor less useful for professional use.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
96.2 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
81.3 %

Excellent color volume. The LG 29UM69G monitor is able to display its great s.RGB coverage at a range of brightnesses, except at extremely low brightness because of the monitor's mediocre contrast ratio. Its Adobe RGB volume suffers from its limited gamut coverage though.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A

HDR gamuts are not supported.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
N/A

HDR color volumes are not supported.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There is no image retention after displaying out 10-minute high contrast scene which is excellent.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Great performance for the LG 29UM69G on our gradient test. As this picture reveals, besides the 8-bit banding, some little shade issues can be noticed in the darker color, but those are very minor and don't really affect the performance of the monitor while displaying normal content.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.000 %

The color of the screen doesn't change when areas of uniform colors are present on the screen, which is great.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections

The LG 29UM69G-B is good at handling reflections. It has a light matte coating which reduces the intensity of direct reflections, but also diffuses them across the screen. It is okay for an average lit room but may be an issue in a bright room.

Motion
8.6
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
5.5 ms
100% Response Time
13.2 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal

Response Time Off
Response Time Slow
Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

Great response time, good enough for fast-paced content such as playing first person shooters or watching sports. Pixel switching speed can be modified by changing the 'Response Time' (Overdrive) setting. We recommend using the 'Normal' setting for fast response with minimal overshoot. Users who don't mind a little more overshoot ghosting may prefer the 'Fast' setting as its overshoot is still tolerable. This will produce a faint inverse image following moving objects though.

9.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
75 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
75 Hz

Like most monitors, the LG 29UM69G doesn't flicker and shows each image for a full frame. Without flicker, motion appears slightly smoother but persistence blur is more visible due to the static image during each frame. This monitor has an optional BFI setting (1ms Blur Reduction) that greatly reduces persistence blur by adding flicker. Unfortunately, because the flicker is at 75 Hz it is quite noticeable at the peripherals of your vision when viewing white windows, which may annoy some users. The monitor's brightness with BFI enabled is the same as its normal brightness, which is great because most monitors are dimmer with BFI.

8.1
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
75 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
40 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The LG 29UM69G-B has a good 75 Hz refresh rate, which is a bit better than the common 60 Hz refresh rate of most monitors but not as good as 144 Hz monitors. FreeSync on this monitor can adjust the screen's refresh rate to match the frame rate of a compatible graphics card, which allows playing graphically-intensive games with significant framerate drops without tearing or stuttering; however, the FreeSync range doesn't extend down below 40 Hz like many other FreeSync monitors.

Update 01/15/2019: We have retested the monitor with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers. FreeSync had to be manually enabled in the monitor's OSD and in NVIDIA Control Panel, but it worked well, without any noticeable issues.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
7.8 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
7.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.5 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
7.4 ms
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
16.1 ms

Excellent low input lag, partially due to the fast scan time of 75 Hz. The only non-native resolution that supports 75 Hz is 1920x1080, but it had the same low input lag which is great. The input lag with BFI (1ms Blur Reduction) enabled is much higher but is still fairly low.

7.8
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Megapixels 2.8 MP
Pixel Density 97 PPI
Screen Diagonal 28.7 inches
Screen Area 295 sq inches

The LG 29UM69G-B is an ultrawide monitor with a ~21:9 aspect ratio. Its native resolution is 1080 pixels high but 2560 pixels wide, which is very striking on first impression. This makes it great for putting two windows side by side and for immersive gaming (see our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors). This resolution and size is better than most 1080p FHD monitors, but not as good as 27" 1440p monitors for most usage because this ultrawide isn't very tall (see our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors).

Unfortunately, the screen isn't as tall as many 16:9 aspect ratio monitors, but it's tall enough for general usage.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C 1 (DisplayPort Alternate Mode)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple input display
No

This LG ultrawide monitor supports some extra features such as:

  • 'Super Resolution' to adjust picture processing
  • Freesync
  • Increasing the black level with 'Black Adjust'
  • On screen crosshair overlay
  • 'Midnight mode' to reduce blue light
  • Enable/disable the power LED

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Features
Controls

A single control stick is located under the LG logo at the front of the monitor. It is fine to use, however, not as easy as discrete buttons.

Features
In The Box

  • Manual
  • Power brick
  • HDMI Cable
  • Displayport Cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 29" model (29UM69G-B), however, the monitor is also available in a larger 34" size (34UM69G-B).

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG 29UM69G-B doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Refresh rate Notes
29UM69G-B 29" 75Hz FreeSync support
34UM69G-B 34" 75Hz FreeSync support

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: Dell P2417H. Middle: LG 29UM69G-B. Right: HP V320.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG 29UM69G is a decent ultrawide monitor and although it has good gaming performance with FreeSync, it is limited by the 75Hz refresh rate. Depending on your budget and specific use, some of the monitors below may be a better choice. See our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch monitors and the best gaming monitors under $300.

Samsung CHG70
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Amazon.com

The Samsung CHG70 is a much better monitor for every use than the LG 29UM69G-B. The LG 29UM69G has better viewing angles due to its IPS panel, so it keeps its picture quality when you look from the side. On the other hand, the Samsung CHG70 has better ergonomics, better native contrast ratio, and supports HDR. Finally, the Samsung CHG70 has slightly better input lag and features that make it better for gaming.

LG 34UC79G-B
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Amazon.com

The LG 34UC79G-B is much better than the LG 29UM69G-B. The 34UC79G-B has a larger screen area, and the native refresh rate is much higher, great for use as a gaming monitor. The 34UC79G-B also features two HDMI 2.0 ports, whereas the 29UM69G-B only has 1 HDMI 1.4 port.

Dell D3218HN
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Amazon.com

The LG 29UM69G-B is somewhat better than the Dell D3218HN. The LG 29UM69G-B has better reflection handling if you have a room with many lights, and has a better resolution that allows you to see more detail on the screen. If you play video games, you will appreciate the better refresh rate of the LG 29UM69G-B. The LG is also equipped with a BFI feature that allows it to introduce flicker and make the image crisper.

BenQ EL2870U
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Amazon.com

The BenQ EL2870U and LG 29UM69G-B use different panels, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The 29UM69G-B uses an IPS panel, which delivers wider viewing angles, and it has a higher native refresh rate. The EL2870U has a TN panel, with a much higher resolution 4k screen that is better for multitasking, and it supports HDR, although this doesn't add much.

LG 24MP59G-P
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Amazon.com

The LG 24MP59G-P and LG 29UM69G-B are nearly identical, the 29UM69G is simply a wider version of the 24MP59G. Both monitors have a 75 Hz refresh rate with FreeSync support. The 29UM69G has a faster response time, so fast motion looks better with less motion blur, and the wider screen is slightly better for multitasking.

LG 27UD58-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 27UD58-B is better than the LG 29UM69G-B. The LG 27UD58-B has a 4K UHD resolution with more detail that makes it easier to multitask, like when you're creating media or watching multimedia while browsing the net. On the other hand, the LG 29UM69G-B has a slightly better refresh rate, a faster pixel response time, and supports black frame insertion (BFI) to clear up blur. All these features are good news for those who plan to use it for video gaming.

HP V320
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 29UM69G-B is somewhat better than the HP V320. The LG 29UM69G-B has marginally better reflection handling, so it is better if you place it in a room with many light sources. The LG also has a better refresh rate and better image flicker, and thus motion looks crisper. Finally, the LG 29UM69G-B has a higher resolution and will display more detail on the screen.

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