The LG 40WP95C-W is an ultrawide monitor with an uncommon 5K2K resolution, which has the same height as a 4k display, but 33% more horizontal screen space, so you can see more of your work at once. Like the Apple Studio Display, it's designed for professional content creators and uses LG's Nano IPS technology to display a wide range of colors. It also comes factory calibrated, so you don't have to worry about inaccurate colors. It's designed to simplify your workstation setup, and it has impressive connectivity options, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports. It allows you to daisy-chain two displays to your MacBook or laptop using a single Thunderbolt 4 cable while also charging your device.
The LG 40WP95C-W is a good monitor for mixed usage. It's clearly for media creators or office users, with its ultrawide format, high native resolution, and fantastic colors. It has a slew of additional office features, including Thunderbolt 4 support and power delivery over USB-C. It delivers a decent gaming experience, and even though it's not specifically for that usage, it still offers a few gaming features, including FreeSync support. Finally, despite its amazing color gamut in HDR, it's just okay for watching videos or gaming in HDR, as it has low contrast, no local dimming, and low peak brightness.
The LG 40WP95C is a great monitor for office users. The ultrawide aspect ratio and high-resolution screen are amazing for multitasking, as you can comfortably work with multiple windows open at once. It also has great connectivity, with USB-C power delivery and Thunderbolt 4 support, so you can quickly connect your MacBook or laptop to your desktop setup. It has exceptional text clarity, and it's flicker-free, so you can comfortably work for many hours with minimal eye strain.
Although it's not specifically for gaming, the LG 40WP95C delivers a decent gaming experience overall. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience, and it has great low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. The maximum refresh rate is low for serious gamers, though, and it has just passable response times, so it's not ideal for fast-paced action games.
The LG 40WP95C is a good choice for watching videos. The large, high-resolution screen and ultrawide aspect ratio deliver a more immersive movie-watching experience. Colors look vivid and lifelike, and it has excellent accuracy out of the box. The image remains accurate to a moderate viewing angle, great for sharing your screen with someone else. Sadly, it doesn't look as good in a dark room due to its low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in the dark.
The LG 40WP95C-W is an impressive choice for media creators. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easier to see more of your workflow at once. It has impressive colors, with excellent accuracy out of the box, a fantastic SDR color gamut, and incredible coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. It also has impressive connectivity, with support for USB-C power delivery and Thunderbolt 4, so you can quickly connect your MacBook or laptop to your desktop setup.
The LG 40WP95C is just okay for HDR. It has an amazing HDR color gamut and impressive color volume, so most HDR content looks vivid and lifelike, and there's barely any banding in areas of similar color. On the other hand, it has low contrast, it can't get very bright in HDR, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature, so bright highlights don't stand out from the rest of the scene.
The LG 40WP95C-W looks a lot like most other LG monitors. It has thin bezels on all four sides, so they aren't very distracting. The stand has a gray finish that looks a bit dated, but it still fits into a professional office setting well. The display has a gentle curve, which is great if you're used to flat monitors but don't need perfectly straight lines.
The LG 40WP95 has great build quality. It's very sturdy, especially considering its size, and there's just a bit of wobble if you nudge it. Most of the body is plastic, and there's a bit of flex to it, but it still feels strong. There's a slight gap between the bezel and the panel, and dust could get trapped in it.
The LG 40WP95 has surprisingly good ergonomics for a monitor of this size. It's easy to adjust it to an ideal viewing position, and you can swivel the base a bit to show your screen to someone else. It can't rotate to portrait orientation, but most ultrawide displays can't. The back of the monitor is plain, with no standout design features, but it looks nice in a professional setting. There's a simple clip on the stand for cable management.
The stand is thin but supports the monitor well, and there's very little wobble.
Unfortunately, the LG 40WP95C has mediocre contrast. It results in grayish blacks if you're in a dark room, but it's not as noticeable in a well-lit room. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve contrast.
The LG 40WP95C doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.
The LG 40WP95C has decent brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in a moderately lit room, but it can't handle direct sunlight. There's very little variation in peak brightness with different content.
These measurements are after calibration, in the 'Custom' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max.
The LG 40WP95C has mediocre peak brightness in HDR. It's not bright enough for bright highlights in HDR content to stand out. It tracks the PQ EOTF well, but near-black scenes aren't quite black due to its low contrast ratio. There's a sharp cutoff at the monitor's peak brightness, resulting in a loss of fine details in really bright scenes. Overall, combined with its low contrast ratio and lack of local dimming, HDR doesn't add much.
These measurements are with the default HDR settings, in the 'Custom' Picture Mode with the Brightness at 'Max'.
The LG 40WP95C-W has a decent horizontal viewing angle. The image remains accurate even when viewed at a moderate angle, which is great if you often share your screen with someone else or if you have a multi-monitor setup and aren't sitting directly in front of it.
The LG 40WPC-W has a decent vertical viewing angle. Colors appear slightly washed out if you're standing above the monitor, but it's not noticeable if you're just looking at it from slightly above or below eye level.
The LG 40WP95C has good gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are quite a bit darker than the center, but there's just a bit of dirty screen effect in the center.
The LG 40WP95C-W has decent black uniformity. The screen appears blue due to the low contrast ratio, but other than that, there are no serious issues. There are a few bright spots along the outer bezel where the backlight is bleeding through, but it's not too bad.
The LG 40WP95C has excellent accuracy out of the box. The 'sRGB' Picture Mode is factory calibrated, and the overall color accuracy is great, with no significant issues. The white balance is good, but very bright and very dark shades of gray are off. Gamma doesn't really follow the sRGB gamma curve, and most scenes are a bit too dark. The sRGB emulation mode does a great job locking colors to the sRGB color space, so they aren't oversaturated, but it also locks you out of almost all settings. If you want full control over the picture settings, the 'Custom' mode is the most accurate, but it's not factory calibrated, and there are more noticeable issues with colors and shades of gray.
The LG 40WP95C has fantastic accuracy after calibration. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't noticeable, and gamma follows the sRGB target curve almost perfectly. This monitor is compatible with LG's Calibration Studio software, which allows you to calibrate the display and load the resulting ICC profile into the monitor's memory. This unique feature lets you enjoy a fully calibrated image from any source, even with sources or software that don't support ICC profiles.
The LG 40WP95C has a fantastic SDR color gamut. It has complete coverage of the sRGB color space used by most current desktop and web content. It also has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used primarily for print processing, but it can't display the full range of greens, and reds are oversaturated.
The LG 40WP95C has superb color volume in SDR. It has no trouble displaying bright colors in both the sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces, but it's limited by its incomplete coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Due to its low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors well.
Like with SDR, the LG 40WP95C-W has an amazing color gamut in HDR. It can display most of the DCI-P3 color space used by most HDR content. Coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space is limited, especially in greens, but there's very little content that uses that color space.
The LG 40WP95C has great color volume in HDR. Like with SDR, it can't display dark saturated colors well due to its low contrast ratio. Other than that, colors get very bright, and it's mainly limited by its incomplete coverage of both the DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 color spaces.
The LG 40WP95C-W has decent reflection handling. The matte finish significantly reduces the intensity of direct reflections, but this also adds a slight haze to the screen.
Thanks to its large, high-resolution screen, the LG 40WP95C has exceptional text clarity. Running the Windows ClearType wizard (top photo) results in slightly sharper text, but it's not necessary. The matte finish on the screen adds a slight haze to the screen, as you can see in the pixel photo.
Despite not having a true 10-bit panel, the LG 40WP95C-W has superb gradient handling. There's very little noticeable banding in areas of similar color.
The LG 40WP95C-W has a low native refresh rate that isn't ideal for gaming. It supports the max resolution and refresh rate over both DisplayPort and USB-C, but over HDMI you're limited to 30Hz at the native resolution. You can still achieve the max refresh rate over HDMI if you reduce the resolution sent by your PC to 3440x1440.
Despite not being designed for gaming, the LG 40WP95C-W supports FreeSync variable refresh rate. It also supports Adaptive Sync with NVIDIA graphics cards over DisplayPort, but only partially, as tearing occurs between 35 and 50Hz.
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The LG 40WP95C-W has a mediocre response time at the max refresh rate. There's very little overshoot with the recommended 'Normal' Overdrive mode, but most transitions are slow, resulting in a long blur trail around fast-moving objects. The 'Fast' and 'Faster' settings have a slightly faster rise and fall time but significantly more overshoot, so they're not as good overall. These results are fine for most desktop use, but they're not ideal for gaming.
The LG 40WP95C-W doesn't support a 120Hz refresh rate.
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As the max refresh rate is barely higher than 60Hz, there's almost no difference in the response time at 60Hz. The 'Normal' Overdrive mode still delivers the best results overall, with very little overshoot.
This monitor doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature to improve the appearance of motion.
The backlight is completely flicker-free at all brightness settings, which is great as it helps reduce eye strain.
The LG 40WP95C has great low input lag for a responsive desktop experience.
The LG 40WP95C can't take full advantage of everything the PS5 offers, as it's not compatible with the PS5's VRR feature, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. The ultrawide aspect ratio isn't supported by the PS5, so you'll always have black bars on both sides of the screen. Although HDMI connections are usually limited to 30Hz on this monitor, when gaming from a console, the 4k resolution is low enough that a 60Hz refresh rate is supported.
The LG 40WP95C can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series X, mainly because it doesn't support a 120Hz refresh rate. 1440p @ 60Hz requires a manual override, so the variable refresh rate feature doesn't work. Although HDMI connections are usually limited to 30Hz on this monitor, when gaming from a console, the 4k resolution is low enough that a 60Hz refresh rate is supported. The ultrawide aspect ratio isn't supported by the Xbox, though, so you'll always have black bars on both sides of the screen.
The LG 40WP95C has impressive connectivity, with two USB-C ports that both support Thunderbolt 4. The high bandwidth of this port allows you to connect a second monitor to this one, with a single cable going back to your MacBook or laptop. You can also use this feature to connect an external storage device or external GPU, keeping your workstation clean and making it easy to quickly disconnect your computer.
There are no significant issues when using the LG 40WP95C with a recent MacBook Pro. The variable refresh rate feature doesn't work, but sleep mode works properly, and everything returns to its original position when your wake your computer up. The 96W of power delivery is enough to keep most MacBooks fully charged, but some of the larger MacBook Pros require 140W, so this won't be enough to keep them fully charged if they're running under heavy load.
The LG 40WP95C-W has a few additional features, including:
We tested the 40" LG 40WP95C-W, which is the only size available. It's part of LG's UltraWide series of monitors designed for content creators and professionals. There are other models available in this lineup, some of which are listed below, but they all perform differently.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if theirs doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
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Our unit was manufactured in January 2022; you can see the label here.
The LG 40WP95C-W is an impressive monitor designed for media creators, but it's not the most versatile. It's one of the best monitors available for content creators or even for office users. If this isn't your main usage or you don't need Thunderbolt 4 support, there are cheaper options available that are more versatile.
The LG 38WN95C-W is more versatile than the LG 40WP95C-W, but if you're a professional content creator, the 40WP95C-W is a better choice. The 38WN95C-W has a much higher refresh rate, better motion handling, and it's a lot brighter, so it's a better choice for gaming or watching videos. The 40WP95C-W is better for media creators or office users as it has a much higher native resolution and better text clarity, as well as better connectivity.
The LG 40WP95C-W is a much more versatile monitor than the Apple Studio Display. Both models target creators, but the Apple monitor can only reach its maximum potential when used with a Mac. The LG works well with any environment and even allows you to load a calibration profile to the display itself, ensuring you get an accurate image with any source. The LG also has better connectivity, with Thunderbolt 4 support as well as HDMI and DisplayPort inputs.
The LG 32UL950-W and the LG 40WP95C-W both target media creators, but the 40WP95C-W is better overall. The 40WP95C-W has a larger, higher-resolution screen, meaning you can see more of your workflow at once, and it has much better accuracy out of the box. Finally, the 40WP95C-W has slightly better connectivity, with higher bandwidth Thunderbolt 4 support and two easy-to-access USB ports, so you can quickly connect peripherals like your mouse or a drawing tablet.