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Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

LG 49WL95C-W MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.7
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
7.7
Gaming
7.7
Multimedia
7.7
Media Creation
6.6
HDR Gaming
Size : 49"
Resolution : 5120x1440
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No

The LG 49WL95C-W is a good 49 inch, super ultrawide monitor with an impressive 5120x1440 resolution. This results in a huge amount of screen real estate to work with, and it has a few extra features that make it easy to work on multiple devices at once. The 49WL95C has outstanding gradient handling and excellent gray uniformity but otherwise delivers only decent picture quality. It can't get very bright, and like most IPS monitors, it has disappointing contrast but good viewing angles. This monitor supports HDR, but this doesn't add much, as it can't display a wide color gamut and can't get very bright in HDR.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 7.1
Motion 7.0
Inputs 9.0
Pros
  • Outstanding gradient handling.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Excellent screen real estate.
Cons
  • Can't get very bright.
  • HDR doesn't add much.
  1. Update 8/30/2019: The weight was incorrectly entered in the wrong units. We've corrected the numbers.

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8.0

Design

Curved : Yes
Curve radius : 3800R
Weight (without stand)
:
26.2 lbs (11.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
33.6 lbs (15.2 kg)

The LG 49WL95C-W has a great design. The stand is slim, leaving lots of room under the monitor for small objects. Like most ultrawide monitors, the stand has limited ergonomics, but it's still easy to place in the ideal viewing position and it can be VESA mounted. The stand is made of metal and appears very well-built, but the monitor wobbles a lot, which is especially noticeable when typing. Although the back of the monitor is made of plastic, the 49WL95C-W has great overall build quality, with no obvious issues.

Stand
Width
:
29.4" (74.7 cm)
Depth
:
13.6" (34.5 cm)

Update 08/30/2019: The weight was incorrectly entered in the wrong units. We've corrected the numbers.

The stand is very similar to other LG stands, but it's a bit wider than most to properly support the display. Unfortunately, the stand doesn't prevent the display from wobbling, and it can be quite distracting when typing.

5.3 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
5.3" (13.5 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : -15° to 15°
Tilt Range : -15° to 2.5°

This monitor has a very good height adjustment range, but a disappointing tilt range and bad swivel range. Due to the large size, it obviously can't rotate to portrait orientation.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is very plain. The stand has to be fully removed to expose the VESA mounting holes. There is a single cable clip that attaches to the back for cable management.

Borders
Borders
:
0.9" (2.3 cm)

The borders are thin on three sides, and even the bottom bezel isn't very thick.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
8.5" (21.6 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
4.3" (10.9 cm)

Due to the curvature of the screen, the LG 49WL95C is a bit thicker than most monitors, even when taken off the stand for VESA mounting. It's only slightly thicker than the Dell U4919DW, which has the same curvature, and it's a lot thinner than the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9, which has a more aggressive curve.

8.0 Build Quality

The LG 49WL95C has great build quality. The back panel is almost entirely made of plastic, but the stand is almost entirely made of metal, and there are no obvious weak spots or areas of concern.

7.1

Picture Quality

The LG 49WL95C-W has decent overall picture quality. It has good viewing angles, excellent gray uniformity, a great SDR color gamut, and outstanding gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar color. Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it has a disappointing contrast ratio, so it isn't as well-suited for a dark room. It also can't get very bright, so despite the good reflection handling, glare might be an issue in a brighter room.

5.7 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
850 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

Like most IPS monitors, the LG 49WL95C-W has a disappointing contrast ratio. Because of this, blacks appear gray in a dark room.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Full-Array

This monitor doesn't support local dimming. The above video is provided for reference only.

6.9 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
249 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
254 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
259 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
259 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
258 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
258 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
254 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
258 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
258 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
258 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
258 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.001

Decent peak brightness in SDR, but the LG 49WL95C might not be bright enough if you are in a bright office environment. There is no noticeable variation in brightness with different content.

6.5 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
:
353 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
388 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
395 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
395 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
395 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
487 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
388 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
395 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
394 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
394 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
393 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.001

Decent peak brightness in HDR. Large, bright windows can get very bright, but it isn't bright enough for small highlights to stand out in HDR.

7.3 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
40 °
Color Shift from Right
:
38 °
Brightness from Left
:
48 °
Brightness from Right
:
46 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : 3800 R

Decent horizontal viewing angles. The black levels remain relatively constant at an angle, and the brightness decreases to 50% only at a wide angle, so the image doesn't appear washed out.

7.8 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
30 °
Color Shift from Above
:
25 °
Brightness from Below
:
34 °
Brightness from Above
:
30 °
Black Level from Below
:
51 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

Very good vertical viewing angles. At wider angles, the brightness decrease is extremely noticeable, but this shouldn't cause any issues for most people.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.836 %
50% DSE
:
0.108 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.375 %
5% DSE
:
0.029 %

The LG 49WL95C has excellent gray uniformity. There are no serious issues near the center of the screen, but the sides are a bit darker than the rest. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is outstanding, and there is almost no dirty-screen effect.

5.2 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.527 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

Disappointing black uniformity. There is noticeable IPS glow across the entire screen, but very little flashlighting, which is great.

6.7 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
18
Contrast Setting
:
70
RGB controls
:
50-50-50
Color Temperature
:
6781 K
White Balance dE
:
3.55
Color dE
:
3.74
Gamma
:
2.22

Out of the box, this monitor has decent accuracy. Gamma doesn't follow the curve very well, so some scenes are darker than they should be, and some are too bright. There are some noticeable color inaccuracies, and brighter shades of gray aren't displayed accurately. The color temperature is a bit cool.

9.6 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
30
Contrast Setting
:
50
RGB Controls
:
53-50-51
Color Temperature
:
6500 K
White Balance dE
:
0.41
Color dE
:
0.72
Gamma
:
2.18

After calibration, the LG 49WL95C-W has excellent accuracy. Gamma is very close to the sRGB target curve, and there are no significant inaccuracies in any color or grayscale. The color temperature is perfect.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.4 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
94.3 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
73.4 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Custom (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom

Great overall color gamut, but it can't display the entire sRGB color space, which is a bit disappointing. It has only decent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which isn't ideal for professional photo editing. These results are slightly worse than the Dell U4919DW and the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9.

8.8 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
96.3 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
80.0 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom

Excellent color volume, similar to the Dell U4919DW. The color volume is mainly limited by the color gamut, and due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well.

6.4 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
72.2 %
Rec. 2020 xy
:
56.1 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: Custom HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Custom HDR

The LG 49WL95C-W has a mediocre HDR color gamut. It can't display a wide color gamut and has only decent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most HDR content, as well as disappointing coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. The Samsung CRG9 has a much better HDR color gamut.

5.8 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
61.5 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
53.9 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: Custom HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Custom HDR

This monitor has disappointing HDR color volume, much worse than the Samsung CRG9. Color volume is limited by the color gamut, but colors aren't as bright as pure white in HDR, and it can't display dark saturated colors very well.

9.4 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
:
0.01 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.02 %

There is no noticeable image retention on the LG 49WL95C-W. There is some noise in our 8 and 10 minute images, which is being incorrectly interpreted as image retention. We plan on correcting this in a future test bench update.

9.9 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

Outstanding gradient handling. There is almost no noticeable banding in any content.

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.002 %
Pixel column error
:
0.002 %

The LG 49WL95C-W has no noticeable color bleed.

7.5 Reflections

The LG 49WL95C has good reflection handling. The curved screen helps to dissipate reflections across the screen slightly, but glare might still be an issue in a bright room.

7.0

Motion

The LG 49WL95C-W has decent motion handling, similar to the Dell U4919DW. It has a good response time, but there is a bit more blur behind fast-moving objects, which isn't great for gaming. The backlight is flicker-free at all brightness levels, but there's no optional black-frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. Unfortunately, like the Dell U4919DW, it has a limited 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies like FreeSync. For a 49" monitor with better motion handling, check out the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 instead.

7.9 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
6.3 ms
100% Response Time
:
19.0 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Fast

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Photo
Normal Chart Photo
Fast Chart Photo
Faster Chart Photo

The LG 49WL95C-W has a good response time, but there is a bit more noticeable motion blur than other similar monitors, especially compared to the Samsung CRG9, which has a much faster response time. This extra blur can be distracting in some content, especially for gaming, but can improve the appearance of motion when watching low frame rate content, like movies.

The overdrive can be switched between four different modes, but we recommend the 'Fast' mode, even though there is some overshoot. The 'Faster' mode is slightly faster, but there is significant overshoot in some transitions. If overshoot artifacts bother you, the 'Normal' mode has no overshoot, but there is a bit more blur. This mode might be better-suited for watching videos, where the extra blur can improve the appearance of motion.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

The backlight of the LG 49WL95C is completely flicker-free at all backlight levels, so there are no duplications in motion. There is no optional black frame insertion feature, though.

6.7 Refresh Rate
Native
:
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
G-SYNC Compatible
:
No
VRR Maximum
:
N/A
VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : N/A

This monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like FreeSync or G-SYNC, which might disappoint some gamers.

9.0

Inputs

The LG 49WL95C-W has excellent low input lag, and the super ultrawide, high-resolution screen delivers an impressive amount of screen real estate to work with, great for multitasking. It has a good selection of inputs, including a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, and USB-C power delivery, great for MacBook owners. It also has a standard USB hub with four USB 3.0 ports.

8.8 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
10.4 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
8.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
10.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
10 bit HDR
:
9.0 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A

Excellent low input lag in any mode, but it's a bit higher than most 60Hz monitors.

9.3 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 5120x1440
Aspect Ratio : 32:9
Megapixels : 7.4 MP
Pixel Density : 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 48.8 inches
Screen Area : 623 sq inches

This monitor is the equivalent of two 1440p, 27" monitors placed side-by-side. This results in an excellent amount of screen real estate to work with. Note that over HDMI, the maximum supported resolution is 3840x2160.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort : N/A
HDMI : 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 4 (USB 3.0)
USB C : 1 (USB, USB PD, DP Alt Mode)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : Internal

This monitor has a great selection of inputs. There is a USB-C port, which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, so you can use it to send the image to your screen as well as power the USB ports on the side and back. The USB-C port also supports power delivery and can deliver up to 85W of power to a supported device, great for Mac owners.

Features

The LG 49WL95C-W is a pretty basic monitor, with few additional features. It supports picture-by-picture, great for multitasking, and the exact split can be customized using LG's OnScreen Control software. It has the same on-screen display and controls as most LG monitors, and it's very easy to make changes.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
Yes
HDR10 : Yes
Multiple input display
:
PBP

There are very few additional features on the LG 49WL95C-W. It can display two inputs on the display at once, a feature known as picture-by-picture, and the layout can be customized using LG's OnScreen Control software. This software also allows you to control many of the display's settings without going into the OSD, and it can be used to update the monitor's internal firmware.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

Like most LG monitors, there is a single joystick on the back of the monitor that controls all of the monitor's functions, including power. The joystick can be a bit tricky to find at first, but is very easy to use and makes navigating the monitor's OSD a breeze.

In The Box

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Power Cable
  • USB-B Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter
  • CD with Owner's Manual
Note: We're not sure what the two gray covers are.

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 49" 49WL95C-W, which is the only size available.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their 49WL95C-W 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 Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
49WL95C-W 49" 5120x1440 60Hz  

The LG 49WL95C-W we reviewed was manufactured in May 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: LG 49WL95C. Right: Dell U4919DW
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG 49WL95C-W is a good super ultrawide monitor for most uses. See our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors, the best gaming monitor size, the best curved gaming monitors, and the best large monitors.

Dell U4919DW
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The LG 49WL95C-W and the Dell U4919DW are extremely similar overall. The LG has slightly better ergonomics and it supports HDR, although this doesn't add much as it can't display a wide color gamut, and can't get very bright in HDR. The LG has lower input lag when displaying a non-native resolution, which is better for gaming if you want to run your games at a lower resolution for better performance.

Samsung C49HG90/CHG90
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The Samsung C49HG90/CHG90 and the LG 49WL95C-W use different panel technologies, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The LG has a higher native resolution, which is generally better for multitasking, and it has much wider viewing angles. The CHG90 has much better contrast and is noticeably brighter in SDR. The Samsung is also better for gaming, with a much faster response time, faster refresh rate, lower input lag, and FreeSync support.

Samsung C49RG9/CRG9
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Amazon.com

Although they use different panel technologies, the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 is slightly better than the LG 49WL95C-W for most uses, and is much better for gaming. The LG has better viewing angles, which might be better in some cases, but the Samsung is significantly brighter, especially in HDR, and it has a better contrast ratio. The CRG9 is also much better than the LG for gaming, as it has a faster refresh rate, much faster response time, lower input lag, and it supports FreeSync.

Dell U3818DW
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Amazon.com

The Dell U3818DW and the LG 49WL95C-W are very similar overall. The U3818DW has slightly better ergonomics, but a smaller, lower-resolution screen. The LG 49WL95C-W supports HDR, although this doesn't add much.

7.7 Mixed Usage

Overall, the LG 49WL95C-W is a good monitor for most uses. The high resolution, wide format screen is especially well-suited for office use or media creation. It's a pretty basic gaming monitor, with no dedicated gaming features, but it still delivers a good gaming experience. It isn't as good for HDR gaming, though, as it has disappointing contrast and can't get very bright.

7.9 Office

Good monitor for office use. The 49", high-resolution screen provides an excellent amount of screen real estate to work with, and it supports picture-by-picture. It also has wide viewing angles. Unfortunately, it has limited ergonomics and it can't get very bright, so glare from bright overhead lights might be an issue.

7.7 Gaming

Overall, the LG 49WL95C-W is a good monitor for gaming, but it has very limited gaming features. It has excellent low input lag and a good response time. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easier to see fine details in your favorite games. Unfortunately, it has a limited 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support FreeSync.

7.7 Multimedia

This is a good monitor for multimedia. The large, high-resolution screen is great for watching movies, and the wide viewing angles make it a good choice for sharing with a few people. It doesn't look as good in a dark room though, and it might not be bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, despite the good reflection handling.

7.7 Media Creation

This is a good monitor for media creation, mainly due to the outstanding size and high native resolution, which makes it easier to see more of your project at once. It has good viewing angles, perfect for sharing your screen with clients or colleagues, but due to the large size, it has limited ergonomics.

6.6 HDR Gaming

The LG 49WL95C-W is a decent monitor for gaming in HDR, but mainly due to the good gaming performance, as HDR doesn't add much. It has a disappointing contrast ratio and can't get very bright in HDR. It has excellent low input lag and a good response time, and the large, high-resolution screen makes it easy to see more fine details.

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