LG 49WL95C-W Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Aug 22, 2019 at 08:54 am
LG 49WL95C-W Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office
7.4
Gaming
7.6
Multimedia
7.8
Media Creation
6.5
HDR Gaming
Size 49"
Resolution 5120x1440
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
No VRR

The LG 49WL95C-W is a good 49 inch, super ultrawide monitor with an impressive 5120x1440 resolution, but you can only get this resolution over a DisplayPort connection. 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.

Our Verdict

7.6 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.

Pros
  • Outstanding gradient handling.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Excellent screen real estate.
Cons
  • Can't get very bright.
  • HDR doesn't add much.
7.8 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.

7.4 Gaming

Overall, the LG 49WL95C-W is a decent 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.

7.6 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.

7.8 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.

6.5 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.

  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Office
  • 7.4 Gaming
  • 7.6 Multimedia
  • 7.8 Media Creation
  • 6.5 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 9/23/2020: Retested input lag and updated resolutions.
  2. Update 8/19/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Update 8/30/2019: The weight was incorrectly entered in the wrong units. We've corrected the numbers.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 3800R
Weight (without stand)
26.2 lbs (11.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
33.5 lbs (15.2 kg)
Design
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.

5.7
Design
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.

Design
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.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.9" (2.3 cm)

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

Design
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
Design
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.

Picture Quality
5.7
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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's no noticeable variation in brightness with different content. If brightness is important to you, look into the LG 38WN95C-W.

6.5
Picture Quality
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.

8.3
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
44 °
Color Washout From Right
46 °
Color Shift From Left
50 °
Color Shift From Right
53 °
Brightness Loss From Left
47 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
55 °
Gamma Shift From Right
56 °

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.

6.8
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31 °
Color Washout From Above
32 °
Color Shift From Below
29 °
Color Shift From Above
37 °
Brightness Loss From Below
34 °
Brightness Loss From Above
35 °
Black Level Raise From Below
53 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
32 °
Gamma Shift From Above
33 °

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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
18
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
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
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
30
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
53-50-51
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
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
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
94.3 %
Adobe RGB xy
73.4 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

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
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.3 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
80.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

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
Picture Quality
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

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
Picture Quality
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

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.

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
0.01 %
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
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

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

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.002 %
Pixel Column Error
0.002 %

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

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
5.2 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.3 %

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
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
7.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
8.9 ms
Total Response Time
14.8 ms
Overshoot Error
0.3 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
14.3 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

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.

7.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
8.9 ms
Total Response Time
14.8 ms
Overshoot Error
0.3 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
14.3 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

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.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A
6.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
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.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
9.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
N/A
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Update 09/23/2020: We remeasured the input lag and set '10-Bit HDR' to 'N/A' because we can't test for it at its native resolution.

Excellent low input lag, which is great for gaming. The max resolution over HDMI is 3840x1080, and you can only achieve its max resolution over a DisplayPort connection. We can't test for 10-bit HDR input lag over a DisplayPort connection, which is why we left the result as 'N/A'.

9.0
Inputs
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

Update 09/23/2020: We checked again and saw the max resolution over HDMI is 3840x1080, so you need a DisplayPort connection to achieve its full 5120x1440 resolution.

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 3840x1080, so you need a DisplayPort connection to achieve its max resolution.

Inputs
Inputs
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 A