LG UltraGear 38GN950

Retail price 1.399,- 1.229,-
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Retail price 1.399,- 1.229,-
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Product information

Key specs

Screen size
38 inches
Sharpness
4K (UHD)
Refresh rate
160 Hz
Pixel density
111 ppi
Color quality
Excellent

Pros and cons

According to our monitor expert
  • WQHD+ is much sharper than Full HD.
  • Thanks to the combination of 165Hz and 1ms, you can always game smoothly.
  • Thanks to G-Sync and FreeSync 2, you won't be bothered by screen tearing, regardless of your GPU brand.
  • You can't turn the screen left and right.
  • This monitor doesn't have integrated speakers.
Product Expert monitors

Description

The LG UltraGear 38GN950 is an UltraWide monitor for die-hard gamers. Thanks to the extra-wide 38-inch screen, you can see more of the playing field. The curved design allows you to see enemies coming from the side earlier and experience games more intensely. The 38GN950 has a high refresh rate of 144Hz, which you can overclock to 160Hz. This ensures that every game plays smoothly. Thanks to the 1ms response time, you won't be bothered by ghosting either. In addition, this monitor is compatible with both G-Sync and FreeSync 2. This means that your fps and Hz are the same, regardless of what video card brand you have. The WQHD+ resolution ensures a sharp display of your games and more screen space in height. The combination of Nano IPS, DCI-P3, and HDR 600 also provides a colorful, clear gaming experience.

The LG UltraGear 38GN950 is an UltraWide monitor for die-hard gamers. Thanks to the extra-wide 38-inch screen, you can see more of the playing field. The curved design allows you to see enemies coming from the side earlier and experience games more intensely. The 38GN950 has a high refresh rate of 144Hz, which you can overclock to 160Hz. This ensures that every game plays smoothly. Thanks to the 1ms response time, you won't be bothered by ghosting either. In addition, this monitor is compatible with both G-Sync and FreeSync 2. This means that your fps and Hz are the same, regardless of what video card brand you have. The WQHD+ resolution ensures a sharp display of your games and more screen space in height. The combination of Nano IPS, DCI-P3, and HDR 600 also provides a colorful, clear gaming experience.


Manual

Manual (5.38 MB)

Included by default

  • Manual (5.38 MB)
  • Power cable (1.5m)
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-A 3.0 cable
  • Monitor base

Included by default

  • Power cable (1.5m)
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-A 3.0 cable
  • Monitor base

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Manual

Manual (5.38 MB)

Key specs

Screen size
38 inches
Sharpness
4K (UHD)
Refresh rate
160 Hz
Pixel density
111 ppi
Color quality
Excellent


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Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    Beautiful screen between work and gaming

    Tom Kramer | 5 October 2020 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Great resolution
    • Fantastic image quality
    • High ease of use
    • Integrated lighting
    • Very nice screen. Point.
    • The monitor base is very deep
    • Recent connections required (DP 1.4 / HDMI 2.0)
    • Only one DP connection... Why?

    After much deliberation, this screen was chosen as the successor to my LG 34UM95 screen from 2014, one of the first 1440p ultrawides. I was looking for a screen with slightly more vertical resolution, sync options and more hz. I use it for work (design, 3D modelling) and gaming (usually RTS and RPG).

    First things first: the 21:9 (or in this case 12:5 to be precise) resolution is GREAT for both work and gaming.
    Compared to the now more common 3440x1440 resolution, the 38GN950 offers more vertical pixels, which is very nice for the work and the available buttons/sliders etc in the image.
    I was used to 60hz. Although I have not been able to get it faster than 120hz until I buy my new PC (DP 1.2 on my PC still): what a relief. Much calmer on the eyes.
    The image quality is beautiful. This clarity makes the image much more expressive. And the sRGB mode makes it good for my work to also make the colors stand out better.

    I switch a lot between my work laptop and the home PC, perhaps recognizable to other home workers in this day and age? This screen picks up when a source becomes active, I no longer have to select the input. And when I turn off the PC, the screen turns off by itself. This screen manages small things that are still very pleasant.

    The monitor is somewhere between productivity and media/gaming. The curve is pleasant and not too aggressive. The style is controlled and can be found professional, but also a bit gamey. You can control this even further by adjusting the lighting.
    The base of the monitor is a stumbling block for me: it is very deep, much deeper than my previous monitor. I now have a monitor arm, which is really beautiful with this device because it looks so ultramodern when floating with that light.

    For me, this thing is a treat. Actually too beautiful and, to be honest, also very expensive, but if you work with screens a lot, it is worth it. However, do realize that with this super fast large bin of pixels, you also need a good up to date PC to get everything out of it. My work laptop (dell precision 7520) can only get to this screen via thunderbolt to DP 75hz. All mDP or HDMI solutions don't work because this 3 year old laptop has HDMI 1.4 and mDP 1.1 (and therefore only drives 30hz at this resolution, which is really impossible).
    In contrast, my old GTX970 fixed PC can achieve 120hz via DP 1.2, and 75hz via HDMI 2.0,
    Although you can't achieve 100+ Hz in games with an old PC at such a resolution, of course.

    The price is hefty, but you get a very good screen for that.
    The only thing I really can't get is that they only have a single DP port on this screen, and two HDMI. The HDMI connections can't go over 75hz, so why just a DP? I really don't understand that and that limitation is now also bothering me.
    Furthermore, this is the screen for anyone who wants the best in the monitor field, but doesn't want to spend >> 2K for a little more hz.

    Tom Kramer | 5 October 2020 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    great but bad QC

    Jamie Thepass | 6 February 2021 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Resolution
    • speed
    • colour
    • RGB
    • dead pixels
    • HDR is not the best
    • backlight dimming is moderate

    Great, beautiful, fast monitor. Best of the best. But the quality control really needs to be better.

    Jamie Thepass | 6 February 2021 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,0/10
    Excellent for everyday use

    Michiel van der Zwet | 29 March 2021 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch

    After a long search with a lot of comparing different brands and types of screen, we came up with the 38GN950-B
    my wishes for a screen were:
    - a screen with a large color range
    - a faithful reproduction of the image as much as possible
    - preferably a curved screen
    - a high dpi
    - fast screen refresh rate (Hz)
    - high response time (GTG)
    - a screen that you can work behind for a long time

    I weighed all this up against various other screens from, among others, samsung, msi, hp and asus and in the end this one came out as the best choice for me.

    Its curved screen makes it easy for me to sit in front of the screen for long days without feeling tired at the end of the day. And I no longer suffer from my neck because the screen can be adjusted to the right height by easily raising or lowering the screen
    The only (problem) with this screen is that it happens quite often that there are dead pixels in the screen (this is well known) however after a few more exchanges I now have one with 1 dead pixel in a non-obtrusive place ( in a corner) :)
    And I enjoy using it every day for work

    Michiel van der Zwet | 29 March 2021 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    If you like gaming there is no better screen
    • 160hz
    • 3ms gtg
    • HDR600 is beautiful
    • Spherelightning 2.0 video sync adds something
    • Gsync works perfectly
    • No built-in speakers
    • 1ms has overdrive
    • Screen has vignette effect
    • Top half of the screen is slightly bluer
    • Bottom half is slightly yellower

    I like the product. Is a pleasure to play with, fast, splashing colors without ghosting. For graphic work it is not desirable, screen has problems keeping colors the same on white backgrounds.

    Dagmar Dagmar Eng Engel | 8 July 2020 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Astonishing WQHD+ 144Hz Gsync/FreeSync monitor
    • WQHD+ resolution @ 144Hz
    • Beautiful colors
    • Good quality control
    • Gives you a different perspective while gaming
    • DP and HDMI cables included in the box
    • Poor stability

    Purchasing this screen was one tough choice. Shifting from 1440p 165Hz screen was not an easy choice as there was a serious concern to keep 100+ FPS at QHD+ resolution. Anyhow with having 2080 Super or 2080Ti and now 3080/3090 RTX it will definitely keep 100+ FPS in most of the games on Ultra/Max settings. Being skeptical about ultrawide screens and how they will handle normal office work I decided to go step forward and to get WQHD+ resolution instead of WQHD. This choice was one of the better choice I recently made and will not regret it. You just feel that screen is completely filled and there are no black bars by side when watching movies or working in an Office package. Quality of the screen is on a very high level and having bad experience in the past with ASUS and ACER QA/QC, have to say that LG did excellent job. Some IPS glow, which is normal on these screens but no backlight bleeding nor dead pixels. Colors on this screen are almost equal to OLED/QLED TV's and I was astonished to see colors differently when compared to my previous IPS gaming monitor. Additional plus is that LG provides you with DP and HDMI cables and monitor will remind you to use them if you connect any others (not that is impossible but not recommended). Playing games on this screen changed my perspective in many video games as you are more submerged and you see much more details when compared with 1440p or even 4k resolutions. High refresh rate works out of the box when connected to nVidia or AMD graphics card and there are no issues with OC the refresh rate even to 160Hz. Only issue that i found is stability of the screen as it is heavy and wide and it swivels from time to time if your desk starts shaking a bit from typing or just hitting the table with your hands, it is recommended to purchase additional monitor arm to connect to wall or table. Price is also on a very high side but it pays of with having good QA/QC from LG and having out of the box perfect image quality and colors. Did not try HDR 600 yet but it was not the main goal of having gaming monitor.

    Bojan Samardzic | 22 September 2020 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 3.5 / 5 stars
    7,2/10
    Once set up quite satisfied with this large monitor
    • The screen has the best dimensions for me, to work with different screens in parallel
    • The limited curve diameter is the best of all the screens I looked at
    • Accessibility of connections centrally at the back of the monitor
    • To split the screen a software has to be installed, which went less smoothly
    • The screen support takes up a lot of space, especially in the depth (30cm)
    • Despite many attempts with different cables and laptops, the frequency does not exceed 75Hz

    The size and shape of this monitor are a relief if your desk has the space for it. However, the settings are not easy to set correctly

    Peter Matton | 13 December 2020 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    Fantastic screen
    • Large screen area
    • Good color rendering
    • 165 Hz really fast screen
    • Resolution
    • High Brightness (HDR)
    • High price
    • Foot / not rotatable

    Bought that monitor for the large workspace on your screen.
    You can put three a4s next to each other and still be able to read it well.
    The fact that you can also play games on this screen is a nice bonus.

    Edwin Hartman | 11 July 2021 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    Emersion in gaming and a very worksheet for other uses
    • Resolution
    • Good color rendering
    • great image quality
    • light output, very easy to read in a very bright room with a lot of sun
    • hardly any backlight bleeding
    • finish
    • radius could have been a little more
    • Isn't a lot of money
    • thick video card needed to use it in games

    I hesitated for a long time because of the price, but in the end I went for it. No regrets it's just a great experience. Emersion in gaming is huge because in many games you just see more, eg the Witcher or They are billions. Screen came in a surprisingly flat box and installation is fairly simple, but a bit of a hassle due to its size. It also weighs quite a bit due to the solid base. The Freesync was automatically recognized so just great. The menu is fairly clear, the only thing I've changed is the color mode, by default it was 144Mhz for me, that can be higher, but I understand that the overdrive to 165hz can cause some smearing so I didn't set that. And to be honest, I wouldn't notice the difference from the 21Hz anyway. Build quality could be a little better, at the very top of the corners it seems as if the glass and the panel are not completely glued together, but then we are talking about 0.5-1 mm. I have a corner desk so I can sit far enough away from it. If you have a small desk that is not so deep, this quickly becomes too much. For those who are looking for emersie and have the space on both desktops ;) and in their wallet, this is definitely recommended.

    Teigetje | 15 August 2021 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    9,2/10
    LG proves once again to be king of ultrawides
    • Extra screen real estate is fantastic (compared to 34")
    • Beautiful colours
    • DDC/CI support (for brightness/volume)
    • User-friendly OSD (with joystick)
    • Good response and refresh rates, little to no backlight bleed
    • 2 dead pixels on my model :(
    • Standard position wobbles relatively quickly
    • LED lighting requires software (with USB cable) if you want to sync video
    • No built-in speakers

    Beautiful monitor and a serious upgrade compared to my old 34" ultrawide.
    The brightness is very good, OSD interface is user-friendly, mounting system is good.
    See pros and cons :)

    Joni | 22 July 2020 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    7,6/10
    If you have the money for it there is nothing better!
    • One of the fastest ips screens
    • no input lag
    • you won't get less ghosting on ips
    • good accurate colors
    • No fan in the screen, something the 38gl950 does have
    • ghost still a little bit but so does the fastest tn panel on earth

    It works fine it is the fastest 160hz ips screen there is with minimal ghosting and 0.0 inputlag / signalprocessing time and that at 38" 3840x1600 160hz see my review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= w5RoxeY1qIA

    Sebastian Keijmel | 4 July 2020 | In this version: LG 38GN950 UltraGear | Automatically translated from Dutch