LG - 29UM68-P 29" IPS LED UltraWide FHD FreeSync Monitor - Black

Play video games or get lost in your favorite movies with this LG UltraWide LED monitor. An integrated gaming mode optimizes your screen for enhanced gameplay, and the FreeSync technology eliminates ghosting and tearing for crisp, smooth images. Featuring an IPS display, this LG UltraWide LED monitor offers distortion free views from virtually every angle.

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What's Included


  • LG 29UM68-P 29" IPS LED UltraWide FHD FreeSync Monitor

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (20 out of 21)

Features


2560 x 1080 WFHD resolution

Ultra-wide resolution lets you use more of the screen without resorting to a second one.

5 ms response time

Delivers solid performance for precise gaming and video work.

75 Hz refresh rate

Delivers powerful performance so that you can get the most out of your games and videos.

29" LED monitor

Efficient screen type uses LEDs to provide precise backlighting to pixels.

UltraWide screen

Maximizes the view thanks to additional space either side of the UltraWide monitor.

FreeSync Technology

Adaptive synchronization technology that matches the frame rate of the monitor to any compatible AMD graphics card.

2 HDMI and DisplayPort inputs

Allow you to set up DVD players and other AV sources for a clear, high quality audio and video signal.

178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles

Allow you to view the screen from a wide range of angles.

5-watt built-in speakers

For enhanced audio.

5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio

Ensures images are crisp and clear with deep blacks and bright highlights.

250 cd/m² brightness

Ensures images are clear and can be seen across the room.

Picture-in-picture mode

View a small inset box overlaid on the full screen to watch 2 programs at once.

Split Screen 2.0

Provides a large number of preset layouts so that you can quickly snap programs and applications to a grid.


Customer rating

4.6
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ticks every box

    Posted
    LeeF
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So this is what I had: A desk facing the entrance of my home office and a docked laptop connected to an external keyboard, mouse and speakers. This is what I needed: more visual real estate than a 14" screen. I considered two cheaper monitors in a dual setup, but was impressed with the wide screens. I started with an AOC (i2779vh 27"), but found the menu system confusing. Also, its bulky profile blocked my view of anyone coming into the office - which I had considered a necessary annoyance until I set up this LG. The LG 29UM68-P had more space than the AOC with a lower vertical profile that did not co-opt my view beyond the desktop (one of the reasons I much prefer the 29" over the 34".) The single joystick adjuster is a far better solution than arrays of multiple hidden buttons with different tasks that your fingers have to guess at. And the on-screen control replicates all the joystick functions anyways while adding a variety of screen split options. About those screen split options: the beauty of the ultra-wide design is that the choice to buy one is often made to accommodate a user's need to work with multiple windows at the same time. The screen split function instantly tiles un-minimized open windows in a variety of arrays. I first thought it was a gimmick I'd never use - but after playing around with it, I find it quite useful and it enhances my workflow. The title of my review refers to ticking boxes. Certainly those included I a good quality monitor with solid image, good colors, decent vertical sync (important for long-duration work since lower sync rates can be subtly fatiguing) and a good price-point. But I also wanted VESA mount capability. One of the monitor choices I considered was a Dell (P2417H) for it's positional dexterity - especially its ability to rotate to portrait orientation. One of the complaints of the LG (of the very few complaints I have read) referred to its rather inflexible and cheap stand. Maybe I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I finally realized I could have everything I liked about both the Dell and the ultra-wide LG. I ordered a monitor arm (North Bayou F100 for less than forty dollars off Amazon) and it arrived around the same time as my monitor. The VESA-mounting has added an incredible element of usability to this monitor and I highly recommend it. For one thing, the monitor floats above the free desk space that the stand doesn't take up. It allows re-positioning to any angle - even a vertical portrait orientation for documents. There is a couch in my office and I can easily swing the display to show people on the couch what I am looking at while I work off my laptop screen in dual monitor mode - or when the work day is done, we can sit on the couch and watch a DVD or streamed movie. The ultra-wides are not just extra space monitors - they are intelligent space monitors, far more useful IMO than the standard 1920 x 1080 ratio screen sizes for multi-tasking. This one in particular is well-designed and the image quality is sharp and colorful. It supports AMD Radeon FreeSync-capable cards. Running off a laptop with a discrete switchable graphics card, my Radeon HD8650M does not seem to support FreeSync (the desktop version of the same card does) - but at 75 HZ, I'm not complaining at all, since that would be the vertical sync goal for such a card anyways. Negatives? I mentioned the included stand - but the one that came with my monitor never left the box. Also, the screen does not go edge to edge - there is about a centimeter of black border around the image. The plastic is glossy black, so don't wipe it with anything other than a damped cloth or it'll scratch. Also, I used DisplayPort (for maximizing signal quality/options) - but the VESA mount is close to impeding access to that port. The display port cable sold by Best Buy (Insignia) has attachment ends that are too thick to fit past the VESA bracket, but the Staples brand display port cables are thin enough to work. Tough to explain - but the bottom line is that you can have your display port cable and your VESA, too. Finally, It is worth mentioning that I almost returned the monitor because my card did not offer in its preset menu the 2560 x 1080 resolution the monitor was capable of displaying. The best I could do was stretch the 1920 (yuck) or accept black side borders (double yuck). It was turning into one of those I-love-it-but-I-can't-keep-it-cause-it-won't-work-for-me deals - until by sheer luck I figured out how to make the card compatible with the monitor. So I'll close with that (this is an Intel graphics setup - not AMD - so it should work for any PC or laptop with standard graphics). Using Windows 7 (other versions may be slightly different): Rt-click the desktop -> Graphics Properties -> Display -> Display drop down menu (at the top left under the window title) -> Custom Resolutions. Type in 2560 for width, 1080 for height and 75 Hz for refresh rate. Leave the underscan percentage slider and timing standard unchanged. Click add ("+") at the bottom right and voila. That simple little trick kept me from sadly sending this one back for being incompatible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Ultrawide 29" monitor, but not perfect

    Posted
    Jonee
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Cost - Definitely a 5/5 The next higher model (34") will be up >500 USD. Practicality - 5/5 ; I can fit 3 docs side by side without any issues. Still usable as long as you have good eyes ;-) . I can work on website development using only a single screen instead of 2. The speakers are ok and usable. Great for a back-up. the 29" size is more than enough. Not too huge for my work desk. Input ports: 5/5 2 x HDMI and 1 Display port. I wish it had a thunderbolt port. Take note Mac users, to trigger the Ultrawide maximum resolution without stretching, you need to use the display port and not the HDMI port. This is sort of a let down for me and i could have given it 4 stars but, since you can still use a mini Display Port to Display Port cable, problem solve. It did not come with a miniDisplay port to display port cable. You need to buy one. Color rendition, Brightness: 5/5 Accurate and very bright. You can change the settings to suit your needs . Size: 5/5 Very wide but light enough for my reticulating desk arm. I bought a North Bayou desk arm and with the right settings, I can adjust the elevation, tilt with minimal effort. I'm a Mac user. I observed that when I wake up my Mac from sleep, the monitor also wakes up BUT it detects no signal from the display port. I have to turn off my Mac and turn it back on to fix the issue. I hope this is just a firmware issue. Not a deal breaker , just an annoyance in life to remind you that not everything is perfect ;-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but not perfect

    Posted
    JoneeP
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    If you are using a Mac, it is advisable to use the displayport cable to get an undistorted image. the cable is not included in the package and you need to shell out money. It costs like $10.00 in amazon. If you use the HDMI cable that came along with it and connect your imac to it, you will get a distorted image. To fix the distortion, you have to change the monitor aspect ratio setting to Original or 1:1. but you'll get these annoying wide dark backgrounds that fills the left and right edges of the screen to accommodate the unmatched aspect ratio. If you are using a windows PC, the HDMI cable works just fine and you'll get the correct image once you've configured your PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice monitor, great price

    Posted
    balls
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I needed more real estate for editing video via my MacBook Pro. I recently decided to move from my 8 year old MacPro to my 1 year old laptop, and didn't want to have to spend the money on Cinema Displays when I do critical color correction on an external pro monitor anyway. The 21:9 aspect ratio is perfect for editing video. I use DaVinci Resolve, and the layout sits perfectly on this monitor, leaving the screen on my laptop available for producer notes, email, etc. I will probably eventually upgrade to a larger display, but I'll definitely stick with the 21:9 aspect ratio. It's perfect. Colors are pretty accurate, image looks good. Stand is very flimsy, though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor!

    Posted
    npat3
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I was skeptical at first about the ultrawide monitors, but I like to use multiple monitors at work for productivity. For my home office, I purchased this monitor and it works very well. The screen is wide enough to give similar productivity as a dual monitor setup, but with a much cleaner look. The software for Windows is great, as it adds features to aid with screen-splitting, but I also use the monitor with Linux without any issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I NEED 4 MONITORS FOR WORK

    Posted
    bigdog7593
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I HAD 3 MONITORSA FOR WORK BUT A NEW PROGRAM OPNE OF OUR CUSTOMERS STARTED I ENDING UP NEEDING 4 SCREENS, WITH THIS MONITOR I COUULD HAVE 2 ON ONE SO PROBLEM SOLVED. IT HAS A GOOD SCREEN QAULITY AND IS EASY TO CHANGE IT BACK TO A 1 SCREEN MONITOR OR SPLIT IT MORE WAYS TO HAVE 4 SCREENS ON THE ONE MONITOR. I LOVE IT

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hits high marks

    Posted
    Hampton
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    I love the ultrawide for racing simulators. the 75hz is a small bump, I would of really liked something higher for this monitor. the 5ms response is acceptable when set to one of the gaming modes. The IPS color isn't quite as nice as the Asus IPS monitor it replaced. I like this monitor but I wish it had a bit higher refresh rate and a bump in panel quality

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good bye 2 monitors!

    Posted
    JoeM

    Such a beautiful display! Great resolution and is great for my office! I now can use a single monitor and work on two documents side by side due the the ultra wide display. Well worth the money!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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