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.