The 29EA93 supports a plethora of inputs: DVI dual link, DisplayPort 1.2, and two, count ‘em, two HDMI inputs. The second HDMI input is specifically to support MHL (mobile high-definition link) interfaces from smart phones and similar devices. LG thoughtfully provides a MHL micro-HDMI-to-HDMI adapter cable just for that purpose. Notably missing is a VGA port, but that’s no big loss as far as we’re concerned. Also included is a DVI dual link cable, USB 3.0 cable, and audio adapter cable with male mini-jacks on both ends.
We calibrated the display using Spyder 4 Elite. The measured color gamut is 100 percent of SRGB and 80 percent of Adobe RGB. This makes the display excellent for most consumer applications like video and gaming. It’s adequate for light duty photo editing, but professional photographers may want a display with an even wider gamut. However, pro photographers would probably steer away from the oddball aspect ratio anyway.
Once calibrated, we dove into our array of tests. The 200 cd/m2 output level is just a little over the 50 percent setting for the brightness control, which is about the right brightness level for our workspace. With the control set to 100 percent, the measured brightness is 274 cd/m2, not far off the rated 300 cd/m2. The contrast ratio at the 50 percent brightness setting is a very good 540:1, but it’s certainly not 5,000,000:1!
|LG IPS Monitor 29EA93|
The controls are a nuisance to navigate, however. With only four buttons and multiple menu layers, you’re constantly having to switch back and forth between different buttons, and it’s all too easy to brush the wrong control, ending up either in a completely different menu than you wanted or closing the menu altogether. The numerous controls, which allow you to tweak every possible display setting, cry out for a dedicated remote control.
The monitor stand is basic. The only adjustment available is tilt, so if you need height adjustment, you’ll need to either invest in a third party stand or stack something under the stand. The stand is actually very short, so the display sits pretty low. You’ll find yourself either tilting the monitor back a substantial amount or elevating it with some books or something similar. You’ll find the stand attractive if you’re into the faux chrome plated, minimalist look.