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LG 29EA93 review

Katharine Byrne
19 Jul 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
377
inc VAT

It's not height-adjustable and has a few fiddly features, but this 29in monitor has excellent image quality and a wide range of inputs

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Specifications

29in screen size, 2,560x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: no, HDMI:

The 29EA93 has an impressive range of inputs, too. There are two HDMI inputs, one DisplayPort input, a dual-link DVI-D input, a three-port USB3 hub, a headphone jack and a 3.5mm audio line input.

LG 29EA93

One of the HDMI inputs also supports mobile high-definition link (MHL) devices. This fairly new technology lets you output the display of compatible devices to the monitor, and charge them too. We tested the feature with an HTC One X+. The phone’s display was shown horizontally on the 29EA93's screen to make the most of its 21:9 aspect ratio. The phone’s screen was blown up to fill as much screen space as possible, making app icons and text look quite jagged. Even so, many other monitors we’ve seen with MHL only show our phones’ displays as a tiny vertical strip in the middle of the screen, so we’re happy that the LG 29EA93 makes the most of its screen space.

Another novel feature is dual-link. This lets you display two devices, such as a PC, laptop, camera, smartphone or Blu-Ray player, on screen simultaneously. You can devote equal screen space to both devices or you can overlay one device’s display over another in a small window in a similar way to a TV’s picture-in-picture feature. Unfortunately, we weren’t particularly happy with this feature, as the two displays didn't automatically adjust to the right size or resolution, so everything appeared squashed together. There was no easy way to change this either and even changing the resolution of our PC in the Control Panel didn’t make it appear correctly.

Dual-link aside, the LG 29EA93 is a brilliant display. Its wide range of inputs and superb image quality are very impressive for a monitor at this price, and it's certainly a good alternative to the more expensive Dell U2913WM. We marginally prefer the height-adjustable Dell, but if your budget doesn't stretch beyond £400, you should buy the LG 29EA93.

Basic Specifications

Rating****

Physical

Viewable size29 in
Native resolution2,560x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (5,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness300cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time5ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth19mm
Base (WxD)257x207mm
Screen elevation70mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersyes (not stated)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hub3-port USB3
Integrated power supplyno
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasheadphone output
VGA inputno
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on48W

Buying Information

Price£377
Supplier
Detailswww.lg.co.uk
Warrantyone year RTB

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