As we've seen with similar displays from LG (34UC97), HP (Z34c) and Samsung (SE790C), the ultra-wide form factor really becomes special when you add in a subtle curve to the screen. Pixel density is the same 109 ppi as a QHD display in the 27-inch size. In our opinion, this is the sweet spot for font rendering and sizing in Windows. As much as we like the extra resolution of an Ultra HD screen, text becomes extremely small even on a 32-inch monitor. QHD (2560 x 1440) or UQHD (3440 x 1440) has become our favorite workplace display for not only productivity, but gaming and entertainment as well.
The U3415W offers the same sRGB 10-bit color gamut and 300cd/m2 brightness as the competition but adds two 18-watt speakers and an HDMI 2.0 port to the mix. In addition to the DisplayPort input, you also get an output which lets you daisy-chain two monitors to a single video card output using MST, which makes multi-screen installations a snap.
The stand allows for full swivel, tilt and height adjustments, and for those wishing to use their own bracket, a 100 mm VESA mount is provided around back. Rounding out the package is a three year warranty with Advanced Exchange Service.
Our full hands-on review of the LG 34UC97 will publish soon, and we expect several more to follow based on the plethora of curved-monitor introductions at CES. Last year seemed to be all about 4K, and this year it's nothing but the curve. From what we've seen so far, this is a trend that no one asked for but may just catch on with users.