LG 29EA93—Color Quality and Color Gamut

Out of the box, there is no sRGB mode for the LG 29EA93 to use, so I went with the Standard mode for the default testing. As always, I try to aim for a D65 white point, 2.2 gamma, and 200 nits of light output. All measurements are done using ColorEyes Display Pro, and using a NIST certified i1Pro spectrometer.

Just as expected, the 29EA93 is nothing to write home about straight out of the box. The dE average is just over 7, and the white error is very high as well. Without a pre-calibrated preset this is what I’d expect to see and so this isn’t really a surprise at all.

Color Tracking— XR Pro, Xrite i1D2 and XR i1DPro

After a calibration, the LA 29EA93 fares much better. The average dE drops to a very respectable 1.61, and has a very low median dE of 1.33 as well. The main errors that are present are those that are hard for all displays to reproduce, such as certain blues, so this is a very nice calibrated result in the end for the LG.

Color Tracking— X-Rite i1Pro

When set to 100 nits that is more likely to be used for print media applications, the 29EA93 continues to have very nice calibrated results. The grayscale is nice and neutral, the colors are mostly accurate, and the resulting image is very nice on screen. Once calibrated the, LG 29EA93 produces an image that can keep up with the other IPS monitors out there.

Color Tracking— X-Rite i1Pro

The one area that is does fall a bit short is in color gamut. It only covers 74% of the AdobeRGB gamut, which leaves it just a little short of the whole sRGB gamut. This little bit might not matter much in regular use, but it might matter more to those that are considering using it for color critical work.

LCD Color Quality

LG 29EA93 - Brightness and Contrast LG 29EA93 - Display Uniformity
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  • blackmagnum - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    I'll be really interested in the screen if the design was less tacky and the price more wallet friendly. Now, I'm just amused at what Hollywood has delivered to us. Reply
  • Rick83 - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    The price is pretty good, what's problematic is the size.
    This needs to be 36", 4K horizontal pixels and around $2k-3k, with the same uniformity, but locally adjustable contrast.
    Reply
  • Impulses - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    If only... Maybe by 2016? :p Reply
  • yankeeDDL - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    Mah. 36" excludes completely the application as a desktop.
    Not that it wouldn't be nice, but it is a different product altogether.
    I kind of like the idea of ultra-wide screens: with 16:9 I find myself uneasy tiling two windows side by side: in most cases, the space is not enough.
    21:9 might fix the issue (I'm talking about productivity, of course).
    Watching movies sitting in front of a 29" screen sounds odd to me. You can't be too close, but if you're sitting on a couch it'll be way too far.
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  • Rick83 - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    It's onlz going to be slightly wider than a 30" screen.
    No wider than my current desktop of 24" 16:10 + 19" 4:5 (portrait)

    It's very much the same product, only where the 29" model is slightly smaller than two 19"s next to one another, at 36" you're slightly larger than two 21"ers side-by-side.

    My current perspectiev of upgrading beyond 2x 19" is 3x21" in portrait. It's the only way to get no bezel in the center, while maintaining a 2.0-2.5:1 ratio.

    (I guess 3 19"ers might also work in portrait....)

    The advantage of large screens is that you can work on multiple scales: sitting back to see the big picture, leaning in, to look at detail. The most natural of all zooms.
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  • secretmanofagent - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    Page 1:
    Video Inputs 2xHDMI, 1xDisplayPort, 1xDVI, 1xMHL (Shared with HDMI1)
    "What is missing is an analog DSub input, which I almost always still see."

    LG 29EA93—AV Use and Calibration
    "With a pair of HDMI inputs to go with the VGA, DisplayPort, and DVI inputs, you can easily hook up a game system, Blu-ray player, DVR, or other AV device to watch on it."

    Am I missing something?
    Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    Probably a copy-n-paste from another manual when they created this one. There's definately no VGA port on this monitor. Reply
  • Googer - Saturday, December 15, 2012 - link

    No need for VGA when you have the swiss army knife port aka Display Port. Also you can use HD Fury on the DVI port. Reply
  • cheinonen - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    Sorry about that, I'll clean that up. No copy and paste there, just a stupid mistake. Reply
  • Jann___ - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - link

    The way I see it, these ultra-wide desktop monitors are a great replacement for dual-screen setups. If the OS added some 1/4 width window placement you'd have a dual-screen without the annoying gap in the middle. Reply

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