LG 29WQ500-B Review 2023: 1080p 100Hz Ultrawide

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The LG 29WQ500-B is a 29-inch IPS ultrawide monitor for programming and content creation use. It provides wide 21:9 aspect ratio that results in higher screen real estate.

There is a smaller model of this monitor, which we have already reviewed, but this particular model is our favorite budget ultrawide monitor because it feels much more comfortable due to its larger screen compared to its smaller model which has a small 26-inch screen.

It still lacks some features like built-in speakers, USB Type-C, and height adjustable stand. If you need those features, you can pay some extra bucks and get the LG 29WQ600-W (read review) with USB Type-C and speakers.


Overview

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Best Features

  • 29″ IPS Panel
  • 21:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 100Hz Refresh Rate
  • 99% sRGB
  • HDR 10
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 1ms MBR Response Time

Mediocre

LG 29WQ500-B

The LG 29WQ500-B is a perfect budget display for your programming and video editing setup. It does not cost much, while offering a high refresh rate 21:9 aspect ratio screen for ultimate productivity.

The main highlight of this budget ultrawide monitor is the 100Hz refresh rate which is near to 120Hz, so it should provide decent gaming experience as well.

It lacks some essential features like built-in speakers, height adjustable stand, and USB Type-C port, but you can pay some money more and get its newer model.

The LG 29WQ500-B has a 21:9 IPS panel for ultimate productivity. Its high screen real estate makes it perfect for office use.

This ultrawide monitor has 100Hz refresh rate with support for AMD FreeSync, so it should provide good gaming experience.

There are no built-in speakers, and the 21:9 aspect ratio is not the best for entertainment, but it is great for content creation.

Office

75%

Gaming

70%

Entertainment

55%

Media Creation

70%

Design & Ergonomics

Front

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  • Monitor Type – Flat
  • Width – 68.85cm
  • Height – 40.66 cm

The LG 29WQ500-W comes finished in completely black color.

It is great for corporate spaces and desks, also ideal if you are building black-themed setup.

Its higher-end model has a silver stand, but the stand on this one is black.

It is wide and requires a good amount of space on the desk.

Back

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  • Depth – 22.38 cm
  • VESA Mount – 100x100mm
  • Ports Position – Back-Facing

The LG 29WQ500-W has a plain finish on the back, as there are no visually attractive elements

The back attracts good amount of dust over time, so make sure to clean it regulary.

There is 100x100mm VESA mount support at the back.

The port come back-facing, increasing the depth of this monitor to a few centimetres.

Bezels

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  • Thinness – N/A

The bezels of LG 29WQ500-B are thin from three sides, and the bottom one is slightly thick.

Multiple monitor setups should not create any problem, but it would have been more comfortable with a curved design.

Build Quality

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  • Weight – 9.92 lbs

The build quality of this monitor is decent.

It is made up of plastic, but the parts seem very well attached together, giving no cracking sounds while adjusting tilt.

Stand

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  • Removable Stand – Yes
  • Cable Management – N/A

The LG 29WQ500-B has a very basic stand, but it is very sturdy, providing ultimate grip on the desk.

There is no cable management hole or clip on the stand for routing the cables.

Hence, building a cable free setup with this monitor is a challenging task.

Ergonomics

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  • Tilt – 15° Backward
  • Swivel – N/A
  • Height – N/A
  • Pivot – N/A

The LG 29WQ500-B feels lethargic as it only provides a tilt function.

I believe that modern monitors that are made for productivity should at least have height function.

Display & Performance

Panel

  • Panel Type – IPS
  • Panel Size – 29-inch
  • Aspect Ratio – 21:9
  • Panel Depth – 8 bits (6 bits+FRC)

The LG 29WQ500-B packs an IPS panel with 29-inch screen size.

The aspect ratio is wide with 21:9, so you will get more screen space.

It is like eliminating the need of dual monitors with a single display.

The panel depth is 8 bits and it uses 6 bits+FRC for color reproduction.

Screen Clarity

  • Resolution – 2560x1080p
  • PPI – 96 PPI

The LG 29WQ500-B features 2560×1080 pixels resolution.

It results in acceptable 96 PPI on the 29-inc screen size.

The text clarity is decent, but not as good as 1440p or 4K monitors.

It perfect for reading though, but if you would like to fit more content on the screen, then I would recommend getting a display with at least 1440p resolution.

Brightness

  • Peak Brightness – 250-nits

The LG 29WQ500-B has 250-nit max brightness.

It is basic I would say, not too bright, intented to get the job done.

You might get disappoint if you expect it to perform excellent in well-lit rooms.

Also, this peak brightness is too low for HDR to shine.

Contrast

  • Contrast Ratio – 1000:1

It lacks high contrast ratio, resulting in terrible at displaying blacks in the dark.

It is common with budget IPS displays, I recommend going with a VA monitor for good dark-room performance.

Viewing Angles

  • Viewing Angles (H/V) – 178°

This ultrawide monitor has wide viewing angles.

It is perfect or sharing your work with a client sitting on the side.

The color do not loose its originality while viewing from a side angle.

Color Coverage

  • sRGB – 99%

The color coverage is standard 99% sRGB on this monitor.

It should provide decent SDR viewing experience, but HDR is fail on this one since there is no wide color gamut coverage.

Response Time

  • Response Time – 1 ms MBR

The LG 29WQ500-B has 5 ms response time.

However, it can reach 1 ms at its lowest with the help of LG’s MBR mode.

MBR stands for Motion Blur Reduction.

Refresh Rate

  • Refresh Rate – 100Hz

This ultrawide monitor has max 100Hz refresh rate.

It is near to 120Hz, so nobody can tell the difference between this and any 120Hz gaming monitor.

The gaming experience is fantastic on this one, and it should please any casual gamer.

BFI

  • Black Frame Insertion – Yes

The LG 29WQ500-B has black frame insertion technology which LG calls Motion Blur Reduction.

HDR

  • HDR – HDR 10

The LG 29WQ500-B is HDR 10 certified, but we do not think is a great performer when it comes to HDR.

Because there is no wide color gamut coverage. Also, the peak brightness is too low for HDR to shine.

Features

AMD FreeSync

This gaming monitor supports variable refresh rate.

It supports AMD FreeSync at it max refresh rate for consistent and tear-free high refresh rate gaming.

Black Stabilizer

Black Stabilizer boosts contrast ratio of dark scenes so that you can see the visuals with utmost clarity.

Screen Split

This monitor has LG’s screen split feature for tiling up all your applications side-by-side so that you can multitask upon them efficiently.

Crosshair

Crosshair feature displays a crosshair in the middle of the screen so that you can get ultimate accuracy while playing first person shooter gamers.

Dynamic Action Sync

Dynamic Action Sync decreases the input lag to the lowest so that you can have a responsive gaming experience.

HDR Effect

It has vaiours HDR effects for games and entertainment purposes.

Connectivity

Video Inputs

  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.4

The LG 26WQ500-B has a single HDMI 2.0 port and a single DisplayPort 1.4 and both video ports support max 100Hz refresh rate.

USB, Other Ports

  • 1x 3.5mm Audio Output

It offers a single audio out port for connecting speakers and headphones.

However, there are no USB Type-A and Type-C ports for further increasing its compatibility with modern laptops.


That’s a Wrap!

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I think the LG 29WQ500-B is a fantastic ultrawide monitor and it is the perfect display for killing two birds with one stone.

Its 21:9 display enhances your productivity rate, while providing you a perfect ultrawide gaming experience with its 100Hz refresh rate.

There are some shortcomings, but that is acceptable for its budget pricing. Either-way, you can overcome the lack of height function by mounting it on a custom monitor arm.

The major drawback I think here is the lack of built-in speakers because that is the most common feature that even cheaper $100 monitors offer.


LG 29WQ500-W: Ratings

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3.6/5

All Factors Considered

Display

4.2/5 Excellent

The panel is IPS with 21:9 aspect ratio, and it is a great value for money monitor.

Design

3/5 Mediocre

The design is decent, but the stand lacks adjustments.

Features

3.6/5 Good

Features are ample, but it lacks USB Type-C and speakers.


The Good

  • High refresh rate
  • Has wide viewing angles
  • Excellent screen real estate

The Bad

  • No speakers
  • No USB Type-C port
  • Stand has only tilt function
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