Setup & Usage
If you have a setup anything like mine you are going to want to connect the cables to the display before you get it on your desk. All of the cables easily connect and you keep them out of sight by putting the cover back on after they are connected. On top of that the arm has channels on it which allow you to hide your cables for the ultimate cable-free look. I was able to route the power cable, USB 3.0 cable, and DisplayPort cable down the arm with no problems at all.
Let’s talk about my old setup for a minute. As I mentioned I was using two 24-inch 1080p displays, you can see them below. These did work well, but again took up a lot of space, and those bezels…they just are big by today’s standards. Now if you look at the second picture that is my setup with the single CF791 installed. Much cleaner and better looking overall.
Once I had the monitor setup I went into the menu and changed things to my liking as well as adjusted the screen. The control stick made going through the menu and changing setting very easy. It is very fluid and a much better option than trying to fumble through menus with a bunch of different buttons. The height adjustment is so simple, I’ve never had an easier time trying to adjust a monitor before.
One of the biggest advantages of having an ultrawide display like this is having it act like two monitors. Again, I am used to two monitors so it was a little weird to get used to at first, but now I split the screen all of the time between two windows. There is no software to split the screen like LG has, but you can easily snap your Windows within Windows 10. This was my biggest fear about going back to a single screen, not being able to have enough “room”, but now I can’t imagine working on anything else.
The biggest thing about this display is the Quantum Dot technology and how well it represents colors. The color accuracy is extremely impressive on this display, which makes it great for serious photo or video editing work. Sitting this display next to another non-Quantum dot display and seeing not only the difference in color, but difference in brightness is very impressive. Also if you are doing photo and video work the wider screen is perfect for those long timelines in Premier and all of the extra panels in Lightroom. The viewing angles are pretty superb on this display as well.
Taking about brightness one thing we see with VA panels is that they have a decent amount of light bleed that comes from the edges. This can be tested by doing an all-black monitor test. Doing this we couldn’t find much of any color bleed at all and the black was that dark black you would want to see.
When it comes to gaming this display is a joy to play on. It does offer a 100 Hz refresh rate, which if you are coming from a 60 Hz screen is very noticeable. The 1500R curve on the screen means you’ll be more immersed in the game as well. I enjoyed playing games like Gears of War 4, Battlefield One, and Overwatch on the CF791. I did not notice any input lag, motion blur, or ghosting. I know this is not a hardcore gaming display with a 1ms response time and 144 Hz, but you won’t be disappointed when it comes to your gaming experience.