LG 25UM58-P Review: Budget IPS UltraWide Monitor

LG 25UM58-P review

This stunning 25 inches, ultra-wide resolution IPS monitor with exclusive gaming and designing features is available for only around 200$ (even under). You may think that it is not possible and that there has to be something wrong with the monitor, but the LG has managed to create this amazing budget monitor and make it available for a quite affordable price. Here are the specifications of the LG 25UM58-P, also referred to as simply LG 25UM58.

  • 25 Inches Screen
  • 2560×1080 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 21:9 (Ultra Wide) Aspect Ratio
  • 5ms Response Time
  • 75Hz
  • Ports: HDMI x2
  • Other Ports: Headphone Jack
  • Brightness: 250cd/m2
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2268
  • 16.7 million colors

The LG 25UM58-P monitor has a nice, black and modern design with a steady stand. Once you get used to the ultra-wide resolution you won’t be able to go back to ordinary monitors, the amount of desktop space that the LG 25UM58-P provides is simply stunning. Not only will you have enough space on the screen for all your activities, but you will be able to make use of that space with its exclusive features.

Professional designers and developers who need to have numerous applications open and frequently swap between them will have a great use of the Screen Splitter feature which grants you the ability to create a layout of grids in which certain windows will stay put. This will minimize the amount of swapping between applications and speed up the working process making it more enjoyable.

The usually confusing and annoying pressing of clunky monitor’s buttons in order to adjust the perfect settings has been made into a breeze with the On-Screen control feature. With it, you will be able to adjust your settings by using your mouse and keyboard instead of the buttons as you will have access to monitor’s settings through its software. You can easily adjust everything in the menu, including Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes, various presets and standard adjustments of brightness, contrast, volume, sharpness, and gamma.

The flawless picture quality is granted by the IPS panel with over 99% sRGB spectrum. The range and accuracy of colors will captivate you as movies and video games appear more life-like and richer in detail. Professional graphic designers and photographers will have the adequate conditions in which they can work and enjoy. Moreover, the IPS panels provide viewing angles of 178 degrees making this big screen monitor ideal for movie nights with your friends and family as everyone will be able to enjoy in flawless viewing experience no matter the angle or distance they’re looking at the screen.

The LG 25UM58-P display also offers already optimized presets depending on what you’re looking at on your screen. Besides the regular presets for movies, reading and photographs, it also offers three different presets entirely intended for video games. This gaming presets provide you with a better gaming experience as they brighten the dark areas in games and increase the speed of response time. The response time of 5ms will eliminate any image blurring or ghosting in casual gaming and everyday use. Competitive gamers, however, will prefer a response time of 1ms which is not available in the IPS panel monitors.

In the box of the LG 25UM58-P IPS monitor, you will receive a power cord, an HDMI cable, a CD with drivers and information, an ESG, a manual and a cable holder which can be used for tidy and easy routing and concealing of cables.

What do users like about this product?

  • Game Modes
  • Black Stabilizer
  • On-Screen Control
  • Screen Split 2.0
  • Dual Controller

The most amazing part of this monitor is that it can completely satisfy both professional editors and various gamers. There are several modes which are optimized for gamers depending on what kind of game they’re playing. There are two FPS modes in which the monitor’s settings are accustomed for fast-paced shooter games. In these modes, the Black Stabilizer and the Dynamic Action Sync features become active and provide you with sharpened and brightened dark backgrounds in games. This means that you will be able to more clearly see enemies lurking in the dark and strike them down with more precision.

Additional RTS mode is available which is an optimized preset for those who play strategy games, and you can even adjust a custom gaming mode yourself.

The black stabilizer feature brightens the darker areas of the screen so that you may gain clearer details in the picture. The FPS2 mode uses more of this feature and it should be only used in really dark games.

Besides the gaming presets, there are also various regular picture modes available. These include Custom, Reader, Photo, and Cinema. Be sure to always use these presets according to your activity on the screen. If you remain in gaming mode and watch a movie, the picture will not provide you with the best picture as it will appear darker in order to suit video games.

LG 25UM58-P

On-Screen Control is LG’s exclusive feature which allows you to open the OSD settings and adjust them using your mouse rather than buttons on the monitor. Even though there is a practical joystick with which you can easily navigate the menu, with this feature you will be able to adjust your preferred settings even quicker.

In the settings of the LG 25UM58-P UltraWide monitor, you’ll find the Screen Splitter feature which provides you with a practical tool that is used for dividing the screen into segments. You may use already given presets or create your own to customize the perfect layout for multitasking. This is perfect for editors and developers as they can make use of the extra space the monitor offers.

Another very useful feature is the Dual Controller. Once you’ve installed the software, by pressing the monitor’s joystick below the screen and then pressing it forward, click on the Dual Controller icon. In these options, you will be able to have a split screen between two computers, the HDMI1 port being the main computer. Select the Picture By Picture mode and you will gain clear display of both of your computers. By simply going over the screens with your mouse you can swap between the two displays. Additionally, you can set a combination of keyboard buttons to do this as well. You may even copy the files up to 2GB from one desktop to another with just a few moves. The software regularly updated, so keep checking it for new implementations.

What do users not like about this product?

  • No built-in speakers
  • 60hz by standard
  • Lack of ergonomics

By mentioning the volume settings in the information of the monitor, many users were disappointed when they found out that the monitor has no built-in speakers. The volume settings refer to the ability to adjust the volume of speakers that you can connect via the 3.55mm jack.

Depending on your graphics card and drivers, your monitor may not be immediately set to 75Hz once hooked up. Instead, you will have to overclock it in the control panel of your GPU.

While the LG 25UM58-P can be tilted by 25 degrees, it lacks other ergonomic features. However, it can be easily wall mounted as its VESA compatible and thanks to the perfect viewing angles of its IPS panel you will find the ideal position for the monitor with no trouble.

You should also keep in mind that not all games support the 21:9 aspect ratio. In such games, you will have to play with lower resolution and get used to the black background on the sides of the screen. However, you may still look for fan-made patches and add-ons for various games in order to manually set the 21:9 aspect ratio in games which usually don’t support the format.

Who is this product for?

The LG 25UM58-P has proven that you don’t have to spend a lot of money for an ultra-wide monitor with an IPS panel. This monitor is ideal for professional designers, developers and photographers as it offers them required color accuracy and a lot of space which will make their multitasking activities much easier.

The brilliant image quality will make gaming and movies come to life and give you an exciting and fun experience. The monitor’s 5ms response time will take care of any blurring and ghosting you may encounter in everyday use, however, professional and competitive gamers will need a monitor with faster response time. Still, those who like to enjoy in occasional gaming will have a blast thanks to the exclusive gaming mode presets for FPS and RTS games.

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