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Get a bigger picture with an ultrawide 29-inch display

James Galbraith | July 9, 2013
Ultrawide displays are here, and Macworld Lab takes a look at offerings from AOC, Dell, and LG.

The 29EA93P provides multiple connection options, including full-size DisplayPort, dual-link DVI, two HDMI ports (one of which supports MHL mirroring of an Android device), and VGA. The company provides dual-link DVI, MHL, and USB 3.0 cables in the box. Unlike AOC and Dell, LG doesn't support DisplayPort 1.2 multistreaming on this model.

The speakers integrated beneath the front edge of the screen sound considerably better than the AOC's built-in speakers. But you'll be even happier with a modest set of desktop speakers.

Bottom line
All four of these displays performed well overall. For folks who want to use an extrawide screen to handle multimedia, the LG 29EA93P, with its decent built-in speakers, would be the best choice. The NEC EA294WMi delivers the most accurate colors and neutral grays, and can pivot into portrait mode—a potentially handy feature for work with signage. The Dell UltraSharp U2913WM is good for users who want to adjust the height and position without using risers. The AOC Q2963PM is a fine monitor, but its colors are a bit lackluster in comparison to those on the other displays, and its speakers are very poor.

 

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