LG announces 21:9 monitors, including FreeSync model
December 31, 2014 // 11:25 a.m.
LG Electronics has announced plans to launch new 21:9 aspect ratio monitors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, including a gaming monitor featuring AMD's FreeSync technology.
LG has long been a proponent of the 21:9 aspect ratio, which it markets under the name UltraWide. Compared to traditional 16:9 TVs and 16:10 monitors, a 21:9 display offers a more cinematic layout well-suited to displaying films in their original aspect ratio. The format has also gained some support in professional use, where it allows for multiple windows to be stacked side-by-side without the need for a multi-display setup.
LG's first new monitor in the 21:9 aspect ratio range is to be the 34UM687 UltraWide Gaming Monitor, which boasts a 34" diagonal at an as-yet unspecified resolution. Its primary feature, however, is support for AMD's FreeSync technology, which modifies the refresh rate of the display to match that of the source - meaning, in theory at least, an end to tearing and stuttering in games and video playback. Additional features include Black Stabiliser, which is claimed to illuminate dark scenes and allow the viewer to better see where hidden objects and enemies may be lurking, and Dynamic Action Sync, which minimise input lag.
The gaming display is to be joined at CES by the 34" Quad HD 3,440x1,440 34UC97, which not only packs an impressive resolution but also boasts a curved display. Aimed at professional use, surprising for curved displays more frequently seen targeted at home cinema enthusiasts, the display includes Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and uses an in-plane switching (IPS) panel with 178-degree viewing angle and 99 per cent sRGB gamut. A variant, 34UC87M, is designed to offer support for multi-monitor setups including two- and four-up layouts.
Finally, LG has announced plans to showcase the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor 41MU97, which features a flat display offering 4,096x2,160 resolution - higher, the company notes, than the 3,840x2,160 of official Ultra HD, giving those working in the format room for toolbars while still viewing content at 1:1 scale. The display also boosts a 99.5 per cent Adobe Colour Space gamut.
'LG's premium 21:9 UltraWide monitors are designed with the unique needs of consumers in mind,' crowed In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division LG, of the launch announcements. 'The industry has come a long way from the days when one display design was thought to be suitable for all users. With the amount of time we spend in front of monitors, these products are no longer one size fits all.'
Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.