Since unveiling the very first cinema-proportioned HD TV back in 2009, Philips has been leading the charge to get the distinctly oblong screens into our living rooms. Yet despite the powerful draw of immersive movie-theater-like viewing goodness, the buying public's cash (for the most part) continues to be thrown at 16:9 aspect screens. LG is trying another approach to kick start the ultra-widescreen invasion, by launching the world's first 21:9 aspect computer monitor. In addition to its obvious appeal to digital film buffs, the 29-inch EA93 is also being pitched at power users who currently multi-task across multiple displays (in my case a hotchpotch setup of 4:3 and 16:9 mixed displays).
Rather than split your workload across multiple monitors and suffer from color inconsistencies, as well as gaps and bezels breaking up the workflow, LG's EA93 offers 100 percent sRGB color space expression and can divide the screen real estate into two or four segments, each behaving like a separate display. Two external devices (such as a PC and a notebook) can also be connected to the new monitor via Dual Link-up.
Having seen Toshiba's 21:9 UltraBook in action at IFA 2012 recently, I can certainly see how this format might help boost my productivity, and the sheer size of LG's monster does appear to overcome the rather cramped feel of the Satellite U845W's display.
The 2560 x 1080 resolution, 677 x 290-mm (26.6 x 11.4-inch) IPS panel with anti-glare surface coating and 300-nit brightness sports a DVI-D Dual Link interface, two HMDI (one with included MHL connection that allows mobile gamers to feed in games and videos from their smartphones) and four USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort and PC audio in. The latter allows users to take advantage of the built-in 7W stereo speakers. Private listening via the monitor is catered for with the inclusion of a headphone audio-out jack.
The EA93 utilizes LG's Digital Fine Contrast technology to offer viewers a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, has a response time of 5 ms GTG (gray-to-gray) and features picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functionality.
LG will be introducing the EA93 UltraWide Monitor to Korean buyers shortly, followed by a global roll-out in the weeks that follow. We're still waiting for confirmation of pricing.
Product page: LG EA93 (Korea)