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December 17, 2013

LG's 34-inch UM95 and 29-inch UM65 UltraWide monitors that will be launched at CES 2014

LG's 34-inch UM95 and 29-inch UM65 UltraWide monitors that will be launched at CES 2014

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Although 16:9 remains the most popular aspect ratio for TVs and computer monitors, Philips pushed the boundaries – the side ones, at least – with the introduction of its Cinema 21:9 Gold Series LED TVs in 2011. LG got on board last year with the release of the world's first 21:9 computer monitor and is now set to "widen" its 21:9 offerings at CES 2014.

When it arrives at Las Vegas in January, LG will have a couple of new 21:9 models in a variety of sizes in tow. Top of the pile is the 34-inch IPS 21:9 UltraWide UM95 model that will also come in a 29-inch version. It packs QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution and is able to reproduce 99 percent of the sRGM color palette. Connectivity options include HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 support and a Thunderbolt 2 port that supports data transfer speeds of up to 20 Gbps, which should appeal to those dealing with 4K video or wishing to daisy-chain multiple monitors.

LG's 34-inch IPS 21:9 UltraWide UM95 model boasts QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution

Slotting in below the UM95 is the UM65 model. This is also a 21:9 IPS monitor but will come in 25-, 29-, and 34-inch sizes. While LG says the UM95 models are aimed at "gamers, film buffs and graphics professionals," the UM65 is "geared towards workplace productivity," and is designed to appeal to editors and graphic designers. The UM65 models' display pivots 90 degrees and features an easy screen-height adjustment.

Along with the new 21:9 UltraWide models, LG will also be showing its 31-inch Real 4K 31MU95 and Color Prime 27MB85 models. The former features an IPS panel packing 4096 x 2160 pixels, while the latter sports Thunderbolt 2 support and the ability to reproduce 99 percent of the Adobe RGM color space via LG's True Color Pro calibration software.

Pricing and availability details are yet to be announced but are likely to be revealed at CES in January.

Source: LG

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9 Comments

Yummy !

Needs to be curved though.

Nairda
17th December, 2013 @ 08:25 pm PST

I couldn't care less about wider. I want taller! 4:3 aspect in 25-inches, then I'm happy.

Purple-Stater
18th December, 2013 @ 01:35 am PST

meh! i want more 16:10 monitors :/

MG127
18th December, 2013 @ 01:40 am PST

@Nairda - I couldn't agree more. Even better, flexible. It will be great when at the push of a button your monitor self-reconfigures to flat for distant viewing or curved for close viewing. Eventually, they will curve in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions when a user is positioned directly in front of them to give more of an intimate immersive feel. Ahh, the future just can't seem to come fast enough.

kalqlate
18th December, 2013 @ 09:00 am PST

Leaving aside 4K monitors, the UM95 marks the first jump in resolution since Apple introduced the 30-inch Cinema Display in 2004!

More UM95 stats, as calculated:

Display size: 31.36" × 13.13" = 411.76in² (79.66cm × 33.35cm = 2656.48cm²) at 109.68 PPI, 0.2316mm dot pitch

Since the UM95 glass is only a hair (0.05 inch) taller than a 27's, the 24-inch 21:9 form factor may become the new "gotta have" for users who crave the most pixels in a 1x2 stacked setup, where one monitor is mounted above the other on a dual-monitor vertical stand.

Let's compare the screen real estate of the 7 largest resolutions, rounded to the nearest 100K pixels:

8.8M (4096x2160, 31.5 and 39-inch, 16:9, "4K")

4.8M (3440x1440, 34-inch, 21:9)

4.1M (2560x1600, 30-inch, 16:10)

3.7M (2560x1440, 27-inch, 16:9)

2.8M (2560x1080, 29-inch, 21:9)

2.3M (1920x1200, 22/23/24-inch, 16:10)

2.1M (1920x1080, 21.5 to 23-inch, 16:9)

This advance is a breakthrough, especially for users of laptop PCs. If you use a late-model MacBook Pro, you can drive a 4K monitor. But if you use a laptop PC, you can't, unless it's equipped with a very high-end graphics chip.

The question is, "How many laptops that can drive a 4.1-megapixel display can drive a 4.8-megapixel display? I suppose we'll find out in the weeks to come.

Paul Stregevsky
18th December, 2013 @ 09:03 am PST

Manufacturers like wide because surface area goes down relative to the diagonal measurement. Just a way to give the customer less while appearing to give them more. It is a shorter monitor pawned off as wider.

They should show two equivalent diagonal measurement monitors side by side rather than comparing it to one with about half the measurement.

They should drop the diagonal measurement. Use the square root of the surface area...then it will get more square again. Of course that is just in the customer's interest rather than the manufacturers so there is no chance of that happening on its own.

Mindbreaker
18th December, 2013 @ 12:32 pm PST

This new screen ratio more closely matches our vision parameters. thus more appealing to view as currently the screen ratio 16 x 9 whilst better than 4/3 obviously, sees us only using perhaps 50% of our vision taken up by the screen thus we can be more dynamically involved in the screen experience with such new screen ratio's, but we would also need say 100 plus inch screens to use for living rooms as these smaller sizes are surely for desktop applications.

John Leslie Thirgood
18th December, 2013 @ 04:27 pm PST

Now taking as to how long it will take Microsoft to actually rewrite Windows so that it will actually drive screens that size.

MattII
19th December, 2013 @ 01:16 am PST

I do not think you will have to wait very much longer to have curved, flexible displays. With the inexpensive roll to roll production of CVD graphene underway and set to expand at Graphene Frontiers and finally solving the direct application of a monolayer of graphene to a polymer substrate yout technology will be evolving very rapidly. Samsung has had the flexible phone display for awhile now. They have increased resolution and of course the cost barrier has now been broken.

By the second quarter of 2014. Expect to be inundated with new technology in computer speed. electronic thermal management, solar and battery developments and water filtration solutions such as desalination.

Yes indeed. It will not be 2 years, 5 years or even ten years. 3 to 4 months and the digital and energy world will begin its evolution. Do not believe me. Read the hundreds of science papers and publications on CVD graphene. I am not a tech person by no means. I am old and just learned about using the internet a few years ago. I am making up for lost time however. You kids and your toys..

I am a hopeless "graphenatic".

KBMH
19th December, 2013 @ 10:23 pm PST
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