Much as we appreciate the standard 16:9 aspect ratio monitor, you have to admit, unusual monitor sizes are pretty fun, from ultrawide displays that can function as two side-by-side monitors and those gigantic 40-inchers that can split into four 1080p displays. While it’s not a 4K monitor, the LG DualUp does bring another unique option – one that can mimic two displays on top of each other.
That’s right, LG’s new productivity display brings a unique 16:18 aspect ratio, making it the equivalent of a pair of conventional monitors that are stacked together. Want to see more of your canvas while you’re working on Illustrator, Photoshop, or Autodesk Maya? This should do the trick. How about seeing more rows on the spreadsheet data you’re working on for your data analyst gig? This will let you do that, too. Basically, if you want more vertical screen real estate, this gets you that.
The LG DualUp Monitor is a 27.6-inch Nano IPS display with a unique resolution that the outfit calls SDQHD (2,560 x 2,880 pixels), with the SD standing for Square Double. Yeah, it’s weird, but we’ll take it. Because it’s the equivalent of two 16:9 displays on top of each other, it has a pretty wild 16:18 aspect ratio, allowing for unique ways to divide the screen if you prefer working that way. You can, for instance, place a video window in the top half with the production tools taking up the lower section, as well as use the extended height to get a better vertical view of your drawing canvas while working on a graphic design.
According to LG, using an extended height monitor to split the screen differs from those on ultrawide monitors for one main reason: it spares you from having to perform side-by-side head movements, which, we have to admit, can be pretty strenuous if you do it incorrectly. We like the versatility of being able to see more rows on Excel and more code on our editor, too, as it’s one of the few display options that can really allow that.
The LG DualUp Monitor covers 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, while having 300 nits of brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a response time of 5 milliseconds, and HDR10 support. Unlike most monitors, they threw in audio onboard, with the model coming with dual 7-watt speakers that use the MaxxAudio software package. As for connectors, it gets a USB Type-C input (DisplayPort plus power delivery), two HDMI slots, one DisplayPort slot, and three USB slots.
It comes with LG’s Ergo Stand, the mounting solution that first came with the LG Ultrafine Ergo. To the unfamiliar, it’s a stand that’s meant to be clamped at the edge of a table, making for a space-saving solution that can really maximize your desk space. With the stand, it’s able to pivot, tilt, swivel, and change height, so there are plenty of options to customize its position (which, let’s be honest, you’ll probably need, considering the monitor’s unusual profile).
The LG DualUp Monitor is slated to make its debut at CES this January.