On Monday LG Electronics said it added three new models to its UltraWide (21:9) IPS monitor portfolio: the 29EA73, 29EB73 and 29MA73. The 29EA73 and 29EB73 will be rolled out globally this month, and the 29MA73 will follow in late September.
The new monitors join the current 29 inch 29EA93 which sports an LED-lit IPS screen with a 2560 x 1080 resolution. It also has an 8-bit color depth (16.7M), a brightness of 300 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 3M:1, and a response time of 5 ms. It also has two 7 watt speakers, a USB 3.0 port, an MHL port for displaying mobile content while charging the device, DisplayPort and more.
"LG’s IPS 21:9 UltraWide series represents a bold re-imagining of the traditional computer monitor," said Hyoung-sei Park, head of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company’s IT Business Division. "Our cinematically proportioned displays boast superb productivity-enhancing features and incredible IPS picture quality. LG will continue to introduce new products that challenge the status quo and offer new and exciting possibilities."
The company's UltraWide series provides a 4-Screen Split feature which automatically divides the screen into four segments that can be repositioned with just a few mouse clicks. This is backed by a Dual Link-up feature that allows the user to connect two external devices like two PCs or a desktop and a tablet with HDMI output. This series is great for watching media too like HD movies and TV shows.
LG said the 29MA73 will come with a TV tuner and a new Extra View picture-in-picture feature. This will allow users to access TV schedules, smartphone games and other content in the Extra View window while simultaneously watching TV -- it's an IPTV-like experience right out of the box. The new 29EB73 will include an ergonomic adjustable stand that makes it possible to easily reposition the monitor to the most comfortable height. LG didn't say anything specific about the third 29EA7 model.
"Employing LG’s advanced IPS display technology, the UltraWide lineup offers lifelike images, accurate color reproduction and an extremely wide viewing angle," the company said. "LG’s IPS 21:9 UltraWide series monitors ship hardware-color-calibration ready, making it simple for users to maintain optimal color accuracy."
The current 29EA93 model offered by LG isn't cheap, costing $699.99. It can be purchased offline at Best Buy and several other retailers, or online via Newegg, Fry's, TigerDirect and more. LG did not offer pricing on the new models arriving later this month.
21:9 is really too wide except for maybe people that use their system primarily for gaming or certain editing tasks that require lots of items side by side.
This is probably not the monitor for you, it being 21:9, and as such, probably being for people who use their system primarily for gaming or certain editing tasks that require lots of items side by side.
You would likely do better with a monitor with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 5:4, if you don't really care for widescreen because you only have resolution horizontally but lack vertical resolution.
Reasonably priced 4:3 or 5:4 displays are practically extinct and the few models that are available have less than 1080p resolution. The next best thing on the market these days are 1200p displays but the cheapest 1200p screens are ~$300 while the cheapest 1080p screens start around $100... that's a ~$200 or 200% premium for trying to get away from 16:9; much too steep for most people to consider.
I like 1200p: when watching widescreen videos, it leaves just enough space for the tool/control bar and menu bar without having to resize the video or overlap it.
I for one couldn't care less about vertical resolution. For any kind of mutli-tasking/productivity solution wider is simply the way to go. It's a fact of human anatomy that our eyes are better suited for panning horizontally, rather than vertically. I actually just made the switch from 2 "square" monitors at work to 2 1080p wide monitors and I couldn't be happier.
I still primarily work in a "square" section of one of the monitors, but the additional vertical space gives me places to put things like Messenger windows, widgets, reference material, etc. that is quickly visible and accessible.
I would LOVE to have one or even 2!! of these babies at work or home.
When I'm programming or reading/writing stuff, I use my widescreen displays in portrait mode. No point in having more horizontal pixels than necessary to display a typical line of text/code and having twice as many lines on-screen is usually far more useful than having them twice as wide or splitting the screen with other stuff. If I need extra windows visible, I have a second display for that.
Another thing that bugs me about widescreen for productivity is the ridiculous amount of vertical space wasted on under-filled tool bars, menu bars, title bars, task bars, etc.
Widescreen is fine for AV, CAD/CAM, gaming and a few other things but for working mostly with text, it sucks.
It works good for programming and web browsing without excessive vertical scrolling.