Do you like the idea of a multi-monitor setup, but perhaps not the clutter of having, er, multiple monitors on your desk? Then LG’s freshly-revealed 4K display could be the ideal solution, as it’s essentially four monitors in one.
The LG 43UD79-B monitor is a 42.5-inch panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, and it allows you to divide the screen into four quadrants, each of which can display the video input from a separate source.
So when using the monitor like this, you’ve effectively got four 21.5-inch 1080p displays all bundled together on one screen. Or you can use the 43UD79-B as a huge 4K monitor, if you prefer. It supports either picture-by-picture as mentioned, or picture-in-picture.
As you’d expect, given that you’ll potentially be hooking up four sources, there are plenty of video inputs: a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports, along with two HDMI 1.4 connectors, a DisplayPort, and a USB-C port which can take a video signal. You also get two USB 3.0 ports thrown into the mix.
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This is an IPS monitor so it has impressive viewing angles, and the core specs include a refresh rate of 60Hz, response time of 8ms, and brightness of 350 cd/m2.
While that refresh rate and response time isn't ideal for gamers, this display does have AMD’s FreeSync on board for combating stuttering and tearing, and a ‘game mode’ that pipes the image direct to the screen (avoiding processing) to lessen any lag.
You also get built-in 10W stereo speakers from Harman Kardon with ‘rich bass’, so hopefully they shouldn’t be overly thin and weedy, sound-wise.
The monitor boasts blue light reduction along with technology to combat flicker, in order to be easier on the eyes for prolonged periods of usage.
LG’s 43UD79-B comes out in Japan in two weeks’ time, where it will retail at ¥83,000 (around £575, $740 or AU$980). Hopefully we’ll see the monitor in other territories before too long.
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