LG has announced a new monitor which is a vertical rectangle. What a time to live.
The odd creation of the South Korean tech giant called “LG DualUp” is, at least theoretically, like having two 21.5-inch monitors stacked on top of each other, but without the glaring border.
All we know so far is that the DualUp features a 16:18 aspect ratio, QHD resolution of 2560 x 2880 pixels and is attached to an LG Ergo mount. These are integrated monitor arms that attach to your desk and allow effortless movement.
Unfortunately, the monitor can only output a peak brightness of 300 nits, which is a bit lower than what I’d like to see. That said, it does have stereo speakers, making it an all-in-one desktop display solution.
LG of course markets this monitor to people who work from home, not gamers. However, playing any game that isn’t first-person shooter on a monitor like this would probably be fine. My first PC monitor when I built my rig in 2016 was a square and played Valley of stars on this thing was phenomenal.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but since all PC monitors were square when I was young, there’s something nostalgic about monitors that aren’t a rectangle.
I like the idea of having an almost square monitor for work, because you need more screen space to open multiple windows and apps at once. Or, if you’re using a professional app like Premiere or AutoCad, it’s nice that you can open lots of sections and toolboxes at once. LG says this monitor size can help reduce neck strain when looking from side to side.
Hopefully more companies will follow LG’s lead here and release more monitors that take up vertical space on user desks.