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LG releases 29-inch ultra widescreen IPS monitor with 29:1 aspect ratio

By Shawn Knight
Nov 8, 2012
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  1. I've been a proponent of multi-monitor setups for years. Having multiple displays at your disposal can increase productivity exponentially thanks to the added screen resolution, especially if you work behind a keyboard day in and day out. Not to mention...

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  2. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TechSpot Booster Posts: 352   +38

    That is way too wide for my liking. It needs to be more square shaped.
  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 370   +69

    I love can't wait until I comes to the states. I to can use it for work, makes it easy not switching between windows.
  4. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 870   +129

    I really like the idea of extra wide monitors. I remember seeing one a few years ago that was crazy wide with a curved display. I'd love to use something like that instead of two monitors. However, if you start getting dead pixels on an extra wide monitor, it's a much better investment that's dead!
  5. I waiting for 36:1 only
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +511

    Not much to admire here. It would have made a great product, if it came with resolution of 2800x1200, which is also 21:9, except professional users would have loved it 10 times more then.

    But with this resolution it's more like - meh!
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  7. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 560   +80

    Yep 1080p gets no love from me also.

    Next!
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,896   +354

    Imagine this in a 2x3 array...O.o
  9. inventix1136

    inventix1136 Newcomer, in training Posts: 85   +14

    For that price you can get two nice 1080p 24" monitors and have higher net resolution. Or you can find some 27" IPS monitors that are about $400 each with 2560 x 1440 resolution...
  10. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TechSpot Booster Posts: 244   +43

    1080p still, no thanks. I'll keep my 2560 x 1600 16:10 IPS display thanks.
  11. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 630   +122

    A 21:9 ratio on a 29" screen though? I think I'll pass.
     
  12. She is not that wide.
  13. Link to get here said 29:1
    Title says 29:9
    Article says 21:9
  14. Can we use it for playing games? I mean, does current games support at 2560 x 1080?
  15. Can we use it for playing games? I mean, does current games support at 21:9 ?
  16. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,291   +263

    Most games these days will support whatever resolution your monitor config shows is available... and then there's the ability to create custom resolutions as well - so yes.
  17. Thank you LNCpapa, I thought when gaming using this kind monitor, the picture would be somewhat squeezed view :)
  18. I'd like to know where you're finding these $400 IPS monitors with a 2560x1440 resolution that isn't either used or something off of ebay.
  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,291   +263

    Well you do need to keep in mind that some fps games limit the FOV (field of vision) which might make some of the games look sqeezed if you reach a max that's too low.
  20. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,291   +263

    The non-overclocking Catleaps and the Shimian Achieva can be had for around that price point if you don't mind dealing directly with Korean companies and possibly a bit of difficulty when it comes to warranty situations.
  21. waterytowers

    waterytowers Newcomer, in training Posts: 85

    Monitors with 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1600 beat this monitor due to the silly 1080 height. No-one seams to be listening in the monitor world to what people are wanting in a high res monitor.

    Pixel height is very important!!
  22. Waiting for IPS or OLED monitor with 29:1 aspect ratio in 5120 x 2160 resolution, or even 3840 x 1620 resolution. Thanks.
  23. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,875   +889

    yeah this resolution is needed to compete with ultrasharp displays for the medical field. 2560x1080 aint gonna cut it. but I wont be surprised if the 2nd gen of this display is 4K
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,594   +864

    Well first Shawn, you should fix the title of the thread to reflect reality. A 29 to 1 ratio monitor would have a height of just short of an inch, and be 29 inches wide! So, I'd say it's a safe bet we're dealing with a ratio of 21:9! Expressing that as a decimal, equals 2.33 (ad infinitum), which is basically the "Cinemascope" aspect ratio, of 2.35 to 1.00.

    As time progresses, monitor aspect ratio offerings become more bizarre. In some instances, film makers are getting away from "Cinemascope" productions and working to a universal standard of 16:9.

    How did we get 16:9? I sort of suspect that manufacturers heard complaints about the "black bands" top and bottom, that accompany the showing of a 16:9 movie or TV show, on a good old fashioned 16:10 aspect computer monitor. However, if you buy into this junk, you'll now have the black bars on the ends of the screen, and an incredibly short vertical height in your picture.

    One supposes eventually you'll need a different display for many different tasks.

    For imaging tasks a monitor such as this borders on useless. One, it's too short. Two, it would be impractical, bordering on ridiculous, to rotate the monitor to vertical for a "portrait" orientation imaging task.

    The 35mm photo frame aspect ratio is 1.50:1:00 (24 x 36mm), and duplicated in digital SLR sensors.

    Portrait work takes on a relevance at the 11" x 14" paper size. This aspect ratio is less than 1.3 to 1.00!

    Without doing the math, I suspect that in order to get a screen height of 14", the monitor would need to have a diagonal measurement of about 36" inches @ 2.35:1.00.

    The salient point here is, you might just as well throw an HDMI cable over to the family TV, for viewing DVD or Blu-Ray source material.

    This is the sort of issue encountered with the 16:10 (1680 X 1050) 22" panels having a greater screen height, than the ostensibly, "larger", 23" 16 x 9 displays.

    From a historical standpoint,the "Cinemascope" format was created during the time when theaters were much wider than those today, and it's purpose was to fill the higher aspect ratio of those front walls. From a trivial standpoint, "Lawrence of Arabia", is shot in a "Super Cinemascope" aspect ratio of about 2.70:1:00. I suppose those more well heeled among us, will provide an outlet of opportunity for manufacturers willing to undertake a silly gamble such as that.

    Adding to what was mentioned earlier about size price and resolution, you can get IPS monitors, 24" @ 1920 x 1200 resolution, for about $400.00 USD. I haven't seen more res at that price point, but I haven't looked either, at least not recently. These are 16:10, or 1.60:1:00, which is reasonably close to both 35mm film, and the Greek, "Golden Rectangle" proportions of 1.68:1.00.

    The screen height of these panels is about 13", or just shy of an 11 x 14" photo, with borders.

    So, LG, no thanks. I'll pass on this one.


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