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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K? 304 304

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Forget about 4K displays, are Ultra Widescreen 'cinematic' displays the real deal? Earlier this year LG announced its new 34UM95 – a 34-inch Ultra Widescreen monitor with a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio and a generous 3440 x1440 resolution — a recent hands-on review suggests that this monitor might be the new productivity king, for those who simply can't stand that annoying bezel between their multiple monitors. Linus Sebastian had a chance to play with the new LG 34UM95, and although he seems to start as a skeptic (after all, how really useful can a 21:9 display be right?) he ended up his review fully converted, with no going back. We still think that pro graphic users will not rush to switch over their EIZOs and NECs for this baby, but video editors, gamers, programmers and basically anybody who loves multitasking, might be very tempted — what do you think?"
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

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  • Re:Is this an ad ? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by FlyHelicopters (1540845) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @01:08PM (#47083365)

    It might be just you, but are you basing that on the "idea of 4k", or actual experience using it?

    I don't own a 4k TV, but I've watched one, when fed a proper 4k source, the difference is, "holy crap, when can I get one of those?!?"

    So why don't I own one now? The source material from most media isn't 4k, so what's the point? For TV use, it will be a few years. For computer use, that time would be now if a good IPS 4K display wasn't crazy priced.

    But when the prices come down, it will make total sense.

  • "Productivity"? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mwvdlee (775178) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @01:09PM (#47083371) Homepage

    Most documents read are still portrait orientation, most sourcecode is still nicely formatted over multiple lines.
    Ultra-wide screens are only "productive" if you make cinema movies. Everybody else needs vertical space for productivity.
    Then again, the entire review shows videogames and browser windows, so I guess it's for a different definition of "productivity".

  • Lock your doors (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sjames (1099) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @01:29PM (#47083475) Homepage

    If you get one, lock your doors or they'll come in and saw half of it off while you sleep. LG doesn't understand that they can't take things away after the sale.

  • by WhiteZook (3647835) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @02:42PM (#47083837)

    At recommended viewing distances, 4K resolution is difficult for most of the population to detect

    The obvious solution is to reduce the recommended viewing distance, as the resolution of the screen improves.

  • by beelsebob (529313) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @03:06PM (#47083977)

    Um... just no... that is completely and totally false, I wish people would stop repeating that nonsense... Maybe YOUR eyes suck and you can't see a difference, but put them side-by-side, sitting 6 to 10 feet away, the difference is clear and obvious to most people...

    No, it's nothing to do with his eyes sucking, it's to do with the angular resolution that 20/20 vision can pick up. at 8-10 feet, a person with 20/20 vision can not make out better than 1080p on a 60" screen.

    I speak from experience...

    How sure are you you don't speak from placebo?

  • by dbIII (701233) on Sunday May 25, 2014 @03:45AM (#47086235)
    A vertical resolution less than I was using before the year 2000 is a step backwards.

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