Though the vast majority of computer screens are now a video-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio, we’ve seen some experimentation lately. Almost all of it has been with ultrawide and mega-ultrawide screens, like a series of massive 49-inch displays aimed at gamers which are effectively two 16:9 monitors side by side. LG has decided to go in the opposite direction with its new DualUp 28MQ780 monitor design. It’s basically two standard widescreen monitors stacked on top of each other, for a nearly-square aspect ratio of 16: 18. It is taller than it appears.
The NanoIPS panel is 2560×2880, effectively double that of a 1440p screen. The size is a bit less than that resolution might imply: 27.6 inches diagonally, meaning you could replicate similar screen real estate with two 21-inch monitors (or more likely beat it with two 24-inch screens). At 300 nits of brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and presumably a standard 60Hz refresh rate, it’s not going to win over many gamers… not that a lot of modern games would know what to do with that resolution, anyway.
No, LG is aiming squarely [editor’s note: Michael, we talked about this!] for the suit-and-tie set with the DualUp. It includes an Ergo stand that can be clamped onto a desk edge in order to save space. Additionally, it has the popular “vertical splitting view function” which allows you to manage windows more efficiently by placing them either side-by-side or on top. This is a great option for those who spend hours working in spreadsheet and word processor applications.
The screen can handle two HDMI inputs and one DisplayPort, and one USB-C port for video and up to 96 watts of power delivery for your laptop. Two USB-A ports are available to connect accessories. Two USB-A ports are available for accessories. There is also a mobile-style automatic-brightness detector. Although LG has not yet revealed the price of the DualUp monitor, you can expect to pay more for its unique panel shape and resolution.
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Michael, a former graphic designer, has been building and tweaking desktop computers since before he can remember. His interests include salsa verde, football, science fiction and folk music.