20 Dec 2013

LG Unveils First 4K Monitor

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The CES announcements are starting to come thick and fast, and one of the more intriguing regards LG's first 4K monitor, which seems to be firmly targeting 4K filmmakers.

There are, of course, a choice of 4K models on the market now, but they are all stuck in what we can euphemistically refer to as 'TV' 4K mode, offering a 16:9 aspect ratio and thus a maximum 3840 x 2160. LG's looks like being the first to offer DCI-compliant 4K at 4096 x 2160 — 'Real 4K' they're dubbing it — in a rather eye-grabbing 31-in format.

There is no pricing info for the new IPS screen just yet, dubbed the 31MU95, but with its competitors already pitched around the $3000 mark there is a confident expectation that this will be more. And given that it also supports a Thunderbolt 2 port and is aimed at the professional community (it is "an excellent choice for those working in design, film and other creative industries," says the company) the only real question is how much more.

Also worth a look at CES will be the company's pioneering (aka slightly quirky) UltraWide QHD resolution (3440 x 1440) 21:9 displays, which are now headed up by the 34-in UM95. And for those with a bit more cash to spare, the company is also unveiling the 105in, 21:9, 11 million pixel (5120 x 2160) 105UB9, officially the largest curved TV ever made (more details on this soon). Surely curving an UltraWide monitor — where the user typically sits at a more fixed distance from it and gets consequently more benefit — can’t be too far behind.

 


Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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