If there’s one thing we’re all searching for, it’s the ideal monitor. Sure, there are other tools we need: a good mouse, an ergonomic keyboard, and operating system that doesn’t make us pull our hair out. But, it’s the monitor on which we design, and it’s the monitor that we spend 12 hours a day staring at.
Resolutions have got higher and higher over the years, but whilst the way monitors are presented have evolved, there’s been very little innovation in the display itself. That is, until LG released its latest displays.
The latest, the catchily named 34UC97 has one extraordinary feature: it’s curved. And this simple evolution of the display leads to a huge number of benefits. No longer will you find yourself working in a small window in the center of your screen; the wasted space that is usually reserved for notifications and GUI palettes, becomes prime screen real-estate on LG’s device.
Because the 34UC97 is curved, the graphics at the edges of the screen are no longer distorted by perspective; it mimics the way we see the world. Colors are truer, and the sense of immersion is improved.
The 21:9 ratio removes the need for a second monitor (the full pixel dimensions being an impressive 3440×1440) giving you all the space you need and none of the neck-ache from twisting and shifting in your seat. Some people will save the purchase price simply by having to visit their chiropractor a little less often.
For compatibility, the 34UC97 features Thunderbolt2 slots, so that it will hook up directly with Apple devices, essential to avoid the degradation of quality some connections can bring. The extra port means you can happily daisy-chain your storage device through the monitor and transfer large files in a fraction of the time of USB connections.
Multi-tasking is hugely simplified with the 34UC97, and even focusing on a single task is an improvement over dual monitors, because you don’t have to concern yourself with the distracting physical gap between one viewport and the next.
If you’re in the market for a new monitor (or two), LG’s 34UC97 is one of the more appealing options available on the market right now. Whether or not the curved screen suits you is something to check for yourself in a showroom, but as a concept, it’s hard not to be impressed.
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