Curved IPS panel powers ultra-wide LG monitor


— 12:33 PM on August 18, 2014

Curved televisions now exist, and at least one PC monitor is following in their footsteps. LG is bringing a curved 34-incher to the IFA show in Berlin, Germany next month. The aptly named Curved UltraWide 34UC97 combines a "gentle" bow with an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. It's powered by an IPS panel with a 3440x1440 display resolution.

The display has Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and 7W speakers built in. LG hasn't released any other details, but more will presumably be revealed during IFA, which runs from September 5-10. I hope they'll be demoing something like Project Cars with the three-screen setup depicted below.

On the more conventional front, LG is prepping the Digital Cinema 31MU97. This offering has a flat 31" panel with a 4K resolution. Unlike typical 4K displays, which spread 8.3 million pixels across a 3840x2160 grid, the Digital Cinema has 8.8 million pixels arranged in a 4096x2160 array. LG claims the IPS panel covers 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum, making the display particularly well-suited to content creation professionals.

The third item on LG's IFA menu is a 24" gaming monitor dubbed the 24GM77. There's no mention of an IPS panel for this model, whose sub-one-millisecond response time hints at TN technology. The display has low input lag and can refresh at up to 144Hz, according to LG, but it doesn't appear to support adaptive refresh schemes like AMD's FreeSync and Nvidia's G-Sync.

   
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