Review: LG DualUp Ergo Monitor – For those that think vertically.
At first glance, the LG DualUp Monitor might look a little ungainly – not a 16:9 widescreen monitor and certainly not one rotated 90 degrees. The LG DualUp Monitor is not just another two-screen setup – at least not the way you might think. And that’s what makes it brilliant. Brilliant for multi-tasking. Brilliant for multi-feeds. Brilliant for workspace efficiency. And brilliant bang for your buck. Let’s break down this monitor setup and see if it can work for you.
Dual Monitors vs LG DualUp Monitor
Let’s start with a definition. A dual monitor setup is when you connect two screens to your computer so that you can have more real-estate for your work. That’s usually as simple as connecting a second monitor to your laptop or computer. Easy enough. Then if you’re a gamer for example, you need even more pixels and then you go for a twin-screen set-up with a single pole mount for a corner location or a pair of ‘arms’ for your screens which is more common in the workplace.
But sometimes that’s not enough real estate. What if you need more height than width? What if you’re a writer and you need the feel of a page rather than the shackles of a landscape view of the world? Well that’s where LG’s fantastic new DualUp Monitor comes to the rescue.
What feels like an old-school 1024×768 monitor rotated 90 degrees is so much more. Here are the top-line stats:
- Nano IPS display with a unique 16:18 aspect ratio
- Square Double QHD (2,560 x 2,880) resolution
- Same screen real estate as two 21.5-inch displays
- Source PBP – Vertical split feed function – HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 in the same view
- 98 percent of DCI-P3 colour gamut
- HDR10 display compatibility
- Response time of 5ms, with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a brightness of 300 nits
- Super-slim profile with Ergo stand for mounting on a desk or bench
In terms of connectivity the LG DualUp Monitor has those bases covered too:
- 2x HDMI ports
- 1x upstream USB-C
- 1x Display Port
- 2x downstream USB Type-C which enable charging (up to 90W) while also displaying connectivity at the same time.
- 3.5mm Headphone jack
- By connecting two cables via the HDMI Display Port6 and USB Type-C users can utilise a dual monitor setup, enabling control of two spaces on the screen without using additional software or shortcuts.
Setup Out of The Box
The setup is very straightforward. All you need to do is secure the Ergo stand to your desk or workbench and find a power source. The screen slots into the stand in seconds.
Then connect the LG DualUp to your computer using an HDMI cable or USB. You can also connect a mouse and keyboard to the DualUp using a USB cable. The monitor has built-in speakers that you can use to play audio. A single Auto Input Switch makes adjusting the LG DualUp Monitor super simple – the easiest I’ve seen for a long time. The DualUp also has sensors that let you adjust the screen’s angle and distance in real-time. This lets you view content from different angles and see things clearly. The DualUp also has a cable management system where you can hide cables and keep your workspace clutter-free.
My Windows PC had no problems with the strange 16:18 aspect ratio, but my 7-year-old Mac Book Pro did take a bit of fiddling to get it working. In both cases, the results were worth it, with amazing results shown in the photos with an interior design website looking incredible.
So, Should you Buy an LG DualUp Monitor?
The LG DualUp is a dual monitor setup that lets you extend your digital workspace vertically, and I think that is very innovative.
It has a single 28″ screen that you can use to view content, write, design, and even play games with stunning colour and clarity thanks for HDR10 functionality. And with other unique features like the dual-feed Source PBP function, this monitor is a multi-tasker’s delight. And I also don’t think it looks too bad in the home-office.
It’s available now from LG for around $1,300