18 Monitors You Didn’t Know You Needed


18 Monitors You Didn't Know You Needed

Ever thought about buying a new monitor and asked for one in the store with a 16:18 aspect ratio? Of course not. Nobody has. But LG thought we needed one, and here we are with the new DualUp monitor; and I’m shocked at how easy it is to call it one of the best monitors out there.

First off, it’s really just a good monitor with a wide color gamut and accurate colors out of the box. It’s also high resolution, so there’s really nothing missing.

And then there’s the aspect ratio, which works well for any content that scrolls vertically. You can also stack two windows nicely on top of each other.

    LG DualUp monitor

    The LG DualUp Monitor has an aspect ratio of 16:18, making it the size and shape of two 16:9 screens on top of each other

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LG DualUp Monitor pricing and availability

  • The LG DualUp Monitor is available now for $699.99

The LG DualUp Monitor went on sale in mid-June and costs $699.99. There are no options for this item, such as B. Colors or different configurations, so that’s really all you need to know. You can get it from vendors like Amazon, Best Buy, and LG.com.

LG DualUp Monitor Specifications

  • 27.6″ SDQHD Nano IPS display (2560 x 2880).
  • 3-sided virtually borderless design
  • DCI-P3 98% (typ.), sRGB 135% (typ.), 1.07 B colors
  • HDR 10, color calibrated
  • 300nits (typ.) brightness
  • HDMI 2.0 x2, DisplayPort 1.4 x1, USB 2.0 1up, USB 3.0 2down, H/P out
  • USB Type-C x1 (Power Delivery 90W)
  • Live Color Low Blue Light, Ambient Light Sensor
  • PBP (2 sources, 1 source)
  • therefore standing
    Extend/Retract 210mm, Pan -335~335°,
    Height 130 mm, height below 35 mm, pivot 90° (counterclockwise),
    Tilt -25~25° Adjustable stand
  • 7W x 2-channel stereo speakers (with Waves MaxxAudio)

The screen: what can you do with a 16:18 display?

  • The LG DualUp features a 27.6-inch 16:18 display that’s the size of two 21.5-inch 16:9 displays stacked on top of each other
  • It’s really good for vertical scrolling and showing two wide apps on the screen at the same time

display quality

As far as screen quality goes, it’s really good. I wanted to say this bluntly because it’s really easy for companies to try something radically new and in an effort to get there, abandon all the other things on the checklist of things needed to have a good product. That didn’t happen here. The DualUp has a completely new form factor and It’s still a great monitor.

LG DualUp display review
It supports 100% sRGB, 87% NTSC, 91% Adobe RGB, and 94% P3, which is pretty good overall.

LG DualUp display review

The maximum brightness is 344.3 nits, which is impressive since LG only promises 300 nits. It also easily exceeds the promised contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and the promised minimum contrast ratio of 700:1. When it comes to display quality, there’s a lot of under-promising and over-delivering here.

The LG Ergo Stand

It supports USB-C, DisplayPort and HDMI, as you’d expect, and interestingly comes with the LG Ergo Stand instead of a standard desktop monitor stand. At first I hated that it didn’t come with a traditional monitor stand that sits on top of a desk as that’s just what I’m used to.

However, the Ergo Stand quickly grew on me. It makes screen adjustment easier and doesn’t take up space on my desk, freeing up space for other things (obviously it’s junk, but we’re not going to get into how consistently messy my desk is).

LG Ergo Stand attached to the monitor

The LG DualUp changes my expectations of a monitor.

Also, it’s nice and easy to adjust the height and angle of the screen, and you can rotate it too. However
You want to use it, you can. It’s really useful when you adjust your workflow throughout the day. For example, I use a standing desk that I use in different positions while standing and sitting. I also sometimes adjust it for calls as this is a large display and the webcam angle can be an issue.

You can also rotate the display. It’s not uncommon for someone to take a 16:9 monitor and rotate it to 9:16, but this monitor is actually designed for this portrait orientation. You can still rotate it from 16:18 to 18:16 if you want something wider.

The unique 16:18 form factor

As I said at the very beginning of this article, I never thought I would want a display with such an aspect ratio, but here we are. It’s quite good. There are two main use cases. The first thing I noticed was the vertical scrolling. I’m a writer, so with a long draft I can see more of it at once than on a standard 16:9 display. You have to keep in mind that in every CMS there are other blocks besides the text editor, so more space means a better writing experience.

LG DualUp Monitor with book on the screen

This also applies to reading or surfing the Internet in general. Reading this review on an LG DualUp monitor just allows you to see more at once. It also feels completely natural to read in portrait mode; I think that’s something we’ve figured out with phones and tablets.

I was amazed at how easily the DualUp fits into my workflow.

The other important use case is snapping windows side by side, i.e. top and bottom. This screen has a diagonal of 27.6 inches and an aspect ratio of 16:18, so it corresponds to two 21.5-inch monitors on top of each other. The downside is that a 21.5-inch monitor is really small, so that’s the width you get here.

LG DualUp Monitor with the book and Word open

But it’s cool that you can put two 16:9 apps on top of each other. Now, of course, you could do that with two monitors, but thanks to how snapping works in Windows 11, you can adjust the sizes. You might want the top window to take up two-thirds of the screen and the bottom to be smaller. It’s easier with a monitor.

Ultimately, the LG DualUp Monitor is really flexible and useful. I was amazed at how quickly and easily it fit into my workflow.

Should You Buy the LG DualUp Monitor?

The LG DualUp Monitor is certainly unique, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

You should buy the LG DualUp Monitor if:

  • You scroll vertically a lot, be it reading, writing, etc
  • You will find it useful to stack apps of different sizes on top of each other

You should NOT buy the LG DualUp Monitor if:

  • You need a monitor that is wider than a 21.5 inch 16:9 screen
  • You want something more traditional

As mentioned, the cool thing about stacking apps on top of each other on a monitor like this is that you can resize them. For example, the app above can take up two-thirds of the screen, which you can’t comfortably do with two monitors. The big downside, of course, is that the LG DualUp is the size of two small monitors.

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