Recovering from what can be described a design oversight with the Apple-centric UltraFine 5K Display, LG has now released a display aimed at pro customers used to juggling multiple displays. The LG 43UD79-B, as the name suggest, is a 42.5-inch UHD panel with a 3840 × 2160 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, wide 178-degree viewing angle, and support for over 1.07 billion colors, plus a nice range of productivity-centered features.
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Although compatible with AMD’s FreeSync technology, the display is capped at a 60 Hz refresh rate and won’t have any hardcore gamers lusting over its non-glare coated IPS goodness. The nearly 43-inch real estate allows for room for a multitude of ports on the back including two HDMI 2.0 inputs, two HDMI 1.4 inputs, two USB 3.0 Ports, one DisplayPort 1.2a port and a USC-C port that can also handle a DisplayPort signal.
- 42.5″ IPS display
- Resolution – 3840 × 2160
- Refresh Rate – 60 Hz
- Response Time – 8 ms (GTG)
- Brightness – 350 cd/m²
- Contrast – Up to 5000000:1 – 1000:1 Typical
- Viewing Angles – 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
- PPI – 104 pixels per inch – 0.245 mm2 pixel pitch
- Colors – 1.07 billion
- Inputs: 1 × DisplayPort 1.2a, 2 × HDMI 2.0, 2 × HDMI 1.4
LG is marketing this display as a multimedia monitor and the monitor can act as a screen for up to four different devices simultaneously (each roughly 21.3 inches in size), using a plethora of split-screen configurations and picture-in-picture support. The two standard USB 3.0 ports on the back of the monitor can also control two computers from a single mouse and keyboard using LG’s Dual Controller feature.
To round out the display, two 10W Harman Kardon speakers are built-in. With an included remote control, the panel could easily double as a 4K television once all the Lightroom catalogs are closed; or if Netflix and chill, not your thing, you can still edit while catching up on Orange is the New Black.