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LG Announced a 42.5-inch UHD Display with FreeSync, USB-C, and 4-Way Split

By Justin Heyes on May 2nd 2017

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.

Specs:

  • 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.

The LG 43UD79-B will be launching in Japan in mid-May and should be arriving in the US around the same time. You can now place a pre-order over at B&H here.

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
Instagram: @jheyesphoto

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