LG DualUp Monitor Review: A 16:18 Monitor You Didn’t Know You Need – XDA Developers

Have you ever considered buying a new monitor and wished the store had a 16:18 aspect ratio monitor? Of course not. No one has. But LG thought we needed it, and here we are with the new DualUp monitor; and I’m shocked at how easy it is to call one of the best monitors eye.

First of all, it’s actually just a good monitor, with a wide range of colors and accurate colors from the box. It also has a high resolution, so nothing is really missing.

And there’s a width-to-height ratio, which fits well into any content that moves vertically. You can also neatly stack two windows on top of each other.

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

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Prices and availability of LG DualUp Monitor

  • The LG DualUp Monitor is now available for $ 699.99

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

LG DualUp monitor: specifications

  • 27.6-inch SDQHD (2560 x 2880) Nano IPS display
  • 3-sided design with almost no borders
  • DCI-P3 98% (typical), sRGB 135% (typical), 1.07B color
  • HDR 10, calibrated color
  • 300 nits (typ.) Brightness
  • HDMI 2.0 x2, DisplayPort 1.4 x1, USB 2.0 1 up, USB 3.0 2 down, H / P output
  • USB Type-C x1 (90W power supply)
  • Live Color Low Blue Light, ambient light sensor
  • PBP (2 sources, 1 source)
  • Ergo stand
    Extension / retraction 210 mm, rotation -335 ~ 335 °,
    Height 130 mm, bottom height 35 mm, rotation 90 ° (counterclockwise),
    Tilt -25 ~ 25 ° Adjustable stand
  • 7W x 2ch stereo speakers (with Waves MaxxAudio)

Screen: What can you do with a 16:18 screen?

  • The LG DualUp has a 27.6-inch 16:18 screen, which is the size of two 21.5-inch 16: 9 screens stacked on top of each other
  • It’s really good for scrolling vertically and for putting two wide apps on the screen at once

Display quality

As for the screen quality, it’s really good. I wanted to get out the door right away and say that, because it’s really easy for companies to try something radically new, and in an effort to get there, leave all the other things on the checklist of items needed for a good product. This did not happen here. DualUp has a whole new shape factor and it is still a great monitor.

Test LG DualUp Screen
It supports 100% sRGB, 87% NTSC, 91% Adobe RGB and 94% P3, which is generally pretty great.

Test LG DualUp Screen

The maximum brightness is 344.3 nits, which is impressive because LG promises only 300 nits. It also exceeds the promised contrast ratio of 1000: 1 and significantly exceeds the promised minimum contrast ratio of 700: 1. As for the quality of the display, something insufficiently promising and exaggerated is happening here.

LG Ergo stand

It supports USB-C, DisplayPort and HDMI, as you would expect, and interestingly it comes with an LG Ergo stand instead of the standard desktop monitor stand. At first I hated that it didn’t come with a traditional monitor stand on the table because I was just used to it.

However, my Ergo Stand has grown quite rapidly. It makes it easy to adjust the screen and doesn’t take up space on my desk, freeing up space for other things (it’s obviously trash, but we won’t talk about how messy my desk is all the time).

LG Ergo stand attached to the monitor

The LG DualUp changes what I want in the monitor.

Also, it’s nice and easy to adjust the height and angle of the screen, and you can also rotate it. However
you want to use it, you can. It is really helpful if you adjust your workflow throughout the day. For example, I use a standing table, and I use it in different positions when standing and when sitting. I also sometimes customize it for calls, as this is a high screen, and the angle of the webcam can be a problem.

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

Unique shape factor 16:18

As I said at the very beginning of this article, I never imagined that I would love a screen with this aspect ratio, but here we are. It’s pretty good. There are two key uses. The first thing I noticed was the vertical movement. I’m a writer, so when I have a long version, I can see more of it at once than on a standard 16: 9 screen. You have to keep in mind that in any CMS there are other blocks of things besides just a text editor, so more space means a better writing experience.

LG DualUp monitor with book on screen

This also applies to reading or just browsing the web in general. If you read this review on an LG DualUp monitor, you will be able to see more at once. It is also natural to read in portrait orientation; I think that’s something we figured out with phones and tablets.

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

Another key use case is grabbing the windows next to each other, meaning the top and bottom. This screen is 27.6 inches measured diagonally with a 16:18 aspect ratio, so it’s the same as two 21.5-inch monitors on top of each other. The downside is that the 21.5-inch monitor is really small, so that’s the width you get here.

LG DualUp monitor with open books and Word

But what’s cool is that you can put two 16: 9 apps on top of each other. Now, of course, you can do it with two monitors, but thanks to how it is inserted Windows 11 works, you can adjust the size. You may want the top window to take up two-thirds of the screen and the bottom window to be smaller. With a single monitor, this is easier to do.

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

Need to buy an LG DualUp Monitor?

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

You should buy an LG DualUp Monitor if:

  • You do a lot of vertical scrolling, whether it’s reading, writing and so on
  • It is useful for you to stack applications on top of each other, in different sizes

You should NOT buy an LG DualUp Monitor if:

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

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

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