When people talk about getting bigger monitors to improve their productivity, they probably mean a 24-inch ultra-wide screen that may be curved. Having more screen space, even when it comes in the form of a dual-monitor setup, is one of the ways some have been able to boost their productivity. Of course, none of that precludes what shape the monitor should come in, and it just so happens that everyone has been following “industry standards.” Thinking outside the box, LG revealed a screen last year that almost seems designed for Instagram, but actually makes more sense than its widescreen counterparts the more you think about it. Best of all, you can now buy it, too, several months after it was announced.
Some consumers may be too young to remember, but the very first computer monitors were shaped like boxes. Not only did the technologies of those early days require a lot of room for bulky CRT hardware, but computers were also intended more for work than entertainment. The displays we have today, in contrast, are designed specifically around the aspect ratios of videos, which means they’re always wider than they are tall. Some even go to extremes with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
But when you think about it, a lot of the other things we do on a computer require more vertical space than horizontal; documents and web pages flow vertically, for example. While larger monitors allow us to put more windows on display at the same time, the amount of content they’re able to display is often still the same and is limited by the top and bottom of the screen. In that light, LG’s latest ergonomic monitor tries to reclaim vertical space by giving a nod to computers’ early days.
The LG Ergo DualUp is nearly square
Announced in December 2021, the 27.6-inch LG Ergo DualUp is actually the equivalent of two monitors stacked on top of each other, resulting in a 16:18 aspect ratio that is very odd by today’s standards. The 2560×1880 resolution means you have access to the equivalent of two 2560×1440 monitors while saving some horizontal space on your desk. This aspect ratio may not be great for spreadsheets that span dozens of columns, but it will work wonders for tasks like video editing where most of the tools occupy the bottom half of the app.
LG argues that this design is more ergonomic, and it’s reinforced by the company’s standard “Ergo” monitor features. That includes the C-clamp for hoisting the DualUp monitor above your desk and the ability to change the monitor’s height, tilt, and rotation. Yes, if you prefer something that’s just a bit wider, you can even rotate the display to its side.
The monitor also comes packing standard ports for a modern monitor despite its old-school design. The loadout includes dual HDMI ports, as well as a USB-C port that can provide 90W of power, which is enough to charge a laptop while in use. It’s a bit odd that it took LG half a year to finally launch this unique computer peripheral, but the Ergo DualUp is finally here and can be yours if you’re willing to part with $700 of your hard-earned cash.