Will this super-sized new monitor make you a better designer?

The workflow benefits of greater screen space are obvious, but there are some annoying downsides to a dual monitor setup. There’s too much tacky plastic in the overall build for our liking. Words: Paul Tysall
Freelance graphic designer and illustrator, and former magazine art editor, Paul Tysall has extensive knowledge of various professional digital art tools – from hardware to software. This article originally appeared in 3D World issue 189. In both instances you’re getting a superb 110 ppi pixel density. A large, continuous panel negates this. Also, the LG’s panel has a DeltaE of 5, which is OK, but for professional use we would expect a DeltaE of 2. A fixed-height monitor stand just doesn’t make any sense, the 10 degrees of tilt is okay, but we would’ve also preferred the option to swivel. When using the bundled Screen Split software you can chop the screen directly down the middle giving you two 20.5in 1,720 x 1,440 views (using a 5:4 aspect ratio) which might feel a little small at first. Those were our initial thoughts too, back when LG first revealed its 21:9 QHD monitor we were puzzled as to who would purchase this unusual, first-to-market display. Screen split software

Consider how this IPS monitor is constructed and how it can be used, it’s a 34in panel (at 21:9 ratio) delivering 3440 x 1440 pixels, 34 per cent greater than a 27in Quad HD display like the ASUS PA279Q ProArt monitor. You don’t need to work in VFX to appreciate a display that caters for a cinematic aspect

It’s also worth noting that LG’s 34UM95 supports 10-bit colour via DisplayPort, the HDMI cable simply can’t deliver full resolution and deep colour support so avoid using it if colour accuracy is key. Aside from the ugly, intrusive bevel smack-bang in the middle of your field of view, there’s also the issue of colour consistency across two (or more) separate displays.

Updated: 15.11.2014 — 12:27