4K computer monitors aren't new. In fact, several models are currently available right now from makers such as Asus, Sharp, and Dell. However, LG recently announced their first 4K monitor, which seems to be targeted at filmmakers. How? Well, typically 4K monitors offer a 16:9 aspect ratio, but this 31" monitor, called 31MU95, not only offers 4K resolution, but also a 19:10 IPS panel (a DCI compliant 1.9 aspect ratio), which LG has dubbed "Real 4K." Continue on for more.
According to RedShark News, it seems as though they've upped the ante this time around with the 31MU95 by offering "DCI-compliant 4K at 4096 x 2160," as well as a Thunderbolt 2 port, which LG thinks is, "an excellent choice for those working in design, film and other creative industries," -- especially for filmmakers wanting to transfer and display 4K video files.
Engadget elaborates on this monitor, as well as the new 4K "Ultra-Wides" they will be releasing (This isn't the first ultra-wide monitor made by LG -- they came out with a 29" 21:9 display over a year ago, only with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080):
Interestingly, the new offering conforms to the 4K format recorded by RED's EPIC and SCARLET cameras and also packs a Thunderbolt 2 port with 20Gbps throughput. LG claims that'll let you monitor 4K footage and archive it up at the same time -- ideal for on-set movie playback or post-production, for instance.
LG will also offer 34-inch and 29-inch UM95 models with 3,440 x 1,440 resolution at 21:9, which will display 99-percent of the sRGB gamut and come with LG's True Color calibration software.
No price or specifications have been made available for the DCI 4K or the ultra-wide monitors yet, however its competitors are listed somewhere the vicinity of $3,000. With a CES demo of these babies still a couple of weeks away, this gives us a little bit of time to consider another big question: What does this mean, if anything, for 4K adoption?
Opinions and predictions vary on when wide 4K adoption will occur -- something that we at NFS have talked about quite a bit. But if recent developments like this are any indication (the standardization of UHDTV, 4K offerings from VOD platforms like Amazon and Netflix, even the arrival of 4K porn), then this ultra-wide 4K monitor might be another piece to add to the puzzle.
What do you think? How important is having a 4K/ultra-wide monitor to you? Do you think LG's new monitor indicates anything about 4K adoption? Let us know in the comments below.