LG Electronics this week said that it will introduce the industry’s first curved display with 21:9 aspect ratio for gamers and professionals at IFA 2014 trade-show in Berlin, Germany, next month. While the monitor will be truly unique, its market success is rather questionable.
LG’s flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts with extra screen real estate so users can get more done in less time, according to the manufacturer. The LG 34UC97 has screen resolution of 3440*1440, so it will not be suitable for ultra-high-definition video, but should be good for gaming, full-HD video, photographs and so on. The display has 178-degrees viewing angle, so it should be pretty comfortable to use. The monitor supports various connectivity options, including Thunderbolt 2, and is compatible with PCs and Macs. The 34UC97 integrates Maxx Audio and 7W stereo speaker system.
“Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry’s biggest monitor manufacturers don’t seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT business division at LG Electronics’ home entertainment company. “At LG, innovation in display technologies isn’t just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that’s why we’re particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience.”
Although the LG 21:9 curved ultra-wide monitor offers a unique propositions for gamers, it is unclear whether professionals will actually use it as well. Curved monitors are something completely new for the market, hence, people who earn money edition photos and videos will likely take conservative approach and will hardly adopt the product from LG. While gamers and home entertainment enthusiasts are more likely to buy the LG 21:9 curved ultra-wide monitor, since it does not support 4K resolution (3840*2160) and/or high refresh rates, its popularity among these types of people is also not guaranteed.