LG is kind of known for its high-quality displays, and the Korean company just announced a new display that’s odd-looking, to say the least. This squarish monitor, called the LG DualUp (via InputMag), is the company’s attempt to help reduce neck strain. This is part of the company’s CES 2022 product lineup.
The LG DualUp has a crazy 16:18 aspect ratio
We’re all used to seeing displays that are in landscape orientation nowadays; this goes for laptop displays and standalone monitors. Most applications, games, and videos show up the best in a widescreen format. In fact, displays are getting even wider.
However, LG has other plans in mind. The new LG DualUp monitor will be slightly taller than it is wide. This gives it a squarish shape. If this sounds familiar, then you were around during the ancient times (before the year 2000, I mean) when we had those square CRT monitors.
We’re all used to the 16:9 aspect ratio, but the DualUp monitor will have a highly unconventional 16:18 aspect ratio. Using a screen like this, two applications could be stakced on top of one another. This may sound impulsive, but LG was the company that started the whole tall phone display trend in 2017.
So, why is this aspect ratio useful?
The paramount reason that LG introduced this display is to help reduce neck strain. The LG DualUp is not intended for binge-watching shows or gaming; this is a work monitor above all else. This is designed for people who spend a lot of time using multiple applications.
Most people with desk jobs have two displays that sit side-by-side. They go back and forth between the screens for hours a day, rotating their necks the whole time. This, LG believes, leads to unnecessary neck strain.
Using a screen where the applications are vertically oriented should lead to you rotating your neck a lot less, ostensibly, reducing the strain on the neck. Right now, it’s tough to tell if that will actually help, but it’ll be interesting to try out, nonetheless.
We’ll have to wait on the price
Companies are all getting their products ready to show off at CES 2022. The DualUp monitor is part of LG’s CES lineup, so we might have to wait until the event to get any information on the price and availability. Since this is a work-focused monitor, we can expect it to cost a pretty penny when it does launch.
CES 2022 is coming soon, and companies like LG, Samsung, Acer, Qualcomm, Sony, and many more will be attending. They’ll be showing off their new and experimental products.