As the New Year starts, deals on TV’s and computer monitors continue to be all over at our favorite electronic boutiques. Here in Canada I like referring to Future Shop as “Torture Shack”!
Television has evolved over the last 30-40 years (perhaps not in exact order but close). Originally screens were round then moved to square 4:3, then wide then 16:9 now we are seeing curved, OLED and Ultra Wide.
The differences between recent aspect ratio standards are summarized below:
Now we have the generation of 4K and many expect that the next leap will be to 8K? However, have you ever wondered why our field of vision allows us to see way off to the edges and even beyond? So could 21:9 Ultra Widescreen be the true future? 21:9 aspect ratio does offer THE closest thing to real cinema standard.
The bandwidth required for 4K yet alone 8K to display this content comes at a cost. At present 4K requires approximately 25mbps to display content properly, We personally use a 25mbps DSL connection for 720-1080P content throughout our home without issue. 1080P program/recoded content uses up 8mbps roughly. So one can see that if 8K appears anytime soon we will need greater IP bandwidth in our homes. That is gonna be mo money!
However of recent I invested into an LG 29UM65 29″ Ultra Wide IPS 2560 x1080p resolution monitor for creative content, gaming and movie watching when other sets may be occupied. These Ultra Wide sets are also currently available in 3440×1440 AH-IPS QHD format as well taking a nice jump from 1080P in picture quality. The Ultra Wide viewing experience initially took some getting used to as the vertical height is less than a current 24″ 16:9/10 LED monitor. A 34″ Ultra wide will give you a very close vertical to a 16:10 24″ LED.
The advantages it offers are more than worth the trade off, split screen ability for business productivity, greater FOV (field of vision) when gaming if supported and most films today are being shot in the wider 2.4 Cinemascope format. This is where the future may be heading for TV’s and computer monitors to come. If your pocket book can afford it I would recommend a 29″ or moving to 34″ since they yield the same 27-inch QHD or 1080p PPI density and provide greater than 11.4″ of vertical screen space..
Review of the LG 29UM65 to follow in a few days.
Author – Cisco Kidd