When it comes to screen real-estate bigger is always better... right? LG thinks so, and it's got a new 21:9 ultra-widescreen monitor to prove it.
By Matt Whitlock
August 23, 2013
PC displays have, for one reason or another, evolved in lockstep with the evolution of the TV market. In the CRT and early LCD years, that meant a 4:3 ratio. Today, almost all PC monitors sold sport the same widescreen 16:9 ratio as HDTV. Resolutions have also increased, particularly in notebook and desktop displays. Where 1024x768 used to be the “norm” today’s high-res displays give you a full 1920x1080 to play with. For many, that’s more than enough screen for productivity and entertainment tasks, but when it comes to screen real-estate bigger is always better… right?
Instead of adding pixels both horizontally and vertically to maintain a 16:9 ratio, LG’s 29EB73 only expands horizontally with more pixels. What you end up with is 2560x1080 panel with a cinema-like aspect ratio of 21:9. Its expansive, but not always in a good way.
Who is this monitor for? More importantly, how does it perform?
The LG 29EB73 is a LED backlit 29” 2560x1080 IPS panel. The front is a matte black finish on the top and sides, and high gloss black on the back. The left, right, and top sides of the frame is the same fake “frameless” variety that we’ve seen before, like on the AOC i2367Fh we previously reviewed. Yes, the surrounding frame is really thin, near borderless in fact, but the image doesn’t extend all the way to the edge.
The 29EB73 includes support for standard VESA mounts, but the included stand they bundle is far more useful than the garden variety that ship with most displays. Not only does it tilt back and forth, but the monitor height can be adjusted up and down without any tools or screws (the EA version of this monitor has a fixed stand).
On a slightly sour note, using the height adjustment requires pulling a big staple out of the back of the stand, which is nearly impossible to do without scratching the back of the standup with a screwdriver. It’s a one time thing, but was irritating. Quick tip: the staple is a little easier to get out if you push down on the stand while pulling.
Along the bottom of the display are five touch-sensitive buttons for power and menu control. I can’t state enough how I despised these buttons after a while; I constantly kept turning the monitor off every time my hand brushed past them (normally reaching for my coffee or something).
The physical footprint of this display is immense, coming in around 27.5” in total width. Think carefully about where it will go; not all desks can accommodate it.