Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

LG Introduces the 43UD79-B Display - 43", 4K, IPS, 60 Hz, Freesync

LG is looking to launch what seems to me one of the most well-rounded monitors for our use cases, with the LG 43UD79-B. Barring the enormous size of the monitor (I for one don't think a 43" on my desk would be the best way of going around computing), this monitors ticks almost all the boxes. It features 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and an IPS panel with non-glare coating, which delivers a peak brightness of 350 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of up to 1000:1, and an 8 ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time, which is the only sour point I see here (though it's still miles ahead of most 4K television sets.) The panel ticks on at 60 Hz, which, let's face it, is probably right for the resolution your graphics card will have to be driving anyway. The presence of Freesync here is mighty welcome indeed, ensuring you can make the most of those 60 FPS. LG mention support for 1.07 billion colors which come factory-calibrated, but the absence of any information regarding this being a 10-bit panel (which manufacturers naturally jump towards marketing) probably indicates this is actually an 8-bit panel using A-FRC to achieve a 10-bit color depth.
Other features for this panel include Game Mode (which should improve that 8 ms GTG response), Black Stabilizer, and Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) Mode. This monitor shines on connections and features, though. It offers up 1x DisplayPort 1.2a (4K @ 60Hz with Freesync support)), 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x HDMI 1.4, 1x USB Type-C with DP Alt Mode, and 1x RS-232C. This monitor can display images from up to 4 devices at once (isn't that great for multitasking?), and you can either split the screen into four 21.5-inch 1080P sections, two horizontal or vertical sections, or even three sections of varying sizes. There is also support for basic Picture-in-Picture (PIP) if you don't wish to subdivide the screen real estate. You can also make use of LG's Dual Controller feature, which turns the monitor into a KVM switch. This means you can plug a mouse and keyboard into the two downstream USB 3.0 ports, connect the monitor to two computers, and control both systems from that single mouse/keyboard combo. Multitask away.
US-based retailers are already offering preorders for $697 with an expected availability of May 9th. If this price keeps up through demand, this a potentially game-changing price for such a monitor, an attractive ace of spades with a three-year warranty.
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12 Comments on LG Introduces the 43UD79-B Display - 43", 4K, IPS, 60 Hz, Freesync

#1
Capitan Harlock
LG you should have come out with this at January XD i have already something like this .
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#2
robert3892
At 8ms this certainly isn't a gaming monitor but I see a great advantage if you are running multiple VMs
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#3
Nabarun
We need 144Hz @1080p CHEAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP !
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#4
bug
43" might be too much for my desk, too. But a 32" should look much better.
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Prima.Vera
My TV has a size of 42" and I watch it from a couple of meters . How is this a desktop monitor when you are suppose to watch it at less than 1m distance from your eyes?
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bug
Prima.Vera, post: 3649940, member: 98685"
My TV has a size of 42" and I watch it from a couple of meters . How is this a desktop monitor when you are suppose to watch it at less than 1m distance from your eyes?
Who said you're supposed to watch it from under 1m? But yes, you'd need some office remodelling to accommodate that.
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#7
silapakorn
The order in which they arranged PIP options is somewhat disturbing.
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Capitan Harlock
Prima.Vera, post: 3649940, member: 98685"
My TV has a size of 42" and I watch it from a couple of meters . How is this a desktop monitor when you are suppose to watch it at less than 1m distance from your eyes?
I have Wasabi Mango UHD430 and i use it without problems , i stay at least 50 to 60 cm away and is all right.
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#9
Disparia
Cool, though I'll have to see a review on it's ease of use before getting giddy about the inputs.

Looks like it has the same 5-way stick that mine has, so you might have to navigate their menu to do the input switching. I can do it quickly as I switch inputs 20-30 times each day and only have two. This monitor has five with various split configurations and optional KVM operation.
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#10
hyp36rmax
$697!? for a 43-Inch 60hz Freesync IPS Panel? This is tempting for a large gaming monitor, even if it's not the newest 144hz 4K monitors in the horizon.
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#11
Tartaros
Prima.Vera, post: 3649940, member: 98685"
My TV has a size of 42" and I watch it from a couple of meters . How is this a desktop monitor when you are suppose to watch it at less than 1m distance from your eyes?
It still takes less space than 4 monitors, also less energy and cables. The concept is in the photo, use a single monitor for working tasks that require several monitors and/or computers, it can output 4 different video inputs at once.
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#12
danbert2000
Raevenlord, you do know that gray-to-gray response time is about how quickly a pixel can change from one color to another, and not input latency, correct? It's weird that you mention TVs having a worse response time because I'm not so sure that that is true. It may be more correct to say that TVs generally have worse input latency, but since we don't know what the input latency of this monitor is we can't say that for sure. You can bet it's higher than 8 ms, though.

https://displaylag.com/exposed-input-lag-vs-response-time/
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