Tuesday, January 8th 2019

Lenovo Legion Y44w Ultra-Wide Monitor Hands-on

Lenovo also showed off their Legion Y44w 3840x1200 ultra-wide monitor at CES and quite honestly it is vast measuring in at the 43.4 inches. The display makes use of a WVA borderless 1800R curved panel which offers a crisp image as it covers 99% of the sRGB, BT.709 and DCI-P3 color gamuts. Max brightness was listed as 450 cd/m2 with support for the HDR 400 (Vesa) standard. Naturally, in today's market, no gaming monitor would be caught dead at 60 Hz as such the Legion Y44w supports a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz with a gray to gray response time of 4 ms with Overdrive enabled. Oh, and it supports AMD FreeSync 2 technology just for good measure.

Creature comforts include a stand that offers lift, tilt and swivel functionality alongside detachable Harmon Kardon powered speakers. There is no shortage of input options either which consist of 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), 1x USB 3.1 Type-C(Gen1), Audio out, 4x USB 3.0 port Hub (1 with BC1.2). General availability is expected in April 2019. No information on pricing was available during our visit.
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9 Comments on Lenovo Legion Y44w Ultra-Wide Monitor Hands-on

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rrwards
I was under the impression that media/press shots were allowed at these events. This picture looks blurry as heck like it was taken quickly before someone would notice lol
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f22a4bandit
rrwards, post: 3972555, member: 183964"
I was under the impression that media/press shots were allowed at these events. This picture looks blurry as heck like it was taken quickly before someone would notice lol
Wouldn't be surprised if the blurriness is caused by the lack of light and no flash. You've gotta have a tripod to get perfect pictures in a dim setting.
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Valantar
I'm getting a bit annoyed with this wave of 32:9 (and 32:10, I guess, with this?) displays. I don't mind ultrawides at all, but there's no way I could fit a 43-49" display on my desk, and I can't imagine most people can either. 34"-class 21:9 is plenty.
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Vayra86
Valantar, post: 3972714, member: 171585"
I'm getting a bit annoyed with this wave of 32:9 (and 32:10, I guess, with this?) displays. I don't mind ultrawides at all, but there's no way I could fit a 43-49" display on my desk, and I can't imagine most people can either. 34"-class 21:9 is plenty.
I guess if you've always been a triple-monitor guy this is a wet dream though. No more bezels. But how many of those people exist? There might be more models than buyers right now.
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Valantar
Vayra86, post: 3972743, member: 152404"
I guess if you've always been a triple-monitor guy this is a wet dream though. No more bezels. But how many of those people exist? There might be more models than buyers right now.
Yeah, it seems to me there's a bit of a wave of these now (likely due to panels becoming available from multiple sources?), and that (either because of this or incidentally) there are fewer 21:9 models launching.

I have two monitors at work, and I don't think I'd want to replace them with a single one at the same size - it's useful to have one as the main focal point, and it allows for using Windows' snap functionality, which would be kind of useless on a single panel of this size. I can arrange four apps across my two monitors with just a few key presses. Doing the same on a single monitor would... not work, and require a lot of fiddling and/or supplementary software.
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Vayra86
Valantar, post: 3972801, member: 171585"
Yeah, it seems to me there's a bit of a wave of these now (likely due to panels becoming available from multiple sources?), and that (either because of this or incidentally) there are fewer 21:9 models launching.

I have two monitors at work, and I don't think I'd want to replace them with a single one at the same size - it's useful to have one as the main focal point, and it allows for using Windows' snap functionality, which would be kind of useless on a single panel of this size. I can arrange four apps across my two monitors with just a few key presses. Doing the same on a single monitor would... not work, and require a lot of fiddling and/or supplementary software.
Dual monitor is clearly a productivity setup (or the second monitor is just for some additional applications alongside gaming like a voice chat and browser). Triple monitor is an immersive gaming setup. I don't think these 32:9's are aimed at the workplace.
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Valantar
Vayra86, post: 3972835, member: 152404"
Dual monitor is clearly a productivity setup (or the second monitor is just for some additional applications alongside gaming like a voice chat and browser). Triple monitor is an immersive gaming setup. I don't think these 32:9's are aimed at the workplace.
Perhaps not, though manufacturers seem fond of displaying them in dual (vertical) setups for traders and the like. I suppose they use apps that can utilize the area all by themselves. Size/aspect ratio wise they mostly match two 16:9 ~27" monitors, but as you say, these make this kind of size range relevant for gaming (no longer a bezel where your crosshair goes), while being less resource-/space-intensive and easier to deal with than three smaller monitors.

Funnily enough, the university I work at offers us three monitor choices: a base 24" 16:10, a 27" 16:9, and a 38" 21:9 curved model. I've seen the latter in a few offices, and... it just looks weird in that setting :p I'm glad I didn't waste my project funding on that (it's twice the price of the 27"!).
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