Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:04

What next – computer monitors with HDR?

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LG will be showing off its new 32”, 4K, HDR computer monitor at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.

High-dynamic-range (HDR) has become one of the buzzwords of the video world and is finding its way into smartphone cameras and gaming as well. Essentially it uses special metadata in an image to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photography. Shadows have details, and bright light sources have definition instead of washout.

That is great for HDR content like videos and smartphone photographs but what does it mean to normal users? For starters, they probably won’t buy a 32”, 4K HDR monitor so the answer is very little. And they are likely to need both HDR content and an HDR compatible video card to see a difference.

Fortunately, recent NVidia (Pascal based 900 series +) and AMD Radeon (Polaris based 390 +) cards support HDR decoding. These use HDMI 2.0a cables, and one will need them to support all the extra data being sent.

Brian Kwon, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company, said, “To maintain our market leadership, LG engineers are first to incorporate emerging technologies and trends into our newest monitors. From high-resolution, HDR displays to UltraWide monitors optimised for multitasking and gaming, LG is committed to delivering the most innovative, premium monitors in the industry today.”

LG’s 32-inch UHD 4K monitor (model 32UD99) with 3840 x 2160 pixels supports the HDR10 standard, which delivers enhanced brightness levels and a wide colour gamut image. Compatibility with the standard increases the monitor’s peak brightness, enabling users to better edit movies and photographs. It also supports the new generation of HDR capable game consoles. It uses an IPS panel displaying over 95% of the DCI-P3 colour space, making it ideal for media content creators and features such as True Colour Pro for accurate colour reproduction.

LG will also showcase the 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide Mobile Monitor (model 34UM79M) – the world’s first Chromecast-enabled multimedia monitor, allowing users to stream their favourite movies, music, games and more from mobile devices. It will simultaneously multitask between the PC and the mobile device using LG’s Mobile+ Monitor application allows.

Also on display will be LG’s 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide gaming monitor (model 34UC99), equipped with AMD FreeSync technology, 1ms Motion Blur Reduction, Dynamic Action Sync, Black Stabiliser and other features to maximise the PC gaming experience.

Items released at CES generally make it to Australia in Q2, 2017.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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