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Oct 30, 2014

LG 31MU97, Monitor with 4096 x 2160 4K Resolution

LG Electronics has rather fortuitously announced a monitor that could make the day of anyone in a position where a graphics card with 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM is warranted. The display is called LG 31MU97.

Not that LG was thinking of gamers when it invented the product. Indeed, it was aiming for a different part of the potential customer base, that of graphics, video and game designers. Still, with both NVIDIA and Advanced Micro Devices preparing to launch some new graphics cards with 8 GB of VRAM, the new monitor could be a great fit for them. Sure, the adapters are intended more for multi-card installations and multi-monitor configurations, but why bother when you can stuff the 4K quality inside a single screen? Nevertheless, while the newcomer does have the size to satisfy customers (32 inches in diagonal), it doesn't possess the “standard” 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, but 4096 x 2160.

The specs of the LG 31MU97 monitor

As a professional piece of equipment, it has all the best trappings that LG could give it. No corners were cut in its creation. For example, the IPS screen technology (which naturally enables wide viewing angles of 178 degrees) supports over 99.5 percent of the Adobe RGB color space. It also lets users choose from several coloring options and modes, with dual color space permitting the displaying of two different color modes at the same time. That way, you can compare your work with what it could look like on other screens if you wish. The True Color Pro software is another LG creation that deserves a bit of attention. It provides color calibration capabilities independent of a PC. Considering the 10-bit color support, that's quite important to have.

Moving on, you can use the new monitor to edit standard Digital Cinema 4K without scaling the image, or edit footage with full color expression thanks to DCI color standard support (covers 97% of the DCI-P3 color space to reproduce realistic colors). In layman’s terms, everything boils down to the new LG Digital Cinema 4K Monitor possessing all the features (and more) that professionals could need in their video/game editing efforts.

Availability and pricing
The LG 31MU97 hasn't been given a price yet, but we do know that sales will begin this week in the United States of America, as well as South Korea, Germany, and Australia. The UK, Netherlands, Spain, Poland and Japan will get their turn later in November.

Press Release:LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its new 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) for global rollout starting this week. The cutting-edge LG 31MU97 mates Digital Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution with a 31-inch IPS monitor to create an ultra-sharp high-end monitor that meets the standards of the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI). The LG 31MU97 is especially well suited for professionals who demand the sharpest possible images for either work or leisure.
The monitor's ultra-high quality 4K resolution and life-like colors are ideal for photographers, video editors and graphic artists and its incredible picture quality allows for detailed and accurate retouching of any image. With the monitor's rich and vibrant colors and impressive 10-bit color, visual arts professionals will greatly appreciate the model's high color accuracy.
The monitor's IPS display supports over 99.5 percent of the Adobe RGB color space and provides users with several coloring options and modes in order to meet the wide spectrum of needs that graphic professionals require. Its Dual Color Space allows the monitor to display two different color modes at once so that users can compare different perspectives of their work simultaneously. Additionally, the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor comes hardware calibration-ready with LG's exclusive True Color Pro software.
The LG 31MU97 is equipped with several unique high-end functions that will satisfy most discerning professionals. Video pros can edit 4K content in the ideal resolution with standard Digital Cinema 4K without image scaling. Editing footage with full color expression is made possible by the DCI color standard support which reproduces color realistically, covering 97 percent of DCI-P3 color space, the standard for digital cinema projectors and digital camera. And the LG 31MU97 comes with an ergonomic pivot design that offers maximum convenience for displaying as much of the image on the screen as possible to minimize scrolling and dragging.
"LG's Digital Cinema 4K Monitor presents the company with an excellent opportunity to solidify our leadership in the global professional monitor market," said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT business division at LG Electronics. "This monitor's high-end features and functions make it the perfect solution for professionals who require a top-of-the-line monitor with all the technology currently available."
The LG 31MU97 will be available starting this week in markets including the United States, South Korea, Germany, Australia and the UK followed by the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and Japan in November

LG 31MU97
Image credits to LG


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