Ultrawide monitors are becoming the rage, and now even bigger versions (Megawide? Magnawide?) Are becoming surprisingly common. Lenovo is unveiling two 43.4-inch monitors here at CES, one in the business class ThinkPad lineup and one in the LEGION gaming sub-brand.
The monitors are designed with the intention of replacing a dual-screen setup, and with a resolution of 3840 × 1200, they're the equivalent of dual 24-inch monitors side by side. Naturally, they're made with a 1800R factor to make it easier on the eyes. HDR and 450-nit peak brightness, a maximum refresh rate of 1
The inputs are varied including double HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C with 90 watts of power output to charge your laptop. The displays come with an integrated USB hub, too, with two ports and a headphone jack that are right beneath the center of the bottom bezel. Need using them? They fold up in the body when needed-a very classy touch. An optional Harman Kardon speaker integrates into the sturdy central column of the stand.
plus virtual monitor spaces to more effectively manage windows on the wide space-a branded version of a DisplayFusion trick. Both panels will support AMD's FreeSync 2 for smoother gameplay, but the exclusion of NVIDIA's G-Sync on this is a bit of a let-down. Speaking of which: the ThinkVision P44w, with pre-certified color certification and a three-year warranty, will be available in April for $ 1300. The Legion Y44w, sans certification and with a 1-year warranty, will go for $ 1200 at the same time.
For those who want a NVIDIA G-Sync package, Lenovo is also offering the LEGION Y27gq. It's smaller at 27 inches, with the popular QHD (2560 × 1440) resolution for a good balance between framerates and sharpness. The panel is rated for 240Hz of refresh, four times the typical 60fps target for most games, with a response time at half a millisecond. (Yes, .5ms.)
That makes the price a little more understandable: at $ 1000, it's among the most expensive 27-inch gaming monitors on the market. Lenovo is hoping some neat extras, like a subtle and stable stand, ultra-thin bezels, and a fold-out hook for hanging your gaming headset, wants to make up the difference. While this model dispenses with USB-C, it is not a popular one for gamers, anyway. It wants to hit the market in April.