If you’ve been working or schooling from home in less than ideal conditions you know what that feels like at the end of the day; sore neck, twisted back, cramped hands and more. If you’re stuck where you are there is one thing you can do to improve your workspace, and that’s to get a bigger, clearer monitor. The 31.5” LG UltraFine Display Ergo widescreen monitor promises to be easy on the eyes, with its 4K display, easy to set up and to give your workspace a much more ergonomic design. Does it deliver? I got a chance to use one in my home office for a month and here’s what I found.
LG UltraFine Display Ergo Monitor review
There are two key components to this monitor that make it stand out; its ergonomic-friendly set-up and its 4K widescreen display. Let’s dig in…
Key features: Ergonomics
The main feature of this monitor is that it’s designed to be fully adjustable and configurable for your space and that happens thanks to the hefty arm that holds the screen.
The arm clamps onto a desk and articulates in nearly every direction; you can swing it around, tile the screen move it up and down, forward and back, and you can even use it vertically if you want.
The benefits of this kind of monitor is that you end up looking straight ahead instead of down, improving your posture, easing pressure on your neck and putting your work at eye-level.
Key Feature: 4K Widescreen display
The 4K resolution on this monitor makes it ultra sharp, giving you very clear image and text quality. At 31.5″ and 3840×2160 resolution this monitor is designed to fill your viewing area, and it definitely does.
The tech packed in here includes Nano IPS display and HDR 10 to help provide “vibrant colour and range resulting in a more dramatic and dynamic visual immersion experience”. The LG UltraFine Display Ergo Monitor can also display 4K video content if you want to watch stuff on it too.
Some folks have complained that the monitor is too dim when using it with a MAC. While I didn’t have that problem, the solution is apparently to turn off MAC OS’s internal HDR setting.
LG UltraFine Display Ergo Monitor: Set up & placement
This monitor is designed to be versatile; you can get it set up easily and connect to almost any device: plug your monitor into your PC or laptop as I did with my Apple MacBook. You can connect with HDMI, Thunderbolt and USB Type-C cables.
There’s a cable management system too to run the cable through the arm for a cleaner look.
One important note however is that this monitor does not come with feet or a stand. The only way to use it is with the arm. The clamp that holds this monitor to your desk needs to be able to grip a wide area in order to hold the big and heavy monitor securely, meaning it won’t work on a desk with a side rail, or on thin or narrow tops. You need about 4” of overhang to secure it. The manual has more specifics but this does limit where you can place it and on what kind of desk. There is also a grommet connector for it if you want to go that route.
Once the arm is secured the monitor just clicks into place.
Using LG UltraFine Display Ergo Monitor frees up desk space
One of the great things about this monitor is that it completely frees up your desk space. No need for a monitor stand, no need to work around a monitor’s bulk, particularly if you’re going the widescreen route. I can slide my laptop right underneath the LG UltraFine Ergo and have plenty of space for the rest of my tools.
Overall review: LG UltraFine Display Ergo Monitor
Overall, I’ve really fallen in love with this monitor and I’m going to be sad to see it go.
It’s made my desk space much more useable and has enabled me to work much more comfortably. I like the fact I can adjust the monitor to any configuration, though truthfully, once it’s set where you want it, there’s not a whole lot of need to move it around.
The screen is definitely a treat. I was previously using a small 20” stand monitor and it was fine, but upgrading to 4K and the 31” size makes everything much clearer, particularly when I’m editing my YouTube videos. Even writing documents is easy on my weakening eyesight.
The biggest downside of this monitor I suppose is the lack of feet or legs for it, so if you ever needed to move workspaces or switch locations, you’d need to ensure you can still set it up correctly and safely.
But overall I love this monitor and am considering getting one as a permanent addition to my home office.
The LG UltraFine Display Ergo Monitor sells for about $900CAD and you can get it from Amazon.