Review: LG DualUp Ergo Monitor (model 28MQ780)

The Future of Work

The LG DualUp Ergo Monitor is the world’s first 16:18 aspect ratio monitor

We love how LG innovates the way we use our monitors. The dual-monitor setup helps in productivity tremendously but they take up space. With the LG DualUp Ergo monitor, you can enjoy the same real estate of two 21.5-inch displays with one monitor and a single stand. The top-to-bottom layout reduces the need for side-to-side neck rotation and is optimised for documents, browsing web pages, and even for viewing portrait-oriented video content.

The second-generation Ergo arm offers greater flexibility, from a 335-degree swivel angle, 130mm height adjustment, 210mm depth adjustment, 25-degree tilt movement, and 90-degree rotation from landscape to portrait modes. The stand-alone costs nearly S$200 and are VESA compatible so you could use it with other monitors with 100x100mm mount. It may seem to save more cost to buy two separate monitors and a dual-monitor mount, but the DualUp Ergo monitor has quite a handful of features that an entry-level monitor lacks.

Apart from the Ergo arm that instantly frees up valuable desk space, the monitor supports a USB-C connection that delivers multiple functions with just a single cable. It charges your laptop up to 90W, enables the integrated 2-port USB 3.0 Hub located behind the monitor for data transfer, and sends digital audio to the built-in 7W x 2 stereo speakers through the digital-to-analogue amplifier MaxxAudio audio enhancement technology, which sounds impressively voluminous.

The display is equipped with an ambient light sensor that adjusts screen brightness and supports HDR10, and 98% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. There is an extensive list of colour adjustment parameters on the On-Screen Display, including preset modes and manual adjustments. Take the easy way out by picking one of the Picture Modes, or manually tweak the contrast and sharpness, response time, Gamma, and colour temperature. There is even a sub-menu to adjust individual saturation and hue levels for each of the six colour palettes (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow).

From the computer’s OS display setting, you can select the maximum resolution of 2560 x 2880 to achieve a full 16:18 native display, but Microsoft Windows does not support docking the windows vertically, which is inconvenient if you want to vertically split the app windows. The good thing is that the DualUp Ergo monitor supports Picture-by-Picture (PBP) mode which allows two display inputs simultaneously. I simply connect two display outputs from the computer (if it supports it) to the monitor, and the OS will output both signals to the DualUp Ergo monitor. Similarly, you can connect the second display cable to another device and the DualUp Ergo will display in a vertical split view.

Having used a side-by-side multiple display setup for over a decade, I am enjoying this vertical layout. With the increasing popularity of vertical or portrait-oriented content, the DualUp Ergo allows the user to enjoy both orientations in a single display unit seamlessly without any gap caused by splitting between monitors.

Rating: 4.5

We Say: The LG DualUp Ergo monitor improves the way you work and consume portrait and landscape content.


Technical Specifications

Screen Size 27.6-inch
Resolution SDQHD (2560 x 2880)
Aspect Ratio 16:18
Display Panel Nano IPS
Colour Gamut DCI-P3 98%
Brightness 300 nits
Frequency 60Hz
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Dimension 481.5 x 843.2 x 461.3 mm (with stand)
Weight 9kg (with stand)