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LG DualUp Monitor review: a new look at multitasking

The LG DualUp Monitor is set to turn the monitor market on its head with its unique 16:18 aspect ratio. A multi-monitor setup has been proven to improve productivity, but in this case, LG has created a taller monitor that delivers the same screen real estate as two 21.5-inch displays stacked on top of each other at 2560 x 2880 resolution.

In addition to giving you more screen space to work with, LG also includes the LG Ergo Stand with DualUp Monitor to make setup more comfortable and reduce neck strain. This monitor arm mounts to the back of a desk and features cutouts that allow you to neatly route cables from your monitor to your computer or even computers by including picture-by-picture (PBP) mode. If you plan on using multiple computers, LG has also added a built-in KVM switch, allowing you to control them with a single keyboard and mouse.

LG DualUp Monitor Specifications

Dimensions: 18.9 x 21.6 x 1.76 (without stand), 18.9 x 33.19 x 18.16 inches (with stand)

Screen size: 27.6 inches

Resolution: 2560 x 2880

Refresh rate: 60Hz

Inputs: HDMI x 2, DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C, USB-A x 2 (downstream), 1 x USB AB (upstream) audio jack

Whether the LG DualUp Monitor is the right choice for you depends largely on what you plan to use it for. Its 16:18 aspect ratio makes it less than ideal for gaming, unless you want to run your PC games in windowed mode, or connect your console and PC in PBP mode at the same time. On the other hand, creative professionals, programmers and remote workers can benefit from two 16:9 aspect ratio windows stacked vertically on top of each other. If you’re already using a dual-monitor vertical setup, you’ll feel right at home with the LG DualUp, and it can help optimize your workspace. Our LG DualUp Monitor review will help you decide if this unique monitor is the right choice for you and if it’s one of the best monitors available today.

LG DualUp Review: Pricing and Availability

LG Dual Up (will open in a new tab) listings for $699, though it’s currently sold out on the LG site. At the time of writing, it is available both on Amazon. (will open in a new tab) and Newegg (will open in a new tab) at a slightly higher price.

LG DualUp Review: Design

The unique design of the LG DualUp did not go unnoticed when it was first announced last December. In fact, the monitor won the Innovation Award at CES 2022 as well as the Best of the Best at Red Dot 2022.

LG DualUp on the table

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Unlike ultra-wide monitors that allow you to have two full-size windows side by side, the LG DualUp has a rectangular design with smaller bezels at the top and sides and a large LG logo window at the bottom. The monitor itself is nearly 22 inches tall without the included stand, and 33 inches with the stand attached. While the LG DualUp takes up quite a lot of space on your desk, the display itself is just under 2 inches thick.

The monitor features a 28-inch SDQHD Nano IPS display with 2560 x 2880 resolution, 5ms response time, and 300 nits of brightness. The DualUp also has two 7W stereo speakers at the bottom of the display.

LG DualUp OSD

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Like other LG monitors, the DualUp has a joystick button right below the logo that can be used to bring up the On-Screen Display (OSD). However, this time, the joystick button is clean and there is a white light behind it.

LG DualUp Ports

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The back of the monitor has a cutout for attaching to the Ergo Stand, as well as VESA 100 x 100 holes if you want to use a different monitor arm or mount it on the wall. Next to it, you’ll find all of the LG DualUp ports, including two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort (1.4), a USB-C port capable of delivering 90W of power, two USB 3.0 downstream ports, one USB 2.0 upstream port. port, audio jack and power port.

LG DualUp Ergonomic Stand

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LG Ergonomic Stand (will open in a new tab) all black finish and compact design. While the top of the stand has a one-click attachment to easily attach it to your DualUp monitor, the C-clip and grommet at its base make it easy to attach it to the back of a desk or desk. The upper part of the LG Ergo Stand is removable and it is also compatible with other LG monitors, but not all.

LG DualUp Review: Setting Up

The LG DualUp monitor sent to Tom’s Guide for review arrived in a large brown box with a picture of the monitor and its specifications on the front. However, inside the box, both LG valves have a quick installation guide that shows you how to attach the Ergo Stand to the table and the monitor to the stand.

LG DualUp accessories without box

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In addition to the monitor and stand, the box also includes an HDMI cable, a USB-C cable, a USB AB cable (used for upstream connections), a right-angle power supply, and an instruction manual, but not a DisplayPort cable. I was very impressed with the fact that LG also provides you with an extension cable for the power adapter, which can be very handy when using the DualUp with one of the best standing desks out there.

Ergonomic stand LG DualUp on the table

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Because the Ergo Stand can extend or fold eight inches and rotate 335 degrees, it took me a few tries to position it exactly how I wanted it on my desk. In the end, I decided to install it to the left of the center of my desk to take full advantage of its design. However, I noticed that the monitor still sticks out a bit, even with the Ergo Stand as far as it can go.

LG DualUp cable management

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From here it was just a matter of running the cables through the bottom of the Ergo Stand to the hole at the top before plugging them into the back of the monitor. This was fairly easy to do, and with the DualUp installed, the stand does a great job of hiding the cables, although I did use a few cable ties to secure them together.

LG DualUp Review: Interface

To take full advantage of DualUp’s unique design, you’ll need to download and install the LG OnScreen Control software, which is available for both Windows and Mac. While Windows users can also use Microsoft’s own FancyZones PowerToys utility to organize and snap windows, LG’s software allows you to adjust monitor settings without using a joystick controller to open the OSD.

Split screen software LG OnScreen Control

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The Split Screen tab of OnScreen Control allows you to choose how the windows on your screen should be configured. While vertical 2-screen split is ideal for DualUp, you can also choose 3-screen split, 6-screen split, or 8-screen split, and customize the placement of the Picture-in-Picture (PIP) window.

LG OnScreen Control software monitor settings

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The “Monitor Settings” tab in the “Screen Split” section allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, and screen orientation of the DualUp or other LG monitors. You can also check for monitor software updates or be notified when they become available.

LG OnScreen Control Presets

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The “My Application Preset” tab in the “Monitor Settings” section allows you to set picture modes for individual applications. When an application for which you have a preset is launched, the display mode will change to your presets.

The LG OnScreen Control software is an optional download, but to get the most out of the DualUp Monitor, you should probably use it. Especially if you want one program window to be open at the top of the monitor and another at the bottom.

LG DualUp Review: Performance

LG DualUp connected to laptop

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After connecting and configuring the LG DualUp to the Ergo Stand, I first tested it with a Surface Laptop Go connected via USB-C. Because the monitor itself can be raised up to five inches when attached to the Ergo Stand, you shouldn’t have any trouble using a small laptop in the same way.

LG DualUp connected to PC

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From here, I connected a desktop PC via HDMI with a mechanical keyboard and trackball mouse to use as my primary device for the next few weeks. While DualUp’s unique aspect ratio takes some getting used to, I found the extra screen real estate quite handy, with Google Chrome’s personal window opening at the top and the work window at the bottom.

Reading a full page of text on the LG DualUp

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Even though the LG DualUp is marketed as a productivity monitor due to the fact that you can open two full size windows vertically, I often used it instead of a vertical display. As someone who constantly works on long documents, the monitor allowed me to see an entire page of text without scrolling. However, when I needed to multitask, I opened the LG OnScreen Control software.

LG DualUp connected to Chromebook and PC at the same time

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What really impressed me about the LG DualUp is how useful the monitor can be for those who use multiple operating systems. For example, I was able to connect a Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 via USB-C and a PC via HDMI and use Windows and ChromeOS at the same time using LG’s Picture-by-Picture feature. This can really come in handy for those who say they use a Windows computer for work and a Mac at home.

Viewing full screen video with large black bars on LG DualUp

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The LG DualUp is not without flaws, and its 16:8 aspect ratio means that when watching videos in full screen, there will always be large black bars at the top and bottom. This is not a deal breaker as this monitor is designed for work, not entertainment.

While you can’t completely get rid of the black bars, you can make them a little smaller by rotating your monitor and switching from portrait to landscape mode. However, if you later want to use two vertical windows at the same time, you’ll want to switch them back, as trying to do this in landscape mode reduces the height of each window too much for you to be comfortable with.

LG DualUp Review: The Verdict

The LG DualUp certainly stands out among the monitors available today. While its 16:8 aspect ratio may not be for everyone, those with two monitors placed vertically, as well as writers, programmers, and others who already use a monitor in portrait mode in their workflow, will be able to simplify their settings.

While you can buy two identical monitors and create something similar to DualUp, there will be a gap between them, not to mention additional cables for control. Plus, even with a premium monitor arm, you won’t be able to move both displays as easily as with the LG Ergo Stand.

LG certainly took a risk with DualUp, and I hope the Korean hardware maker takes the same risk with their monitors in the future. If DualUp isn’t quite right for you, but you still like the concept, LG QHD Monitor Ergo Dual (will open in a new tab) provides a bit more positioning flexibility thanks to the dual Ergo stand.

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