We saw the trend towards big screens coming – but we didn’t know things were going to get this big. PC monitors larger than wide are enjoying a resurgence this year as they add more vertical space to hold long documents, articles, spreadsheets, as well as social media and news feeds. But this 420 × 1920 monitor takes the big screen thing to new heights.
As Gizmodo discovered today, the screen comes from Elsonic, a sub-brand of the Japanese company Nojima that started with LED lamps but now makes televisions and other tech products. The EK-MD088 proposes a new category for PC monitors: ultra high. Sure, ultra-wide monitors have found a place in the homes of productivity dogs who need to be surrounded by all their tabs and gamers who want to get lost in their virtual world. But with an ultra-high monitor, you can give in to the insatiable need to scroll. On the product page, surfing the Internet, Twitter and browser games are highlighted as use cases.
Handy for keeping an eye on your newsfeed at all times.
The display is only 8.8 inches, so it works best as a portable or secondary monitor. It charges through USB-C but cannot output video through the port. The monitor relies on mini HDMI for its video signal. That gives it a bit of versatility in the sense that it can connect to things that lack USB-C, like a Raspberry Pi and older systems. But with more PCs dropping HDMI and the monitor already has a USB-C port, it feels like a missed opportunity.
The EK-MD088 is built like a skyscraper in New York City and takes up minimal space. Its base is approximately 78 x 21 mm (3.07 x 0.83 inches) and it protrudes 248 mm (9.76 inches) into the sky. The display should be an easily portable monitor (assuming you can find a case that fits its dimensions) as it weighs only about 198g. Enlarge / The monitor takes up 2.55 square inches of desk space.
A resolution of 420 × 1920 gives the TFT panel an aspect ratio of 7:32. While a 16: 9 aspect ratio is still the most common, 16:10 is becoming more popular, and we’re also seeing the even larger 3: 2, such as the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4. Think that the big screen is just making the comeback a phase? No fear. The screen of the EK-MD088 is ready for adjustment; its stand also allows you to switch to horizontal mode according to the product page.
A picture was not included, but the stand should also allow landscape format.
The pixel density of the EK-MD088 is, as expected, high at 223.3 pixels per inch.
Elsonic’s listing doesn’t go into color features, but does say that the screen has a standard refresh rate of 60 Hz and a typical brightness of 300 nits. The screen has two buttons on the side that allow you to choose between six brightness settings.
At this point in time, it looks like the monitor will only hit Japan. It’s expected to be released “early February,” according to the product page for 14,800 yen, which is currently about $ 128.21 excluding shipping – a lower price for those who crave a monitor to climb up.