LG Unveils 43UN700 Monitor: 42.5-Inch 4K w/ HDR10 for Work & Gamingby Anton Shilov on November 11, 2019 4:00 PM EST
When LG introduced its 43UD79 monitor over two years ago, it quickly gained popularity both among gamers and among office workers mainly due to its combination of size, connectivity options, and image quality. Now the tTime has come to improve the product, and to that end LG has unveiled its successor, the 43UN700. The new display is positioned both for work and mainstream gaming; it adds support for HDR10, higher brightness levels, and features 60 W USB-C power delivery.
The LG 43UN700 uses the same chassis with a tilt-adjustable stand as its predecessor, and visually the two products are indistinctive. Meanwhile, the latest one comes with a new 42.5-inch IPS panel that features a 3840×2160 resolution, 400 nits typical brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and an 8 ms GtG response time. The new display is about 14% brighter than its predecessor (400 nits vs 350 nits previously) and LG also equipped the monitor with a scaler that supports HDR10 transport, though the LCD has not been certified for any VESA DisplayHDR tier. As for color gamut, the 43UN700 can display 72% of the NTSC (CIE1931) color space, which roughly corresponds with 99% of the sRGB gamut. And, being a high-end LG monitor, the display is shipped factory calibrated.
Moving on to connectivity, as this is where the LG 43UN700 truly shines with its one DisplayPort 1.2 input, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, two HDMI 1.4 inputs, and one USB Type-C with DP Alt Mode input. The latter supports 60 W Power Delivery back to the host, which is enough to fully power most 13.3-inch notebooks and top off bigger laptops. Furthermore, the monitor has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub and a headphone output.
With this many display inputs, the monitor fully supports 2- or 4-way Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture capabilities, which will certainly be useful for those with multiple PCs and other devices. For added convenience, PbP, PiP and other things can be controlled using a special remote.
When it comes to gaming, LG’s giant LCD supports the company’s Dynamic Action technology, which reduces input lag by eliminating certain image processing stages as well as the Black Stabilizer capability that adjusts brightness of dark parts of a scene. As an added bonus, the 43UN700 has two 10 W ‘Rich Bass’ speakers.
It is necessary to note that LG no longer advertises FreeSync and KVM features either with the 43UD79 or with the new 43UN700, possibly because the former supported so narrow FreeSync range that it did not make any real differece, whereas the KVM capability required software.
|LG's 43-Inch Monitors|
|Resolution||3840 × 2160|
|Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Variable Refresh Rate||-|
|Response Time||8 ms (GTG)|
|Brightness||400 cd/m²||350 cd/m²|
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|PPI||104 pixels per inch
0.245 mm² pixel pitch
|Inputs||1 × DisplayPort 1.2a
2 × HDMI 2.0
2 × HDMI 1.4
1 × USB Type-C with DP Alt Mode
1 × RS-232C
|USB-C PD||60 W||7.5 W|
|USB Hub||2-port USB 3.0 hub|
|Audio||2 × 10W Rich Bass speakers
|2 × 10W harmon/kardon speakers
|Launch Date||November 15, 2019 (Japan)||May 19th, 2017 (Japan)|
|Launch Price||¥69,800 without taxes ~$640||¥83,000 (Japanese Yen)
So far, LG has introduced the 43UN700 in Japan and in the Central America/Caribbean region. In Japan, the monitor will be available starting November 15 for ¥69,800 without taxes (~$640). At this time, it is unclear when the display becomes available in the US and Europe.
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haukionkannel - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link4K monitor definitely need Freesync if it is going to be used in Gaming. 4K can did the frarates so badly that Freesync is needed to reduce tearing and shuttering.
philehidiot - Monday, November 11, 2019 - linkYeh man. I think this sounds very similar to the spec of my panel which is 4K with HDR 10 and freesync with 400 nits brightness. The HDR is crap and not worth bothering with as it limits so many other things due to poor implementation. The freesync is fine but turning it in limits other options. I got HDR as a nice to have and I really wanted 4k with freesync. It's a good option but now the way games development has gone (launchers, political, ripping off customers, releasing unfinished games and patching, etc as well as horrific price gouging for hardware) means I wish I'd have scrapped the freesync and just gone for 4k with a decent HDR implementation. I won't be replacing my GPU with anything decent this time around (my GPU tends to be on a cycle of 2 or 3 to each monitor). My advice to anyone who wants HDR is to not cheap out on it. It's just pointless if you do. Pay and do it properly or get a cheaper, stop gap if you need a new monitor and wait for prices to settle down.
close - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - linkThe "harmon/kardon speakers" should make it all worth it.
kludj - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link"fully supports 2- or 4-way Picture-by-Picture" would argue this is exceptionally useful even if you only have one device. I use 4-way PbP connected to one PC using an older Dell 4k display and don't think I could tolerate going back; saves a lot of hassle and need for third-party programs while multi-tasking; no problem with applications going "full screen," since they'll seamlessly go 1080p full-screen in one quadrant. I don't actually use the 4k panel for 4k; gaming in 4k with a screen this large is ~impossible just because your HUD in most games is too far in the periphery, requiring you glance around frequently, very high eye strain. On + side, it's easy to have things like spreadsheets and news feeds going, or idle games, or keeping tabs on render projects, or whatever while simultaneously "full-screen gaming" (in one quadrant).
Dug - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - linkIt's not impossible, you are just sitting to close.
And as far as gaming goes, you don't have to set the game or screen to 4k.
For putting any screen into any quadrant, you can use Window key + arrow keys built into Windows. You don't need 2 or 4 way picture by picture.
Alistair - Monday, November 11, 2019 - linkYou're best off buying the LG SM8600 49" TV, it is almost the same size, but has real HDR support, and 120hz support at 1440p (and maybe even g-sync support starting today). And it is cheaper. I gave up waiting for a 120hz compatible 43 inch TV.
imaheadcase - Monday, November 11, 2019 - linkTV vs monitor. The specs are not created equal.
brucethemoose - Monday, November 11, 2019 - linkWell that's kinda the point?... Spec wise, the monitor is pretty much worse in every way if you don't need PoP.
Alistair - Monday, November 11, 2019 - linkThe Samsung Q60 might be an interesting choice for the 43" size also. But it doesn't support 120hz like the LG, and isn't IPS.
TEAMSWITCHER - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - linkI bet it's the same IPS panel that is in their UM7300PUA TV that I use for a PC display... It was only $300. Plus you get speakers, apps, bluetooth, wifi, & ethernet.