We saw the big screen trend coming, but we didn’t know things were going to get this high. PC monitors that are taller than they are wide have seen a resurgence this year as they offer more vertical space to support long documents, articles, spreadsheets, social media, and news feeds. But this 420 × 1920 monitor takes the big screen to new heights.
As Gizmodo spotted today, the display comes from Elsonic, a sub-brand of Japanese company Nojima, which started with LED bulbs but now manufactures TVs and other tech products. The EK-MD088 introduces a new category for PC monitors: ultra-tall. Of course, ultra-wide monitors have gained places 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 an ultra-tall monitor lets you give in to that insatiable urge to scroll. The product page specifically highlights web browsing, Twitter, and browser games as a use case.
The screen is only 8.8 inches, so it would be best to serve as a portable or secondary monitor. It charges via USB-C but cannot output video through the port. The monitor relies on mini HDMI for its video signal. This gives it a bit of versatility in the sense that it can connect to things that don’t have USB-C, like a Raspberry Pi and older systems. But with more and more PCs starting to ditch HDMI and the monitor already having a USB-C port, it looks like a missed opportunity.
Built like a New York City skyscraper, the EK-MD088 takes up minimal surface space. Its base measures approximately 3.07 × 0.83 inches (78 × 21 mm) and it rises to 9.76 inches (248 mm) in the sky. The screen should make an easy portable monitor (assuming you can find a case to accommodate its dimensions), as it only weighs around 0.43 pounds (198 g).
A resolution of 420 × 1920 gives the TFT panel an aspect ratio of 7:32. While a 16: 9 ratio is still the most common, 16:10 is gaining in popularity, and we also see the 3: 2 even larger, as in the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4. Think of the return of the big screen n is a phase? Do not be afraid. The screen of the EK-MD088 is ready to adapt; its support also allows you to switch to horizontal mode, depending on the product page.
As we would hope with such a small screen, the pixel density of the EK-MD088 is rather high at 223.3 pixels per inch.
Elsonic’s listing does not go into color capabilities, but states that the screen has a standard refresh rate of 60Hz and a typical brightness of 300 nits. The screen has two buttons on the side that let you choose between six brightness settings.
At the time of writing, it looks like the Monitor will only hit Japan. It should be released “in early February,” the product page says, for 14,800 yen, which works out to around $ 128.21 (not including shipping) at the moment, a lower price for those looking for a monitor from. high climbing.