The LG 43UD79-B 43″ 16:9 4K IPS Monitor is somewhat of a niche product, but the niche it fills is important. Multi-input monitors are standard, but multi-input monitors with an array of Picture in Picture (PIP) and Picture by Picture (PBP) modes are fairly unique. The 43UD79-B 43″ 16:9 4K IPS Monitor from LG comes standard with 3840 x 2160 4K resolution on a bright 43″ IPS panel.
LG has a reputation for stellar panels at great price points, this display continues that tradition. at $700 retail, it’s on the higher end of 43-inch displays. However, when you factor in the multi-input audio/video options, the quality of the panel and the ability to catch it on sale for as low at $549 this display becomes an amazing value. This becomes even truer when compared to the direct competitor Dell P4317Q, which is very similar but retails for around $850
The PIP and PBP modes are robust and easily managed by the included remote. You can select which input gets displayed in which quadrant of the display and additionally choose the sound input you want the panel to output. It’s all VERY well done on the software side and the remote is one of the most intuitive I’ve experienced.
On the input front, you’ll find 4 HDMI Ports (2 x v1.4, 2x v 2.0) with HDCP 2.2 compatibility. 1 USB-C (DisplayPort) input and 2 USB Powered outputs. The AV inputs are perfect for what this panel is made to accomplish. However, the USB outputs could use an upgrade. This is true of all newer tv’s. a 15-18s PD compatible output for powering things like chrome casts and other USB powered media devices would be a huge feature add to newer TVs and displays.
Regarding performance, this panel is no slouch. The blacks are black, the whites are bright. This panel looks nice whether you are watching a movie in 4k via chromecast or working spreadsheets from your PC (which by the way is amazing since you have 43 inches of real estate to work with)
One nice additional feature is the Dual Controller, which lets you connect and control two computers to the display using the same mouse and keyboard. In testing I found this feature to be workable but solutions like Synergy from Symless is a more robust offering that LG’s built-in solution.
If your work or home requires the use of multiple PC’s or other input devices to be displayed at the same time, this panel is for you. Performance is equal to, or on par with, Dell’s more expensive offering, you get a legendary LG panel, intuitive built-in PIP/PBP software, solid audio performance and again a great price. Hard not to recommend this display.