Lenovo Legion Y44w with 43.4″ Ultrawide screen and 144Hz Refresh

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Lenovo aren’t a major manufacturer in the monitor market, but at CES 2019 they have announced the forthcoming release of several new displays in their lineup which look interesting.

Most interesting is the Lenovo Legion Y44w which is aimed at gaming. This is a 43.4″ sized ultrawide model with a 1800R curvature, 29:9 aspect ratio (often less accurately listed as 32:10 for ease) and offering a 3840 x 1200 Ultra HD resolution VA panel, combined with a high 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-sync/AMD FreeSync 2 is also supported for variable refresh rates from compatible graphics cards. In other specs there is a 4ms G2G response time and 450 cd/m2 brightness mentioned so far.

It carries the low-end VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification although this is unlikely to offer much meaningful HDR performance, and probably lacks any local dimming support for a start. There is a 99% sRGB gamut mentioned in the spec but confusingly overall Lenovo talk about “99% sRGB, BT.709, DCI-P3”. We are assuming that this does not mean 99% coverage of DCI-P3, which would make it a wide gamut offering, and in fact the 99% refers to the sRGB coverage. We expect a standard gamut screen here.

1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x USB type-C and 2x HDMI 2.0 connections are offered along with a 4 port USB 3.0 hub. There is also a removable Harman Kardon speaker at the base and a stowaway USB hub. Picture In Picture and Picture by Picture are also supported on this high resolution, ultrawide format screen.

Set to go on sale in April, the Lenovo Legion Y44fw will be priced at $1,199.99 USD

Of additional note is the forthcoming Lenovo ThinkVision P44w display as well. This is the same size and resolution with a 43.4″ VA panel and 3840 x 1200 resolution. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support, but this time it is targeted as professionals apparently. It has the same 450 cd/m2 brightness spec and low-end VESA HDR400 certification. Connections and features also seem to be the same, so it’s a little unclear how this model is different to the Legion model talked about above. The stand and design are a bit different and the ThinkVision comes with a 3 year warranty instead of 1 year provided with the Legion screen.

The ThinkVision P44w will be $100 more expensive as well at $1,299.99 USD apparently.

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