The ultra-wide monitor for PC is no longer a technological rarity appreciated only by a few wealthy geeks. In a few years, many brands have entered this market, and inevitably, the world number one in IT could not do without. The Lenovo ThinkVision P44w-10 is a long, massive, curved 43.4-inch monitor with an improbable display ratio (32: 9) and lousy resolution (3840 x 1200 pixels).
Beyond the “raw” specs, the prolonged use of this monitor confirms what we sensed at the sight of these pixel liners: the uses are profoundly modified, and we no longer wish to go back, d ‘all the more so when the device is near absolute zero fault.
In other words, the dimensions ultra-wide of this giant are clearly not luxury during a “professional” use… even common (no need to work at CERN to find it useful). Review of details on a quasi “revelation” … maximum size:
As massive as it is simple to assemble
Impossible to deny it: the ThinkVision P44w is massive, as “heavy as a dead horse” with its 20 kilos on the scales. However, the mounting of the boudin proves to be childishly simple: the tube of the foot is screwed effortlessly to the rectangular base, and the screen comes to “clip” (without any screws!) Directly on the foot.
It’s folded in 2 or 3 minutes, and the only effort is to properly bandage the muscles of his forearms to carry the monster on the desk. For connection to the PC, you are spoiled for choice from a multitude of ports (2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x USB 3.0, and two USB Type-C). The display is activated and pairs automatically when turning on the computer (a laptop gamer Asus Stryx).
A small retractable drawer at the bottom of the screen gives access to two front USB ports and a 3.5mm jack port; well seen, just like the physical control panel placed on the front (bottom right of the screen). The function menu allows you to modify or select the following parameters: Smart Power (energy-saving mode) HDR, OverDrive (response time adjustment), Color mode (different colorimetric presets depending on the type of display), Scenario Modes, display ratio, and gamma setting.
As “super-ultra-wide” … as efficient!
It is difficult to fully account for the vastness of the display surface of the P44w. The 178 ° field of vision literally gives the impression of being “immersed” in the screen. Beyond its extraordinary dimensions (the equivalent of three screens placed end to end), this screen displays leading performance.
The contrast is impressive, the colors extremely faithful (sRGB 99.5%, BT.709 99.5%, DCI-P3 90%), and the anti-glare treatment(anti-reflection) of the matte panel does wonders (there is really NO reflection, even when the P44w is placed in front of a French window).
The brightness of the slab (up to 450 nits!) Makes it a screen of choice even in the brightest rooms (by LEDs or daylight). Very good point too, the lighting of the screen remains perfectly consistent over the entire display surface: no “dark” areas to deplore, as is still too often the case on many current monitors.
The remanence is almost nonexistent, and the reactivity around 0.7 milliseconds (refresh rate of 144 Hz). Finally, this monitor is compatible with the VESA Certified DisplayHDR ™ 400 standards (dark and bright areas reinforced), but it will, of course, be necessary to have an adequate source to enjoy it.
Also monumental … but for what?
Let’s go straight to the question of the day: do we really need such a large display area? For professionals who are already juggling between several screens (video, computer graphics, scientific calculation), the answer seems almost obvious, especially since the P44w allows all possible configurations:
mirroring of the portable display, multi-windowing (with the screen of the laptop which also manages its own windows), “simple” monitor attached to a desktop PC unit, etc.
But for the others? If we put aside the price argument, only one thing is certain: the gain in comfort is just as monumental as the screen. As part of my article writing work, being able to display the sources at the same time (window to the left of the panel), the editing area (in the center),
Another significant advantage, the giant slab of the P44w is located at eye level, which avoids having to lower the head, even slightly (as is the case with my laptop, unfortunately). In the end, I even skipped multi-windowing with the laptop on, preferring to focus on the single monitor (that’s more than enough).
It is, of course, possible to position the angle of the monitor (from top to bottom) or to rotate it on its foot, with the tip of your finger moreover. With so many advantages in its sleeve, both in terms of performance and ergonomics, it should come as no surprise that the P44w is TÜV Eye Comfort certified (a European standard which means that the panel is suitable for prolonged use without painful effect on the eyes).
If I had to summarize the experience, I would only say that I no longer see myself working on my current laptop and that a Super Ultra-Wide panel is already on the list for my next Black-Friday.
Giant screen, powerful PC
Let’s move on to the only annoying subject: the adapted configuration. Obviously, with such a definition (3840 x 1200 pixels), it would be better to have a rather powerful PC.
To be honest, my Asus Stryx and its GTX 1050 card were already pulling a bit of a face, and we are not talking about the display in “low details” of certain games, which necessarily row to death on a panel of these dimensions (or forget 60 fps, and sometimes even 30 fps).
On the other hand, it is particularly pleased to note that most of the games tested do support the “super ultra-wide” display.
Let us not forget however that the P44w is intended above all for professionals; for gamers, Lenovo has provided another monitor with identical dimensions, the Y44w (240 HZ and 0.4 ms response time).
conclusion: as giant as it is essential
At first glance, super-ultra-wide screens are the whims of geeks or peripherals intended only for certain categories of advanced professionals. In fact, it is a working tool that provides unparalleled comfort, including “basic” office tasks.
Not to spoil anything, the P44w-10 is not content to be “big” and displays top performance, perfs which would also be just as notable in a more “conventional” screen size. The super-ultra-wide screen is ultimately a bit like VR: those who have tested it no longer want to go back.