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Lenovo Legion Y44W Preview: 3840×1200 144Hz FreeSync UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor

By January 11, 2019 No Comments
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Introduction

In addition to announcing the first 1440p 240Hz gaming monitor, Lenovo revealed an exceptional 43.4″ 3840×1200 144Hz ultrawide curved gaming monitor, the Lenovo Legion Y44W.

Image Quality

Based on a 43.4″ 3840×1200 VA panel (most likely by Samsung), the Lenovo Y44W offers wide 178-degree viewing angles, a static contrast ratio of 3,000:1, a peak brightness of 450-nits, a 4ms response time speed, and dithered 10-bit color depth with 99% sRGB color gamut.

This isn’t the first ultrawide monitor to feature this resolution/aspect ratio at this screen size; the Samsung C43J890 offers the same 3840×1200 32:10 resolution up to 120Hz.

In essence, the particular combination of this screen size and resolution is equivalent to two 24″ 1920×1200 monitors put side by side.

The Lenovo Legion Y44W, however, has a higher refresh rate of 144Hz and it also features AMD FreeSync 2 as well as VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified High Dynamic Range support.

Features

While FreeSync 2 ensures tear-free gameplay for compatible graphics cards, HDR support provides you with a boost in picture quality for HDR-compatible content, though with the entry-level DisplayHDR 400, that boost isn’t all that big, but it’s still somewhat noticeable.

Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes are supported which in addition to the integrated KVM switch allows you to connect two devices to the screen and simultaneously display both sources and control them using just one set of keyboard/mouse.

Design & Connectivity

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Connectivity options of the Lenovo Legion Y44W are abundant, to say the least, and include a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, two USB type C with PD (power delivery) up to 90W, removable Harman Kardon speakers, and a hidden hub (with a press of a button beneath the bottom bezel) with two USB 3.0 ports and a headphones jack.

The stand offers decent ergonomic adjustments including height, tilt, swivel, and VESA mount compatibility.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Lenovo Legion Y44W price amounts to $1,199 while the release date should be sometime in April 2019.

On a related note, Lenovo also announced the Lenovo ThinkVision P44W DisplayHDR 400 ultrawide monitor which is based on the same panel but it’s aimed at professional use. Allegedly, it will also have a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync, but no Harman Kardon speakers. The rest of the specs are identical.

The Lenovo P44W is also scheduled for release in April 2019 with a slightly higher price tag of $1,299 and a longer warranty of 3 years as opposed to the 1-year warranty of the Lenovo Y44W.

Conclusion

While the Lenovo Legion Y44W is somewhat reasonably priced and overall, a unique super-wide gaming monitor that will certainly raise interest in peculiar gamers such as those who mostly play racing games, the Lenovo P44W is quite expensive considering that you can get two 24″ 1080p monitors for less than $300 and get basically the same functionality and screen space for office-related use.

Lenovo Legion Y44W Specifications
Screen Size43.4-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution3840x1200
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio32:10
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync 2 (Unconfirmed: 48Hz-144Hz)
SpeakersHarman Kardon
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB-C
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness450 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

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