This ultra-wide 4K monitor gives your computer a ZenBook Pro Duo-like editing experience

Feb 8, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This ultra-wide 4K monitor gives your computer a ZenBook Pro Duo-like editing experience

Feb 8, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, this is pretty cool, if a little expensive. Lukos is an ultra-wide HDMI IPS display offering 100% sRGB and 3840×1100 resolution for a whopping 32:9 widescreen view, advertised as an “advanced monitor for entertainment and productivity”. The size and aspect ratio of it is very reminiscent of the “Duo” laptops from ASUS that kicked off with the ZenBook Pro Duo a couple of years ago.

And it looks like it should provide a similar level of functionality, too, acting as an extra super widescreen monitor onto which you can place all kinds of small apps to keep them handy but out of the way. Or, drag your Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects panels on there to free up screen space on your main monitor.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lukos/lukos-a-portable-32-9-ultrawide-4k-monitor

Lukos launched on Kickstarter, although the campaign is now over. So you can’t get one there anymore. That’s not a big deal, though, because you can still pre-order one on Indiegogo for the *giggle* bargain price of only $419 (which isn’t much more than it was selling for on Kickstarter). And, yes, that’s a discounted pre-order price. 32% off. That makes the full retail price when it goes on general sale a somewhat nutty $619.

Yeah, I get it, it’s a cool new 4K 32:9 in a 14″ screen, but $619 is still pretty ridiculous for what it really is – especially when there are other options on the market for as little as $150-200 – depending on whether or not you want a touchscreen interface (which Lukos isn’t).

To its credit, though, Lukos does seem to have a lot more connectivity options than the cheap AliExpress alternatives. It features DisplayPort 1.2, a pair of DisplayPort 1.4, a pair of HDMI 2.0B and an HDMI 1.4 socket, as well as Type-C (presumably for DP Alt Mode) and they say you can connect up to four devices simultaneously, too.

At only 300 nits, it’s not super bright and it only has a refresh rate of 60Hz, so you’re not going to be doing any super fast 150fps gaming with this thing, but for general productivity for photography and video workflows, it could potentially be an extremely valuable asset – as has been proven by the aforementioned ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo.

It is very cool, and I could see something like this easily working its way into my setup here, sitting underneath one of my 27″ 4K displays  (each of which cost me less than Lukos demands) to keep my news feeds, calendar and other things out of the way but still easily accessible, not to mention being able to drag parts of Photoshop or other applications out of the way on my main display.

It’s a fantastic idea, and it was a fantastic idea when ASUS started to build what is essentially the same thing into their laptops, but at $619 retail or even the $419 discounted pre-order price. Hopefully, other companies will jump on these relatively soon and drive those prices down a bit. For now, I think I’d rather go the AliExpress route.

If you want one, though, or want to find out more information, head on over to Indiegogo. Shipping is expected to begin in May 2022.

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12 responses to “This ultra-wide 4K monitor gives your computer a ZenBook Pro Duo-like editing experience”

  1. aobme Avatar
    aobme

    I have a 2021 ZenBook Pro Duo. The second screen is great, I use it all the time because it’s there as part of the laptop. It makes sense to fit the laptop packaging. I Would never plug it in as an external. This makes no sense to me, for less than a third the cost you can get more pixels out of a usb c monitor. In fact i carry a 12″ 2k external for when needed.

    Is this thing even touch screen? That’s a large part of what makes the Asus so great to use.

  2. Doug Birling Avatar
    Doug Birling

    Why are the ports on the top, that looks so strange to have cables hanging off there?

  3. Beatnutz Avatar
    Beatnutz

    1100px in height???? Yeah, let’s not call it 4K all right? 2160p is 4K.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      4K relates to the width. Which is what it is. Nobody said it’s 2160p, which is technically a different thing. :)

      1. Mauricio Sessue Otta Avatar
        Mauricio Sessue Otta

        4k would have to have at least 4000 pixels…. not 3840, though

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          4K UHD is 3840 x 2160, though and it’s still called “4K”, so try again. :)

          1. Mauricio Sessue Otta Avatar
            Mauricio Sessue Otta

            3840 is not 4000 pixels… Try learning to compare numbers again?
            So called 2k monitors are 2560…
            4k doesn’t even get to the 4000s

            I’m only pointing out width like you did

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            So, you’re saying that every TV, monitor and camera manufacturer that produces equipment capable of 3840×2160 and advertising it as “4K” is lying?

          3. Mauricio Sessue Otta Avatar
            Mauricio Sessue Otta

            Are you saying they’re not?

          4. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            I can’t tell if you’re just a troll or what, but if you really want to rage out over nothing, go look at advertised hard drive capacities :)

          5. Mauricio Sessue Otta Avatar
            Mauricio Sessue Otta

            I’m not raging… I’m just pointing out that if 4k refers to width…. then it should be at least that… 4000 pixels… :)
            the other thing is 43″ class TVs…. they’s not 43 inches
            with hard drive capabilities at least they have decimal and octal to, at least, be technically correct.
            with 4k is just a steal…. if I’d had to pay $4k as rent, no one would take $3840

            but again, not trying to get rage out of you…. just slowly trying to raise awareness

  4. Ronin_84 Avatar
    Ronin_84

    It’s on Kickstarter? Forget it! I’m not sure about Kickstarter, but indiegogo is full of scams. You’re gambling on getting your product or getting a product that works as described.