Doomscrolling on a super-tall vertical monitor is a breeze.

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Image: Nojima – Keep Twitter and Instagram, which may be depressingly distracting, on a separate screen and away from your job. Social media feeds, with their never-ending stream of negative news, opinions, takedowns, and ego-trips, may be the most successful distraction and procrastination weapon ever invented. In fact, doomscrolling has become such a ubiquitous part of our lives that corporations are even designing computer displays explicitly for the purpose of displaying these disinformational feeds like digital ticker tape.

The ever-changing sizes and designs of computer displays serve as a kind of timeline for the advancement of technology. In order to match the old analogue TVs that everyone had in their living rooms, they began with a 4:3 aspect ratio, but as HDTV gradually became more common, they began to expand to widescreen proportions as well. Because of the increasing popularity of gaming, computer monitors got bigger and curvier to accommodate the broader field of vision required by avid gamers. We couldn’t avoid enlarged smartphone displays anymore, what with social media becoming such an integral part of our daily life.

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However, it seems unlikely that the EK-MD088 will be the last of its sort. A vertical resolution of 420 x 1,920 pixels (slightly lower than that of a high-definition TV) means it should provide sharp images with minimum eye strain, although there may be some jaggies here and there. It is only 8.8 inches in size.

Because the screen is powered by a USB-C connector, it is not need to have its own power outlet. It does not, however, provide visual output over USB-C; instead, a miniHDMI connection is required, which is a bummer since so few people own one. The monitor is as portable as your laptop thanks to an adjustable and folding stand and many brightness settings. Because of the component scarcity, the EK-MD088 is expected to retail for roughly $130 when it is eventually released in February of next year. However, those of us who live outside of Japan may have to pay more if the device has to be imported specifically for our country’s market.