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    Ultrawide Wonderthread

    I am thinking about getting a 21:9 monitor of the 1440p variety. Do any of you fine people have experience with those? Anything particular I would need to look out for?

    Edit: Moved something from below here so it is easier to find.

    Might as well dump my "shopping evaluations" here in case someone else is also interested (some of the stuff will be Dutch or German language). Will edit this over time.

    Links
    https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawidemasterrace/
    http://www.wsgf.org/


    Current "best ultrawides":

    Acer Predator X34A
    Notes
    - IPS panel, popular choice
    Reviews
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/acer-predator-x34a-review
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/...edator_x34.htm ("non-A")
    http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-...1317867/review ("non-A")
    https://uk.hardware.info/reviews/691...r-predator-x34 ("non-A")
    https://uk.hardware.info/reviews/691...edator-xr341ck ("non-A color variant")

    AOC AGON AG352UCG
    Notes
    - MVA panel, GSync support
    - Feature page: http://aoc-europe.com/en/products/ag352ucg
    Reviews
    https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-ag352ucg/

    Asus Rog Swift PG348Q
    Notes
    - IPS panel, popular choice
    Reviews
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/...ift_pg348q.htm
    https://uk.hardware.info/reviews/691...g-swift-pg348q
    http://www.prad.de/new/monitore/test...us-pg348q.html

    Dell UltraSharp U3818DW
    - Feature overview: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11653/...rved-3840x1600

    HP Omen X35
    Notes
    - VA panel (Samsung?), GSync support
    - feature page: http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/omen-x...curved-display

    LG 34UC79G-B
    Notes
    - IPS panel
    Reviews
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/lg_34uc79g.htm
    http://www.prad.de/new/monitore/test...tml#Einleitung (in German)

    LG 38UC99-W
    Notes
    - 38 inch and full UHD width
    - IPS panel
    - mediocre contrast
    Reviews
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/lg_38uc99.htm
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/monitor...38uc99-review/
    https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/201...38uc99-review/

    Samsung CF791
    Notes
    - VA panel
    - Large curvature (1500R where lower means "more curve")
    - "flicker issue" with Freesync?: https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawidema...ckering_issue/
    - I have this monitor
    Reviews
    - http://www.digitaltrends.com/monitor...-cf791-review/
    - http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/pc-mo...gaming-monitor
    - https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/samsung-c34f791/

    DO NOT BUY LIST
    AOC u3477Pqu (old model from 2015)
    Dell U3415W (old model)
    Dell U3417W (poor contrast, low brightness)
    HP Envy 34c (not height-adjustable)
    LG 34UC97-S (image quality lacking, 2014 model)
    LG 34UM95-P (not height-adjustable, 2014 model)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    I am thinking about getting a 21:9 monitor of the 1440p variety. Do any of you fine people have experience with those? Anything particular I would need to look out for?
    I got the Acer Predator X34A.
    This screen is EPIC! The curve seems very slack, but gives perfect image angle.
    If you are going for this screen, make sure its a X34A and not a X34. The first model has corner bleeds
    and not as good refresh rate. The X34A can also pivot and swivel.

    Don't know what size you are going for, but my 34" is MASSIVE!
    Not just the huge physical size of the screen, but the foot is also of gargantuan scale.
    All games I have tried sofar, supports the 21:9 format.
    But for streaming, you will get black bars on the size. YouTube doesn't support 21:9 (or I have not found any content yet).
    Movies and TV shows, also come in puny 16:9


    1) Asus 34" LED G-Sync Rog Swift PG348Q
    Pro: Everything
    Con: Price and Foot (It is insane), some corner bleeding.

    2) Acer 34" Predator Curved LED G-Sync X34A
    Pro: No bleed, it is amazing.
    Con: Price, menus on screen is ass (but its a one time only nightmare)
    Not guaranteed to get 100mhz refresh rate.


    For gaming, those two are the only serious contestants.

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    Thanks, I am indeed looking for something 34" or so. I'll add the Acer monitor to my list.

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    TBH, if you don't have a corner desk. 34" might borderline on too big, as I learned.
    Starting to get used to it. It's like sitting on the first rows at the cinema.

    The Asus is a safe and sensible bet.
    Quality guaranteed, but the foot is annoying.

    Acer has superior design, I even like the light under the screen.
    I believe on the asus its at the bottom of the foot. (Acer also comes fully assembled so the box is enormous)

    In the end, I did a coinflip between the two screens.

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    Thank you for the warning. I have a "standard office" sized desk at home which I only use for the computer, so that should be fine for the type of display. I might at some point ask you to measure something if I indeed get the Acer display.

    I know what you mean with "first rows at the cinema" - that is why I would like a display of this type.

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    Edit: Moved my "shopping list" to the top post to make it easier to find.
    Last edited by GeromeDoutrande; April 7 2017 at 09:22:58 AM.

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    You have really been thorough with the research.
    Which candidates are you down to now?

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    Not sure yet, I am just getting started. Plus I am not at all in a rush so I might wait for a bit for model refreshes or the like. I'll probably ditch the flat/"non-curved" models from my list as well though. I'll have to find a store to look at some of these things I think.

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    I'm partial to Dell monitors. They're pretty solid

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    https://pcmonitors.info/samsung/sams...dot-backlight/

    34", 100Hz, Freesync, VA panel, Quantum Dot backlight. Should be the best 34" by a good margin when it arrives next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolin View Post
    I'm partial to Dell monitors. They're pretty solid
    I've had the U3415W for close to 2 years now. Still love it, but if I were to purchase today I'd look at the g-sync/freesync and >60Hz options. I have some decent corner backlight bleed but I really only notice if I'm watching a movie, which is a very rare occurrence on my desktop.

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    I think this might happen in the not too distant future. A NVidia 1070 or equivalent should be sufficient for this type of resolution for "good but not necessarily everything maxed out", right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombcrater View Post
    Quantum Dot backlight.
    Please don't teach me what to do with my pc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    I think this might happen in the not too distant future. A NVidia 1070 or equivalent should be sufficient for this type of resolution for "good but not necessarily everything maxed out", right?
    I'd wait another 2 months or so. AMDs VEGA is supposed to come out Q1 2017 and might drop prices a bit. Or it might be competitive and allow you to go with a freesync monitor instead of the more expensive g-sync.

    Of course there's always the next thing coming out, but spending ~1k moneys on something as long-lived as a monitor+GPU 2 months before a generational jump and maybe, finally, the return of competition seems excessive.
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    Sounds good to me, I am in no particular rush. Thank you for the heads-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    I'm also waiting to see what pops up over the next couple of months, still too early though.
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    Are you waiting for any specific features or for lower prices (or both obviously)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    Are you waiting for any specific features or for lower prices (or both obviously)?
    Just that they'll be a bit better in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakshasa The Cat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    Are you waiting for any specific features or for lower prices (or both obviously)?
    Just that they'll be a bit better in general.
    The screens from Acer and Asus are insanely good.

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