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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?
    Last updated 10.08.2021

    Links

    Master race subreddit
    https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawidemasterrace/

    Game compatibility
    http://www.wsgf.org/

    Recommendation lists
    https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...trawide-gaming
    https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...ures/ultrawide


    Ranked Candidate list

    LG 34GN850
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu0vpIe-dZA
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/34gn850-b
    - https://www.prad.de/testberichte/tes...-bestleistung/
    - 34" 1440p IPS
    - very good colours, contrast not that great
    - above average for IPS glow
    - can exhibit uniformity issues (different white levels at top/bottom compared to center)
    - can have green/red tint on the left/right sides of the panel
    - quality control issues (17% of reviews 3* or fewer)
    - 894.97 // 807.48 at LG with voucher code (MNT15) // 691.37 imported from Germany

    Gigabyte G34WQC
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/gigabyte/g34wqc
    - https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/reviews/gigabyte-g34wqc
    - 34" 1440p VA
    - good and consistent brightness, good typical VA contrast (3000:1)
    - 2 display port and 2 hdmi
    - stand height apparently tops out quite low, so would need to be replaced, needs spacers to fit most vesa mounts
    - 438.95

    MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR
    - https://www.trustedreviews.com/revie...artymis-343cqr
    - 34" 1440p VA
    - 1000R curve, probably too much for me
    - excellent black levels
    - comes with an odd built-in "camera" just to switch monitor profiles
    - 599.00

    LG 38GN950-B
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/38gn950-b
    - https://www.displayninja.com/lg-38gn950-review/
    - https://www.prad.de/testberichte/tes...r-superlative/
    - bigger version of the 34" LG 34GN850
    - 38" 1600p IPS
    - HDR600 (with terrible local dimming)
    - vignetting
    - 1,199.00 // 1068 imported from Germany

    LG 38WN95C-W
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/38wn95c-w
    - https://www.prad.de/testberichte/tes...g-performance/
    - https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/pc-p...38wn95c-review
    - https://www.prad.de/testberichte/tes...g-performance/
    - 38" 1600p IPS
    - "business variant" of the LG 38GN950 (panel points from that apply here)
    - white, odd stand
    - has speakers and thunderbolt
    - does not have overclocking
    - 1,148.99

    ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...ming-vg34vql1b
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spZgxpo03e0
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGtYIsWO6Nw
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgTycQ1IC8Y
    - https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/co...4vql1b_review/
    - https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawidema...l1b_need_help/
    - https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawidema...t_impressions/
    - https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawidema..._reviewsowner/
    - 34" 1440p VA
    - Very high contrast, good brightness
    - more ports than usual
    - 3 year warranty
    - 579.00 // 528.04 imported from Germany

    MSI Optix MPG341CQR
    - https://uk.pcmag.com/monitors/122674...ptix-mpg341cqr
    - https://www.techradar.com/uk/reviews...ptix-mpg341cqr
    - https://www.kitguru.net/peripherals/...onitor-review/
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzGC8EHqXi8
    - 34" 1440p VA
    - model released in 2019
    - hardware unboxed reports 290nits, 2100:1 contrast
    - HDR400 not achievable with any useable settings
    - smearing is controlled well
    - 559.97

    Dell Alienware AW3821DW
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...nware-aw3821dw
    - 38" 1600p IPS
    - edge-lighting cannot be disabled when using HDR
    - 1,299.94, so out of price range

    Dell Alienware AW3420DW
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...nware-aw3420dw
    - 34" 1440p IPS
    - no HDR support
    - poor black uniformity, contrast
    - 900.01, seems very pricey

    AOC CU34G2X
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/aoc/cu34g2x
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z18siG3rrBg
    - 34" 1440p VA
    - very average contrast and brightness, lower than better VA monitors in the list
    - 444.97

    Acer Nitro XV340CK
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...0ck-pbmiipphzx
    - 34" 1440p IPS
    - no curve
    - low brightness at 240 nits, no 10-bit color mode
    - 549.99

    Samsung Odyssey G5 LC34G55T
    - https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...ey-g5-lc34g55t
    - 34" 1440p VA
    - not height-adjustable
    - bad VRR and Freesync implementations
    - NO! NO NO NO!


    2021
    2021 pick was LG 34GN850
    https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/34gn850-b

    2016
    2016 pick was Samsung CF791
    https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie.../c34f791-cf791
    Replaced it because the windows taskbar began burning in, it started bleeding light in one corner and it had a few electronics hiccups
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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.
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    You have really been thorough with the research.
    Which candidates are you down to now?
    Why is it called earth, when it is mostly water???

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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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