So I bought a new shiny thing...

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After months of umm-ing and arr-ing on the subject, I finally decided to take the plunge and replace my broken portrait monitor and regular 1080p monitor with a brand new 21:9 ultrawide from LG.



It's a 34 inch, 21:9 monitor. To put that in perspective, it's the same height as a 27 inch 16:9 monitor, but has much more width. The resolution is 2560x1080 - as a result, the PPI is the same as a 27" 16:9 display, just with a lot more width on either side. The main aim of this was to reduce clutter on my desk by having two monitors, while retaining some extra real estate, to provide me with a better immersive gaming experience, and for productivity tasks such as video editing.



My desk is certainly a lot less cluttered.

As for gaming, it's amazing how much more immersive games like Train Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator are with an ultra-wide monitor. Rocket League also benefits massively from the upgrade. A lot of games don't support the resolution, though, for example, Fallout 4, but I use my wall-mounted TV for these games.

As for productivity, the panel is nice to look at and provides all the real estate I need, being an IPS display. It was mentioned to me that the 2560x1080 vs. 3440x1440 might be something I should consider.

While I have no doubt the 1440p version of this monitor will look lovely, I find this monitor to be stunning enough as it is, I have no problems reading text or other details, and for double the price for an identical monitor except for more pixels would have felt like a waste of money for me. Admittedly higher native resolutions reduce the need for AA in games, but I find that games look wonderful with AA turned on, to the point the difference is negligible.

The monitor is aimed at gamers, with several great gaming modes including the ability to reduce the response time very very low, and a lovely black level stabilisation feature, that lets you see detail in very dark games without washing out the picture.



So yeah, very happy with this purchase. For those who've never tried gaming on an ultra-wide, it's certainly something to try.


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I really want to go 21:9 but I refuse to go below 1440p and I can no longer live without variable refresh rate.

So it's going to be a while until I can upgrade my monitor setup though I'm happy with what I have now.


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Very nice.  My current setup is centered around a 30" 2560x1600 display. I love it, though it's quite the power hog and you can feel all that wasted energy radiating out as heat.


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Looks pretty damn nice.


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Superfluous Curmudgeon Very nice.  My current setup is centered around a 30" 2560x1600 display. I love it, though it's quite the power hog and you can feel all that wasted energy radiating out as heat.


Really, monitors are quite power efficient these days, at least those with LED backlights?


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Superfluous Curmudgeon Very nice.  My current setup is centered around a 30" 2560x1600 display. I love it, though it's quite the power hog and you can feel all that wasted energy radiating out as heat.


Really, monitors are quite power efficient these days, at least those with LED backlights?


This one's a bit older. Apple 1083 - still living in the fluorescent backlit days. But in the winter I can't complain. My roommates hate the heater so it can get pretty chilly in the house.


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Been motivated to get a crazy-large display to replace my two monitor setup. 34 inches is a lot bigger than you think  Like, I can't imagine needing two of these.

Jesus. It's like sitting in front of a TV. Except, you know, with reasonable sized pixels.


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I have been considering swapping my massive power hungry beast and maybe a side monitor with either a 4k display or a 4k tv. Apparently they work pretty decently as monitors, though my GU probably would not appreciate it very much. 


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Looks quite nice. Funny how the display sizes of gaming monitors are developing.

I bought a very nice TV last year and should probably ditch my 24 inch Samsung and do some in-home streaming. But I got really used to gaming while sitting on a comfortable large office chair, not sure how well the whole wireless keyboard/mouse on a couch thing would work out for me. Also would need a new GPU for the 4k resolution and currently GPU prices are not so good.


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I've been wanting a 21:9 monitor for a while but having a 1440p 144Hz G-Sync panel has spoiled me.

I refuse to go to a lower resolution so I'd need a 1440p vertical res at minimum. Plus once you've had high refresh going back to 60Hz just doesn't cut it and G-Sync is a game changer and I can't go without that as well.


A 21:9 1440p High refresh G-Sync panel doesn't exist and won't be out till Q2 2018.


Sure you can get a 120Hz one but it's one of those things where I'd have to use it before I'd buy it as they are still very expensive, around $1000.


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MrFancypantsLooks quite nice. Funny how the display sizes of gaming monitors are developing.


I think this is basically as big as main-stream monitors are likely to get. More or less. Like, I've been using computers for a long time and this is the first time I'd be all 'Given the distance I am away from it, there's not a lot of point in having another monitor on the desk now even if I had the space for it.'

There might be a little more height, there might be a tiny little bit more width. But, on a desk, at reasonable sitting distance? It's starting to get into 'Any wider and I'd have to turn my head quite significantly' territory. At which point, given the distance you'd have to turn your head, it's probably less bother to set up whatever you'd have running on it as a second desktop.

Def agree with RadioActiveLobster on and around 1440p. I went with the higher resolution and am glad of it.

Think things are probably gonna hover around this point for a while whilst they get the reject rate down and improve the PPI, (which has scaling problems of its own to address in software.)