If you are looking to replace an old monitor or just want an upgrade, you will probably want to check out our list with best ultrawide monitors 2017. We have included a wide variety of products with high-end specifications, which we hope will facilitate your choice.
The ultra-wide or sometimes called super-wide monitors have a screen with an aspect ratio 21:9 (2.33:1). It looks considerably wider comparing to the more common 16:9 (1.78:1) screen. But if this is the first time you see a monitor that wide, the dimensions of it might look a bit unnatural.
However, this might not be necessarily true for everyone since, some of you have probably noticed that the 21:9 or 2.33:1 is very close to the current widescreen cinema standard, which is 2.39:1. This means that watching a new movie created for a 2.39:1 on an ultra-wide screen will look neater, comparing to watching the same movie on a regular screen. This is because you will escape the effect of the two bottom and top black bars. With this said, we will now take a closer look at the groups of users, who are much likely to benefit from the super wide-screen monitors. And this is the point, where you should ask yourself do you really need an ultra-wide monitor.
Professionals. If you value your productivity and you earn money with your computer then an ultra-wide monitor will be very appropriate for you. The extra horizontal space will replace the need for a second 16:9 screen. Also, in this case, the annoying bezels between the monitors will not bother you anymore. With the 34 inches 21:9 and all that extra screen real-estate you could easily use three programs side by side. Regardless of whether you are a programmer and you need your IDE on one side and your references on the other, or you are a photo or a video editor who just needs extra space, the ultra-wide screens give you that additional room, providing you with a nice and comfortable layout for your programs.
Gamers. The most important and coolest thing about playing games on an ultra-wide monitor is that you actually see more horizontally comparing to the 16 to 9 monitors. This is a real life saver especially when it comes to RPG, FPS and basically all action games. Nonetheless, gamers would need to think of a few additional issues, which may arise. First of all, if you are looking to upgrade to the highest resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, you should back your plan with a decent GPU power to push all that extra pixels. The difference comparing to the 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution will be an extra 2.88 million pixels that need to be considered. Another thing to keep in mind is the particular games you will be playing and whether it will support ultra-wide resolutions or not. Even though the majority of games now support ultra-wide screens, there still might be a problem with the scaling for your favorite game. So don’t forget to check beforehand and make your own research. Here is a list of some popular games that back 21 to 9 resolutions: Battlefield, League of Legends, Rocket League, Titanfall 2, Half-Life 2, Stardew Valley, Star Citizen, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Alien Isolation, Euro Truck Simulator2, Dishonored, GTA 5, Doom, The Witness, Dirt Rally, The Division, Skyrim and many more.
Casual Users. For casual computer users, probably 21 to 9 monitor is not going to be very practical, except if you don’t want your Facebook and YouTube windows opened simultaneously at both ends of the screen. Something else to consider is the movies you will be watching. Even though most of the new Blu-ray movie titles today use 2.39 to 1, there are plenty of other formats to think about. Watching TV shows, TV programs, even video clips recorded with your own cameras would need some scaling since they will most likely be using the international HDTV standard – 16:9. This will leave you with two big black bars of unused screen space on both sides. So, in this case, it’s definitely not worth it to buy an ultra-wide display.
With all that said, let’s now take a look at our selected ultra-wide monitors.
|Samsung CF791||34"||Curved VA||3440x1440||4ms (GTG)|
|Acer XR342CK bmijpphz||34"||Curved IPS||3440x1440||5ms (GTG)|
|LG 34UM88-P||34"||IPS||3440x1440||5ms (GTG)|
|LG 34UC98-W||34"||Curved IPS||3440x1440||5ms (GTG)|
|Dell UltraSharp U3417W||34"||Curved IPS||3440x1440||5ms (GTG)|
|LG 34UM68-P||34"||IPS||2560x1080||5ms (GTG)|
|AOC C3583FQ||35"||Curved MVA||2560x1080||4ms (GTG)|
#1 Samsung CF791 – Quantum Dot 34-inch Curved UltraWide Monitor
Looking for a monitor might be very annoying, especially if you are not sure what you are going to use your monitor for. We often see two types of monitors – those good for gaming with high refresh rates and fast response time or monitors good for professionals with sharp and accurate colors. Well, what if you are a photographer, who likes to play high demanding games in his spare time? The Samsung’s latest super-wide monitor answers all of your questions. With its ultra-wide 21:9 34” curved VA display, using quantum dot technology, the Samsung CF791 delivers amazing images and immaculate gaming experience.
Design and Ergonomics Samsung CF791
Before we go to the actual specifications of the CF791 we see that it features an elegant and clean design. The rear housing of the monitor is white, while at the front, the bezels and the stand are gray. The stand itself lets you tilt and adjust the height of the monitor within 10cm (3.9 in), but it doesn’t let you swivel it. If you want to wall mount the monitor you will have to use the adaptor, which you will find inside the box together with the CF791, and it will give you a VESA mount standard.
The control of the On-Screen Display is situated on the rear of the monitor and it is a little JOG button that can be used to move up, down, left, right or as an Enter key. The LED power status is located on the right bottom corner on the front of the monitor and it indicates the On/Off status and the Power saving mode.
Without its stand, the weight of the CF791 is just around 6.1kg (13.4lb).
Technical Specifications Samsung CF791
One of the things that make the Samsung CF791 so special is its extra curved display. While most of the curved monitors today features displays with a radius of their curve either 3800R or 1900R, from Samsung has decided to go even further with a deeper 1500R screen. With that, you can expect even more immersive experience while gaming or watching movies.
The display of the Samsung CF791 is a 34” curved ultra-wide with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels. The pixel density is 110ppi and the distance between the center of two pixels, also known as pixel pitch, is 0.07725mm horizontally and 0.23175mm vertically. The aspect ratio is 21:9, which is typical for an ultra-wide display and the viewing angles are 178°, both horizontally and vertically. The screen itself has an anti-glare matte coating with 2H hardness, which allows you to see live colors, while at the same time maintaining some anti-reflective abilities.
In fact, what really sets this ultra-wide monitor apart is the collaboration between the VA (Vertical Alignment) gamer-friendly panel and the quantum dot technology. Thanks to the VA we have a monitor with a response time of just 4ms (GTG) and a refresh rate of 100Hz. (You can enjoy 100Hz refresh rate both on the DisplayPort and on the HDMI 2.0 port) And what the quantum dot technology does is to give the CF791 more color coverage, higher contrast, sharp colors and images brighter even the best IPS models today.
The display uses 8-bit color processing and has an sRGB coverage of 125% and an NTSC coverage of 88%, which is absolutely incredible, comparing with the other high-end displays at the market. The brightness of the CF791 could go up to 300cd/m2 and is more than enough for working both in light or dark places. Thanks to the quantum dot technology the monitor also features a static contrast ratio of 3 000:1.
The usual issues related to the ultra-wide IPS monitors are not affecting the CF791. We observe neither light bleeding at the corners of the screen nor any hotspots like many other ultra-wide monitors today. The colors are rich and sharp without any color mixing.
Since the Samsung CF791 is also a gaming monitor, you can expect that it will support the AMD’s FreeSync technology. The technology that allows dynamically synchronization of the monitor’s refresh rate to the FPS pushed from your AMD graphic card. The result is a reduction of the input lag and image tearing during gaming or video playback.
The Samsung also features some interesting options in its menu, which are worth mentioning. The Eye Saver Mode as the name suggests is intended to reduce and filter the blue light of the screen, thus providing picture suitable for eye relaxation. The monitor also has the TÜV Rheinland “Low Blue Light Content” certificate. Another extra is the Game Mode, which is suitable when playing games not only through your PC but also when you have a console like PS or Xbox connected. The monitor also features Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture Mode (PIP/PBP Mode), allowing you to display two sources either side by side or one in the main screen and the other in an inset window.
With the CF791 you will get a USB Hub with 2 x USB 3.0 (downstream) ports and 1 x USB 3.0 (upstream) port. Having a USB Hub means that you can add few ports to your PC and you can use the monitor to connect your mouse and/or keyboard. The list with the ports also includes 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 and 1 x 3.5mm Audio Out port.
As regards the audio power, the monitor has two built-in speakers 7 W (Watts) each, which is always fantastic to have, considering that most of the space on your desk will be dedicated to that extra room, the ultra-wide monitors required.
Final Thoughts: There are not many negatives you can say about the Samsung. The CF791 is really a monitor suitable for everyone. The high refresh rate, the fast response time and the stunning image quality would satisfy even the most fastidious buyers. Furthermore, buying this product will not cost you a lot more, its price is fairly reasonable taking into account the high specifications the CF791 accommodates.
- Good Value for Money
- Extra Deep Screen
- High Refresh Rate
- Low Response Time
- No Ability to Swivel
#2 Acer XR342CK bmijpphz – Review
The XR342CK is a modern masterpiece which has inherited the futuristic design of the Acer brand. The monitor is a 21:9 34-inch ultra-wide monster with the capability of producing images with a great quality and accuracy of the colors, thanks to its curved AH-IPS panel. It can support a maximum resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and is a good choice for hard-core gamers, because of its 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology.
Design and Ergonomics Acer XR342CK
Right at the beginning, the Acer XR342CK bmijpphz will grab your attention with its innovative forms. The design is very luxury and is really made to impress. A considerable contribution to the overall style comes from the elegant aluminum stand. It lets you swivel the display 30° left or right, as well as tilt it forward 5° or backward up to 35°. The stand also allows you to adjust the height of the monitor within 13cm (5.1 in). The Acer also supports the VESA mount interface, which will allow the monitor to use a standard wall mount. At the bottom, an interesting decision of the designers is the ambient lighting that could be set to different colors. The backplate has a matte black finish that will keep off the dust. On the front, the screen has an anti-glare matte coating with 3H hardness. The screen also features very thin bezels, approximately 11 mm on the sides. The OSD control is situated on the right-hand side on the back of the display and consists of 4 physical normal buttons and one joystick like. Equipped with all that, it comes as a surprise that the XR342CK weighs just about 6.5kg, without its stand, which in pounds is about 14.3.
Technical Specifications Acer XR342CK
The monitor uses Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching technology that allows you to see clear and vivid pictures from any angle (172° horizontally and 178° vertically). The panel used for the Acer is also manufactured by LG. This model of Acer also features a display with a steeper curve (1900R) than its predecessor, providing you with a better immersive experience, especially when gaming.
You can use your monitor with your highest resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels at a refresh rate of 75Hz. However, this frequency would be allowed with the DisplayPort only. If you want to use your HDMI port for the highest resolution you will have to settle with a refresh rate of 30Hz, so you might want to use the DP port instead. The response time of the XR342CK is 5ms (GTG), which is the typical minimum for this type of panels today.
This IPS display is also capable of producing 1.07 billion colors, offering 10 bit (8 bits + FRC) color depth and 100% sRGB coverage. It has 300 cd/m2 brightness and a static and dynamic contrast ratio of respectively 1 000:1 and 100 000 000:1. The horizontal and vertical pixel pitch is said to be 0.233mm.
If you decide to buy the Acer XR342CK you will get a decent variety of ports. The monitor comes with HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4 (MHL 2.1), DisplayPort In and Out (capable of daisy-chaining), Mini DisplayPort, USB Hub with 5 x USB 3.0 port, supporting a fast charge and a 3.5 mm Audio Out port.
The most valuable technologies the monitor uses are the Flicker-less the VESA Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync certified). The former is used to reduce the flickering of the screen that can cause eye strain. The FreeSync (default range for this monitor: 48Hz – 75Hz) on the other hand is used to dynamically synchronize the refresh rate of the monitor with your graphic card, thus reducing the screen tearing and the input lag, while gaming. The OSD allows you to use PBP (Picture-by-Picture) and PIP (Picture-in-Picture) functions, as well as to switch the monitor to Game mode.
The Acer also comes with 2 x 7 W DTS sound speakers.
Final Thoughts: The XR342CK bmijpphz is a modern ultra-wide, high-end monitor. With its Adaptive-Sync technology and fast responsive and accurate (color-wise) AH-IPS panel, it is very suitable for everyone especially gamers, who values color accuracy.
- FreeSync Technology
- Amazing Design
- No thunderbolt port
#3 LG 34UM88-P – Best 34-inch Flat Screen UltraWide Monitor
The LG 34UM88 (or LG 34UM88-P) stands out from the rest of the list because it is one of the few monitors currently on the market that has an AH-IPS flat ultra-wide 21:9 screen, which features a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels. Most of the other displays today feature a curved screen, but not the 34UM88. This actually makes the monitor a godsend for every artist or graphic designer, who is not a fan of the curved displays and shows that the manufacturer still cares about such users.
Design and Ergonomics LG 34UM88-P
The design of the LG 34UM88 is not what will make you buy it, but it is definitely a reminder that this is actually an LG product. The rear housing of the monitor and the bezels has the typical for LG shiny black color. Right in the middle at the bottom bezel you will find the LG logo and bellow the logo, LG has placed their interesting OSD control button. A single joystick is used to operate with the OSD (On-Screen Display), as well as to turn the monitor off/on. Near the joystick is displayed the LED indicator of the monitor’s state.
The stand is also black and consists of two separate parts, which are attached to the monitor through 4 VESA screws. The stand does not allow the monitor to swivel or pivot, but you can still adjust the height within 12cm (4.7 in) and you can also tilt the monitor 5° forward and 20° backward. On the back of the stand’s arm, LG has given you the opportunity to attach a cable holder, which you will find in the box of the monitor. Knowing the number of the ports on the LG 34UM88, this, in my opinion, will be very convenient for organizing your cables. If you wish to mount your monitor on the wall, this model has this capability.
The weight of the LG 34UM88 without the stand is 6.3 kg (13.9lb) and the stand itself is 2.1 kg (4.6lb).
The display has an anti-glare matte coating with 3H hardness, which will allow you to see vivid colors, while at the same time will prevent the reflection of light from the screen surface. The percentage of the active part of the screen to the front area is approximately 85%.
Technical Specifications LG 34UM88-P
As we said, the monitor features an ultra-wide display, which has an aspect ratio of 21:9. Its native resolution is 3440 x 1440 pixels and is said to have a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz. The AH-IPS panel is lit by W-LED to provide sRGB coverage of over 99%. The brightness is approximately 300 cd/m2. The static contrast ratio is 1 000:1 and the dynamic 5 000 000:1. Due to the IPS panel, the colors are consistent even if you stand at 178° to the front of the screen. The exact viewing angle mentioned by LG is 178° horizontally and vertically. This display also operates with 10-bit color processing (8 bits + FRC) and provides 1.07 billion colors. The density of the pixels are 109 ppi and the pixel pitch is 0.2325 mm horizontally and vertically. The LG 34UM88 has a fast response time of 5ms (GTG), which is fairly good considering the IPS nature of the screen and the high 3440 x 1440 resolution.
The OSD provides a long list with interesting features. One of them, which is in favor to the gamers, is the AMD’s FreeSync technology that is supported only when the input signal comes from the DisplayPort. The feature will reduce the tearing and stuttering while gaming. The LG has developed also a Game Mode for their most enthusiastic users. Another interesting option is the Screen Split version 2.0. It will allow you to choose the layout for your windows across 14 different options. You have also the possibility to use the Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture mode. The list of special features includes also Black Stabilizer, Flicker Safe, Reader Mode and more.
Another thing that makes this monitor so special is the ports. The LG 34UM88 has loads of them. You will find 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0 and 3 x USB 3.0 (2 x downstream supporting fast charge, 1 x upstream). The Thunderbolt ports support data exchange with a fast rate of 20 Gb/s and are a convenient way to connect your Apple devices. The monitor also has the standard 1 x 3.5 mm Audio Out port.
On the 34UM88 you will find 2 x 7 W (Watts) MaxxAudio speakers.
Final Thoughts: It is a great monitor that has a 1-year warranty. It will fit the needs of everyone, especially of the photo/video editors or other professionals, who needs authentic colors and straight lines on their screen. It also has plenty ports allowing you to connect many devices simultaneously. If you are not looking for a curve monitor the LG 34UM88 is a very reasonable choice that will most likely save you a few dollars.
- Good Value for Money
- FreeSync Technology
- Game Mode
- Variety of Ports
- No Ability to Swivel
#4 LG 34UC98-W – Review
The LG 34UC98-W is the best monitor you can currently buy with the LG logo on it. It is the LG’s newest high-end monitor and as you may guess it features a curved ultra-wide display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. It also features an AH-IPS panel with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz.
Design and Ergonomics LG 34UC98-W
Even though the white color is not so common, LG has managed to build a monitor with an awesome design. A prove for that is the Red Dot Award the monitor has. The rear housing has very nice smooth curves and is attached to the stand without any bolts or screws (One-Click Easy Assemble). The stand itself is made of two parts, an aluminum curved base, and an elegant stand body. The monitor features also the VESA standard that allows you to use VESA compatible wall mounts or other stands if you wish. With the original stand, however, the LG 34UC98 can adjust its height within 11cm (4.3 in) and can be tilted forward and backward from -5° to 15°. On the bottom of the stand, you can find a simple clip that will help you manage and hide all the cable coming from the monitor.
On the front, the screen is covered with an anti-glare matte coating with 3H hardness. This coating is very popular today because it allows the users to see great live and vivid colors, while at the same time it accommodates very good anti-reflective properties. The active area of the screen to the total front surface of the monitor is approximately 91%, which means that you will get a monitor with extremely thin bezels. The curve of the LG 34UC98 is the steeper 1900R and will definitely give you a nice gaming experience. However, for video or photo editing, some of you might find that extra curve a bit frustrating, because of the distorted geometry of the images.
Right below the bottom bezel is the OSD control button. It is easy to use a joystick-like button with an LED that indicates the current state of the monitor. It is very intuitive and it allows you to adjust various function and change the configurations of the screen.
It is nice to know that this model of LG, despite the 34” display, weighs just 6.3 kg (13.7lb) without its stand and 7.8 kg (12.2lb) with it.
Technical Specifications LG 34UC98-W
Let’s now take a close look at the technical specification of the screen. As we said, the LG 34UC98-W has an ultra-wide 21:9 display with a modern AH-IPS panel. It can support a maximum resolution of 3440 x 1440 at a refresh rate of 60Hz. The monitor operates with a 10-bit color processing (8 bits + A-FRC) and can cover 99% of the sRGB spectrum. This means that what you are viewing on the screen is almost the same what you are printing, which is a big concern for artist and photographers. The monitor can represent up to 1.07 billion colors and has a pixel pitch of 0.2325mm x 0.2325mm.
The LG 34UC98-W features Flicker-Safe W-LED backlight technology with a maximum luminance 300cd/m2. The static contrast ratio of the screen is 1 000:1 and the dynamic – 5 000 000:1.
Because of its AH-IPS panel, you will get to see what is on the monitor from practically any angle. The LG has 178° horizontal and 178° vertical viewing angles. This means that if you are doing business or just presenting something on your screen, the people around you will definitely see everything on the monitor.
Today the IPS monitors are being accused of causing a background bleed and people are complaining about it very often, even with the new modern monitors on the market. However, the LG 34UM98-W has reduced this back bleed and the annoying hotspots on the screen to an absolute minimum. This makes it very nice for watching movies in dark rooms since the monitor has almost equal backlight at every area of the screen.
As regards speed, the monitor supports a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz and a response time of 5ms GTG. It, however, uses the AMD’s FreeSync technology that works only with the DisplayPort of your monitor and has a limited range of 55Hz to 75Hz. This means that the FreeSync is overclocking the monitor to eliminate image tear, thus delivering a smoother gameplay.
Another feature in favor to the gamers is the Game Mode. The monitor provides two FPS modes and an RTS, as well as two Custom modes, allowing you to customize the screen settings as you like in order to suit better your favorite game.
With the LG you will get loads of interesting features like for example the Screen Split version 2.0. It will allow you to resize the display and use multiple windows simultaneously. You have also the possibility to use the Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture mode. Other interesting features that come with this monitor: Black Stabilizer, Reader Mode, Response Time Control, Flicker Safe and more.
The input/output of the LG 34UC98-W includes 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0 (2 x downstream supporting fast charge, 1 x upstream) and 1 x 3.5 mm Audio Out. The Thunderbolt ports allow you to move data between compatible devices with a speed of up to 20 Gb/s. They are also a convenient way to connect your Apple devices to the 34UC98 ultrawide monitor.
This monitor also comes with 2 x 7 W (Watts) MaxxAudio built-in speaker, which deliver very pleasant and clear sound.
Final Thoughts: If you are an editor you will probably want to use a monitor with a curve ratio of 1900R or a flat one. And if you are a hard-core gamer you will definitely need a monitor that supports FreeSync in much wider range. However, this monitor delivers a perfect picture quality with its WQHD resolution and 34-inch display and it will be very suitable for people looking to play less demanding games or just want to fully enjoy the immersive viewing experience of the ultra-wide curved screen of the LG 34UM98-W. You will also find that this monitor currently has a special promo offer.
- FreeSync Technology
- Game Mode
- Variety of Ports
- No Ability to Swivel
#5 Dell UltraSharp U3417W – Review
Looking at the Dell UltraSharp U3417W, we see that it has the elegant and neat design, which is specific for the modern Dell monitors. It features a 34-inch curved ultra-wide display that supports a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 on its modern AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) panel.
Design and Ergonomics Dell UltraSharp U3417W
The Dell U3417W comes with a solid, adjustable square-shaped stand, which is very easy to set. It lets you tilt the display (5° forward – 21° backward), swivel it (30° left – right) or raise it up and down within 11.5cm (4.5 in). If you wish to remove it, you will find the button bellow the attachment point. This way you can access the VESA mount interface in case you wish to use a different stand or a wall mount. The stand has also a slot, which allows you to organize your cables by placing them through it. The dark gray stand contrasts to the matte black body of the monitor, which by the way is made from eco-friendly materials if this is of any interest to you. The screen itself is about 90% of the total front area and has a very light anti-glare matte coating with 3H hardness. This allows it to preserve a good accuracy on the colors whilst maintaining good anti-reflective properties. Without the stand, the monitor’s total weight is 7.7 kg (17lb). Another thing from the design of the monitor that is worth mentioning is the so-called bezel-less design. The UltraSharp U3417W features very thin bezels, which makes the cinematic experience way better. Under the bottom one, you can find the OSD (On Screen Display) control and the power buttons, as well as the Dell logo.
The panel of the monitor is manufactured by LG, which are the total dominators in the market of the ultra-wide monitors. It has an aspect ratio 21:9 and is with native resolution 3440 x 1440 at 60Hz. But in order to enjoy the highest performance of your monitor your graphic card needs to support HDMI 2.0. As regards the response time, Dell lets you choose, between two modes. In Normal Mode, the monitor has 8ms (GTG) response time and in FAST Mode the response time is just 5ms (GTG). This means that the maximum response time of the monitor will be 8ms, which comparing to the maximum response time of the other monitors is quite good.
The viewing angles are 178°/178° (horizontal/vertical), in the calculation of which is probably taken into account the curve of the monitor. It really makes a good impression that Dell have tried to be rather realistic in their specifications, than misleading.
Technical Specifications Dell UltraSharp U3417W
The panel curve is steeper than its predecessor, this one has a radius of 1900mm (1900R). It is lit by the W-LED technology and has 1.074 billion colors with 99% sRGB coverage. It has 10-bit color depth (8 bits + FRC). The brightness of the U3417W is 300 cd/m2, the static contrast is 1 000:1 and the dynamic 5 000 000:1. The distance between the centers of two adjacent pixels or the pixel pitch is 0.233 mm and the pixel density of the screen is 109 ppi.
In terms of connectivity, the Dell UltraSharp U3417W comes with a very good amount of ports. You will find on the back of the monitor 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x MHL for your smartphone and tablet. It also has 1 x 3.55 m Audio Out port, 1 x Mini DisplayPort, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x DisplayPort out (MST), which allows you to chain monitors together (Daisy Chain) using only one connection between every two monitors. In addition to that, the U3417W has its own built-in USB 3.0 Hi-Speed Hub. It consists of 4 x USB 3.0 ports downstream and 2 x USB 3.0 ports upstream. You can use the hub to connect a keyboard and a mouse to your computer or just to charge your devices. In some situations, you can even share the peripheral devices with two PCs.
The menu provides a lot of basic and advanced adjustments and features. You can select among the different inputs and organize the display with the PBP (Picture-by-Picture) and PIP (Picture-in-Picture) features. You also have the function to change the aspect ratio from 21:9 to 16:9, without having to restart anything. The monitor also has a flicker-free technology and a ComfrotView, which reduce the blue light emissions.
The Dell U3417W comes also with two 9 Watts speakers. This gives him a total of 18 Watts sound power, which makes it the loudest monitor of our Top 7.
Final Thoughts: As regards the price, the monitor is somewhere in the middle amongst the high-end products. At the same time, it provides a variety of advanced features and characteristics that do not step back even to the most expensive monitors in the class. However, the lower values of the refresh rate make this monitor definitely not suitable for gamers. But people looking for an accurate color representation and those who just want to immerse in the cinematic experience are the ones who are most likely to benefit from this monitor.
- Stable response time
- Powerful sound
- Variety of Ports
- No Thunderbolt port
#6 LG 34UM68-P – Best Budget 34-inch UltraWide Monitor
The LG 34UM68-P is the most affordable 34” monitor on the market today. With a price currently below 400$, it is the easiest way to get your hands on an ultra-wide monitor. As the other products in our list, the 34UM68-P has an aspect ratio of 21:9 and features a flat AH-IPS panel. It also has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels, which is not so desirable for a display with that much screen real estate and is definitely going to be a deal-breaker for some people. Nevertheless, if you need a monitor to play some not so demanding games or just want to watch movies and enjoy that extra screen, the LG will be an absolute godsend for you.
Design and Ergonomics LG 34UM68-P
The design of the LG 34UM68-P is very similar to the other new monitors from the brand. The rear housing of the display together with the bezels are made from a glossy black plastic and are a real fingerprint magnets. What is nice about the bezels, however, is that they are very thin and will not intrude your cinematic experience.
The stand of the monitor is curved and it consists of two parts – a body and a base. The body is attached to the monitor through 4 screws, which you will find in the box. As regards the base we can say that it is very elegant with its ArcLine design and black matte color. The stand is also height and tilt adjustable. You can raise or lower the monitor within 12cm (4.7in) and you can tilt it forward and backward respectively from -5° to 22°. Another nice feature on the stand is the clip on the back of the body that allows you to organize your cables. If you don’t want to use this stand, the monitor also supports the VESA standard that allows you to mount the monitor on a wall mount or other monitor arm that supports the VESA standard.
The menu control for this model of LG is situated on the front bottom bezel right below the LG logo. It is an intuitive joystick-like button, which allows easy navigation between the functions of the LG’s 34UM68-P menu and is also used for a power on/off button.
The coating of the display is a very light anti-glare matte filter with a 3H hardness. It is widely used from the monitors today, because of its good anti-reflective properties and abilities to preserve good accuracy on the colors. The total active area of the display is approximately 85% of the total area of the display.
The weight of the LG 34UM68-P with the stand is about 8kg (17.6lb).
Technical Specifications LG 34UM68-P
As mentioned previously, this monitor features a flat ultra-wide AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) panel. This means that it has high-quality color reproduction and very wide viewing angles (178° horizontally and vertically). Its native resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels and the 34-inch display result in a pixel density of 81ppi and a pixel pitch of 0.312mm horizontally and 0.31mm vertically. The panel’s color depth is 8 bits and it provides 16.7 million colors.
The monitor uses a W-LED technology and has a typical maximum brightness of 300cd/m2. The static contrast of the UM68-P is 1 000:1 and the dynamic – 5 000 000:1.
The 34UM68-P’s color gamut covers 99% of the sRGB gamut, which is a prerequisite for live and accurate colors without introducing oversaturation.
What also makes this monitor attractive, especially for the gamers, are the refresh rate and the response time it features. At its highest resolution, the monitor can support 75Hz refresh rate and a minimum response time of 5ms (GTG). This monitor also supports the ADM’s FreeSync technology that aims to reduce screen tearing and image stuttering while gaming or playing video. We should say that the FreeSync is supported only when the monitor is connected to the DisplayPort and the range of the FreeSync support is from 40Hz (or 48Hz) to 75Hz.
As most of the typical LG monitors, the 34UM68-P accommodates a lot of different adjustments, features and presets. Most important of them are the PIP and PBP modes (Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture). The former is integrated with a Screen Split mode, which also allows you to choose between 14 different layouts for your programs. There is also a Game Mode which includes a couple of presets for an optimal condition when playing FPS or RPG games.
The monitor also features a Flicker-Safe technology, which allows you to work longer in front of the screen without causing eyes strain.The Reader Mode, on the other hand, is used to reduce the blue light emissions that can be also harmful.
Other interesting features included are the Black Stabilizer, Response Time Control, and Six Axis Control.
The ports that this monitor provides are 2 x HDMI ports, 1 x DisplayPort and 1 x 3.5mm Audio Out port.
The LG also comes with the impressive 2 x 7 W (Watts) MaxxAudio built-in speakers.
Final Thoughts: The LG 34UM68-P definitely deserves a place in our list of the best ultra-wide monitors. It is very reasonably priced and at the same time, it provides many high-end features. One of them is the FreeSync technology, which makes the monitor perfect for some low demanding games.
- Good Value for Money
- FreeSync Technology
- Game Mode
- Low Pixel Density
#7 AOC C3583FQ – Best Budget UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor
If you are looking to immerse deep into gaming with a new high-end ultra-wide monitor the AOC C3583FQ is something that you will want to consider. The 35-inch monitor features a curved ultra-wide 21:9 display and is available at significantly lower price than most of the other ultra-wide monitor today. Although its MVA panel and a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels is not what will make you buy it, the monitor definitely scores points with its high 160Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time.
Design and Ergonomics AOC C3583FQ
The AOC C3583FQ incorporates some interesting design decisions. The monitor comes preassembled with the stand, so you will not have to worry about that. Both the monitor and the stand are made of black plastic, but while the rear of the monitor is made of shiny black, the base of the stand is matte. An interesting feature is that the menu control buttons are not somewhere on the display, they are actually on the base. These are four touch-sensor, including the power on/off button. Something else that you will find on the base, are the connection ports. They are on the back of the stand, which is really unusual for a monitor, but might be very useful, if you want to neatly hide your cables.
The stand lets you tilt the display from 3° forward to 15° backward, but does not allow you to adjust the height or swivel it. Although the stand can be removed, bear in mind that this model does not support VESA mount interface.
Even made from plastic, the monitor is not that light at all and weighs 11.6kg (25.6lb).
The bezels of the AOC is another area, where the monitor need improvements. They are fairly thicker, pronounced and step up from the surface of the screen. However, if what you are after is a cheaper gaming monitor, this is not such a deal-breaker. The screen itself features a 2000R curve, which is good enough to make you feel like you are part of the scene and is quite nice for a monitor that would be mostly used for gaming and media. The screen coating is an anti-glare matte and does not impede the quality of the image. The active area of the screen is around 73% of the total front area of the monitor.
Technical Specifications AOC C3583FQ
As we said the AOC uses a 21:9 ultra-wide MVA (Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment) panel and has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. This is actually the biggest issue with this monitor, especially when most of the similar display features the higher 3440 x 1440 pixels. This resolution gives him a pixel density of 79ppi, but then again this is the price to pay for a cheaper ultra-wide gaming screen. The distance between two pixels on the screen horizontally and vertically is a bit more – 0.32025mm, but this is also understandable and is a result of the pixel resolution and the larger 35” display.
Thanks to the MVA panel the AOC C3583FQ claims to have a static contrast ratio of 2 000:1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 50 000 000:1. The screen has a brightness of 300cd/m2 and viewing angles of 178° (horizontal/vertical). It is also capable of producing 16.7 million colors.
This monitor really starts to shine when it comes to speed. The AOC can support a refresh rate of 160Hz at its highest resolution of 2560 x 1080. Moreover, it uses Adaptive-Sync (supporting AMD’s FreeSync) to reduce screen tearing and provide smoother gaming experience and video playback. The FreeSync range for the monitor is 45Hz – 160Hz. The minimum response time of this screen is 4ms (GTG), which is pretty good knowing that everything bellow 5ms is considered to be very good for gaming.
The FlickerFree technology is also supported by this monitor and is widely used today to reduce the eye strain when staying for too long in front of the screen.
As we said, the AOC C3583FQ has its connection ports on the back of its stand. They include 2 x HDMI ports, 2 x DisplayPorts, 1 x VGA and 1 x DVI port. The monitor also comes with 1 x Audio Out and 1 x Audio In port (for the VGA and the DVI ports).
Two built-in 5 W (Watts) each speakers are situated on the back of the monitor and complete the functionalities of the AOC C3583FQ.
Final Thoughts: If we need to describe the AOC C3583FQ with just one word, it would be that it is really a monitor out of the box. With its interesting design, unusual size of the display (35”), unusual radius of the curvature (2000mm), together with its connection ports situated on the back of the stand, this monitor is really something! However, the lower resolution and the lack of adjustment options for the stand will definitely repel many people. So let’s put it that way. If you are really looking for a cheaper ultra-wide curved gaming 35” monitor and you are willing to sacrifice some of the picture quality, then the AOC C3583FQ is for you. But if you need a monitor for editing or something else that requires really accurate colors, take a look at some of the other options here.
- High Refresh Rate
- FreeSync Technology
- Low Pixel Density
- No Height Adjustment
Buyer’s Guide: Glossary
- Aspect Ratio: The ratio between the horizontal and the vertical length of the display. (e.g. 16:9)
- Resolution: The number of pixels on the horizontal and the vertical side of the screen. Multiplied they give you the total amount of pixels on the screen. (e.g. 3440×1440 gives you total amount of 4 953 600 pixels)
- HDTV: Stands for High-definition television and covers the broadcasting formats with resolutions higher than the SDTV (Standard-definition television). (e.g. 1080p, 1080i, 720p)
- Panel Type: The panel type refers to the type of the technology used behind the ultrawide screens. There are few very common panel types: TN, IPS, VA.
- Quantum Dot Technology: Sometimes called QLED displays, uses the quantum dots (little semiconductor crystals) in manufacturing displays.
- Refresh Rate: Gives you how often per second your monitor draws new image. It is measured in Hertz and it is different from the term FPS.
- Response Time: The minimum amount of time a pixel needs to change its color. It is common to measure the time for a transition from one shade of gray to another (gray-to-gray or G2G).
- On–Screen–Display: The OSD, as it is abbreviated, refers to the control menu set on top of the picture of the display. Accommodates usually different options and picture adjustments.
- JOG Button: Circular OSD control button.
- Radius of Curvature: When talking about ultrawide monitors, the radius of the curvature is the radius of the circle formed when we stick side by side as much monitors as to form a full circle. The number is in millimeters and the lower it is, the deeper the curve.
- Pixel Pitch: The distance between the centers of two adjacent pixels. The horizontal and the vertical distance might be different. (e.g. 0.233mm x 0.233mm HxV)
- Pixel Density: Number of pixels in a given area. (e.g.451ppi (pixel per inch))
- Viewing Angles: The maximum viewing angle within which the picture remains with good viewing properties. It is vertical and horizontal.
- sRGB: Color space created by HP and Microsoft.
- NTSC: Color space created by FCC.
- Static Contrast Ratio: This property gives you the ratio of the luminance of the brightest color to that of the darkest color that the display can produce with a given settings at a given time.
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Like the static contrast it measures the ratio between the brightest and the darkest color that the display can produce. Just they are usually measured with a different setting at different images (dynamically) and so the result is usually higher than the static contrast.
- Adaptive–Sync Technology: Technology that synchronize the number of frames that your graphic card pushes with the refresh rate of the monitor you are using. Its purpose is to eliminate screen tearing. The name FreeSync is used for Adaptive-Sync technology certified by AMD.
- Picture–in–Picture Mode: Mode used to display another image (sometimes from another source) inside the main image in your display.
- Picture–by–Picture Mode: Gives you the ability to split the screen in half and to display images from two different sources.
- Vesa Mount Interface: Standard from the VESA (Video and Electronics Standards Association) used for mounts and stands.
- Display Coating: There are different types of display coatings, like matte and glossy coating. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. The matte coating for example will have good anti-reflective properties, while the glossy coating will not darken the colors of the display so much.