3440 x 1440
4x USB 3.0 ports - Downstream
2x USB 3.0 port - Upstream
2 x 9W speakers
Audio Line out (3.5mm),
Height adjustable stand (115mm)
Owing to the AMD FreeSync™ Technology, a game of just about any level and requirements will go smoothly, no screen tearing or stuttering due to the difference between the graphics card frame rate and monitor's refresh rate.
The controls on the body of the display are somewhat inconvenient.
This ultrawide LG monitor will be perfect for those simultaneously working with several windows: it offers a large working area, rendering window downscaling unnecessary.
3440 x 1440
178°(H) / 178°(V)
1x USB 3.0 Up-Stream
2x USB 3.0 Down-stream
Built-in speakers: 2 x 7W
Audio Line out (3.5mm)
Height- and tilt-adjustable stand, ergonomic VESA stand
The Eco-Saving Plus technology from Samsung has 2 manual and 1 automatic mode to lower the monitor brightness and decrease energy consumption without actually lowering the image displaying quality.
The stand needs to be set on a perfectly even surface.
This Samsung model is an illustrative example of how curved monitors have left the "wishful dream" realm: it is packed with hi-end technology yet quite affordable. It is not something only the chosen ones can have.
1920 x 1080
178°(H) / 178°(V)
Audio Line out (3.5mm)
Tilt-adjustable stand, ergonomic VESA stand
The Blue Light Shift feature allows you to set the monitor in a way so that at night, a less eye-straining color scheme is turned on. This way, you won't get as tired without additional lighting.
The bracket might be visible when the monitor is mounted on the wall.
It is an all-tasks-covered model. If you often alternate between playing games, watching movies, and working with documents, this curved monitor is a great choice for the price.
1920 x 1080
178°(H) / 178°(V)
Audio Line out (3.5mm)
Tilt-adjustable stand, ergonomic VESA stand
This curved monitor, in addition to the HDMI interface, has a DVI one. It is an optimal solution for the owners of older computers that lack HDMI connection and only use DVI or VGA.
No wall-mounting option.
It is a quality curved monitor at a budget cost. Overall good characteristics are additionally complemented by an anti-glare layer, offering you a clear image from any angle and causing less damage to your eyes.
1920 x 1080
178°(H) / 178°(V)
1x Dual-Link DVI
Headphones jack (3.5mm)
Screen can be adjusted forward or backward
Dell U3417W FR3PK
A display of the Dell UltraSharp U3415W curved monitor has a large 34-inch screen so it is an option for a spacious room, mostly. To keep up with a size like this without making the picture blurry and cringe-worthy, this monitor has a gorgeous cinematic resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, and it will allow you to see the tiniest details of the image. The aspect ratio of this curved monitor is 21: 9. With it, enjoying the panoramic widescreen view of pictures will become a constant pleasure. This monitor with an ultra-wide field of view plunges into a whole new digital world and provides incredible ease of use.
Type of Matrix
The Dell UltraSharp U3415W monitor is impressive. Its AH-IPS matrix with sufficiently large viewing angles - 172° vertically and 178° horizontally - provides high-quality video playback that even the most critical user will appreciate. This curved monitor has a high color support whole 1,074 billion colors, so the picture will always be juicy and colorful. The refresh rate is 60Hz, it is just as most of its competitors have, which proves that it is a great one. The response time in Fast mode is 5 ms, making the model suitable for gaming; and the maximum brightness is 300 cd/m², the maximum static contrast ratio - 1000: 1.
The monitor can be connected to most modern PCs and laptops via a DisplayPort as well as HDMI and MHL ports. There are no DVI or VGA analog ports so older computers might need the adapters, although if you are buying this monitor, we imagine your PC is probably also of the latest models and uses digital connections. In addition, the Dell UltraSharp U3415W model is equipped with a USB port with a high-speed file reader (version 3.0); the number of ports is 6, so you won't need any additional USB hubs. Typically, Dell uses conventional buttons on its top-level monitors. However, this model of the curved monitor uses touch-sensitive controls placed along the lower right edge instead. It might take some time getting used to but it is supremely convenient.
The Dell UltraSharp U3415W is equipped with two built-in speakers with the power of 9 Watts each. This device exceeds the sound power of some modern television sets thereby providing you with loud and high-quality sound. An adjustable stand allows you to pick the best height for your monitor, its tilt, and the best angle. The monitor can display video from two computers simultaneously using a single set of keyboard and mouse.
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Don't Settle for Mediocrity
Before going into some of the more technical details and explaining why that's actually the case, we'd like to begin this review by saying that the LG 34UC80 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor is a powerhouse of a display and one of the most versatile models on the market.
Of course, since this is a monitor, one of the biggest secrets to its versatility lies in the kind of color reproduction it offers. With over 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum, this product will easily prove to be a perfect fit for people that work in the graphic design industry, professional photographers, and just about anyone whose job, hobbies, or preferences require or include the need for highly accurate colors.
Now, if you're looking to purchase an ultrawide curved monitor for work but you're not actually a creative type, the model still has you covered with the On-Screen Control and Screen Split. In a nutshell, the former will allow you to have a full control over the most essential and fundamental monitor settings through an incredibly convenient solution that ensures quick and easy access. Whether you're looking to change the volume, increase or decrease the level of brightness, switch between different picture mode presets, or utilize an array of other options, this little piece of software will allow you to do that with just a few clicks of the mouse.
And, speaking of the Screen Split, the program will prove to be simply indispensable when it comes to customizing the layout of the monitor for multitasking purposes. With it, you will be able to resize and display multiple windows at once, using one of the 14 options, and that's not to mention the four different picture-in-picture (PIP) choices. Suffice it to say, anyone from software engineers to all kinds of computer programmers will be able to appreciate the sort of opportunities these options will open up for them.
Ergonomics to Boot
Having said all of that, no computer monitor would deserve the title of a truly versatile model without catering to the gaming demographic. And while we wouldn't be able to say in good faith that this is one of the best gaming monitors out there, mostly due to the fact that this LG ultrawide monitor features a relatively slow response time of 5 ms and a 60 Hz refresh rate, something that won't bother the fans of single-player games but might alienate the multiplayer crowd, this is still a fairly great gaming option for a couple of reasons.
First of all, the model features a variety of gaming modes, from a couple designed for First-Person Shooters to a bunch of RTS and MOBA pre-sets. Furthermore, the monitor supports the AMD FreeSync, and that means anyone with a Radeon graphics card will be able to experience a truly clean and crisp gameplay with no tearing and stuttering.
In terms of ergonomics, this ultrawide FreeSync monitor has a couple of aces up its sleeve as well, like a USB 3.0 Quick Charge behind the display that will allow you to charge your smartphone or any other mobile device four times faster compared to your average USB 3.0. Plus, the model is fairly easy to put together, with a simple press-and-click display-to-base attachment.
In short, the LG 34UC80 is one of the most versatile ultrawide monitors out there. Whether you're looking for a model to improve the efficiency of your work, to enjoy a good movie, or to amplify your gaming experience, the product in question will not disappoint you, to say the least.
Good for Gamers
The Samsung company here has produced a nearly perfect curved gaming monitor in a more or less affordable price bracket. We say "nearly" because affordability, unfortunately, demands certain sacrifices and it's not like the manufacturer could have avoided them. But let's start with the good things.
First of all, this monitor is huge. Well, it's not that there are no larger options out there but overall, 32 inches is a lot when it comes to computer screens. With a size like that, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the game or TV show you are watching and feel just a tiny bit like in the movies. It is pretty cool. Furthermore, the screen has a VA matrix with the ultimate 178°/178° viewing angles, enabling you to see the image clearly from whatever place and pose you're sitting in. The drawback here would be that at this size and with this matrix, the monitor is Full HD instead of, maybe, 4K. But Full HD is still the most popular and 4K monitors are... expensive.
So, why good for gamers specifically? Because it has a response time of 4 ms whereas a common one would be 5 ms. And if you are an avid gamer you'll know how much 1 ms or difference can make. Again, there are monitors with 3 ms response but they can hardly fit into the affordable range.
Eco- and Budget-Friendly Curved Monitor
There is more. This Samsung curved monitor has a static contrast ratio of 3000:1 which is one of the highest options available today and is approximately three times more than the industry average. A contrast this high means you will have a crisp and clear picture with deep blacks and bright whites, and everything in between will be visible without straining your eyes. Plus, there is an Eco-Saving Plus feature.
The Eco-Saving Plus is an energy-saving solution. It offers you three modes (2 manual and 1 automatic) to reduce the screen brightness, the parameter that takes up most of the energy the monitor utilizes. The mode also makes the process smooth so that the sudden change does not affect your eyes.
The monitor offers no speakers, that might be a drawback for some users, although some others might argue that built-in speakers are never all that good anyway. There is a headphone input, though it is located at the back so your headphones will need a somewhat lengthy cord. Besides the headphone jack, at the back, you will also find an HDMI input and a DisplayPort. There is no VGA as well since the concept is not that widespread anymore. You can purchase an HDMI-to-VGA adapter if you need this port.
The Samsung curved monitor, despite being on the mid-range price-wise, looks top-shelf. It is very slim and has thin bevels, and its white body looks stylish to boot. There is no height adjustment for the stand but you can tilt the monitor from -2° to 22°. All things considered, it is a top-notch option if you are looking for something good that won't cost you an arm and a leg.
Large Curved Monitor for Budget-Strapped
The 32-inch curved monitor from Sceptre is a nice-looking budget model. Very thin and encased in a metal housing, black in color, it will look good on a desk in your study as well as in the office. The stand allows tilting forward up to 5° and backward up to 20° but no height adjustment. Alternatively, you can mount the screen on the wall just as well since it is VESA mount compatible (100mm x 100mm).
The resolution of the monitor is the 1920 x 1080 Full HD and the response time is 5 ms. While for a screen of 32 inches in diagonal a bigger resolution would be much more preferable it is still a decent one, especially considering the price. As for the response time, it is on par with some much more expensive models, this model will handle pretty much any popular game without a glitch. Also, the viewing angles here are the largest the market can offer today—178° both horizontally and vertically.
One of the best features in this model (at least, for some users) is that in addition to the HDMI and DisplayPort, it still has a VGA as well. Sure, VGA is slowly fading into oblivion lately, effectively replaced by other connectivity options, but the key word here would be "slowly"—some of us still use this obscure port. And even if you don't it won't hurt to have this as an option.
Keep Your Eyes Healthier
When you spend a lot of time working or playing in front of a monitor your eyesight is bound to bear consequences. Many leading companies use technologies (proprietary or otherwise acquired) to help protect the customers' eyes from the harmful blue light. This applies to the Spectre company as well. The Blue Light Shift technology essentially controls the color scheme on your curved monitor's screen to switch to a warmer one when the night comes, since in a darker environment, the effect of blue light is considered stronger and consequently, more harmful. It is actually somewhat similar to the Apple's Night Shift feature. With Blue Light Shift, you can work at night with a little less strain on your eyes. Though it is of course still better to use the nights for sleep, of course.
If you have any questions or issues regarding this 32-inch curved monitor, you can ask the Spectre's customer support group. Based in the USA and, hence, working by the US time zones, the team of professionals will be able to answer your questions without much delay. The company's 30 years of experience in producing monitors for computers helped accrue an extended knowledge base with all the essential issues covered.
For Limited Space
The size of this curved monitor is 27 inches. It is not as big as some other models but it is perfect if your free space is somewhat limited. Also, in our opinion, it is an ideal size for its resolution, which is 1920 x 1080 pixels. On a screen this size, you do not need larger resolution, generally, it might make everything way too tiny on the screen. The display uses an IPS matrix and it additionally had an anti-glare treatment, hence, you will see the image on it from almost any angle and regardless of the sun streaming from outside when your computer desk is set by the window.
The Viotek NB27C is, essentially, a curved gaming monitor. Although it is not too large, it has some features geared at gamers specifically. One of them would be dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000:1 to go with the 16.7 million colors support. What this means is that the moving picture on the display (as opposed to the static contrast ratio used for static images) is everything you wished for and more, crisp and sharp, with every detail easily discernible. It is good for games where you need to catch a threat to your character in time and it is hidden in a dark-ish area, for example. Also, it makes movies so much more enjoyable!
Rare Connectivity Options
If your desktop computer is not among the latest models or if you happened to have you HDMI port either busy with something else or damaged, you can still connect this monitor with ease using one of the alternative ports: this curved monitor, besides the HDMI, has two other connection options—a VGA and a DVI. These ports are not the regular options anymore since the digital connection is rapidly replacing the analog one but they can still be of use to us in certain cases. The VGA cable is also included, so you can use this port right away.
The monitor has three modes in its OSD menu. There is a gaming mode, that we are already used to seeing in every other good monitor, a movie mode, and the less usual reading mode. The latter will come in handy if you tend to spend time reading online and don't own an e-Reader. With a specific mode, your eyes will thank you for lessening the strain on them by adjusting brightness, contrast, and colors.
Aside from the functionality, this curved monitor is also a very stylish addition to your work desk. White in color and with a silver stand, it has a really thin bezel, almost unnoticeable. You can tilt it from -5° to 15° to have the most comfortable experience as you watch a movie, play a game, or do some work.
What Is a Curved Monitor?
A monitor is an essential part of any desktop computer, for obvious reasons: without it, you can't watch videos, enjoy computer games, as well as work or read. Now you can find many various models and modifications of these devices differing from each other in design and performance. The most popular today are the so-called curved monitors. As the name suggests, these monitors are exactly that—curved. It is an excellent solution, especially when we talk about large monitors. Having a huge monstrosity for a monitor is really cool for a whole range of reasons but it also means catching every action in the corner is a challenge sometimes. Thanks to the curved matrix, though, the monitor offers a wider field of view than conventional flat monitors do, which allows our eyes to focus faster from the center to the edges of the video, reducing the stress on our eyes. Hence, this type of screen allows you to experience maximum immersion in the video, feel the effect of presence.
If for some reason you decide against the curved shape of such monitors, we recommend you to pay attention to conventional computer monitors and also touchscreen monitors. But now let's review the top 5 curved monitors.
What Features to Compare
First of all, pay attention to the Screen Features. You need to pick a screen size, i.e. a diagonal. In most cases, you are almost right up to the screen, so do not make your choice based on the rule 'the more the better'. Curved monitors usually have diagonals from 27 to 34 inches. Monitors that have a diagonal from 27 to 29 inches are best suited for use at a distance of 50-80 cm from eyes. As of curved monitors over 29 inches, they are ideally suited for professional use, for example, in design or project development. An important parameter which is also necessary to consider is the screen resolution. This feature characterizes the number of pixels of the display monitor vertically and horizontally. Also, it is responsible for a detailed display of objects on the screen. Curved Monitor Resolution can be Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) and Ultra HD (3440x1440 pixels). Choosing a monitor with a maximum resolution, you should take into account the power and performance of a video card (or GPU) since it affects image quality. Also, one of the main features of any screen, which impacts the format of image, it is the aspect ratio. All monitors have a curved widescreen aspect ratio that varies from 16: 9 to 21: 9, which provides a uniform extension and optimal picture quality.
Once you have decided on all the screen features, pay attention to the Type of Matrix. The Curved monitors usually use IPS and MVA / PVA. The advantages of IPS matrices are great viewing angles and a good response time. As for the MVA and PVA, they boast a great depth of black color and excellent contrast. Then, you should consider a refresh rate that affects image quality during fast action movies and games. The higher this rate is, the more stable and the clearer the picture is. A further important aspect is the response time during which the image changes its brightness. Usually, it ranges from 2 to 5 ms. Too long response time will cause blurring of a dynamic image. The important feature of the matrix is a static contrast ratio, which is the ratio of the brightest point of the screen to the darkest. This implies that the contrast is set to the brightness of the image, taking into account the level of black. The standard static contrast ratio is 3000: 1 and higher. An important indicator is also the color support that is responsible for the color scheme. This indicator reaches 1,074 billion on the top models of curved monitors. the last but not least parameter that determines the quality of the matrix is a viewing angle. That is the minimum angle you take your eyes off the monitor when the image on the screen starts losing its contrast and the colors get distorted. In other words, the larger a viewing angle, the better. A good monitor should show 178° both vertically and horizontally.
Next, you should consider the Connectivity Options of every curved monitor. It is necessary to consider what video ports are present in the monitor, as well as their number because it affects the quality of the transmitted signal and image sources you can connect to the monitor at the same time. Let's start with the VGA port. Since it is one of the oldest types of analog connection, its poor side is a poor image transmission. A DVI port is used in almost all models of monitors that provide a good quality of the transmitted video. HDMI port allows you to transfer high-quality video and audio through a single cable. Modern curved monitor must have a DisplayPort, the most progressive of all the ports described above, which provides the most high-quality video and audio transmission. Beyond the usual ports, the monitor might include one or several USB ports. In the most advanced models, you can play media content from external media devices using a USB port. In some models, there is even a USB hub, which is very useful because you do not need to reach directly for PC unit itself.
And the last thing to look for when choosing a curved monitor is its Additional Features. Now, apart from displaying video, many curved monitors can also play sounds. Usually, speakers are placed inside the lower part of the monitor. The sound output can reach up to 9W per each speaker, which is not bad at all considering their compact size. An interesting feature of the curved monitor is the availability of so-called Picture-by-Picture function, which allows to simultaneously connect two computers to a single monitor and the screen will be divided into two parts. Also, curved monitors can be equipped with a PIP function which is responsible for multitasking. It enables you to watch your favorite movies and videos while working with spreadsheets and office programs. It can be an additional advantage if the monitor includes a flicker-free function. It allows you to work with a text for a long time without serious damage to your eyes. In conclusion, it should be mentioned that some curved ergonomic monitors have VESA mount support, which means they can be attached to a wall. Moreover, they can be equipped with an adjustable stand that allows you to select a comfortable angle and height of the screen.
Q: Why should I choose a curved monitor over a flat one?
A: Let's start with the fact that gently curved screens offer a greater level of immersiveness since their form tend to expand the quantity of screen space in relation to their size. Additionally, the curved screen enhances the sense of depth creating close to a 3D effect viewing experience and offering a wider field of view. Finally, the curve tracks the rounded shape of a human eye better delivering a more focused image on a screen and causing less strain to the eye.
Q: What is the difference between monitors with diverse curves?
A: The curvature is measured in a radius a curve would have made if a monitor had been designed as a complete circle. To specify, the 1800R means that a display is curved with a radius of 1.8 m. This distance is considered to be the optimal one for a user not to feel any discomfort while watching the screen even from the corner of the room. As you may guess, the larger the radius is the bigger the circle will be and vice versa.
Q: There are so many displays with different refresh rates. What is the difference between them?
A: The refresh rate stands for the number of frames a monitor shows per second. Some monitors have a standard 60 Hz refresh rate while others boast refresh rates varying between 75 to 144 Hz. Generally, the higher this rater is the better the visuals in dynamic scenes will be. The refresh rate reduces visual artifacts like ghosting and image tearing. However, the refresh rate itself doesn't inherently improve the image quality in dynamic scenes, as the pixel response time also matters.
Q: What display size and maximum resolution should my monitor have?
A: Larger monitors will make your work easier, especially if you are engaged in photo, graphics and visuals editing. So make sure that a monitor you choose is no smaller than 27". Such monitors are also great for watching movies, and playing games on a large screen immerses you into the action better. When it comes to resolution, monitors with larger resolution render a more crisp and detailed picture. However, these 2 parameters are interdependent and you should consider them both when choosing a monitor. For example, 27" or smaller monitors should have the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the monitors with a bigger diagonal should have a higher resolution.
Q: What should I do if there are no preset modes on a monitor that can improve its performance?
A: Generally, all pre-set modes are just made to save a user's time as one can adjust the settings manually and achieve even better results if compared to the pre-set configurations. Just spend some time to adjust it.
Q. What are the benefits of DisplayPort over HDMI?
A: DisplayPort provides higher bandwidth, able to connect multiple monitors to a single video output and are license and royalty-free. DisplayPort also uses a smaller connector or can be combined with other interfaces onto a single common connector.
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