Best Ultrawide Monitors

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 25, 2018
Would you like to combine a cinematic experience with the convenience of a regular display? Then an ultrawide monitor is the type of product you ought to be looking for. Just take a look at our review of the best ultrawide monitors and take your pick. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Display Size
Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Type of Matrix
Refresh Rate
Response Time
Viewing Angle
Connectivity Options
Ergonomics
Warranty
 
PROS

The On-Screen Control and Screen Split features will allow you to have a full control over the most essential monitor settings through a 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.

CONS

The default settings are far from optimal. 

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Type

Curved

Display Size

34"

Resolution

3440 x 1440

Aspect Ratio

21:9

Type of Matrix

IPS

Refresh Rate

60 Hz

Response Time

5 ms

Viewing Angle

178°(H) / 178°(V)

Connectivity Options

HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB Up-Stream (ver 3.0), DisplayPort (ver1.2), USB Down-Stream (ver 3.0) x 2, MaxxAudio 7W Output x 2

Ergonomics

Height/Tilt Adjustable Stand

Warranty

1 year parts & labor

PROS

The model will allow you to easily and effortlessly display content from two desktop computers at the same time with the Picture-by-Picture or Picture-in-Picture features, both of which are available to you via the USB 3.0 upstream ports. It also comes equipped with dual 9W integrated speakers that are there to make sure that the quality of sound is up to par. 

CONS

The instruction guide on the CD isn't particularly comprehensive.

OUR VERDICT

This Dell ultrawide monitor is the sort of model that you could easily recommend to professionals that require a truly functional product to meet their demands or to experienced enthusiasts that know what they want out of a computer monitor.

detailed parameters
Type

Curved

Display Size

34"

Resolution

3440 x 1440

Aspect Ratio

21:9

Type of Matrix

IPS

Refresh Rate

60 Hz

Response Time

5 ms

Viewing Angle

172°(H) / 178°(V)

Connectivity Options

HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort in, DisplayPort output, 2 x USB 3.0 upstream, 3 x USB 3.0 downstream, 3.5mm output

Ergonomics

Position Adjustments -Height, Swivel, Tilt

Warranty

3 years bundled with another 3 years of advanced exchange service and premium panel guarantee

PROS

The model comes equipped with three different preset game modes: two for those that prefer to spend their free time playing a variety of First-Person Shooters and one for gamers that would rather use their head in addition to their reflexes in one of the Real-Time Strategy titles. The Black Stabilizer will allow you to reveal any hidden details in darker scenes.

CONS

Not a whole lot of connectivity options. 

OUR VERDICT

The LG 29UM68-P is one of the most affordable widescreen models out there, so it will easily prove to be the best ultrawide monitor for people that happen to be on a tight budget but would still like to experience all of the benefits of that additional horizontal working space.

detailed parameters
Type

Flat

Display Size

29"

Resolution

2560 x 1080

Aspect Ratio

21:9

Type of Matrix

IPS

Refresh Rate

75 Hz

Response Time

5 ms

Viewing Angle

178°(H) / 178°(V)

Connectivity Options

HDMI x 2, DisplayPort (ver1.2), MaxxAudio 5W Output x 2

Ergonomics

Tilt

Warranty

1 year parts & labor

PROS

AOC's Shadow Control technology will provide you with the opportunity to increase the contrast through the On-Screen Display menu in order to better expose dark areas without affecting the rest of the screen. The MVA panel is capable of reproducing wider viewing angles, high contrast ratio, and an exceptional black depth.

CONS

The monitor adjustment button is somewhat inconvenient. 

OUR VERDICT

If you're the type of gamer that puts an equal amount of stock into gaming-related characteristics as well as those specifications that pertain the kind of activities that have nothing to do with gaming, the AOC AG352UCG is simply the best ultrawide monitor for you out there.

detailed parameters
Type

Curved

Display Size

35"

Resolution

3440 x 1440

Aspect Ratio

21:9

Type of Matrix

MVA

Refresh Rate

100 Hz

Response Time

4 ms

Viewing Angle

178°(H) / 178°(V)

Connectivity Options

HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort (ver. 1.2), USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm output

Ergonomics

Height, Swivel, Tilt, Vesa Wallmount 100x100

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The 144 Hz refresh rate combined with the aforementioned technology will be able to provide you with the sort of competitive advantage over your online opponents that some may even describe as outright unfair. The ultraslim and borderless design of this ultrawide monitor will be able to ensure a level of immersion that is second to none. 

CONS

The stand isn't adjustable. 

OUR VERDICT

The Viotek GN32Q is one of the very few ultrawide monitors on the market that will be able to satisfy not just the casual crowd but even the most demanding hardcore gamers out there, the kind that would never settle for a product that wouldn't be able to improve their competitive performance.

detailed parameters
Type

Curved

Display Size

32”

Resolution

2560 x 1440

Aspect Ratio

21:9

Type of Matrix

VA

Refresh Rate

144 Hz

Response Time

4 ms

Viewing Angle

N/A

Connectivity Options

DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, AC input

Ergonomics

N/A

Warranty

1 year

LG 34UC80

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.

Review of LG 34UC80 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor

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.

LG 34UC80 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor in the use

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Dell U3415W (PXF79)

Experts' Choice

While the Dell U3415W (PXF79) would certainly be able to accommodate a fairly large range of customers given that what we have here is simply a great ultrawide curved monitor, this is a model that we would first recommend to professionals that require a truly outstanding display for their work or to those customers that certainly know a thing or two about monitors and wouldn't settle for your everyday product.

To put it differently, this is a piece of equipment that is all about functionality. Thanks to a truly large variety of connectivity options and a couple of software solutions, you'll be able to reach an exceptional level of multitasking. For instance, the model will allow you to easily and effortlessly display content from two desktop computers at the same time with the Picture-by-Picture or Picture-in-Picture features, both of which are available to you via the USB 3.0 upstream ports. Furthermore, you will also be able to enjoy and experience the sheer convenience and benefits of using a single keyboard and one mouse to control both computers.

Other than that, we would be remiss not to mention that the edges of this Dell ultrawide monitor are so thin that you will have the opportunity to place another one or even two monitors next to the main one in order to receive a truly enhanced viewing experience. But if you don't feel like spending a considerable amount of money on two or three monitors, this one will still allow you to stay organized between applications, emails and different windows on a single screen using the fairly intuitive and user-friendly Dell Easy Arrange.

Review of Dell U3415W (PXF79) Curved LED-Lit

Customize Your Viewing Experience

Of course, functionality is all well and good, but we aren't talking about a cheap monitor here, so it wouldn't be worth its price without impressive specifications to back up the aforementioned features. And given that this is Dell we're talking about, it should come as no surprise that the model absolutely delivers in terms of performance and image quality. Since we're talking about a monitor with a 34" display size and the ultrawide quad HD resolution with 3440 x 1440 pixels, the user will be able to enjoy a truly panoramic and immersive experience that, due to the curved nature of this display, will surround your senses and enthrall you with its detailed imagery. Plus, a curved screen of that size with an aspect ratio like that will also make sure to include both your primary and peripheral fields of vision, something that will certainly amplify your movie experience, all while providing you with an advantage over your online opponents in competitive multiplayer games.

And even though this is a computer monitor, no one is stopping you from using it as a TV set, especially given that the model comes equipped with dual 9W integrated speakers that are there to make sure that the quality of sound is up to par with the exceptional quality of the image. Plus, with adjustable height, tilt, and swivel options, you will have the opportunity to truly customize your viewing experience according to your needs and preferences.

To paraphrase our earlier point, this Dell ultrawide monitor is the sort of model that you could easily recommend to professionals that need a truly functional product or to experienced enthusiasts that know what they want out of a computer monitor.

Dell U3415W (PXF79) Curved LED-Lit in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Ability to overclock the display to 75Hz on Windows 10 remains an open secret killer feature not found on other models

Display

Extremely bright - I'm running @ 55 brightness, 60 contrast in a room that is brightly lit by indirect daylight

Connectivity

Built in USB switching between 2 different computers that can be associated to different video inputs. Switching is very fast.

Features

Matte, anti-glare finish doesn't seem to diminish picture or clarity in any way. I work in a VERY bright room. I have bright windows behind me which I have to close the shades on but I can imagine others working with bright windows behind them.
 

LG 29UM68-P

Ultra Affordable

One of the very few downsides of ultrawide monitors is that they tend to cost a considerable amount of money compared to their regular 16:9 counterparts. So even if you feel like an ultrawide screen would be right up your alley, there's a good chance that the price of your average ultrawide monitor would easily be able to scare you off. Which is precisely why it is so important that there are monitors like the LG 29UM68-P out there to cater to those customers that aren't willing to drop over 500 bucks for a piece of computer equipment.

Naturally, simply being affordable is not the only thing that this LG ultrawide monitor has to offer its customers. For starters, the model incorporates some of the same solutions that are usually reserved for the more expensive LG devices, like their patented technology that guarantees over 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum, meaning you will be able to experience the most realistic and lifelike colors. Or the On-Screen Control and Screen Split 2.0 features that will allow you to have full control over virtually every possible aspect of the things happening on your screen. With that said, we're talking about a product that costs two or three times less than your typical ultrawide monitor, so some sacrifices had to be made in order to make this sort of price possible. Unlike the majority of ultrawide models out there, this one isn't curved but rather flat, but whether that's a downside or not depends entirely on your needs and preferences. However, the fact that this monitor's optimal resolution is the 2560x1080 UHD means that you will receive a really crisp image that, nevertheless, doesn't implement the same attention to details found in your UltraWide Quad HD.

Review of LG 29UM68-P 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor

Gaming on a Budget

By the way, even though this model will definitely be able to accommodate a respectable range of potential customers, this LG ultrawide monitor could easily be described as one of the better budget gaming monitors out there. Think about it - the product incorporates the FreeSync technology, so you won't have to worry about tearing and stuttering as long as you happen to be in possession of virtually any AMD graphics card released in the last decade. On top of that, the model comes equipped with three different preset game modes: two for those that prefer to spend their free time playing a variety of First-Person Shooters and one for gamers that would rather use their head in addition to their reflexes in one of the Real-Time Strategy titles.

And if you feel like these modes are there in order to attract the casual crowd, you may rest assured knowing that the monitor has you covered with some serious gaming features as well. The Black Stabilizer will allow you to reveal any hidden details in darker scenes, a feature not to be overestimated when it comes to competitive multiplayer first-person shooter games, and the Dynamic Action Sync will be able to pick up where the FreeSync left off and ensure a truly smooth and fluid gaming action.

All things considered, the LG 29UM68-P is one of the most affordable widescreen models out there, so it will definitely prove to be the best ultrawide monitor for people that happen to be on a tight budget but would still like to experience all of the benefits of that additional horizontal working space.

LG 29UM68-P 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor in the use

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AOC AG352UCG

Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment

The AOC AG352UCG is being advertised as an ultrawide gaming monitor and, bottom line, nobody would be able to say that it isn't very well suited for gaming purposes. But if you ask us, we'd say that this is actually one of the most well-rounded models you'll be able to find that is suited for a variety of additional applications that have next to nothing to do with gaming.

To support this claim, we would first like to direct your attention towards the size of the display. What we have here is a 35" panel that supports the resolution of a 3440 x 1440 pixels, and that means that the movie aficionados will easily be able to fall in the least romantic kind of love with this model since it will allow them to experience their favorites films on a big screen with an incredibly crisp and detailed image. Of course, people that work as graphic designers, programmers, video editors, as well as a whole array of other professions will easily be able to find some use for this sort of sizable screen. Plus, we aren't just talking about a regular flat UltraWide Quad HD panel here but about a curved one, meaning that you will be able to experience the sort of vivid visuals and a level of immersion that is simply unparalleled compared to even some of the best flat-screen TVs out there.

All of that is possible due to the fact that the model utilizes a Multi-domain Vertical Alignment type of matrix, a technology that is capable of reproducing wider viewing angles, high contrast ratio, and an exceptional black depth, the kind that even the best IPS panels out there won't be able to match.

Review of AOC AG352UCG Curved Gaming Monitor

Control the Shadows

Now, we did mention earlier that the AOC AG352UCG is being advertised as an ultrawide gaming monitor, so, naturally, we wouldn't be able to bring this review to a logical conclusion without talking about some of the things that make it fit for gaming purposes. Aside from all of the previously specified characteristics, the first aspect of this model that makes it fit for some serious gaming is its 100 Hz refresh rate, a feature that will allow you to experience a much smoother and considerably more fluid imagery.

Of course, this sort of refresh rate wouldn't be worth much without proper software to back it up, which is why the model comes equipped with the support for G-Sync, an NVIDIA technology that, not dissimilar to the AMD's FreeSync, synchronizes the refresh rate of your display to your GeForce GPU in order to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. All of that will allow you to experience the smoothest, fastest and the most visually stunning gaming experience that puts most other ultrawide curved monitors out there to shame. Finally, there's also the already renowned at this point AOC's Shadow Control that will provide you with the opportunity to increase the contrast through the On-Screen Display menu in order to better expose dark areas without affecting the rest of the screen.

And to go back to our earlier point for a moment, we'd be remiss not to point out the fact that the model's fully adjustable stand will let you match the screen's position with your line of sight with the help of the height, swivel, and tilt adjustment options. And if you feel so inclined, you can even mount this thing onto a wall and use it as a TV screen.

All in all, if you're the type of gamer that puts an equal amount of stock into gaming-related characteristics as well as those specifications that pertain the kind of activities that have nothing to do with gaming, the AOC AG352UCG is simply the best ultrawide monitor for you out there.

AOC AG352UCG Curved Gaming Monitor in the use

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Viotek GN32Q

Amplify Your Performance

Even though there are plenty of ultrawide monitors out there designed with the gaming demographic in mind, there aren't a whole lot of options for those gamers that take the said hobby as seriously as possible and would like a model that'd be able to take their performance to the next level. Having said that, the Viotek GN32Q is one of the few exceptions to this rule.

There are a couple of things that make this model different from the majority of ultrawide monitors that are being marketed as gaming displays, with the biggest one being the refresh rate. Simply put, the monitor includes 144 reasons a second to convince any hardcore gamer that this is a display for them. Naturally, a 144 Hz refresh rate wouldn't be worth much without a FreeSync or a similar technology backing it up. But the people behind this ultrawide curved monitor decided to take it up a notch and add the Overdrive Acceleration to the mix in order to ensure that you won't have to experience any lagging, tearing, or ghosting. Suffice it to say, the 144 Hz refresh rate combined with the aforementioned technology will be able to provide you with the sort of competitive advantage over your online opponents that some may even describe as outright unfair. Plus, if you happen to be in possession of a Radeon graphics processing unit, the sort of smooth and crisp image you will be able to experience will simply be second to none.

Review of Viotek GN32Q 144 Hz Curved Computer Monitor

Ultraslim and Borderless

Setting the gaming specifications aside for a moment, one might certainly argue that the most interesting thing about this ultrawide gaming monitor actually has very little to do with gaming. That thing, surprisingly enough, is the design of this model. To be a bit more precise, an ultraslim design that curves around your field of view in order to deliver the sort of immersion that you'd only be able to achieve through exceptional clarity, quality, and performance. Aside from being ultraslim, the monitor will also be able to pleasantly surprise you with a borderless construction that doesn't just improve the already outstanding level of immersion but will also provide you with the opportunity to stack a couple of these monitors together without having to deal with that annoying border in the middle of two screens.

Finally, any 1440p ultrawide curved monitor (or any monitor, for that matter) is only as good as the colors allow it to be, which is why the people behind this product equipped it with 20,000,000:1 DCR and 16.7 million colors. Needless to say, a setup like that will provide you with the opportunity to experience some truly vibrant colors that may very well mesmerize and leave you breathless.

In conclusion, the Viotek GN32Q is one of the very few ultrawide monitors on the market that will be able to satisfy not just the casual crowd but even the most demanding hardcore gamers out there, the kind that would never settle for a product that wouldn't be able to improve their competitive performance.

Viotek GN32Q 144 Hz Curved Computer Monitor in the use

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What Is an Ultrawide Monitor?

With so many different types of monitors out there, nobody would be able to blame an average user if he got confused with what is it exactly that he ought to be looking for. Having said that, if we're talking about ultrawide monitors, the choice isn't quite as hard as you might think. As the name suggests, an ultrawide monitor is simply a monitor that is wider than your average display, featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio that was specifically designed in order to simulate the traditional movie theater experience. So, if you're the sort of movie aficionado that doesn't like to go out every time you'd like to experience a great flick on a big screen, there's no downside to having a widescreen monitor. Plus, if you're looking to improve your working experience, the additional screen space you will get on each side of the display will be able to do just that. And if you're more of a gamer, all of that horizontal working space will certainly require some time to get used to, but will ultimately provide you with a much better gaming experience as well. It may not necessarily improve your performance in every single game out there but the quality of the picture alone may very well be worth the price.

Naturally, if you feel like using one of these models for gaming purposes, you're going to need a proper gaming PC or a gaming laptop capable of supporting the 21:9 aspect ratio.

What Features to Compare

Display Size

As you would imagine, a widescreen monitor isn't all that conceptually different from your regular monitor, so the first thing you ought to keep in mind when looking for one is the size of the display. As it is with most monitors out there, there's little to no downside in going for the biggest possible display you can find, except for the fact that they tend to cost more than their smaller counterparts. Aside from that, it might take you some time to get used to a bigger screen in your favorite video game, given that now you'd be dealing with so much more horizontal working space. Though, once you get used to it, you'll be able to exploit the advantage of having a wider field-of-view compared to your 16:9 opponents.

Resolution

The resolution of your monitor is essentially determined by the number of distinct pixels it features in a single dimension. A higher resolution means that you're going to enjoy a cleaner and much crisper image. Nevertheless, as it is with any other monitor out there, going for the highest possible resolution available isn't always the best strategy. What you should do is take into consideration the size of your display. If the widescreen monitor you're looking for features over 30 inches in size, you might want to make sure that it supports the 3440 x 1440 resolution. And if you feel that a model like that would be inconvenient for your gaming purposes but you would still prefer a widescreen monitor, you can always opt for a smaller display that has a resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels.

Refresh Rate

With refresh rate, it's all about what you're looking to do with your monitor. If you're not a huge gamer, there's really no reason not to go for your orthodox 60 Hz. If you prefer single-player games over the multiplayer ones, you'd certainly be able to benefit from the model that refreshes over 100 times a second but very few gaming rigs out there are capable of delivering that kind of frame rate on a 21:9 aspect ratio in the triple-A titles. But if you spend hours every single day playing competitive online games like League of Legends, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, or Overwatch, you should definitely consider the 100 Hz and 144 Hz monitors since they'll be able to provide you with a really significant advantage over your 60 Hz opponents.

Type of Matrix

Not dissimilar to the refresh rate, the optimal type of matrix depends on your preferred choice of application. If you're more of a movie guy, then the In-Plane Switching is what you should be looking for since this type of panel ensures higher contrast ratio and high color accuracy. However, the majority of IPS panels out there tend to trail behind other types of matrices in terms of refresh rate and response time, which is why you might want to look for a different panel if you prefer an intense gaming session to a relaxing movie night.

Did you know?

One of the most interesting things about the ultrawide monitors that we haven't mentioned earlier is that the majority of them utilize a curved display. Now, there's a lot of debate going on in the information technology industry as to the benefits and the disadvantages of a curved monitor and whether they're actually worth it at all. Which is why we decided to bring you up to speed and explain both sides of the argument in order to help you make the right choice.

The World Isn't Flat

Aside from the somehow ever-growing community of people that happen to think that the Earth is flat, we believe it would be fair to say that the majority of things around us aren't flat. And since the initial idea of a screen was always to duplicate the nature of reality, one of the biggest selling points of a curved monitor is the enhanced level of immersion it is capable of offering. Simply put, a curved model does that by slightly bending the edges of the display and that, in turn, replicates a more realistic visual experience not dissimilar to the one you get when you look out of the window. Furthermore, having the screen wrapped around you provides you with the opportunity to observe more content by filling the surroundings with additional visual information.

Reduced Eye Strain

Thanks to the fact that curved monitors provide a much more natural viewing experience by basically following the curve of your eyes, there's definitely an argument to be made here (and plenty of users have confirmed this hypothesis) that these types of models will be able to reduce eye strain and provide you with the opportunity to enjoy a good television series or play your favorite video game for a much longer period of time. And aside from the obvious health benefits, let's be honest here for a moment and admit that we would all like to spend those additional few hours in front of our monitor on a lazy Saturday evening.

An Awesome Look

While a decent percentage of both advantages and disadvantages of curved monitors are subjective and up to interpretation, very few would be able to argue the point that these types of display look incredibly cool. Where a regular old flat screen TV wouldn't be able to impress just about anybody out there, nothing says cutting-edge luxury quite as much as a curved display.

Price

Now, the price of the curved monitors is something that has been changing a lot over the past few years, so your average curved display is less of a luxury than it used to be back in 2015. Nevertheless, your typical curved model will still cost you more than a regular flat-panel display, so you should definitely take your budget into consideration when you inevitably decide to switch to a curved monitor.

Reflections

This is definitely one of those aspects that is up for debate but we would still like to bring up the fact that the reflections appear differently on a curved display compared to a flat one. The biggest difference between them is that the former stretches these reflections across the screen and distorts them. However, the reflections appear less opaque and harsh, so whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage is really up to interpretation, largely depending on your preferences.

FAQ:

Q: I've recently purchased the U3415W model and, after some tinkering with the settings, it seems that I've managed to lock the display. How do I unlock it?
A: Don't worry, despite the fact that it may seem like a complicated issue, we can break it down and explain to you how to unlock a Dell monitor in no time at all. The most likely reason you've been able to accidentally block the display is that you held down one of the buttons on the monitor for a certain period of time, and, with Dell models, that usually leads to activating a security system that restricts access to the monitor's settings. All you have to do to fix this issue is simply reverse the process, i.e. hold down one of the buttons (usually the Menu, Settings, or Bottom button) for about 15 seconds and the screen should get unlocked. Just don't choose the Power button since it will obviously turn your monitor off.

Q: My monitor seems like it has seen better days despite the fact that it hasn't even been a year since I bought it. Is there some kind of particular secret to its proper maintenance?
A: Well, calling it a secret would be somewhat of an exaggeration, nevertheless, "How to clean monitor?" is one of the most searched questions on Google in regards to desktop monitors. Now, before we tell you how to actually do it, we would first like to emphasize the things you should avoid doing and the substances you never ought to even consider when cleaning your display. For instance, you should never use any kind of window cleaner or cleanser that involves solvents like alcohol, benzene, ammonia, or paint thinner. Quite frankly, you ought to try to avoid using any kind of liquid at all. You should also steer clear of hard clothes such as abrasive pads and paper towels. And, finally, it should probably go without saying, but don't even think about using fingernails or any sort of sharp object to remove a stain, no matter how stubborn and annoying it may be.

With that out of the way, the list of things you ought to use is far shorter and considerably simpler, essentially boiling down to nothing but a dry, soft, lint-free cloth, the type that often comes with your TV or a monitor. And if "seen better days" would be a huge understatement in regards to your monitor's condition, you might want to add a solution of mild soap and warm water. As you can imagine, the first thing you ought to do is try to remove all the smudges and stains on your screen with a dry piece of cloth. And if that proves to be insufficient, dip the latter into the aforementioned solution, firmly wring it out, and gently wipe your monitor. That ought to be able to do the trick.

Q: It seems that my game doesn't support the 21:9 aspect ratio, so how do I force the black side bars?
A: Regardless of the exact ultrawide monitor you're currently using, your model should come with a "ratio" setting. Just set that to "original" and you should be good to go.

Q: What kind of GPU will I need to run games on an ultrawide resolution?
A: Obviously, it depends on the game and the resolution. However, if you'd like to play the most visually demanding triple-A titles out there on a 2560x1080 resolution, we wouldn't recommend anything less than an R9 290 (RX 470/480) or a GTX 970. And if you want to play the same games on a 3440x1440 resolution, the said GPUs are a minimum requirement, and we'd honestly suggest getting the fastest graphics card you can afford unless you want to play on medium graphics settings.

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Publish Date: 2018-04-04 19:01:28