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Old 06-22-2018, 12:27 PM
 
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Maybe it's just a matter of preference but I just spent a lot of money on my new computer that I built and now it comes down to the monitor. I just purchased the Alienware 34 inch curved screen monitor. It's nice for for 1100 dollars I better love it. I bought my Daughter a 32 inch full screen monitor and although the graphics are not as sharp but it still looks good.

I just am not sure if the wide screen is the way to go, I have read many games do not look good on wide screen and as my daughter said everything is squished. It really isn't but I know what she means.

I am just wondering if wide screen monitors will not stick around and if I just threw away 1100 on a monitor?
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:39 PM
 
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Wide is new format, but just depends on the game optimization for huge screens. I find that anything bigger than 32 inches just best to get a good tv.
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Old 06-22-2018, 02:49 PM
 
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I never thought of that. So a TV over a monitor?
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Old 06-22-2018, 02:59 PM
 
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I never thought of that. So a TV over a monitor?

Yep. never had issues with it. I have a 42 at home i use for my xbox and PC when i need to look at large excel sheets or just want to watch a movie.. find it that some tv just have a better screen if u get a 4k and have a gpu that can put out 4k.

just anything bigger than 32 is pointless for a monitor.. besides the minor input lag but still irrelevant.
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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There's wide screen and there's ultra wide screen. Yours is the latter with a 21:9 ratio. The former is usually 16:9 or 16:10.


I have a 34" ultra wide myself from LG. I game, office stuff, web and photo and video editing. While I love the slight curve and horizontal real estate I do wish there's a little more of it vertically for the editing. I haven't seen the 38" models but I think that would be the perfect size for an ultra wide.


If that still isn't enough wideness for you there's a 32:9 49" Super UW.
https://www.samsung.com/us/computing...c49hg90dmnxza/
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:01 PM
 
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There's wide screen and there's ultra wide screen. Yours is the latter with a 21:9 ratio. The former is usually 16:9 or 16:10.


I have a 34" ultra wide myself from LG. I game, office stuff, web and photo and video editing. While I love the slight curve and horizontal real estate I do wish there's a little more of it vertically for the editing. I haven't seen the 38" models but I think that would be the perfect size for an ultra wide.


If that still isn't enough wideness for you there's a 32:9 49" Super UW.
https://www.samsung.com/us/computing...c49hg90dmnxza/
That cost the same as my alienware. I wasn't sure if I wasted my money or not.
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:26 PM
 
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You are paying for the gaming features (high refresh rates, quick response times, G-sync, IPS panel). A monitor of the same size without all or some of these features would be around half of what you paid. If you game a lot then you'll find it worth it. If you just game casually then a cheaper model would suit you just fine.


Also note that the 49" has a few more horizontal pixels at 3840 vs 3440 on yours but it has less vertical pixels, 1080 only. Yours is 1440 and makes a huge difference. The 38" has 1600 so it helps even more.
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:55 AM
 
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I never thought of that. So a TV over a monitor?
No.

I mean, the point of a $1,100 gaming monitor is, well, gaming. If you're just going to use it for word documents, web browsing, and watching Netflix a TV is fine. Presumably you're going to use it for gaming, however. Even in "gaming mode" available on some high-end TVs, the input latency is lousy. If you're not using it for gaming, you just wasted a bunch of money. The point is the high refresh rate and G-Sync. You can get good 3440x1440 monitors for about half of that (Dell U3415W). The extra $500-600 is high refresh rate, fast draw rates, low input latency, and G-Sync. The curve helps if you're going to use something 34" as a monitor, eg maybe 2-3 foot viewing distance. It's a good monitor for other stuff. Like TVs, it's lousy for gaming. Lots of input and processing latency. All the processing time may make them pretty but I'd rather game on something that's lagging a frame behind than 6-10 frames, which is typical on TVs or something like the U3415W. I'd rather game at 60hz than 120 with 10 frames. Depends on the game, of course, but for FPS good luck doing anything. It's fine on consoles. The hit boxes are enormous so you can aim 10 frames behind someones head as they run by and nail head shots.

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Old 06-24-2018, 12:23 PM
 
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CURVED SCREENS AND ULTRAWIDE MONITORS
I can definitely report that my 29" ultrawide FLAT monitor looks "funny" at the periphery when you sit close up to it. The LG 29UB55-B UWVGA (2560x1080) has that annoying peripheral aberration that makes it appear to bend away at the edges.
Whereas, my son’s 32" curved monitor looks fine when sitting close to it.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-3...NXZA/213730110

Reminds me of the story about the Parthenon.
We're all told about the "amazing" architects, but rarely is it explained. I saw one TV show that talked about one of the amazing features - and it relates to an optical illusion. The show pointed out that the stairs aren't really perfectly straight and flat. From the side, you can see the slight curve. But when you stand in front, the stairs look perfectly flat - due to compensating for the visionary quirk of our vision. So the architects designed for visual appearance and not engineering compliance. A similar distortion in the vertical columns was implemented, as well, to preserve visual perfection.


Addendum: If your TV-as-monitor has lag, try disabling the post processing (set it for "GAMES"). My 4K TV looks fine when all the special processing is disabled - assuming your video card can handle HDMI 2.0 (@ 60 FPS). . . but it's viewed from a distance.
If a TV is used as a monitor close - up, look into a curved screen.

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Old 06-25-2018, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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$1,100 for a monitor.... omg.

Yes, you overpaid. By a lot. The most I would spend on a monitor is $500.

You could have almost bought 2 of these:
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/philips...?skuId=5374102
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