Are Ultrawide Curved Monitors Worth It? My Experience So Far!

by birtanpublished on November 23, 2020

Hello good people Ibraheim with hurricane axe and something just showed up on my doorstep it's a big box in fact it is my very first curved gaming monitor and I'm actually really excited about it because I haven't experienced curved gaming in a really really long time I do remember seeing a few monitors that show floors like CES and Computex but looks like you know that's looks like I'm not gonna go anywhere anytime soon but before I even touch that box I gotta take care of something very important now that we're living in this you know crazy situation worldwide and that is disinfecting the box

I really wish to find messin and Lysol a while back but yes it's too late in fact these things are very rare to find well at least where I live so let me wipe this down god I can't believe I'm doing this right now but better to be safe than sorry you know have you ever realized that this is something that you end up doing in 2020 wiping down boxes like okay that is very gross this is the aoc see you three for g2x 34 inch kerb gaming monitor of course there said alphabet-soup that I'll never remember but let's unbox this thing and set this up

three weeks later alright so I need to be transparent here for a sec I've never really been a fan of curbed ultra-wide monitors because as a creator I value vertical real estate or taller monitors that give you more vertical screen real estate and of course something that's more color accurate because that's what that's what matters as a creator when I'm producing videos or when I'm editing videos for you guys so I've never really even thought about switching or at least making or trying to switch to an ultra-wide monitor but here I am I spend

A good amount of time with the curbed gamee monitor from AOC to see what the experience is like but I also want to set the stage for you guys as to what I've been using for the past couple of years and that's this the BenQ PD 3200 you this has been my primary display since I've reviewed it more than two years ago it was a dream monitor for me because it's 4k and the display spans across 32 inches it's a true 10 bit panel that's factory calibrated with excellent color accuracy and I have no plans to replace this monitor just yet but as I slowly started thinking about

It I realized that for people who are upgrading from a 24 inch 1080p display or a 27-inch 1440p display the upgrade to a 34 inch ultrawide monitor kind of makes sense because there's a good use case scenario for getting that extra horizontal screen real estate now I've spent like I said earlier a good amount of time playing around with this thing so let me walk you through my experience using this okay so this a occu 34 G 2 X is one of the best-selling curt gaming monitors on the market right now according to Amazon it also goes to show how far the larger format kurd monitor

Market has come in terms of pricing and screen quality why well you're getting a 34 inch display with a 21 by 9 aspect ratio that's curved with a resolution of 34 40 by 1440 it's also a VA panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hertz and a 1 millisecond claimed response time it's also free sync premium certified so it's great for AMD users who one LFC or low framerate compensation also it's Jason compatible DisplayPort adapte Singh protocol then there's a Elsie's new three-year debt pixel warranty that also covers accidental damage in the first year and

The price for all of this four hundred and fifty dollars now unfortunately at the time of according this video a lot of the retailers are marking up their prices order if jacked up the prices on this monitor which is kind of unfortunate but if you can find it for $400 that is awesome now just to quickly go over the physical aspects of this monitor I'm actually really surprised by the build quality that you're getting for the price the stand is nice and rigid I mean this really did surprise me by a huge margin this monitor also is

Vesak compatible so if you're looking into mounting this on a third party monitor arm you can certainly do so the IO is also very respectable you're getting two DisplayPort 1.4 two HDMI and a couple more USB 3 ports which is nice and finally there are a lot of color profiles built into the OSD that you can play around with I prefer setting it to the standard mode as it was the most pleasing to my eyes I'm gonna kick things off with my gaming experience using this monitor because given that it has a gaming brand on it it naturally makes sense that it is targeted towards

The gaming market and I gotta say I absolutely loved it the 144 Hertz refresh rate along with that one millisecond response time it was absolutely amazing and I think the first thing that comes to my mind is that wider field of view because it can help expand horizontal awareness in FPS titles there's also more horizontal viewing in racing games and strategy games can benefit from this as well however not all games support 21 by nine format natively unfortunately a lot of the games that I play don't have native support for this aspect ratio like Need

For Speed payback Need for Speed he these are some of the titles that I'm really invested in and unfortunately it is just does not work that vertical crop really ruins the whole gaming experience now while a lot of the games that I play are older don't expect that this is just an issue with older titles because newer games also suffer from this compatibility issue now of course there are workarounds to this you can simply go into the config files change a few things to make it work on your ultra wide monitor but that does involve a lot of researching and it's

Just not a quick easy step to make it work on a 21 by 9 display now I will leave a link to the site called wsg f dot org it's a fantastic forum where it walks you through the best optimal settings to take advantage of your 21 by 9 ultrawide monitor I'll leave a link down below highly recommend checking that out unfortunately some games can't be fixed either like overwatch and some of their titles apply a vertical crop some have said that this could be due to giving anyone a competitive advantage but it's still just torn annoying I highly

Recommend that you research the games that you want to play and just not assume that it's just gonna work automatically on a 21 by 9 display because when they work they look amazing it is an absolutely amazing experience but when they don't you almost feel like you know all that money that you've invested in just just got wasted the next factor that I want to talk about is to curve on the monitor because it takes your immersion to a whole new level if you're playing racing games or flight simulations or FPS titles that curve it sort of gives you this wrapper on feel

It's difficult to describe it in words you really have to experience it in person I think another way of putting it is that it sort of tightens up your field of view but you're still not losing your sight or your peripheral vision everything is still in your peripheral vision I think that's the best way to put it if that made any sense and while this is a 1500 are curved display I didn't really find it too aggressive it was just perfect like I said I had a blast but unfortunately that curve comes at a disadvantage when it comes to

Productivity because I spend the majority of my day creating content and if I'm working on a thumbnail in Photoshop my lines look warped the composition just looks totally off so I can't really make the call as to what it's gonna look like when someone views it on a smartphone display that's for the most part flat so if my lines are straight on a kurd monitor or if I make it straight on a curb monitor it may look warped on some other display that's flat again it just throws me off it throws my composition it just again I did not like having that warped image as

I'm working in Photoshop or even in Tiffin she resolved the other thing that bothered me was the size the AOC curd monitor is slightly wider compared to the bank you you're getting roughly three inches more with the ultra white which is a bonus on either hand the height favors the bank you monitor because it has a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and it requires to keep up with that spec now keep in mind that I did include the bezels as well just to keep it simple and to be honest with you this 3/4 inch ultrawide monitor looked smaller to me compared to my 32 inch in

BenQ monitor and I think that has to do with the height of the monitor rather than the width because with the 4k Bank you monitor your getting more vertical pixels than the 34 inch ultra wide so you get more vertical screen real estate when you're working with different applications I'll give you a perfect example people generally think that when you're using an editing software the ultra wide aspect ratio gives you a broader perspective of your timeline but I added videos in chunks meaning Izu min to the timeline and then edit 10 to 15 seconds of the video perfect the cuts

Make sure that the transitions are smooth and then move on to the next portion so the ultra wide didn't really make a huge difference to my workflow however what did bother me the most was the program monitor was significantly smaller compared to my pinky monitor there was just so much wasted space around that now keep in mind this is a layout that I like to work with yours may be completely different and if I switch over to the 32 inch pinky monitor you can clearly see that I can take advantage of all of that extra vertical screen real estate to make it bigger and

I can have a really nice view of the timeline as well it's just perfect now if I were to compare this 34 inch ultra wide to a 27 inch 1440p display the ultra wide is a clear winner because you obviously get more space to work around horizontally I think mine now you have a clear idea that I've been spoiled by higher resolution displays the next bit is watching videos on YouTube Netflix Amazon Prime and other platforms because most content being produced these days come in a sixteen by nine format that can take advantage of every possible screen real estate

So on the BenQ monitor when you hit that fullscreen button boom the whole thing fills up without any black bars it's a pleasing experience overall switching over to the ultra wide and you'll immediately start to notice vertical black bars which might not be a deal-breaker for a lot of ultra wide users but I just can't deal with that however when you find content being shot in that ultralight aspect ratio it's an amazing experience on the positive side multitasking typically favors the ultra-right because windows management

Is efficient so if you prefer having two different apps in split-screen mode you'll benefit from the extra field of view meaning you can see more things within each window I think this would be a great upgrade for those coming from a 27-inch 1440p display because you are getting more horizontal pixels without sacrificing vertical pixels there are some tools like fancy zones windows manager that makes the non gaming experience on these ultra wide monitors so much more usable shout-out to a Doug for pointing that out on Twitter it's a super efficient way to snap multiple

Windows in different layouts I'll leave a link down below it's truly amazing but here's the thing I don't see myself getting into that situation because when I'm right in front of a display editing a video or laying out a script or researching a topic for a video I'm more focused on the center part of the display rather than the sites I typically position like browser tabs at the center instead of going fullscreen yes I'm that guy also when I'm making thumbnails using Photoshop the content is right at the center and I like to sort of frame things right in that area

Because it just helps me stay in focus and be more productive I'd like to get things done step by step I'm by no means a multitasking guru and for the type of work that I do I just prefer having a single window writer on the center and I'll just be completely fine with that now I'm also aware the lot of ultra-wide users love having two three four windows at the same time which fits their workflow and that's totally fine too now as I mentioned earlier I was skeptical about trying out a curved ultra-wide gaming monitor but I think the biggest takeaway after spending time

A good amount of time using this thing is that it really gives you an immersive experience when you're gaming on it the wander field of view when you try to play games that properly support that aspect ratio it's just a fantastic experience but would I switch to it permanently absolutely not because I just cannot sacrifice that vertical screen real estate just because you know 4k it's perfect for my needs and I just yeah I mean this would this would be a perfect complement to monitor to my 32-inch but I wouldn't switch to this as my primary

Display with that being said this ALC monitor strikes a good balance between performance and affordability because for $450 suspects that you can honestly it is just a steal in my opinion and if you're someone who's coming from a non 4k display or a large format display say for instance a 24 inch 1080p monitor or a 27-inch 1440 monitor you should probably consider trying out a 34 inch ultra wide because you're really not losing a lot in terms of size and most importantly screen resolution on that note thank you so much for watching I hope you were able to take away

Something from this video I'll be hanging out in the comments down below I'm really curious to hear your thoughts your stories your experiences using ultra wide displays so yeah stay safe guys spend responsibly and I'll talk to you guys in the next one

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