The best way to increase your PC’s real estate is to invest in something more than a normal 16:9 monitor. The desire to obtain immersive experience never witnessed before. This desire led to the emergence and popularisation of ultrawide monitors. Whether you’re a designer looking for a greater depth in colors or a gamer wanting to get that curved display experience, ultrawide monitors are the way to go. They are the future to not just the needs of gamers but for professional work as well.
Here we have analysed several factors (refresh rates, panel types, aspect ratios, curvatures) in selecting the best of the best.
1. ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q
- FPS counter and crosshair overlays
- Supports G-Sync
- 5-way OSD joystick
- In-built eye care technology for lowered blue light
- Stock settings need to be adjusted for ideal color correction and balance
Screen Size: 34 inch | Supported Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 100Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Curvature: 3800R
With so many of the big names taking their part in contributing to the cause of ultrawide monitors, we can safely conclude that this fad is here to stay. Asus too has taken a jab at this, however, the one that stands out the most is PG348Q. With an in-built eye care technology, G-Sync and a whopping resolution of 3440×1440, this monitor is undoubtedly the best.
This being an ultrawide monitor, has a very large frame supported by a well crafted and finished stand. We found the stand’s design to just be enough to support the monitor. The thin legs of the stand itself raised doubts about whether it could sustain vibratory motions. In the box, you’re provided an HDMI, USB 3.0 and DisplayPort cables along with the CD for drivers. With copper accent colors in the back as well as on the stand mimicking a spiral shape, this monitor looks fantastic. Moreover, with the “Light in Motion” feature, the stand emits a red ROG logo, with customizable brightness levels.
In order to fully utilize the beast this monitor is, it is recommended that display be hooked to the DisplayPort. When done so, harnessing power from a refresh rate of 100Hz and G-Sync will be a walk in the park for the PG348Q. The curvature of this monitor is 3800R is not quite on par with some of the other monitors. This curved panel comes with IPS and anti-glare surface, which really makes use of the 3800R curvature. This results in an extremely bright and vividly colorful picture. We found the factory settings to be quite off. As a result, some tweaking of settings like color accuracy and sharpness had to be done before a near-perfect picture could be displayed.
While purchasing this monitor will leave a rather large hole in your wallet, the investment is truly worth it. Asus’s PG348Q offers minimal input lag, high resolution, and support for Nvidia G-Sync. The factory settings of this monitor have poor white balance and color accuracy however that can easily be adjusted. The result is a bezel-free, high resolution and friendly on the eyes display that will take you on a journey to a truly immersive gaming experience.
For our second contender, we once again Asus’s MX34VQ Designo. This one sends out more workspace vibes than gaming ones, unlike the previous monitor in our list. However, MX34VQ does not shy away from competition as this too houses a tonne of hard to pass features. Harman Kardon speakers, 1800R curved display screen and a wireless charging bay at the base, keep on reading to find out more about Asus MX34VQ ultrawide monitor.
This ultrawide monitor makes use of black and silver accent colors, bezel-less edges and an impressive overall design to add to its aesthetics. The base of this monitor utilizes Qi Wireless Charging for charging devices that support wireless charging. If you have one, simply put it atop the base and it will start charging, indicated by blue light. Unfortunately, this base comes at a price as the height of the monitor cannot be adjusted. The stand can only allow tilts, which results in very limited flexibility. And, as icing on the cake, Asus packs in two 8 Watt Harman Kardon speakers aimed downwards which pack quite an unexpected punch.
The MX34VQ performed wonderfully in all occasions. It supports a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an adaptive sync window of 48-100Hz refresh rate. Another thing to note is that AMD FreeSync is supported so lower framerate issues can easily be fixed. This screen has a 1800R curvature, unlike the PG348Q, which means an improved display. It uses VA instead of IPS panels, therefore viewing the picture at an angle is not as sharp as the one PG348Q has. Plus, due to the height being non-adjustable, the viewing angle can sometimes leave a duller picture than intended. This happens often in occasions where quick black to white transitions must take place.
Asus’s MX34VQ comes off as some bucks cheaper than the PG348Q, however, it packs quite a big punch. The features in this make it a suitable purchase for a wide range of users. Alas, the panel is VA and not IPS which simply means reduced picture quality when viewed from an angle. The MX34VQ is one of the more affordable 1440p ultrawide monitors with its aggressive price tag. And for AMD users, the FreeSync support will work wonders provided the GPU supports it.
3. Dell Alienware AW3418DW
- Input lag of just 4ms
- Game modes and customisable profiles
- 5 USB 3.0 ports
- No integrated speakers
- Short power cable length
Screen Size: 34 inch | Supported Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 100Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Curvature: 1900R
Dell’s hardware subsidiary Alienware, brought together a wonderful piece of hardware. With the name Alienware attached to it, you can be sure that the performance and the aesthetics are meticulously handled. The AW3418Q offers a terrific design, 4 USB 3.0 ports including one with power charging and much more.
As expected from Alienware, this monitor is constructed to catch your eye. The polished silver colored body has a vented design that helps dissipate heat inside. The three bezels on top and sides are super thin, maximizing the 34-inch screen that it has. One more thing that stood out was the LED strips on the rear, underside and stand. These LEDs can be changed to give out the color desired by the user. However, the only visible lighting effect is the one caused by the underside LEDs. All the other ones are barely noticeable unless you’re gaming with the lights off. This 1900R curved monitor has the standard HDMI and DisplayPort for connectivity as well as 5 USB 3.0 ports for connecting accessories.
This bad boy has a 3440 x 1440 resolution and is able to deliver sharp and crystal clear graphics with the 3.68 million pixels in the panel. The picture is crisp and the action scenes, explosions and scenic views in games are incredibly rich to look at. It does support Nvidia G-Sync so you can have that on as well for even less screen tearing. The 3418DW boasts a 100Hz refresh rate which can be overclocked up to 120Hz. It has a few gaming features which let you set three customizable profiles of your choosing, including pre-calibrated settings for RPG, RTS, and FPS. To our dismay, the placing of the ports makes them rather hard to reach. This was done to further fuel the beautiful aesthetics of this monitor. Additionally, it should be noted that there are no integrated speakers with this monitor.
The AW3418DW is a phenomenal piece of hardware to own. At a rather expensive price tag, this ultrawide shows off an amazingly clear picture. The 5 USB 3.0 ports make connecting devices a cinch too as they’re plug and play. Unfortunately, these ports are located in an inconvenient position. Despite that, the buyers will be able to make good use of this and find their money put to good use as long as integrated speakers is not a factor to consider.
4. Dell U3417W FR3PK
- Easy to access 6 USB ports
- Game modes and customisable profiles
- 5 USB 3.0 ports
- No G-Sync or FreeSync support
- Refresh rate capped at just 60Hz
Screen Size: 34 inch | Supported Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Curvature: 1900R
The U3417W ultrawide monitor by Dell offers a sweet spot for the buyers by offering mediocre level performance hidden in a not so aesthetically designed body. Due to this, the price tag is not as hefty as some of the other monitors. Offering rather entry-level features, the U3417W comes in at the 4th place of our list.
The design of this monitor, when compared to the previous three in the list will seem like a step-down. However, simplicity does have a captivating charm to it. The 3800R curved screen is surrounded by thin bezels and USB ports on the side. It has a classic black matte finish with a simple stand to support it. Thankfully, the stand does allow ergonomic adjustments such as height and tilts. The stand does not have a big frame which saves desk space. There are DisplayPort and HDMI ports located at the back as well as 6 USB ports, 2 of which are located at the sides. There are two 9W speakers on the sides, which as far as integrated speakers go, do a very good job.
Much like the previously mentioned monitors, this one has a resolution of 3440 x 1440 at a 34″ screen. However, a rather unfortunate feature is that the refresh rate is capped at 60Hz. Normally, ultra wide monitors have a much higher refresh rate with the ability to overclock them. It has a contrast ratio of 1000:1, which can’t compete with the highest ones but with this price tag, it’s justified. The display is quite clear with the colors not blending in together. Even at highly white or dark levels, there was no blending in of colors and they were distinguishable easily. It must be kept in mind that the U3417W does not support G-Sync or FreeSync, therefore users may experience slight tearing in very demanding scenarios. However, this monitor gets the job done and keeps the tearing minimum at its constant 60Hz refresh rate.
With this attractive price tag, some of the more demanded features have been omitted. But the screen display is very crisp and crystal. The onboard speakers do an amazing job however, these are rarely ever used. Not just that, the 60Hz cap on the refresh rate makes it not so attractive for gaming purposes. But, since the display is very much on par with some more expensive monitors, the U3417W is suitable for users wanting to expand their display real estate at a friendly price tag.
5. LG 29UM68-P
- Black Stabilizer helps sharpen image in darker environments
- High response time
- No USB ports
- Height is non-adjustable
- Glossy plastic is susceptible to dust and scratches
Screen Size: 29 inch | Supported Resolution: 2560 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 60-75Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Curvature: None
Now for the final product, we have LG 29UM68-P. Don’t let the low price tag get your guard down because this one packs 2560 x 1080 resolution with 99% sRGB and AMD FreeSync.
Unlike all the other monitors in this list, the 29UM68-P has a flat screen instead of a curved one. The matte screen helps remove sunlight reflections. LG does not skimp out on looks either as this too has 3 bezel-free sides. Moreover, the glossy finishing adds to the aesthetics of this monitor. However, glossy materials easily attract dust particles on their surface, meaning cleaning this can become a bit of a hassle. The standard HDMI and DisplayPort ports are there, however, there are no USB ports. Apart from this, there are two 5W speakers on the side which, don’t sound as good as some of the other monitors.
The 29UM68-P has a resolution of 2560 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 60Hz. It does support AMD FreeSync so tearing of the display can be further reduced thanks to that. This refresh rate can be maxed out at 75Hz however, only when using FreeSync and DisplayPort. The display is surprisingly good on this monitor. Moreover, the IPS panel does not suffer from backlight bleeds. The 3 pre-calibrated settings along with options for customizations leave a greater room for tweaking with a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. There are no encounters of ghosting and tearing. All of these can be further enhanced along with the aspect ratio, by using FreeSync.
The 29UM68-P is an entry level ultrawide monitor with some very pleasing performance results. The display is clear, rich with colors and vivid. It will find its worth in the hands of gamers who’re looking to step in the ultrawide display world. It skimps out on some of the high-end features but offers a remarkably well picture on its flat IPS screen. All of that at a much cheaper cost.