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Ultrawide monitor for work and media?

Before i start this is not me buying something right now its just a general discussion and i would like some imput if anyone cares to share thanks

So i have been looking at the new LG 27 GL850 to replace my PG279Q not because its bad but just because i wanted something better and my second PC could really use the PG279Q
Anyway since i almost never play games anymore but still want to have the option for a monitor for gaming i really wanted the LG GL850

But that got me thinking since most of what i do on the PC is work and media related would an ultrawide monitor actually be better?
When i play games its almost always older games with limited or no ultrawide support so gaming is not the main focus here

The way i have all my folder set up is extra large icons because for me its way faster and better to scan the folder icon/picture then it is to read the folder name and having tried other setups i have come to the conclusion that extra large icons works best for me

That leaves me with the problem that since the folders are so big i need to scroll a lot since there can only be a limited numbers of folders on screen at the time
But with an ultrawide i get a ton more horizontal space which would be great for folders with a ton of sub folders or just having more screen real estate in general

So i have been looking at the LG GL38GL950G-B instead but i dont know if i like a curved monitor or not or even if an ultrawide is better for what i want to do
https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-38GL950G-B-gaming-monitor

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Coming from a AW3418DW (had the PG279Q single-monitor setup prior) there are a few things I will note:

The curvature - this is almost unnoticeable once you get used to the screen. If you are centered and seated properly it's basically imperceptible because your vision naturally curves anyways. Most noticeable when next to a flat monitor/viewing from far angles.

Screen space - more than one monitor? yes. better than two monitors? well... maybe? The screen real-estate just isn't there for it to completely replace two separate monitors, and due to the way windows manages... windows... you still end up with the basic 2x2 array when stacking window panes in the corners. Of course you can always manually readjust, and I would say at most get the usefulness of three very tall pages side-by-side. The real advantage here is to be able to watch/view large 16:10-16:9 content on one side of the screen and have a browser tab or whatever else going on on the side all while only having to have one monitor.

Gaming - the extra FOV is a bit overrated. More useful for cinematic games than competitive shooters, but if you have a good refresh rate and low response time (like the alienware does) then it will work very well for fast-paced gaming as well.

As far as your use case goes, with the extra large icons and whatnot, I really don't sort any of my work files by anything but details so I cannot really comment on that. Obviously more real-estate will help you though, and with as much as the ~34"+ monitors offer you can really re-arrange folder windows to suit your work-flow without skipping a beat. (whereas at work I use two monitors and because they are much smaller I need to be really anal about perfectly aligning everything to maximize the user space - at home I can open a folder the size of my hand and still have tons of space around the screen for other apps/programs.

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Forgot to say that i installed an addon called oldnewexplorer because Windows 10 has moved its details plane to the right instead of the bottom which was infuriating because it resulted in a loss of horizontal real estate which was already somewhat limited so oldnewexplorer has an option where you could move it to the bottom which is great

To show what i mean there is a picture on the bottom of the page

Anyway i am looking at the new LG GL38GL950G-B which is a 38 inch ultrawide which means i have just enough room for it on my desk if i move the fan away and by just mean there is like 1-2 cm of space left on each side

I sit about 90 cm away from my monitor which is fine for the 27 inch but the 38 inch might be too big and i cant move the monitor futher away it sits at the back of the table and it cant go futher back
Uploaded a picture of my setup down below to show how little space there is left with a 38 inch

Edit: as you can see i have a 4K TV hooked up to the PC as well but i only use that for watching movies youtube and other streaming i have thought about adding a second monitor but that is not an option for me as it wont work any better or help me in any way compared to having a monitor and the TV

As for gaming i really like to play RTS games and slower paced FPS games like Deus Ex and the new CyberPunk 2077 and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 looks really cool and i like to play them when they come out

I am buying a new GPU with the new monitor by the way dont know when its not been planed yet i just wanted to throw an idea out there to begin with
I dont like to play fast paced and/or competitive games and i dont play multi player either so as i said the monitor is for work and media first and then some slower paced games a far second
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The price on the LG LG950 just showed up on a swedish site and its a ripoff
https://www.inet.se/produkt/2215353/...nano-ips-175hz

24990 SEK is about $2636 US / 2346 Euros or 17522 DKK which is way more than i would ever pay for a monitor
Which means i am either going with the GL850 after all or have to go with one of the older 21:9 monitors such as the Asus PG348Q the Acer Predator X34P or the Alienware AW3418DW

I know most of the 27 inch 2560x1440P IPS monitors use the same panel but what about the 34 ultrawide monitors?
Which of the above is the best or do they all use the same panel?

Edit: seems like the Asus PG348Q is only 100hz so that one is out for me

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The price on the LG LG950 just showed up on a swedish site and its a ripoff
https://www.inet.se/produkt/2215353/...nano-ips-175hz

24990 SEK is about $2636 US / 2346 Euros or 17522 DKK which is way more than i would ever pay for a monitor
Which means i am either going with the GL850 after all or have to go with one of the older 21:9 monitors such as the Asus PG348Q the Acer Predator X34P or the Alienware AW3418DW

I know most of the 27 inch 2560x1440P IPS monitors use the same panel but what about the 34 ultrawide monitors?
Which of the above is the best or do they all use the same panel?

Edit: seems like the Asus PG348Q is only 100hz so that one is out for me
Really overpriced for a hdr400 product. With hdr400 it should be priced as a replacing product for the original gen ultrawides.
(hdr500 is the first certification that means a damn, hdr400 could as well be deleted).
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Really overpriced for a hdr400 product. With hdr400 it should be priced as a replacing product for the original gen ultrawides.
(hdr500 is the first certification that means a damn, hdr400 could as well be deleted).
Its the first site the Gl950 has shown up on and i really hope its not its final price because if it is its a ripoff like i said
The max amount i would ever pay for a monitor is 10.000 kr

Maybe there will be an LG GL900 34inch 3440x1440 later or someone else will make a better 34 inch 3440x1440 monitor
I like the Gl950 but its way too big and costs too much and the older Ultrawide monitors are not all that impressive compared so there is no middle ground at all

Seems like i got 3 options keep the PG279Q and wait for something better and/or cheaper, buy the GL850 to replace the PG279Q or buy an Acer Predator X34P ultrawide and live with 120 hz
I am going on vacation soon and planed on buying a new monitor when i came back

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Right so after having looking around a lot i think am going to go with the Acer X34P but i still have some questions in regards to games
How good is the support for older games i still play Star Wars Empire at War with mods and i cant find any info if that game has support for 21:9?

If a games does not have support for 21:9 and i run it in 2560x1440 does the game take up the whole screen and gets stretched out?
If that does happen is there a way to get it to run its native resolution i dont mind having black bars on either side of the screen at least thats better than having it stretched out

Seems like Far Cry 1, Crysis 1 and F.E.A.R 1 do have support for 21:9

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Right so after having looking around a lot i think am going to go with the Acer X34P but i still have some questions in regards to games
How good is the support for older games i still play Star Wars Empire at War with mods and i cant find any info if that game has support for 21:9?

If a games does not have support for 21:9 and i run it in 2560x1440 does the game take up the whole screen and gets stretched out?
If that does happen is there a way to get it to run its native resolution i dont mind having black bars on either side of the screen at least thats better than having it stretched out

Seems like Far Cry 1, Crysis 1 and F.E.A.R 1 do have support for 21:9
It looks like Star Wars Empire at War does work on widescreen with some trade offs.
http://www.wsgf.org/dr/star-wars-empire-war

Here's some comments from a few people that may help you.
http://www.wsgf.org/forums/viewtopic...1&t=12933#p622


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It looks like Star Wars Empire at War does work on widescreen with some trade offs.
http://www.wsgf.org/dr/star-wars-empire-war

Here's some comments from a few people that may help you.
http://www.wsgf.org/forums/viewtopic...1&t=12933#p622


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Found that website after my last post and it seems like most of my games have support for 21:9 or you can hack/edit support for them
Think i will buy an Acer X34P once i get back from vacation and if i dont like it there is always the 14 day return right

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Found that website after my last post and it seems like most of my games have support for 21:9 or you can hack/edit support for them
Think i will buy an Acer X34P once i get back from vacation and if i dont like it there is always the 14 day return right
For about $134 less than the Acer you can get a Viotek, same size but with freesync instead of G-Sync. The Acer uses an IPS panel, which are not known for their fast pixel response (they claim 4ms, but I would check out some professional reviews if I were you). The Viotek uses a VA panel, which usually have better contrast. The colour on mine is excellent (I'm in Canada so I purchased the HKC brand on Amazon).

Just go onto Amazon.com and search for Viotek 34" monitor. I think it's like $400 US.

If you really like Acer for some reason, then they have a 34" version using the same Samsung VA panel:

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-34-Inch-...ateway&sr=8-10

And it's only $449.90 US.


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