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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 09:44 PM - Thread Starter
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Switching from 4K to 2K ultrawide

Guys i have a Dell U2718Q 4K display it is paired with a 2080Ti so i get 4K 60Hz at max settings 90% of the time. however, my monitor is losing colours at the edges and im getting a warranty replacement. My vendor is saying i can go for an upgrade without losing money from original purchase. So i was thinking of purchasing an Ultrawide 2K with Gsync and other features like the predator x34 (https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/conten...l/UM.CX0AA.P01)

Do you think this is a good purchase. will the loss of pixel density annoy me

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 10:54 PM
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While I can't discuss ultrawide displays (always wanted to try one, though) I've never been anything but happy with Dell monitors. Acer, on the other hand, I've had poor experiences with (also had good ones as well...)

I used to work/game at 1440p Surround (triplewide) on three Dell U2515's (1440p) which seem to be a similar physical vertical size to the X34P and I had no issues with pixel density.

edit: in fact, I'd rather my current 4K screen was slightly less dense. I dislike Windows display scaling so try to set it to 100% when possible (very possible on a 1440p monitor, less so on a 28" 4K...)


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Not sure if you have made your decision yet but I made a similar change a while back and am glad I did. Was running 3 Acer Predator xb271hk monitors next to each other with and X34 on top for a while. Swapped it around to have the x34 in the middle with a single 4K mounted above it and absolutely love it. I don’t really notice the change in pixel density but the change from 60hz to 95hz was wonderful. Now I’m waiting for 144hz, in a size I want, to mature enough to be worth the investment. But that’s just personal preference. I don’t like monitors smaller than 27”.
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If you are not used to a curved monitor you should try and see one for yourself either in a store or if you know anyone that has a curved monitor

I was dead set on getting an Acer X34P myself but after looking at the cons and pros of ultrawide and seeing a curved monitor in the wild i decided not to buy it
From the second i sat down in front of a curved monitor in a store i hated the curve and could not get used to it which was great since it save me a ton of money and trouble

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I guess it's personal preference, but I wouldn't be able to go back to non ultra-wide. Almost all games support ultrawide now and even when not gaming, it is amazing. I have the AW3418DW, wouldn't change it for anything other than the upcoming LG ultrawide HDR.

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if you only game then go for it. watching 16:9 content in fullscreen on a 21:9 monitor is literally the worst though.

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if you only game then go for it. watching 16:9 content in fullscreen on a 21:9 monitor is literally the worst though.
At least you can crop the 16:9 content a bit and not miss much.

Most movies released today fit into 21:9 nearly perfectly though and it looks vastly better on 21:9 than it does on 16:9.

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You can get a 4k monitor and set it to 3840x1620~ish for 21:9. Because 4k has a lot of pixels, you can basically emulate any aspect ratio you want and still be pretty decent. But I will say that having a large 4k monitor/tv is the best way to go about it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by airisom2 View Post
You can get a 4k monitor and set it to 3840x1620~ish for 21:9. Because 4k has a lot of pixels, you can basically emulate any aspect ratio you want and still be pretty decent. But I will say that having a large 4k monitor/tv is the best way to go about it.
I did that for about a year (3840x1620 on a 40" Samsung UHD TV). Worked great. Until about a year later when I noticed that where the upper/lower dark areas meet the 1620p active pixels, lines appear (image retention). This appears on light backgrounds when screen is on full 2160p, and you can see the outline of where the 1620p borders were. So not advisable to do it on full time basis.
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I returned my 21:9, but that was during gen 1 & going from 3x monitors to 21:9... just no.

now I'm on a large 4K, & would love to add a 21:9 beneath it, but that's only because samsung released that 5120x1440p 120hz beast.

i think in your situation, I'd take the 3440x1440p replacement.

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