One must never say NO to more. If you’re a gamer, you know what I mean. If you have a monster rig and high-end graphics card, you should strongly consider an ultrawide monitor with FreeSync and the whole shebang, because the more demanding new games will become, the more you’ll benefit. So, if you’re looking to buy one of the best ultrawide monitors of 2017, the list below will explain what to look for, and what’s right for you.
Top Picks For The Best Ultrawide Monitors
Below is a list of the best ultrawide monitors on the market, curated by the editors of Technowize.
Samsung CHG90 ‘Super Ultrawide Monitor’
Samsung CHG90 ‘World’s Largest Gaming Monitor’ ‘SUPER ULTRA WIDE’
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THIS: Samsung has just revealed the CHG90, a 49-inch ultrawide monitor. This new monitor, designed specifically for gamers and designers also boasts the title of the ‘world’s largest gaming monitor’. Well, it’s also the world’s first monitor in the new category of ‘super ultra wide.’
WHO’S IT FOR: Gamers, and professionals.
PRICE: At $1,500, the CHG90 ultrawide monitor sounds exorbitantly expensive. It’s competitively priced if you look at some of the best ultrawide monitors in the spectrum.
WHY WE PICKED SAMSUNG CHG90 SUPER ULTRAWIDE MONITOR: You walk into a room and see this super ultrawide monitor, it looks like two giant TV screens glued side-by-side. To my knowledge, it’s one of the best ultrawide monitors of 2017.
The 49-inch gaming monitor comes with a 32:9 aspect ratio and a 3,840 x 1,080 ultrawide resolution. At this point, even the curved 21:9 screens fall short when it comes to high-end gaming features such as adaptive sync and high refresh rates.
The CHG90 ultrawide monitor uses Samsung’s QLED Quantum Dot Technology, generally reserved for large-format displays. When combined with High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, it produces a lifelike, detailed and a quaint presentation that showcases games exactly as developers intended.
Speaking of the cinematic glory of playing games on this ultrawide gaming monitor, it’s as impressive as it gets. The CHG90 monitor works with AMD’s FreeSync 2 standard, a 144Hz refresh rate and 1 millisecond response time. In other words, everything is just spectacular on the screen and it works silky smooth.
Additionally, it’s decked with a Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, and a pair of HDMI inputs and two-port USB 3.0 hub.
If you’re a gaming wizard and want the highest refresh rate and the lowest response time, Samsung’s CHG90 monitor is what must end up in your shopping cart. Pronto!
LG 38UC99 Ultrawide Monitors
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THIS: In the land of ultrawide monitors, the LG 38-inch UC99 was once the crowned prince, until yesterday when it got dethroned by Samsung CHG90. Other ultrawide screens come close, but there’s simply no substitute for the LG 38UC99.
(Also, to marvel at the lustrous sheen of one of the best ultrawide monitors of 2017!)
WHO’S IT FOR: Professionals.
PRICE: $1,500 if you’re willing to pay a premium price for a premium product.
WHY WE PICKED LG 38UC99: There’s nothing like working on an ultrawide monitor. An ultrawide monitor can create an unbeatable immersive experience that no projector or big-screen HDTV can match up to.
The 38-inch UC99 ultrawide monitor is a curved IPS panel, boasting 3840×1600 pixels, 75Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support. Moreover, it includes a USB-C port, and can be used as an upstream port, or charge compatible devices.
There’s no denying that the LG 38-inch monitor is an absolute beast. But we need to address the elephant in the room. The ultrawide monitor has fewer pixels than a true 4K or Ultra HD display. It gives a fairly low 111 ppi density. Although, it’s magnanimous size makes up for in elaborate ways.
LG’s 38-inch ultrawide monitor is nothing short of jaw-dropping. It’s every gamer’s fantasy, and the moment you lay your eyes on it, you’ll wonder how you got by with a measly 28-inch monitor.
LG 34UC97-S Ultrawide Monitors
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THIS: Despite its exorbitant price tag, the LG 34UC97-S is a very good choice for a long-term investment.
WHO’S IT FOR: Gamers, professionals looking for extra space, and Netflix and chill.
PRICE: At $1,299, the ultrawide monitor doesn’t come cheap. But it’s a solid choice for anyone looking for a stylish, dual-monitor set up.
WHY WE PICKED LG 34UC97-S: This 34-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display has a resolution of 3,440 x 1,400, a bezel-free design and an impressive audio solution. In fact, this resolution looks fantastic even when you’re not in-game. The bezel-free design and the shiny Chrome design adds a premium feel, something Mac users will admire.
In addition, it offers a 75Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync and Maxx Audio-tuned speakers. The two 7-watt speakers are crisp and function decently in a pinch. Aside from the usual HDMI ports, it also offers the DisplayPort, and ThunderBolt Ports for I/O options.
LG 34-inch monitor uses a joystick to navigate the on-screen menus. You can adjust settings include Brightness, Contrast, Aspect Ratio and Picture Mode. You can fine-tune color levels using the Six Color menu, which includes Hue and Saturation for RGB & CYMK. In addition, there are three Gamma settings and four Color Temperature settings. Another option, Picture-by-Picture (PBP) setting allows you to view from two input sources side-by-side. Response Time offers a choice of three speeds – High, Middle, and Low, and off setting.
LG UltraWide 34UC97 monitor’s curved design and high resolution make it tempting to work for movies, games and work.
Acer B296CL Ultrawide Monitors
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THIS: If high price is a stumbling block, then the ultrawide Acer B296CL is the trade up you’re looking for! This 29-inch IPS monitor delivers a solid performance, a strong feature set and a reasonable price tag.
WHO’S IT FOR: Students, gamers, professionals looking for extra space.
PRICE: At $599, it is one of the best budget friendly ultrawide monitors available in the market.
WHY WE PICKED ACER B296CL: For users looking for a dual-monitor setup, the B296CL offers a space saving alternative. It uses a 29-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels and 21:9 aspect ratio. The budget ultrawide monitor delivers rich, accurate colors, and offers all the connectivity and flexibility you’ll possibly need.
The matte panel has multi-function ErgoStand with tilt, a 120-degree swivel range, pivot and height adjustment. The monitor pivots 90 degrees clockwise for horizontal and vertical viewing.
The display colors are richer, well-saturated and well-transitioned. In terms of grayscale, the budget ultrawide monitor is able to produce every shade of gray.
Widescreen Monitors for Gaming
It is loaded with I/O connections. Additionally, two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort input, a DVI input, an upstream USB 3.0 port, an audio input and two downstream USB 3.0 ports. Furthermore, the DisplayPort output allows users to daisy chain multiple monitors. The two USB 3.0 downstream ports make it easy to plug in mobile devices.
The response time is 33 millisecond, a little high but still respectable. It’s one of the most responsive of all 29-inch displays with 21:9 aspect ratio. The budget ultrawide monitor is equipped with Eco mode, so you can drag the power consumption to 32 watts.
Of course, Acer is acclaimed for its eco-friendly products. This one is no different. Acer empowering Technology key offers the picture mode menu with five choices: Eco, Standard, User, Movie and Graphics. The hotkeys for picture in picture run through five position options. Furthermore, the picture setting adjustment includes Contrast, Brightness, Color Temperature, and Hue and Saturation adjustments.
Acer 29-inch ultrawide monitor is, hands down, one of the most versatile displays available in the market. It’s a budget-friendly, space-saving alternative for anyone looking for a dual-triple monitor setup but do not have enough space or money.
Conclusion of Ultrawide Monitors
At a price list between $1,599 and $599, we have a solid choice for anyone looking for one of the best ultrawide monitors available in the market. Gamers and movie buffs will love LG 34UC97-C and Acer B296CL. Meanwhile, multitaskers will love Samsung CHG90 and LG 38UC99. If you’re into the whole ultrawide monitors and want to upgrade, then which of these is your choice, and why? We’d love to hear from you!
My wife and I Netflix and chill on our LG 38UC99. Undoubtedly one of the best buys of 2017.
I’ve read your article about the best ultrawide monitors about a dozen times!!!!! LOL and I’m still struggling to pick a monitor that is good for gaming and streaming. I couldn’t decide whether to get the latest Samsung super ultrawide monitor or one of the LG ones you recommended on your list.
Please let me know if you can help!! Thanks very much!