The 21:9 aspect ratio emulates a multi-monitor configuration without the hassle of large bezels or having to manually tweak software to support two displays. The end result is phenomenal for productivity as you can easily view multiple applications due to the huge screen real estate. On another note, gaming on a 21:9 panel is difficult to describe and provides an enthralling experience. Rather surprisingly, the majority of games already support this fairly new aspect ratio although you might need to apply a few UI tweaks. After trying a number of monitors including 4K 16:9, 144Hz 16:10 and 21:9, I’ve come to the conclusion that 21:9 is perfect for my needs. It’s also becoming more popular but there’s certainly a hefty price point attached which might make its adoption take some time.
AOC has just announced their latest 21:9 panel which features a 35-inch MVA display, 160Hz refresh rate and 2560×1080 resolution. This is a little disappointing as most 35-inch 21:9 displays utilize a 3440×1440 resolution. Perhaps, the reasoning behind this is it wasn’t possible to achieve 160Hz at 3440×1440. Another unique feature is the screen’s noticeable curve measuring a radius of 2000mm. This is significantly larger than existing curved units on the market and theoretically provides more immersion in games. I tested this particular screen during CES 2016, and felt overawed by the curve at first. However, five minutes later, it felt so natural and enhanced my ability to quickly glance at the monitor’s extreme edges.
The panel supports AMD’s FreeSync technology with a range between 40Hz-160Hz to reduce screen tearing, and stutter. AOC have provided connections for two HDMI (MHL) ports and two DisplayPorts. As you might expect, the product is capable of 178 degree wide viewing angles and improved colour reproduction compared to TN options. In terms of pricing, the AOC C3583FQ will be available in February 2016 with an MSRP of £579.