AOC Unveils Q2963PQ Ultrawide Monitor

The 21:9 aspect ratio is becoming increasingly popular due to the incredible screen real estate which allows you to easily position multiple applications next to each other. This dramatically improves your productivity because there’s no reason to press ALT+TAB when glancing at information. On another note, this ultrawide viewpoint is absolutely stunning for gaming purposes and provides an enthralling experience. Personally, I could never go back to a 16:9 monitor, after using a 21:9 for a few days! AOC is one of the most supportive manufacturers of this notion and produces a wide range of 21:9 displays.

Their latest venture, the Q2963PQ features an IPS panel, 5ms response time and 2560×1080 resolution. Furthermore, the monitor has the typical IPS 178 degree viewing angles and 300 cd/m² maximum brightness. This makes it a fantastic choice for someone requiring a large monitor which doesn’t impact too much on performance demands. There’s also integrated 3W speakers, but I really wouldn’t recommend using these unless you’re in an emergency. In terms of connectivity, the monitor includes DisplayPort 1.2, dual-link DVI, and D-Sub. Measuring in at 714 mm x 233 mm x 388 mm (WxDxH), and weighing 7.16Kg, the display is quite large without being too heavy.The matte finish should help reduce dust, fingerprints and other smudges which easily build up over time. On another note, the stand is quite unusual but looks extremely strong and adopts and industrial feel. It’s certainly not the best looking monitor out there but it comes across as very functional. The panel is supported by AOC’s standard 3-year warranty which means it’s easy to swap out the monitor for a replacement in case any problems arise. In terms of pricing, the Q2963PQ is expected to launch at $399 in the US market but there’s no current information regarding its release date. As always, we will keep you updated when this information is disclosed.

ASUS Controlled 40% of The Gaming Monitor Market in 2015

The gaming monitor market incorporates a huge array of display technologies, screen sizes, and a host of other unique selling points. This allows the end-user to select a product which suits their specific requirements and most importantly, their budget. Whether you’re opting for a 16:9 144Hz TN 1920×1080 panel, or 21:9 60Hz IPS 3440×1440 monitor, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range has proved to be a popular choice due to the unique styling and large choice of models. For example, the original ROG Swift opted for a TN panel with 144Hz refresh rate to offer impeccable response times. As a result, professional gamers found it to be the perfect balance between visual quality and responsiveness. Since then, ASUS has released an IPS model, and a more budget-friendly FreeSync edition.

It’s no surprise that according to sources close to DigiTimes, ASUS accounted for 40% of gaming monitor sales in 2015:

“The sources estimate that worldwide gaming monitor shipments will reach at least 800,000 units in 2015 with Asustek accounting for 40% of the volume thanks to strong sales in Europe, North American and Taiwan.”

Traditionally, ASUS has focused on producing high-end 16:9 displays, but this changed with the PG348Q. This particular monitor utilizes a 3440×1440 IPS panel and adopts a very unusual aesthetic design. Unlike many 3440×1440 screens, the monitor supports G-Sync and a 100Hz refresh rate. As you might expect, this unbelievable display costs in the UK just shy of £1000 and designed for very expensive systems. Personally, I love the 21:9 aspect ratio and feel this is the perfect monitor especially with the curved display. Sadly, It’s slightly out of my price range and I’m perfectly happy with a non-curved 60Hz 3440×1440 monitor. Hopefully, the success of ASUS’ monitor range will reduce prices and enable the company to make cheaper options. One area they do need to keep working hard on is the RMA process which requires greater Quality Control.

AOC Announces 160Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

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.

Fallout 4: How to Fix FOV, Mouse, Aiming and 21:9 Issues!

Have you been enjoying Fallout 4 so far this week? The game has gotten off to (mostly) positive feedback from gamers and the wider gaming industry, but as with any game launch, there have been a few issues. From the game running too fast due to high FPS, mouse acceleration issues, poor FOV and more. Fortunately, fixes are coming thick and fast courtesy of some proactive redditors.

First things first, make sure that you download the latest Nvidia drivers (sorry AMD fans, nothing yet) which were released today.

Next up, the FOV is looked on Fallout 4, but a few simple tweaks can allow you to change it.

Open both Fallout4.ini and Fallout4Prefs.ini
In the [Display] section of both files, add the following lines:
fDefaultWorldFOV=90
fDefault1stPersonFOV=90
90 is the default FOV of most FPS games, but you can change that to whatever makes you happy

What about that god awful mouse acceleration issue?

Open both Fallout4.ini and Fallout4Prefs.ini
In the [Controls] section of both files, add this line:
bMouseAcceleration=0

Although why bMouseAccelration=0 would ever be set to anything higher than zero is beyond me… silly Bethesda. Then we’ve also got the fact that vertical mouse sensitivity is set to half the horizontal, and once again, I have no flipping idea why! Here’s how to fix it.

Open Fallout4.ini
In the [Controls] section, find fMouseHeadingXScale
On the next line, make fMouseHeadingYScale 2x the amount of fMouseHeadingXScale

If you’re having trouble with 21:9, mostly from not being able to select your resolution from within the game. Follow these simple steps

Add these values to ‘Fallout4Prefs.ini’ in your documents, my games etc AND to ‘Fallout4Prefs.ini’
bTopMostWindow=1
bMaximizeWindow=1
bBorderless=1
bFull Screen=0
iSize H=1080
iSize W=2560

Now go forth and enjoy the wasteland once more!

Acer Announces Predator X34 Curved 21:9 G-Sync Monitor Availability

Acer recently unveiled the world’s first 34-inch curved IPS gaming monitor featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. The display utilizes a refresh rate of 60Hz and supports overclocking up to 100Hz to reduce motion blur. Furthermore, the panel’s 178-degree viewing angles and 3440×1440 resolution offers an immersive gaming experience. Other features include an adjustable stand which allows for height and tilt tweaks. The display also is capable of 100 percent sRGB coverage and opts for a brightness of 300 cd/m2. According to Acer America’s product manager, Charlotte Chen:

“We believe the Predator X34 offers one of the smoothest, most thrilling game experiences available today,”

“NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and up to 100Hz overclocking deliver extremely sharp moving pictures, while 14W stereo audio enhanced with DTS Sound enrich gameplay with powerful sound effects.”

In terms of connectivity, the monitor contains two 7W speakers, a HDMI port, DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB 3.0 ports. Obviously, you will need to use the DisplayPort for G-Sync and high refresh rates at 3440×1440. The monitor also employs a zero-frame-design to maximize the viewing area. The Predator X34 is now available from leading retailers in the United States and priced at $1299.99.

What resolution are you currently using?

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Acer Announces 35″ UltraWide Display and Claims it Can Reach 200Hz

Acer has officially unveiled the 35-inch 21:9 Z35 Predator gaming monitor which features a curved 2560×1080 VA panel and 144Hz native refresh rate. Apparently, the display is capable of being overlocked up to 200Hz and it’s interesting to see a manufacturer promoting this process. Previously, you had to choose between the remarkable gaming experience via 21:9 or a high refresh rate. Thankfully, Acer is tackling this conundrum head on and trying to produce the ultimate display for high-end gamers.  As you might expect, the panel is curved with a rating of 2000R; this is a significant boost on existing curved panels and should offer a more enthralling experience.

Whether curved displays actually have a tangible benefit is still up for discussion, but it’s possible they make the extreme corners easier to see whilst glancing. The Predator Z35 also supports NVIDIA G-Sync and Ultra Low Motion Blur technology to create a seamless, and fluid motion. The panel’s response time is 4ms which is more than adequate for anyone who isn’t a professional gamer. IPS displays are visually rich and offer a better colour reproduction than VA, but can suffer from horrendous backlight bleed and poor response times. Although, recent models such as the Asus FreeSync MG278Q illustrates that IPS panels are becoming more responsive.

The X35 also contains a pair of 9W speakers with DTS sound and Acer’s in-house designed TrueHarmony technology. While, I doubt many people will use the integrated speakers, it’s handy to have them included as a failsafe. The Predator X35’s retail price is $1,199,99 and a significant investment. However, it’s important to remember, how often do you change your monitor? Choosing a high-quality monitor is always worth it in the long run, and should last for many years to come. Although, I don’t think the panel’s resolution offers a good value-for-money proposition. Ideally, any 35-inch screen should opt for a 3440×1440 display. Acer’s QA has received a degree of criticism so perhaps the X35 can restore faith in the company’s hardware.

Thank you Tom’s Hardware for providing us with this information.

21:9 Monitors – a Viable Alternative to 4k?

Introduction


4K monitors have been touted as the next mainstream standard to replace 1920×1080 displays, but the Steam Hardware survey suggests this may take over a decade. Currently, 34.33% of gamers are using 1920×1080 and 26.89% play at a surprisingly low, 1366×768 resolution. The problem with 4K revolves around Windows’ poor scaling on high PPI displays, and the graphical horsepower required to drive 300% more pixels than 1920×1080. It seemed for some time that 4K was the only option on the horizon, but 21:9 ultra-wide monitors have been gaining momentum in two variants. Typically, you can choose between 2560×1080 panels or 3440×1440 models. For the purposes of this feature, we decided to use the highly-regarded AOC U3477PQU and establish if 21:9 monitors are an aspect ratio worthy of your attention.

21:9 monitors are equivalent to dual 15″ or 17″ setups depending on the 29″ or 34″ screen size. The primary benefit to a single large monitor is the lack of bezels which can cause eye strain or distract you during full-screen tasks. In terms of desktop usage, 21:9 displays are nothing short of revolutionary due to the massive real estate. It’s incredibly simple to glance at 3-4 visible windows without having to press ALT+TAB.

This means you can write articles, whilst referring to sources or compare an edited photo to the original. The possibilities are endless and massively increase your productivity. Additionally, the PPI of a 34″ 3440×1440 panel is almost equivalent to a 27″ 2560×1440 screen. As a result, the text is a sharp and readable size. If you want to go down the 4K route, the minimum screen size for a pleasant desktop experience is 28″-32″ but I would personally recommend 40″. I don’t think this is a viable option for most people and believe that you would be better off with a 29″ 2560×1080 display. Similarly,  I find it rather perplexing that 24″ 4k monitors exist and wonder who the target market is.

Productivity and Desktop use


 

As you can see from the picture, this particular model utilizes a straight panel without any curvature. Many of the upcoming 21:9 displays adopt a slight curve to help the user naturally look at the extreme edges without too much head movement. However, I’m quite skeptical how much of a difference this actually makes. I’ve been using a 21:9 monitor for approximately a month and it’s surprising how quickly you adjust to mammoth size.

Within a few days, 34″ doesn’t feel overpowering and I’d struggle to go back to any traditional 16:9 display. It’s important to remember though that 21:9 panels are optimized for multi-page workloads and look terrible with a single, full-screen application. If you access a webpage at 3440×1440 and cover the entire screen, only a tiny proportion will be used to display the website.

Watching Video Content


The industry standard of 16:9 video production can cause a myriad of problems on unusual aspect ratios and results in black bars or a stretched image. This is far from ideal and you cannot utilize the entire screen or enjoy video content in an ultra-wide cinematic manner. Despite this, I adjusted to the black bars pretty quickly and my eyes began to fixate on the 16:9 image. Although, I am fairly used to watching old 4:3 footage on 16:9 Televisions, so your experience may vary.

For example, Thunderbirds was originally filmed in 4:3 during the 1960s and transferred to 16:9 for the UK Blu-Ray release. This was an abomination with parts of the set being chopped off and characters looking stranger than usual. So how does this relate to 21:9 monitors? Stretching any content from one aspect ratio to another is always going to end in tears. In theory, you can use VLC and set a specific aspect ratio, despite what the original source might be in, but the image might leave you feeling a little dejected. Personally, I tried a number of anime shows and stretched the feed, but it was fairly hard to watch.

Watching any online content via YouTube, Neflix or Amazon Instant compounds this issue and you cannot stretch the image without a third-party plugin. The snapshot above shows a 4K sample being played on the monitor’s native resolution. Obviously, the panel cannot output 4K, but it’s interesting to see how beautiful the colours and detail can be on an IPS, 3440×1440 display. If you can look past the black bars, and mentally think about having two monitors; a 34 ultra-wide and a 27 inch 16:9 panel, then video playback is wonderful. It’s all about perception and if you can accept the black bars.

Gaming Experience


Playing games on a 21:9 display is immersive, exhilarating and adds a whole new dimension to titles you’ve already completed. This immense experience comes from the ultra-wide field-of-view which allows you to soak up the atmosphere and notice nuances in a game’s environment. From first-person shooters to racing games, the 21:9 aspect ratio provides a stunning picture which feels surprisingly natural.

Competitive shooters like CS:GO didn’t suffer from significant motion blur or latency, but this will all depend on the individual panel quality. I particularly enjoyed tense shooters like Metro Last Light and felt the panel width enhanced my connection with the gunplay overall. After using 21:9, 16:9 just seems so limiting and counterproductive. You can no longer gaze over such a wide viewpoint and games work much better on a rectangular screen shape.

There is one caveat to the gaming experience which isn’t as major as I first expected. Some titles do not support 21:9 screens, so you have to manually enable the resolution through a .ini or .cfg file. If you encounter this problem, an excellent source of information is the Widescreen Gaming Forum. This site grades each game for its 21:9 support, and includes a number of fixes to help with UI scaling and graphical abnormalities. What did shock me is the amount of games which allow for a 21:9 resolution without any tweaks. Surprisingly, most games within the last 5 years should work very well unless they are a poor PC port of a console game. If you’re thinking about buying a 21:9 monitor, but you’re worried about the lack of compatibility, don’t be! For gaming purposes, a 21:9 screen is simply magical.

Final Thoughts


Selecting any monitor requires a degree of compromise and this is especially the case with 21:9 displays. For gaming purposes, the aspect ratio is sublime and delivers a breathtaking experience. Furthermore, the ultrawide format works pretty well with most games and doesn’t require huge amounts of tweaking. Usually, the main issue revolves around the HUD becoming enlarged and not scaling to the display properly. Although, this isn’t overly prominent and documented on the Widescreen Gaming Forum. The wide FOV on 21:9 monitors enriches the experience and enhances your appreciation for the art assets.

However, 21:9 panels are not suitable for professional gamers at this time. Currently, the panels are either VA or IPS/PLS featuring a 60Hz refresh and between 5-15ms response time. In all honesty, a TN monitor would struggle to reproduce a consistent colour palette on an ultrawide screen. The situation might change in the coming months as IPS panels are now reaching 144Hz as illustrated by the Acer XB270HU.

The ultrawide format provides a splendid workspace for multitasking and led to a sharp increase in my productivity. I’m now able to browse multiple windows at the same time without any hesitation. The huge screen real estate and sensible PPI rating makes text clear without squinting. 21:9 monitors are a superb alternative to a dual monitor setup.

Video content is predominately produced to support the mainstream 16:9 standard. As a result, 21:9 panels cannot cope with non-native videos and your only option is to acclimatize yourself to black bars or stretch the video feed. Personally, the black bars didn’t irk me and I accepted this flaw fairly quickly. If you decide to stretch the image, it looks unnatural, and fairly bizarre. Subsequently, if you intend on watching movies, TV shows and don’t play games, I would recommend a large 16:9 4k monitor instead.

Using a 21:9 monitor for the past month has been an enthralling experience and despite its flaws, I wouldn’t trade the aspect ratio for 4K, multi-monitors, or 2560×1440 144hz products.

Philips to Display Company’s First 34″ Curved Monitor at IFA

Philips has announced the latest additions to their monitor line-up and intends to showcase the new models at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Included is Philips’ first 34-inch curved monitor which opts for a 3440×1440 panel and ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, there is no specific details about the panel type used but I would presume it’s either an AH-IPS or VA screen. From an aesthetic point-of-view, the monitor’s curve adds a sophisticated touch and the edge-to-edge glass allows for an extremely narrow border. However, I’m not overly fond of the stand which seems rather cumbersome and might not have any adjustability.

The next major upgrade in backlighting revolves around Quantum Dot technology. Quantum Dot supported monitors can produce a higher colour gamut by more than 50% compared to traditional LEDs. Additionally, QD monitors consume 25% less power and cost a fraction of the current LED based panels. Philips is probably the first company to push this technology into the mainstream market and readying a 27-inch QD IPS-ADS Adobe RGB monitor.

There are a number of other products on the show floor such as the Ambiglow Plus Base. This unusual feature forms a halo of light which syncs with the display image. Furthermore, the base’s illumination can be adjusted to suit the your mood or fit in with a room’s lighting levels.

Do you think Quantum Dot technology will make a noticeable difference in monitor image quality?

BenQ Releases XR3501 Curved LCD Monitor for Racing Enthusiasts

Racing simulation fans are some of the most dedicated you’ll find, well that actually goes for most real-simulation genres, but this news is more for the racing fans. BenQ has launched their newest monitor and it’s a large on. The curved XR3501 LCD monitor spans 35-inch, sporting a 2560×1080 extra wide resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate for the best and most immersive racing experience.

The BenQ XR3501 features a 2000R curvature, the most of any LCD monitor. That with the 21:9 aspect ratio puts you right into the drivers seat for an optimal racing experience that includes every tiny detail. The 144Hz refresh rate removes any kind of stutter that might take you out of the moment while you slide through the tight corners while the crowd cheers you on.

The XR3501’s Color Vibrance feature allows you to easily adjust color and detail settings based on your personal preferences. Lighting changes can hide critical details such as opponent cars that seem to vanish in the darkness of a tunnel. BenQ’s eQualizer helps boosting the brightness of darker regions of the screen without blowing out the well-lit areas, allowing you to see every detail without sacrificing image quality.

BenQ had to tease with three of these amazing looking monitors next to each other, as if one of them wouldn’t already be cool to have. But then again, why settle for one when you can have three and enjoy a 7680-pixel wide image for the most immersive gaming experience. The XR3501curved LCD gaming monitor is expected to retail in the second quarter of 2015, but no word on pricing or further details yet.

ACER Reveal Worlds First Curved Monitor with G-SYNC

There are several big innovations happening in the world of digital displays right now, two of the biggest are curved displays and G-SYNC, so why not go for double the fun and create a monitor that sports both of these technologies! Acer has just announced its new 34″ curved 21:9 ultra-wide XR341CKA monitor, making it the first monitor in the world to support both a curved display and the impressive G-SYNC technology.

This is great news for gamers as the 21:9 ultra-wide form factor is excellent for providing extra immersion while gaming, G-Sync will provide you with tear-free performance should your frame-rate take a dive and 34-inch of screen real estate will be fantastic for productivity.

The panel supports a 3440×1440 resolution, an IPS panel, a 178-degree viewing angle, 100% of the sRGB colour gamut; so it certainly ticks all the right boxes for a great monitor.

“Acer continues to showcase its commitment to PC gaming with the introduction of their new NVIDIA G-SYNC-enabled XR341CKA gaming monitor,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice-president of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “The preferred choice of PC gamers everywhere is a GeForce GTX GPU, which when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is the only platform to deliver an ultra-smooth gaming experience across the entire spectrum of PC games.”

The monitor will also support a 6-axis colour adjustment, on-screen refresh rate readout, an adjustable stand, DisplayPort and HDMI input, built-in USB 3.0 hub and more. The downside? The monitor will take a chunk of $1299/1399 EUR out of your wallet. The new display is expected to launch in North America in September and Europe in August.

Philips Announced New 34-Inch 21:9 UltraWide Monitor

MMD Phillips Displays has announced their new addition to the line-up of Philips UltraWide displays, they 34-inch BDM3470UP. The quad HD extra wide resolution is perfect for video editors among others, but especially those want the perfect picture.

The latest Philips display uses advanced AH-IPS LED panels to keep colours consistently bright and accurate even at a 178° viewing angles. The UltraWide 21:9 panoramic view offers room to arrange multiple windows, for side-by-side comparison or for busy multitasking involving a whole range of applications.

It has a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and also features Philips SmartUniformity mode: “with dedicated metrics to assess colour accuracy, the mode is calibrated to deliver at least 95% average luminance uniformity.”

The Philips BDM3470UP also has a big list of connection options. It supports HDMI and MHL for enjoying mobile content on the big screen, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA as well as USB 3.0 for fast data transfers, USB 2.0 for peripherals and even has a USB charging port.

The display also features MultiView technology, which enables users to work with two devices simultaneously and to partition the UltraWide screen area for viewing content from two separate streams.

The new Philips 34-inch BDM3470UP display should be available now at a £749 MSRP.

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Want to Play The Order 1886 Without Black Borders? Buy a 21:9 Monitor!

I’ll start this by saying that spending just over $900 on a monitor, such as the LG 34UM95 that this particular reddit user owns, is a damn expensive way to play a game that can’t actually use the true resolution of the display. The Order, like many console games of the last two generations, runs at a sub-HD resolution of 1920×800. The game has been slammed in many reviews for its persistent black borders and while this does save the devs some performance by capping the number of on screen pixels, it’s a tool used by many filmmakers to display a 21:9 image, which can be quite impressive for immersion when done right (at least in movies).

Fire the game up on a 21:9 monitor and you can ditch the black bars completely, taking full advantage of the display and I have to admit, it looks pretty damn fine; it’s just an expensive way to go about it as few people own a screen in this format.

We’ve got the game in for review ourselves, so display size aside, we’ll let you know how it goes soon enough.

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LG Reveals The First Ever 21:9 Ultra-Wide With An IPS Display

LG look set to dominate the higher end of the 21:9 ultra-wide display market as they become the first company to reveal an IPS display unit. IPS (In-plane Switching) has a greater viewing angle and are regarded as much more accurate in terms of colour reproduction, and of being a higher quality panel in general when compared to TN panels. There are a fair few 21:9 ultra-wide displays on the market right now, but all of them featured TN or similar panel technology and IPS were nowhere to be seen.

The new LG 34UC97 features a AH-IPS panel, with an ultra-wide 21:9 screen format and a resolution of 3440 x 1440 over is 32.7″ display; the viewing angle is an impressive 178/178 °. Connectivity is well catered for, with Thunderbolt 2 interface, 2 HDMI ports, DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports; the monitor also features a pair of MAXX Audio 7w speakers. All the usual high-end features are here too, such as the Adobe RGB colour Gamut (99%) standards, LG’s true colour pro calibration software; Dual Colour Space.

The monitor has already started shipping worldwide with a price of $1,299 and if professional content editors were staying away from curved displays due to the lack of IPS panels, this could be the one to tempt them over to a less flat work space.

Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Chiphell.

Dell Unveil Stunning Ultrasharp U3415W 34″ Ultrawide Monitor

Dell have blown the covers off of their latest monitor, the Ultrasharp U3415W. Their new panel is a whopping 34 inch curved display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a tasty 3440 x 1440 resolution.

Dell say that the wide field of view that you get with this aspect ratio on a panel of this size is matched with the curve  to give gamers a better experience, helping you play better by filling your peripheral vision. It should mean your eyes can see more of the screen real estate without having to shift your eyes around as much, which is no bad thing.

Dell are planning to ship their new panel in December and while there are no details on price just yet, you can bet it isn’t going to be cheap given size of the panel. We expect more details such as the full specifications and price will be revealed soon.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TweakTown.

LG to Unveil World’s First 21:9 Curved IPS Ultrawide Monitor at IFA 2014

LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its newest IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) and other compelling monitor offerings at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The world’s first monitor to incorporate a curved IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch monitor provides remarkable picture quality and a range of convenient connectivity options. Also to be introduced at IFA 2014 will be the stunning Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) and the feature-packed Gaming Monitor (model 24GM77), both combining superior performance with modern style and versatile functionality.

LG’s flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts with extra screen real estate so users can get more done in less time. By adding a gentle curve to a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, LG has created a unique product that delivers a more immersive experience. The Quad HD resolution display with 3440 x 1440 pixels gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of detail and accuracy that their work demands. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the LG 34UC97 monitor easily handles heavy graphics and videos with ease on either system and supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers, four times faster than USB 3.0, and allows multiple devices to be daisy chained together. The monitor also features MAXX AUDIO and 7W stereo speaker system guaranteed to deliver peak audio performance across all frequencies.

In addition to the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor, LG will be unveiling its Digital Cinema 4K Monitor for the first time at this year’s IFA. LG’s Digital Cinema 4K Monitor meets the Digital Cinema Initiative’s standard for 4K resolution displays, squeezing 4096 x 2160 pixels into a 31-inch screen, for resolution equivalent to four Full HD monitors. The 31MU97 model allows professionals such as movie editors to watch original 4K content the way it was meant to be seen. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor employs an LG IPS 4K display that provides ultra-sharp images with a wide viewing angle. Able to reproduce 99 percent of the Adobe RGB colour space, this monitor is an ideal choice for film professionals as well as for those working in design and photography. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor comes hardware calibration-ready and also features Dual Colour Space and LG’s exclusive True Colour Pro calibration software.

“Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry’s biggest monitor manufacturers don’t seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, innovation in display technologies isn’t just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that’s why we’re particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience.”

Gamers will especially appreciate LG’s 24GM77 new Gaming Monitor which is specifically designed to handle the fast-paced action of the latest first person shooters (FPS). A refresh rate of 144Hz ensures that even the most intense action appears smooth and flicker-free, while LG’s Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) Mode drastically cuts input lag, enabling the player to respond faster to what’s happening on the screen. Other notable features include Black Stabilizer for consistent blacks across different scenes and Game Mode, which offers three optimized settings that can be applied quickly by pressing a hotkey on the monitor, with the option to create customized presets. And Motion 240, developed exclusively for the Gaming Monitor, helps minimize motion blur with a fast response time of less than 1ms.

LG’s next generation advanced PC monitors will be on display at IFA 2014 in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.

Thank you LG for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of LG.

Stunning AOC U3477PQU 34-Inch WQHD Monitor Revealed

Huge banks of monitors in Eyefinity are no stranger to the enthusiast end of the PC market, but the latest monitor from AOC still manages to stand out from the crowd despite the fact that it is just a single screen. The new U3477PQU is an absolute monster of a display, clocking in a 34″ wide and running a WQHD panel that is sure to make cinema enthusiasts giddy with delight.

The display can churn out 1.07 billion colours, something that should reflect well from the 4.95 million pixels that its UltraWide Panoramic 21:9 cinema display offers. With a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and a 60Hz refresh rate. this screen is going to offer some serious resolution real estate to improve productivity, movie watching gaming and more. You can even split the display to game on one side and watch a movie or work on the other.

Other bonuses come in the form of two 3w speakers, a slim bezel design, high-grade IPS panel with up to 178 degree of both vertical and horizontal viewing angle, a luminosity of 320 cd/m2, 5ms response time, USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDML and MHL functionality. The whole thing comes backed up by a 3 year warranty and will set you back £499 (MSRP) incl. VAT, that’s a lot of money, but given the feature set on offer I think it’s incredible value for money.

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LG Launching 4K 31-inch Ultra-Wide Panel In January

LG have been pushing 21:9 monitor tech hard this year and rightly so! The screens look absolutely incredible, but now they’re about to get even better as LG prepare to launch their first 4K panel. The 31-inch ultra-widescreen 21:9 31MU95 display packs a DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 IPS panel, a significant resolution boost compared to the 3840 x 2160 16:9 panels that we currently see wearing the 4K moniker.

The new 21:9 format that LG is using is the same as that offered up by the RED Epic and RED Scalet cameras, while also offering supporting Thunderbolt 2 (20Gbps) throughput, a technology that will allow you to monitor 4K footage and back it up at the same time! Making it ideal for movie makers.

The display will also be available in 34-inch and 29-inch model featuring a 3440 x 1440 resolution, capable of displaying 99% of the sRGB gamut and all come with LG’ True Colour Calibration Software. There is no word on pricing just yet, but a few thousand dollars would be a safe bet.

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AOC Q2963PM 29″ UWHD AH-IPS Monitor Review

Introduction


Over the last few years, we have been [in general] demanding higher and higher resolutions from our monitors, and before we even think about using a multi-screen setup – the most common resolution of choice has to be 1920×1080. Over the last year or so, we have been seeing a slow transition over to the 2560×1600 bandwagon as some users opt for bigger 27″+ panels. The problem with these through is that the cost is far greater than a 1920×1080 panel so having a pair of 22″ or 24″ panels is not uncommon – it gives a balance between the desktop space and cost that many people look for.

In a bid to give users the best option of desktop space and display aspect ratio, the 2560×1080 resolution has slowly been cropping up within the market place and in effect it is an ideal alternative for anyone that is looking at a dual 1920×1080 screen setup. The super-wide aspect of this 29″ monitor gives a single desktop space to work within, however when we move over to the gaming side of things, the extra pixels allow for a wider peripheral vision without the distraction of a bezel right in the middle of your view.

AOC’s super-wide monitor is just one of the few to now offer the new resolution, but it doesn’t just give more pixels; it also has one of the best panels on the market to show the image as well. The AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In Plane Switching) panel that AOC have chosen produces a mixture of supreme colour accuracy, high pixel density and a high level of brightness, oh and let’s not forget that it has a superb viewing angle as well. All the ingredients are there for certain, but does having a 21:9 aspect monitor really make that much of a difference?

Before we even get a chance to delve inside the box, AOC are keen to show off the screens super-wide aspect ratio and its ability to house multiple windows with ease. The blue box also has a row of the panels highlighted features laid out along the lower edge with a front and back view of the monitor found to the right.

Taking everything out of the box, we find the monitor in two parts and alongside a two-part DC power adaptor we also have a VGA display cable, HDMI cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, a cable tie, rubber feet and a CD containing a set of display drivers and AOC’s accompanying software for this panel.