The Best Ultra-Wide Monitors [June 2019]
The flatscreen monitor has forever altered the ways in which we interact with media. Although once only affordable by the rich and tech-savvy, these computer monitors are becoming increasingly affordable and more powerful at the same time—a fantastic correlation that means everyone from elite gamers to more casual Netflix bingers can enjoy all the benefits of a flatscreen monitor.
Whether you’re looking for a monitor that will help you multitask and boost productivity at work, or you’re looking to add a a flourish to your living room that will help you stream shows and movies for the family, investing in a quality HD flatscreen monitor is almost always a wise choice.
In fact, many people are now forgoing the more traditional flatscreen TV in favor of a much more affordable (and oftentimes equally powerful) ultra-wide flatscreen computer monitor that offers much of the same features for a fraction of the cost.
And while even the widest flatscreen monitors are no match for some of the truly massive flatscreen TVs that can be found on the market, most of us don’t have much of a need for those extreme measurements to begin with—rendering them utterly superfluous to an enjoyable screening session.
So why not go big? Whether you’re an avid gamer, movie nut, or simply love having a million tabs open on your browser at once, these ultra-wide computer monitors will help you get that massive screen size you crave and deserve.
There’s a reason why LG has a reputation for making truly awesome electronics at increasingly affordable prices: They’re just that good. This 34-inch monitor is a testament to LG’s prowess and skill when it comes to crafting truly excellent gear that competes with some of the bigger brands without breaking the bank.
Featuring a 21:9 ratio and a 99% calibrated sRGB screen, this display is truly loved by both professional tech reviewers and excited Amazon buyers who can’t wait to show off their new purchase to the world. In fact, there seems to be very little (if anything) that’s actually wrong with this monitor—no downside that’s visible even after prolonged periods of use in multiple settings.
Ideal for visual artists, graphics designers and videographers, this screen is incredibly accurate when it comes to color patterns and offers rich pallets without over-saturation. The picture is incredibly sharp and realistic, and the overall image is about 2.4 times larger than a full HD 16:9 monitor.
And thanks to 99% coverage, you won’t have to worry about misrepresented colors or contrast ratios—a major plus if you make your living in graphic design and can’t afford to not have your images translate to different screens.
It boasts USB 3.0 quick charging technology—meaning you’ll be able to power all your USB devices up to four times faster than traditional USBs by connecting them to a dedicated port on the back of the monitor—and on-screen controls allow you to quickly and easily change the settings in order to accommodate a limitless number of work and color environments.
There’s the ability to engage in split-screen viewing (you’ll even be able to resize and display multiple windows at once without having to interrupt your workflow), and there are no less than fourteen different options for screen breakdowns for picture-in-picture viewing as well.
You’ll also enjoy FreeSync technology, which reduces the tearing and stuttering that can occur between the graphic card’s frame rate and a monitor’s refresh rate. This means that you’ll experience truly seamless, fluid movement throughout your viewing (and especially gaming) experience without the need to upgrade your graphics card.
There’s even a dedicated Game Mode that allows you to customize the ways in which your screen reacts to various character movements in your favorite game scenarios.
Not to prematurely put down the other monitors on this list, but when it comes to overall quality, functionality, and affordability, it’s hard to beat this LG monitor.
We stand by our claim that LG stands apart from the competition when it comes to making truly awesome and affordable electronics, but the one brand that may beat them, specifically in the competitive world of flatscreen monitors, is Dell.
This 38-inch monitor offers all of the quality and functionality that one would expect from a company that’s earned a hard-fought reputation in the world of monitors, albeit at a slightly elevated price.
Their patented Infinity Edge is a truly great thing—making it seem as though the image on the screen never truly ends, and eliminating that obnoxious crossfading that can occur from monitor edges that don’t necessarily conform to HD content on the screen.
Compatible with all operating systems, this monitor is great for gamers but equally well-suited for visual professionals who need to have accurate representations of the work in terms of color and contrast.
The curvature of this monitor is uniquely smooth, meaning your eyes won’t become distracted by edges of image-stretching as you move from one side of the screen to the other, and a specialized flicker-free screen that utilizes ComfortView technology filters harmful blue light emissions in order to optimize eye comfort—something that pro-level users will doubtlessly be thankful for as they spend hours on end staring at the screen.
The detail of this monitor is exceptional, thanks to in-plane switching technology and a brilliant 21:9 aspect ratio that delivers approximately 25 percent more screen content than a 34-inch.
Another plus for this monitor is its integrated 9W speakers, which offer surprisingly good sound for their size and will doubtlessly make like easier for artists who don’t want to rely on an external sound source while they work.
There are also plenty of ports to keep your peripherals occupied—including two HDMI connectors, a DP connector, a USB-C port, an audio line-in port, USB upstream and downstream ports, and more.
While we’re on the topic of awesome monitors that check in around the $1000 range, we thought we’d mention this ultra-cool monitor that’s earned endless praise in a variety of tech circles around the web.
Don’t let its title fool you—this gaming monitor can more than hold its own when it comes to professional visual work and design, and there are a series of features that make it uniquely great for extended work sessions either at home or in the office.
At a whopping 49 inches, this screen is truly massive, and features an ultra-wide 32:9 curvature that’s both captivating and easy on the eyes. Thanks to quantum dots, you get a visual experience that’s incredibly accurate and rich in detail, and HDR QLED features ensure that dark areas are darker and bright ares are brighter—without distorting or misrepresenting the underlying image itself.
You’ll enjoy AMD’s new Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, which gives gamers a smooth HDR gaming experience with twice the perceivable brightness and color of that offered by the sRGB spectrum, and a super-fast 1ms MPRT (Motion Picture Response Time) means that you’ll never have to endure that all-too-common blurriness that can happen with fast gaming.
And for those of us who just can’t seem to tear ourselves away from the work (or most likely the game) at hand, there’s a special CHG90 eye-saver mode that can be used to cut down on blue light emissions in order to relieve stress on your eyes.
You’ll even be able to optimize this monitor for any type of game genre, thanks to a variety of calibrated display modes that intelligently adjust black game levels, contrast ratios, sharpness, and color value settings with the click of a button.
Although this ultra-wide monitor can of course be used for activities that fall outside of the gaming realm, it would almost be a shame to not game on this display, since its design lends itself so flawlessly to the fast-paced world of esports.
Featuring a 30-inch color-rich display that boasts 2560×1080 resolution, this screen is ideal for gamers who want to keep an eye on every corner of the action without succumbing to fatigue or having to deal with blurred images.
Even in super motion-heavy and action-packed games, this screen delivers flawlessly, thanks in part to its 75Hz speed and easy FPS optimization that allows you to fine-tune your viewing experience for the specific type of game at hand.
You can use the included stand or choose to mount it on a wall, and a simple HDMI connection means you won’t have to scramble to find esoteric connectors and adaptors in order to connect your go-to gaming consoles.
You’ll also enjoy incredibly cool accuracy thanks to 16.7 million color delivery with a 3000:1 contrast ratio—one of the best in the field—and there’s a dedicated audio out port from which to attached headphones or external speakers if you don’t want to go through your main CPU.
Ideal for visual artists and videographers who require super-fast speeds and unmatched color clarity and detail, this Philips monitor features quad 3840×2160 resolution and an impressive 16:9 aspect ratio with 10-bit color support that’s ideal for pro-level tasks and color matching.
You get a wide range of connections and ports that allow you to attach a seemingly endless number of peripherals, and the brightness range is one of the best we’ve encountered—meaning you’ll be able to seamlessly adjust your levels in order to match and adapt to your particular environment.
Given this display’s streamlined and minimalist design, we were also pleasantly surprised to find that the 7 watt on-board speakers pack a surprising amount of punch, which can be an added bonus for those of us who don’t like to strap out headphones during extended editing sessions.
You’ll also be able to use the picture-by-picture function in order to monitor up to four individual systems on a single screen which is a major plus if you work in a collaborative environment.
This massive, 49-inch monitor is not messing around. Whether you’re interested in video editing, esports, or simply want to install the equivalent of a gigantic flatscreen TV in your living room for a fraction of what you’d spend on a traditional television, this behemoth has you covered.
Its enormous screen offers total immersion regardless of your activity, and you’ll be able to enjoy your content the way it was supposed to be viewed thanks to a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 1800R curvature that doesn’t strain the eyes.
It also boasts 16.7 million colors and 144Hz of speed that allow even the fastest movements to come in clean, and you’ll be able to protect your eyes during extended viewing sessions thanks to a specialized Viotek Eye Guard feature that delivers low blue-light in place of some of the more biting and harmful blue lights that accompany much of today’s visual content.