Monitors and televisions are practically interchangeable these days. People use both to view videos and play games on consoles. And now, wide curved screens with a 21:9 aspect ratio are becoming very popular. They provide a very immersive viewing experience with less eye fatigue. Let’s take a look at two top-selling models to see which will be the best for your home or office.
LG 34UC88-B 34-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor with USB Quick Charge
LG seems to have thought of all the details needed for the perfect monitor. Their 34UC88 B has a large 34-inch diagonal screen that’s curved just right. It’s not just about surround sound anymore, it’s surround video, too. When you play a game or watch a movie on this screen, it’s like you’re in the middle of the action.
Part of the image’s clarity comes from the high quality color calibration. The sRGB is over 99%, ideal for crisp pictures that look true to life. Plus, the maximum resolution is QHD, or 3440 by 1400 pixels. And the aspect ratio is 21:9, or more than two times larger than a 16:9 screen. Blu-Ray films will look amazing.
If you love gaming, you’ll appreciate some of the other features of the LG 34UC88 B. It’s programmed with FreeSync technology that stops stuttering and image lag. Of course, you’ll need to use the DisplayPort connection to take advantage of this.
You can also choose one of the gamer modes that enhance the image on-screen. Two gamer modes are specifically designed for first person shooters. But if you really only want a PC monitor, this LG screen can help you with that, too.
For example, the high resolution allows you to see up to 47 columns and 63 rows at a time in Microsoft Excel. Or if you have multiple tasks to complete, you can split the screen. The monitor lets you create up to four picture-in-picture images at a time.
All of these options are accessed by way of the on-screen control. You won’t need to press tiny buttons on the bezel to make changes. Instead, just use your mouse to select what you want.
Finally, the monitor comes with a USB 3.0 port that will charge a portable device for you, too.
More features of the LG 34UC88 B Ultrawide Monitor:
- Height and tilt are adjustable
- It’s possible to convert between sRGB and Adobe color schemes
Dell UltraSharp U3415W PXF79 34-Inch Curved LED-Lit Monitor
If the LG 34UC88 B is such a good monitor, why would you consider looking at the Dell UltraSharp U3451W? Perhaps because the Dell monitor won the Editor’s Choice award from PCMag. Or maybe because the Dell comes with two built-in 9W stereo speakers so you don’t need to provide any other sound system right out of the box.
For those who are interested in saving power and helping preserve the environment, the Dell U3451W is Energy Star qualified, EPEAT Gold Rated, and made without mercury and arsenic.
Or if you are managing more than one computer at a time, you can connect two of them to this single screen. Then you can view both desktops by way of the Picture-by-Picture or Picture-in-Picture features but with only one mouse and keyboard. Plus, Dell’s own Easy Arrange technology keeps your program windows organized and neat.
No matter if you’re working on a spreadsheet or watching cat videos for a laugh, the 3440 x 1440 WQHD resolution of the 21:9 curved screen is sharp and clear. Just like the LG monitor, the Dell has sRGB color calibration of 99% for a crisp, realistic picture.
The U3451W comes with one HDMI connector as well as multiple USB 3.0 ports—two upstream ports for connection multiple PCs, and four downstream ports, too.
More features of the Dell Ultrasharp Curved Monitor:
- Covered by 3-year limited hardware warranty plus 3-year Advanced Exchange Service
- Comes with a stand that adjusts for height, tilt, and swivel
If you don’t intend to use an external sound system, and you don’t need the specialized gamer modes, you may find that the Dell UltraSharp U3451W has everything you need in a widescreen monitor. It has two built-in 9W speakers and the ability to support two PCs at once.
If you love to game, you may appreciate the LG 34UC88 B because its has several gaming modes that enhance picture quality and speed up reaction time.