The final part and piece of my most recent computer upgrade is finally in my hands and complete! After six months of price watching and review viewings, i finally have my new monitor. To say I’m a bit excited would be an understatement. I’ve upgraded from a 24″ 16:9 (1920 x 1080) monitor to an ultrawide 34″ 21:9 (3440 x 1440) beast in the form of an LG 34UC88. I’ve been planning this for quite some time but the cost and ability to run at a decent frame rate didn’t line up until now. Well here it is in all its glorious size, shape, and curve. My GTX 1080 is in for quite a workout.
The new LG completely dwarfs my old Asus when compared next to each other. Since they sit side by side on my desk, it’s a comparison i haven’t been able to stop making since my new monitor arrived about a week ago. This thing is huge but at the same time not as big as it sounds. It’s better to think of it as a wider 27″ monitor since it’s the same height as one. All the extra real estate is on the sides for that cinematic immersive experience. While not the exact same aspect ratio as most movies you’d see in the theater, it’s actually quite close. It makes me feel the same way I felt when I upgraded from 4:3 to 16:9 about a decade ago. To give you a better idea what kind of screen space I’m talking about, I’ve cut up a nice comparison below from Display Wars. As you can see those are a lot of pixels to push but not as demanding as say 4K.
The decision to upgrade to an aspect ratio not fully supported or adopted yet wasn’t an easy one for me. The benefits in games as well as productivity are simply amazing as far as I’m concerned. Watching movies with little to no black bars on the top and bottom is amazing. However the standard is still 16:9, which means watching TV shows, YouTube, Twitch, and a lot of other media leaves me with black bars on the sides. This is something I was willing to put up with long before I decided to upgrade. While YouTube does have some wonderful 21:9 trailers as well as a few dedicated content creators of the format, the vast majority are still in 16:9. Until broadcast television decides to support the format, I don’t see this changing anytime soon. I’m perfectly fine with that as I enjoy my new toy.
I was a bit more worried about the curve more than anything. After a week I barely even notice it anymore. I’m not sure if that means it’s working as intended in bringing the sides closer to my eyes or just a gimmick, but it’s a non issue as far as I’m concerned. It does take some getting used to but i’m already comfortable after only a week. I love this new format and i hope it becomes fully suppoted moving forward.
Now for some World of Warcraft 16:9 vs. 21:9 comparison screenshots!