Particularly wide monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio are becoming increasingly popular among gamers. We have taken a closer look at some good models for the year 2021.
Wider is better?
The big advantages of monitors like the Acer Predator X35 are the extra space and the often curved screen surface. This increases the degree of immersion, and in many games, information – such as a HUD – can be better distributed without obscuring the view of the world. Game developers have also recognized this trend and therefore provide official support for 21:9 monitors in most current games. We took advantage of these positive signs from the industry to take a look at the current monitors in this class.
Two resolutions lead the field
Currently (as of March 2021), there are two resolutions available in the 21:9 format. Devices like the Samsung C34H890WJU manage 1440p (i.e. 3,440 * 1,440 pixels), while other monitors like LG’s Ultragear 38GN950 already bring along a resolution of 3,840 * 1,600 pixels (1600p). The difference between 1440p and 1600p is quite small, but also not negligible.
The Acer Predator X35 with the lower resolution has another advantage: The refresh rate increases to 200 hertz. The higher-resolution LG Ultragear 38GN950 already stops at 160 hertz.
Unfortunately, all the technical opulence isn’t free: The aforementioned Acer Predator X35 costs an expensive 2,400 Euros, the LG Ultragear 38GN950 “only” costs 1,400 Euros. The Samsung C34H890WJU for 500 Euros is much better positioned in terms of price-performance ratio, and the AOC CU34G2X is hardly more expensive. However, there are some compromises to be made: The Samsung monitor does not go beyond 100 hertz.
Well suited for curved displays, G-Sync & Co.
Due to the extreme width of these monitors, they are very well suited for the use of curved displays. The ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q is a good example of devices of this type. Almost the entire field of view of a person is filled by monitors of this type, so it makes sense to tilt the sides slightly towards the user. The larger the monitor, the better this effect – for example, the 34-inch AOC CU34G2X or the 35-inch Acer Predator X35. The curvature varies greatly, some models have a radius of 1,800 millimeters, others manage 2,300 millimeters (like the LG Ultragear 38GN950).
Since gamers will primarily enjoy these monitors, features tailored to this target group are often found on board. The Samsung C34H890WJU, for example, supports Freesync, and the Acer Predator X35 even has G-Sync. Some models, like the LG Ultragear 38GN950, support both technologies for image synchronization. Furthermore, monitors in this class have, for example, blue light filters or presets on board that are suitable for gaming. Ergonomically, they can also be adjusted excellently to make longer gaming sessions possible without pain.
Conclusion: A good idea for modern games
Once you’ve played on a 21:9 monitor, you’ll never take the step back to 16:9 again. The additional width is a help in all virtual situations and greatly increases the degree of immersion. Whether it has to be curved or flat, however, is up to each gamer. You don’t have to make any technical compromises, by the way: G-Sync, high frame rates & Co. are also found in these devices. However, you should keep in mind that you need a reasonably powerful PC to feed the high resolutions.