A good chunk of everything I’ve done on a computer was done on a standard 16:9 1080p monitor. My MacBook Pro has a bit more resolution but the aspect ratio was pretty much the same.
When I first heard about ultrawide monitors, I passed them off as gimmicks and something not really worth the couple hundred dollars it costs to get your hands on one. But my latest setup makeover had me interested in getting one primarily for the looks. Because let’s admit it, they look pretty sexy.
But after only a few hours of using it, I realized there are a lot of really good benefits to using an ultrawide monitor. A lot of them are only visual benefits, but there are quite a few useful things about them as well.
Multi-window layouts are actually usable
With an ultrawide monitor, having two windows side by side looks great and you can see more of the windows themselves. So if you’re one of those multitaskers who like to work on code and occasionally glance at photos of the man who will one day be the father of your children, ultrawide monitors are for you.
More efficient video editing
If you’re a video editor or work with applications that involve some kind of timeline, you’ll find the use of these monitors to be very beneficial. You see more of the timeline without having to scroll every two seconds and it makes everything that much better and faster when you can fit it all into one screen.
Cinematic movies are now fullscreen
When watching 21:9 content, like movies, they now take up the entire screen. No more black bars on the top and bottom. It’s a lot more immersive and looks great. The downside is, regular 16:9 videos in fullscreen now display black bars on the left and right. More on that later.
Gaming is absolutely awesome
And now, gaming. I’m gonna skip getting too technical about it and just tell you how awesome gaming is on an ultrawide monitor. You see a lot more of the game now that your field of view is a lot wider and for first person shooters and racing games, these monitors work wonders.
Games with heads-up-displays like Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous also take advantage of the screen real estate. They’re no longer just cramming screen elements into a narrow display and to put it into simple terms, you can see more. A LOT more. Whether or not it looksbetteris totally up to your taste but personally, I love it.
I can only see two real downsides to owning an ultrawide, besides maybe the extra cost but that’s a given.
Number 1, regular 16:9 videos (like, the majority of videos you see) look weird when viewed fullscreen. They now display black bars on the left and ride side of the video. It’s not that deal-breaking and can be easily fixed by exiting fullscreen and just watching it on the video page but if you have OCD about this kind of stuff like me, it can be a bit annoying.
Number 2, you’re going to have to make sure you have the room for one. Ultrawide monitors are just that; wide. Very wide. And if your table is small prepare to have a cramped workstation or the edges of the screen hanging off your desk.
Overall, I think the switch to an ultrawide monitor was definitely worth it. It’s surely not for everyone, so make sure you do your research before investing in one. You can buy the same monitor I have here:https://www.amazon.com/LG-34UM69G-B-34-Inch-UltraWide-Reduction/dp/B06XFXX5JH/
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