You are probably fantasizing about purchasing that latest, beautiful, 40+ inches, super, ultra-wide monitor ever since you’ve seen an online demonstration, or passed one by in the shop window… You may be thinking this will be the perfect addition to your workstation, or it will make your time spent gaming even more epic. But, what do we really know about how these gadgets work, what do they offer, and are there any drawbacks that go along with the astronomical prices which undoubtedly already stabbed you through the heart…
The obvious stuff
Although the ultra-wide attribute doesn’t necessarily mean heavy, because the tech today is advanced enough to make them light, it does, by all means, mean bulky and large. These monitors require space, people! The curved shape and the wide range will require at least two meters (79 inches) in width, and half a meter (20 inches) in depth, no matter the stand type. Additionally, the table you are placing it on needs to have enough space for you to be sufficiently away from the monitor.
The perfect place to sit is calculated easily in this case, you should imagine two straight lines from each of the sides of the monitor, going straight toward your sitting position under a 90° angle against the monitors surface. Since the surface is curved, only the edges count.
The point at which the two lines intersect is the perfect place to sit if you are to have an immersive experience during your game, similar to that of VR tech, but keep in mind that you will be turning your head quite a bit.
But, besides having enough space and sitting at the right distance, you also need to make sure your favorite games support the ultra-wide aspect ratio. Some games will only give you black bars, some will zoom in and look quite bad, but if the game does it well the experience will be really good!
What is it actually good for?
Having an ultra-wide monitor is actually like having two 16:9 aspect ratio monitors side by side, but without any bezels contaminating the good vibe. So, this may be a bit too much for gaming, or better said unnecessary, since most wide monitors already give you a decent width for most of the games, but it can be quite the useful tool for other work.
In my profession, I often need to have two 16:9 monitors side by side if I am to work efficiently and maintain my normal workflow. I mostly manage with actually using two monitors side by side, but having one, without the break bar in the middle, would give me a completely new experience and would probably change my complete perspective on the work.
Keep in mind that this tech is still in its infancy, and even though these monitors look pretty advanced, they still may possess many drawbacks in terms of functionality, like perhaps they may be missing some convenient ports or may require you to rearrange your entire room or office.
Also, the prices are so high, that it may be a completely legit alternative to simply buy two 16:9 monitors, very high tech, which together will still be cheaper than an ultra-wide monitor if you shoot for the top brands and high-tech. At least, do your research and be patient. The tech is improving on a daily basis, and the prices are dropping at the same rate.