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Anyone gone from Ultrawide back to 16:9?

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by Scottland, 2 Sep 2021.

  1. Scottland


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,450

    Location: North Wales


    I'm a long time ultrawide user, having had the Dell UW3415 since release, and have now that and a BenQ EX3501 as a primary and the dell as a secondary. I do like ultrawide, but I feel the market has stagnated.

    I'm looking to potentially switch out to 2 32" screens, waiting for thew new crop of IPS, 120Hz+ 4k screens to release later this year. Just interested to hear from anyone who has switched from Ultrawide back to 16:9 and their thoughts?

    Add. I have considered the 38" ultrawide screens but might be a little big. I have also considered some the of the 42/43" screens and again thing they would be too big.
  2. Phixsator


    Joined: 10 Oct 2012

    Posts: 4,023

    I've been down the UW path and back to 16:9 more than once and I really love UW. Problem is the selection of proper panels is small and way to expensive. A perfect fit for me would be one of the 3840x1600 UWs... but they cost more than a CX Oled which makes NO sense.

    It's always annoying loosing that extra width but if it somewhat offset I feel if you get something big like a 32" 16:9 which is what i'm running atm.
    Last edited: 2 Sep 2021
  3. Phunky

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 May 2003

    Posts: 1,274

    Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

    I’ve gone from stacked ultrawides (49” + 34”) to a single 28” 4K panel, mainly to simplify my setup.

    I think the 38” would be good for my usage but I’ll wait until we get some that equal 2x4K
  4. Scottland


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,450

    Location: North Wales

    To be honest, even a 16:9 32" with decent specs/hdr is going to run ~£1000 - so value for money wise it's a hard sell compared to some of the OLED TV's or even something like the Aorus FV43U.
  5. dl8860


    Joined: 25 Jul 2010

    Posts: 3,606

    Location: Worcestershire

    But if you don't have a super healthy budget and can get by with a "passable" (read perfectly good if you don't go and watch a load of videos comparing with OLED/top end IPS panels) monitor, then you can still get a 16:9 32" 1440p 144Hz for 300 quid rather than 1000.
  6. LeMson


    Joined: 21 Mar 2012

    Posts: 4,016

    From 34 inch to 27, 34 was great for games, awful for desktop tho
  7. Phixsator


    Joined: 10 Oct 2012

    Posts: 4,023

    Well I'm running a 32" 1440p 75hz IPS from AOC, so a cheapo model, which is surprisingly good for the money. If you can get one of the newer revisions of the Sammy g7 32" without the scanline issue then you are also set for a pretty good gaming experience considering the recent price drop. The new 32" 1440p high refresh rate IPS monitors however, are a joke price wise.
  8. Malt_Vinegar


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,828

    Location: In a house

    I have verticaly stacked a UW 34 Iiyama g-master on top of a 27 1080 Iiyama g-master

    I love the UW for working/using as general workspace, and to run video/TV full-screen whilst I work/do things on the other screen. (including gaming)

    I really like the screen estate. I moved away from a 6 1080 screen setup to this, and don't feel like I really lost our on any usability. I don't see me moving away from the UW in the near future.
  9. Scottland


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,450

    Location: North Wales

    I’m only looking at 4K 16:9 screens for comparison though, 1440p I’ll be ‘losing’ some screen real estate hence why I’m only looking at 4K.
  10. silvagti


    Joined: 10 Apr 2013

    Posts: 3,065

    I currently have a 34" UW which I really like but think I might go back to a 32" 4k monitor in future when my current monitor needs replacing.

    Guess It'll depend on the pricing and tech offered by each panel at he time though.
  11. CashmereThoughts


    Joined: 12 Nov 2020

    Posts: 40

    I tried ultra wide not so long ago but I just couldn’t get used to softer image quality with the screen. Went back to my C9.

    When manufacturers decide to make 4K ultra wide then I might venture back it. Anyone know if and when that will be?
  12. martin363


    Joined: 18 Jan 2012

    Posts: 680

    Location: Peloponnese, Greece

    I have gone from a 34' UW to a 27' 4k this week, mainly because dau is taking the UW to uni . I must say, I prefer it, but my tastes have changed, I really don't game anymore and the higher PPI really suits me.
  13. Santoo


    Joined: 13 Aug 2021

    Posts: 27

    Location: UK

    I had a 34" 3440x1440 for a week.
    It was flat panel so didn't really like it, curved is essential for me at this size.
    For text/programming work it was good to have three panels/documents open next to each other.
    But for gaming in first person games it was great!

    However a 32" 4K is still better than ultrawide from my experience for gaming and text work.
  14. Black Dog

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,830

    Location: Reading, England

    Went from 34" ultrawide to a 48" LG C1 4K and loving it. Took a while to get used to it but I also have the option for custom resolutions for ultrawide on this TV. It scales so well and the borders are jet black so you don't even notice them.
  15. mrbazmondo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Apr 2008

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    I've been thinking about the ultra wides for a while, maybe the Samsung g9 49", but I find the vertical res too low. Its half of 5k, I'd be more tempted if it filled more of my vertical view, perhaps 3/4 height rather than 1/2 height.
    I've currently got 2 4k 32" LG screens that work paid for, so they're only 60Hz.
  16. harmattan


    Joined: 22 Mar 2015

    Posts: 215

    Location: hamshiretown heathamletonhurst

    I was using a 35" UW, then a 28" 4k, then a 32" 4k, now back to a 35" UW. I really like UW format for both gaming and work.

    It's really the limited choice in panels in the mid-range UWs that I find disappointing -- most are VAs with mediocre color accuracy and ghosting. On the other hand, 32" 4k with high refresh is a small fortune. If someone came out with a reasonably-priced 38" UW IPS 3840x1600 120hz I'd be first in line.
  17. 3t3P


    Joined: 20 Dec 2006

    Posts: 3,749

    I'd rather lose a body part than go back to 16:9 for gaming and normal use!
  18. Glanza


    Joined: 13 Mar 2007

    Posts: 11,010

    Location: South Yorkshire

    I went from a 34" UW back to 2x 27" 1440p monitors but tempted to swap those out and go for a 38" UW
  19. old gamer


    Joined: 6 Jan 2011

    Posts: 4,473

    Location: bristol

    Had a 38 uw and was great for pc gaming but no 21.9 support on the ps5 was a bit of a downer.

    Now on the lg 48 oled and all my gaming needs sorted
  20. Azrael1

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Aug 2004

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    Location: Southampton

    I use an 48 OLED mainly for console gaming and a 38 for PC gaming. I sometimes use the 48 OLED for pc gaming but find the 4k resolution a bit restrictive sometimes for some games. So best of both worlds here. Had a 43 Monitor and that was just too uncomfortable as a main screen.