3440 x 1440
178° H x 178° V
- 10 points
- 27 days ago
from completed build Big Blue
A great monitor. This one doesn't have fancy "gaming" things that some of the other 3440x1440s have, such as crosshairs... but c'mon, I'm not paying an extra $100 for crosshairs on my monitor.
There is noticeable corner backlighting not only on dark backgrounds, but images that have dark sections. What surprised me the most is that the blacks, to me, seem "glossy" or shiny, even (or maybe especially) with minimal room lighting. The whole screen kind of has a shiny look to it so I never push the brightness past 80, which helps to that end. I'd heard that VAs have better/darker blacks than IPS... but I didn't really consider how the monitor would change depending on whether it was glossy or matte. My iMac (IPS) with a glossy/glass front panel actually seemed to have so much better/less shiny blacks, which is funny and counter-intuitive, and maybe I'm describing it wrong... but the suffice it to say that the screen is quite different than a glass panel. It might also be the limited viewing angle of the VA panel that I wasn't use to with my iMac IPS one.
Another slight annoyance is that unlike some of the competitor monitors for the 3440x1440 market, this one doesn't have built-in or delivered software that lets you 'snap' windows/programs to section. Not a big deal, as I was able to pretty quickly find a free program that let me split my monitor into thirds for quick snapping/maximizing to that third.
But, the benefit is that I got this monitor for $200+ cheaper than those competitor models; so a pretty fair trade I think. Also, it's a bit baffling that they don't ship it with a DP-DP, only a DP-MiniDP; so I needed to cough up some more cash for a DP-DP cable to make use of the Adaptive Sync for my NVIDIA card.