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Old 11th Jul 2013, 10:28   #1
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Super-wide monitors - the next big thing?

Are 21:9 monitors set to be the next must have?
http://www.bit-tech.net/blog/2013/07...ext-big-thing/
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Old 11th Jul 2013, 10:35   #2
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sure, i'd take a super wide monitor. so long as it keeps the same pixel density as my current. i can't see how many pixels were on the one you tested... pretty important
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I remember the feeling I got when I unboxed by Dell 30 inch all those years ago when it first came out. Then running a 19 inch next to it so i could WoW on the Dell and team speak etc.. on the 19 inch.

This screen ratio looks really nice, great for coding on.
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I'd buy one so long as it was 120hz - preferably with 3D vision 2 light boost.
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sure, i'd take a super wide monitor. so long as it keeps the same pixel density as my current. i can't see how many pixels were on the one you tested... pretty important
1080p@21:9 ratio
=((1080/9)*21)*1080
2721600 pixels

If you want i could waz out some pythagoras to get the area and ppi?
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So what is the aspect ratio and resolution?
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I assume it's 2520 x 1080, i.e. 21:9 aspect ratio, but it might have been useful to state this in the article
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1080/9*21 = 2520
so this is 2520 x 1080?
that's less pixels in both directions, that is not improvement.
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I assume it's 2520 x 1080, i.e. 21:9 aspect ratio, but it might have been useful to state this in the article
I can achieve that effect on my 2560x1600 monitor
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The resolution is 2,560 x 1080 - I've just added this to the article too.
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1080/9*21 = 2520
so this is 2520 x 1080?
that's less pixels in both directions, that is not improvement.
LG does not get my money.
no one said this was 'an improvement', just a different way of viewing things.
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So it's a 64:27 aspect ratio, not 21:9
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Ultra wide 29 inches are a marketing device. You get less screen than 27 inches and a quarter less than 30 inches. It's not a lot bigger than a 24 16:10.

The wider we go, the less actual screen panel we get, it's basic trigonometry:
3:4:5 triangle => 5 units diagonally on the product page => 12 unit^2 for the rectangle viewing area
1:5:5.1 triangle => 5.1 unit diagonally on the product page => 5 unit^2 for the rectangle viewing area

In case of monitor sizes:
30inch 16:10 monitor has viewing area of 404.5 inches square.
29inch 21:9 monitor has viewing area of 304.5 inches square.
27inch 16:9 monitor has viewing area of 311.5 inches square.
24inch 16:10 monitor has viewing area of 258.8 inches square.

So say no to those marketing monkeys and save your money for a 30 inches.
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I'd buy one so long as it was 120hz - preferably with 3D vision 2 light boost.
Not going to happen. 120Hz = TN = 24" 1920x1080 at best. Time to choose - either a superior IPS display, or 3D Vision/120Hz. I take superior IPS display with superior resolution (2560x1440, 2560x1600, 4k monitors) over 3D Vision/120Hz any day.
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Ultra wide 29 inches are a marketing device. You get less screen than 27 inches and a quarter less than 30 inches. It's not a lot bigger than a 24 16:10.

The wider we go, the less actual screen panel we get, it's basic trigonometry:
3:4:5 triangle => 5 units diagonally on the product page => 12 unit^2 for the rectangle viewing area
1:5:5.1 triangle => 5.1 unit diagonally on the product page => 5 unit^2 for the rectangle viewing area

In case of monitor sizes:
30inch 16:10 monitor has viewing area of 404.5 inches square.
29inch 21:9 monitor has viewing area of 304.5 inches square.
27inch 16:9 monitor has viewing area of 311.5 inches square.
24inch 16:10 monitor has viewing area of 258.8 inches square.

So say no to those marketing monkeys and save your money for a 30 inches.
You're technically right, but the very same argument could be said for 'widescreen' monitors in general. Why not have 3:2, 4:3 or 1:1? There's a 'feel' associated with using a monitor that counts for something. Having used a 30in monitor for many years I can vouch for the fact that 2560 is a great resolution for working side-by-side, while the extra height is of limited benefit day to day. Would I actually want to drop all the way to 1080? Well, maybe not but certainly 1200 is enough.
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I'd buy one so long as it was 120hz - preferably with 3D vision 2 light boost.
Yeah baby!

That's my requirement too. I love the super-wide but I like 3d vision 2 and also I can't go back to a 60hz desktop. 120hz is fast and flicker free.
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Why not have 3:2, 4:3 or 1:1?
There's a very good reason why aspect ratios aren't closer to 1:1, and that's because our field of vision is naturally wider than it is tall. 4:3 isn't too bad, but 16:10 or 16:9 is much more "natural" imo. I've not used a 21:9 (64:27 ) screen so can't comment on how good a fit it is for our normal fov.
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You're technically right, but the very same argument could be said for 'widescreen' monitors in general. Why not have 3:2, 4:3 or 1:1?
I miss my 5:4. My 16:10 is okay, as it goes, but I'd prefer more vertical resolution - without going to the extent of rotating it and having a 10:16 monitor instead...
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What I miss in the widesreen monitors is a gain in height.
My 24" 1920x1080 is the same (screen) height than the old 19" 4:3 monitor.
The gain in width alone doesn't do it for me.
Suppose I'll have to save for a 27"-30"
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