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Recommendations for a 34" Curved Ultrawide Monitor for Work / Play

Parth Kharwar
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I've looking for a 34" curved ultrawide in the $500-$700 price range primarily for work (a lot of coding, web development), media consumption (Netflix, Prime) and some light gaming (Valorant, Satisfactory).

The options I've considered so far in no particular order:

  1. Samsung CH890

  2. LG 34GP83A-B

  3. LG 34GN850-B

  4. Dell S3422DWG

I'll be running it off a Dell XPS 17, with an i7-12700H and RTX 3060 so I don't really expect high FPS while gaming. Would love to have USB C (with PD) on the monitor, but need a USB hub at minimum. Speakers would ofc be a bonus. I've come to the conclusion that at 34", 3440 x 1440 is the sweet spot for price to visuals range. And while IPS is definitely a better option, I might have to settle for VA here.

 

I'm looking at this a long term investment, which hopefully means an upgrade to a full tower PC, hence me spending so much time debating my options. Would love some help deciding or with new suggestions.

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One of the LGs. Either one, really, I doubt you'll notice a difference between them unless you're using them side by side.

 

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LG 34GN850-B is a good solid monitor, was in my shortlist when I finally decided 18mo ago for an Alienware AW3420DW but both were in the $1,000 range at that time

 

 

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10 minutes ago, PDifolco said:

LG 34GN850-B is a good solid monitor, was in my shortlist when I finally decided 18mo ago for an Alienware AW3420DW but both were in the $1,000 range at that time

 

 

I’ve used it for the past couple years and it’s an amazing monitor. I would note I am considering swapping to a Samsung 42” Qn90b 4K tv to get  more screen real estate for my work. The downside to an ultra wide is you can’t really comfortably use a second monitor with it. If I want the ultra wide experience I’ll switch it to the ultra wide mode on the tv.

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Owned LG 34GN850 for 9 months, still love it. Had an VA but later went different layout with my room and slow response times became apparent. Swapped with nano IPS and still love it today.

 

Biggest problem was the price, because there's no alternatives apart from flat IPS or OLED, the price was triple of 27 inch 16:9 monitor. I also miss using PBP sometimes but it's not a big concern. 

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1 hour ago, Sorenson said:

I’ve used it for the past couple years and it’s an amazing monitor. I would note I am considering swapping to a Samsung 42” Qn90b 4K tv to get  more screen real estate for my work. The downside to an ultra wide is you can’t really comfortably use a second monitor with it. If I want the ultra wide experience I’ll switch it to the ultra wide mode on the tv.

Do you think there's an issue with buying a monitor released a few years ago?

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3 minutes ago, BuzzingBee said:

Owned LG 34GN850 for 9 months, still love it. Had an VA but later went different layout with my room and slow response times became apparent. Swapped with nano IPS and still love it today.

 

Biggest problem was the price, because there's no alternatives apart from flat IPS or OLED, the price was triple of 27 inch 16:9 monitor. I also miss using PBP sometimes but it's not a big concern. 

Any issues that you've faced with quality control or panel degradation? What would you say you've used it the most for?

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1 hour ago, dizmo said:

One of the LGs. Either one, really, I doubt you'll notice a difference between them unless you're using them side by side.

 

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Thank you! Would there be one of them that has an edge over the other?

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1 hour ago, Sorenson said:

I’ve used it for the past couple years and it’s an amazing monitor. I would note I am considering swapping to a Samsung 42” Qn90b 4K tv to get  more screen real estate for my work. The downside to an ultra wide is you can’t really comfortably use a second monitor with it. If I want the ultra wide experience I’ll switch it to the ultra wide mode on the tv.

Thank you for the response! What would you say your primary use case would be? 
I do have a second 22" Dell that I run in vertical with my current 27" main. Could be a squeeze otherwise I'm happy to stick with just one for the clean aesthetic. 

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2 minutes ago, Parth Kharwar said:

Thank you! Would there be one of them that has an edge over the other?

RTings liked #2 more. You can read the articles to see what is different between them, they're an excellent review site.

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for those prices the 34gp83A-B would be my choice, never seen it that low before.

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I own LG 34GN850 and still love it. Now I put this monitor for working and never regret buying this. 😊

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5 hours ago, Parth Kharwar said:

Any issues that you've faced with quality control or panel degradation? What would you say you've used it the most for?

When I first bought LG 34GN850 from Amazon it had two noticeable dusts that were stuck inside screen and they looked like dead pixels. I swapped and this time no dust or dead pixels.

 

My monitor has some IPS glow on corners which I can tolerate, and there's a bit of red and green tint on left and right side of the screen when the whole screen is white. Reading around I seen people with LG 34GN850/34GP83-A having tinting issue as well but to me it isn't too noticeable. 

 

I used the monitor mostly for browsing and games that doesn't support HDR. 

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On 8/12/2022 at 4:53 PM, Parth Kharwar said:

Do you think there's an issue with buying a monitor released a few years ago?

It’s about the same price as I paid on Black Friday and it is still a good quality monitor. The biggest downside would be MINI LED or OLED will likely be available on most monitors in this price range in the next year or two. 

On 8/12/2022 at 4:58 PM, Parth Kharwar said:

Thank you for the response! What would you say your primary use case would be? 
I do have a second 22" Dell that I run in vertical with my current 27" main. Could be a squeeze otherwise I'm happy to stick with just one for the clean aesthetic. 

A 27” under would be kind of unergonomic. I use my 13” laptop under while I do my accounting work. I use multiple windows at once to audit financials and it is convenient to have more things on screen at once for me.

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