An ultrawide monitor is a great way to increase the PC screen real estate you have available to use multiple apps and games without needing to purchase more than one display and then suffer from a split between them. We rounded up some of the best computer monitors, especially if you're now looking to create your own home-based office to work from there.
LG has a new series of 38-inch 4K monitors ranging from a modest $900 to this ultimate version priced at $1,600. The difference? With the LG 38WN95C-W, you get the usual wide color gamut, an anti-reflective layer, auto-brightness adjust, built-in speakers, but also a 144Hz refresh rate with 1ms response time for serious gaming. Add support for NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, Picture-by-Picture dual inputs, and 94 watts of power for your Thunderbolt 3 laptop, and you can have an ultrawide monitor that does it all. So, why settle for anything less?
Philips created a genuinely massive PC display for creatives and work professionals. This 49-inch behemoth monitor is a perfect replacement for two 1440p displays, allowing you to create a cleaner desktop environment. I'm talking DisplayHDR 400, color ratings of 91% for Adobe RGB and 103% for NTSC, USB-C 3. 1 Gen 2, HDMI 2.0B, DisplayPort 1.4, folding Windows Hello pop-up webcam, Gigabit LAN, and USB-C PD 2. 0 (up to 65W) to charge your laptop. When you need additional screen real estate but don't want to use multiple panels, the Philips 499P9H is an almost perfect choice.
Sporting a resolution of 2560x1080, it's no 1440p, but at only 25 inches, the low resolution shouldn't have a dampening effect on the visual experience. With this monitor, you get an IPS panel with two HDMI ports, FreeSync, and a refresh rate of 60Hz. It's possible to split the screen up to four times for increased productivity levels, and there's even a dual controller for connecting two PCs to the unit.
BenQ's EX3501R is a stunning monitor for those seeking a high-end screen with impressive performance. You've got a large 3440x1440 resolution, HDR support, 100Hz refresh rate, and a curved design. The addition of FreeSync support and excellent color reproduction makes this display perfect for consuming content or working on some designs.
This is an absurdly large monitor that fans of ultra-wide monitors will love, though it doesn't have the best picture quality compared to other options. The resolution is only standard 1080p, but the refresh rate is an excellent 144Hz, and the monitor comes with both HDR support and AMD Free Sync 2.
Dell's 34-inch 21:9 curved display has a 3440x1440 resolution, allowing you to get more done. Not only does the display itself look beautiful (Dell kills it with design), you have ample ports to hook up all devices, including HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort, as well as a USB 3.0 hub. You can have more than one input on-screen at once, and there's even VESA mounting support so you can bring your brackets and wall mounts.
Helping you pick an ultrawide
These are the best ultrawide monitors we've found for PC. The panels listed cater to different needs and requirements for gaming or productivity. When looking at ultrawide panels, you should be looking at the resolution, port availability, as well as refresh rates, and response times to pick the right one for you. We're partial to feature-rich displays, so if we had to pick just one, the best for screen real estate would be the LG 38WN95C-W. It's big, bold, and can even charge your laptop.
But if you want the most screen real estate possible, the Philips Brilliance 499P9H would be an excellent runner-up. This 49-inch panel from Philips is stunning. It comes rocking Thunderbolt support, an sRGB color accuracy rating of over 91%, and can also provide power to a laptop. There are plenty of ports on the rear of the display, allowing you to not only be more productive but enjoy movies and games too.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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