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Why choose an ultrawide monitor?

A monitor that gives you more screen space for productivity, entertainment and games? That's an ultrawide monitor. Two monitors are no longer needed, and you'll have an overview of all your work on one screen. Here, we'll explain what advantages an ultrawide monitor has.

What's an ultrawide monitor?

Ultrawide is the term used for monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio. 'Normal' widescreen monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning an ultra wide has almost a third more screen space. This extra space makes it easy for you to multitask on one screen, so you won't need a second screen anymore. Ultrawides are suitable for office use, image editing, graphic design, watching movies, and gaming.

Types of ultrawide displays

Aspect ratio

An ultrawide monitor therefore differs from a normal monitor due to the broader aspect ratio. There are also various relationships within the ultrawide monitors. There are screens with a 21: 9 aspect ratio and the even wider 32: 9. The latter is also called super-tallraw. Ultrawide can best be compared with one and a half normal monitor side by side. Superultrawide is comparable to 2 normal monitors side by side. Of course, the size also plays a role. A 49 inch super tallest is a lot wider than a 29 inch ultrawide, but you have to have enough space on your desk.

Curved ultrawide

The wider and wider the monitor, the finer it is when the screen is bent. Especially with super-large-scale monitors. That is because the image fills a large part of your field of vision. With a curved monitor you get more into the image and you do not have to move your head from left to right to see everything.

What are the advantages of ultrawide?

Multitasking

Multitasking

Many ultrawide monitors feature some form of split screen software. This divides your screen into several panes, which you use at the same time. Convenient when you're working with several sheets at the same time, while also wanting to use your email and your web browser. Sometimes, split screen software (which may be differently named) is integrated, sometimes it needs to be installed separately.

Screen space

More screen space

With a third more screen space than a conventional widescreen monitor, an ultrawide monitor offers you a lot of extra screen space. This is mainly an advantage for when you're working on image editing and graphic design. You can see more of your project, you have space to draw on multiple canvases and you can unfold all of your tools next to your field of work, without them getting in your way.

A wider view when gaming and automatic image scaling

A wider view when gaming

A wider view when gaming

Certain games support gaming on an ultrawide monitor, often with an adjustable field of view (FoV) setting. With a wider field of view, you'll see more of your games and you'll spot opponents coming at you sooner. This gives you the advantage in shooters, MOBAs, and grand strategy games.

Automatic scaling

Automatic image scaling

Once you've connected and set up your screen to your liking, you can instantly use all of your programs without scaling the software. That means there's no need to adjust any settings in order for your programs to adjust to your ultrawide monitor's 21:9 aspect ratio.

Black bars and ergonomically sound

Black bars

No black bars in movies

Because many movies were recorded at cinema size, you'll see black bars at the top and bottom of your screen on a 16:9 monitor. On an ultrawide monitor, that's a thing of the past: your entire screen will be filled with the movie.

Ergonomically sound

Ergonomically sound

With an ultrawide monitor, one screen is enough for your work and you won't need a setup with 2 screens anymore. This means you're working ergonomically, because you won't need to turn your neck as much.


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