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Flood4

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Hi, my kid just destroyed my Dell u3818dw (21:9, ultra-wide monitor, 38", 3840 x 1600).
I'm shopping for a new monitor.
I have a mac mini M1, 16 go. I do office work.

First, I don't want to spend 1000$ for it. (I had this monitor for like 8 months... ). Everything is or will be broken is this house. Would be much cheaper to sell the kid but my gf doesn't agree to so here we are.

- I really like the ultra-wide setup (to not have the bezel in the middle like I had when I used 2x22").
- 110 DPI is not that great but I can live with it, but a 34, 220 dpi would be perfect. Maybe in 10 years??.

  • So I think I'll go with a 34" since they are much cheaper but there is big difference in term of price between models.
  • I don't do game. Will I see a difference between 60 hertz and 120?
  • Is brightness really important? I used my Dell at maybe 50%, not sure what I would do with more luminosity.
  • Should I check for something else? Like 99% color garmut, I think I don't care, but do I?
  • USB-C seems a nice-to-have feature, but it's ~150$US more, and I rarely, if ever, plug my mbp14 on it, so not sure it's worth it.

But honestly I'm tempted with a 27, 4k monitor + a second one, but I don't want to return to my previous problem (to have a bezel in front of my face for 8 hours/day). I could also put my 27 in front, and the other one at the left, maybe even vertical, but not sure it will get the job done.

There is a lot of 300-500$US model on amazon warehouse and ncix, but kinda hard to decide without seing them.
Some example : LG 34WN80C-B, LG Ultragear 34GL750, MSI Optix MAG342CQR and MAG341CQ, ASUS VG34VQL1B.

Thanks for your input!
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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First, I don't want to spend 1000$ for it. (I had this monitor for like 8 months... ). Everything is or will be broken is this house. Would be much cheaper to sell the kid but my gf doesn't agree to so here we are.
Sell the kid AND your gf??

- 110 DPI is not that great but I can live with it, but a 34, 220 dpi would be perfect. Maybe in 10 years??.
Yeah, we are not getting it soon unfortunately.. No panels in development it seems.
I don't do game. Will I see a difference between 60 hertz and 120?
Absolutely IMHO. But your machine also needs to be able to output it. Go down to an Apple store and look at an iPhone 13 Pro or iPad Pro, and compare it to the cheaper models, and see if you think it makes a huge difference for you.

Is brightness really important? I used my Dell at maybe 50%, not sure what I would do with more luminosity.
Yes, but it sounds that you don't need a lot of light. It is nice if you sit in a highly lit office, or work with a laptop outside, or watch HDR material. Otherwise, 300 nits should be okay.

Should I check for something else? Like 99% color garmut, I think I don't care, but do I?
Again, doesn't sound like you need it.
 
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MacCheetah3

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The Gigabyte M34WQ ($500) is on both of these lists:



Perhaps worth looking into reviews or trying to find a place to see it in person.
 
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Flood4

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It reming what I didn't like with my Dell : ghosting : when I scrolled down, I could see the letter's shadow following them. I doesn't even have this in my current 1912 20" cheap HP monitor (okay, maybe 2012).
 
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