Ultrawide or Dual 27”?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Krevnik, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Krevnik macrumors 68040

    Krevnik

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    I’ve built a gaming PC and want to share my modest work desk (60” x 30”) with it instead of only having it hooked up to the TV. I’ve already got a 5K iMac 27” though. And this leaves me with a dilemma:

    - Get a 27” monitor and share it with both the PC and the iMac. This would let me have a dual-monitor setup on the Mac, a display for gaming, and not give up the 5K display.
    - Get a 34” Ultrawide and share it with a MBP/Mini and the PC.

    My concern here is space for the 27” monitors, and text/photo quality with a 34”. The 27” setup would be more flexible, but I also don’t always need dual monitors at home, so I’d be moving them on monitor arms so that either one or the other is center stage most of the time. The 34” gives me a single immersive monitor, but there are few that have good gamut for photo editing as well, and text will definitely suffer. It fits the desk a little better as well, since I’ve got larger speakers (Paradigm A2s I got years ago). But, 34” displays seem harder to control IPS glow with, because the corners are more off-angle, even in curved displays.

    I have used both these setups at work doing code development. 34” hooked up to a Mac Pro, and an iMac with a 27” 1440p display on the side. For that, I’ve preferred the iMac + Monitor setup. Especially since it lets me test Retina and non-Retina on the same machine. For gaming though, I think the 34” is more immersive. It’s rough since I’m pretty much trying to combine the two worlds into a single setup.

    Thoughts that might kick me over the edge one way or the other?
     
  2. littlepud macrumors regular

    littlepud

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    If you’re going to get an ultra wide, go for 38” 3840x1600 instead of 34” (generally 2560x1080 or 3440x1440). The extra pixel real-estate is well worth it.
     
  3. Krevnik thread starter macrumors 68040

    Krevnik

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    I’d agree if 3440x1440 wasn’t already hard enough to drive for gaming. And that’s one of the priorities here.
     
  4. littlepud macrumors regular

    littlepud

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    What kind of video card are you running?
     

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