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      09-04-2018, 04:37 PM   #1
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Dual 27" or Curved 34"

I'm currently finalizing my build and stuck between two 27" or 1 34" UW.

Specifically looking at these

Dell S2716DG x 2 (144Hz)

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AW3418DW (120Hz)

Personally I'm leaning towards dual 27s just for the productivity thought; however i want some real world experience with the UW and see if they truly are that much better of an experience.

Does any one have any experience with either or in this general area and have possibly any other monitors you'd recommend.

PS: Rig will primarily be used for coding/working and secondary as a gaming rig.
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      09-04-2018, 05:07 PM   #2
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Dual, this way you can game on 1 and work on 2
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I switched from a single 27" monitor to dual 24" monitors and i LOVE the dual setup. Can have way more shit going on at once.
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I went from a 34" to 2x27". As you mentioned, better productivity. The other thing to consider with the 34 is if you ever share your screen for meetings. The resolution is so big that the font is tiny for everyone else on the call.
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      09-04-2018, 06:28 PM   #5
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PS: Rig will primarily be used for coding/working and secondary as a gaming rig.
Thanks for adding that statement. It matters.

The big curved screen will be better for gaming. The two little screens will be better for coding/working.

As tbone28 said, having a really big monitor for working is actually a PITA. Either the native resolution is too low, and you need to have the monitor 1.5 meters from your face to be able to use it comfortably, or it's a massive resolution with tiny text and you find yourself looking around the screen all the time to see where everything is.

Windows handles multiple monitors very nicely these days, It's very easy to snap stuff to one monitor, and work on the other - once you've had dual monitors you will never go back.

It depends on how well your favorite game(s) handle multi-monitor. Assuming your games support it, a 3 monitor setup would be the best choice for a mixed-use rig.
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Appreciate the feedback everyone.

Looks like I'll be going dual 27s.

Was able to snag a 2716DG for 230$ pricing error and I had ordered 5. They only honored 1 but whatever great deal!
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As a programmer, I prefer dual screens. Ultra wide displays are mostly useless unless you split your windows to half screen.

That being said, we have 34" ultra wides at work, I have an additional 24" monitor next to it because I just can't go back to 1 display
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The big curved screen will be better for gaming. The two little screens will be better for coding/working.
This. I use my home PC mostly for gaming, so I have a 34", which is great for gaming. At work, I have dual 22", and it's much better for work.

Edit: I should add that now that I got a Vive Pro, I do most of my gaming in VR, so the 34" montior gets much less use.
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You can still be productive with a single UW monitor, but for the reasons stated above, the dual would probably work out better for you if you do more coding/work on it than gaming. I have a single 34" UW monitor at home that I use for both work and gaming, but have two 25" monitors at work.
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Once you go to dual monitor, it's hard to go back to just one monitor. You feel like you are missing something, and are hampered by the lack of visual real estate. I have six 20" on my home office system, and two 27" monitors at work.
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As a programmer, I prefer dual screens. Ultra wide displays are mostly useless unless you split your windows to half screen.

That being said, we have 34" ultra wides at work, I have an additional 24" monitor next to it because I just can't go back to 1 display
I sometimes have both monitors halved with 4 different things open when at work.
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Interesting thread.

I have a dual 24" 1920x1200 setup at work. Unlike most people with dual monitors, I use both in the portrait orientation. My rationale for this is that I rarely need more than 1200px of horizontal resolution and thus almost never have to scroll horizontally, while nearly everything I do requires vertical scrolling (or would if I only had 1200px of vertical resolution).

I have been thinking about switching to a single 43" 3840x2160 monitor. This would essentially give me three 1280x2160 monitors side-by-side, increasing my available space by over 50%. It would also mean that on those occasions when I want to view a spreadsheet with tons of columns, I can use all the space without any bezel in the way.

My hesitation is that the size of the pixels of my current monitors is perfect. I've thought instead about buying a cheap 49" 4K TV (there are no 49" monitors to my knowledge) which would give me just a slightly higher pixel density than what I have. But my co-workers already think I'm weird for having two vertical monitors - they'd probably think I was completely insane with a 49" TV on my desk.

Anyway OP, coming back to your question, I'm not sure if they make gaming-specific 43" 4K monitors, but if they do it would give you more screen real-estate than both of your listed options. Maybe the best of both worlds in some ways?
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Interesting thread.

I have a dual 24" 1920x1200 setup at work. Unlike most people with dual monitors, I use both in the portrait orientation. My rationale for this is that I rarely need more than 1200px of horizontal resolution and thus almost never have to scroll horizontally, while nearly everything I do requires vertical scrolling (or would if I only had 1200px of vertical resolution).

I have been thinking about switching to a single 43" 3840x2160 monitor. This would essentially give me three 1280x2160 monitors side-by-side, increasing my available space by over 50%. It would also mean those occasions I want to view a spreadsheet with tons of columns, I can use all the space without any bezel in the way.

My hesitation is that the size of the pixels of my current monitors is perfect. I've thought instead about buying a cheap 49" 4K TV which would give me just a slightly higher pixel density than what I have. But my co-workers already think I'm weird for having two vertical monitors - they'd probably think I was completely insane with a 49" TV on my desk.
Meh. I've seen it done. To each their own. Whatever works best for your workflow.

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