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Brandon B.

Brandon B.

Joined on 11/06/08

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First Curved Monitor--would definitely recommend

Samsung CRG9 Series LC49RG90SSNXZA 49" Dual Quad HD 5120 x 1440 Resolution 120Hz HDMI, 2x DisplayPort AMD FreeSync 2 Flicker Free HDR1000 QLED Curved Gaming Monitor
Samsung CRG9 Series LC49RG90SSNXZA 49" Dual Quad HD 5120 x 1440 Resolution 120Hz HDMI, 2x DisplayPort AMD FreeSync 2 Flicker Free HDR1000 QLED Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: * Vibrant colors * Smooth motion * Easy-to-use GUI (you do have to read the manual the first time to get a handle on where everything is, but after the first time it's super easy) * Bright panel that doesn't crush dark/shadowy images (think the nighttime scenes in your favorite episode of Supernatural) * It ships with one of every cable (HDMI, DP, etc.)

Cons: * If you want to do PBP mode, you have to switch it to single-input mode to adjust the color mode (cinema, dynamic, etc.), which it'll keep when you go back to PBP mode; seems like it should be more straightforward than all that * It ONLY ships with one of each cable; it only came with one DisplayPort cable, but for people like me that need PBP mode I think Samsung should've included two (I had another one lying around but still)

Overall Review: This replaced two AOC 21:9 monitors, and even though 32:9 isn't quite 42:9, it's still an improvement because there's no bezel, everything is calibrated the same because it's two screens on a single panel, and there's a single power cable where I used to have two. I had some strong reservations about the fact that this was curved (I've steadfastly refused to buy anything curved up to this point, in this case it wasn't a choice as much as a lack of options). The curved display DOES take some getting used to at first, but after a few days you don't even notice it, and in some ways the curved surface actually seems better suited to the super-ultrawide aspect ratio. I wouldn't want curved displays for everything (I have a laptop and a TV in the same room, both flat, and they work just fine even with a curved display in the mix), but for this 32:9 display it actually works very well. If you've been considering a curved monitor but have reservations, this is the advice I can offer: if you're sitting very close to your monitor and/or it's 21:9 or wider, make it a curved one; if you sit far away or just have a 16:9 display, I don't think it would be worth investing just to have one. Pay attention to the usual specs about colors and brightness and refresh rates first, since those are what really count, but don't be scared off if the only ones you can find are curved.