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Best Widescreen Computer Monitor Option?

kmalone32 306 903 December 6, 2015 at 09:51 AM
I currently have a 21.5" all-in-one for my desktop. I'm looking for a widescreen that is good for multitasking with Excel and browsers. I won't be using for gaming, but I do stream some video. Another all-in-one would be ideal, but it seems like the more affordable route is to get a monitor and tower separate. My budget would be $1500-$2000 tops for the whole setup.

Are curved monitors worth it?

I've seen some good deals posted on 34" curved widescreen monitors, but I'm afraid those might be too big for my desktop. Would probably be looking for something more in the 27" range.

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curved monitors are worth it for the larger screen sizes - 27" is probably where I would say start looking for a curved display vs a flat one - note that they tend to be wider than normal, not necessarily taller - it's more of a comparison with a dual-screen setup than a TV of an equivalent size
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Why not just get a 27-32 inch, 1080p HDTV? Should be more than adequate for your needs and a lot cheaper than going with curved high-res panels.
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curved monitors are worth it for the larger screen sizes - 27" is probably where I would say start looking for a curved display vs a flat one - note that they tend to be wider than normal, not necessarily taller - it's more of a comparison with a dual-screen setup than a TV of an equivalent size
I am looking for a wide option - similar to using two monitors but just splitting the screen between a web browser and Office or other program. Sounds like a curved display could be a good option.
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For some reason, 27"+ monitor get really expensive.
Just get HDTV when you want 27"+ size.
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For some reason, 27"+ monitor get really expensive.
Just get HDTV when you want 27"+ size.
I'm having a hard time finding curved 27" HDTVs. Here's a curved 27" monitor for $300:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsu...Id=1335041

Would a TV really be cheaper?
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I'm having a hard time finding curved 27" HDTVs. Here's a curved 27" monitor for $300:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsu...Id=1335041

Would a TV really be cheaper?
Not sure about the curved 27" HDTV.
You can find 32'' HDTV 1080p for under $150 during holiday on here. I have seen 2 deals for 32'' HDTV 1080p for under $150 in the last 2 weeks.
32'' 1080p monitor usually goes around $200.
I got a 32'' HDTV 720p on Amazon for $75 during Cyber Monday to use as monitor. I think 32'' HDTV 720p is good enough, unless you play game or want to watch pretty picture in 4K.

Most people think that 1080p is better than 720p. No, it's not. The refresh rate is more important. I would get a 120 Hz 720p HDTV over a 60 Hz 1080p HDTV.
The BB link Curved HD Monitor only has 60Hz Frequency. $300 is a ripoff. Not sure why you want to buy stuffs on BB? Shouldn't you shop somewhere else instead?
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Most people think that 1080p is better than 720p. No, it's not. The refresh rate is more important. I would get a 120 Hz 720p HDTV over a 60 Hz 1080p HDTV.
The BB link Curved HD Monitor only has 60Hz Frequency. $300 is a ripoff. Not sure why you want to buy stuffs on BB? Shouldn't you shop somewhere else instead?
maybe for watching TV - but for computer use, assuming you use it for things other than watching videos and playing games, the lack of resolution is painful - really even 1080p isn't enough for beyond 24" on a monitor
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Not sure about the curved 27" HDTV.
You can find 32'' HDTV 1080p for under $150 during holiday on here. I have seen 2 deals for 32'' HDTV 1080p for under $150 in the last 2 weeks.
32'' 1080p monitor usually goes around $200.
I got a 32'' HDTV 720p on Amazon for $75 during Cyber Monday to use as monitor. I think 32'' HDTV 720p is good enough, unless you play game or want to watch pretty picture in 4K.

Most people think that 1080p is better than 720p. No, it's not. The refresh rate is more important. I would get a 120 Hz 720p HDTV over a 60 Hz 1080p HDTV.
The BB link Curved HD Monitor only has 60Hz Frequency. $300 is a ripoff. Not sure why you want to buy stuffs on BB? Shouldn't you shop somewhere else instead?

On a TV being used as a monitor, 720p will limit you to 720 in the vertical (as opposed to 1080). You want a TV that is 1080p so that you can go 1920x1080 resolution on the PC. Anything beyond that resolution on a large screen is really unnecessary unless you are into some high end gaming or a graphic artist or doing some image processing or something along those lines imo.
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I do some image processing, but it's not the main function of the computer. I definitely want at least a 1080p monitor though.

I saw there were some really good deals on Dell monitors around Black Friday, but they were 34". I just think that would be too big for my desktop.

Other than the Samsung I linked to above, I've been looking at this Dell:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sn...u=210-AFOI

and here's a 29" Samsung that's probably the top of my range size-wise:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/c...&A=details

It looks like LG only makes 34".
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You missed this deal: 29" LG 29UB55-B 2560x1080 Ultrawide IPS LED Monitor w/ Built-In Speakers $175 - but keep a SD alert for something like this
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You missed this deal: 29" LG 29UB55-B 2560x1080 Ultrawide IPS LED Monitor w/ Built-In Speakers $175 - but keep a SD alert for something like this
Looks like a pretty good deal, no curved screen on it though.
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Looks like a pretty good deal, no curved screen on it though.
current dell one is decent

http://slickdeals.net/f/8354969-27-dell-u2715h-ultrasharp-monitor-499-150-egift-card-349-possible-274-or-224-with-discover-cashback?v=1&src=pdw
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This one isn't curved either, unfortunately.
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Ordered the 34" curved Dell that was on the FP earlier this week. Just arrived today! Thanks everyone for the help.
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