The Differences Between Various Ultrawide Monitors

As with any type of emerging technology, the monitor/display industry has been inundated with an influx of different types of ultrawide monitors. Since there is so much hype and noise around these products, it often helps to find a guide online that can help you navigate the maze of monitors out there. Below we will classify the different types of ultrawide monitors, and explain the details that will help you make an informed decision when the time comes to make a purchase.

  1. FreeSync – A monitor marked as coming with FreeSync basically means that it’s meant to work along with AMD FreeSync, which essentially prevents screen-tearing when it comes to rapidly changing graphics, like when it comes to gaming. FreeSync support is only available when using a DisplayPort cable.
  2. G-Sync – Similar to FreeSync, NVIDIA G-Sync enhances the smoothness of graphics, but the source of the enhancement is different. FreeSync uses the video card to manage the refresh rate, while G-Sync utilizes a chip in the monitor.
  3. Premium Features – While doing your research about monitors you’ll read about many premium features like curved monitor, 144Hz, and 1440p. Curved monitors is a new fad that is slowly catching on, and it’s mainly intended to give you a more immersive experience. The 144Hz feature is all about how fast your monitor refreshes, which is key for shooter games – some say they can’t notice the difference, but some say they can’t go back after making the switch. 1440p has to do with the screen resolution and aspect ration, being 2,560 x 1,440 with an aspect ratio of 16:9. This essentially makes it four times the resolution of a basic HD display.

If you are in the market for a display that has all the bells and whistles, then your options include the Acer XR341CK for FreeSync, and the Acer X34 to take advantage of G-Sync. Unfortunately they only come with 75Hz refresh rate, but are still 1440p.