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[Best Buy] Acer CB2 34" Ultrawide 1440p WQHD 75Hz 1ms GTG LED Gaming Monitor (CB342CK) - $399.99

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[Best Buy] Acer CB2 34" Ultrawide 1440p WQHD 75Hz 1ms GTG LED Gaming Monitor (CB342CK) - $399.99

Please be kind, this is my first post sharing!. I am more than open to edit my post to fit RFD standards if needed!

I have been hunting for a 34 inch ultrawide 3440x1440 since Staples dropped my order from Boxing Day three months after for a Samsung 34" UltraWide QHD LCD VA Monitor - LS34J552WQNXZA ($300 at that time). I have seen this Acer monitor fluctuating between $400 (lower I have seen) and $650 in recent months.

I would like to have your honest opinion if this is something I should go with at ($400) or wait until the end of the year for better deals on Black Friday or Boxing day. My budget is limited to a maximum of $600 CAD. I have right now 2 x 24 FHD displays that I mostly use for work (no gaming-related use for now), It is going well, but my tiny desk is too busy just with the screens and the reams of paper that help me raise them to my sweet spot. I just want to clean up my space.

Another concern I have is if this is going to be too wide for a flat screen, should I wait better for a deal on a curved one, even if the specs are lower given my tight budget?

Thanks!
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Price in title please.

At least it's an IPS panel with VESA.
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Static Contrast Ratio 700:1

Not even 1000:1.

p.s. Price in the title, please.
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lepoie wrote: or wait until the end of the year for better deals on Black Friday or Boxing day.
You’re not buying anything are you
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chatbox wrote: Static Contrast Ratio 700:1

Not even 1000:1.

p.s. Price in the title, please.
Price included in the title, thanks!
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chrischris84 wrote: You’re not buying anything are you
I actually reserve one in-store already, I just want community feedback so I can proceed with the purchase!
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1xTiMeR wrote: Price in title please.

At least it's an IPS panel with VESA.
Price included thanks! I understand they are two decisive factors when buying monitors, other than the screen specs. I understand VA is something I should avoid, isn't it?
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"I just want to clean up my space"

How much does that worth to you? $600?

There's no mention of any shortcoming of your current monitors (if anything, it's just another monitor base on your desk...2 vs 1)....so, why buy a new one?
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2x24" I find better.

I've tried a single 27, 32, 34, and 35. I've always switched back to 2x24.

Might just be my viewing distance but I've found it to be more productive.
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jiffylube1024 wrote: That's IPS for you. This is a reasonable deal for a 3440x1440 IPS display. Is the Dell U3419W, for example, better? Unquestionably, but it's more than twice the price!
This is a low end IPS, 250nits brightness, 700:1 contrast ratio. In dark environment it should be ok, but tough to use in a decently lit room. Esp. under direct sunlight.
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jiffylube1024 wrote:
That's IPS for you. This is a reasonable deal for a 3440x1440 IPS display. Is the Dell U3419W, for example, better? Unquestionably, but it's more than twice the price!
I have the Dell 3419W. I bought it when it first came out. I wanted the LG for it's refresh rate which imo is better but they didn't have any in stock.

Cons:
- I find it very good but I don't like that it's only 60Hz.

Pros:
- I love the fact that it's curved screen. I replaced two of my flat screen 27" monitors with one curved screen - best decision ever.
- integrated USB 3.0 hub (5 ports; side and rear)
- Dell utility allows infinite window customizations
- plug in Mac or Windows PC
- USB C for power as well as display
- 3440x1440
- use it as a kvm for 2 devices
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Any graphic designers or video editors find it easier to work on one large screen than two screens?
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chatbox wrote: "I just want to clean up my space"

How much does that worth to you? $600?

There's no mention of any shortcoming of your current monitors (if anything, it's just another monitor base on your desk...2 vs 1)....so, why buy a new one?
I just read what I posted, I didn't want to sound pretentious, I'm sorry about that!. Giving you a context, I live in a condo, and my idea is to downsize as much as possible, due to the fact that I had to squeeze my working desk (Ikea LINNMON 100cm x 60cm, the smallest one from them) in the middle of the living room, right now, that space looks saturated since I have 2 screens (and their paper reams), external keyboard and mouse, plus all mi notes and working material. If you try to imagine how that space looks right now, there is no extra space for even a cup of coffee!

I use to have an arm for both screens, but due to the fact that I don't have aerial space behind the desk, that didn't work for me and I had to go back to the stands.

I do like the fact of having right now a 32:9 aspect ratio right now, and I'm willing to sacrifice on that if my overall living room space will look a little bit better (I don't live by myself here).

What about the specs? what is your opinion on that Acer screen?
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1xTiMeR wrote: 2x24" I find better.

I've tried a single 27, 32, 34, and 35. I've always switched back to 2x24.

Might just be my viewing distance but I've found it to be more productive.
That's something that keeps me thinking about this transition, thanks for your feedback on that!
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If you like your current monitors, look at getting a dual or 2x single adjustable monitor mount for your desk. That should clean it up nicely. Primecables usually has well priced ones
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Gary320 wrote: Any graphic designers or video editors find it easier to work on one large screen than two screens?
I've always used 2 27 inch screens but wondering the same as you. I've been inclined to try a 34 inch but not sure I'd like the layout as much. It's much harder to try and return in this pandemic era as well.

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