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ForbiddenX wrote: Which 34" would you recommend that's 1440p and IPS?
The LG 34GP83B is $949 right now: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08DWD38VX/

The new Alienware 34" IPS gaming monitor should be released soon.

Here are others: https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/ ... ide-gaming

The Acer 34" IPS ultrawide is the best value if you can find it. Only $600 regular price: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08BG4GWRL/

Edit: Newegg has the Acer for only $530: https://www.newegg.ca/black-acer-nitro- ... 000P-00HC1
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Haters gonna hate. So many say it's not worth it when a 34" is half price. Or to spend more and get a 48"+ TV.

What if you don't want either of those and you want a 38" ultrawide? Compare apples to apples, look at the competition and when you factor in the dell 3 year warranty, and especially if you get the 8% cashback, it's a good deal for what it is. Don't forget about the $45+ dell rewards as well you get 30 days after purchase. Not technically $ off your spend, but is either $ off something else you need after waiting a bit or enough to get yourself something small for free or very cheap afterwards.

I can have this right on my desk and get the same or more immersion than sitting feet away from a tv by simply sitting up and closer to it. And in doing so I take up no more physical space than my desk already does and it's totally comfortable for productivity uses.

I have had this monitor for a month now and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it - that is IF 38" ultrawide g-sync gaming focused monitor is what you're looking for. If that's not what you're looking for this simply isn't the monitor for you. Keep calm, move on.

I tried the Samsung 49" and wasn't happy with it. The adaptive sync was causing more issues than it was helping with. Absolutely no issues with the proper G-sync monitor.

For those asking it has a standard VESA mount and isn't outrageously heavy without the base attached. I have an amazon basics double gas arm (I think an ergotron knock off? I can't remember) desk mount and it holds the monitor without issue. I just had to adjust the spring to balance it out. I am running one of my old 27" beside it flipped vertical.

As a dual use desk - gaming and work from home - I'm a very happy owner.
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Nikhilvoid wrote: The LG 34GP83B is $949 right now: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08DWD38VX/

The new Alienware 34" IPS gaming monitor should be released soon.

Here are others: https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/ ... ide-gaming

The Acer 34" IPS ultrawide is the best value if you can find it. Only $600 regular price: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08BG4GWRL/

Edit: Newegg has the Acer for only $530: https://www.newegg.ca/black-acer-nitro- ... 000P-00HC1
Hmm for the LG i guess I don't spending about ~$300 more (after the rebate and discount) for the 38".

The Acer is very intriguing but how's the monitor this size without the curve?

I think since my use case is something I can use for sim racing and work I don't really mind that there's a bit of a premium on something that would be good for both. The more screen real estate the better the sim racing experinece is i'm hoping lol.

And since I do have to use this for work i will check to see if i can put it as an expense on my taxes lol
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Nikhilvoid wrote: The LG 34GP83B is $949 right now: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08DWD38VX/

The new Alienware 34" IPS gaming monitor should be released soon.

Here are others: https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/ ... ide-gaming

The Acer 34" IPS ultrawide is the best value if you can find it. Only $600 regular price: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08BG4GWRL/

Edit: Newegg has the Acer for only $530: https://www.newegg.ca/black-acer-nitro- ... 000P-00HC1
How does the 34GP83B compare with the S3422DWG which has better HDR but lack of IPS and proper g-sync but is half the price? I mostly game with a bit of productivity, does viewing angles really get impacted by a VA panel? Just having a hard time justifying the $537+tax vs the $949+tax price tag. Currently running two 27" monitors, an older IPS dell for productivity and a bit of photo editing and a 144hz g-sync VA panel for gaming, looking to replace this with one 34" ultra wide, any input or insight would be helpful!
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Anyone have experience playing fps and mmo games on this monitor? How is it? Looking to replace 2 27'' monitors cause i hate dealing with 2 monitors now lol.
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ForbiddenX wrote: Hmm for the LG i guess I don't spending about ~$300 more (after the rebate and discount) for the 38".

The Acer is very intriguing but how's the monitor this size without the curve?
The Alienware 34" was on sale for less, maybe $750? The curve is mostly there for VA panels. IPS image doesn't degrade as much, so you find very subtle curves on IPS panels.
Morphius wrote: How does the 34GP83B compare with the S3422DWG which has better HDR but lack of IPS and proper g-sync but is half the price? I mostly game with a bit of productivity, does viewing angles really get impacted by a VA panel? Just having a hard time justifying the $537+tax vs the $949+tax price tag. Currently running two 27" monitors, an older IPS dell for productivity and a bit of photo editing and a 144hz g-sync VA panel for gaming, looking to replace this with one 34" ultra wide, any input or insight would be helpful!
IPS would be best IMO. VA panels have motion artifacts and black smearing issues. Their colours are also duller than IPS panels. Only expensive MiniLED or OLED panels will have decent HDR.

I replaced my dual setup with a 34" ultrawide. It's great and is like having 2 monitors.
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Nikhilvoid wrote: The Alienware 34" was on sale for less, maybe $750? The curve is mostly there for VA panels. IPS image doesn't degrade as much, so you find very subtle curves on IPS panels.
I read about this on reddit/r/bapcsalescanada and I most likely would have gotten this instead but it doesn't look like it's available anymore anyways :(
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Crichtonfan wrote: Is there a huge difference between g-sync and g-sync compatible?
Saw this and thought I'd comment - I know it's old(ish).

The difference is the amount of testing.

NVIDIA will test every panel before and after production to ensure it meets their requirements to be a full G-Sync monitor.

G-Sync compatible have VRR of some sort and meet the specs of either DP or HDMI for it, but are either not tested, or only receive a cursory test. In other words, they're compatible with the spec, but NVIDIA didn't run their full gamut of tests so they won't allow it to be labelled "G-Sync."

Linus has a good video on this that's worth checking out.
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donatolla wrote: Saw this and thought I'd comment - I know it's old(ish).

The difference is the amount of testing.

NVIDIA will test every panel before and after production to ensure it meets their requirements to be a full G-Sync monitor.

G-Sync compatible have VRR of some sort and meet the specs of either DP or HDMI for it, but are either not tested, or only receive a cursory test. In other words, they're compatible with the spec, but NVIDIA didn't run their full gamut of tests so they won't allow it to be labelled "G-Sync."

Linus has a good video on this that's worth checking out.
Thanks, I did some research on this and ended up buying the 34gp83a with the 25% promo for $811 all in since I have a 3090 anyways so most of the time the FPS would be between the ranges specified unless it was MSFS2020 :)
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ForbiddenX wrote: I decided to pull the trigger on this, does anyone have any experience using the Ergotron HX with the AW3821DW? I do need it to extend as far as possible so I can use it for sim racing. Are the ones on amazon for about $150 just as good or should I just save myself the trouble and get the Ergotron HX?

edit: actually just saw this on reddit while looking for the ergotron lol but this exactly what I'll be doing with the ergotron and the aw3821dw
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That's what I want to build as well!!! Do you have a link to that Reddit thread? I hate how it's a GIF as I want to see the images and figure out how to customize it for my own needs.

The Ergotron HX looks to be pretty expensive, but if it's good quality and lasts for many years, why not? If you cheap out on something, you might just have to replace it sooner than you want and ultimately spending more money than you intended.
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Sgt_Strider wrote: https://www.staples.ca/products/2989982 ... -38gn950-b

How does the LG 38GN950-B compare to the Alienware AW3821DW? Specs seem pretty similar?
I have had both these monitors before and even used them side by side. They are both amazing monitors. The LG has slightly better colours but both pretty much identical. These two are the best monitors IMO. I have used the odyssey G9 as well and a few of the high end 34” monitors. I’ve also compared it to the 48in LG CX. I ultimately decided to use the Alienware 38” as my main monitor. At this price it’s an awesome deal. I’ve never seen the LG38GN950 go on sale. I love this monitor. Great For gaming and the extra height compared to a 34” Ultrawide is awesome for productivity/work. It’s not an overly aggressive curve which I like. No regrets with this purchase
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Raptorfan6 wrote: I have had both these monitors before and even used them side by side. They are both amazing monitors. The LG has slightly better colours but both pretty much identical. These two are the best monitors IMO. I have used the odyssey G9 as well and a few of the high end 34” monitors. I’ve also compared it to the 48in LG CX. I ultimately decided to use the Alienware 38” as my main monitor. At this price it’s an awesome deal. I’ve never seen the LG38GN950 go on sale. I love this monitor. Great For gaming and the extra height compared to a 34” Ultrawide is awesome for productivity/work. It’s not an overly aggressive curve which I like. No regrets with this purchase
Are they using the same panel? I'm under the impression that Alienware launched their LCD in 2020 and LG launched in 2021. So maybe LG is using a newer version of the panel?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: That's what I want to build as well!!! Do you have a link to that Reddit thread? I hate how it's a GIF as I want to see the images and figure out how to customize it for my own needs.

The Ergotron HX looks to be pretty expensive, but if it's good quality and lasts for many years, why not? If you cheap out on something, you might just have to replace it sooner than you want and ultimately spending more money than you intended.
Here you go https://reddit.com/r/simracing/comments ... mance_sim/
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Are they using the same panel? I'm under the impression that Alienware launched their LCD in 2020 and LG launched in 2021. So maybe LG is using a newer version of the panel?
Today is the last day. Any other comment? I want to get all of the information before deciding whether to pull the trigger.
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Not sure on this particular one, but I have the AW2721D and it is fantastic. Ultra wide doesn’t suit my use case

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