With all of the awesomely insane technology we get to experience, touch, and look at, it’s not often that I’m left somewhat speechless in this job. Then I stepped in front of Samsung’s 49-inch super ultrawide QLED gaming monitor. It’s not a new monitor within Samsung’s portfolio, but it’s the company’s top-of-the-line monitor when it comes to their gaming offerings. Almost a bit overwhelming, the display is a truly immersive gaming monitor that seems to stretch the limits of the ultrawide monitor market.
The specs of the monitor read rather standard for present day gaming monitors—it’s a curved display with a solid 3000:1 contrast ratio, 350nit brightness, 144Hz refresh rate, and enough ports on it to connect everything you need to, to it. But it’s the 32:9 aspect ratio that really set this thing apart. At 49 inches, this display is unlike anything you’ll see on the gaming monitor market. Standing at a distance that would be akin to sitting at a desk or gaming station, the monitor seems to hug you. It’s equivalent to two 27-inch monitors with a 16:9 aspect ratio placed side by side, essentially taking up your entire field of vision from edge to edge.
Though it might seem like overkill, that wide of a field of vision is supremely beneficial as a gamer, giving you the ability to take in more of the action around you without having to turn around or throw your mouse from side to side as you navigate whatever digital world you’re playing in. Multiple monitor setups can accomplish similar goals, and probably do it for much cheaper than the nearly-$1k price tag, but cutting out the broken up displays and missing pixels provides a level of satisfaction that you’d never truly understand until you experience it. It’s insanity in its most beautiful form.
Samsung limits the strain on power and productivity with their 49-inch gaming monitor as well. Whereas a multi-monitor setup would require multiple power and USB ports, their super ultrawide monitor cuts that down to one wall and one computer plug—and that’s it.
And when you’re not gaming, imagine the level of productivity (or distraction) you could experience with this thing. WIth so much screen real estate, you could have spreadsheets, playlists, videos, word processing documents, a web browser, and more open all at the same time. As a writer, the prospect of having that much screen room is enough to drool over.
The only problem, personally, is finding a desk big enough to support such a wide monitor...