Wide is beautiful - that is, according to the enthusiasts. To be clear: we are talking about monitors in the so-called ultrawide category. We already received quite a few requests to test the Samsung C34F791 and our readings asked the same question for the Philips 349X7FJEW. Today cater to those people and also cover two other interestings, very comparable models: the HP Z34c and the LG 34UC99.
Although Samsung very recently made a statement with the C49HG90 that 32:9 is also a valid screen ratio, with ultrawide we still talk about 21:9 or - hello purists - 43:18 ratio of models with a resolution of 2560x1080 or even better, as is the case with the monitors that we are talking about here, 3440x1440 pixels. In the latter case these are usually distributed across a surface with a diagonal area of 34 or 35 inch, depending on the origin of the used panel.
Because of the relatively big pixels, image scaling is not necessary.
Since our first review of such a monitor, the LG 34UM95, we have used various comparative tests to test the advantages of this combination of size and resolution and have also pointed out the disadvantages. For those of you who do not remember: these monitors are excellent for so-called productive applications. They offer a lot of workspace and this makes them ideal for multitasking and programs that contain many different elements - say, a random option from Adobe's stable. Because the pixels are relatively large, image scaling in software is not necessary, with 110 ppi everything on the screen is easy to read and use without artificial magnification. The drawbacks are equally well known: uwqhd-monitors are relatively expensive, which means the price per pixel is relatively high, a lot higher compared with ultra hd-monitors; aside from that you also lose space in height compared with - for example - a (cheaper) 40-inch uhd-monitor and many games, but also 16:9 movies, leave the left and right parts of the screen unused.
Uwqhd-monitors are relatively expensive.
As always it is a matter of choosing or sharing, and fortunately there is only more to choose in monitor land, even in this relatively exclusive, exotic little corner where a monitor usually costs more than 704 pounds / 800 euros. Although there are also some flat models on the market, the trend in this format is curved which also applies to all four models that we discuss here.
On the following pages we take a closer look at the relatively recent additions to this marker segment, but why do we compare the HP Z34c, LG 34UC99, Philips 349X7FJEW and the Samsung C34F791? In the first place because they are rather similar; earlier this year we covered the Dell UltraSharp U3417W and the ASUS Designo MX34VQ, The Samsung and Philips were two models that definitely had to be compared. Meanwhile we also received an ultrawide monitor from HP in the form of the Z34c and LG brought us the little brother of the formidable 38UC99, the 34UC99. This means there is something to compare here, which is why compare these models in this article with each other as well as the now abundant number of previously tested 3440x1440 monitors.
However, it should be noted that out of a total of 24 tested and 23 readily available models in the 34/35-inch class with this resolution, we have now tested 9 of them using our new test method which was introduced near the end of 2015. Unfortunately this means that we cannot compare all aspects directly. If you want to put everything next to each other, you can do that with this comparison table.