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21:9 Monitor - which way to go?

by tomortlieb / July 12, 2013 3:52 AM PDT

Hey everyone,

I have narrowed my choice down to two monitors (this has been a refrain I have used often...but I think I have it this time!).

I am interested in the 21:9 monitors, as it will be great for gaming, movies, and my professional careers as well. I am a teacher, and multitasking when creating lessons will be much improved with this type of monitor.

The two I am interested in are the:
- AOC q2963Pm

- Dell Ultrasharp u2913wm

Finally, I can purchase the AOC for $500 at a local store and the Dell for $495 using coupons direct from the Dell site.

In your opinion, which way is the best to go?


- Tom

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One more thing...
by tomortlieb / July 12, 2013 4:00 AM PDT

Reviews have basically said that the AOC is slightly more responsive during gaming, but the Dell has slightly better image quality.

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Pretty high end.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2013 4:01 AM PDT

I see these and worry you may have great expectations but can't find why you would be looking at such a display. The Dell looks to be a little laggy on the refresh rate so your die hard gamer might go with the other model.

Why not the usual sub 300 displays?

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Video review seems to tell not big payback.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2013 4:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Pretty high end.
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LG Video
by tomortlieb / July 12, 2013 4:34 AM PDT

I saw this as well:, which is similar to my desktop setup, albeit a 2gb card. If necessary, I can upgrade in the future, though.

On another note - I really do appreciate the links you provide (you did this as well for another post of mine, I believe). I am going to look more into this before I make my final decision. Thanks so much for the additional "food for thought" in making an expensive decision. It is truly appreciated.

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Quick response - much appreciated
by tomortlieb / July 12, 2013 4:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Pretty high end.

Hey Bob,

Thanks for the response!

I am very intrigued by the 21:9 contrast ratio for work purposes. I realize that there are great choices in the sub $300 range, but I multitask each day during work. For instance, I want the opportunity to read student work and leave comments/grade on the same screen at a decent size. I also created a website that I constantly update ( and have the screen space will make my work much easier. Finally, I do not have the space to go with the two monitor setup, as I actually keep my gaming desktop (which I use for work as well) downstairs on a corner stand. This is primarily due to my living gf likes to watch trashy reality shows...and I can to her playing video games by being in the same room.

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Nod nod (yes yes)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2013 5:05 AM PDT
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