It’s massively wide, and it fills up quite a bit of your peripheral vision if you’re up close. I’m talking about Samsung’s new 49″ CHG90 QLED Gaming Monitor that has a mind-boggling aspect ratio of 32:9, which is twice the width of the typical 16:9 format.
So what are the down sides? (Always the bad news first, right?)
Price is going to be one problem for not-so-serious gamers. At $1500, it’s not cheap. And if you opt for the $125/mo option and don’t pay the full amount in 12 months, they’ll apply a 29.99% APR on the due amount. And the $125/mo doesn’t include tax, either.
Second sore point is that there’s only a handful of games that are ready for the 32:9 format. Yes, it allows you to see more, but the game has to be able to show you that much more on either edge. Games like Battlefield 1 are available for that extra-wide-screen format, but not a huge body of games you’d need to make this an attractive purchase.
Now for the good bits.
First of all, such a wide monitor will allow you to have that many more apps open – multitasking galore, in a sense. You can have windows open to your heart’s content, watching a movie, playing a game, chatting on Skype and working on emails, all at the same time without straining your eyes.
The second big benefit is that two computers can be fed into the monitor. Think of it as dual monitors from different systems merged into one. The difference between this and having a dual monitor setup is that this one is seamless.
Although Samsung has positioned it for pro gamers, the 49″ CHG90 QLED Gaming Monitor does look like a good fit in other professional settings like creative design, engineering design, architectural design and so on.
We’ll have to keep an eye (a really wide one) on this to see how it does on the market. If it sells well, others will want to copy this aspect ratio and it could eventually give rise to a whole body of applications compatible with such a wide screen ratio.