Top 5 best ultrawide monitors under 500$

top 5 best ultrawide monitors under 500$

This article will provide an in-depth analysis of the best ultrawide monitors under 500$ for 2020. These are perfect for productivity and gaming.

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LG 34WN780-B 34″ 490$

QHD with integrated monitor arm

LG 34WN780-B
Picture courtesy of LG

LG made this monitor for productivity, due to the ergonomic monitor stand which can pivot, tilt and much more. This 34 inch variant of the Ergo lineup has a display resolution of 3440 x 1440 in a 21:9 aspect ratio at 75Hz. The screen bezel is incredibly small, virtually borderless except for the bottom.

The built-in stand removes the need to acquire a separate VESA stand, whilst also simplifying installation.

The 34WN780-B has excellent color accuracy, image quality and good uniformity although some users have complained about aggressive anti glare. This monitor covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut, supports HDR 10 and has AMD FreeSync.

IO includes 2x HDMI, one DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0 and audio in. The only downside of this monitor is the lack of USB-C, meaning that you can’t charge laptops using a single cable for power and display output.

LG has managed to build a fine monitor perfect for programmers, photographers and anyone who values image accuracy in a minimal workspace. For less than 500$, this is a definitive must buy if you are looking to remove clutter from your desk and improve your workflow.

Sceptre C305B-200UN 30″ 280$

21:9 with 200Hz and fast response time

500$ Sceptre C305B-200UN
Picture courtesy of Sceptre

Sceptre made this great value monitor specifically for gaming. Featuring a 30 inch Full HD 21:9 screen, with support up to 200Hz (via DP), this monitor is perfect for high paced / quick action games. The monitor comes with built-in speakers and VESA mount support. The panel for the monitor is VA so expect colors to have less pop.

The Sceptre C305B-200UN also comes with FreeSync, 5ms response time, back LED lights to illuminate your setup. The monitor also has other features like picture by picture mode which allows two different input sources to be displayed side by side. It also covers 90% of the sRGB color gamut making it also suitable for individuals who require color accuracy.

Build quality is really nice and all of the features are great. The high refresh rate is definitely noticeable when playing quick action games such as Overwatch, Quake, Champions and Warframe. I personally have not experienced any motion blur as others have complained about but take it into consideration. The 5ms response time might seem slow but I have not seen any real and annoying input lag. This is a great monitor for the price point, it has some quirks but its worth the price if you can get it in the 300$ price range.

Philips 346B1C 34″ 470$

Curved, QHD and USB-C charging

Top 5 best ultrawide monitors under 500$ Philips 346B1C
Picture courtesy of Philips

The 346B1C features a 34 inch curved ultrawide 21:9 screen with an adaptive refresh rate screen of up to 100Hz. Philips used a VA panel for this monitor, which supports 119%sRGB and 100% NTSC color gamut, making it extremely accurate for image processing.

This monitor also includes USB type C docking with Power Delivery up to 90W, making it feasible to connect a laptop using only one cable. Keep in mind that most 15 inch laptops use more than 90W for charging, but if you have a 13 inch or below you should be covered.

Moreover, the 346B1C has a built-in KVM switch that allows you to control two computers using only one monitor-keyboard-mouse setup. This is the perfect feature for an office or if you tend to use both a laptop and a separate PC.

For less than 500$, I believe that this is the best option if you are looking for a productivity focused monitor. This is truly the best ultrawide monitor under 500$. The specs on this monitor are amazing and perfect for laptop setups. I have never personally used Philips monitors so I can’t be sure about their quality, although they are probably fine.

LG 34GL750-B 34″ 450$

Curved, 144Hz with G-Sync

Top 5 best ultrawide monitors under 500$ LG Ultragear 34GL750-B
Picture courtesy of LG

The LG 34GL750-B features a 34 inch Full HD ultrawide screen in a 21:9 aspect ratio with 144Hz, 1ms response time and G-Sync compatibility. The panel also has HDR10, adaptive sync and AMD Radeon FreeSync. Even thought the LG 34GL750-B is targeted towards gamers, due to the 99% coverage of the sRGB color spectrum it can be suitable for image and video editing. The monitor also comes with a height and tilt adjustable stand.

IO includes a DisplayPort (for G-Sync), two HDMI and 3.5mm headphone jack.

The 1080p resolution might not be high enough for many, considering the massive size of the monitor. Pixel density is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. On the bright side, the high refresh rate and G-Sync is a world’s difference when playing first person shooters.

Sceptre C355W-3440UN 35″ 380$

Curved, QHD and 100Hz

Picture courtesy of Sceptre

Sceptre also made this monitor which features a 35 inch curved QHD 3440 x 1440 21:9 LED screen, supporting up to 100Hz (via DP), making it the ideal companion for quick action and FPS games. Unlike the previous Sceptre 30″ monitor, this one does not include speakers but it has VESA support (100×100).

The Sceptre C355W-3440UN also includes AMD FreeSync, 4ms response time, back LED lights and a tiltable display. The 1800R degree of the curved display results in a deep sense of immersion within games. The added resolution of the monitor makes a huge difference as the bigger a monitor gets, the worst the resolution (compare a 21″ vs 27″ Full HD and you will see the difference).

Using this monitor feels like another world, its huge and immersive. Colors are accurate and image quality looks great. Even though it came cheap at 380$ considering the features, I saw no dead pixels and no light bleed on the edges of the monitor.

Top 5 best ultrawide monitors under 500$… For now

These are the best possible deals that I could find on the internet as of December 2020. Keep in mind that the price tag of the monitors mentioned previously might drastically change, for better, or for worse.

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