Explore our selection and you’ll find ultrawide monitors from leading brands such as ASUS, iiyama, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Samsung, ViewSonic and more, all packed with the features that gamers are seeking.
Ultrawide monitors with HDMI ports, DisplayPorts, HD resolutions, 4K resolutions, fast response times and high refresh rates, you’ll find them all here at CCL online.
Plus, with free next day delivery on many monitors and a range of payment options to help you spread the cost, including PayPal Credit and Klarna, there’s no better place to buy your next ultrawide monitor.
Ultrawide Monitor Buying Guide
As anyone who’s done it before, buying a monitor can quickly become quite a complex job.
There are SO many things to consider. From refresh rates and response times to resolutions and input types, it can be difficult to choose a monitor.
To make sure you can buy the best ultrawide monitor for your purposes, the CCL team has answered the questions we receive the most from customers below.
What is an ultrawide monitor?
Forgive us beginning with a very basic question, but in the world of monitors definitions are important.
So, what exactly is defined as an ultrawide monitor?
The computing industry defines ultrawide monitors as monitors which have a 21:9 aspect ratio rather than the traditional monitor screen ratio which is 16:9.
Monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio are easily recognised compared to other types of monitor as they have a very distinctive widescreen look. They resemble mini cinema screens, with a large expanse of horizontal space.
Because of this, they offer an unparalleled field of view, creating a very immersive viewing and/or gaming experience.
Ultrawide monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio are becoming the ‘go-to’ monitor for many avid gamers, as they can provide a competitive advantage in games where your field of view is a key factor; for example, first person shooters.
Ultrawide monitors vs dual monitors
When it comes to choosing a new monitor setup, one of the biggest choices people have to make is whether to choose an ultrawide monitor or dual monitors.
Traditionally, if people wanted to increase their field of vision whilst gaming or creating content, they would go for a dual monitor setup. This involved buying two 16:9 aspect ratio monitors and setting them up so that they could be used as a single visual workspace.
But, with the cost of ultrawide monitors coming down in recent years, they’ve become the ‘go to’ choice for gamers and content creators alike.
It seems obvious to say this, but the biggest advantage of ultrawide monitors is that they eliminate the annoying gap between screens (known as the ‘bezel gap’) that you get with a dual screen setup.
This not only improves the view, but it helps create a much more immersive experience for gaming, and also reduces distractions if you’re creating content or working.
Ultrawide monitors also offer a much more consistent experience, eliminating differences in colour, resolution and uniformity that can arise when you’re using two different monitors at once.
What to look for in an ultrawide monitor
If you’ve just read the point above and decided that an ultrawide monitor is the choice for you, then there are a few important things you need to consider in order to select the right monitor for your needs.
We’ve outlined these essential considerations below.
The resolution of your ultrawide monitor will determine how sharp and clear the images on your monitor appear.
Resolution is determined by the number of pixels that a monitor possesses. As a result, resolutions are displayed as 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440 etc. These numbers refer to the number of pixels that your monitor has along the vertical and horizontal axis.
As you shop for ultrawide monitors you’ll find that they are generally of a higher resolution, from 3440 x 1440 (UW-QHD), 3840 x 2160 (4K or UHD) and above.
If you’re going to be using your ultrawide monitor for gaming, then you’re going to want to pay attention to refresh rate.
Refresh rate refers to the frequency with which a monitor redraws the image on the screen per second. As you can imagine, this has a big impact when you’re gaming.
When you have a monitor with a higher refresh rate, you’ll enjoy a smoother visual experience.
When you’re shopping for an ultrawide monitor look for the hertz (Hz). This is the way in which refresh rate is measured.
For a top gaming experience, you want an ultrawide monitor with at least a 144Hz refresh rate.
Another important monitor metric for gamers is response time.
Response time measures the time it takes for a pixel to change from one colour to another and then back again.
Response time is measured in milliseconds (ms).
The faster the response time of a monitor, the better the visual experience, particularly when gaming. A monitor with a faster response time will reduce the amount of blur you experience when playing fast paced games etc.
For the best gaming experience, buy an ultrawide monitor with a response time of less than 1ms.
How are you going to connect your ultrawide monitor to your PC? That’s another important question to answer when looking for a new monitor.
These days, the majority of monitors have an HDMI input, however they are increasingly including DisplayPort inputs.
DisplayPort is favoured by many gamers as it uses packetised data transmission, meaning that it can better synchronise your graphics card output with what you see on the monitor.
FreeSync and G-Sync
Should you have an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card in your PC, then you may want to select an ultrawide monitor with FreeSync or G-Sync.
These technologies help to coordinate the monitor’s refresh rate with your graphics card's frame rate. This helps to eliminate problems like ghosting and tearing which can occur whilst gaming.
Note that FreeSync is works with both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, whilst G-Sync only works with NVIDIA graphics cards.
Other features to look for
The above points are really the essentials you should look for when shopping for an ultrawide monitor.
However, below, we’ve listed a few other things that you may find useful in a monitor:
- Curved display. An ultrawide curved monitor can enhance your field of vision even further and provide an even more immersive experience.
- Built-in USB hub. This can be used to connect and charge additional peripherals.
- Webcam. Buying an ultrawide monitor with a built-in webcam will save you from having to buy a separate external webcam for video calls etc.
- Built-in speakers. Ultrawide monitors with built-in speakers are a great way of creating an uncluttered desktop, saving you from having to buy separate external speakers.
Where to buy the best ultrawide monitors UK
We hope you’ve found our guide to ultrawide monitors helpful. If you’ve decided that a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor is the right choice for you, then explore our huge range now.
Not only do we have major brands at some of the UK’s best prices, but we offer free next day delivery on many monitors.
Even better, we also offer a range of payment methods to help you spread the cost of your new purchase, with PayPal Credit and Klarna available.
Finally, if you have any questions about a monitor, then our friendly expert team will be happy to help! You can reach them on 01274 471200 or at email@example.com
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