Check out this 34-inch 144Hz quantum dot FreeSync display on sale for $390
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I normally peruse Monoprice’s website when I’m on the hunt for cables—HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and so forth—but every so often, I’ll stumble across an intriguing deal on a PC peripheral or monitor. As is the case today, I found a 34-inch curved ultra-wide gaming monitor on sale for $389.99.
That’s $110 below its list price, and generally a good bargain this class of display. I can’t speak from hands-on (eyeballs-on?) experience with this particular monitor, but it’s encouraging that the spec sheet lists a panel manufactured by Samsung (LSM340YP05). It’s a VA screen with quantum dot technology.
Big and Wide Gaming Monitor
Dark Matter by Monoprice 34-Inch Curved Monitor | 3440x1440p | 144Hz | Quantum Dot | FreeSync | DisplayHDR 400 |
$499.99 $389.99 at Monoprice (save $210)
This is a big, ultra-wide gaming monitor with a fast refresh rate and FreeSync support. And while Monoprice might not be a household name in the land of monitors, the VA panel on this model is manufactured by Samsung.
At 34 inches, this is a big display. It fills the screen real estate with a 3440 x 1440 resolution (21:9 aspect ratio). You also get a relatively fast 144 refresh rate with this model, along with FreeSync support to prevent screen tearing (when paired with a Radeon GPU).
The spec sheet also lists this as being DisplayHDR 400 certified. I wouldn’t buy this specifically for HDR content, as its max brightness of 400 nits isn’t going to do HDR justice the way a monitor with a 1,000 nits brightness would (brightness matters when it comes to LCD monitors).
It does offer a wide color gamut, though, with 99% coverage of the sRGB color space. The response time is listed as 4ms gray-to-gray, or 1ms if using the MPRT metric.
Overall, this looks like a nice monitor at a very good price.
Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD”*”,8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).