I’ve been really keen on an ultrawide monitor for a long time now. Then recently I started doing research about maybe buying one and my dreams got shattered. For now at least.
The problem being that there isn’t a single ultrawide monitor available in South Africa that doesn’t have some kind of issue.
On one side you have the IPS monitors. Great response time, looks good but man oh man I saw shocking photos of backlight bleed. And after my fiasco with my tv and its backlight bleed I want to stay away from that as far as possible. Apparently these days you just have to accept that there will be IPS glow and often backlight bleed on the ultrawide IPS monitors. I just can’t.
Then you have the VA monitors. There’s a Samsung one especially that looks good when you read initial reviews. You don’t have to worry about IPS glow and backlight bleed and as long as you sit still in front of the screen then you don’t have to worry about the colours changing. I saw lots of people return their monitors because of that but that doesn’t bug me. What bugs me is that at Amazon the monitor has gotten ridiculously bad reviews. Dead pixels, the monitor stopping working, so many many issues. Plus for gaming there’s apparently some input lag.
My ideal ultrawide would be an OLED but it’s going to take another couple of years still before we see those. LG is bringing out new monitors that will hopefully address the backlight bleed problem but reports are that they are going to cost €1399. Can you imagine how much that monitor will be when it reaches South Africa?
That’s if it does.
I found a couple of ultrawides that don’t look too bad but they aren’t being sold in South Africa.
Oh well. Stupid ultrawides and stupid South Africa. Maybe we’ll get a good one in the future.