It might just be worth getting a whole new desk.
What’s better than dual monitors? An “ultrawide” display that makes games more immersive and multitasking easier than a standard widescreen monitor. But Samsung wasn’t satisfied with that. Its massive 49-inch QLED gaming monitor heralds an entirely new style — let’s call it “super ultrawide” — which can do the work of complex three-monitor setups. While it might look a bit awkward, it could be just what some gamers are looking for.
Mostly, I was impressed by how immersive the monitor felt. It effectively replicated the feeling of gaming on a three-monitor setup, except I didn’t have to deal with annoying bezels in the middle. It was just pure screen. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with ultrawide displays in the first place — Samsung’s new monitor just takes that sense of immersion to the extreme. Both games also took advantage of the unique resolution, but your mileage may vary on other titles. If you can get a game running on three monitors simultaneously, chances are it’ll look good on this screen.
You can do much more than just game on Samsung’s new screen. I was able to fit three full-sized windows side-by-side during my demo. It could be very useful for content creators who need to work in timeline focused apps for video and audio editing. I only wish there was a bit more vertical space. While I could comfortably read most websites on the screen, I was a bit disappointed by just how much I had to scroll up and down. Still, that’s an issue I could get around by zooming out or tweaking Windows’ display scaling settings. You can also have the screen display two inputs side-by-side — something other ultrawide monitors can do but is more practical with a 49-inch display.
At $1,499, Samsung’s 49-inch gaming monitor is surprisingly competitive with ultrawide monitors. Dell’s highest-resolution 34-inch Alienware screen is available for the same price, while LG’s latest model sells for just $1,000. Yes, these are certainly much pricier than normal-size gaming monitors, but they’re not that much more expensive if you’re trying to put together a dual or triple-monitor setup.
If you’re a gamer looking at ultrawide monitors, it’s worth considering this unique Samsung screen. It’s unusual, but it also delivers an immersive experience like no other display.