As you are undoubtedly aware, e-gaming is experiencing exponential growth in education. We are seeing growing popularity across a range of education-based activities such as immersive gaming competitions through to interactive, real-world simulation using things like the Wahoo kicker bike and Zwift to enable athletes to compete and train in virtual competitions.
To that end, BenQ, one of the world’s leaders in display technology, has just released their new MOBIUZ EX3415R, an ultra-wide, 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor.
It goes without saying that these monitors look gorgeous. So let’s leave the aesthetics for a moment and begin by throwing some numbers at you and doing our best to explain what they mean, why they matter and how they are relevant to you. So this is going to be a slightly longer write up designed to help decide if this is the right product for your school or home e-gaming setup.
Let’s start with the difference between flat and curved monitors and why you would want to choose a curved monitor.
When making a switch from flat to curved monitors, there are a few basic benefits that come along with a curved panel.
Curved monitors cover more of your peripheral vision than their flat counterparts. The result is a more immersive experience that allows you to interact with your work in a completely new way, whether it be for gaming, entertainment, editing, work, and more.
Curved monitors follow the natural curvature of the human field of view more closely than flat panels. The benefit here is that it is actually more comfortable for your eyes to look at your monitor under these conditions. This allows you to spend more time in front of your screen without feeling irritated.
In fact, studies have shown that eye strain and eye ache are 60% more common on flat monitors than on curved monitors.
Larger perceived images. By covering more of your field of view, images on curved monitors have the benefit of feeling bigger than they would on a flat-screen monitor.
By extending closer to you at the corners, monitor curvature is able to reduce minor instances of distortion that are present at the edges of a flat display as a result of our curved field of view. In addition, curved displays also cover a larger portion of our field of view, resulting in bigger looking images and improved depth perception.
To put it simply, curved monitors look cool! Yes, it’s true that this is more of a quality-of-life benefit, but if you enjoy style just as much as you do functionality, then a curved monitor will add a nice touch to your space. Chances are, you’ll receive a comment or two from your friends.
Now when talking about this monitor, the first thing you see should be obvious. 34inch ultra-wide means that this monitor is much wider than your standard monitor. The 34 inches represents a diagonal measurement across the screen from, let’s say, top left to bottom right.
The WQHD stands for Wide Quad High Definition. This resolution is essentially the equivalent to QHD (2560×1440) extended in width by 34% to create 3440×1440 pixels, giving it an aspect ratio of 21:9.
Well, what does that mean, you might ask? Put simply, your home TV has a screen ratio of 16:9, so when you play widescreen scenes or movies, you get these annoying black bars across the top and bottom of the image. Not so with 21:9 because it is a widescreen aspect ratio.
The other important feature to note is the 144Hertz refresh rate. This basically means these monitors load 144 images per second, which is more than twice the rate of a conventional monitor. The reason this is important is because it means the monitor delivers smoother and more fluid graphics – which is obviously important for gaming.
Now lastly, with regard to technical mumbo jumbo, we have a 1900r curvature. Yes, you guessed it, R refers to the radius. So in the case of the MOBIUZ EX3415R, we have a 1900 radius curve.
Well, why does that matter? Because the radius of the curve plays a significant role in clear, the picture is, how immersive it is and so on, based on how far you sit from the monitor. So in the case of a 1900 radius, the maximum viewing distance the user wants to be from the monitor is around 2 meters which means you will get the most beneficial result from the monitor curve when you are using it at a typical desk.
So, all of these details, the Ultra-wide 34-inch WQHD 1900R monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 144-hertz refresh rate, adds up to a kickass monitor ideal for sim racing, first-person shooters and casual gaming.
Okay, so, great size, good aspect ratio, good ergonomics and viewing angle, fast refresh rate – but what about picture quality? Glad you asked. The EX3415R features AMD FreeSync Premium… Yes, I know, more nerdy technical stuff, but put very simply, AMD FreeSync technology basically puts an end to choppy gameplay and broken frames by facilitating fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any framerate. Trust me, that’s all you need to know. If you really want to know how it works, go look it up. We are just focused on the fact that for gaming, as you can imagine, fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any framerate is pretty important, and this monitor delivers that.
Now, the monitor also comes with a remote, which does more than just adjust volume, although we will get to that in a second. The remote enables you to access a host of great features, such as BenQ’s proprietary HDRi, which adapts screen content to ambient lighting to ensure dark areas on the screen a visible without overexposing bright areas.
You can also use the remote to refine and personalise things like colour performance and brightness through features like Black eQualizer, Colour Vibrance, and Light Tuner.
As previously mentioned, the remote also lets you do more traditional things like adjusting the volume. However, you may want to simply turn the volume up and leave it cranked, thanks to the built-in 2.1 channel treVolo sound system.
BenQ has gone to great lengths here to give you the most immersive sound experience they can through the inclusion of two 2-watt speakers, a 5-watt subwoofer, and a digital signal processor that enables selectable sound modes such as gaming or cinematic.
Honestly, it won’t replace your surround sound cinema system. However, for built-in monitor sound, if you don’t have a dedicated, high-end audio system, or you just want the freedom to use your in-built monitor audio, it’s pretty amazing.
Now I understand it’s easy for me to stand here and tell you all about these amazing features and benefits, but the reality is, I actually choose to use two of these monitors for our everyday work and gaming.
However, don’t just take my word for it. If you’re into gaming, then you are probably familiar with XP Esports, and if you don’t know who they are, you should definitely look them up. They are currently building a café style set up at the University of Queensland (due to be completed sometime in 2022), where there will be around 30 of these monitors in use in a dedicated BenQ area. If an e-gaming leader like XP Esports has chosen this monitor to help demonstrate the benefits of e-gaming at one of Australia’s leading universities, what more can I say.
If you want to know more about MOBIUZ EX3415R, visit the link below or contact BenQ for more information.
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