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Monoprice Launches Sub-$1000 49-Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor

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Large curved ultrawide gaming displays featuring a high resolution tend to be quite expensive, but Monoprice has to make a large 49-inch gaming LCD that costs less than $1000. 

The Monoprice Dark Matter 49-inch display is designed for gamers that want to have the maximum screen real estate for their titles, perhaps even replacing a couple of 24- or 27-inch displays with 16:9 aspect ratios. The Monoprice Dark Matter 49-inch uses an 8-bit VA panel featuring a 32:9 aspect ratio, 1800R curvature, and 5120x1440 resolution. Brightness isn't exactly class-leading, at 400 nits, but the panel advertises a 3000:1 aspect ratio, a 4ms GtG response time, 120Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync, and a 178°/178° viewing angles.  

The Dark Matter 49-inch does not support any HDR technology (and considering the fact that the display only features a 400 nits luminance, this is not exactly a problem), but it comes with quantum dot-enhanced backlighting to make color reproduction more accurate. Speaking of colors, the LCD can display 16.7 million colors and is rated for 93% of the Adobe RGB, 95% DCI-P3, 98% NTSC, and 99% of the sRGB color gamut. Those are very good specs for a moderately priced monitor; it may even satisfy some professionals. 

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When it comes to connectivity, the Dark Matter 49-inch is equipped with two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, as well as two HDMI 2.0 inputs and a 3.5-mm audio connector. The monitor lacks a built-in USB hub, speakers or a KVM switch, which may not be a big problem for gamers, but will certainly be an issue for professionals. We'll have to wait until we get a review unit in for testing to find out if the Dark Matter 49 deserves a spot on our best gaming monitors list. 

The monitor comes with a stand that can adjust tilt, but not height or swivel. If you need more movement, the monitor does come with 75x75 VESA mounts for a robust arm or wall mount.  

While the Monoprice Dark Matter 49 may not be ideal for everyone, it has features important for gamers and carries an MSRP of $999, which is lower than some competing ultrawide curved monitors aimed at gamers, although Samsung's similarly specced CRG9 (opens in new tab) has much higher rated brightness and was selling for about $50 less when we wrote this.

Anton Shilov
Freelance News Writer

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.