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Hi guys,
I have two choices, either omen 25 or MSI MAG241C. Both have almost same price.
Which one is better to buy for gaming?
 
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Why only those choices?

Have you used a curved screen before? From what I understand, they take some getting used to.

The MSI has a VA panel, which might be better for viewing angles and colours.

I can't tell if either has a height adjustable stand, but I would count that in as a want feature.

For gaming, they seem to be pretty much on par.
 
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Why only those choices?

Have you used a curved screen before? From what I understand, they take some getting used to.

The MSI has a VA panel, which might be better for viewing angles and colours.

I can't tell if either has a height adjustable stand, but I would count that in as a want feature.

For gaming, they seem to be pretty much on par.
The city I live in has those monitors at reasonable price. And prices are really high so this is why those two monitors.
 
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Fair enough.

But for gaming, there won't be a huge difference. Consider my suggestions though. I value a height adjustable stand and wouldn't buy a monitor without one.
The MSI should be better for non gaming though, but go have a look at it, curved screens are, different...
 
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Fair enough.

But for gaming, there won't be a huge difference. Consider my suggestions though. I value a height adjustable stand and wouldn't buy a monitor without one.
The MSI should be better for non gaming though, but go have a look at it, curved screens are, different...
The omen can be adjusted. I don't know where you got the info.
 

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The MSI should be better for non gaming though, but go have a look at it, curved screens are, different...
I concur. No matter if it's a monitor or a TV, curved just looks unnatural to me.
 
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The omen can be adjusted. I don't know where you got the info.
I said I couldn't tell, I was looking at the HP website, but it wasn't obvious if it was height adjustable from the info there.
 
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I concur. No matter if it's a monitor or a TV, curved just looks unnatural to me.
I never tried curved and not really interested in curvature. More on gaming 144hz.
 

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I also wanted to ask if 144hz needs 144FPS? Is it correlated?
No.

Nvidia 1000-series and newer, as well as all AMD cards will support VRR with a Freesync monitor, and even if you don't, you'll get higher framerate with tearing, or better vsync performance as your GPU misses frames (144-72-48-36Hz instead of 60-30Hz framedrop on a normal 60Hz panel.)

144Hz is just the maximum refresh of the monitor. It'll still draw images at lower refreshes whilst giving you an advantage over 60Hz or 75Hz displays.
 

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I concur. No matter if it's a monitor or a TV, curved just looks unnatural to me.
I was sceptical but honestly I don’t even notice but I will say it would be much better suited to larger monitors. I had a 32” briefly but was too big for my desk and I had to send it back :(
 

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I was sceptical but honestly I don’t even notice but I will say it would be much better suited to larger monitors. I had a 32” briefly but was too big for my desk and I had to send it back :(
I didn't mean to imply that they're terrible. Just that there's a love it or hate it relationship and it would be wise to look at them before buying.
 
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I value a height adjustable stand and wouldn't buy a monitor without one.
Well, finally one area where we are in complete agreement! :) I can't raise or lower the height of my desk. And I set the height of my chair based on my body and keyboard height. A ream of paper under a monitor looks silly - assuming the monitor would still fit under my desk's hutch. So my monitors must have height adjustment. Sadly, most monitors have a fixed height. :(
I never tried curved and not really interested in curvature.
Then don't get a curved monitor. Setting aside the fact they tend to cost more, they do not provide superior image quality. It is all about the "experience" - which can be great! But is it worth it? To achieve that optimal experience with a curved monitor, you must sit and plant your head in the viewing "sweet spot". That sweet spot is a specific number of inches from the center of the screen. Move in or out too far, and the optimal "viewing angles" of left and right sides of the display are quickly exceeded. Move your head slightly off center, and the optimal viewing angles for the sides are once again, exceeded. To maintain the perfect viewing angles and distance from the screen, you might as well clamp your head in a vise!

Okay, its not that bad and I suspect with a little time, you can get used to it. But for me, I want the flexibility to move around a bit. So I would rather have two flat screen monitors instead of a larger curved monitor. Just go for monitors with thin bezels and I promise, soon you won't even know the bezels are even there.

I can't stand integrated speakers in monitors either. They may be fine for Windows system sounds, but nothing more. IMO, they are waste of money and space - even more so in multi-monitor setups. But integrated speakers are for another discussion.

One more thing to consider with a curved monitor is multiple viewers. There is only one sweet spot with a curved monitor so a curved monitor can only provide an ideal image for one viewer sitting directly in front of the center of the screen. I note multiple viewers in the TV room is exactly why curved big screen TVs have not had the sales numbers marketing weenies had hoped for.

Don't forget to make sure your graphics card has the necessary graphics port to support any monitor you are considering.
 

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@Bill_Bright While I get what you’re trying to say about curved. But my 27” curved VA definitely does not have a “Sweet Spot” but as said before it’s definitely better suited to larger monitors where it’s “filling your vision” and may require some repositioning for optimal immersion. I personally don’t see the point on a small panel, I bought this for Freesync 2 and HDR, it just happened to come with a curve.
 
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But my 27” curved VA definitely does not have a “Sweet Spot”
So are you saying if you move your chair towards the right edge, the right edge, center and left edge all have the exact same image quality in terms of brightness, contrast, and clarity? Same question if you back away from the monitor several feet? The two sides look as bright and crisp as the center?
 

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Well, finally one area where we are in complete agreement! :) I can't raise or lower the height of my desk. And I set the height of my chair based on my body and keyboard height. A ream of paper under a monitor looks silly - assuming the monitor would still fit under my desk's hutch. So my monitors must have height adjustment. Sadly, most monitors have a fixed height. :(
No, they don't. Most cheap monitors have a fixed height ;)
 
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So are you saying if you move your chair towards the right edge, the right edge, center and left edge all have the exact same image quality in terms of brightness, contrast, and clarity? Same question if you back away from the monitor several feet? The two sides look as bright and crisp as the center?
I agree, there is no "sweet spot" on a curved monitor, I honestly don't even notice the curve anymore. Its the same picture quality regardless of where I sit or distance from the monitor. Im usually anywhere from 2-3 feet away. (34" monitor)
 
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No, they don't. Most cheap monitors have a fixed height ;)
Aren't most monitors cheap monitors? In terms of all monitors produced and sold.
 
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I wouldn't get too hung up on image distortion with a curved screen. In the early CRT days, all CRTs were curved the wrong way, and we were used to it.

Sony/Mitusbishi started making vertically flat, horizontally curved screens, and they looked distorted at first, but we got used to it.

Then came the truly flat CRTs, and they also looked distorted at first, but we got used to it.

The latest curved LCD monitors offer a few key advantages over flat screens. The most significant two are:
  1. The difference in viewing angle between the center and the edges of the screen is lower, so there's less gamma-shift on TN, less colour-shift on VA, and less corner-glow/contrast-loss on IPS.
  2. The difference in focal distance between the center and the edges of the screen is lower, reducing eyestrain, and of benefit to older people who apparently struggle with rapid focal-depth shifts.
There are a couple of downsides though:
  1. Only VA and OLED technology can really be made curved without uniformity/light-bleed issues. Curved IPS and TN are barely curved, and generally suffer for it.
  2. Higher costs.
The biggest complaint people have about image distortion is simply unfounded. Many people will be accustomed to watching movies at the cinema on a curved screen without even realising it. Looking at any representation of a 3D viewport projected onto a 2D plane is going to be distorted because physics - your brain simply adjusts to it after a while and you forget about it.
 
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No, they don't. Most cheap monitors have a fixed height
Yes they do. Most monitors, cheap and expensive, have a fixed height. It may be half, but I doubt it is. This is easy to verify yourself. Visit Newegg and tailor your searches. I sure wish you were right, but I've required height adjustment for my monitors for 20+ years and the offerings have always been very limited compared to tilt and swivel.
Aren't most monitors cheap monitors? In terms of all monitors produced and sold.
LOL Good point. Of course, "cheap" is relative term. If you take 27" monitors for example, some may feel $125 is cheap while others may think $400 is.
 
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Have you used a curved screen before? From what I understand, they take some getting used to.
It wasn't the curve, it was getting used to the UW being in your periphery that took some getting used to.
 
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It wasn't the curve, it was getting used to the UW being in your periphery
??? Isn't it being in your periphery a function of it being curved?
 
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??? Isn't it being in your periphery a function of it being curved?
Yes, but going from 23" 1080p 16 x 9 to 34" 1440p 21:9, I kept finding myself focusing on the center of the screen and ignoring the periphery during gaming.

Productivity was fine.
 
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Looking at your GFX card I am not going tom talk about what you can expect from that .... So I'll base my recommendation to an extent on what I expect will be in your next build.

a) I would not suggest a curved screen at 1080p... personally, I don't like them even on wide monitors.
b) With your current build, G-Sync / Freesync is meaningless. For a new build, I assume anything you get will crush 1080p. G-Sync / Freesync does great things between 40 and 60 fps, but the impact trails of significantly after 60. We have one build here still with twin 144 Hz monitors (others are 144 / 165 hz Au Optronics IPS, 1440p), one of which is used for gaming (GFX card) and the other for utilities browser while gaming (IGP). Every game is well over 80 fps at which point we'll generally choose to use Motion Blur Reduction rather than any sync.
c) If sticking at 1080p, a $200 GFX card will deliver 80 fps in Witcher 3 ... if that's the performance you will be looking for. whether or not the monitor is G / free sync capable is not a "must have".

So when putting together you list of choices, I'd leave on the Asus VG248QE ... it's been around since 2013 or so but is still a popular choice despite the price having risen since release . We still get requests to do builds using this monitor ... some just don't want to et go ... others want because they seen those folks screens.

We have auser who is doing an new build and he's wating foir the Acer Nitro XF252Q reviews to be released ... its a 240 hz model tho I doubt your current card can drive it.

Others worth looking at would be Asus MG248Q and the benQ equivalent
 
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