Going on 2 years strong - great quality still
How have I not written a review yet? This has been a strong centerpiece of my desk and computing environment for going on two years.
Essentials: 100Hz AU Optronics 3440x1440 VA panel, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 DisplayPort input
The big plus/minus: Pixels have been perfect, colors great, response exceptional. In very dark rooms and low-light scenes, some backlight bleed in spots (but this is 0% noticeable in most conditions), and mostly some nitpicking for what I would like to see in a Version 2 of this monitor.
The ramble: The monitor has been so great, it's almost literally unremarkable. It's replaced a 2x24-inch setup, and I don't think I'd even do 2x27-inch now. Being able to have one field of view centered in front of me is great. 3440x1440 has been a great amount of space. The VA panel with its lower brightness actually has been great on my eyes. IPS displays are shiny but omg ouch sometimes. I mostly connect over DisplayPort to ensure I get the full 100Hz and 3440x1440 resolution, but I wish I had noticed sooner that the HDMI 2.0 port (I think HDMI 3 -- please mark this in future versions somehow) also supports 3440x1440x100Hz over USB-C. I do occasionally get blips of distortion when FreeSync over DisplayPort crosses around 47-48Hz - might be my software or cable, unsure. Since January 24, 2018 (delivery date) I've moved from a gaming desktop setup to a laptop station, and I'm amazed that my Chromebook can pump the full resolution at 100Hz in stellar detail. I use the j5create brand USB-C to HDMI cable, which I got from BestBuy, and I recommend getting a dedicated cable if you are connecting USB-C, because you might go nuts trying to figure out why your display doesn't connect just to figure out it was an inferior cable. Not only screen real estate, but desk real estate is nice, with a good amount of clearance left under the monitor. Tilt is only vertical, but it's light enough to adjust the feet if you need to angle this monitor horizontal for some reason (why?). The display does rotate, and it's nice to go from ultra-wide to "ultra-tall" from time to time. I would get another. If editing is allowed, I will update this review soon to test if HDMI 2.0 over USB-C (or otherwise) seems to support FreeSync. That would be a nice find. Oh, and Picture-in-Picture modes can be fun for managing multiple devices. Gamma and low blue light settings adjustments have been nice features while I'm glad that by and large the OSD settings are minimal.
Also future list for updates that would be nice in a new version. Initial list: better quality control for viewability in dark rooms with dark scenes - would not currently recommend as a movie/media display for this reason. Would love to see the next version maybe get up to 144Hz and 10-bit color, but I do love that the current fit is more realistic to a larger set of source devices. That gets to be a loot of bandwidth. Maybe all ports in the future version support 3440x1440x100Hz-FreeSync, but one port supports 144Hz-HDR? Also, optical passthrough and/or HDMI ARC would be great in addition to the 3.5mm TRS connector, for those of us connecting to soundbars.
Would recommend to a friend.