ElectriQ 34" HDMI 2K QHD Freesync Curved Gaming Monitor - £309.97 @ Laptops Direct
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ElectriQ 34" HDMI 2K QHD Freesync Curved Gaming Monitor - £309.97 @ Laptops Direct

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Found 10th MarEdited by:"trueno2k"
Thoughts?..

If it lasts 2-3 years I think it'll be a good cheap investment...

EDIT: New limited time discounted price!.. Still not worth a punt anyone?..
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I will never use this company again.

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On the day of delivery, Laptops Direct order confirmation appears to say 'awaiting stock'. As seems to be a common practice, based on other reviews, they have oversold this stock. The reason given is their website and stock system does not talk to each other. The company set the online orders as 'out of stock' after an hour. Therefore, at this point, they would have known how many they oversold.
Payment was taken immediately, and no notification was given that the item could not be fulfilled. (It appears that stock is actually due in April.)
I was given the option of alternative items at much higher ticket values, which were in stock.
Sheepsdeviant1 m ago

I will never use this company again.BUYER BEWAREOn the day of delivery, …I will never use this company again.BUYER BEWAREOn the day of delivery, Laptops Direct order confirmation appears to say 'awaiting stock'. As seems to be a common practice, based on other reviews, they have oversold this stock. The reason given is their website and stock system does not talk to each other. The company set the online orders as 'out of stock' after an hour. Therefore, at this point, they would have known how many they oversold. Payment was taken immediately, and no notification was given that the item could not be fulfilled. (It appears that stock is actually due in April.) I was given the option of alternative items at much higher ticket values, which were in stock.


Was this the graphics cards deals by any chance? I had the same experience
Yes it was, hopefully I can help other people in the community so that they don't waste their time and money.
I had a similar experience to Sheepsdeviant with a recent monitor purchase, and I was there within 1/2 hour of deal post here. I would recommend not expecting your item and expecting the money to be gone for 2 weeks or so.
> Direct Group; Company Reg. No. 04171412. Head Office: Neptune Way, off Leeds Road, Huddersfield, HD2 1UA


This company also trades under other online names, from the same business address.

buyitdirect.co.uk/

AND

debenhamsplus.com/con…-us


So if you are buying something online from Debenhams, it's from debenhams.com/ site for clothes only. And those orders are actually fulfilled by Debenhams. With it possible to collect online Debenhams orders in-store (click and collect).

Wheras Debenhamsplus is a completely different website for electrical goods etc. --> just a different looking store front for LaptopsDirect. Beware of this!
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Shame really!.. Would have been a good investment if the company were to honour the sale!.. Oh well nevermind...
yes, i've had this monitor before, when the price was 220 POUNDS!!!!!!! on ebay, screen quality was terrible, sent back TWICE!!!! and finaly got refund, because i gave up to receive another garbage replacement, and bought something else.
No this could never have been a good "investment" it may have been in your opinion however a good purchase, but unfortunately its not that either
I've only read nothing but negative reviews on this product.
I sent mine back last time, awful panels, must be using the junk left over from production runs.
Buy cheap, buy twice.
Curved and ultrawide? I feel like these are both gimmicks that are just gonna die out in a while.
I bought this at £220, and wouldn't recommend it at anything above that.

It's decent enough, and the cheapest available for this size & resolution, but the back lighting bleeds out at the edges, and the viewing angles aren't great.

I also had issues with the display port, though HDMI 2.0 works well.

Fantastic for spreadsheets & office type stuff, so if screen real estate for the money is what you need it may do the job, but probably worth paying extra for improved image quality if you're at all bothered about it.
Edited by: "damcnaught" 10th Mar
DancingOmelette22 m ago

Curved and ultrawide? I feel like these are both gimmicks that are just …Curved and ultrawide? I feel like these are both gimmicks that are just gonna die out in a while.


I think curved is a gimmick in general, though may make sense with ultrawide - it at least doesn't bother you after a few times using the display.

Ultrawide however is no gimmick if you want a wide screen, e.g. for spreadsheets, multi-tasking, or viewing multiple pages of documents at a time. I'd imagine it'd be good for gaming as well.
Cold. Awful screen and company
damcnaught9 h, 42 m ago

I think curved is a gimmick in general, though may make sense with …I think curved is a gimmick in general, though may make sense with ultrawide - it at least doesn't bother you after a few times using the display.Ultrawide however is no gimmick if you want a wide screen, e.g. for spreadsheets, multi-tasking, or viewing multiple pages of documents at a time. I'd imagine it'd be good for gaming as well.


Yeah, curved is probably sensible with ultrawide, and I accept that an ultrawide screen may have productivity benefits (although... Is it really much better over getting a 34" normal widescreen with a higher vertical resolution? The same desktop area but with a better balance between width and height, I feel), but I think they're generally marketed as being better for gaming, and that's just not true. For one thing, you can only focus your eyes on one area at a time, and you just don't need that much peripheral vision in a game - certainly not enough for it to be worth the extra GPU power required. And for another thing, according to a friend of mine who regrets buying one, ultrawide isn't supported by a lot of games.
1. 34" ultrawides should be curved, with the distance one sits from their monitor. Content creators concerned about their straight lines typically find it not an issue on a slight curve, but if it's a real issue, are probably better served with multiple 4k 16:9 flat screens.

2. Ultrawides are DEFINITELY better for immersive gaming than a similarly sized normal widescreen. I hear a lot of people who've never used one talking about their presumptions of it. As an ultrawide owner, I can tell you, I'm never going back, never downgrading back to 16:9. Games like The Witcher 3 are stunning in ultrawide. In fact everything I've played has been better in ultrawide, period. Planet Coaster. Wolfenstein 2. Rocket League. Half Life 2. Final Fantasy XV. Skyrim (especially heavily modded). Battlefield 1. Xcom Enemy Within and 2. Dirt 4. Project Cars. Metro 2033 series. Doom. Firewatch. GTA (all of them). Star Wars Battlefront. The Long Dark. Middle Earth Shadows of War. Far Cry 3/4. Kings Quest. Tomb Raider (& Rise of). Warframe. Elite Dangerous. Fallout 4. Bioshock. Stardew Valley. Civilization V and VI. Mass Effect series. Batman Arkham series. Age of Empires .... I'll stop. I could keep going, but I'll stop. All of them definitively better in my experience on ultrawide.

3. Gaming is about more than solely competitive play - that you can only focus on a single area isn't representative of the needs, desires, or capacities of other gamers. Regardless, competitively, ultrawide isn't necessarily a distinct advantage per se, but it sure doesn't have any remotely negative impact in my scores in BF1. The wider field of view especially in vehicles gives a greater sense of scale and context moment to moment, which helps with tactics, moving through terraint, and awareness.

4. You don't need the peripheral view of ultrawide, but you don't really need 16:9. 4:3 is plenty right (I remember the backlash against 16:9 when it first came in from 4:3 purists). And if GPU horsepower is concerned, who needs 4k, or 1440p, or even 1080p. surely 720p is enough. Heck, #480pmasterrace. Nobody needs mechanical keyboards, mice with 2 buttons, or i7 CPUs, or modern graphics cards, or overclocking period. Water cooling is nonsense, people don't really need dedicated gaming rigs or even laptops ... everyone can get buy playing snake on their Nokia 5110 phone, or Pong on the Atari 2600. /s

//"And for another thing, according to a friend of mine who regrets buying one, ultrawide isn't supported by a lot of games."//

There are a handful of games which don't support 21:9 resolutions. They won't support multmonitor surround setups either. In both cases, the games still run on the screen in 16:9, or on the center screen. These cases are so few and far between it's much easier to count them than the ones which support ultrawide. Most games today support it natively, out of the box. Most popular games from the past support it natively. Some games need minor, seriously easy tweaks (often simply turning on flawless widescreen).

The notion that "a lot of games don't support ultrawide", if removing the examples which also don't support 16:9, becomes borderline misleading. I've not encountered a single issue that made me regret buying an ultrawide at all. Perhaps they're not suited to people who should really just be playing consoles, and they are definitely an enthusiast experience on the PC,
@Beehj84 - Yep a good and comprehensive response. I have a flat 34 inch ultrawide and for general use I wouldn't want to go back to 16:9 without having two monitors. I am not a big fan of curved screens but this is the one scenario where I could see it would make sense.

Gaming with it is fabulous - sure not every single game plays with it but if you are stuck with 16:9 it is roughly the same size as a 27 inch normal display so plenty big enough. I would recommend an ultrawide wholeheartedly but just add the following areas of consideration:

1. A 29inch display or less will appear fairly small on your desk due to the reduced height. Definitely try one out if you can first so you can see how it works for you.

2. A 34inch display takes up a lot of desk space, it might be a shock as to just how wide it is so make sure you have room.

3. Related to the point above, if you want two of them you are going to need a ton of room and may have to change your workspace entirely.

4. I would recommend getting one with a decent stand that has height adjustment as well as tilt - the stands on some of them are a bit rubbish and the increased screen size can mean a wobbly display if it and your desk aren't particular sturdy.
Sheepsdeviant10th Mar

I will never use this company again.BUYER BEWAREOn the day of delivery, …I will never use this company again.BUYER BEWAREOn the day of delivery, Laptops Direct order confirmation appears to say 'awaiting stock'. As seems to be a common practice, based on other reviews, they have oversold this stock. The reason given is their website and stock system does not talk to each other. The company set the online orders as 'out of stock' after an hour. Therefore, at this point, they would have known how many they oversold. Payment was taken immediately, and no notification was given that the item could not be fulfilled. (It appears that stock is actually due in April.) I was given the option of alternative items at much higher ticket values, which were in stock.


They can be a real pain to get in touch with too. During a monitor misprice before, they kept trying to phone my house number during a work day despite me giving a mobile number to contact when ordering. Never sent an email or tried any other contact option. Eventually I contacted them to ask them what was happening since the order hadn't moved for like 5 days, finally got told that they no longer sold the product and they'd tried to ring me on my home number. During this time, they apparently tried to contact my home number during work hours again. In the end I just asked for a refund through their form because I couldn't be bothered. A friend who also tried to order the same product apparently got offered other products for way higher prices.

A week later they'd put the product they miss-priced back on the site at it's normal price. They should have just said it was a miss price instead of lying...
Edited by: "Zafir" 12th Mar
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