You don’t need an ultrawide, curved gaming monitor, but they sure are fun, and your desk is really the place where you’ll actually appreciate that curvature. The Massdrop Vast’s feature set and value proposition make taking the plunge more tempting than ever.
The Massdrop Vast clocks in at a curved 35" inches, with a 100 hertz refresh rate, 2ms response time, 2500:1 static contrast ratio, and FreeSync. Massdrop makes claims of excellent blacks/dynamic range, and sweet spots from pretty much every angle, and I concur.
The Vast’s bezel and stand are no works of art, but I have no complaints- it looks great on my desk, is VESA-mountable, and has sufficient height-adjustability, though it does lack swivel. There’s also no power brick. The on-monitor controls are bad but that’s par for the course. The DisplayPort and three HDMI inputs are mercifully side-facing and curved forward.
The Vast was a timely arrival, in tandem with the Corsair One Elite (more on that soon), and I used the latter to put the former through its paces. It’s not the fastest or the brightest monitor on the market, and it doesn’t have USB-C, but it’s also $600 ($550 in the past) for this set of specs, and with it, Massdrop continues to break price barriers across the board.