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Dell announces 49-inch ultra-wide monitor with QHD resolution

By Shawn Knight · 17 replies
Oct 15, 2018
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  1. Dell on Monday announced what’s being billed as the world’s first 49-inch curved dual QHD monitor. The aptly named Dell UltraSharp U4919DW, which Dell claims is the ideal replacement for two 27-inch QHD monitors, boasts a resolution of 5,120 x 1,440 and an ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio.

    Spec-wise, the U4919DW offers a 3800R curve radius, 109 pixels per inch and a brightness rating of 350 cd/m² (typical). Response time is rated at 8ms in normal mode and 5ms in fast mode and the contrast ratio is 1,000:1.

    A single USB-C cable can be used to transmit power, data and video, helping to reduce cable clutter. Other connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports (HDCP 2.2) (10-bit color @ 60Hz), a single DisplayPort 1.4 connector (HDCP 2.2) (10-bit color @ 60Hz), five USB 3.0 downstream ports and two USB 3.0 upstream ports.

    The IPS display allows users to view content from two different PCs thanks to its Picture-by-Picture (PBP) feature, much like a true dual monitor setup but without the annoying bezels. Similarly, the KVM feature allows you to toggle between different machines using a single keyboard and mouse.

    As you’d expect, the display is height adjustable and can tilt and swivel to help lock down that ideal viewing angle. It’s also compatible with VESA mounts and stands should you already have a mounting location in mind.

    The Dell UltraSharp U4919DW comes backed by a three-year warranty and launches on October 26 priced at $1,699.99.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,301   +2,769

    Most professional gamers use 3 screens, and for them this would be a downgrade.

    And watching full-screen video is no fun on it. No 4K support, and any video will be on just 50% of the screen in the middle, which is crap.

    And low vertical resolution makes sure this product won't attract professional graphics designers or video editors.

    So really, this very much a niche product. In fact, I'm having difficulty imagining who would want it.

    P.S. It would make a killing if it were 8192x2048, to fit 2x4K screens, and could be even playable on a rig with 2 x RTX 2080 Ti.
  3. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,369   +1,368

    Totally agree... almost seems like Dell is making an investment in "multi-monitor" monitors for when it's actually feasible to manufacture dual and triple 4k monitors... I assume that one day this will be possible - but that day hasn't arrived... yet...
  4. They are targeting people who like the format, which isn't necessarily "enthusiasts."

    A guy at Microcenter tried to sell me on a 32:9 monitor a while back (I prefer 21:9 and told him as much) but I referred someone who I figured would be interested and they went straight to the store and picked one up.

    As it turns out, there are more people to sell to than just gamers and video/photo editors.
    LNCPapa and Darth Shiv like this.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,112   +1,532

    For that price tag.... I'll pass.
    But imagine setting it up vertical and using it for coding! Yes, that was a joke.
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,272   +1,722

    This is not for gamers but for productivity (like programers) and the price isn't that bad.
    Darth Shiv and davislane1 like this.
  7. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Booster Posts: 89   +85

    I have two Dell U3415W set side-by-side (2 x 21:9 @ 3440x1440). I'm a software developer and graphics designer and use these aspects all day long. I like the ultra-wide appeal as it is very useful for work. Others might say this monitor has limited appeal, but I personally am attracted to this. This isn't for gaming or for watching movies and maybe not perfect for graphics design, but seriously, first world problems... We can't all be track stars. :)
    Faplyboy and TomSEA like this.
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,947   +568

    Yeah for me it would be great in software that can setup window layouts nicely e.g. Visual Studio. VS benefits greatly from multimonitor setups but not having the bezel between the windows would be a great improvement still.

    For a gamer, the pros that I've heard talk about this say 24" is still the go. Field of view for this monitor would make it difficult for optimal play. There are probably genres that this suits well too like space flight sims and so on.
  9. Jules Mark

    Jules Mark TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +13

    Some day-traders might be interested in this.
    H3llion likes this.
  10. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Evangelist Posts: 546   +60

    "5,120 x 1,440"?
    That's the dumbest resolution I can imagine for something like this.
    "Twice as wide" should have twice the horizontal resolution. And I am SO done with the "x:9" ratio. No excuse for a "wider" monitor at that price not be any taller (at least 1,600 tall.)
    Stretching the screen wider & wider like a stick of gum is NOT desirable. :(
    H3llion likes this.
  11. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,649   +414

    I mean you wouldn't get this if you are a PRO gamer. You would get higher refresh rate single monitor.

    Aspect Ratio issue is the biggest killer of UWs. If supported its an amazing experience, if it isnt, its a bummer.

    Monitor of this scale should be at least 1600p, I guess if you need horizontal space for timelines etc, this is great. The 38UC99 (now a version old) is 1600p which is the top vertical resolution available for UWs atmo afaik.

    Id say we are 2-3 years away from a 4k Ultrawide with HDR and 60-120hz.

    OLED UHD 30" to 42" (120fps) range monitor would be amazeballs.
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  12. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,649   +414

    It's curved, you would probably value vertical space over UW. The 3840x1600 is a better fit for a developer, or dual/tripple 4k/8k.

    Screen 1: Workspace Code
    Screen 2: Web Browser or Preview Pane
    Screen 3: Photoshop/Other

    As someone pointed out, traders and audio engineers / video editors and people in favor of multi-window productivity views will value this greatly.
  13. dj2017

    dj2017 TS Addict Posts: 150   +142

    I'll take the girl. She is super cute. Dell can keep the monitor, especially at this price.
    H3llion likes this.
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,272   +1,722

    didn't notice that it's curved. thanks for telling me. I hate curved screens.
  15. Faplyboy

    Faplyboy TS Member Posts: 33

    what kind of software are you developing?
  16. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,649   +414

    Its hard to get used to at first, but it has its upsides. I barely notice mine at 38", bigger you go, less apparent it is. Unless you go with Samsung, their curve is quite hard.
  17. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Booster Posts: 89   +85

    Agreed. I have an LG 34” flat and I upgraded to the curved 34” Dell model (U3415W) and it’s subtle enough to make a difference but not massive like other brands. I found myself leaning left or right to see content better on my LG, but not so on my Dells.
  18. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Booster Posts: 89   +85

    I primarily do web related software development but also do native desktop and some IoT (kiosk). You name the platform and I’ll probably find an excuse to program on it. Recently been moving more toward hardware related development as this is an area I really would love to steer my career into, especially now with how easy it is to get into it with the advent of microcrollers and cross-platform language support.
    Faplyboy likes this.

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