Dell may have just killed the multimonitor market, well, at least put a big dent in it. The company has just released a 49-inch, 5120 × 1440 resolution (32:9 aspect ratio) curved, brilliant 350 cd/m2 monitor that supports 99% of sRGB (1.07 billion colors) with a 1000:1 contrast ratio with a 5ms response time IPS panel.
|7.4 MegaPixels of contagious viewing across 49-inches (JPR)
One of the first groups to use multiple monitors were the financial traders, stacking up to six or more. That was expensive and required a rigging system to hold them in place and get them properly aligned. Dual monitor users include engineering and media post production too. The U49 is positioned as a replacement for two 27-inch QHD monitors with the added advantage of an uninterrupted view — no bezels, no matter how thin.
And, thanks to a clever KVM input capability, the monitor can be shared between two PCs using a single keyboard and mouse.
|Two PCs driving one, split-screen display.
Each user, or PC, get the equivalent of 27.5-inch screen, with 2560 × 1440 resolution.
It has a sufficient number of inputs as well: 2 x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2) (10-bit color @ 60Hz), 1 x DP 1.4 (HDCP 2.2) (10-bit color @ 60Hz), 5 x USB 3.0 Downstream port, 2 x USB 3.0 Upstream port, 1 x USB Type-C (Alternate mode with DP1.4, Power Delivery, and USB2.0) (8-bit color @ 60Hz).
One of the important aspects for a widescreen monitor is the ability to see it from a wide angle. The U49 offers an impressive 178-degree horizontal viewing angle and a178-degree vertical viewing angle, one of, if not the, widest in the industry, so you won’t get any fade out or black spots.
The monitor uses in-plane switching technology with white LED edge-light system backlight technology and has Dell’s remote asset management capability. There is picture-by-picture capability allowing a single KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) operation, and the display screen is coated with an antiglare 3H hardness.
You can adjust it up and down (90 mm) and tilt it (-5-degrees to 20-degrees). It’s remarkably light for such a large screen, only 11.4 kg (~25 lb.) so one person can easily install it.
If you live in the U.S., you can get one of these beauties for $1,700.
What do we think?
A lot, we think a lot about this new monitor. It’s a new class of monitor as MSI, Phillips, and Samsung have (or will soon have) similar products. That’s a good thing because it means it is a category that the monitor suppliers are going to promote and support, so there won’t be any orphans.
|Multi-monitors gets a new meaning with the U49 — note the envious look of her colleague (Source Dell)
I said they will put a dent in the multi-monitor market and they will. Losing the bezel is a big deal. The U49 is the equivalent of two 27-inch 2560 × 1440 monitors with the added niceness of a curved screen. But, if 7.4 megapixels isn’t enough for you (it’s not enough for me), then you can stack them — remember, only 11.4 kg.
We don’t do a lot of financial trading here, although we do some killer spreadsheet work and a little media. We publish quarterly reports; Market Watch is our oldest and best known. And even though I have three 31-inch monitors (a 4k, an 8k, and 4K) next to each other, I have never seen the Market Watch spreadsheet totally displayed. It was (and still is) an awesome and unforgettable sight to see 14 years of quarterly data uninterrupted with associated charts.
|The more you can see, the more you can do — 14 years of data with charts
However, as interesting as spreadsheets are, one can only look at them for so long before the eyelids get heavy and you wake yourself up from your own snoring. But if you want to stay awake, light up Wolfenstein II with the U49. One of the complaints gamers have is limited FOV. Well if 178-degrees isn’t enough FOV for you then you need to join a circus cause there’s something weird about your eyes — although you’ll never have to worry about anyone sneaking up on you.
|Dell’s new U49 5120 × 1440 super widescreen (32:9) monitor — in action
Dell says this is not (positioned as) a gaming monitor, but gamers are going to use it for sure. And since its only (ha, only) 350 nits it doesn’t qualify to be officially called an HDR monitor, even though ti can display 10-bit color. But it’s HDR enough for me. I can tell you the blacks are black, and I can see more in a game in color and width than I could before. This monitor is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen since I got the first 30-inch HD CRT Sony Trintron monitor in 1997 — although I do love my 8k screen.
The more you can see, the more you can do