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Dell unveils curved UltraSharp U3415W

Dell unveils curved UltraSharp U3415W

The Dell UltraSharp U3415W, to launch globally in December, boasts ultra-slim bezels around a subtly curved 21:9 34" display panel.

Dell has announced plans to expand its UltraSharp monitor family with a large-format curved display, boasting a 3,440x1,440 ultra-wide resolution.

Taking its cue from the rising number of curved TVs on the market, and following numerous leaks over the past year, the Dell UltraSharp U3415W uses the increasingly popular 21:9 aspect ratio to provide more real estate than the more usual 16:9 or 16:10 monitors on the market. To distinguish itself from rival ultra-wide panels, the UltraSharp also features a subtle horizontal curve throughout its entire 34" diagonal display panel - something its proponents claim increases immersion and its detractors deride as little more than a gimmick.

Dell is clearly hoping that buyers of the new curved UltraSharp will pick up more than one: as well as using two matched panels in its promotional imagery, the company is boasting of ultra-slim bezels to reduce the annoying gaps between displays when set up in a multi-monitor environment. The rear of the monitor includes HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) for smartphone and tablet connectivity, while the front packs two 9W speakers.

Sadly, although Dell is to showcase the display at the IFA event later this week it has so far steadfastly refused to provide even a hint as to pricing. It has, however, indicated that the UltraSharp U3415W will be available globally in December following a Chinese launch in November. Full details of the display have yet to be publicly published on Dell's website, and will likely appear only after its formal IFA unveiling.

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GuilleAcoustic 2nd September 2014, 12:49 Quote
Curved surface is a great addition to the 21:9. I hope that the price won't be too dear. Currently working on 2x 5:4 19" screens and a 34" 21:9 would be a nice replacement, as long as it is not flat :D
sandys 2nd September 2014, 12:56 Quote
A very interesting monitor option, not as heavy weight as 4K but gives the extra width I'd appreciate.
jrs77 2nd September 2014, 13:10 Quote
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to provide more real estate than the more usual 16:9 or 16:9 monitors

I guess that should've read "16:9 or 16:10".

Anyways. Allthough they look nice, they're too big for my desk. I'm still hoping to see some 22" to 24" screens with higher than FullHD-resolution to hit the market. I'd be a very happy puppy to have a 24" screen with 2560x1600, as this would increase the ppi from the current 96 to 135 allready.
Nexxo 2nd September 2014, 13:32 Quote
Imagine three of these on your desk. W00t!
Gareth Halfacree 2nd September 2014, 13:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
I guess that should've read "16:9 or 16:10"
I swear, it said "16:10" when I hit submit... I'll go fix it, ta!
jrs77 2nd September 2014, 13:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Imagine three of these on your desk. W00t!

At some point in the not too far future we'll be sitting at our desks with an Oculus Rift anyways, given that they further improve the screen of it :p
Combatus 2nd September 2014, 14:00 Quote
TAKE MY MONEY
DriftCarl 2nd September 2014, 15:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
W00t!

At some point in the not too far future we'll be sitting at our desks with an Oculus Rift anyways, given that they further improve the screen of it :p

It is taking all my energy to resist buying the DK2 version of the oculus and wait for the improved commercial version
scuppy 2nd September 2014, 15:32 Quote
I personally prefer the look of the LG version and from this picture has even thinner bezels.

http://s15.postimg.org/nbu50fx17/20140818180019024.jpg
lysaer 2nd September 2014, 15:49 Quote
Should have been by 1600 imo

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jrs77 2nd September 2014, 15:53 Quote
Dell uses mostly LG-panels in their screens, so I guess that this Dell screen uses the same panel as the LG. If that's the case then yeah, the LG looks better and with thinner bevels.
PaulC2K 2nd September 2014, 19:13 Quote
hard to tell, but my Dell U2913WM monitors have next to no bezel, which looks fantastic... when they're switched off, cos they have roughly 10-12mm of the sides & top where there are no pixels, so switched on it looks like theres a sizeable bezel. Having 3 of them, i bought them thinking i'd almost get a completely seemless span of pixels, as the specs said the bezel was tiny. In reality, theres about 28mm between pixels stopping and restarting.

I wonder if the LG & Dell are just like this, and its not a plastic bezel you can see in the Dell photo, its just unused space, and you wouldnt be able to tell from the LG screen as its off. Seems likely if its true they use LG panels.
LordPyrinc 2nd September 2014, 19:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
It is taking all my energy to resist buying the DK2 version of the oculus and wait for the improved commercial version

So say we all :D
KidMod-Southpaw 2nd September 2014, 19:54 Quote
Do want.


As long as the price isn't insane one of these will definitely be my next monitor upgrade. I've been hankering after a 21:9 for quite some time and this seems like a good time and option to take.
Evolutionsic 2nd September 2014, 19:59 Quote
Do want

Cannot ever afford.
scuppy 2nd September 2014, 20:03 Quote
If bezels are your concern then here are 3 of the LGs ;)

http://s3.postimg.org/w20fms9sj/5td_VF9_P.jpg

Even those stands look so much better than the Dell.

I regret buying 3 Dell's now :(
lilgoth89 2nd September 2014, 20:10 Quote
^^ sorry im going to have to ask you to remove that picture...

pron is not allowed here

and my wallet will get jealous
GravitySmacked 2nd September 2014, 21:27 Quote
Having used a 21:9 res monitor since they were first released, I'm all for the increased resolution and the curve is just a bonus; I'll be keeping my eye on this one for sure.
Anfield 2nd September 2014, 21:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by scuppy
If bezels are your concern then here are 3 of the LGs ;)

I regret buying 3 Dell's now :(

At least you got 3 Dell's, I now have to hide my one lonely Asus 29" 21:9 in shame, despite still smelling like factory:(
Gareth Halfacree 2nd September 2014, 22:13 Quote
Am I the only person in the (bit-tech) world that still uses a single non-ultrawide monitor? I work on a cheapy-cheap Philips 1920x1200 with a broken power button...
GuilleAcoustic 2nd September 2014, 22:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Am I the only person in the (bit-tech) world that still uses a single non-ultrawide monitor? I work on a cheapy-cheap Philips 1920x1200 with a broken power button...

Single Eizo 5:4 17" 1280 x 1024 at home, Dual Eizo 5:4 19" 1280 x 1024 at work ... Battle! Hunting for a replacement though.
GravitySmacked 2nd September 2014, 22:21 Quote
I couldn't go back to 1 monitor; having a second is just too liberating :p
Gareth Halfacree 2nd September 2014, 22:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Single Eizo 5:4 17" 1280 x 1024 at home, Dual Eizo 5:4 19" 1280 x 1024 at work ... Battle! Hunting for a replacement though.
I used to love my 5:4 LCD. I only got this one 'cos my old 1280x1024 broke. I have to confess, though, the extra screen real estate is nice. Shame my APU can't run (m)any games at the native resolution, though...
Anfield 3rd September 2014, 00:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Am I the only person in the (bit-tech) world that still uses a single non-ultrawide monitor? I work on a cheapy-cheap Philips 1920x1200 with a broken power button...

I'm sure there are plenty of people who still use single monitors of considerable age, but for me Desktop Pc Technology has just gotten to the point where I get very little gain out of upgrading internal components, so I've started splashing out on Monitor / Keyboard / Mouse instead.
KidMod-Southpaw 3rd September 2014, 00:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Single Eizo 5:4 17" 1280 x 1024 at home, Dual Eizo 5:4 19" 1280 x 1024 at work ... Battle! Hunting for a replacement though.

My secondary monitor is one of those Eizo panels. 12 year old S-IPS goodness found in Cash Generator for a tenner! :D
debs3759 3rd September 2014, 01:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Am I the only person in the (bit-tech) world that still uses a single non-ultrawide monitor? I work on a cheapy-cheap Philips 1920x1200 with a broken power button...

I use a single 1080p AOC monitor. Hope to upgrade to 4K early next year, with my current monitor as a second monitor.
jrs77 3rd September 2014, 02:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Am I the only person in the (bit-tech) world that still uses a single non-ultrawide monitor? I work on a cheapy-cheap Philips 1920x1200 with a broken power button...

I'm using a single 24" Eizo screen (1920x1200) for years now and allthough I do DTP most of the day I never felt the need to go back to a dual-screen setup or needing more desktop-space.

Before that I had two old Nokia CRTs @ 1600x1200 with those cool BNC-inputs, but they were really big and clogged up the desk.

I still wait for 22-24" screens with higher resolutions instead of physically bigger screens. 2560x1600 like in the 13" MacBookPro would be nice for starters in a 22" screen.
dolphie 3rd September 2014, 04:26 Quote
That bevel right in the middle ruins it for me.
mclean007 3rd September 2014, 07:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by dolphie
That bevel right in the middle ruins it for me.
It's a beZel. And that's why you need three :-)
[ZiiP] NaloaC 3rd September 2014, 09:25 Quote
Using a 26" iiyama 1920x1200 for the last 5 years, happy as punch with it. Looking at the AOC 34" 21:9 screen coming out in October that Bit-Tech had a preview of. It's 8.9mm narrower, but almost another 50% wider that what I'm currently using, so I reckon it's going to suit me perfectly for work and gaming. No doubt this curved Dell will be almost three times the price. LG's 21:9 screen is twice that of the AOC offering.
Gareth Halfacree 3rd September 2014, 10:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
Before that I had two old Nokia CRTs @ 1600x1200 with those cool BNC-inputs, but they were really big and clogged up the desk.
I miss the contrast and variable resolution of CRTs, but you're absolutely right that there's nothing to miss about their mahoosive dimensions! I've got a 28" Panasonic Quintrix TV I use for gaming up 'ere, and I nearly died carrying it up the narrow stairs...
bawjaws 3rd September 2014, 10:55 Quote
I'm another in the single monitor crowd, a Dell U2412M. I have two monitors at work, and it's actually quite a pain at times going home to a single screen, but my better half has enforced a moratorium on further monitor purchases. Can't really complain, as I don't typically do enough at home to justify a second screen, and "Just because I want one" apparently isn't a good enough reason :D
Nexxo 3rd September 2014, 11:07 Quote
You can never have too much screen estate.
lilgoth89 3rd September 2014, 11:24 Quote
im using a single 1920 x 1200 dell ( not sure of the model though )

did think about upgrading to a dual / triple monitor though...but my 7870 would likely struggle driving 2 more monitors
scuppy 3rd September 2014, 20:02 Quote
Tough question....

Would you guys trade up two monitors (or three monitors) for just one of these super wide screen beauties?

http://s21.postimg.org/k56nzqyo7/IMG_2368.jpg

I'm not sure that one of these 34" curved screens would be enough now that I've tasted two (and three)
GravitySmacked 3rd September 2014, 20:14 Quote
No I'd still have to have another monitor in portrait to one side.
LennyRhys 3rd September 2014, 21:56 Quote
I'd happily trade any 2 smaller monitors for a single 30" 16:10... don't care much for ultra widescreen, especially the curved ones.
scuppy 4th September 2014, 00:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by LennyRhys
I'd happily trade any 2 smaller monitors for a single 30" 16:10... don't care much for ultra widescreen, especially the curved ones.

You say that, but almost all the reviews I have read had that opinion until they actually tried one of the displays out.

I think a 34" LG Curved with a Dell 2713 in portrait would be massive overkill so might shift it and stick with my 2407 has lasted me well in portrait mode :)
jrs77 4th September 2014, 00:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by scuppy
You say that, but almost all the reviews I have read had that opinion until they actually tried one of the displays out.

I think a 34" LG Curved with a Dell 2713 in portrait would be massive overkill so might shift it and stick with my 2407 has lasted me well in portrait mode :)

Reviews are reviews, and sure these screens look nice at the first sight. However, after having used dual-monitor setups for years and years the step back to a single 24" screen made working - for me personally ofc - much more ergonomical again, as I see the whole screen without turning my head or having to lean back to make my FoV wider.
Fizzban 4th September 2014, 02:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Am I the only person in the (bit-tech) world that still uses a single non-ultrawide monitor? I work on a cheapy-cheap Philips 1920x1200 with a broken power button...

Nope. Single display here also. I don't have the space for another screen and even if I did I can't imagine what I would use it for. Except to check my online haunts without having to alt-tab out of games. Though it hardly seems worth it.
Star*Dagger 4th September 2014, 09:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Am I the only person in the (bit-tech) world that still uses a single non-ultrawide monitor? I work on a cheapy-cheap Philips 1920x1200 with a broken power button...

I guess YOU are the person they do the benchmarks for on those ultra-low resolutions, less then or equal to 1920x1200.

Yours in Ultra-High resolution 3 monitor Plasma,
Star*Dagger
Gareth Halfacree 4th September 2014, 10:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
I guess YOU are the person they do the benchmarks for on those ultra-low resolutions, less then or equal to 1920x1200.
I'm not exactly the target audience for benchmarks, 'cos A) the last discrete graphics card I bought was a GeForce 9800 and 2) I typically game at 1280x800, mostly 'cos of A. Except when I'm playing on my Amiga, of course, in which case it's usually 320x256.
GuilleAcoustic 4th September 2014, 11:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
I guess YOU are the person they do the benchmarks for on those ultra-low resolutions, less then or equal to 1920x1200.

Yours in Ultra-High resolution 3 monitor Plasma,
Star*Dagger

Long time no see Star, I trully missed your trolls :o. Glad to see you haven't changed :D.
LennyRhys 4th September 2014, 12:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by scuppy
You say that, but almost all the reviews I have read had that opinion until they actually tried one of the displays out.

Thing is, I've had numerous display configurations. At one point I had two 24" displays side-by-side, then I had a 30" main with a 20" portrait to the left, and now I have a 26" main with a 20" to the left and it's perfect for my current needs, however a single 30" would be even better because it would mean I could get rid of the 20"... sadly it's just too expensive at the moment.

I use my displays primarily for graphic work so a curved display would be useless (straight lines would appear curved, and vice versa).

As far as I can see it this monitor is aimed at immersive gaming/movie experience, not professional use.
Umbra 4th September 2014, 14:46 Quote
My BENQ XL2410T has multiple display modes so I can use 17", 19" 19"W, 22"W and 16:9 1920x1080 so if I get all nostalgic for my old CRT display sizes I can use one of those displays...actually, the other displays are pointless and I never use them, I don't miss them at all
Anfield 4th September 2014, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
I guess YOU are the person they do the benchmarks for on those ultra-low resolutions, less then or equal to 1920x1200.

Nice try, but according to the steam hw survey 1366 x 768 is used by 25% of gamers and 1920 x 1080 by 32%.

You might recognize those as the standard resolution of all those cheap 15" Laptops and cheap 20 - 24" TN Monitors sold in the last couple years.

So no matter what bit-techs resident troll thinks, those "ultra low" resolutions are still relevant to the wider public.
Nexxo 4th September 2014, 17:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
I guess YOU are the person they do the benchmarks for on those ultra-low resolutions, less then or equal to 1920x1200.

Yours in Ultra-High resolution 3 monitor Plasma,
Star*Dagger

Actually they do it especially to annoy you personally. :p

Yours at the centre of my own universe Plasma
Nexxo
Harnser 7th September 2014, 20:11 Quote
Good to see I'm not the only one still using one monitor (Benq 24" 1920x1200).

It needs replacing and I want more screen estate but I've never been a fan of bezels down the middle of a 2-monitor setup or the amount of neck/eye movement needed for large screens (e.g. iMac 27") - especially as my desk isn't deep.

What I have used recently is a laptop positioned centrally below the monitor, and used both screens. This has been brilliant, the angle of the laptop screen makes it like a vertically curved monitor and drag and drop between them works well. I'm not sure why more people don't have a vertically-immersive screen - widescreen must work better for gaming?
dolphie 27th September 2014, 09:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
It's a beZel. And that's why you need three :-)

Too much photoshop, and yeah 3 might work. But I would prefer VR or one big posh ultra widescreen.
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