Well, well, Dell. What have you done this time? This isn’t news of a new XPS model, or an ultrabook claiming to be “the thinnest in its class”, but a new top-notch 34-inch curved monitor; the deepest curve Dell has pulled off yet. Made specifically for the consumer market, the monitor is most likely for those who are used to tons of multi-tasking, and would rather not work with two monitors.
The new UltraSharp U3417W has the same WHQD resolution as last year’s curved screen, the U3415W, and follows in the well-received footsteps of the predecessor. Since new iterations of gigantic monitors are popping up, it’s gotta mean something for the “niche” it was once in, right? Instead of mostly gamers and multimedia enthusiasts, who desired the full curvature for focus and juggling tasks, professionals in various industries (perhaps creative) are intrigued by the functionality that comes with something so dynamic as the UltraSharp monitors.
For example, high refresh rates, thanks to AMD or NVIDIA’s latest, usually appear best on something so large and beautiful. Speaking of, the U3417W features mostly all the same specs as the previous model, even the same size and display resolution. That steeper curve is a big deal, yet the answer is simple: improved viewing angles. Specs on this 34-inch monitor (its display area features 31.49 inches x 13.18 inches, making it diagonally viewable at 34.14 inches) include a pixel count of 3440 x 1440 (that’s a pixel density at 109 ppi), a refresh rate of 60Hz, a response time of 5ms fast/8ms normal, viewing angles of 178 degrees horizontally/ 178 degrees vertically, and brightness of 300 cd/m2.
That, and we’ve got 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-B ports, a set of 9-watt speakers, and inputs as follows: 1 DP 1.2, 1 mDP 1.2, 1 DP 1.2 (out) with MST, and 2 HDMI 2.0 ports. So there you have it. Along with pure gigantic-ness, increased efficiency and beauty, Dell claims part of this madness is a method for reduced eye strain on the user. The entirety of the curved monitor, or in this case the UltraSharp U3417W, is to provide a more “contiguous workspace” for the worker- individuals which may include various professions, from creative media specialists to anyone who would consider a dual monitor setup for work. Priced at $1,199, that workspace has got to be a pretty fancy one, that or you’re about to make it that way when you put this thing on your desk.
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