Dell U2913WM Review: Budget Ultra-Wide Monitor

Dell U2913WM

Introduction

If you are habituated to crazy multitasking, a monitor with the normal aspect ratio is insufficient for displaying every open window without overlapping each other. Constantly relocating multiple windows simply saps productivity and triggers irritation. Therefore, multitaskers like me go for a dual-monitor configuration through which they use more than one display to view several windows simultaneously.

Well, even this is not an ideal solution, as it needs power cables, video hardware, and good arrangement with a gap between the display. Not everybody has these requirements for setting up two or more monitors. Therefore, I prefer a monitor with the ultra-wide and ultra-sharp screen with a high aspect ratio. Fulfilling these requirements very nicely is the Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29-inch monitor. Its ultra-wide screen features a panoramic display of a whopping 2560 x 1080 resolution and a truly surprising aspect ratio of 21:9, instead of 16:9.

Specifications

  • 29 Inches Screen
  • 2560×1080 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 21:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz
  • 8ms Response Time
  • Ports: VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, MiniDisplayPort 1.2
  • Other Ports: 4x USB 3.0
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.09mm x 0.26mm

Features

Designed to replace two smaller monitors, the widescreen display makes it possible to use just a single longer monitor with a single connection and removes the issue of troublesome bezels distracting you while scanning from left to right across the screen. Such ultrawide displays are perhaps the key ingredient to productivity and good gaming experience as well. What’s more, this Dell model comes with many connectivity ports and uses the In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology to deliver an identical color and grayscale propagation.

Initially, it might take some time to get accustomed to the shape. However, once adjusted, I am sure nobody will feel like going back to the standard 16:9 ratio. You can easily manage up to three windows side by side. Isn’t that cool? The on-screen labels make it easy to use the monitor, as they indicate which buttons to press for the desired options and how to navigate the menus. They include seven picture presets and a custom setting to adjust the RGB saturation levels. The hue and saturation settings are only for Game and Movie modes.

You can even select a color format, aspect ratio (16:9, 1:1), and auto mode for resizing. Other commendable settings include uniformity compensation, smart video enhancement, noise reduction, and Picture by Picture for viewing two pictures from different sources simultaneously. You work smart with this built-in manager. It synchronizes your apps and boosts the overall visual experience. The manager has many features to optimize the media appearance as well as monitor’s settings. Through it, you can select zones for snapping and expanding them via dragging.

Performance

When you remove this monitor out of the box, the first thing to grab your attention is its width. The first feeling that comes is that it is double in width than the standard one. This feeling seems to prevail even while working on this innate 2560×1080 desktop. Well, no longer you need to handle those irritating bezels!

Your peripheral vision gains satisfaction while playing movies and games. It is worth noting that the eccentric specification of resolution and aspect ratio is not ideal for all games. For example, for Battlefield 3, you can gain the most immersive cinematic experience but not for other games. The screen’s shape is ideal for widescreen movies in 2.33:1 format, as there is no appearance of those pesky black bars as visible in 16:9 screens. So, any video in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio is unsuitable for this monitor, as its extra width is wasted and black bars tend to appear.

At times, you might even have to scale the entire image to fit it onto the screen. Well, it is easy to change the aspect ratio if you press the touch-sensitive buttons firmly. As I have already worked with 2560×1440 resolution, it is easy to conclude for me that this Dell monitor has plenty of pixels. While a 4K version is better, this one is not going to make you recall it. Personally, I use this monitor for watching movies, making some documents, and editing photos. So, I can say it is ideal for working with two windows at a time. Even docking in Windows 7 Explorer becomes more useful.

The default settings give an almost ideal sRGB color gamut coverage of 99.9%, which indicates exceptional color accuracy on an IPS screen. The IPS panel inside is of LG Display and is a real 8-bit build capable of displaying the whole sRGB spectrum, with just a minor deficiency of blue gamut. Further, the matte finish alleviates reflections. Although it also reduces the vibrancy, the overall vibrancy of RGB is still as rich as the hues on a few glossy displays. Due to the high contrast ratio, you get to see some the best levels of detailing in images.

Colors are quite effective. It is easy to see the light and dark areas without increasing the brightness level much. You are also ensured of superb off-axis viewing, with a minor color shift while your eyes move left or right from the middle of the screen. A commendable ability of this Ultra Sharp monitor is to adjust the uniformity of brightness. With this ability in action, the difference between the lightest and darkest areas becomes more evident.

Design

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The design of this Dell monitor makes it look like a high-end monitor, with its splendid frameless bezel and stylish matte stand that tilts generously, rotates sideways, and adjusts its height easily. The IPS panel comes with a hard coating of anti-glare finish for dispersing reflections and preventing screen scratches.

The design is sleek and bezel-less, with the top and side bezels being quite trivial. There is also a glossy Dell logo and five small touch-sensitive buttons on the cabinet that sits on a graceful stand. This stand features a curved mounting arm with a dual matte finish in black and silver and a rectangular base with one side being curved.

I agree that this monitor needs more desktop space than usual but it is much effortless to set it up than a dual monitor configuration. This is because of the need of just a single power cable and the space-saving stand.

Connectivity

The Dell U2913WM offers a wide range of connectivity options including HDMI, VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort 1.2, and a MiniDisplayPort 1.2 ports. Besides these, you will also be able to use four USB 3.0 ports once you connect the monitor to the PC via the upstream USB port.

Conclusion

For me, a computer display is critical for working as well as playing, as it is really what you see to carry out the typical input-process-output process. In simple words, whatever you see must be clear, sharp, and vibrant; which is only possible with sufficient pixels. If you need this, you just cannot go wrong with this Dell monitor.

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