The Dell U4919DW is Dell’s best non-gaming ultrawide monitor

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The Dell U4919DW is the first 49 inch ultrawide monitor with a resolution of 5120 x 1440. Coming in at around $1,699, this monitor is equivalent to two 27 inch monitors placed side by side. But, do you actually need it?

The new Dell UltraSharp U4919DW is Dell’s take on a business focused ultra-wide monitor. Dell has long dominated the business monitor space and with the release of the U4919DW, Dell has continued to strengthen its position as a premium business monitor company.

Being a whopping 49 inches long in diameter, you can easily place four or more windows side by side on the same screen. This enables you to be more productive, eliminating the need to stay switching between windows when working with multiple documents at the same time.

If you’re a gamer you might want to look elsewhere. The Dell U4919DW isn’t meant for gamers or creative people. It does not have HDR, nor does it support NVidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync, and is only limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. Samsung’s upcoming 49-inch monitor might be a better pick for gamers, as it’s coming with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR support and FreeSync 2.

Thanks to the 5120 x 1440 resolution, this monitor can easily replace two 27 inch 1440p monitors. Text on this monitor is crisp, thus reducing eye-strain when used for a long period of time doing productive tasks. This is not to say that you can’t game on this monitor. In fact, if you play games such as Hitman 2 and The Witcher, where refresh rate is not as important, you might forgive the 60Hz refresh rate limited.

Make no mistake, this monitor is very wide. For the uninitiated, the sheer width of the monitor takes time to get used to. Since the screen is so wide, you’ll have to constantly move your eyes to look from one side to the other as you won’t be able to see the whole thing.

Reinforcing its business image, the monitor is composed of matte black and gunmetal textures. Although we would have preferred if the monitor implemented the InfinityEdge design, the bezels surrounding the display are reasonably thin. As expected from a monitor having the UltraSharp label, the monitor is solid and durable. There is no noticeable warping or creaks from the chassis. Although this quality comes with the cost of increased weight, we actually like increased weight as it gives an impression of a well-built monitor.

The OSD buttons made changing common settings, such as the brightness, contrast and display mode through dedicated function buttons. The option of each button is shown on the screen. Various advanced settings can be changed through the OSD settings.

There are two USB 3.0 ports on the left side of the screen. These USB ports can be used to connect a mouse and keyboard, thus making use of the integrated KVM feature. The KVM feature allows you to switch between computers connected to the monitor by the press of a button while still using the same keyboard and mouse.

But why would you buy this monitor instead of two 27 inch monitors with 1440p resolution? That’s a good question and one which you have to ask yourself. The Dell UltraSharp U4919DW is the must have monitor for a specific niche of customers, such as system administrator, finance professionals and even developers. These are professionals who need to run multiple applications at the same time, or use more than one computer at the same time.

If you fall in this category and you are in the market for a new monitor to boost your productivity, the UltraSharp U4919DW is Dell’s answer to your needs. With the best resolution yet for a 49 inch ultra-wide monitor, 99% sRGB and a plethora of connectivity features tailored for the business user, the U4919DW is the perfect choice.

Specifications

Size 49″
Curved Screen Yes (3800R)
Panel Type IPS
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Colour Support 1.07 billion colours
Response Time 8 ms (normal); 5 ms (fast)
Colour Picture by picture, 10-bit gamma, LED edgelight system, 99% sRGB colour gamut, Delta E
G-Sync/FreeSync No
Connectivity 2 x USB 3.0 upstream port5 x USB 3.0 downstream ports
1 x USB Type-C port
Colour Gamut (typical) 99% sRGB

Review Analysis

The Verge Score: 8.0
Digital Trends Score: 7.0
RTings.com Score: 7.5
MonitorNerds Score: 9.4