Dell U3415W 34-Inch Ultra-Wide Curved Monitor Review

Part of Dell's UltraSharp line, the U3415W is a premium product that promises high performance — and it’s priced accordingly. Does it keep that promise?

CES saw the announcement of a new category in displays, monitors with curved screens. Since LG makes most of the parts for this category, it’s only fitting that the company should be the first to market with the 34UC97, which we reviewed in January. It’s a 21:9-aspect IPS panel with 3440x1440 resolution currently selling for around $1000.

Samsung, HP and Dell also announced curved monitors back in January and today we’re taking our first look at Dell’s entry, the U3415W. Coming in at the same price point, it sports professional credentials with factory calibration, a large and flexible OSD, high contrast from an IPS panel and premium build quality.

Specifications

Reaction to the advent of curved monitors has been mainly centered on one question, “why?” When 21:9 screens first appeared in 2013, we wondered if they were the answer to a question no one had asked. Of course, that was a reference to the 29-inch AOC Q2963PM, which has a less-useful 2560x1080 pixel resolution. That panel tends to squeeze desktop height a little too much for our tastes.

Then LG shipped us its 34UM95. With 3440x1440 pixels, it offers the same 109ppi density and the same screen height as our favorite 27-inch QHD form factor, plus the added width. That makes for a truly versatile display that can redefine how you multi-task, and it easily accommodates dual-source picture-by-picture setups. And well-heeled gamers can set up two or three ultra-wide displays for an incredibly immersive experience.

By curving the screen just a little, the extra width fits better into the user’s peripheral vision, and reduces the amount of head-turning necessary to see the entire desktop. Product photos seem to exaggerate the curve somewhat. In reality, it’s fairly subtle — the image is not distorted in any way.

Dell has upped the ante just a bit with the U3415W. A factory calibration is the first major feature that leaps out, confirmed by a data sheet included with, and unique to, each display. You’ll see in our tests that this monitor is one of the most accurate we’ve ever tested, before and after calibration.

There are also four video inputs and two USB upstream ports, which makes it easy to connect two computers and have them share a single monitor, keyboard and mouse. MHL support allows the mirroring of smartphone and tablet content, as well as charging of those devices, and there’s even an HDMI 2.0 port which accepts a native 3440x1440 signal at 60Hz.

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  • tom10167
    "3440x2160" Anyone else getting tired of seeing this site report glaring errors in almost everything they publish?
  • It's 3440x1440 pixels @ 60 Hz refresh rate. It's also $899.99 on Amazon not $1199.00.
  • SirGCal
    Unless I missed it, no mention of sync of either flavor. I'm not buying a new display without one or the other. I've noticed it so much nicer in every enabled task, not just gaming.
  • oj88
    Judging by its size and price, Dell could have made U3415W a 4K (4096x2160) monitor.
  • HideOut
    Thats not 4K. and no, it has no sync. This is more of a pro grade monitor, not a high FPS gamer
  • GoZFast
    2x9w speakers o.o That a lot for integrated speakers My samsung tv 27'' has 2x2w.
  • GoZFast
    Dell already have 5K monitors but this one is aimed at artistic professionals.
  • CORRECTION:
    Newegg has it for $799.99 with coupon code:
    EMCAVKK33
  • GoZFast
    Well, too bad, its 1220$ here in Canada. I guess I will add it to my list when shopping in NY next time lol Dell brand 34'' ~4K monitor 10bit pro panel with ok speakers is pretty decent for 799$. Its a good tv with those inputs for a small room.
  • Tanquen
    IPS = :)

    Curved = :(

    21:9 = :(

    34” = :( It’s too darn short for a widescreen display. My 30” 2560x1600 already has a taller res.

    “By curving the screen just a little, the extra width fits better into the user’s peripheral vision, and reduces the amount of head-turning necessary to see the entire desktop.” Wow, just wow! This is just so wrong.

    “the image is not distorted in any way.”
    It may not be enough to notice but it totally distorts the screen and nothing you view on it will be shot in such a way. The larger TVs totally have a bowtie effect going on and it’s a total gimmick.
  • Willyfisch
    For good monitor reviews, go to TFTcentral. Far better quality than other sites. Those guys know what they're talking about when it comes to monitors.
  • enigmasi
    curved monitor = useless for work
  • Nintendork
    3:2 is the best ratio, sadly movie industry decided this 16:9 gimmick and then 21:9.
  • josephjosephson
    How many people here have even tried a 21:9 monitor, 34", one at 1440 res, and/or curved? I got the LG one and I love it. No complaints. Keep my 27" 120hz on a mount and swing it up front to game on
  • haze4peace
    I'm using this monitor right now and it is absolutely amazing. Games cover your field of view making things so much more immersive. Also, movies shot in 2.35:1 aspect ratio (most movies) are an absolute joy to watch. Our natural vision is far more wide than tall, shouldn't our monitors match?
  • Max_x2
    Quote:
    3:2 is the best ratio, sadly movie industry decided this 16:9 gimmick and then 21:9.


    You do know that naturally, your vision enables you to see wider than higher, right?
  • ozicom
    Actually 1k for a PC monitor is too much. Graphics chip manufacturers are not interested in making chips to support HDMI 2.0 and 4k TV manufacturers are not interested in putting Displayport to TVs. So we have to pay these prices for a PC monitor to get more resolution from our PCs. That's a shame. Monitor manufacturers should make more different products like this one to get prices down.
  • Au_equus
    HDMI 2.0 is available on all gtx 900/titan x cards and like other people said, this monitor is on sale at various e-tailers for sub $1k prices. Asus, Acer, Dell, LG have all made 3440x1440 monitors
  • cknobman
    Honestly it looks like an average performer for the price.

    Nothing that screams "I'm worth over $1000+" for sure.
  • vitreoushumor
    Quote:
    How many people here have even tried a 21:9 monitor, 34", one at 1440 res, and/or curved? I got the LG one and I love it. No complaints. Keep my 27" 120hz on a mount and swing it up front to game on


    I bought one last month and returned it two days later. It was absolutely stunning for 2d work but as soon as I fired up ANY 3d game I could feel extreme eye strain leading to a splitting headache and nausea within 15 minutes of gameplay; it made me motion sick just like 3d tvs do. I tried my best to like it but it had to go.
  • GoZFast
    This is for graphics profrssionals 10-bit panel so it wasn't built for games. Asus has 144Hz screens for that.
  • GoZFast
    Only if they make a 4K 10-bit 120Hz 2ms panel ...
  • soldier44
    Meh went with a 40" 4K monitor from Phillips coming from a 30" 2560 x 1600 of 5 years and couldn't be happier.
  • iam2thecrowe
    The only thing i see wrong with it is "curved" and the price tag. I wouldn't mind having an UWS 3440x1440 monitor at all if it was flat and cost less than $500. Seems like monitor price goes up exponentially when you get over 24" and over 1080p, its ridiculous. You can buy a 60" tv for this price. 3 monitors takes up too much desk space for me width wise, but something like this would be ok, and give better immersion for gaming.

    Verdict - Too curved, Too pricey.