Thursday, January 31, 2019

Dell’s Massive 49-Inch 5K Ultrawide Display

Juli Clover:

Dell recently unveiled the first 49-inch ultrawide 5K monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio, the result of which is a wide, immersive display with an impressive resolution.

In our latest YouTube video, we were able to go hands-on with Dell’s U4919DW display, putting it through its paces to see if it’s worth the $1250 asking price.

It’s actually a shockingly low price considering what displays used to cost. And 49 inches sounds huge, but it’s like having a 27-inch display next to an iMac—I’m currently using a 30-inch. So something like this could be great with a laptop or Mac mini. (Although, one advantage of a dual-display setup is that you can put the Apple menu in the middle, and the cursor will snap to the corner.) Unfortunately, it’s not Retina.

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It’s not really 5k. It’s ppi is a rather paltry ~108, especially when compared to the lg ultrafine 5k which hits ~218ppi. This seems to be two regular normal 2560x 1440 panels Frankensteined together, but I really don’t think it’s all that compelling when you could just buy two discrete panels for like 400~.

Also super weird the verge review doesn’t mention the complete bog standard ppi especially since the marketing name misleads by labelling it a 5k.

@9935C101Ab17A66 It literally is more than 5K pixels wide, so I don’t think the name is misleading.

It’s interesting though, that retina grade displays seem to not have caught on in the rest of the industry. Best price/performance (or simply best performance) are NEC displays (I love my PA272W despite its name) but they don’t make a retina version either…

Is this what people imagine when they see the term "5K display"? I don't think so. Similarly, when somebody sells me a 4K display, I expect something at least in the ballpark of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. Two 1080p panels don't make a 4K panel. So to me, calling this a 5K display seems pretty misleading.

It's kinda cool, no doubt, but it's only a 5K display in the most legalistic interpretation of the term.

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