Thursday, May 14, 2020

Dell UltraSharp 49 Review

Ben Lovejoy:

Thin bezels, single-cable connection, and the ultra-wide format I fell in love with a couple of years ago.


If you’re used to an Apple Thunderbolt Display 27, or any other 2560×1440 monitor, you’re going to be perfectly happy with the quality. However, if you’re used to either working directly on the MacBook Pro display or any doubled-pixel one, like the LG UltraFine 5K, then text will definitely seem less sharp.


When viewing photos or video, however, the quality is stunning. As I said last time, it’s not a pro monitor – and doesn’t have a pro monitor price tag – but I think even enthusiastic photographers will be more than happy with this. Photo editing on this size monitor is going to be a dream.


The Dell UltraSharp 49 does offer an alternative setup: you can split the monitor in half and create two virtual 27-inch monitors, each 2560×1440.

That makes a lot of sense because then you could put the menus in the middle, easily snap windows to the middle “edge,” and zoom to half the screen. In most cases, I don’t even want full-width windows on a 27-inch display.


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This would be a great Mac monitor for me if Catalina hadn’t gotten rid of subpixel antialiasing. I realize this isn’t the first time I have talked about this issue, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating from a basic ‘being able to easily read text’ perspective.

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