If there’s one thing everyone learns quickly while working from home – especially when someone is confined to the screen of a laptop – it’s never too much workspace. This year’s CES not only delivered some display solutions for design professionals looking for room to breathe, especially with Dell’s announcement for their expansive 5K2K UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD monitor with a resolution of 5,120 x 2,160 pixels.
In practice, the output of the UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD delivers almost too much of a good thing. In our tests with a Windows-based Surface Pro X and the new M1-based Apple MacBook Air, we had to reduce the resolution to half with the Surface Pro X (no error in the display itself; the output was hampered by the undersupplied graphics of the device ) or a scaled resolution of up to 4608 x 1944 in macOS, in order to make the operating system usable for everyday tasks and at the same time to keep a large number of application and browser windows open. But even with a scaled resolution, the ability to work from one large display instead of two provides an efficient / competent desktop experience that is all too easy to get used to.
One problem we tested when migrating from a 5K iMac in 2014 was whether the difference in brightness between the two displays is noticeable. We are relieved to report that the 300 nits of brightness of the UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD can also be used perfectly from a desk next to a window (for comparison: our 2014 5K iMac has a rating of 461 nits). Similarly, the difference in perceptible pixel density wasn’t so pronounced that it was distracting when switching between photo editing apps, reading and writing text.
But what makes the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD a monitor that masters them all is the parade of connections behind and under the display. Most users will not be looking for options because of the multitude of ports on the monitor, which essentially act as its own hub. Connecting and powering our M1 MacBook Air is simplified by the Thunderbolt 3 port, which supports 90 W charging. In addition, the monitor has another Thunderbolt 3 / DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports (10-bit color at 30 Hz), a DisplayPort (10-bit color at 60 Hz), an audio line-out, four USB Type A 10 Gbit / s and a USB connection upstream port, USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, an RJ45 Ethernet port, a USB Type C 10 Gbit / s port and a USB -C downstream port. The multitude of connections shouldn’t require an additional hub for the majority of users, which frees up the desk space from clutter.
There are a few arguments. At the edges there is an inconsistent distance between the millimeter distance between the bevel of the monitor and the display panel, a detail that is most pronounced in the lower center of the monitor. While the gap is subtle and disappears with daily use, it can be annoying to those who want a perfect fit and finish. The second problem is much smaller and a matter of course for almost all monitors of this size: The built-in 9-watt speakers are thin at best and should best be replaced by external speakers. With an investment of $ 2,100, the audio output still leaves room for improvement.
Overall, Dell’s beautiful beast of a display makes a compelling case that bigger can be better, and one that can convince users – Windows or MacOS fans – that working with a single large display will do two screens more efficiently can do. While $ 2,100 is by no means a budget option, Dell’s UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD Monitor reviews almost every mark we’d like to use on a display in the home.
The UltraSharp 40 WUHD Curved Monitor is available starting today.