At the end of last year we reviewed LG's 21:9 monitor, the 29EA93-P. It was the first super widescreen monitor using a panel from LG Display from LG Electronics, and it was only a matter of time before more manufacturers would introduce their first 21:9 monitors. We've seen announcements from AOC and Philips, but it was Dell that was able to deliver theirs next. Today we take a closer look at the Dell UltraSharp U2913WM.
In our review of the LG 29EA93-P we examined the phenomenon of 21:9 displays, so we won't cover that again in-depth. The fact is that there's a lot of interest from our own readers and others in this screen size. It's a bit surprising, as the prices are not much lower than those of full WQHD models, with 16:9 aspect ratio and 2560x1440 pixels.
It also makes sense, as the 21:9 aspect ratio has its advantages. While they have a diagonal of 29 inches, they're not much higher than a 23-inch monitor, while the width isn't much wider than a large 27-inch screen. Perhaps another 7 cm, not more. If you put two 22-inch screens next to each other they take up more space, so if you work with two 1280x1024 monitors, you're better off with one 21:9 model. Games and movies look better, and gamers don't want too many pixels anyway in order to keep framerates high. For editing videos and photos they're also useful.
With an average pricetag of £467 or € 575, the U2913WM isn't cheap. We received the first U2913WM some time ago, but it turned out to be a pre-production model that had not been calibrated in the factory. It took a long time, but finally we received a second one, a production mode. The two have different test results in some areas, and we'll mention these when it's relevant.