Product titles are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes you can figure out exactly what a product’s special features are just from the product’s name, and other times it takes a bit more research. Dell’s UltraSharp U3419W Curved USB-C display falls into the former of these two categories. This indicates that this display utilizes a curved panel that measures 34 inches diagonally, that it was created in 2019, and that it is part of Dell’s UltraSharp business-oriented product line. The USB Type-C reference in the product name, however, takes a bit more thought.
Many business-oriented displays today come with built-in USB ports, but not many monitors feature a USB-C port due to its relatively recent introduction. At first, you may think this isn’t a big deal, but USB-C is more than just another USB port. In addition to transferring data relatively quickly, this port can also be used as a video connection and as a charging port for systems that need up to 90W of power.
This is a standard feature of the USB-C interface and it’s likely to become more widely used in the future as more devices are designed to take advantage of it. But as of now, relatively few products do. Still, it’s nice to see companies starting to implement USB-C as a display option.
As mentioned in the intro the display uses a curved panel, which helps to create a more immersive gaming and work environment. This panel has a resolution of 3440×1440, and as an IPS panel it offers excellent viewing angles up to 178 degrees in all directions. Dell factory-calibrates these displays to cover 99 percent of the sRGB color spectrum, which would mean it has superior overall color accuracy than the majority of displays on the market today. Our sister site, PCMag, tested the color accuracy of an UltraSharp U3419W Curved USB-C display first-hand using a Klein K10-A colorimeter and the SpectraCal CalMAN 5 software, which returned results that exceeded Dell’s specifications by covering 100 percent of the sRGB color space.
This display also features a pair of 2W built-in speakers for basic audio playback. The reviewer at PCMag reported that these speakers sounded a little soft but otherwise sounded decent.
Dell set its UltraSharp U3419W Curved USB-C monitor with an MSRP of $1,099.99, but it’s commercially available today from Dell for $849.99. Considering this price tag and the display’s features, the monitor comes off as a little overpriced for its features. Competing displays such as Dell’s own UltraSharp U3219Q and Acer’s Nitro XV3 offer superior color accuracy and a higher resolution at similar price points. I’d still recommend the UltraSharp U3419W Curved USB-C as a solid display for business use, but at its current price point, you will need to do a little research ensure it’s the best option available when you go to buy.
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