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 Electronics' LG Display, 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 in this screen size from our readers. It's a little surprising, as the prices are not much lower than those of full WQHD models, with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 2,560 x 1,440 display.
It also makes sense though, as the 21:9 aspect ratio does have its advantages. While it has a diagonal of 29in, it's not much higher than a 23in monitor, while the width isn't much wider than a large 27in screen. Perhaps an extra 7cm - no more. If you put two 22in screens next to each other they take up more space, so rather than working with two 1,280 x 1,024 monitors, you're better off with one 21:9 model. Games and movies look better and, in any case, gamers don't need too many pixels in order to keep framerates high. For editing videos and photos they're also useful.
With an average price of £467, 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. You can read the rest of Dell UltraSharp U2913WM preview: 21:9 super widescreen on Hardware.info.