34", 21:9, 3440x1440. Which is to say, pretty big and pretty sharp. Full name: Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor. It’s curved. I like it a lot.
What happened was, Amazon’s got an engineering hardware refresh rolling around, which included a choice between either this beast or dual 27" monitors. The guys who deal them out tell me the choice is breaking more or less fifty-fifty.
What’s hilarious is the blank incomprehension that prevails between the 2x27 and 1x34 camps. Neither side can understand why their colleagues, who normally seem pretty smart, would foolishly make the other choice. I’m part of it; anyone who would trade this sweeping expanse of tiny pixels for, well, anything else, is just Doing It Wrong, as far as I can tell.
Those guys will tell you about brightness and sharpness and color fidelity and latency and that stuff. The TFT Central review in particular is awesomely detailed and includes lots of graphs and charts describing things that I don’t understand at all.
Software geek with a Mac? · This part’s for you. Key points:
You can plug it into the Thunderbolt or the HDMI. Depends which side you want the wires on.
I can get a browser and a Terminal and an Emacs and an IntelliJ all visible at the same time.
It has lots of buttons and menus and options. I can testify that the on/off button works great, dunno about any of the rest.
Its resolution is advertised as WQHD. If I get my nose up close to the screen and squint then I can see pixels, so I guess this isn’t what Apple would call “Retina”. But when my head’s in my actual working position, it has that same creamy ultra-smooth look as the 15" MBP I’m typing this on.
It has a ton of connectors. I have a powered USB hub on the desk (visible in the picture above), maybe I can discard that.
It has “dual 9-watt speakers”. ROFL. My computer is plugged into a Schiit Modi 2 Uber DAC, driving a nice old NAD integrated driving nice old Totem speakers.
The pedestal setup is really extra-good; totally effortless getting it at just the right height, pointing just the right way.
I think we are now living in the era of the big-ass screen.