If you're maniacal about multitasking, an ultra-wide monitor should be in your future. As luck would have it, Dell has begun shipping its newest entry in the ultra-wide category. Now available is Dell's UltraSharp 38 (U3818DW), a massive 37.5-inch monitor with a curved (2300R curve radius) display. It also features Dell's InfinityEdge technology, which is a fancy marketing term Dell introduced last year to denote thin bezels.
"You’ll be oblivious to distractions. Your 37.5-inch, ultra wide curved monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio and delivers approximately 25 percent more screen content than a 34-inch [monitor]. Plus a gorgeous, expansive display with InfinityEdge offers [a] virtually borderless screen," Dell says.
Dell is mostly taking aim at professionals who are willing to spend a bit more on a big, premium display. The U3818DW boasts a high-quality in-plane switching (IPS) panel with a WQHD+ (3840x1600) resolution to provide an ultra-wide field of view. There is plenty of room to multitask on this thing, and it does not come at the expense of image quality either—Dell says the U3818DW covers with 99 percent sRGB factory calibration for precise color at Delta-E less than 2. Translation? It offers accurate color reproduction and is ready to go right out of the box.
This is an edge-lit monitor with a brightness level rated at 350 nits, which is above average. It also has a 1,000:1 (typical) contrast ratio, 8ms response time (8ms in Fast mode), and supports both picture-in-picture (PiP) and picture-by-picture (PbP). Other than the brightness level, none of that is overly exciting for gaming, and neither is the 60Hz refresh rate or lack of NVIDIA G-Sync or AMD FreeSync support. There is also no mention of high dynamic range (HDR) support.
While gaming features are scarce, other amenities include a pair of built-in 9W speakers along with an analog 2.0 audio line out jack (3.5mm), built-in cable management, and four USB 3.0 downstream ports (two on the side and two on the bottom). Users also have access to a USB Type-C port (alternate mode with DisplayPort 1.2, power delivery, and USB 2.0) and a security lock slot. And for connecting to a PC or other source, there is a DisplayPort 1.2 connector and two HDMI 2.0 connectors, both of which are HDCP 2.2 certified.
On the ergonomics side, the U3818DW is height adjustable up to 115mm and supports tilt (-5 to 21 degrees) and swivel (-30 to 30 degrees) adjustments.
The Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor is available now direct from Dell for $1,500. You can also find it at Amazon for a bit less ($1,305 and change).