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Dell U2913WM review

Katharine Byrne
7 Apr 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
490
inc VAT

Dell’s novel super-wide monitor has fantastic image quality and a wide range of inputs

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The Dell U2913WM is unlike any other monitor we’ve tested. It’s 29in wide and has a huge resolution of 2,560x1,080, giving it an aspect ratio of 21:9. It took us a little while to get used to the shape, but we were soon reluctant to go back to the usual 16:9 ratio as the wider screen made many desktop tasks much easier. The screen is so wide that it almost negates the need for two monitors on your desktop, as there’s enough space to manage two (or even three) windows side by side.

Dell U2913WM

It looks the part of a high-end monitor, too, with its stunning frameless bezel and elegant matt black stand that’s both height-adjustable, can rotate sideways and has a very generous amount of screen tilt. Its IPS panel has a hard coating as well, which helps diffuse reflections and protect the screen from scratches.

It’s not just office tasks that benefit from the U2913WM’s extra-wide view; it's also well-suited to watching films, and games that support the aspect ratio feel much more cinematic. If your media or game doesn’t support the 21:9 aspect ratio, though, this space can feel slightly wasted, as you’re either left with two fat borders down the side of the screen, or have to stretch the entire image to fill it. Either way, changing the aspect ratio using the screen's menu settings is easy as long as you press each touch-sensitive button firmly.

Dell U2913WM

IMAGE QUALITY

Of course, all this would mean little if the monitor's overall image quality wasn’t up to scratch, but we didn’t even need to calibrate the U2913WM, as its default settings returned a near-perfect sRGB colour gamut coverage of 99.9%. This is outstanding colour accuracy, even for an IPS screen, and the only region of the colour gamut where it was ever so slightly short, at least compared to the rest of its coverage, was in the blue colour space.

Our subjective image tests were equally impressive. The screen has a matt finish, which helps reduce reflections but can make colours seem less vibrant. However, the vibrancy of reds, greens and blues still rivalled the rich hues we’ve seen on some glossy displays. Whites were a little grey, but blacks were very deep, which was reflected in the monitor's low black level score of 0.30cd/m².

The U2913WM’s contrast levels were excellent as well. Our high recorded contrast ratio of 761:1 helped the screen produce some the best levels of detail we’ve ever seen in our high-contrast test images. Colours were very punchy and we could see both the light and dark areas of each photo without having to turn up the brightness too much and so compromise the low black levels.

PORTS

As if all this wasn’t enough to impress, the U2913WM caters for almost every type of user with its extensive range of inputs. Alongside the usual VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, you’ll also find two DisplayPorts (one in and one output, for daisy-chaining another monitor), a mini-DisplayPort and a four-port USB3 hub alongside its headphone jack.

The Dell U2913WM’s extra-wide screen won’t be for everyone, but if you’re looking to reduce the number of monitors on your desk or are simply after a more cinematic PC experience, this screen is for you.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****

Physical

Viewable size29 in
Native resolution2,560x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (2,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness300cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time8ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth17mm
Base (WxD)287x185mm
Screen elevation58-185mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableyes
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hub4-port USB3
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extras3H hard coating, headphone output, mini-DisplayPort
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsN/A

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on32W

Buying Information

Price£490
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.dell.co.uk
Warrantythree years RTB

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