My monitor has been in dire need of an update. My primary workhorse machine is my mid-2014 Macbook Pro. On the job, I use a 27″ Apple Cinema Display, while I love this monitor for its simple aesthetic and great color fidelity, it is not currently offered in a 4K or retina variant. This is unfortunate, considering my Macbook has a retina display, and moving my eyes back and forth between the two monitors it is absolutely noticeable. Finally, after scouring the market for a great alternative to the Apple Cinema Display, it came down to a choice between size vs. resolution. Specifically, I had four options left: this LG 34 Inch monitor, a Dell Curved 34 inch, or a 4K offering from either Samsung, Dell, or LG. My final decision to go with the Dell 27 Inch 4K was based on the following metrics.
Price: hoping for something under $600
Visual Appeal: how would this monitor look sitting on my desk?
Specs: will these specs keep me happy for a while
Ergonomics: is it adjustable at the various places I would want/need?
Take a look at the configurability of the display, and the ports in the images below…
At the end of the day, while I loved the idea of a 34 Inch screen, the weird 3.5K resolution turned me off a bit. I wanted full 4K for the price I was paying! Dell also had an interesting 31.5 inch option with full 4K, but it was a little bit out of my price range.
When it came down to deciding between the 4K options, I watched a number of reviews which talked about color issues, potential light bleeding, and the configurability of the monitor. What I found is that while most people seemed to believe that the Samsung monitor had deeper blacks, and a cooler tone, the Dell made up all of that with an [subjectively] better design and more configurability.
I’ve been using the monitor for a few weeks now, and couldn’t be happier. The size is perfect, and the picture on the monitor is amazing. I will be sure to report back if my opinion changes.