The Dell Ultrasharp U4919DW is a good 49" IPS monitor with wide viewing angles, and an excellent Dual QHD resolution. The high native resolution is excellent for multitasking, and offers a more immersive gaming experience, and like many Dell monitors, it has great accuracy out of the box. Unfortunately, it is limited to a 60 Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't look as good in a dark room. When displaying non-native resolutions, the input lag is very high, which is disappointing.
The design of the Dell Ultrasharp 49 is very similar to the Dell U3818DW, but with a wide aspect ratio. The stand is solid and supports the monitor well, and it has a good height and tilt adjustment, but it can't swivel. Like most Dell monitors, the U4919DW has great build quality and shouldn't cause any issues. The overall design is very clean and professional, and looks great in any setting.
The U4919DW has a mediocre height adjustment, but a great tilt range, so it is easy to place it in a comfortable viewing position. Unfortunately, it doesn't swivel, and naturally it can't rotate to a portrait orientation.
Like the majority of Dell monitors, the back is plain, with no extra design flair, and no bias lighting feature. There is only basic cable management, but it is good enough to keep your desk free from cable clutter.
The Dell U4919DW has great build quality, very similar to the Dell U3818DW. The stand is very solid and well built, and you shouldn't have any issues with it.
The Dell Ultrasharp U4919DW delivers decent overall picture quality, similar to the Samsung CHG90 and Dell U3818DW. Like the Dell U3818DW, it has mediocre native contrast and disappointing black uniformity. It is brighter than the U3818DW, but has a slightly worse color gamut, and slightly worse viewing angles. Out of the box, the monitor has great accuracy, and the few minor imperfections are easily corrected with a few changes.
The Dell U4919DW has a mediocre native contrast ratio, much worse than the CHG90. Blacks look gray in a dark room, similar to the U3818DW. There is a uniformity feature that can be enabled to improve overall screen uniformity; when activated, the contrast ratio drops to 690:1. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming feature to improve the contrast ratio.
HDR is not supported on this monitor.
Like most IPS monitors, the Dell U4919DW has decent horizontal viewing angles. When sharing something with someone sitting off-center, the image appears dimmer, and colors lose accuracy, but the blacks levels remain constant, unlike with VA monitors.
Great vertical viewing angles. When sharing something on screen with someone standing beside you, the image is only a bit darker, and colors lose some accuracy, but there shouldn't be any issues.
The Dell Ultrasharp U4919DW has great gray uniformity, with very little dirty screen effect, which is great. There is a uniformity feature that can be enabled from the monitor's internal menus; we found that it doesn't improve the uniformity much, but causes a significant decrease in native contrast and brightness, so we don't recommend using it.
The monitor has disappointing black uniformity, similar to the U3818DW. There isn't much noticeable flashlighting, which is good, but there are bright bands across most of the screen.
The monitor has great accuracy out of the box. Both color and white balance dE are low enough that most people won't notice any inaccuracies. Gamma does not completely follow the target sRGB curve, and the color temperature is a bit cool. The 'Standard' Picture Mode is the most accurate out of the box, but does not allow you to adjust the RGB controls.
After calibration, the monitor has excellent accuracy. Any remaining color and white balance inaccuracies can't be seen without specialized equipment, and the color temperature is closer to the calibration target of 6500 K. Gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
Excellent SDR color gamut. The U4919DW covers the s.RGB gamut almost perfectly, but can't reproduce the full range of greens. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is only decent, which isn't ideal for professional photo editing.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
Excellent SDR color volume. The color volume is limited by the mediocre native contrast ratio, which prevents the monitor from producing dark saturated colors, and by the limited Adobe RGB color gamut.
There are no signs of temporary image retention on the U4919DW, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.
The Dell U4919DW has decent motion handling. It has a great response time, with little overshoot and only a minor blur trail. It does not have the motion smearing issues seen on the U3818DW. The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great. Unfortunately, the standard 60 Hz refresh rate may disappoint some, and it does not support any variable refresh rate technologies like FreeSync or G-SYNC.
The Dell U4919DW has a great response time, and the blur trail behind moving objects is very short. There are two selectable overdrive settings: 'Normal' and 'Fast'. We recommend the 'Normal' setting, as 'Fast' has more overshoot but isn't much faster. In either mode the overshoot is relatively minor, and shouldn't cause any issues. This is much better than the U3818DW, which had noticeable motion smearing.
The monitor is completely flicker-free at all backlight settings, which is great. Unfortunately, there is no option to introduce flicker in order to reduce persistence blur.
The Dell U4919DW has a standard 60 Hz refresh rate, with no option for a factory overclock. It also doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology like FreeSync or G-SYNC.
The monitor has excellent low input lag when displaying its native resolution. The large screen and excellent Dual QHD resolution are excellent for multitasking, and it has a good assortment of inputs for recent devices, including USB-C with an excellent 90W power delivery mode.
The Dell U4919DW has excellent low input lag when displaying at its native resolution of 5120x1440. Unfortunately, when the monitor is sent a non-native resolution the input lag is very high.
The monitor has an outstanding native resolution of 5120x1440, which is the equivalent of two 1440p monitors placed side-by-side. This provides a huge amount of screen real-estate to work with, and is excellent for multitasking.
We have received multiple reports of Mac users being unable to select the full native resolution on the U4919DW. It appears to be a limitation with some Apple hardware.
The Dell Ultrasharp 49 has a good selection of inputs, including two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DP port, and one USB-C port. The USB-C port supports DP Alt Mode, and DP power delivery with a maximum power delivery of 90 W, so you can easily keep your laptop charged while working, with only one cable.
The Dell Ultrasharp 49 has very few additional features. Like the U3818DW, it has a unique set of connections and a picture-by-picture mode that allows you to use the monitor with two computers at once, with only one keyboard and mouse. There is also a Uniformity Compensation mode that is supposed to improve gray uniformity, but in practice doesn't improve uniformity much, and instead reduces the contrast and brightness.
The Dell U4919DW has a few extra features, including:
We tested the 49" U4919DW, which is the only size available, but there are other Dell Ultrasharp monitors, some of which are listed below.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Ultrasharp 49 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
|U3417W||34"||3440x1440||60 Hz||DisplayPort Out, no USB-C|
The U4919DW we reviewed was manufactured in October 2018.
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The Samsung CHG90 and the Dell U4919DW each have their benefits. The CHG90 has a faster refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync VRR, great for gamers. The CHG90 also looks better in a dark room, and it supports HDR. The U4919DW has better wide viewing angles, and a higher native resolution, which is better for multitasking.
The Dell U3818DW and the Dell U4919DW are very similar. The larger screen on the U4919DW is easier for multitasking and offers a more immersive gaming experience. The U3818DW has a better stand, with a better height adjustment, and it can swivel.
The Samsung CRG9 is a bit better than the Dell U4919DW, depending on your needs. The CRG9 has much better gaming performance, with a faster refresh rate, better response time, and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate, and the CRG9 supports HDR. The U4919DW has better viewing angles and might be a bit better for office use for some people, as it can connect to two displays at once with a single keyboard and mouse.
The Dell U4919DW is a bit better than the LG 43UD79. The stand on the Dell U4919DW has an adjustable height, and wider tilt range, whereas the LG 43UD79 has a small tilt adjustment and no height adjustment. The Dell is also completely flicker-free and a bit brighter, which is great.
The Dell U4919DW is slightly better than the Dell U3417W. The U4919DW has a larger screen and higher native resolution, which is great for multitasking. The U4919DW also has less input lag at the native resolution, and slightly better black uniformity. The U3417W has better ergonomics, thanks to a better height adjustment, and the stand can swivel.