Dell U4919DW Monitor Review

Reviewed Jan 25, 2019 at 09:15 am
Dell U4919DW Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
7.7
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
7.4
Media Creation
5.5
HDR Gaming
Size 49"
Resolution 5120x1440
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
No

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.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Dell U4919DW is a good monitor for most uses. It has great wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, and an excellent color gamut. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, and gamers may be disappointed by the 60 Hz refresh rate, and lack of variable refresh rate.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.9 Office

This is a great monitor for office use. It has wide viewing angles, and the high resolution, large screen is excellent for multitasking. Like the U3818DW, it allows you to work on two computers at once, great if you have a work and personal computer.

See our Office recommendations
7.7 Gaming

Overall, the U4919D is a good monitor for gaming. It has a great response time and low input lag at the native resolution, but the 60 Hz refresh rate may disappoint more serious gamers, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.4 Multimedia

Decent monitor for multimedia. The high resolution 32:9 screen is great for watching movies, and it has a fast response time, with little blur trail behind fast moving objects. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.4 Media Creation

Decent monitor for media creation. The large, wide format screen allows you to see more of your project at once. It also has excellent wide viewing angles, great for sharing your work with a nearby colleague.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.5 HDR Gaming

The Dell U4919DW does not support HDR. For a decent HDR monitor, check out the Samsung CHG90.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 7.4 Multimedia
  • 7.4 Media Creation
  • 5.5 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Lots of screen real-estate, great for multitasking
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle
  • Excellent out of the box accuracy
Cons
  • High non-native input lag
  • Mediocre dark room performance

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Test Results

Design
Design
Stand
Width
15.0" (38.1 cm)
Depth
13.8" (35.1 cm)

The stand is well built, solid, and doesn't take up too much space. It is quite thin, so you can still place small objects on it. Given the size of the monitor, it still wobbles a bit, but this isn't too distracting.

4.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
3.6" (9.1 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

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.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

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.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders are quite thin compared to the overall size of the monitor, and there is no noticeable gap between the borders and the first pixels.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
8.1" (20.6 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
4.1" (10.4 cm)

Due to the large size and gentle curve, the U4919DW is quite thick. The stand leans back a bit, but the base can still be placed flush with the wall behind it.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1184 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There is no local dimming feature on this monitor. The video is for reference only.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
338 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
352 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
351 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
352 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Great peak brightness in SDR, brighter than the U3818DW. There should be no issues using the U4919DW in a bright office. When the uniformity feature is activated, the peak brightness decreases significantly.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

7.3
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
37 °
Color Shift from Right
39 °
Brightness from Left
46 °
Brightness from Right
47 °
Black Level from Left
75 °
Black Level from Right
75 °
Curve Radius 3800 R

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.

8.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
27 °
Color Shift from Above
27 °
Brightness from Below
33 °
Brightness from Above
33 °
Black Level from Below
75 °
Black Level from Above
75 °

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.

8.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.628 %
50% DSE
0.123 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.414 %
5% DSE
0.048 %

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.

5.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.158 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
306 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
75
Contrast Setting
75
RGB controls
N/A
Color Temperature
6778 K
White Balance dE
2.66
Color dE
2.02
Gamma
2.26

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.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
19
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
94-98-100
Color Temperature
6431 K
White Balance dE
0.98
Color dE
0.78
Gamma
2.17

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
96.6 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.7 %

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.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
95.9 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
79.5 %

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.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the U4919DW, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

9.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Outstanding gradient performance. There is no noticeable banding in most colors, which is great.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.001 %
Pixel column error
0.002 %

There is no significant color bleed, which is great.

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

The Dell U4919DW has great reflections handling. The curved screen tends to distort reflections a bit, which can be distracting in some occasions, but overall there shouldn't be any issues.

Motion
8.2
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
5.5 ms
100% Response Time
16.7 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal

Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

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.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

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.

6.7
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors N/A

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.

Inputs
8.7
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
9.1 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
40.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

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.

9.3
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 5120x1440
Aspect Ratio 32:9
Megapixels 7.4 MP
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 48.8 inches
Screen Area 623 sq inches

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.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 5 (USB 3.0)
USB C 1 (USB, USB PD, DP Alt Mode)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm No
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

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.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple input display
PBP

The Dell U4919DW has a few extra features, including:

  • Picture-by-Picture: You can display the input from two sources at once. With the included KVM functionality, this allows you to work on two computers at once, with only one keyboard and mouse.
  • Uniformity Compensation: A factory calibrated mode that is supposed to correct for any uniformity issues. As the U4919DW already has great uniformity, this mode doesn't improve uniformity in any significant way, but causes a reduction in brightness and native contrast.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

Standard Dell control scheme, but the buttons are small and provide very little tactile feedback.

Features
In The Box

  • Manuals
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB-C Cable
  • USB 3.0 Type B Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

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.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
U4919DW 49" 5120x1440 60 Hz USB-C
U3417W 34" 3440x1440 60 Hz DisplayPort Out, no USB-C
U3818DW 38" 3840x1600 60 Hz USB-C

The U4919DW we reviewed was manufactured in October 2018.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: Dell U3818DW. Middle: Dell U4919DW. Right: Samsung CHG90.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Dell U4919DW is an impressive Ultrawide monitor that is great for office use. It doesn't come cheap, but when you consider that it replaces two 1440p monitors it is an interesting model. See our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best Ultrawide monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 4k gaming monitors.

LG 49WL95C-W
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 49WL95C-W and the Dell U4919DW are extremely similar overall. The LG has slightly better ergonomics and it supports HDR, although this doesn't add much as it can't display a wide color gamut, and can't get very bright in HDR. The LG has lower input lag when displaying a non-native resolution, which is better for gaming if you want to run your games at a lower resolution for better performance.

Samsung C49HG90/CHG90
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Dell U3818DW
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Samsung C49RG9/CRG9
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

LG 43UD79-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Dell U3417W
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

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