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Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
Another great Dell monitor. Came with a both a DVI and a mini display port to regular display port cable. The stand is also very nice and allows for easy adjustment of height and rotation. Works flawlessly with my late 2011 13" MacBook Pro. With this monitor I am easily able to work with two windows side-by-side (Check out Flexiglass on the Mac App Store for a good window management tool).

-- Update August 24, 2013 --

I purchased another Dell UltraSharp U2913WM to connect to a new 2013 MacBook Air 13". Once I connected the monitor I noticed it looked terrible. Everything on the screen looked blurry and the colors were washed out. It turns out that some new Macs have problems with certain external monitors. Instead of sending an RBG signal to the monitor it sends a YCbCr one. I found a solution to this problem here: [...]

After applying that override the monitor looks great.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This particular monitor is suited for a couple types of people.

The first type of person is the multi-tasker. Its very easy to modify the screen setup to display any number of windows with the included screen application.
Just pick you preference, One, two or up to six segmented screens. Simple and productive, particularly for reading two pages of text, multiple spreadsheets or two browser windows side by side.

The second type of person is the for the widescreen gamer / movie watcher or someone that does not have the desk real estate for multiple monitors.
This is viable alternative to having two screens side by side with no bezel in the middle.
The added advantage is with the vertical pixel reduction to 1080 over a 30 inch monitor running at 2560X1600 resolution is higher frame rates and lower overall graphics card requirements, but are still getting the extra wide view.

Color quality, options, and picture quality on this monitor are excellent.
Bezel gets an extra postive nod, as its nearly invisible.

The only real downside is dependent on the age of the application (or game) that you are running.
Some applications (pre-2005) cannot properly scaling image or interfaces for the 21:9 screen ratio (using the 2560 pixel horizontal width), leading to forced stretch of the image.
However, all is not lost. You just have to 1:1 scale the image and it will use 16:9 ratio perfectly at 1920X1080 (with black bars on the remaining portion of screen).

I run this particular monitor directly off my sager notebook docking station with no issues.
Remember to invest in a display port or mini-display port connector cable to run the full graphic level of performance at 2560X1080, as this is the easiest way to connect the monitor.

Overall recommended as a lower cost alternative to a 30" screen with nearly the same level of performance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
This is a great monitor. It comes with a DVI, Display Port and mini Display port cables. Using it with Windows 7 and my HP 8440p Elite Book I'm able to get 2560x1080 only using the mini display port. The monitor is not a bigger 27" monitor, it's more like two 17 monitors, side by side, built as one. There is a ton of real estate here and I can keep many windows open at the same time, all visible. The Dell Display Manager gives you 20 display configurations as well as a custom one. This is where you can preset defined window sizes. Then just drag a window into that space - it immediately expands to the predetermined size. I use it for complex designs with Microsoft Visio, e-mail, IM, and browsing with all windows open. This is a very wide monitor, great stand, great tilt, height, swivel and awesome resolution. It's not an Apple Retina display, but it is fantastic for 1/2 the price. I'd make sure your PC Video Graphic driver is capable of 2560x1080 before you buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2014
Image quality and color fidelity are very good for this price point. I hear a lot of criticism of its vertical resolution, and complaints about the black bars and resolution support in some games.

I had a 27" 16x9 monitor at home, and a dual 25" 16x9 setup at work. I replaced my home monitor with this one, and have no regrets. I'd like to swap out the dual-monitor system at work, too - I find myself having to turn my body to uncomfortable angles to utilize the far reaches of that setup; I haven't found a dual pivot keyboard/mouse tray that will alleviate that issue.

I have it mounted above my desk to a modular hutch (one of those $400 Staples two-piece desk/hutch systems from 14 years ago) with a $60 OmniMount folding monitor mount that's intended for use in the kitchen. It's nice not having a stand in the way, and the slim vertical dimension (equivalent to a 23" 16x9 monitor) means that, with the top of my screen at eye level, the bottom of my monitor bezel is almost 8" from the top of the desk surface. I got my desk back!

I took my chances buying this unit on a special refurb deal direct from Dell, so I have a compromised warranty and a greater probability of dead pixels. Luckily, my unit didn't have any dead pixels.

Mine shipped with a single-link DVI cable, and no DisplayPort cable (dual-link DVI and Mini DisplayPort are supposed to be included).

The monitor won't support the full resolution without one of the above options, and no LCD monitor looks good when not running at its native resolution or aspect ratio (especially the latter). I contacted Dell, and they sent me the correct cables in a couple of days. That solved my issue.

Setup:

Mini DisplayPort
nVidia Quadro 600,
Sharpness = 50.
Brightness = 33
Contrast = 75
Input Color Format = RGB
Gamma = PC
Preset Modes = sRGB
Smart Video Enhance = No
Color profile = Dell U2913WM sRGB v2.icc (default)

I used the factory-calibrated color settings (preset mode shown above), and have no complaints about color fidelity.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2013
Upgraded to this from 2 older Dell monitors, which still work great but are too small for my needs.
I was torn between the 24" Dell U2412M and a similar HP model, but then saw a great deal Cyber Monday deal on Newegg for this one, which sold me. I am very happy with it overall, but largely because I got a huge discount.

I really like the (rather odd/non-standard) aspect ratio.
The wide screen is perfect for video/graphics work w/lots of palettes & menus that I can now leave off to the side instead of dragging them all the way to a separate monitor. Some people complain that it isn't tall enough, but it's slightly taller than my old ones & 2x as wide, so I'm happy.

The stand isn't great. It swivels at the base, but the height is fixed. If I were much taller it'd have to put this on a phone book. The cable management is also kind of dumb - just a hole in the stand which leaves things exposed, instead of the older approach of clipping cables behind the stand.

2 stars lost for screwy setup and troubleshooting I shouldn't have had to do...

First, there are 2 full-size DisplayPorts on the back, which is cool, but only 1 works with a single monitor and there's no label or indication which one. The 2nd one is an output for "daisy chaining" DisplayPort 1.2-compatible monitors, so if you plug the computer in there you get no signal. Would've been easy to label "input/output" but they don't.

Second, don't attempt to daisy chain or enable DisplayPort 1.2 in the settings menu unless you actually know what that means. I didn't, and it didn't work as I expected...
If you enable 1.2 without a 2nd monitor properly attached (or if your video card isn't capable of supporting it) your monitor goes black. There's a warning about this, but they DON'T say you also lose access to the DisplayPort menu, so you can't easily reverse it! To fix it you have to press & hold the menu button to select DisplayPort as the source. After holding it for a few seconds, the DisplayPort 1.1/1.2 dialogue pops up & you can disable 1.2 to go back to single-monitor mode. This was screwy too & took a few tries. Generally the monitor menu isn't all that intuitive.

Finally, and most importantly:
The monitor looked AWFUL out of the box & hooked up via DisplayPort to my 2011 Macbook Pro.
It was worse than a cheap netbook screen and very disappointing.
If I hadn't known better it would've gone right back in the box, but it's an easy fix.

The problem is with DisplayPort & Macs specifically. Probably not an issue w/Windows.
The monitor can use either RGB or YCbCr color space.
OS X by default ONLY outputs YCbCr, which results in a grainy, illegible display that's missing a lot of color information.

The solution is to "Force RGB Mode" in Mac OS X to fix the picture.
This link explains the process (or Google "Force RGB mode Mac"):
[...]
Download the Ruby patch linked in the explanation (right-click/save as to save it to your Home directory), and run it in Terminal. This creates a display profile that overrides the default. Once saved in the proper location, you restart & the monitor should look great.

Overall, I'm very happy w/the end result, but primarily because I paid 50% less on sale and because I was able to troubleshoot some incredibly bad settings myself. If I'd paid full price & didn't know how to fix the defaults, I'd be upset.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
I bought two of these monitors to run with a Mac Book Pro 15. The product details do not mention it, but they came with all the cables one could require to hook these up.

I used the Mini Display Port -> Display Port cables to the Thunderbot ports on my Mac.

The USB port on my Mac I connected to the closest monitor, and then connected the USB feed for the second monitor to the first. I ordered an Apple wired USB keyboard at the same time and connected that to one of the monitors. The cable on the Apple Keyboard is pathetic, not sure it is even two feet in length but I digress.

I don't really play video games, so sorry if you were expecting some game feedback, my apologies. ;)

I'll update the review after some run time, especially if I have any problems. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
I purchased this Dell U2913 29-inch display in early 2013, and after almost a year I am still glad I decided to get it. Works great with my 2011 17" MacBook Pro and my wife's 13" MacBook Pro (each running OSX 10.8.5), and with my Lenovo X230 running Windows 8. I use the USB connections on the monitor for my mouse and keyboard. Where this display really shines is using spreadsheets and office applications. The somewhat less common 21:9 aspect ratio hasn't caused any issues with displaying the OSX or Windows desktop on any of the computers I've connected to it (in other words it doesn't stretch or distort to fill the screen). I normally use this monitor at the same time as built in LCD display of the laptop (extended mode).

Much better than 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio monitors I have used in the past. I wish more displays came in 21:9 because the extra viewing space is very helpful.

Would absolutely buy again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
As I type this, I am using the Picture-By-Picture feature on the monitor to watch TV while browsing. This monitor works great for that. I used to use the same option all the time on my 2405FPW before I wore out the PBP and input buttons on first the original and the replacement.

When the buttons on my second 2405fpw stopped working, I didn't have money for a new IPS panel so I just bought a cheaper TN panel. The main things I missed were picture quality and the PBP feature. That monitor (I-INC 28") died a few months ago so I did some looking around.

I loved my 2405FPW, and had a good experience when getting Dell to replace the original under warranty. So I wanted to go back to having one of their IPS monitors. I saw this monitor on sale and thought the extra wide screen and the PBP feature would be perfect for the way I multitask. PBP when I need it, and a seamless extra wide screen when I don't unlike what would happen with a dual monitor setup.

Bioshock Infinite and other games that can run at full native res look great. and when I am using PBP for whatever reason, I just set the computer's resolution to 1280x1024 so the display isn't distorted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2014
Make sure you get the DVI to Mac thunderbolt adapter, the Dell cables DO NOT WORK with a MacBook Pro. I found this out after talking to Dell for over 4 hours and apple for 1 and finally just going to the Apple store. Dealing with Apple, a treat, Amazon, once you hunt long enough to get a person on the phone, solid, Dell, absolute unacceptable living hell. Had sending it back not been such a chore, would have sent it back on the pure hatred of Dell, what a crap organization, the monitor is good, I think the LG is nicer and better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
Great little monitor, but just one thing worth pointing out for XP users..

To run the monitor at it's native resolution of 2560x1080 you need to use a Display Port connection, DVI-D will not work.

Took me a while to figure that out, and Dell support were useless - in fact upon calling them they told me in no uncertain terms, "we dont provide drivers for XP, you'll have to upgrade your operating system if you want to use it.." yeah right... dunno.. maybe they're being bribed by Microsoft.. I almost did an RMA, but then decided to try a display port cable instead and everything worked fine.
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