Back when I first started as an analyst 14-inch monitors were common and we’d thought we’d died and gone to heaven when we got a 17-inch model. I recall the day Sony came by and showed me a flat screen 25-inch monitor and when they told me I could keep it (because they didn’t want to carry the 120-pound thing anymore) I thought I’d died and gone to heaven–and actually almost did when the desk supports wouldn’t hold the weight and it almost dropped on my head while I was setting it up.
Over the years bigger has always been better and I had been using a selection for 34-inch monitors from LG and Dell until this latest Dell 43 Ultra HD 4K multi-client monitor showed up. Honestly I thought it was initially too big, then I started using it and now they’ll have to take it out of my dead hands. I’m actually in love with a monitor and starting to wonder if a 55-inch might just be a tad better. So much for the idea that a monitor can be too big.
Let’s talk about my experience.
This is not by any means a gaming monitor but it actually is rather impressive—given its size—for gaming. Now my current game of choice is Ashes of the Singularity and for a strategy game this thing is amazing. You do need a decent gaming card and currently I’m running an older AMD R9 Lightning card. Surprisingly, for a monitor not designed for gaming, this one isn’t bad. Granted at 4K it is only refreshing at 60Hz and its response time is 8ms—it would be towards the bottom of an acceptable range. But for $1,349, given the size, this thing is actually a decent value.
The monitor is actually designed for people who have to run multiple systems at the same time. Say a financial analyst, video editor, or systems administrator. You can separate the screen into up to 4 segments and have a different PC or video feed on each one saving a ton of aggravation and wasted space with the more typical 4 monitor setup. Weight is lower as well and if you’ve ever moved a 4 headed monitor setup you know what a pain that can be. This is more like moving a relatively small TV. Mounting can be an issue and given this is heavier than any monitor you are likely to have had you’ll either need the desk mount that was designed for it or a wall mount for a 43–inch TV.
One of the most fun aspects of this monitor is watching someone’s face when they see this puppy. It simply elicits lust. It can dominate the room and if you use a video conferencing camera it tends to put the camera up so high that folks will be looking at the top of your head suggesting you might want to explore more creative places to put that camera or to finally decide the folks at the other end don’t really need to see your face anyway. By the way, another benefit, this monitor is so large that if it is between you and the office you likely could work naked as it works like a privacy wall between you and everyone else (but don’t try this, some things can’t be unseen).
Wrapping Up: Lust In My Heart For A Monitor
I may be channeling ex-US President Jimmy Carter but this is the first monitor since I was lusting after that 25-inch CRT years ago with an extra plus in that this one won’t kill me if it falls over. In monitors size does matter and I wonder if we’ll ever get to a size that is too big. Given eventually we’ll all be using something like Microsoft’s Hololens which would eliminate any size limitations there may never actually be one of these that is too big. In any case if you ever get a chance to try out one of the Dell 43 Ultra HD 4K multi-client monitors give it a shot—even for some games it is amazing. And a true gaming monitor at this scale would be a heart breaker.