THE Ultimate Curved Monitor for a MacBook Pro

Back when I wrote Building an Awesome Home Office I was six months into remote work and although optimistic about my chances of returning to the office, determined to use all the hardware I had at my disposal to make my home work conditions better. As time went on I grew tired of my two 27″ ASUS monitors and began my search for THE Ultimate Curved widescreen monitor to power my MacBook Pro.

As time went on I grew tired of two drawbacks with dual 27″ ASUS monitors:

  • The closer you work to the center of those two screens the more you stare at the bezel.
  • The further away you work to the center of those screens, the more uncomfortable the distance is between you and the screen.

It was time for an upgrade to THE Ultimate Curved monitor. Ultimate is useful adjective when describing a piece of hardware but also relative: ultimate for now. I fully expect curved monitors to drop in price and expand in functionality over time. Regardless I started a search with a few important pieces of criteria:

  1. USB-C downstream charging. I have a Macbook Pro 16″ and no longer wanted to use the provided charger.
  2. 38″ or above in size. My desk is 60″ in length and dual 27″ took up a ton of space (although they floated above the desk). I was fine with downsizing a little.
  3. Removable stand. I don’t want a monitor stand on the desk, I love a clean looking desk with few things on it.
  4. As few cables as possible: one, maybe two tops.

Research time. I created a Google Doc and started comparing different options:

Click on the image to go to the doc

Ultimately I ended up with a Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD Monitor – U4021QW. (See what I did there?). It hit all of my requirements and even comes with a built in USB Hub so I can plug in my DSLR webcam and Blue Yeti microphone.

I love this monitor; it’s well worth the money and time invested to find it.


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Building an Awesome Home Office Space

My Desk
My current awesome home space

In the United States it seems like most of us will be working from home at least until Q1of 2021. I was thinking about this the other day: when will we see infection levels low enough that masks will no longer be required AND such a decision won’t lead to a rebound of the virus? And… When will a vaccine be available and widely used? In other words… it’s going to be at least another 6 months.This isn’t meant to be depressing, rather quite the opposite. Knowing the work situation will be the same for the next 6 months gives me the opportunity to change things up so the next 6 months are better than the previous.

Nearly 4 years ago I had my own home office. It was a full room and I could keep the door closed to avoid distractions. Now my desk is in the middle of the living room and I have to deal with such a busy place. 

If I truly want to make my work situation better for the next 6 months what changes should I make to build an awesome home office space? Additionally, what can I do that is convenient and cost effective? The answer I found is to use as much equipment as I have access to from work and home.

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