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:
- USB-C downstream charging. I have a MacBook Pro 16″ and no longer wanted to use the provided charger.
- 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.
- Removable stand. I don’t want a monitor stand on the desk, I love a clean looking desk with few things on it.
- As few cables as possible: one, maybe two tops.
Research time. I created a Google Doc and started comparing different options:
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.