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[Dell] U3821DW monitor $1101

This is decent for $1295.99 after 10%offmomitor and adding 15% off with ebates currently that comes out to $1101 before taxes. https://www.dell.com/en-ca/shop/dell-ul ... ccessories
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Jul 24, 2005
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GTA
Excellent monitor. I have been using the previous model 3818dw since 2018 as my daily screen. Love it.
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Apr 20, 2008
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2kaccordcoupe wrote: Excellent monitor. I have been using the previous model 3818dw since 2018 as my daily screen. Love it.
How much did you buy yours for?
Sr. Member
Jan 31, 2018
925 posts
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Winnipeg
Wow, outstanding price on a great monitor.

No, it isn't high refresh rate. No, it isn't HDR. It's not ideal for gaming, and there are cheaper options. But for general high end business work, it's awesome.
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Feb 26, 2006
3949 posts
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Ottawa
It sucked. Happier with 32in 4k and 43inch 4k ones I bought after.

I use it for work purposes, spreadsheets, web etc. It doesn't replace two 27in, which was my standard before upgrading to the 38. Ending up giving it to the wife for her office.

Waste of money IMHO. More usable area in the 32in 4k model, maybe not technically but from a using them.. I'd be ok with 3x 32in. Ended up with 1 32in, 2x43in. Seems excessive but with the detailed construction plans and pdfs, web, email, notes, maps all that up at the same time at your fingertips is great.

Also using 150% scaling because my eyes aren't what they used to be.

I would not recommend this monitor. Buy two 32in instead.
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Jan 31, 2018
925 posts
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Winnipeg
shylok wrote: Also using 150% scaling because my eyes aren't what they used to be.
Complaining a monitor doesn't have enough usable area, when running it at 150%.... Well, that just makes very little sense.

For me, the pixel pitch of this is ideal for 100% scaling, and no bezels from two separate monitors makes it better for a combination of single-task and dual- or triple-task work. When doing a single task on dual monitors, you are either turning your head, or have the second monitor off to the side.

The only time it is odd is for lazy times when I just have one website open under Windows 10 - looks a bit silly with soooo much space to either side, and snapping to one side isn't great. But now with the better centre snap options in Windows 11 I usually work in three columns, and it is much more efficient.
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Mar 18, 2015
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Antarctica
shylok wrote: It sucked. Happier with 32in 4k and 43inch 4k ones I bought after.

I use it for work purposes, spreadsheets, web etc. It doesn't replace two 27in, which was my standard before upgrading to the 38. Ending up giving it to the wife for her office.

Waste of money IMHO. More usable area in the 32in 4k model, maybe not technically but from a using them.. I'd be ok with 3x 32in. Ended up with 1 32in, 2x43in. Seems excessive but with the detailed construction plans and pdfs, web, email, notes, maps all that up at the same time at your fingertips is great.

Also using 150% scaling because my eyes aren't what they used to be.

I would not recommend this monitor. Buy two 32in instead.
2x32 may be great for you, but not everyone is you. The problems you mentioned are good to share as someone else may actually share those, but telling everyone it’s a crappy buy is wrong.

I would rather go one 38 inch over 2x32 inch. Because I have tried dual monitors and ultrawide and I find ultrawide to fit my needs much better. But eh, I won’t say everyone should just buy an ultrawide.
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Feb 26, 2006
3949 posts
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Ottawa
OneAndTrueHeir wrote: Complaining a monitor doesn't have enough usable area, when running it at 150%.... Well, that just makes very little sense.

For me, the pixel pitch of this is ideal for 100% scaling, and no bezels from two separate monitors makes it better for a combination of single-task and dual- or triple-task work. When doing a single task on dual monitors, you are either turning your head, or have the second monitor off to the side.

The only time it is odd is for lazy times when I just have one website open under Windows 10 - looks a bit silly with soooo much space to either side, and snapping to one side isn't great. But now with the better centre snap options in Windows 11 I usually work in three columns, and it is much more efficient.
Assuming I ran the 38in at 150 is your problem not mine. Lol. Because I didn't.

I run 43in monitors at that as I set them back further than I would normally. It's basically almost 7ft of screen across those 3.

I researched quite a bit and this 38in seemed like a great solution. But 4:3 wins for my productivity. I don't code. I don't play games. Shrugs
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Aug 19, 2008
1084 posts
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Toronto
shylok wrote: It sucked. Happier with 32in 4k and 43inch 4k ones I bought after.

I use it for work purposes, spreadsheets, web etc. It doesn't replace two 27in, which was my standard before upgrading to the 38. Ending up giving it to the wife for her office.

Waste of money IMHO. More usable area in the 32in 4k model, maybe not technically but from a using them.. I'd be ok with 3x 32in. Ended up with 1 32in, 2x43in. Seems excessive but with the detailed construction plans and pdfs, web, email, notes, maps all that up at the same time at your fingertips is great.

Also using 150% scaling because my eyes aren't what they used to be.

I would not recommend this monitor. Buy two 32in instead.
Used a 43" 4k then went to UW38", 43" 4k is horrible for perspective, things at the upper corner are very distorted. With 38" you don't need to sit too far, saves a lot of space.
Ultrawide movies in a curved 38" ultrawide is a treat.
Newbie
Oct 9, 2007
34 posts
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Mont-Saint-Hilaire
I bought the 3818 and really had regrets after. Regrets of not buying it before!
It’s outstanding monitor for working. Aspect ratio is absolutely perfect! I had two 24 (1920x1200) and was afraid it will be too big. It’s not it’s just perfect!
Using the keyboard Win key plus arrow it’s easy to snap the windows and split the screen like having multiple monitors.

With the 3818:
Other great things is the built in KVM. So you connect keyboard and mouse to it and then connect the monitor and USB out to two computer and when switching input it switches the USB too!
And with the USB-C connecting the laptop permits a third computer while charging it.
So for productivity work it’s a must!

I am sure the new model is even better:-)
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Nov 22, 2015
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shylok wrote: It sucked. Happier with 32in 4k and 43inch 4k ones I bought after.

I use it for work purposes, spreadsheets, web etc. It doesn't replace two 27in, which was my standard before upgrading to the 38. Ending up giving it to the wife for her office.

Waste of money IMHO. More usable area in the 32in 4k model, maybe not technically but from a using them.. I'd be ok with 3x 32in. Ended up with 1 32in, 2x43in. Seems excessive but with the detailed construction plans and pdfs, web, email, notes, maps all that up at the same time at your fingertips is great.

Also using 150% scaling because my eyes aren't what they used to be.

I would not recommend this monitor. Buy two 32in instead.
Ew, no.
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Nov 16, 2008
2711 posts
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Toronto
Which do you guys prefer, this 38" one or the Dell 49" one? Why?
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Sep 2, 2014
2296 posts
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Richmond Hill, ON
198886 wrote: This is decent for $1295.99 after 10%offmomitor and adding 15% off with ebates currently that comes out to $1101 before taxes. https://www.dell.com/en-ca/shop/dell-ul ... ccessories
Not bad.

But I got it for $1101 + tax in April (had 15% discount code from DELL account manager for my.company), plus 8% Rakuten cash back + 20% AmEx cedit.
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Jul 16, 2021
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buy a 300.00 tv at costco 43 inch 4k 60hz and put your resolution at 1640p you got a 40 inch ultrawide.
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Oct 27, 2021
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MrBigNose wrote: Not bad.

But I got it for $1101 + tax in April (had 15% discount code from DELL account manager for my.company), plus 8% Rakuten cash back + 20% AmEx cedit.
price is good, choice is bad but as long as you like.
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Sep 2, 2014
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Qndydsb wrote: price is good, choice is bad but as long as you like.
We don't play game.
The big screen is good for my family member's work.
It's awesome to connect the laptop to this monitor with only one USB-C cable.
I have an AW3821DW for myself. Honestly I prefer to U3821DW as I didn't find much advantage of 144Hz in my use case. I have to unplug/reconnect 3 cables when switchimg between work laptop and personal laptop.

My only complaint is - there is not much curve on them. Maybe 1800R is better.
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Dec 1, 2002
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Halton
What about U3421WE just under 1k?
Sr. Member
Jan 31, 2018
925 posts
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Winnipeg
Fire wrote: What about U3421WE just under 1k?
Virtually identical in quality and features, except the 38 is 38" and the 34 is 34". Seems silly to say, but that's the difference.

Note that in terms of actual screen area, the 38 is ~25% larger. It is also more imposing, so desk space and viewing distance is a consideration! But if you can fit the 38 I think it is worth it. I switched from the U3419 to the U3821, and was very pleased with the change.
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Oct 28, 2004
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Toronto
MrBigNose wrote: My only complaint is - there is not much curve on them. Maybe 1800R is better.
Interesting - I actually like that there isn't much curve to the screen, just my personal preference I guess.

Our work uses Samsung 34" monitors and they are so curved, they give me vertigo! Perhaps I'm just used to the Dell ultrawide 34" and above....I like the less curved screen....


I love the built-in hub on these things......perfect for WFH and switching between 2 computers.

I've got my main rig hooked up and the work laptop hooked up - can easily switch between the 2.....

FS: Nothing at the moment
Heatware: 63-0-0
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Oct 28, 2004
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Toronto
OneAndTrueHeir wrote: Note that in terms of actual screen area, the 38 is ~25% larger. It is also more imposing, so desk space and viewing distance is a consideration! But if you can fit the 38 I think it is worth it. I switched from the U3419 to the U3821, and was very pleased with the change.
Hahah oh man, I'm in the same boat!


Using the U3419 - so tempted to switch to this U3821! But the U3419 still works beautifully!

FS: Nothing at the moment
Heatware: 63-0-0

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