The Case for a Dell P4317Q Computer Monitor

Currently I have essentially three computer monitors at my house.  Having these many monitors allows me to view a lot of material at a single glance. It's great for productivity, but frankly rather ugly as you can see on the picture above.

The main monitor is a Dell U3011, a 30-inch monitor, set in portrait mode. This setup is set for a resolution of 1200 x 1920 using the now old HDMI 1.0 input. If I was using DisplayPort I could easily get 1600 x 2560 vertically. Now, why go vertical with the monitor? Because the portrait mode allows me to see many lines of code, or documents, at once.
- Official Dell U3011 website.

The second monitor is a Vizio E-Series, E241i-B1, a 24-inch monitor (seems more like a regular HD tv at times), set in landscape mode. The monitor has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. I don't own the monitor, but so far borrowing it has helped a lot.The wide screen aspect ratio gives me the opportunity to view more documents or even play a movie.
- Official Vizio E241i-B1 website.

The third monitor is the built-in screen of a laptop. Sometimes I use a MacBook Pro 13-inch (2560 x 1600 native) and at other times a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12.5-inch (1920 x 1080). Frankly other than having smoother fonts on the MacBook I don't see a huge difference between the two systems in terms of how much I can view... but the MacBook is definitely the better systems in regards to display quality and size.
- Official MacBook Pro 13-inch website.
- Official Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12.5-inch website.

All of these monitors are great, but they are rather divisive and require a bunch of cables in order to get working together. Also, bezels, wasted space, and stands required can make up for a quite ugly setup. My dream would be to have a augmented reality headset, such as the Meta2, and then have the biggest possible display floating infront of me. However, headsets of these nature often require a highly capable 3D system, which I don't have. Also, who knows how well they could work for text. At the moment I think the a big monitor with a great high resolution seems like the better choice. As such I present to you the monitor that has been on my mind lately.

Look at that amazing monitor.  The Dell P4317Q is a 43-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS display that is sure to make people happy. The idea of having the single long vertical portion and have sufficient space for two horizontal portions on top of one another is extremely attractive. The monitor is packed with lots of features, such as:
- One DisplayPort 1.2, one mDP 1.2, two HDMI 1.4, one VGA, one USB 3.0 upstream, four USB 3.0 ports, one audio input, one headphone output.
- Up to four inputs at the same time, built in speakers.
- Official website:
- Price: about $1000 on Amazon.

When my Dell U3011 goes bad I think I may consider the upgrade to a monitor like the P4317Q, or if the market has continued to evolve then I may consider whatever is best. What a great time to live in.

Note: Dell does have an 8K 32-inch monitor, the UP3218K, which is going to cost about $5000, but frankly I don't have too much interest in.

Published: Mar 19, 2017

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