For quite some time, Dell had a popular model within the market of ultrawide monitors with a 34-inch diagonal and uwqhd-resolution, the UltraSharp U3415W. With excellent performance and a relatively low price it was in demand with users that valued a lot of monitor space without the need for software scaling. Right now there is a successor available, the UltraSharp U3417W. We tested it extensively.
We covered the advantages of the uwqhd-format quite a lot, so if you want to read more about this we would like to refer back to a previous publication. The disadvantage of the format remains unchanged: these monitors are relatively expensive. Especially when you look at the price-per-pixel. With a bit of searching you can find an ultra hd-monitor for about 357 pounds / 400 euros; you can even find a monitor with an ips-panel for this price. If you also want your monitor to be curved, the price increases further.
This was one of the attractive sides of the Dell UltraSharp U3415W, that we reviewed about two years ago: where the also curved competitors were available at about 802 pounds / 899 euros, this monitor was available for more than 89 pounds / 100 euros less. That said, if you paid that much for it at the time you do not have to worry: the price is practically the same. This is because of the increase in price for raw materials and the euro-dollar rate, which means that we are not seeing the traditional decrease in price over time as of late.
Despite the still excellent availability of the U3415W, Dell introduced a successor: the UltraSharp U3417W. On average it is more expensive than its predecessor, with an average price of 803 pounds / 900 euros, although it can be purchased for less. In part due to the mentioned price developments we are curious to find out how well it stacks up to its readily available predecessor.