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Review on Dell U3818W Monitor

I recently bought a monitor, the Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor - U3818DW.
It is a 38-inch monitor.
I took the plunge that having an ultra-wide monitor would help increase my productivity and ergonomics.
For anyone looking to buy a new monitor, here's my personal review.

Best Features

  • High-quality display: WQHD+ 3840 x 1600 screen
  • Comfortably put 3 separate windows side by side, unlike normal monitors.
  • Connect multiple computers to a single monitor with easy toggling between the 2
    • In-built KVM switch so you can use a single set of mouse and keyboard to control both computers
  • In-built speakers
  • Easily adjustable height
  • Thin bezels make it look elegant

Cons

  • Hard to connect cables at the back - manageable but not the easiest
  • Costs around USD 1000+ - maybe you can get a bargain in your region
  • You need a big table as I sit quite far away from the monitor for comfortable viewing
  • We are quite used to working with smaller monitors so it may take some adjusting

An 8-minute video review on YouTube by another person

I have been working to improve the ergonomics at my working desk.
Purchasing a monitor was one of the decisions I made.
Previously I always worked on laptops without monitors as I enjoyed the portability.
I found this to be tough on the neck for long hours sometimes.

You're gonna be the envy of all gamers in town, Matthew! 🙂

Jokes asides, let us know if it will indeed improve your productivity and/or ergonomics and posture (hopefully it does!)

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Quote from Lucio Buffalmano on June 5, 2021, 5:41 pm

You're gonna be the envy of all gamers in town, Matthew! ?

Jokes asides, let us know if it will indeed improve your productivity and/or ergonomics and posture (hopefully it does!)

Time to switch careers :).

My neck pain has been going away.
It does help!

I'm not sure if reviews on ergonomics and product purchases catch on to people on this forum.
But sometimes I think about a purchase and feel like writing.

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For a while, I felt stubborn that I need to make full use of my monitor to justify my purchase as much as possible.
Then I realised that sometimes lying on the sofa to work increased my productivity.
I need to be aware of the sunken cost fallacy.

This is not to say that the monitor is not useful.
The monitor is useful.
My neck has been feeling better.

Quote from Matthew Whitewood on July 12, 2021, 8:47 pm

For a while, I felt stubborn that I need to make full use of my monitor to justify my purchase as much as possible.
Then I realised that sometimes lying on the sofa to work increased my productivity.
I need to be aware of the sunken cost fallacy.

Very nice self-awareness, man.

I sometimes catch myself doing the same and then force myself to change it.

It's so common to insist and stick to sub-par, unhappy, or less effective behavior when you miss the sunk-cost fallacy.

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I sometimes catch myself doing the same and then force myself to change it.

It's so common to insist and stick to sub-par, unhappy, or less effective behavior when you miss the sunk-cost fallacy.

I think the growth mindset and anti-fragile ego help in this a lot.

Part of the sunken cost fallacy is justifying the choices that you made to be good rather than looking out for ways to be more effective.

The bias of sunken cost feels very strong in relationships whether romantic, business, etc.
Especially those relationships where you have built things together.
Sometimes I end up sticking up in situations that I should have ended earlier.

It's even higher when the relationship has been win-win but you know it won't be in the future.
Ending on the high note would be wise but often easier said than done.

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