Dell is known for producing rather plain monitors and, with their first curved model, they haven't changed the formula much. The U3415W is "nothing special" to Digital Trends, who says "it looks and works like any other UltraSharp. It’s just wider." TFT Central thought the plastic build was "smooth and sleek," and found the U3415W offered "a decent range of ergonomic adjustments" as well as a good selection of ports. And as for the display's marquee feature? Well, TFT Central found it to be a real boon in an ultrawide display, as it's "a bit more comfortable" and brings the corners of images closer. Though they "didn't really notice the curve in normal use," they "liked the feel" a lot.
It doesn't matter if the image is closer to you if it's not worth looking at, and U3415W gives you plenty to gawk over. TFT Central says the "default setup was very good, with the gamma and white point being well configured," and the screen should be "perfectly useable in a wide variety of ambient light conditions, including darkened rooms." Out of the box Digital Trends reports "punchy image quality" that "looks great when fed high-resolution, high-contrast photos or games." Past that, they say it "looks sharp in typical use," with contrast and gamut that "provide plenty of visual punch."
It's easy to dismiss curved screens as a gimmick, but the U3415W avoids that stigma by delivering imagery superior to that of its nearest competition, and at a better price.