Those with ridiculous amounts of money to spend on high-end PC performance have been given plenty of reasons to empty their wallets over the last couple of days. You can drop a grand on the new Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition eight-core processor, or wait to spend even more to buy a revamped Alienware Area-51 desktop with the CPU inside.
But how will you see all of the games and software that you're running at top speed thanks to your new purchase? Dell has teased us with something else you might want to purchase in the near future. The company is readying the UltraSharp U3415W, a 34-inch monitor that will be Dell's first to feature a curved screen.
While the idea of a curved LCD display goes back several years (Alienware and NEC dipped their toes in the water), it's been getting a second look (pun intended) thanks no doubt to the rollout of curved-screen HDTVs from LG, Samsung and Sony. Asus showed off a prototype 32-inch curved monitor at Computex back in June, and LG promoted its own 34-inch display that it will show off at the IFA trade show in Berlin next week.
Like LG's LCD, the U3415W has a ultra-wide aspect ratio of 21:9 with a resolution of 3,440x1,440 (or WQHD). But while the LG includes 7-watt speakers and Thunderbolt ports to connect them to Macs, Dell's display relies on HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity and packs 9-watt speakers. As the picture above shows, you can place two monitors side-by-side to extend the curved viewing angle, which Dell claims can help gamers because less eye movement is required than viewing on a traditional flat screen.
Whether you buy that claim may determine whether you actually buy the UltraSharp U3415W. No pricing info has been disclosed, though expect to pay a premium when Dell makes the curved display available by the end of the year.