Dell UP2718Q 4K HDR Monitor
The Dell UP2718Q is a 27 inch professional4K HDR10 monitor, and although it’s still early days for HDR monitors this one seemsto be one of the better options currently available, so let’s take a look.
As mentioned this is a 27 inch monitor witha 16 by 9 aspect ratio and runs with a 4K resolution, so 3840 by 2160.
As it’s a panelfor professional users, it doesn’t have a lot of gaming specific features like G-Syncor FreeSync.
The panel also runs at 60Hz, same as all theother current 4K monitors out there at the moment.
The panel also has a 6ms response time, soagain, not as fast as other gaming monitors I’ve reviewed but for a professional toolI think this is fine.
It’s got a typical brightness of 400 nits and has a peak brightnessof 1000 nits in order to support HDR content, if you manually put the brightness on fullit gets seriously bright, way too bright.
It achieves this with 384 separate dimmingzones, and when viewing HDR content this is what allows different sections of the monitorto get brighter than darker content.
This does have the issue of displaying artifactsaround brighter areas in dark scenes, for example just moving the mouse cursor on ablack image we can see the dimming zones lighting up for it, but like I said this only happensin the HDR modes, and it’s not actually too bad while watching a movie, but it willdepend on the content.
It’s also an IPS panel, and to me the colourslook amazing.
One of the first things I noticed when I turned it on was just how differentcolours looked from what I was used to.
In terms of colour accuracy, Dell note thatthe monitor is capable of 100% sRGB, 100% AdobeRGB, 100% Rec.
7% of DCI-P3 and76.
9% of Rec.
2020 with support for 1.
07 billion different colours.
In my own testing I canonly really test sRGB and Adobe RGB with the Spyder 5 Pro, as that seems to be all thesoftware supports, I don’t have a more professional tool, and these are my results while testingwith the standard, adobergb, and srb presets.
The panel also has a 1000 to 1 typical contrastratio, or a 20,000 to 1 contrast ratio in HDR.
This was my first time with a HDR monitorand viewing HDR content, it seems like the software side has a bit of catching up todo.
To watch 4K netflix HDR content I had to install the Netflix app as it’s not supportedin the web browser, and then manually enable HDR in the Windows settings, and you can onlyreally leave the HDR mode on when you’re going to view HDR content otherwise the colourswill look washed out.
There isn’t much HDR capable content availableat the moment yet either, as it’s still early days, and just watching in HDR modeI didn’t easily notice a difference at first.
It was only when I paused what I was watching,disabled HDR and compared the two together that I noticed the difference.
I chose a particularly dark scene, and withoutHDR it’s fairly difficult to make out much of the detail, but with HDR enabled a lotof the darker areas are boosted and easier to see and the colours seem a bit better too,so my first impressions were that it’s a nice extra but I wasn’t blown away by it,at least with the content on Netflix I was testing with, it’s possible the differencein other things is much greater.
I didn’t notice any changes even when lookingat the screen on sharp angles, Dell list that it’s capable of 178 degree viewing anglesboth vertically and horizontally.
I’ve also performed my usual backlight bleedtest, which involves having the screen completely black in a dark room to help emphasize anybleeding.
I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed, so this is a worst casescenario test.
As you can see it’s basically fine, to my eyes even in the dark room itlooked perfectly fine.
It’s not all just about the panel though,taking a look at the rest of the monitor it’s got a silver plastic stand with a circularhole for threading cables through.
The stand can also be removed, revealing a standard100mm VESA mount if you want to attach it to something else.
The bezels are fairly thin, just under a centimeterbased on my own measurements, and down the bottom there’s a silver Dell logo.
Both the stand and display together weighin at around 11.
5kg, while the panel itself weighs just under 6kg if you plan on mountingit.
The power button and 5 additional buttonsfor navigating the on screen display are found underneath the right hand side, and I foundthe OSD extremely easy to navigate through with these.
There are a fair few options, and you canchange through the 7 image presets, I spent most of my time using ColorSpace, which youcan then use to swap between 5 colour calibrated presets, and even save two of your own.
Thisworked well for me as I mostly used the monitor to edit videos, but I also found movie modeto work well while watching some TV shows.
There are quite a few options too, you caneven choose if USB should be on or off during standby and disable the power button LED.
You can also connect a second video inputand use picture in picture or picture by picture modes, as I’m demonstrating here with alaptop.
You can take this a step further too, and even use the monitor like a USB KVM, soone keyboard and mouse for two systems.
The back of the monitor is a matte plastic,silver for the most part and then darker towards the bottom, nothing fancy going on here asI’ve come to expect from Dell monitors, just a clean professional look.
The IO is on the back toward the bottom andfaces down.
There’s an AC power input, two HDMI 2.
0a ports, DisplayPort 1.
4, Mini DisplayPort1.
5mm audio out, 2 USB type-B connectors which plug into your computer and allow youto use the following two USB 3.
0 Type-A ports, and there’s two more USB 3.
0 Type-A portson the left hand side which are easier to access if you need more.
As for the included cables you get a HDMIcable, DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable, and USB Type-B to Type-A cable for connectingthe monitor to your computer, and the power cable, no external power bricks here.
The stand is fairly big and does a great jobof preventing the thick panel from moving around, even while bumping my desk.
As for the overall dimensions, the whole monitor,so panel attached to stand comes in at 62.
7cm in width, 20cm in depth, and 41.
3cm to 55.
5cmin height depending on what you set it to.
There’s a fair bit of adjustments availabletoo, with -5 to 21 degrees of tilt, -45 to 45 degrees of swivel, 14.
5cm of height adjustmentwith enough tension so that the screen actually stays where you leave it, and 90 degrees ofclockwise pivot.
So far the monitor looks pretty good, buthow was it to actually use day to day? This was the first time I’ve used a 4K monitorfor an extended period of time, overall I liked the extra screen real estate and itwas useful in just about all tasks from browsing the Internet to editing videos.
Especiallyas I work with 4K video now.
I don’t personally do anything day to day that involves HDR content,so outside of specifically trying that out it wasn’t something I regularly used, buthaving the extra brightness options and high levels of colour accuracy was greatly appreciated,if you’re a content creator or someone who uses their monitor in a professional capacitythis looks like a great option.
As for gaming, if you plan on playing gamesat 4K you’ll need a seriously powerful graphics card to actually push that many pixels, 4Kat 60Hz equates to just under 500 million pixels being displayed every second, crazystuff! I’ve previously compared the Nvidia 1080 against the 1080Ti and included 4K benchmarksin that video if you need to get an idea of which you need for 4K gaming, although itdepends on your game the 1080Ti is currently the best, and of course most expensive option.
I’ve also used the monitor to edit my lastfew videos and that was excellent, this is by far the most colour accurate monitor I’veever used, and it’s made me realise how useful it would be to have for video editinggoing forward so I’ll be keeping that in mind when I look at upgrading my own monitorsin the future.
As for the price it’s going for about $2200AUD here in Australia, or around $1,400 USD on Amazon for my international viewers, soalthough it might seem quite expensive it actually seems to be pretty well priced consideringall of the professional features that it’s packing.
So what did you guys think about the UP2718Qmonitor from Dell? Overall I thought it was a great monitor for professional use, it’sgot excellent colour accuracy and it looks great.
If you’re after a gaming monitoryou’ll probably want to look elsewhere though.
With a lack of HDR support and content outthere at the moment it’s difficult for me to really talk too much about it other thanthe experience was lacking, however it’s still pretty early days for HDR monitors andcontent, and it feels like the software side of things is also playing catch up, so thingsshould improve in the future.
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