Dell have redefined stunning with the introduction of the Dell Ultra-sharp U2715H that comes with an amazing display. This 27 inch display might not stand up to its bigger rivals, but it isn’t mundane either. It features a QHD 2560X1440 resolution along with a 8ms response time and 1000:1 contrast ratio that is aimed at offering crisp and clear images. You get a nice selection of I/O ports with this monitor, including USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI connectors.
The monitor follows on the footsteps of the U2713HM which also came with a standard gamut backlight it however comes improves on the design. It features an ultra-thin bezel design and an updated with more flexibility options. The few tweaks here and there in terms of specs makes this Dell ideal for work and fantastic gaming, thanks to its high quality color reproduction. However, it really goes to work when it comes to editing photos, making it one of the best platforms for photo editors.
The Dell U2715H is clad in black and silver colors which wed well to give the display an elegant design. The front bezel of the display sports a matter black plastic which is kept very thin. It actually measure 1 mm on the top and along the sides save for the bottom bezel which measures 15 mm. Additionally, before the image starts there is a 5.9 mm wide border to the panel giving us a total of 6.9mm edge around the image. The Dell U2414H sports a thinner outer edge measuring 6.05mm but this does not kill the excitement on the thin bezel of this display that makes it ideal for multi-screen set ups.
At the bottom bezel you will find a shiny silver dell Logo placed in the middle of the bezel. There are also touch-sensitive OSD control buttons and power on/off button at the right hand corner of the bottom bezel. Below the power button you will find a small LED light that glows white when the screen is in use and keeps pulsating on and off when the screen is on standby mode. Conspicuously missing is a lighting for the OSD buttons, a feature that most ultra-sharp screens come with but that one does not make it any difficult when operating them save for the nigh or when in the dark. Instead, there are small grey circles on the bezel marking where the buttons are which are discrete.
The stand and base of the dell features matte plastics with the base measuring 245mm by 205mm (width by depth) thereby capable of supporting the screen strongly. The stand is silver in design along the edges and back as well. The back of the screen also sports a matte black plastic finish that gives it a smooth and sleek look. A cable tidy hole in the back of the stand is available to ensure that you have the cables in order not dangling all over the place. The screen offers a full range of user friendly adjustments from the stand to fit your sitting position and the tilt function is smooth to offer a wide range of viewing angles. The screen can also be detached so that you can mount it to the wall using the VESA 100mm.
They as a good range of adjustment offered for the height which moves easily and smoothly. You can set height of the screen at about 50mm from the edge of the desk for the bottom edge of the screen and a maximum of 160mm, so you have 110mm of adjustment rate to tinker with. You can swivel the screen side to side but you will have to hold the base otherwise the whole stand will move. Additionally, you can get to rotate your screen swiftly to switch into portrait mode while the screen remains stable in the desk with minimal wobbling.
The Dell U2715H comes factory calibrated, it produces accurate colors out of the box with the capability of producing 16.78 million colors. The screen uses the commonly used white-LED backlight unit that helps to reduce power consumption as opposed to the previous CCFL backlight units and it is beneficial to the environment. The W-LED init is capable of providing a standard color gamut which could be equated to the sRGB color space. For users after wider color spaces, then there is need to consider the white gamut CCFL screens or better still the GB-R-LED type display. Gray-scale performance is generally good. The IPS panel can display almost every shade of gray and offers wide viewing angles.
The Dell screen offers a very good brightness range that is capable of offering a luminance between 394 and 39cd/m2. As such, the screen is perfectly usable in a wide variety of ambient light conditions and even in dark environments. A setting of ~18 in the OSD brightness control should return you a luminance close to 120 cd/m2 out of the box. The
When it comes to power consumption, the U2715H is not much of a miser. Dell lists that the screen can use up to 36.0W and less than 0.5W in standby. In real life, the screen is capable of using 28.5W at default 50% brightness setting. Once calibrated the power consumption droops to 19.5W, and 0.7W on standby mode.
The Dell offers a number of connectivity options at the back of the screen. The monitor features four USB 3.0 upstream ports and a one USB 3.0 downstream port. Video connection is attainable through the use of the ports available including two HDMI ports, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and DisplayPort out. There is also an audio output port to connect to your external speakers or home theater and get to enjoy your music. The audio jack comes in handy since the monitor does not have internal speakers, which we consider to be good news because most speakers on such monitors are terrible. There is an additional USB port located above the other connections for easy accessibility at the back of the screen. Dell could have made it much better by placing it on the side of the screen, but then the thin screen might have prevented them from doing so.
Notably, there is no DVI or VGA connector but this is not a deal since you can get to purchase separately a DVI-to-HDMI and DVI-to-DisplayPort adapter. Another downside is that four of the five USB ports are practically unattainable. The space for the USB connectors is somehow limited: thick memory sticks or Wi-Fi dongles fit only one port on the back. But there is no problem in connecting wired devices such as a keyboard or mouse. The base has a hole through which you can lead out the cables backwards.
The screen is beautifully designed. The 2560×1440 resolution is delicious with an IPS display that offers wide viewing angles. The screen is big enough and quite sufficient for work or play. It is great for editing of high resolution photos or video, and on the bigger-end it is much better for semi-regular gamers. However, serious gamers may want to go for a system with a higher refresh rate compared to the 60 Hz the Dell offers. The monitor has an excellent color fidelity that works great out of the box, hence there is no need to calibrate.
The Dell U2715H is a decent monitor that comes with an amazing image quality, an ultrathin bezel, plenty of display connectors, a built-in 3.0 hub and a highly adjustable ergonomic stand. The monitor comes with a stronger anti-glare coating than its predecessor, the Dell Ultra-Sharp U2713HM. The BenQ’s GW2765HT could be a decent alternative for the Dell Ultra-Sharp in as much its IPS display is not as accurate as the U2715H but it goes easily unnoticed. Overall, the Dell U2715H is the perfect size and price for users who want a bigger, general purpose display.
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