• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Connectivity: DisplayPort, HDMI, mini DisplayPort
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Viewing Angle: 178/178
  • Pros:
  • HDR10
  • 4K resolution
  • Excellent colours
  • Cons:
  • None

The Professional Pleaser

Picking a monitor nowadays has become a bit of a chore, especially since there’s so many options and features available to the consumer. Ranging from better colour reproduction to higher refresh rates for smoother and faster gameplay. Then of course comes the size, which has a wide variety for you to choose from as well.

The Dell UP2718Q is a 27-inch 4K UHD HDR IPS monitor that sports great colour reproduction and viewing angles. This 27-inch monitor comes with an IPS panel combined with HDR10, which evidently produced great viewing angles and colours. Unless you’re watching from an acute angle, you shouldn’t have much issue with the Dell UP2718Q. But we think that the anti-glare coating on the display reduces the viewing angles slightly.

When it comes to connectivity, the monitor comes with a mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort and HDMI port. This covers quite different types of sources, though only the lack of the still widely used DVI port poses a problem. Regardless, at this price point, you’re getting an IPS monitor with great colours and viewing angles. It also comes with a resolution of 3840×2160 as mentioned earlier, giving us way more space on our desktop to work with. Without changing the display settings, fonts might look small for those who have trouble reading small letters, so adjust your font sizes accordingly.

The overall build quality of the monitor is great; not too heavy considering its size, but definitely has a strong and durable feel to it. When it comes to professional use, the colours are excellent, supporting a wide colour gamut of up to 97.7 percent of DCI-P3, and the display was factory calibrated. Like its predecessors from the UltraSharp series, the UP2718Q has reduced bezel sizes to give a cleaner and seamless look when used with other ‘‘InfinityEdge” displays.

The only thing that came close to being a con was the heat being exhausted out of the monitor. It’s surprisingly warm and you wouldn’t notice it actually unless you were looking for it. This didn’t affect our experience with the monitor so we didn’t list it as a problem, but do take note just in case.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A monitor that checks all the right boxes when it comes to a balance of performance and price. If you need a professional monitor without unnecessary bells and whistles, we highly recommend this.

(previously published in issue June 2017)

Dell UP2718Q