Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K Monitor Review: HDR And Superior Accuracy

Introducing The Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K HDR

Dell has a long history of producing high-quality displays, and the recently released Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K monitor (model UP2718Q) we will be showing you here -- the company’s first to support HDR10 -- is no exception. Though this display demands a premium price, it is also chock full of sought after features that target graphic designers and content creation professionals.

The 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) IPS panel used in the UP2718Q features UHD Alliance Premium certification and support for 100% of the Adobe color gamut. It can display approximately 1.07 billion colors, includes Dell Premium Color software, and supports 100% sRGB, Adobe RGB, REC 709, and 97.7% DC-P3 and 76.9% of the REC 2020 color spaces. That’s an exceedingly broad spectrum of standards covered by this display. Plus, it can reach a high 1000-nit peak brightness with excellent contrast, all of which can be ideal for color-sensitive, content creation. But it also gives games and 4K movies and videos a rich, vibrant canvas as well.

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Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K HDR Monitor (Model UP2718Q)
Specifications & Features
Screen Size 27″ In-Plane Switching (IPS) Panel
Maximum Resolution 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:09
Color Support 1.07 Billion colors
Brightness 400 Nit (typical) 1000 Nit (peak)
Native Contrast Ratio 1000:1 (typical) 20,000:1 (HDR)
Viewing Angles 178° horizontal/178° vertical
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 6ms (Gray to Gray)
Pixel Pitch 0.1554mm
Connectivity x1 DisplayPort 1.4, x1 mDP, x2 HDMI 2.0a, x2 USB 3.0 port, x4 USB 3.0 upstream, x4 USB 3.0 ports including x2 USB 3.0 BC1.2 charging capability
Speakers N/A
Stand Height Adjustable, Pivot, Tilt and Swivel
Accessories DisplayPort Cable, HDMI Cable Quick Start Guide, USB 3 Cable, Power Supply
The Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K HDR monitor features a large 27" IPS panel with a native 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and local dimming. As we mentioned above, it supports up to 1.07 billion colors. That's quite a bump from 16.7 millions colors supported on most conventional displays. Though games look amazing on this monitor, the target use case is for content creation professionals. As a result, it has a slower 6ms response time and a static 60Hz refresh rate, which pale in comparison to some gaming monitors. Viewing angles are a wide 178 degrees both vertical and horizontal, however.

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The Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K HDR (model UP2718Q) also offers a ton of custom calibration options and a Look-Up Table accessible through the UltraSharp Calibration utilities. You can use this feature to load and store your own custom color settings, over and above what's configured out of the box.

Next we will check out the aesthetics, tour the exterior, and then its on to calibration and OSD features, before we skip over to the more entertaining subjective tests, benchmarks, and a bit of entertainment...

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