Dell P2415Q Review: Ultra HD 4K IPS Monitor

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The Dell P2415Q monitor is a compact model full of high-end features, with a myriad of user interfaces available to customize the experience of using it. Compatible with PC or Mac computers, this model packs a punch with its calibrated and certified color consistency and its amazingly high pixel count.

This monitor can serve as the perfect companion for the jack-of-all-trades, providing very high resolution for work with photos or visual art, while also accommodating connectivity with gaming consoles that can’t connect with the 5K monitors.  For a wide array of functions with high quality, this compact monitor can certainly fit the bill.

Specifications of the Dell P2415Q Monitor

Here are the basic specifications of the Dell P2415Q display.

  • Screen Size: 24 inches
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD)
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Response Time: 8ms
  • Speakers: No

First Impressions: the Dell P2415Q at a Glance

The setup of this model is as easy as removing it from the box and positioning the monitor on its stand. The stand itself has been ergonomically designed so to make sure it can be easily adjusted so as to tilt (angling the screen back or forward), height (sliding it up or down the stand) and even pivot, if you should want to view the screen in a portrait view instead of landscape. Another helpful design element is the cutout in the monitor stand that helps to collect and streamline the various cables that might be protruding from its back, cutting down on clutter in your workspace.

The available ports on this monitor include Display Port input and output, HDMI input, thunderbolt or Mini DP, and four USB output ports, as well as an output jack for headphone or speakers.

For the serious photographer, graphic designer, or visual artist with a smaller workspace, this 24-inch model can serve every needed function without taking up too much of an artist’s area. For the serious gamer, the high-quality visuals can bring the games to life like you’ve never seen them.

At first glance, you can make a guess that Dell designers were focused on function rather than style. The monitor is more chunky than sleek, but it is also sturdy, built to withstand heavy use and high demands. The touch button controls at the side of the screen may seem old fashioned to users who are accustomed to touch-screen capability, but in a monitor largely dedicated to visuals, it’s a plus to keep the screen fingerprint-free.

Display Quality of the Dell P2415Q Monitor

With more than eight million pixels, the Dell P2415Q provides resolution four times greater than the Full High-Definition monitors that preceded it. Due to the super high resolution, users can see the macro level of detail essential for photo and video editing, or creation of graphic and visual art.

If the pixel count and high resolution are noteworthy, the truly impressive numbers are to be found in the area of color capabilities. Although it’s difficult for the human mind to imagine this many shades, the Dell P2415Q monitor supports more than one billion distinct colors. With such a palette to hand, the monitor achieves near perfect calibration of colors. The manufacturer guarantees it, in fact, with a certified accuracy rating before you even take it out of the box. The screen also boasts nearly an 183-degree viewing angle, meaning that the images will retain their undistorted and unadulterated quality even as you move around in position relative to the screen.

The IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels in the Dell P2415Q monitor can create an effect of “light bleeding” because of the additional light passing through the LCD panels. Light bleed manifests itself visible as a glow at the panel edges, but the phenomenon is relatively minimal on this monitor. Additionally, the screen’s anti-glare coating helps the eyes if you spend long hours of screen time.

Some serious photo editors bemoan the simplicity of the options for screen settings, wishing they had more control to fine-tune the parameters of color, saturation, hue, greyscale, and a myriad of other features. If you fall into this category, you might be frustrated by the sparse set of options offered on this monitor. If, on the other hand, you are content with default settings and generalized adjustments, the simplicity of operation might be counted as a bonus.

Features of the Dell P2415Q Monitor

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It seems like not long ago that FHD (Full High Definition) was the highest rating a monitor could garner, but now we have monitors like the Dell P2415Q rating quadruple the resolution. This exponential increase in quality is due to the eight million pixels that allow for tiny detail and sharp images.

Some gamers would say that the refresh rate might run slowly for games, but in practice, this is seldom the limiting factor in gameplay unless the gamer has a very high-end video card in the computer.

The monitor’s smart stand adjusts easily and holds its position firmly, with a wide range of positions available to the user. The screen tilts forward by 5 degrees or backward more than twenty, can rotate ninety degrees for a portrait view, and pivots and swivels as well. The VSA bracket allows you to mount the screen on a wall or vertical work surface if you choose not to use the stand.

This monitor is rated Energy Star efficient and is made without any use of PVC (except in the accompanying cables). The glass is free of arsenic, the LED panel is free of mercury, and the framework is made with a significant amount of recycled materials.

Connectivity with the Dell P2415Q Monitor

This 24-inch display is equipped to connect with a multitude of different devices through Display Port cables, mini Display Port, and HDMI (MHL) cable. Because there is both an in-DP port and an out-DP port, the monitor can be smoothly connected in series with a second monitor for simultaneous multi-monitor use.

Creating a “daisy chain” of monitors does have the effect of cutting the refresh rate in half, but even reduced by half it serves up a speed sufficient for art editing. With this streamlined set-up the monitors can link directly from one to the other, rather than having to run cables separately from the computer to each of the monitors.

With the mini Display Port, users can connect directly to a handheld device like smartphone or tablet, using the full screen as the display for the mobile device.  The Display Port will support multi-stream transport (MST) as well as high bit rate 2 (HBR2) but not high bit-rate (HBR) audio, 3D stereo transport, or fax AUX connection.  With a USB 3.0 port, the monitor can also serve as a high-speed charging station for any compatible device.

Ease of use might be increased if the ports were located on or near the edge of the monitor, rather than at the back, but this is a relatively minor inconvenience.

In Conclusion

Considering all of its available features, the Dell P2415Q display is a generously equipped ultra high definition monitor with a compact screen and utilitarian connectivity. On paper, its refresh speed may be slightly on the slow side for gamers, but in practice, the high resolution functions beautifully with gaming systems, which can be connected directly to the monitor. The high resolution also makes this an ideal screen for editing of graphics and visual elements, including photography and video editing. For a user with a mixed palette of artistic and entertainment interests, this compact monitor can serve as the go-to set-up for an array of activities.

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