Dell P2715Q Review: 27-inch IPS 4K UHD Monitor

Dell P2715Q review

Meet the Dell P2715Q Monitor

With mind-boggling resolution and user-friendly design, the Dell P2715Q monitor seems set on blowing away the competition with user-friendly design and multiple user options. Compatible with Mac or PC, the amazing color consistency and pixel count make this monitor a favorite among photographers and artists.

Perhaps because Dell was among the front-runners in 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) technology for monitors, the company continues to deliver intense color and detail, packaged with ever more advanced features.

Specifications of the Dell P2715Q Monitor

  • Screen Size: 27 inches
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K: Full HD times four)
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz with DP; 30 Hz with VGA
  • Response Time: 9ms

First Impressions: the Dell P2715Q at a Glance

This Dell monitor comes out of its box with the self-assurance of a Cadillac, secure in its superiority. Setup is so easy as to be negligible, and the monitor stand is designed to be easily adjusted for height, tilt, and pivot. Or, with the separately sold wall mounting equipment, the monitor can detach from its stand entirely.

The elegance of its design extends to cable management built right into the design. Ports include DP output as well as input, MHL (HDMI) inputs, Mini Display Port (or thunderbolt), and four output ports for USB 3.0, as well as a speaker line.

For professionals in photography, visual design, computer graphics, or other arts, this monitor is just about guaranteed to blow your previous model out of the water. Put them side-by-side and you’ll see how far the monitor technology has improved. Gamers enjoy the quality for the same reason, with the added bonus that the 16:9 aspect ratio is the preferred ideal for gamers.

It is fairly clear that Dell put their design team to work on the functional rather than the aesthetic aspects of this monitor. It has a sturdy, boxy, clunky look rather than the sleek colored design of some of its competitors.

Having said that, the design of the monitor is not the greatest concern of most users who are focused on what that monitor can do. For most users, the monitor’s function is to make art, not to look like art! And the sturdy nature of the design means this computer monitor is not fragile and can take some serious use. With this model, you don’t have to worry about delicate touch controls.

Display Quality of the Dell P2715Q Monitor

The outstanding resolution of the widescreen Dell P2715Q is largely due to its extremely high density of pixels. With quadruple the resolution of FHD (which itself used to be the highest-quality designation of resolution), this monitor shows the finest amount of onscreen detail. The extreme detail is especially appealing photo and video editing, and for gamers.

Along with a mind-blowing pixel density, this monitor supports an even more mind-boggling number of colors, measured at more than one billion! This allows for close to perfect accuracy and calibration of colors, appreciated by photographers, artists, and other users. With the near 180-degree viewing angle, those colors and details stay consistent regardless of how you are positioned relative to the screen. If color quality is critical to you, you will be glad to know that this monitor comes with a factory certification of its calibration of colors, ensuring color accuracy right out of the box.

The Dell P2715Q operates with LCD panels that use In-Plane Switching (IPS), permitting the passage of additional light through the panel. The resulting “light bleed,” or glowing at the panel edges, is minimal with this model of monitor. The screen’s anti-glare coating makes viewing easy on the eyes, even if you experience a bit of light bleed.

The menu for adjusting screen settings is simpler than some, which is a bonus if you’re looking for ease of operation, but disappointing if you want to be able to fine-tune beyond the options offered. Given its otherwise extensive attention to the detailed display, it seems odd that Dell left this area so weak. You can adjust contrast sharpness, brightness, and RGB values only.

Features of the Dell P2715Q Monitor

Dell P2715Q

The resolution of this monitor is astounding. The Ultra HD rating puts this monitor at four times the resolution of “full” HD, which means more than eight million pixels!

The smart stand allows you to tilt the screen five degrees forward or up to twenty-one degrees backward, as well as swiveling and pivoting. If your display set-up requires additional flexibility, you can also mount it on a wall or on the Single Monitor Arm offered by Dell. Like a tablet or smartphone, you can even rotate it into a portrait position for easier viewing of a vertical display. In addition, the stand is easily adjusted as to height.

As an added bonus, the Dell P2715Q display is certified by Energy Star and 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.

The 9ms refresh rate is sufficient even for gaming, often leaving the computer’s video card as the limiting factor.  Occasionally the monitor will remain in sleep mode after a period of inactivity, but unplugging it and then plugging it back on easily overcome this glitch. Easier yet, plug the monitor into a surge protector, which can quickly be flicked off and back on if needed.

Connectivity with the Dell P2715Q Monitor

The Dell P2715Q monitor is designed with connectivity that enables you to connect with multiple devices, daisy chain multiple monitors, and view mobile devices on the big screen using MHL (or HDMI).

The clever cable management approach allows monitors to be connected in a side by side daisy chain by connecting them directly to each other (using the DP-out port and the DP-in port) rather than linking each individual monitor to the computer. Daisy chaining multiple monitors does cut the refresh rate in half (from 60 Hz to 30 Hz when you add a second monitor), but extends the potential uses of the monitors. Unless you are a highly competitive gamer, you are unlikely to chafe at that reduced speed.

To view the display from a smartphone or tablet or another handheld device, simply connect seamlessly and view the displays at full size and full quality.

The monitor also features a USB 3.0 port for high-speed charging, compatible with any USB plug-in device. With all these options for connectivity, the only slight inconvenience is the fact that all the ports are located at the back of the monitor. It’s not convenient for thumb drives or plug-ins that you want to move or unplug frequently, although you could choose to leave a cable plugged in at the back with its other end accessible for devices.

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.

In Conclusion

The Dell P2715Q monitor review concludes that this is an amazing monitor for photo editing, video editing, and work in the arts. Although the slightly slower refresh rate may give some gamers pause, in practice this monitor is fully capable of serving up games at full speed and in ultra high definition.

And with its many options for set-up, this monitor can be used in almost any configuration of multiple daisy-chained screens, as well as connected computers and devices. It is certainly easy on the eyes with its non-glare screen, and its IPS panels permit a maximum amount of light and accurate colors.

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