Dell UP2715K Review: The World’s First 5K Monitor

Dell UP2715K

Introduction

Just when you thought a monitor couldn’t get any sharper, along came the Dell UP2715K (Dell UltraSharp UP2715K) with its ultra high resolution of over seven times what you can get with Full HD! With its large screen size, intense and accurate colors, and staggering resolution, this monitor is ideal for the professional uses as well as pure enjoyment.

Compatible with both Mac and Windows PCs, the Dell UP2715K monitor interacts seamlessly with a broad array of peripheral devices. This monitor clearly sets its sights on high-end use, offering customized controls of colors and other parameters, while entirely skipping over some options (like HDMI cable) that would lower the standard it has set for itself.

Specifications

  • 27 Inches Screen
  • 5120×2880 Ultra HD 5K Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 60Hz
  • 8ms Response Time
  • Ports: 2xDisplayPort, 1xMiniDisplayPort, 1xMedia Reader Card
  • Built-in Speakers: 2x16W

 

Performance

It’s hard not to be impressed by the first-ever 5K Ultra HD monitor. With its trademarked UltraSharp display, certified color accuracy, and high-end speakers, the Dell UP2715K 5K display is absolutely top of the line. And it is ready to use straight out of the box, thanks to its factory certification of color accuracy.

The display quality of this monitor is literally unparalleled, given that is the first of its kind: a 5K UHD model. It boasts more than fourteen million pixels, total RGB coverage, and trademarked Premier Color technology. If a 4K monitor seemed ground-breaking not long ago, consider the fact that this one nearly doubles the amount of pixels! And with over one billion colors, you will never be limited by your screen.

Unlike its “little brother,” the 2715Q, this monitor also offers a toolkit of customization for the display. You can alter the parameters of colors with the Custom Color tool, and fine-tune the colors themselves with a broad range of palette parameters including RGBCMY offset, gain, hue, and saturation.

If the Custom Color toolkit isn’t sufficient for your needs, you can also access the 3D look-up table (LUT) which comes with the software included with the monitor. The software (UltraSharp Color Calibration Solution) can be used in tandem with the colorimeter for the ultimate in detail control. Rather than the matte anti-glare finish on some screens, the Dell UP2715K PC monitor sports a glass screen with a glossy finish, which can result in reflections and glare but provide a more vibrant picture quality.

Features

In addition to color fidelity, this model boasts high-fidelity speakers with outstanding acoustics, rated together at 32W. It’s the final touch for professional video editors who need sound as well as visuals. The speakers themselves produce surprisingly high-quality sound, not at all the tiny “canned” audio that one might usually expect from built-in speakers. They are relatively powerful with a good range of frequency, given their sixteen amps of watt-per-channel, not to mention plenty of volume and even some bass.

The customized controls allow the user to get down to nitty-gritty detail regarding the display, color choices, hue and saturation, color luminance, and a host of other parameters. You can choose to go with standardized settings, or you can tinker away to your heart’s content, setting details to suit your own aesthetic or the requirements of your work.

Rather than touch screen capability, this monitor sports sturdy touch buttons along the right side of the screen. While some users may find these annoying or “old fashioned,” these buttons are designed for heavy use over time, and they help keep the high definition screen free of fingerprints and smudges. On screen instructions provide clear directions for use of the buttons, making them very user-friendly. Although gamers may not be the targeted demographic for this monitor, gamers who do use it will appreciate the fairly low lag input. A very high-end video card would be needed to keep up with the 5K-frame rate, but the game can be a stellar experience with the visuals of this monitor.

Design

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The monitor itself does not sport any pretentious design elements; its functional design is sturdy to the point of indestructible, intended as a tool to create art rather than pretending to appear artistic. It is, however, sleeker than its 4K cousin, with a brushed metallic rim framing the monitor.

Cable management is cleverly designed with a plastic cover that fits over ports after cables are plugged in, and a cut-out in the stand that gathers cables together and directs them out of the way. The ports themselves are clearly labeled for ease of use, making setup a simple snap.

When used with its native stand, the screen can be adjusted by tilting, swiveling, or pivoting, and the height can be adjusted as well. The Dell UP2715K monitor is also compatible with mounting brackets if you wish to place it on a wall, where it can be oriented in either portrait or landscape position. The controls on the monitor itself are sturdy touch buttons rather than a digital touch screen, built to last even with considerable use.

Connectivity

Enjoy the ease of plug and play connectivity between your desktop or laptop, using the DP cables included with the monitor. Dell UP2715K 5K monitor connects effortlessly with Windows PC or Mac and interacts seamlessly with a broad array of digital peripheral devices. Its ports include a high power USB3.0 for charging compatible devices, a USB output, five USB input ports, two Display Ports, a mini Display Port, and a reader for media cards.

This monitor offers fewer types of connections, eschewing the lower-quality HDMI and VGA cables in favor of Display Ports and direct insertion of a media card. In other words, this model is not messing around with half measures that don’t display visuals in their optimal form; it sticks with high-quality experience of media, be it audio or visual.

For recreational users who might have wished to try out an Xbox or other gaming consoles, this might be a negative consideration, but you can be assured of fewer cables cluttering your computer space. For the 5K resolutions, which boasts almost twice as many pixels as 4K, both Display Port cables are required to communicate with the graphics card in your computer.

As a secondary option, the mini Display Port can support resolution of up to 4K.  This also means that you absolutely must have two DPs on your graphics card, or you will be reduced to the mini DP as your only option for connectivity. The ports on this model are located on the back of the monitor rather than around the edges, making them less convenient to plug and unplug if you are switching things around. However, they are placed in a cutout with that cover option, so the overall effect is definitely one of less clutter.

Conclusion

The Dell UP2715K display is a monitor designed for serious and professional users. You can see that in the number of customized controls offered to the user on the one hand, and the dearth of lower-end options on the other hand. It is built for high-end use only, no apologies and no second measures. If that profile fits your intended use, this monitor may simply amaze you. The bottom line here is that the Dell UP2715K display provides an absolutely gorgeous visual when it is combined with content worthy of its high-quality display.

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