Dell U2515H Review: Budget 1440p IPS Monitor

Dell U2515H

Introduction

Truth be told – 25-inch monitors are quite rare these days, but Dell managed to release one on top of their already popular models. The Dell UltraSharp U2515H is no exception to other already-known quality of Dell monitors. If you feel like the 27” monitor is too big for you, and if you are not quite thrilled with the use of a 24” monitor, then this is the right one for you. Size-wise, this is a good choice for both gamers and non-gamers.

Specifications

  • 25 Inches Screen
  • 2560×1440 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz
  • 6ms Response Time
  • Ports: 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort (in and out + MiniDisplayPort)
  • Other Ports: 5x USB, Audio Line-Out
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m2
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.216mm

Features

Upon comparison with the 27-inch U2715H and 23.8” U2414H, you could already know how identical they appear. However, in this Dell U2515H review, you could discover that the intermediate screen size among these three models is different. With the U2515H, the screen may look noticeably smaller as it is equipped with slender bezels.There is only about a quarter of an inch distance between the edges of the monitor and the active screen panel. It is safe to say, that the U2515H is one of few edgeless monitors available on the market today. For people who need to work using a multi-monitor setup, this Dell U2515H is ideal as it offers convenient borderless and seamless viewing.

In terms of similarities, the U2515H and the U2715H have the same resolution of 2560 x 1440. However, as the U2515H has a smaller screen, the DPI or the Dots Per Inch is higher in value. As compared to the other existing Dell monitors today, the U2515H is comfortable to use as you can easily adjust its position using its full-range pivot and swivel features. You can adjust the height and tilt it as much as you can.

For the newbies, this pre-calibrated monitor is sufficient. You can manually adjust or re-calibrate the RGB channels by going on the custom color mode. However, as you discover how to set it up and make adjustments, you will find that the U2515H is an excellent option for the graphics and gaming enthusiast without having to spend a lot of money. In addition, if you intend to use this monitor for games that are locked at 60 Hz, then this is a less expensive option rather than purchasing a 144Hz. Simply put, if you do not really play any game that goes beyond 60 frames every second, there is no point in spending so much on a more expensive monitor.

At the bottom right of the screen, you can easily find five touch buttons. The On-Screen Display (OSD) can be accessed to set the contrast, display, brightness, energy, as well as the color. The menu is identical to that of the model of U2415, which is also produced by Dell.

Another feature that users would appreciate in using this Dell U2155H is the energy efficiency. Out of the box, the screen only consumed 26.3W although Dell lists the power consumption for 35.0 and only 0.5 W when the unit is on standby mode. However, upon testing it, the screen also registered a power consumption of 26.3W at default. When the screen was re-calibrated, it only reached a power consumption of 19.2 W. When it was finally put on standby mode, it also consumed a minimal 0.5 W.

Another interesting feature is the PowerNap. It is basically an enhanced power management feature that automatically enables the Dell Display Manager. The monitor can then be dimmed to the minimum brightest level when the user is idle for minutes. In addition, it can also be put into sleep mode automatically when not in use for a long period of time.

One of the unique features of the Dell 25” U2515H is that it comes with a Premium Panel Guarantee. As this model is designed to be Dell’s pixel perfect monitor, they have come with a kind of guarantee for users who are able to find even just a single bright pixel. Upon purchasing this monitor, you are also given a three-year Advanced Exchange Service. In the case of any troubles, owners can also make use of the 3-year Limited Hardware Warranty.

Performance

The In-Plane Switching Panel of the Dell U2515H produces vibrant colors even when looking for different angles. One thing that makes it stand out from other monitors used for both gaming and non-gaming purposes is the anti-glare surface. It is so effective in diffusing ambient light which does not cause any strain in the eyes even if you stay in front of your screen for a long period of time or when you work close to a window or under any type of lighting conditions. With this monitor, there have not been any ghosting or blurring issues with videos or photos. It is even quite surprising to know that this model is not truly intended for gamers. With the display quality it has, there is no doubt that it can be used beyond the usual work-related purposes.

What can be worrisome at the beginning is the fact that the Dell U2515H is not really equipped with gaming-specific hardware. On the contrary, using this monitor guarantees the display of quad HD, crystal clear and ultra-sharp images. This does not mean you cannot use this for gaming. In fact, this can be used for strategy games of slower paced. The clear and quality image production as well as the high resolution make it suitable for those who need frequent graphics manipulation. The response time of 5ms of the IPS panel can very well work for even faster video games.

The vivid color detail, the QHD resolution that is evident in every angle, and the extensive connectivity of this monitor are just three of the top reasons why this is one of the today’s highly recommended monitors when it comes to performance. As users have distinct habits or preference in working or gaming, the Easy Arrange option of this Dell UltraSharp U2515H offers flexibility on how you wish to customize the window layout. This makes it perfect for people with specific working habits or preference. All applications that you are fond of using are placed side by side.

Design

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For some people who tend to move a lot while working, the U2515H suits them as well. The monitor can be tilted and moved to any position. Its adjustable stand allows users to even rotate the screen. One point that I consider a disadvantage is the plastic housing or casing at the back. Since the exterior is completely made from plastic, it does not appear as sleek as others. However, with the quality of the images projected on the screen and the functionality of the monitor, the plastic housing is completely negligible.

Another distinct characteristic of U2515H is that it remained cool and noise-free when used. There was virtually no audible noise or humming sound even when being tested. Furthermore, the unit remained cool to the touch even when used for a long time. This is a big plus for users who are generally in front of their screen for long hours of work.

If you are an environmentally-conscious person like me, you would also appreciate knowing that this Dell 25” U2515H is also designed and produced to meet top environmental standards as well as compliant with regulatory standards. It has obtained EPEAT Gold Rating, ENERGY START Qualification, and TCO Certification. In addition, the parts of the monitor are made from eco-friendly materials. Apart from the external cables, the screen components are PVC and BFR-free and the LED panel used in each model is mercury-free.

To boost your Dell U2155H experience, you can also make use of other accessories that can be used with it. The Dell Single Monitor Arm provides an added flexibility to both your gaming and workspace. This accessory is perfect for U2155H who wishes to enhance space utilization and space ergonomics. The SoundBar is also a big plus for the users of this monitor. As this Dell monitor has superb connectivity features, this SoundBar can simply be attached at the bottom with a quick snap. Not only you get to enjoy superb screen quality, you get to enjoy the clear stereo sound at the same time. Security is also paramount to everyone and the Dell Premium Lock can provide that to your monitor.

Connectivity

Once you unbox the monitor, you also find the cable cover, a USB 3.0 Upstream Cable, a mini-DP to DP cable, and a power cable. In terms of connectivity, the U2515H model has a number of connectors you can use with it. In a nutshell, there are a couple HDMI ports, Audio-Line out that can be used for Dell Speakers and a Dell Soundbar mounting slots. You can also use the power connector, the mini DisplayPort, the 1 DisplayPort in and out, 5.0 USB Downstream ports, and the USB Upstream port.

On the downside, if you intend to use VGA or any DVI equipment, you may have to use another adapter.  This 25” monitor does not come with any analog connections. So, for older systems or for the first-generation graphics cars, this could be an inconvenience.  One option is to use a DVI to HDMI type of adapter if you intend to output from a DVI graphic card.  However, given the resolution of the monitor, you are likely to come up with a custom resolution as the monitor cannot automatically detect the resolution of  2560 x 1440 at 60Hz. Note that the screen also comes with internal power supply and is compatible with Dell’s SoundBar.

Conclusion

This Dell U2515H review will tell you that although this 25-inch monitor is not directly marketed to gamers, it is still one of the most economical and top monitors you can use.  It may not be equipped with adaptive sync features or with high refresh rates, you can still use this for gaming. In fact, with the superb screen quality, it can still be considered as today’s best gaming monitor among the recent models released by Dell. Dell has certainly offered a new take on non-standard sizes.  Whether you are a gamer, a worker or a student, this monitor is worth a try.

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