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Dell UP3017Q: 30-inch 4K 120Hz 0.1ms OLED Monitor

By March 2, 2016 26 Comments

Dell UP3017Q

Update: The Dell UP3017Q OLED monitor has been canceled due to image quality problems that could not be resolved. This product will never be released, sadly.

No, that wasn’t a typo. We learned about the Dell UP3017Q (The Dell UP3017QA model includes monitor arm/desk mount) back at CES 2016 and everyone was excited about it. A growing amount of UltraWide curved monitors are hitting the market and gamers love them, but there has been an increasing demand for a new panel technology that has yet to be seen on monitors before – OLED. Dell took notice and paved the way towards OLED monitors with their new UltraSharp model and this awesome OLED monitor is their first product in the line.

Looking purely at the design, you can see that the monitor has slim bezels and pretty much a standard UltraSharp design, but don’t be fooled. It’s the inside that matters, and in this marvelous monitor, you will find a 4K resolution packed in a 30-inch display using OLED panel technology. This produces a response time of nothing less than just 0.1 milliseconds. This is a 40 times faster response times than the high-end IPS panels being produced today!
The UP3017Q also offers a 400.000:1 static contrast ratio, which is very amazing, given that IPS-type monitors normally have 1000:1 static contrast ratios and the best LCD monitors have 4000:1 contrast ratios. OLED doesn’t suffer from IPS glow, also known as backlight bleed, either, so you don’t have to worry about that. Viewing angles of this monitor will also be better than IPS-type monitors, which are usually known for their good viewing angles.

The monitor also offers a 120Hz refresh rate, which is available via DisplayPort over USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C. Other connection options that are supported by this monitor are HDMI 2.0 and mDP 1.2, which can be connected on the back as well. The monitor supports 10-bit color with support for 100% Adobe RGB.

The OSD controls are touch sensitive and can be found on the lower right side of the bezel. The power on/off has a white LED indicator as you can see in the image at the top of this article. The stand is fully adjustable with tilt, swivel, height and pivot adjustment options available to you, as well as VESA support (100mm) if you want to mount the monitor on a wall or on a desk mount.

Now here’s the kicker: the MSRP for this monitor is $4999. Yes, the description above might have excited you, but this monitor is no cheap affair. OLED panels are still very expensive to produce, but will hopefully fall down by at least 85% in 5 years when the production scales up and they become cheaper to produce than LCD panels.
The Dell UP3017Q will be released in the end of March 2016.

Dell UP3017Q
Buy online on Amazon
Screen Size30"
Resolution3840 x 2160
Panel TypeOLED
Aspect Ratio16:9
Refresh Rate120Hz
Response Time0.1ms
Adaptive SyncNo

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  • Tyrann

    Oh wow the perfect monitor? That price be crazy but to be honest i think they’d have a hit if it cost around half that at $2500.

  • Rev. Analbumcover

    OLEDs are still pretty cutting-edge. Another year or three and they’ll likely come way down in price.

  • Drazhar

    I wonder how the input delay on that would be.

  • UE

    Very very low, 0.1ms and 120hz means incredibly low input delay 😛

  • Iluv2raceit

    Interesting to note that there is no mention of either G-Sync or FreeSync capability for this monitor. If that is true and no dynamic refresh rate technology is offered at that ridiculous $5000 price tag, then I will just have to wait until a version is released that has it 😉

  • Iluv2raceit

    Not perfect – no mention of dynamic refresh rate technology inside (i.e. G-Sync or FreeSync). Me thinks I’ll wait for a version that does have dynamic refresh rate technology 😉

  • kirill

    I want to buy it. Says it will be released at the end of March 2016… where can I buy it???

  • kaellar

    Actually 0.1ms and 120hz only mean that the pixel refresh is incredibly fast. It has nothing to do with an initial input lag which depends on the display controller only.

  • Markosz

    That’s because not everything is about gamers. This monitor is 10-bit color with support for 100% Adobe RGB. Combine that with OLED true black colors and this is the dream of photographers, photo editors.

  • Iluv2raceit

    You are wrong. The primary user of this monitor won’t be for photographers and photo/movie editors either. Why would they need 120Hz?? There are already 60Hz OLED monitors on the market, so this is definitely aimed towards gamers 😛

  • Markosz

    I couldn’t find any other OLED monitor, so that’s why I thought. Now I found a Sony OLED monitor, but that very, very ugly and even MORE expensive than this one.
    Holy shit. the 24″ costs $5500. The 30″ costs…. $22.000 !!! 😀

  • Erebus Shadow

    It is for professional use… OLED pixels are extremely fast. It is not difficult to get them moving at 120Hz. That didn’t take much extra work. They do not bother with 10-bit color for gaming centered monitors.

    As far as sync technology goes, it clearly states in the specifications that there is no “Adaptive Sync.” That is what G-Sync and FreeSync are.

  • You are right, but you are making the assumption that integrating Adaptive Sync is relevantly more difficult than to “get them moving at 120Hz”. With OLED, the only relevant limiting factor for both (refresh rate and adaptive refresh rate) is in the electronics side, and it wouldn’t be insane to assume a $5000 MSRP monitor packs fine electronics would it?

    Even if it could be argued that non-uniform refresh rates accelerate OLED decay or cause other troubles to it (I’m not saying that happens, just saying that even in case that happened…), didn’t they already “refresh” (it’s weird to talk about global refresh rates on OLED when the pixels could be independently refreshed) at very higher rates than specified but keep the pixels active for a very small period to keep them off most of the time for life-extending purposes? (amongst others).

    So if we’re talking about REAL (panel) refresh rates in the kHz range (or close), the adaptive refresh rate could be on top of the (if I’m not wrong about this which would make my whole comment basically worthless – I have read about this long ago but can’t recall the name the thing was called) real extremely fast real refresh rate that is already in use.

  • Erebus Shadow

    Why are you replying to me? What are you even talking about? I did not state that it would be difficult to implement adaptive sync… Why your reply would be directed towards me makes no sense.

  • I don’t know what was my exact reasoning, but probably misunderstood/misassumed that you were saying that it’s not difficult to get OLED to very fast refresh rates (but it would indeed be difficult to implement adaptive sync?).

  • Erebus Shadow

    The only thing I stated about adaptive sync is that it clearly shows in the article that the monitor does not have it… That was it. Adaptive sync is not difficult to implement, at least FreeSync isn’t. G-Sync would require an internal module. Did not discuss any of this. It blows my mind how you can misinterpret something that wasn’t even brought up.

  • Le Jabroni

    “WHAT!!! NO G-SYNC!? ”
    OLED Boss: “Nah, too fast for that cr@p.”

  • PapaRimsky

    looks like a display ofthe future. Can it even cover Adobe RGB?

  • PapaRimsky

    “Why would they need 120Hz”
    For smoother scrolling of Internet pages. I know, it’s very expensive, but in the future even this display is going to be considered rubbish.

    A good display ideally should be aimed at showing a real picture, like from a window. I do not care if it’s for pros or hoi-polloi, but the ideal monitor should be like this, without nowadays limitations. For example, no frame-rate limits, no colour limits, no contrast limits, and ideally no brightness limits. A monster ofa display to let you look at it and ask yourself ”am I looking out of the window, or this is a display?”
    The more people buy ofmore advanced equipment, the less the price, the closer we are to the ideal monitor.
    PS In the past a 640×480 screen with dull images seemed fantastic. We should move on and surpass the ideal.

  • emtee

    This is all but certain, you might want to do a bit more homework here. If this screen has 25/50ms signal processing lag you can write (serious) gaming down on your belly and move on.

  • emtee

    Funny how Gsync is still highly beneficial on high refresh rate screens, because Gsync does not just remove tearing, it makes the time between frames more or less equal, next to other beneficial reasons.

    Too bad, I highly doubt this is a game worthy screen.

  • emtee

    Pixels dont require exact timing and response to drive a 120hz screen, IPS ‘works on’ 165+hz, yet has ghosting.

    The refreshrate has more to do with the ‘controller’ driving the screen. Whether its TN or IPS makes no diff

  • ShaneMcGrath

    I’ll be interested in buying this monitor as soon as they remove the 4 from the price! 😉

  • BattousaiHBr

    it says there 100% adobe rgb

  • PapaRimsky

    so it must be more expensive than non-Oled models, I guess.

  • PapaRimsky

    pricey madness/ i will buy a slave to paint the pictures for this money