Dell 2415Q; An In-Depth Review

Until very recently, people looking for 4K Ultra High-Definition display (UHD) of 3840x2160 resolutions, have two options; either settle for the big 28-inch widescreen which is usually made up of TN (Twisted Nematic) panel, or opt for the more expensive models using IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel or similar panel. That’s choosing between average quality and good quality display, with huge discrepancy in price. The Dell 2415Q culminates a new turning point, as this AH-IPS panel is able to provide good display quality for a very affordable price. How does it stand in the ever competitive market of computer display? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide and know more.

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Who is it for?

If you’re a photo buff, a visual artist, or a graphics design professional looking for an excellent display capable of producing excellent color reproduction that will not burn a hole in your pocket, then the Dell 2415Q is a good choices for you, as it is one of the most affordable 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) monitors out there.

 

Benefits

Dell 2415Q takes pride on its exceptional screen clarity. This Ultra HD 4K monitor sports a gorgeous 3840x2160 resolution, resulting to higher pixel density, better and finer details on the screen. Professionals such as graphic designers, photographers, videographers, etc., will surely love this screen’s capability of showing crisp and clear images. It’s a great tool for viewing and editing high resolution photos, and more. Creative individuals are aided with better color enhancement to help come up with their masterpiece. All these and more for an affordable price.

 

4K Treats Your Eyes with the Pixel-Clarity

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The Dell 2415Q may be a mid-sized display, but it’s fully capable of treating your eyes the pixel-clarity they deserve. Thanks to its 4K or Ultra-High Definition resolution, the screen can give off four times better resolution than the standard Full HD. This means wider color coverage and more reliable performance in all aspects.

Ultra High-Definition is at 3840 x 2160 resolution. This means 8 million pixels and wider color coverage . Its sRGB color coverage is at 99%.

 

Almost Perfect Color Accuracy

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In terms of color reproduction, the Dell 2415Q offers 100% coverage of the sRGB colour space and little extension beyond. This slight extension allows the screen to show a little extra vibrancy in places without making things look oversaturated or unnatural.

In terms of games and movies, the monitor showcased great variety and color quality. Things simply look as they should; environment in Battlefield 4 showed a great array of rich greens and browns, alongside with more muted shades. There are lots of vibrant shades as well, which makes orange fires, yellow paints, and bright greens, making images look striking with richness, which are very good to see.

For Blu-ray movies such as Skyfall, colors look well saturated. Skin tones look natural from green vegetation, while buildings have great depth and saturation level, making them look more realistic.

 

Good Responsiveness for Both Movies and Games

In big titles like Battlefield 4, there were some moderate blur, with eye movement being the most significant contributor. The motion blur performance of this display is quite similar to even the fastest 60Hz monitor out there. This AH-IPS panel’s performance is quite impressive, given the weaknesses we have seen in most 4K models with both TN and IGZO IPS-type panels.

For Blu-ray movies, the motion performance is quite good, something you can really hope for a 60Hz LCD. Pixel response doesn’t cause any issues with inverse ghosting or trailing, though fluidity of movies are limited by its frame rate, which is usually around 24 fps.

Semi-Glossy (Very Light Matte) Screen Surface for Better Clarity and Vibrancy

Dell 2415Q comes coated with a very light matte (semi-glossy) coating on its screen surface, giving its screen better chances for making clearer and more vibrant image quality than displays with heavier matte screen surface. The screen’s surface is also able to address glare issues efficiently, providing more comfortable viewing experience, even in moderately bright rooms and environments.

 

With VESA Standard Mounting Holes

The backside of the cabinet of Dell 2415Q also features VESA standard mounting holes (100x100mm), which means it can be paired with aftermarket products that offers better workstation comfort and ergonomics, such as monitor stands, desk mounts, wall mounts, and LCD arms. Also, because 2415Q is a mid-sized display, it’s also a good option for dual monitor and multiple monitor setups.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Mounting Options

24-inch displays are perfect for dual monitor or multiple monitor setups: they are big enough for all-around use, and small enough to fit two to three monitors in a desk. However, putting two or three displays side-by-side using their factory-supplied stand can be a hassle, as individual monitor bases can consume huge desk space and compromise your comfort.

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If you’re looking to make a dual monitor setup with the Dell 2415Q, then you should check out the LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm or LX Dual Stacking Arm both from Ergotron. Both arms can extend up to 25 inches, with 18 inches range adjustment, allowing you to push your monitor completely out of the way when not in use, and free your desk. It is a very versatile solution, easy to setup and install to your workstation, and effortless to use. It’s a perfect tool for professionals, especially those who wish to use this display for long hours of work, every day.

 

Design and Features

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Dell 2415Q features a modern and homely Dell style. From the front, it looks reminiscent of the brand’s P14 series, with rounded corners. The cabinet is made up of matte black plastic bezel, with silver mate plastic outer surround. The bezels are moderately thick (around .75 inches) on all four sides. There’s a thin row of vent slats that runs along the top of the cabinet, and it’s neatly hidden away.

The screen’s surface is coated with a light matte anti-glare (semi-glossy) coat. This coating still has slight reflections, especially in highly-lit rooms when the display is turned off, where objects gets soft outline. These however, are not sharp reflections by any means, rather, they are just soft outline of objects. Once you turn on the monitor however, and especially when showing mixed or light content, the good anti-glare capability becomes quite apparent.

 

Buttons and Controls

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The control buttons of Dell 2415Q are well laid out and very easy to get used to and navigate. They are strategically located at the lower right bezel of the monitor. These pressable buttons provides easy access to the display’s OSD (on-screen display) menu system. Their functions includes ‘Custom Key 1 (a Preset mode by default)/Up’, ‘Custom key2 (Inputs by default)/Down’, Menu/Select and ‘Exit’.

Preset modes include Standard, Movie, Multimedia, Game, Warm, Paper, Cool and Custom Color. These presets are well calibrated to fit their specific purpose. They differ in brightness, shade depth, blue light, etc.

There’s also the power button which illuminates power symbol, it glows white when the monitor is turned on (the white light can be disabled through the OSD) and flashes intermittently if the monitor is at Standby. The light turns off when the monitor is off.

 

Connectivity Options

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The bottom side of the cabinet houses the I/O ports, and comes with a clip-on port cover to keep it neat. The ports includes an HDMI 1.4 port (with MHL 2.0 support), a DP 1.2 input, a MiniDP 1.2 input, and DP 1.2 output (for MST daisy-chaining). For audio ports, there is a 3.5mm audio output. This monitor also has a USB 3.0 upstream, 3 USB 3.0 downstream ports (making 4 downstream in total). Only the DP 1.2 and MiniDP 1.2 ports support 60Hz at the native resolution of the monitor, whereas HDMI and DP 1.1 is limited to 30Hz at the native resolution.

The left side of the cabinet strategically houses the USB 3.0 ports, great for workstation use, as it can transfer data and files faster and charges mobile devices faster than the old USB 2.0 port counterpart.

 

Fully Adjustable and Ergonomic Stand

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Dell 2415Q is supported by a fully adjustable stand for optimum workstation flexibility and ergonomics. The stand allows the screen to tilt forward and back, swivel left and right, adjust in height, and even pivot to let users switch between landscape and portrait mode anytime they like. At its lowest setting, the bottom bezel sits around 1.57 inch from the desk surface, while at its highest setting, the screen can go as far as 14.37 inches above the desk surface. This means the monitor can cater users from all height and sizes. The stand is also as solid as it look, something you can really expect from Dell monitors.

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The rear side of the cabinet has the central stand attachment point, which attaches the monitor to its stand through a Dell bracket attachment mechanism. It’s easy to put and remove the monitor from the stand. Thanks to the quick-release button located underneath the attachment point.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the monitor and the stand, Power Cables (varies with countries), DP-mDP cable, USB Upstream cable, Cable Cover, Drivers and Documentation Media, Safety and Regulatory Information, Quick Setup Guide and Factory Calibration Report.

 

Bottom Line

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Putting aside its 4K UHD quality, the Dell 2415Q is more than a capable all-rounder. The monitor’s screen quality is well calibrated for the Standard mode. The colour gamut was generous, without being excessive; colors remained accurate, rich and vibrant. There were no uniformity issues, even when turning the display’s ‘Uniformity Compensation’ mode off. As a matter of fact, this mode seems rather counter-productive, as it locks brightness and contrast controls of the display as it makes uniformity a little worse of anything.

Going to its 4K UHD capability, it’s undeniable that this Dell monitor delivers tremendous number of pixels, allowing it to show incredible number of details and screen real-estate for your workstation, even for movies and games. Overall clarity and details in games are excellent, though a little short compared to its 28-inch competitors.

The monitor has good static contrast performance and pleasing uniformity, which is quite in-line with what an IPS monitor should be. It also performed well within the limits of 60Hz refresh rate, while keeping a good balance in its pixel responsiveness and input lag.

It also comes equipped with impressively convenient and comfortable features, such as better ergonomic flexibility in its fully adjustable stand and straightforward design that saves users from the unwanted fripperies of touch-sensitive buttons.

There were very little things to fault in this Dell monitor, but there are certainly areas it can be improved on. One example is its very light matte screen coating, as it leaves the surface texture of the screen a little grainy. This however, is a very minor issue, which average users won’t be bothered. Also, as a 4K display, it is understandable for some users to demand for higher refresh rate, and perhaps, advanced technology such as G-SYNC’ or ‘FreeSync’ for games.

All in all, Dell 2415Q is quite an impressive all-around display made especially for people demanding for excellent colors and graphics performance. Also, with VESA mounting holes and mid-sized cabinet, this monitor is a great option for dual monitors and multiple monitors setups.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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