Dell U2717D; An In-Depth Review

The UltraSharp series of Dell has been one of the most popular lines of displays for more than a decade now. Dell seems to know what and how to update the line in each new release, adding more options and significant improvements to newer models. As a matter of fact, we have reached to the point where they have decided to refresh some of its popular models. Dell U2715H has been redesigned with significant upgrades in the brand’s new release – Dell U2717D. How does it differ to the previous one? Is it really better? Know more about it in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

 

Who is it for?

Though Dell 2717D is under the brand’s UltraSharp series, it is more of a mainstream model. Thus, it’s meant for users looking for a competitive and all-around monitor for general computing. It is fully equipped to deliver outstanding all-around performance, and offers wide range of connectivity options for various tasks.

 

Dell U2717D (image from Amazon)


Benefits

Dell U2717D stuck to 2560x1440p resolution, and still uses the same high-quality IPS panel and standard gamut colour space. However, it improved in a lot of areas, especially in the design. One example is the “infinity edge” design, which minimizes the bezels and borders in all sides and edges, even the bottom bezel. Also, it comes with an improved stand design, as it utilizes the same finish and style of their gamer-oriented model Dell S2716DG.

The screen comes with a regular AG (anti-glare screen) coating, which is not semi-gloss, but thankfully, it is not heavily grainy. Rather, it’s a lighter coat that’s quite effective in keeping away unwanted glares and reflections, especially important in day to day use in a well-light environment, such as in office setup.

 

High Resolution for More Work Space and Graphic Design Work

Dell U2717D (image from Amazon)


Dell 2717D runs at 2560x1440p resolution on its 27-inch screen, making it great for graphic design work. This high resolution also, obviously provides more space to work on for desktop users. And if you’re working on an A3 size document, you can see the whole page at 100% on its screen.

 

Factory-Calibrated with Decent Performance, You Can Tweak and Improve it Though

As with most Dell monitors, this one comes factory calibrated. If you’re not satisfied though, you can always do that tweaking yourself. Fortunately for users who demand better quality, Dell made it very simple to calibrate their Dell 2717D.

The box comes with a calibration report, which is unique for your unit. This shows that each unit comes with an sRGB preset mode that is factory calibrated to provide a dE of <2 and tighter grey scale tracking.

Colours look good, though it may seem like the UP2716D have better colour depth. It’s a slight difference though, and you have to put the two displays side by side to really tell the difference.

 

Decent Colour Performance

Out of the box Preset mode is set at Standard, which is at high 75% setting and feels too bright. colouur balance however, is pretty good, and it’s easy to say the screen comes equipped with a standard gamut backlight.

CIE chromaticity test shows colors are fairly equal to the sRGB colour space. There are some minor over-coverage in every shade, but nothing significant to cause ugly colors. There are some minor over-saturation in some shades of colors.

 

Minor Backlight Bleeding, But No IPS Glow

As expected, there are some flaws in this monitor’s backlight. There is some minor backlight bleeding issues, particularly in the top left and top right and bottom right area of the screen. This is where its predecessor UP2716D edge the new 2717D, as the former doesn’t suffers from backlight bleeding issue.

Though it’s not an issue for general computing use, such as working on documents and spreadsheet, backlight bleeding can become an issue for watching movies, as it may show some black bars in top and bottom.

Fortunately though, there are no IPS glow issues, which is important for a good quality screen.

 

 

Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitors Setup Options

This Dell monitor comes with VESA-compliant mounting holes, making it easy for users to use it with third party ergonomic options such as monitor stands with articulating arm for better adjustability, or for dual monitor or multiple  monitor setup.

 

For dual monitor setup, there are a couple of good options,the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm and  AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm.

 

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)


The Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm is a premium dual monitor mount option from one of the world's leading names in ergonomics. It can support two 27-inch monitors simultaneously, and can even hold one display on top of the other. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction and high quality materials. Each arm can be adjusted independently, allowing users to reposition their display; up, down, forward and back, with one simple touch, and still keep the displays secured and stable in place, as it also comes with the patented Constant Force (CF) technology.

AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm (image from Amazon)


AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm on the other hand, works almost exactly the same. It's the more affordable option and it is fully capable of delivering quality performance.

 


Design and Features

Again, the Dell 2717D is part of the brand’s Infinity Edge line, which are UltraSharp displays redesigned with zero bezels (ultra-thin bezels) in all four sides, giving the cabinet a clean, sleek and professional look. This is the first zero-bezel model of Dell, and it’s best for dual monitor or triple monitor setup, as the space(s) between displays will look seamless. Its predecessor U2715H also has a zero-bezel design, but its bottom bezel is 15mm thick.

 

Dell U2717D (image from Amazon)


The four sides of Dell 2717D is made up of extremely thin plastic edge that measures only around 0.8mm. Aside from that, there’s a 5,5mm inner panel border on the sides and top before the image starts on the and about 6.8mm on the bottom. The bottom edge comes with a slope of plastic bezel, which is different from the flat borders on the three other sides. This design work looks seamless when viewed from a distance, and you have to look closer to notice it. As with most Dell monitor, the Dell logo is located at the center of the bottom panel. This monitor utilizes an internal power supply which is packaged with a power cable.

 

 

Buttons and Controls

The access to the On-Screen Display is provided by the 4 pressable buttons, all located on the lower right hand side of the cabinet, along with a power button with a small rectangular LED, which glows white when On and flashes on Standby.

Pressing any of the four buttons will reveal the OSD on the screen, labeling the buttons for their corresponding purpose. There’s also a quick access option that lets you switch and set the Preset modes, as well as input selection (by default). These button functions can be customized through the OSD as well.

The On-Screen display is split into 8 categories down to the left hand. Software wise, it looks similar with the recent Dell S2716DG, and quite an update to U2715H’s menu. The top right hand corner is the ‘energy use’ bar of the monitor, which shows the monitor’s power consumption. Scroll down to the left to see more options within each section.

The Color menu gives you the Preset mode choices where you can use the RGB level for calibration, should you decide to switch to ‘custom color’ preset. Without going much into the details, this Dell monitor includes all the basic and advanced options you will need for various tasks, including response time control option and the Aspect Ratio option.

 All in all, the OSD feels familiar and quite intuitive to navigate. The buttons are easy to use, and they work well.

 

Connectivity Options

Dell U2717D (image from Amazon)


As said earlier, the Dell 2717D offers good range of inputs/output options. It comes with a DisplayPort and a mini DisplayPort input, and DisplayPort output for Daisy Chaining support, as well as an HDMI with MHL connectivity to connect your MHL-compatible mobile devices. All located at the backside of the cabinet. For the digital interface, it utilizes HDCP certified encrypted content. Video cables for DisplayPort (mini DisplayPort) is included in the box. Oddly enough though, this newer model has fewer connectivity options than Dell U2715H, which comes with an extra HDMI port.

For USB hubs, this Dell display comes with two USB 3.0 ports, which are all located on the underside of the screen alongside with the video connections and two more ports on the left hand side of the cabinet for easy access. Again, this Dell monitor has done away with one additional USB port from its predecessor, though they have moved two USB hubs to the side.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer DVI connections, which may be limiting for some users with older systems. Most modern graphics cards and devices should be able to offer DisplayPort and HDMI nowadays though.

 

Stand Offers Full Range of Adjustments and Paired with a Nice Circular Base

Dell U2717D (image from Amazon)


 The base and stand sports the same color as the backside of the cabinet – matte black silver. The base is circular, which saves a lot of desk space for small footprint. It also comes with a tidy hole for cable routing. The design of the stand and its base is very similar to S2716DG gaming monitor and a move from the light silver that we see from previous UltraSharp models before it.

Aside from pleasing stand design, the stand offers full ergonomic adjustments, namely tilt, swivel height adjust and pivot. Tilt is smooth to move, but a little stiff than expected. On its lowest setting, the screen floats around 60mm off the top of the desk and can be extended for up to 190mm, for a total height adjustment of a little more than 5 inches. Not much, but quite decent.

 

Dell U2717D (image from Amazon)


The side-to-side swivel feels pretty smooth, making it easy for users to re-position the screen. Rotation is a bit stiff, but still a welcome feature, as it allows easy shift from landscape to portrait setup. All in all, the stand does a good job in keeping the screen secured and stable, with only minor wobbling.

 

With VESA Mounting Holes for Easy Mount

Dell U2717D (image from Amazon)


It also comes with 100x100mm VESA mounting holes for easy mounting. Simply detach the monitor stand to reveal the holes and you can use VESA-compliant third party ergonomic solution such as monitor stands or monitor mount with articulating arm. It’s also a great feature for users looking to mount this display for dual monitor setup.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the monitor with stand, power cable, DP to mDP cable, USB 3.0 upstream cable, Drivers and documentation media, Quick setup guide, Safety Information, and Factory Calibration Report.

 

Bottom Line

Dell did not change a lot with the new Dell 2717D compared to its early predecessor U2715H. There are however, subtle differences that make the newer version better. One of which is the zero frame design in all four sides. This ultra-thin bezel gives this Dell monitor a smart and attractive look, and perfect for dual monitor or triple monitor setup. Also, the silver stand and base complements the cabinet nicely, and way better than the silver stand of the previous model.

Also, though there is one less HDMI port in the newer model, it still offers good connectivity options and functionality. The USB ports on the side are easy to access, great for office work. The screen also comes with better factory calibration and slightly better contrast ratio.

In terms of gaming, the response time of Dell 2717D may be slightly better, but Input Lag of the older Dell U2715H is still faster, which is important for fast-twitch fames such as FPS games.

They retained the flicker-free backlights, which is great, particularly for office workers who work on extended hours on their computers on a daily basis.

All in all, though the two look quite similar, they are two very different monitors. Dell 2717D is definitely an improved version. Those who are on a budget will definitely love this display for its decent colour reproduction, which can work with photo and video editing, digital art, graphic design, etc.

Also, it also helps to note that Dell has a version (Dell U2117DA) of this monitor with an arm mount rather than a stand, and a new 27-inch UltraSharp model called Dell UP2716D, where the ‘UP’ stands for UltraSharp Premium, and has wider gamut backlight and better hardware calibration, which is aimed for professional users and color-critical work.

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

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