Dell UP2716D; An In-Depth Review

Dell UltraSharp models have been in the market for a couple of years now, and they have been revered for this solid all-around performance. As a matter of fact, its models are in the top list of better 27-inch Wide Quad HD displays in the market today for both office and home users. Also, their UltraSharp models alternate between offering standard and wide colour gamuts. Their newest addition to their series Dell UP2716D, it a long-awaited follow-up to its U2713H, as it is the first wide gamut offering in its class since they launched the latter in 2013. What makes this product tick? Check out Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review to find out more.

Dell UP2716D (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

Dell UltraSharp UP2716D is designed for people looking for a modest size monitor that can offer good ‘desktop real estate’ for all-around performance use and with decent pixel density for games and movies.

 

Benefits

Dell UP2716D (image from Amazon)


Simple But Modern Design to Occupy Your Work Desk

Like most UltraSharp models, the Dell UP2716D sports simple, modern, yet elegant design, making it a perfect partner for business and work desks. It comes with a nice set of ergonomic flexibility, with tons of convenient features, and a very useful 2560 x 1440 resolution, which works nicely for both work and play.

 

Respectable Colour and Contrast Performance for Both Games and Movies

Dell UP2716D (image from Amazon)


The native colour gamut of this monitor covers both Adobe and sRGB colour spaces. Colours in Star Wars Battlefront look vibrant, but varied. It is able to maintain excellent range of distinction of shades as well. Shades look rich, with strong, but not on extreme levels of saturation.

In movies, contrast performance was good overall. Shadowy regions of demanding games such as Star Wars Battlefront’s Endor forest regions, as well as dark interiors are highlighted nicely, while bright elements such as explosions, gunfire, and sparks stood out nicely in the background. Details are so pleasing to watch, but some details on the peripheral sides are lost due to ‘IPS glow’.


Surprisingly Good Responsiveness, with Very Little Input Lag, Perfect for Both Work and Games

The Dell UP2716D is definitely not a gaming monitor, that is why its responsiveness is surprisingly good. There was very little input lag, while the gray to gray acceleration set at ‘Normal’ response time provide quite a good balance for overall performance. There was only very minimal trailing and overshooting, and motion blur is pretty much low, which is something we can expect from a 60Hz screen.

 

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitors Setup

 

This Dell monitor already comes with a fully adjustable stand, but if you wish to upgrade it for more flexible and ergonomic stand, you can always replace the factory stand with a third party monitor stand. There are two good options out there for dual monitor setup with HP Z27q, namely Ergotron LX Dual  side-by-side arm and AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm.

 

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


The AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm  is the cheaper choice. They look very similar, which gives you an idea where Amazon took its inspiration from.  The two fully-adjustable monitor arms can be adjusted independently, allowing users to position their display to the most ergonomic setup. It is built with quite sturdy construction, and its matte-black finish actually make it look better than in photos online. 

Ergotron LX Dual  side-by-side arm (image from Amazon)


The Ergotron LX Dual  side-by-side arm on the other hand, is definitely one of the best choices out there for dual monitor setup of 27-inch monitors. It's a high-end monitor stand with two fully-articulating and independently-adjustable arms. It is made with solid polished aluminum construction and high quality materials. It can supports two 27-inch displays and both arms 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 through the help of its patented Constant Force (CF) technology.

 


Design and Features

Dell UP2716D (image from Amazon)


Design wise, there is nothing extraordinary about Dell UP2716D, as a matter of fact, it looked pretty much like the other UltraSharp monitors. It is angular and minimalistic, but it’s definitely sleek. It sports the now familiar two-part design bezel which are all made up of matte black plastic; ultra-thin outer bezel and a slender panel border that is only visible when you switch on the monitor. The top and side bezels measure 8mm, while the bottom measures 18mm (0.71 inch), including the silver border of the panel.

The screen surface is coated with a very light matte anti-glare coating, a.k.a. ‘semi glossy’, which helps blocks reflections and glares without compromising the colors of the screen or resort to dullness.

The monitor has a very slim profile, which measures 20mm (0.79 inch) at its thinnest point, which of course, lumps certainly where the stand attaches. And from the side, you can see two-tone colour scheme, as Dell elegantly combines matte black and silver plastics.


Buttons and Controls


There are touch-sensitive buttons located at the bottom right corner of the bezel, which activates the On-Screen Display (OSD). These buttons feels very intuitive to press and use, while the Power Switch feels very tactile. The Power Switch is easy to identify, as it comes with a vertical slit to indicate the monitor’s power state. It glows white at normal operation and blinks slowly at Standby or at ‘Active-off Mode’. When turned off, the Power Switch will not be illuminated.

The first three buttons are the shortcut keys, which users can customize at the OSD. By default, the first button is for the Preset mode, which includes Standard, Multimedia, Movie, Game, Paper, Color Temperature, Color Space and Custom Color. The custom color setting opens the Gain menu (which leads to Red, Green and Blue colors), Offset (for fine tuning), Hue and Saturation (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow).

The second button (by default) allows users to quickly adjust the Brightness and Contrast, which is characterized by an energy bar to show how much power the monitor consume in its current setting, based in minimum and maximum output.

The third button is for the source input. The fourth is for the Main Menu system. The fifth is for the ‘X’ button, which means Exit.

The left side of the cabinet houses two USB 3.0 ports, the bottom port comes with lightning icon which means it supports rapid charging.

 

Complete and Generous Set of Connectivity Options

Dell UP2716D (image from Amazon)


The backside of the cabinet is dominantly silver matte made up of plastic, with a little matte plastic at the bottom. The black part of the backside of the panel houses the monitor’s inputs/outputs ports, which includes two HDMI 1.4 ports (with MHL 2.0, which means you can plug in your MHL-compatible gadgets, transfer files and re-charge), a DisplayPort 1.2 input, Mini DisplayPort input, DisplayPort output (for daisy chaining displays), 3.5mm audio output, four USB 3.0 ports (2 USB 3.0 upstream ports and 2 downstream ports).

 

Fully Adjustable and Ergonomic Stand

Dell UP2716D (image from Amazon)


This Dell UltraSharp monitor comes with a fully-adjustable stand, making it a convenient partner for your workstation. It can tilt 5° forward and 21° backwards, swivel 45°, adjust in height up to 5.12 inches and pivot 90° clockwise to switch from landscape to portrait orientation. At lowest setting, the monitor clears the desk by 2.09 inches.

The stand attaches easily through a propriety bracket mechanism at the center of the screen, and can be easily detached from the monitor through ‘quick release’ button under its attachment point.

 

With VESA Compliant Mounting Holes

Dell UP2716D (image from Amazon)


If the fully-adjustable stand is still not enough for you, or if you want to put two of this displays side-by-side for dual monitor setup for multi-tasking, then you can detach the stand and use the VESA-compliant 100x100mm holes.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line


Unlike its predecessor, the Dell UltraSharp UP2716D offers great colour capacity. It comes nicely calibrated right out of the box with respect to different colour spaces, which goes beyond just what sRGB and Adobe RGB require. It even offers good emulation for work or viewing within DCI-P3 and Rec. 709. The Custom Color mode offers excellent colour flexibility, as well as fine tuning, allowing better balance of colors.

Colour performance was also pleasing, except for the IPS glow, which eats away some of the peripheral details. The screen surface was mostly smooth, allowing brighter elements to stand out from the surrounding darkness and appear grain-free.

The IPS glow is the obvious shortcoming of the screen, which is quite usual for a monitor of its panel technology. Also, luminance uniformity is not so great without UC enabled, which comes at the expense of contrast, can only be enabled in particular presets without further adjustments other than brightness. Also, because this display is not built for gaming, there were some trailing on top, with a little overshoot in some places. The 60Hz refresh rate also limits the screen’s capacity.

All in all, Dell UP2716D is truly a capable all-around performer, with excellent colour space flexibility, and definitely adds great quality to the UltraSharp series.



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