Dell UltraSharp UP2715K; An In-Depth Review

Over the past couple of years, we have reviewed a handful of Ultra High-Definition 4K monitors here in Dual Monitors Guide. They all offer the highest resolution (3840x2160) in any desktop monitor, with the exception of Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display which obviously runs in higher resolution (5120x2880). That was the highest resolution in the market, until Dell introduced its own flagship 5K monitor – Dell UltraSharp UP2715K. How much of a significant upgrade is 5K over 4K? And does Dell really deliver in stepping up its resolution? Let’s find out in this in-depth review.

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

Dell UP2715K is for anyone looking for the highest resolution possible for their computer setup. Its IPS panel runs at 5K Ultra HD (5,120 x 2,880 pixels), with 99% AdobeRGB colour coverage, making it arguably the ultimate monitor for professional photographers or videographers.


Benefits

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K is one of the very few 27-inch monitors that pack the most pixels on their screen as it matches Apple Retina display’s resolution of UHD 5K. It uses IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel and doesn’t only deliver accurate colors and solid gray-scale performance beautifully, but also packs amazing features that we can only normally find in high-end monitors. It is indeed, a high-end monitor that requires high-end graphics card to deliver 5K content.


Breathtaking Ultra HD Image Quality

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K delivers spectacular Ultra HD images quality, displaying 5K images in exquisite colors and excellent highlight details. Like any other IPS panels, it has no issue displaying colors accurately, as chromaticity test shows colors, red, green and blue stayed very close to their ideal CIE coordinates.

Grayscale performance is also typical of any high-end IPS panel; all shades of gray are cleanly displayed based on DisplayMate 64-step grayscale test. Highlights and shadows of test images were sharp, and the screen’s inky black provide excellent dark background to give colors even more pop on screen.

This prowess in pixel is backed by heavy numbers when it comes to colour accuracy; 12-bit internal colour processing and 10-bit panel allows the screen to display up to 1.07 billion colours, with 99% AdobeRGB space coverage and 100% sRGB space coverage. That’s impressive.

 

Extensive Calibration Options and Factory-Calibrated with Measurement Certificate for Your Convenience

Though this Dell 5K monitor already comes with extensive built-in colour adjustment options, which includes RGBCMY saturation, RGBCMY hue, RGB gain and RGB offset, it is also factory-calibrated, and comes with measurement certificate. This means it is ready to use, even for the most discerning photographers and videographers.

It also comes with Dell Colour Calibration Solution software with X-rite iDisplay Pro colorimeter to give you access for 12-bit 3D LUT.

 

Excellent Viewing Angle

Viewing angle is also typical of any IPS panels – excellent, with no luminance loss, regardless where you view the screen from. Colors remained true, without any signs of backlight bleed. This is quite a surprising feature, as most professional monitors don’t come with speakers.

 

Decently Fast Response Time to Run Games in 5K

Like many of models under the UltraSharp series of Dell, Dell UP2715K is not exactly made for gaming, though the screen’s image quality would have been excellent for it. The panel has an 8ms pixel Response Time (gray-to-gray), which is definitely not ideal for gaming, but not terrible either. There were some minor blurring and ghosting of artifacts, especially in graphically-demanding FPS games like Crysis 3 on PC, and Call of Duty: Black Ops on Xbox 360. Obviously, the biggest issue for gamers on this monitor is finding the graphics solution that can keep up with 5K gaming.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (image from Amazon)


You may need a pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (or perhaps a couple of Nvidia GTX Titan X cards,) to run 5K resolution sluggishness and enjoy smooth gameplay action.

 

Reasonable Power Consumption

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K consumes 58 watts of power at Standard mode, which is slightly higher than many other 27-inch monitors in the market, such as Acer B286HK (43 watts) and Lenovo LI2821 wide (34 watts). However, considering it’s 5K and all the power specs it packs in its cabinet, it is only justifiable. Unfortunately though, this monitor doesn’t have Eco mode, but you can bring down its power consumption a little by turning off the USB ports and put it on Sleep Mode while on Standby.



Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup

27-inch monitors are usually good enough for single display. For single display setup of this Dell UltraSharp display, Ergotron offers a desk mount with fully articulating arm - Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm.

Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm (images from Amazon)


This ergonomic product lets you choose the position that fits you best for the monitor; it can tilt, swivel, adjust height and pivot the display, thanks to its fully adjustable arm. It is equipped with Ergotron’s patented Constant Force technology, which keeps the display secured and stable in position, while giving users better viewing experience. It comes with an exceptional design and like any other Ergotron products, it is very easy to setup and install.

Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm (images from Amazon)


For dual monitor setup, which is usually common among professional-grade monitors like Dell UP2715K, there is Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm. It is a fully-adjustable side-by-side LCD monitor arm that can lift both LCD screen off your desk, leaving you with more workspace. You can reposition your display up, down, forward and back with one simple touch.


Design and Features

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K (image from Amazon)


Though this Dell monitor boasts professional-sounding specs, Dell opted to package the cabinet with a utilitarian design that many professional monitor usually opt to, such as Eizo and NEC. Sporting a slick edge-to-edge glass design, Dell UltraSharp UP2715K has a familiar UltraSharp look, with black and silver color scheme. The body is slender, which looks elegant in any desk. The backside of the cabinet gently curves, mimicking iMac’s design, though it lacks the fine edge finish. The screen is glossy, which amplifies the colors even more. However, it compromises glares and reflections in bright environments. This however, is a minor issue.

The front side is a seamless piece of toughened glass that runs edge to edge, making a bezel-free impression. The display itself is also bonded to the glass, getting rid of any air gap that may increase reflections. Ventilation grilles are found along the top and side edge of the cabinet, with one large slot breaking the smooth expanse of the backside.

Completing the utilitarian look is the removable plastic section that covers the connectivity ports. You can plug cables and cords easily, and then cover it up once setup.

 

Buttons and Controls

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K (image from Amazon)


There are 5 function buttons all located on the right hand side of the cabinet, including the power button. These buttons helps the minimalist look, while providing access to the extensive Menu settings of Dell UP2715K. Basic picture settings include Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness Gamma and Input Source. For the Color Preset modes, the selection includes Standard, Movie, Multimedia, Paper, Game, Color Temperature, Color Space and Custom Color. To Color Space menu, this monitor offers Adobe RGB, sRGB and 2 custom calibration settings.

 

Connectivity Options

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K (image from Amazon)


Video inputs include two full-sized DisplayPort inputs and one mini-DisplayPort. Unfortunately, there is no HDMI port. There are however, 5 downstream USB 3.0 ports and one USB 3.0 upstream port. All of these ports are housed at the backside of the monitor. 

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K (image from Amazon)


The left side of the cabinet houses the card reader, which comes with an MS Pro/Duo support, SD and MMC media.

 

With Powerful 16W Speakers for Excellent Audio

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K boats a pair of 16W Harmon/Kardon speakers, which is quite loud and has better bass response than any built-in monitor speakers in the market.

 

Nice-Looking, Fully Adjustable Stand for Ergonomics, with VESA Holes for Better Options

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K (image from Amazon)


The cabinet weighs a standard 6.8 kg (15 lbs.) and 48.2mm thick and supported by a fully adjustable stand, offering optimal ergonomic adjustments, such as tilt, swivel, height adjustment and pivot. The stand definitely adds a premium look to the monitor, while sporting nice silver polish, giving it quite an elegant and clean look that perfectly matches the cabinet. The Custom Color menu provides advanced calibration settings, and allowing users to make a custom profile. The calibration options lets you fine-tune the screen’s color levels, through Gain, Offset, Hue and Saturation settings, and save these settings as Color Space menu option.

Also, the backside of the cabinet comes with 100x100mm VESA-compliant mounting holes, giving users with better options in setup and mounting this professional-grade 5K monitor. It can be used with single monitor stand with articulating arm, or put two of side-by-side or use it alongside with another 27-inch display (or smaller) for dual monitor setup.

 

Tech Specs

Package comes with five cables for DisplayPort (2 full-sized, two mini and one full-to-mini cable) as well as a USB cable, resource CD and Quick Start Guide.

 

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a computer monitor with the perfect combination of image quality, style and features, the Dell UltraSharp UP2715K is essentially your best choice out there, yet. It definitely walks the talk, and surprisingly comes with impressively loud and efficient speakers, generous set of USB hubs, and of course, professional image quality combined with 5K resolution. Super colour accuracy and grayscale performance definitely amped the colors as well.

Obviously, you will need to pay a huge amount of money for its premium price, but if you want to best out there, then this one delivers. Also, you need powerful graphics card to run this monitor at its best.

There are some minor shortcomings though, such as the glossy screen, which results to some reflections in well-lit rooms, and the lack of connections, which would have completed its media hub.

If you can live with a 4K UHD, then you can opt for its $500 cheaper sibling the Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q offers, a solid all-around performer, accurate colors, packed with features, and uses a larger screen (32 inches).

Dell UltraSharp UP2715K is definitely NOT your everyday monitor, as the premium price tag can be hefty. But if you’re a professional photographer or videographer looking to invest for the best monitor screen, without the budget limitation, then this one is for you.

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