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Dell S2718D glossy 2560 x 1440 monitor

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The Dell S-Series have always been designed in a minimalistic way. They have simple but to many eyes quite stylish designs. Another feature some of the S-Series models have is a glossy screen surface, which is something of a rarity in the current PC monitor market. The Dell S2718S is the first 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) model to enter the S-Series line-up and is one of very few models of this resolution to feature a glossy screen surface. The screen is pretty much all there is at the front as the bezel is exceptionally slender. It is a dual-stage design with a thin panel border and exceptionally thin outer component. The screen itself is also exceptionally slender. This is partly down to the ‘brains’ of the monitor being found in the stand base. This includes the OSD (On Screen Display) controls which are located here and appear to be pressable buttons rather than a touch-sensitive affair. The screen offers tilt and swivel adjustment as the only ergonomic flexibilities.

Minimalistic and glossy (source: Engadget)

The monitor features a 27” IPS-type panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. This is accompanied by the usual 1000:1 static contrast, 178/178° viewing angles and a brightness of a somewhat higher than usual 400 cd/m². That is the maximum sustainable ‘normal’ brightness for the monitor, but the backlight may also be capable of pulsing to much higher luminance levels as the monitor also supports HDR10. This is an open High Dynamic Range standard and requirements for ‘supporting’ this are rather loose. It does have a minimum brightness target of 1000 cd/m² associated with it but also calls out for a Rec. 2020 (very large) colour gamut and 10-bit support. But these are just targets and it remains to be seen how far ‘support’ goes for the standard with this screen. The screen surface of the monitor is glossy with an anti-reflective treatment, offering superior clarity and vibrancy potential compared to matte surfaces. The backlight is flicker-free and offers ‘99% sRGB coverage’ – however it is still possible it extends far beyond this in some regions. A ‘ComfortView’ Low Blue Light (LBL) feature is also present to help aid more relaxing viewing, particularly useful in the evenings.

The bare rear (source: Engadget)

As you can see in the image above, the back is quite bare. Silver matte plastic is used throughout and the stand attaches centrally in a firm non-removable way. As mentioned earlier, the ‘brains’ are located in the monitor base – so it’s an integral part of the monitor and you can’t simply remove this. The ports are also located here, facing backwards, and include DC power input (external power brick), USB Type-C (USB-C), HDMI 2.0 and a 3.5mm audio jack. Availability is slated for March 23rd 2017 in the US with an RRP of $699.99. Global availability is expected shortly afterwards. Further information in this post on the manufacturer’s blog. The monitor is now available in the US for under $600. We will look to review this model, provided Dell has a sample available for us.

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