Dell S2721Q and S2721QS with 27 inch 4K IPS panelsAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made using the “Buy” button at the bottom of this post. Where possible, you'll be redirected to your nearest store. Further information on supporting our work.
There are plenty of benefits to be had from pixel-dense monitors such as those with a 27″ ‘4K’ UHD panels. The Dell S2721Q and S2721QS offer this, with the smart and unfussy design that the company is well known for. The top and side bezels are slender with a ‘dual stage’ design, featuring a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons towards the bottom right, facing downwards. There’s also a power button with white ‘vertical slit’ power LED, something of a signature on modern Dell monitors.
A 27″ ‘4K’ UHD (3840 x 2160) panel is used, with LG AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed for good glare handling without heavily hampering clarity or vibrancy potential, whilst a 1300:1 static contrast is offered alongside 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. 10-bit colour is supported via 8-bit + FRC dithering alongside a 60Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync support is also offered, including AMD FreeSync support with a 40 – 60Hz variable refresh rate range. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, offering 99% sRGB colour space overage and a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including ‘ComfortView’ are included to aid viewing comfort. The monitor also offers basic HDR support – it will respond to HDR10 content, where 10-bit precision is used to enhance the nuanced shade variety. However; it lacks a suitable luminance level, local dimming support or colour gamut for proper HDR output. The ‘Q’ model offers a tilt-only stand, whilst the ‘QS’ model adds height, swivel and pivot adjustment to this. That stand design is the only difference between these models. Both models include quick-release mechanisms for easy removal of the included stand, revealing 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2 and a 3.5mm audio line-out. 2 x 3W speakers are also included for sound output.
Further information can be found in a press release from the manufacturer. The monitors are listed with RRPs of $419.99 (‘Q’) and $449.99 (‘QS’).