Dell SE2716H with curved VA panel
Update: Update on price and availability. News piece below initially published 25th August 2015.
Samsung in particular have been pushing for monitors of various sizes with a gentle curve to the screen. This is generally a very subtle inclusion, designed to make the viewing experience a little more natural and comfortable by reducing the distance between the edges of the screen and your eyes. The Dell SE2716H embraces this trend, featuring a similar curved Vertical Alignment (VA) panel to that used on the likes of Samsung S27E510C. The bezel is very thin on this model (7.7mm), adopting the 2-stage design encompassing a very slim hard outer bezel and a fairly thin panel border. The stand shape also accentuates the gentle curve of the monitor.
The panel used is believed to be a 60Hz 27” Samsung curved MVA (Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment) panel with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution. This is interesting given Dell’s dominant use of LG Display panels on most recent models. A typical brightness of 300 cd/m² is specified with a 3000:1 static contrast ratio and 178/178° specified viewing angles. Assuming we’re right about the panel being used, the screen surface is medium (some may call it ‘relatively light’) matte anti-glare whilst true 8-bit colour is supported without dithering. A WLED backlight is used which offers ~sRGB coverage. Again to be approached with caution, a 6ms grey to grey response time is specified using the ‘Fast’ response time setting, with a ‘Normal’ option also available with more gentle grey to grey acceleration. The ports of the monitor include; 2 HDMI (with MHL) VGA, 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm audio input. There are also two 9W down-firing speakers, quite powerful for integrated monitor speakers and producing a potentially richer sound than most integrated solutions. The included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic adjustment option and there are no VESA holes. Further information on this model can be found on certain regional Dell websites (such as their Hong Kong one. The monitor is now available for under $330 in the US and for under £220 inc. VAT in the UK. We will possibly review this if there is sufficient interest in the model.
A rather bare rear
Further information on this model can be found on certain regional Dell websites (such as their Hong Kong one. The monitor is now available for under $330 in the US and for under £220 inc. VAT in the UK. We will possibly review this if there is sufficient interest in the model.