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Dell U2515H with 25 inch 2560 x 1440 panel

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Some users are really fond of the idea of a high pixel density, but don’t want to opt for the ‘4K’ options due to the graphical horsepower demands, potential scaling issues and in some cases price as well. The BenQ BL2420PT turned quite a few heads by offering a more moderate resolution of 2560 x 1440 (WQHD), but with a 23.8” screen rather than the usual 27”. This gives it a pixel density of 123.42 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) rather than the 108.79 PPI of a 27” WQHD model. The Dell U2515H offers a 25” screen with the WQHD resolution, giving it a pixel density between these values at 117.49 PPI. Aesthetically the Dell model is likely to please those who are fans of other recent UltraSharps as it features a similar design. The bezel includes an extremely thin hard plastic outer component and a very slender dark grey panel border. Illuminated touch-sensitive controls are included at the bottom right alongside a small white power indicator. The stand is fully adjustable offering tilt, height, swivel and pivot capabilities.

Slick and slender

Slick and slender

The monitor uses a 25” LG IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast, 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance (50 cd/m² minimum white luminance) and 178°/178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The panel uses a matte anti-glare screen surface, which we assume to be very light (‘semi-glossy’) like existing 2560 x 1440 IPS panels. The panel has a flicker-free (DC rather than PWM dimming) WLED backlight offering 99% sRGB coverage (standard gamut). 91% CIE 1976 coverage is also specified, indicating extension beyond sRGB and the use of an ‘enhanced phosphor’ design for the backlight. The monitor offers true 8-bit per subpixel colour reproduction and comes with a factory calibrated ‘sRGB’ mode offering an average DeltaE of less than or equal to 3.

Dell has included their adjustable grey to grey acceleration, with 8ms specified in ‘Normal’ and 6ms in ‘Fast’ mode. Don’t look too much into these figures, though, they aren’t directly comparable to the less representative figures bandied about by most other manufacturers. The ports are down-firing and covered by a removable port cover. They include; HDMI 1.4 (with MHL), DisplayPort 1.2, MiniDP 1.2, DP 1.2 output (for MST daisy-chaining), 3.5mm audio output, 5 USB 3.0 downstream ports (one with fast-charging) and 1 USB 3.0 upstream port. Further information on the U2515H is available in the PDF user guide. The monitor is now available globally, including in the US for around $420 and in the UK for around £250 including VAT. Note: A model called the U2515Hx is also available from some retailers. This is exactly the same monitor, bundled with an HDMI cable instead of a MiniDP-DP cable.

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