Dell U2717D InfinityEdge monitor
Update: Confirmation of Samsung PLS panel being used from TFT Central’s testing. News piece below initially published 28th January 2016.
The 27” WQHD (2560 x 1440) UltraSharp models always gather a lot of interest, hitting something of a sweet spot for many users between display quality, features and value. The U2715H remains a popular choice, but some have not failed to notice that this was actually released back in 2014. The more recent UP2716D is an intriguing and more recent alternative However; with its wide gamut backlight, higher price and slightly ‘higher end’ feature-set it was never designed to replace the U2715H but rather sit alongside it. The Dell U2717D (and U2717DA with monitor arm) is a new member of the infamous UltraSharp series which has also picked up the ‘InfinityEdge’ moniker for its exceptionally slender bezels. These again feature the dual-stage design with thin panel border and very slim hard outer bezel component, but as you can see below the overall bezel with is very thin at the top and sides. It’s also relatively thin at the bottom edge, which manufacturers sometimes neglect. The total bezel thickness is 7.3mm (~0.28 inches) at the top and sides and 8.4mm (~0.33 inches) at the bottom. As usual the stand is fully adjustable; height, swivel, tilt and pivot into portrait.
Slender bezels all around
A Samsung PLS (Plane to Line Switching) panel is used with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and 1000:1 specified static contrast ratio. 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles are specified with viewing angles and colour consistency being key strengths of the panel type. The screen surface is matte-antiglare, almost certainly with a smooth and light finish. The monitor comes factory calibrated with an average DeltaE <2 for colour accuracy – comparing favourably to the DeltaE <3 claimed for the U2715H. The monitor supports true 8-bit colour (16.7 million colours) without the use of dithering. An enhanced phosphor WLED backlight is used, offering 99% sRGB coverage and some extension beyond this natively. DC dimming rather than PWM is used on the backlight, making it ‘flicker-free’. A 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance is specified. Also specified is an 8ms grey to grey response time (6ms in ‘Fast’ mode), which we know from experience can be quite misleading and generally means very little in practice.
The fully adjustable stand can be removed with a quick-release button. This will reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes, meaning an alternative VESA compatible stand or mount can be used in its place. The ports include; 2 HDMI 1.4 ports (with MHL 2.0), MiniDP 1.2, DP 1.2, DP out (for MST daisy-chaining), 4 USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio output.
Silver touches and VESA mounting
Further information on this model can be found on various regional websites for the manufacturer (including this one). The model is now available, although retailer availability is limited currently. We expect to review this once a sample is made available.