Major PC maker Dell on Tuesday said it would start selling the world’s most affordable display with ultra-high-definition resolution starting January 23, 2014. At just $699, the monitor has all chances to become popular among certain video fans who want to experience 4K video (3840*2160 resolution) at home themselves. Unfortunately, specifications of the display are not suitable for gamers.
Dell 28” Ultra HD Monitor (P2815Q) offers 3840*2160 resolution with 30Hz refresh rate, which may be enough for movies and is definitely enough for productivity applications, but is barely sufficient for gamers who want to have 60Hz refresh rate (which is only supported in 1920*1080 resolution). The display features anti-glare TN panel technology that supports 30-bits colour depth (1.073 billion colours), 5ms response time and 300cd/m2 brightness, according to Forbes web-site. The monitor features DisplayPort/mDP v1.21 and HDMI 1.4/MHL 2.0 inputs as well as integrated USB 3.0 hub.
While Dell’s P2815Q is clearly not a gamer’s or professional’s choice, it can certainly improve user comfort in productivity applications and allow customers in budget to experience ultra-high-definition video content that is set to become more available later this year. Some prosumers could also consider the display for their needs. At $699 price-point, the novelty is nothing but a device to watch.
For professional users Dell offers Dell UltraSharp 32” Ultra HD and Dell UltraSharp 24” Ultra HD monitors that are based on IGZO and IPS panels, respectively and offer 3840*2160 resolution along with 60Hz refresh rate. The displays provide 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350cd/m2 brightness, 8ms gray-to-gray switching and 176° vertical/horizontal viewing angle. Their panels support superb color accuracy and 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage. Still, pricing of the 32” and 24” UHD displays – $3499 and $1399, respectively – are just too high for general consumers and gamers.
All Dell Ultra HD monitors carry the Dell Premium Panel Guarantee, which means that if a user notices a single “bright” pixel during the warranty period, Dell will replace the panel.