Joined on 05/01/07
A Fantastic Monitor
Pros: The monitor is beautiful. Simply put, this thing is 27" of 4K happiness. First things first: I've owned a variety of monitors over the years. NEC, Dell, Samsung, LG, and so on. I've always been very hard on my monitors. They get use at least 8 hours a day and I'm particularly picky about color reproduction. In my experience, the Dell Ultrasharp monitors have always been very high quality. This will be my third, and I'm very glad it is. The basics: 27", a bunch of input/output options, an adjustable stand, and a slab of viewable area. Design: The casing is black and silver and very understated, which I like. Dell has foregone the touch buttons on the face for physical buttons (which I wholeheartedly agree with). The buttons are typical monitor buttons, nothing special. The stand allows you to lift the monitor fairly high and rotate it fully without any interference. The stand is pretty fantastic, despite my thought when I first got it that it wouldn't sufficiently hold the monitor. I can assure you, it does. The stand also has a cutout for wires to loop through and keep it nice and tidy. The peripheral stuff works really well. One USB in from the computer gives you 4 outputs. One is on the vertical back face of the monitor and the other three are tucked under the back of the monitor on a cutout. I got the sound bar that attaches to this computer (511) and I highly recommend it, so figure on that taking one of the slots from you. Transfer rate is good but not stellar, as is to be expected from any hub. It has a sound-out slot that works well, nothing special about it. Video connections: The important bit. Has a DisplayPort and HDMI in. When you're trying to get full 4K at 60Hz, please use the DisplayPort. I toyed with this stuff for hours. It was frustrating. You will see this in the "Cons" section. The Panel itself: The panel is very, very nice. Color reproduction is good. The profile that it comes with from the factory was okay, but left some room to be desired. A little bit of time with an i1 made it much better, though it would barely be noticeable to the trained eye. The IPS panel is as perfect as you can expect. Even backlight, perfect viewing angles, and generally a very nice viewing experience. Price: Are you kidding me? 4K at this price with this much quality? I'm seriously considering purchasing a second one.
Cons: The controls: You want 4K to display at 60Hz? Don't listen to anything anyone tells you online. I was seriously hamstrung for hours trying to get this thing to display 4K off of my 2014 MBPr 15". I tried every combination of connections, connected a Thunderbolt to each port, tried HDMI, everything. Turns out that the setting that controls the 4K through DisplayPort that the manual told me to turn on? Yeah that was wrong. As soon as I turned off MST, the whole thing worked perfectly. Otherwise, the menus are fairly easy to navigate. Everything is bright on the screen, so you will be able to see it. I have a minor gripe about the way the buttons function, but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't a big deal at all. Customer Service: Dell customer service is .... less than desirable. I purchased this thing through their business division and that was ok. They wouldn't let me apply discounts that I should have been able to, but compensated for it in other ways. However, once I ran into the whole 30Hz/60Hz snafoo, then I really started to hate Dell. The department I needed to talk to was closed on a Monday ALL DAY, and not a holiday either. Then when I did talk to someone the next day, it took a long wait and difficulty understanding the tech (VERY thick accent) before I figured it out on my own.
Overall Review: If you're thinking about this monitor and you have the cash, stop looking at other ones. Buy this. You and your eyes will be incredibly happy that you do.