Dell UP2715K 27-inch 5K Monitor Review

Packaging, Physical Layout And Accessories

The UP2715K comes in stout packaging that's completely foam-free. The monitor, base and upright are firmly held in place by strategically shaped and folded corrugated cardboard. The entire carton and its contents are recyclable. Our sample arrived without a scratch and it appears the box can withstand a reasonable level of abuse by its handlers during shipping. The screen is protected by a semi-rigid plastic sheet to prevent scratching its shiny surface.

The accessory bundle includes high-quality cables; definitely a cut above the norm. To run at 5K you'll need to use the enclosed DisplayPort wires, which are held together by plastic clips and marked primary and secondary. You also get a DP-to-miniDP cable, which can run the monitor at up to Ultra HD resolution, and a USB 3.0 connector. A CD contains the manual and drivers along with a calibration app that can create two custom setups if you have an i1Pro or i1DisplayPro meter.

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The screen's front layer is a single sheet of shiny plastic that is coated to reduce glare—and it does so quite effectively. The TFT layer is placed very close behind to increase sharpness. Image detail is stunning and razor-sharp with no hint of grain or other artifacts. You won't see individual pixels even when you put your nose right up to the screen. There is a bezel, though it's flush and therefore difficult to see when the monitor is off. Styling is in keeping with Dell's premium products and uses a nicely-blended combination of aluminum and silver plastic.

The base is all-metal while the upright uses plastic trim over a steel core. Adjustments are solid with an ideal resistance level and no slop or play. In addition to tilt there's a portrait mode along with swivel and height. The two down-firing speakers are fairly powerful and render a decent frequency range with their 16 watt-per-channel amps. The bezel proudly displays "Acoustics by harman/kardon" and that is evident in the UP2715K's sound. Not only is there volume to spare, you can actually hear a little bass.

From the right side you can see the panel is fairly slim. This is where you'll find the control buttons that move with a satisfying click. There are no USB ports here; you'll have to go around back for those.

The UP2715K is smooth across the back with an input panel cover and upright cable hole to keep things tidy. One of the five USB ports can be seen just to the right of the cover. Ventilation is accomplished by thin grills at the top and bottom. Some heat builds up after a few hours thanks to an internal power supply and a fairly bright backlight. The upright unsnaps by pushing a button to reveal a 100mm VESA mount.

DisplayPort inputs total three and the two standard ones are where the 5K magic happens. The one marked in blue should be connected to your graphics card's primary output. The included cable is color-coded as well to make things easy. Our test system with its Titan X worked at full resolution right out of the box. If you don't have the appropriate hardware, you can run at Ultra HD with most adapters using the included single DP-to-mini cable. Also here are the five USB 3.0 ports with their upstream connector. Labels are large and clear making setup a snap.

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  • Logen_
    On the specifications chart, it says that the panel is AMVA, but a little below the chart, it's mentioned that it's an IPS panel instead. Going by the conclusion and contrast ratio, definitely IPS. Also, 3 year warranty, that's.... so little for something that clearly deserves a 5 year or more, in my opinion.
  • ceberle
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    On the specifications chart, it says that the panel is AMVA, but a little below the chart, it's mentioned that it's an IPS panel instead. Going by the conclusion and contrast ratio, definitely IPS. Also, 3 year warranty, that's.... so little for something that clearly deserves a 5 year or more, in my opinion.


    It is indeed AH-IPS not AMVA. Thanks for pointing out our error.

    -Christian-
  • huilun02
    Oh look its a retina display with retina pricetag
  • Jeff_53
    Why isn't the MSRP on the first or last page? My interest in the product and features is directly tied to it's price.
  • apertotes
    That contrast... ugh! For 99% of users, contrast is much more important than color fidelity.
  • theusual
    How about a test of the DELL S2716DG? Especiall vs the ASUS ROG PG279Q.
  • theusual
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    How about a test of the DELL S2716DG? Especiall vs the ASUS ROG PG279Q.

    Never mind. That would be TN vs IPS. You could compare it to the PG278Q though.
  • CBender
    + for the price thing. It is absolutely irritating. Hope you guys fix this.
  • PellehDin
    If they fix the price issue - and the current price is about $1,500 and up - you might just skip the article, which they don't want.
  • CBender
    I don't read the review articles just because of that. I am going to read a full review for a product not that I can't afford, but a product that I consider it be way overpriced (not for this particular review)
  • TallestJon96
    I know I'm a gamer who's out of place in a professional work monitor article, but between the low response time, and you statement that you could play at 40fps, id love to see an article about gaming at 5k, particularly with titan x vs 980 ti benches
  • cats_Paw
    Well, I guess we needed higher resolution to keep "can it run crysis" alive.
  • It is cool to see they are pushing 5k and what not but it is absulutely useless for PC on 27". The only perfect resolution right now is 2K 144Hz, everything over that is waste.
  • Uri___Pisarev
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    If they fix the price issue - and the current price is about $1,500 and up - you might just skip the article, which they don't want.



    I have a Dell U3415W, a 34 inch Ultrawide. Price on it was also $1.5K and it did not move, but during the holiday season it fell to $700.

    So if you are interested in a product don't just give up because you can't afford it, it can easily fall into your price range as long as you have reasonable expectations.
  • Uri___Pisarev
    Quote:
    It is cool to see they are pushing 5k and what not but it is absulutely useless for PC on 27". The only perfect resolution right now is 2K 144Hz, everything over that is waste.


    I had a 24 inch monitor and switched to a 32 inch TV and later to a 34 inch monitor.

    I have to say, you can never go back in size ever again. I would not even look at 27 inch.
  • mrmez
    Quote:
    It is cool to see they are pushing 5k and what not but it is absulutely useless for PC on 27". The only perfect resolution right now is 2K 144Hz, everything over that is waste.


    Maybe if you've got poor eyesight, just want to game or have a sub 25" panel.
    I switched from 1440 to 5k ~18 months ago (both 27"), and the difference is amazing.
    Remember this is a pro grade screen for pro users. What matters to them is colour range and accuracy. Refresh rate means almost nothing.
  • lip008
    At $1500 I would just buy a refurbished iMac. I know this monitor will outlast the hardware within the iMac. Others may want to run a machine that is more capable than an iMac, but it's interesting to me how an AIO can sometimes be the same price or cheaper than just the monitor. The 5k iMac maxes out at 4k running Windows the last time I checked though.
  • zodiacfml
    Something's amiss. How is it possible to achieve 100 percent Adobe RGB while just using W-LED backlighting?
  • zodiacfml
    Never mind. The capability seems pretty standard on 5K displays.

    Quote:
    Something's amiss. How is it possible to achieve 100 percent Adobe RGB while just using W-LED backlighting?