Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin Monitor (S2719DC) Evaluate

Dell S-Series 27 "Screen LED Illuminated Monitor (S2719DC)

"The ultra-thin Dell 27 USB-C monitor provides style without sacrificing image quality."

  • Nice design without bezel

  • Thin and light cabinet

  • USB-C activates the hub functionality

  • Bright, HDR-capable graphics

  • Wide range of colors

  • Limited adjustability

  • Gamma is slightly off

Monitors are too boring too often. Usually made of plastic with large cabinets, thick bezels and colorful stands, they are often designed to fit in. Do not attract attention.

Then there is the Dell 27 USB-C Ultra Thin.

The Ultrathin is made of aluminum and is hellishly elegant. It is a new generation of Dell monitors. It's not 4K or ultrawide, it focuses just as much on the frame around the display as it does on the panel itself. $ 420 (originally $ 550) is more than you might want to spend on a monitor. However, if you need more than a simple work monitor, read on. The Dell Ultrathin 27 is something special.

Undo design trends

While we require our laptops, smartphones, and other devices to look as good as they work, monitors often get a passport. The Dell 27 USB-C Ultra Thin reverses this trend.

The back of the monitor is similar to the Dell XPS laptops. It is a clean aluminum curvature that features a reflective silver Dell logo. From there the gentle curvature of the stand extends to the base. Here, too, everything is aluminum – no random plastic strips or creaking panels. Dell has removed the frills with this design and it feels both modern and elegant. The small stand looks weak, but holds the weight of the screen well, which reduces wobbling. The hole in the stand doesn't completely hide your cables, but at least keeps them clean and managed.

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Our only complaint at the stand is the lack of adjustability. You get a healthy amount of tilt adjustments up and down, but that's it. There is no height, pan or pan adjustment. You will need to contact the Dell UltraSharp or HP Z-series monitors for this.

The design shines with two main features of its namesake; ultra thin and USB-C. The "ultra-thin" aspect is the most striking. The cabinet measures 1.1 inches thickest and 0.2 inches thinnest. It may not be the thinnest monitor ever, but it's thinner than an iPhone X in its smallest form. This is impressive. While you spend most of your time staring at the front, this doesn't prevent employees from looking past your desk to compliment you.

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The design offers unexpected comfort. This monitor is light. We noticed the weight as soon as we pulled it out of the box. With a small weight of 11.4 pounds, you won't strain a muscle trying to reposition it on your desk or even carry it across a room.

And the ultra-thin design doesn't stop at the case. This also applies to the frames, which are based on the XPS laptop design from Dell. They are far from your average display margins and help to draw total attention to what is happening on the screen.

A transformative port

USB-C is an important function of this monitor. It's even in the name. The presence of a Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C connector enables you to access videos from your laptop and charge everything at once. It may seem like a trifle, but it makes the monitor a useful hub and has a lot of value. High-quality USB-C docks start at $ 50 and can go above $ 200.

Dell 27 USB-C ultra thin monitor S2719DCDan Baker / Digital Trends

Other ports include two USB-A 3.0 downstream ports, an HDMI 2.0 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This monitor is not aimed at gamers. We are therefore not surprised that a mini DisplayPort or a second HDMI connection is omitted. The flashback position of these connectors means that wall mounting the display may be more difficult, but access to the connectors is easier.

Dell also offers the cheaper S2719DM, which is exactly the same display, minus the USB ports.

Protects the eyes

The menus on this monitor feel just as careful as the design elements. It has four menu buttons at the bottom of the frame, followed by an illuminated on / off button that feels different when pressed less accidentally. You are two clicks from brightness control, which is crucial. You can also quickly switch to different preset modes such as ComfortView, Movie, Game, Warm and Custom. The standard view looks best, of course, although ComfortView is particularly suitable for dark rooms, especially towards the end of a long working day.

Dell 27 USB-C ultra thin monitor S2719DC

Dell 27 USB-C ultra thin monitor S2719DC

The larger menus are easy to navigate and we found it easy to quickly familiarize ourselves with them. There aren't many options for playing, but you can change the contrast, sharpness, input color format, and even set up some keyboard shortcuts.

This is exactly the kind of menu we like to see. Simple, customizable and not terribly ugly.

A HDR highlight

If the ultra-thin kept its super-slim design but didn't have a quality panel, that wouldn't mean anything. Fortunately, the thin frame is just the icing on the cake. The screen itself is an edge-lit IPS LED display with 2,560 x 1,440 IPS and an aspect ratio of 16: 9. These are all standard specifications nowadays. The ultra-thin isn't a gaming monitor either, which means it has a standard refresh rate of 60 Hz (although it supports AMD FreeSync).

Where does the Dell Ultrathin stand out? Now that matters. Picture quality.

You don't want to sit too close when the brightness is at its maximum.

The first thing to mention is the brightness. You don't want to sit too close when the maximum is reached. We measured it at 418 nits at 100 percent brightness, making it one of the brightest desktop monitors we've ever tested. It is ideal for brightly lit office settings. The only brighter monitors are the panels that are included in high-end all-in-one devices like the Surface Studio 2 or the 5K iMac.

This additional brightness is also helpful in order to use the HDR functions. The monitor complies with the VESA DisplayHDR 600 standard, so you can see the high contrast and vivid colors of HDR in movies and games. The HDR content for the PC remains a bit slim, but films and games that support it look fantastic on the ultra-thin Dell monitor.

When it comes to color, there is more to discover. The Dell Ultrathin has a surprisingly large color gamut that makes up 100 percent of the sRGB color space and an impressive 84 percent of the AdobeRGB. These are some very high numbers, especially for a monitor that is not specifically designed for creative professions like the HP DreamColor monitors. Well done, Dell.

However, the picture quality is not perfect. The contrast ratio of 780: 1 is good, but not excellent. It beats the Dell P2715Q, but you'll find higher ratios on monitors like the BenQ EX3501R. The gamma value was also slightly wrong at 2.4. We have seen worse, but it means images can appear a little darker than they should. Nevertheless, we were able to follow the action well in dimly lit films like Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Recalibration

Most of the Dell Ultrathin ships immediately. That's what we like to see. The few weaknesses, such as B. the gamma or color accuracy can be corrected during calibration.

With our Spyder5 tool we were able to reduce the color accuracy from 2.49 to 1.49 and the gamma to 2.3. The ultra-thin improves with calibration. So if you are someone who professionally relies on the precision and performance of your monitor, we recommend calibrating this screen.

Our opinion

Ultrawide and 4K monitors may have been in the spotlight, but standard 27-inch monitors won't get much more exciting than the Dell Ultrathin 27. They're thin, light, and slim – everything you need for a Dell XPS laptop or one Need MacBook. Even better, it is equipped with a high resolution of 1440p pixels and excellent image quality. It may not be as noticeable as some other monitors, but Dell understood the basics.

Are there alternatives?

The first alternative comes from Dell's own product range: The UltraSharp 27 USB-C monitor. It's not quite as elegant (and a little more expensive), but it does offer some additional customization options for those who need flexibility.

Another option could be the Samsung SH850 for $ 400, which is also 1440p in size, has thin frames and has a USB-C port. However, it is nowhere near as thin or slim as the Dell.

Finally, there are a number of great 4K or Ultrawide monitors, such as the 34-inch Samsung CF791, which is a little more expensive at $ 750.

How long it will take?

The ultra-thin Dell 27 C monitor should last for many, many years. This is exactly what you want to expect from a monitor. The USB-C connector, 1440p resolution and HDR support should keep you up to date for many years, regardless of changing technologies and formats.

It is even better that the monitor has a three-year "Advanced Exchange Service" and a limited hardware guarantee. This is the standard for monitors that match companies like HP or Asus, but better than LG, which only offers a one-year warranty.

Should you buy it

Yes. The ultra-thin Dell 27 USB-C monitor is not only the best of its kind, it is undoubtedly one of the best monitors you can buy.

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