Dell P2715Q Overview | Digital Traits

Dell Ultra HD 4k monitor P2715Q 27 inch screen LED illuminated monitor

"The P2715Q is an uncompromising 4K monitor and we love it."

  • A lot of connectivity

  • Intuitive screen controls

  • Ergonomic stand

  • Nice picture

  • Boring design

  • Restricted image quality adjustments

Dell was one of the first to use 4K monitors and offered models to consumers as early as winter 2013. Perhaps too early, since these first models had serious disadvantages. Today, Dell makes some of the best 4K monitors in the world, and the competition is tough. In this sense, how is the first real, great entry into 4K going today?

It may be a few years old, but it's still an Ultra HD, IPS panel with numerous connection options and a wide range of colors. If you are not a strong player, there is not much more to ask for. You can find it a little over $ 430 directly from Dell, and even less if you catch it during a sales period. Is the P2715Q still worth buying because of the lower price compared to some of its more recent contemporaries?

Simple but reasonable

The P2715Q does not impress immediately. The traditional matte black design from Dell is enlivened by silver plastic panels, but the material doesn't look expensive from a distance. In comparison, monitors with a shiny bezel offer more visual impact today.

However, if you take a closer look, you will find that this monitor is business. The relatively slim panel contains no unnecessary frills and feels long-lasting when used. Unlike a number of alternatives that include cheap touch controls, this display offers chunky buttons that seem ready to be misused.

An ergonomic stand is included in the scope of delivery and offers all setting options: height, inclination, swiveling and swiveling. It tracks the truth with just enough resistance to hold it in place, but not enough to make it difficult to move with a free hand. The monitor is also VESA compliant, so you can switch to a third-party stand if needed.


Search the back and find a variety of connection options, including DisplayPort and Mini-DisplayPort for video input and DisplayPort output (so that the monitor can be daisy chained). Two 4K displays can be daisy chained at the same time, reducing the refresh rate to 30 Hz.

HDMI, speaker output and four USB 3.0 ports are also part of the package. However, all USB ports are on the back, so the P2715Q is not a great place to connect USB sticks and other peripherals that you move around a lot.

Simple, but you have no control

Let's go back to these buttons. As silly as it may sound, Dell's trust in physical buttons is one of our favorite features. We haven't seen a lack of alternatives in the past year, ranging from resistive touch controls to joysticks, but traditional clicking buttons still work best. They are easy to find, give positive feedback – and above all, keep them abused for years.

The calibration provided minor but noticeable improvements.

Dell's screen control menu is precise and easy to use. Everything is easy to find and labeled with plain text rather than vague symbols. However, not many adjustments are available. Users can only change brightness, contrast and RGB values. If you are curious as to why this IPS monitor is not sold as an UltraSharp, you will find your answer here.

The lack of adjustability is disappointing, especially since some more modern displays offer better adjustment. However, professional controls are often associated with a higher price.

Pre-calibration quality

The Dell P2715Q is a very special display. The IPS panel offers wide viewing angles, strong colors and deep black. If you use the 4K sharpness on a 27-inch panel (which corresponds to 163 pixels per inch), you have the formula for a spectacular experience.

Objective tests made it clear that our first impressions were not wrong. The color gamut includes 100 percent of sRGB and 79 percent of AdobeRGB, while maintaining a contrast ratio of 690: 1 at maximum brightness and 650: 1 at half brightness. These specifications are not as impressive today as they used to be. Some 4K displays now offer higher contrast ratios, but it's enough to get a nice picture, and the real results of the competition don't always meet their paper specs.

Dell P2715Q menu full

The color accuracy of the P2715Q is also good, with an average difference of just 1.74 (most of which are in the cyan and green range). A difference under one is generally undetectable, so this is almost perfect. Gamma was just a little bit away from the perfect 2.2 curve.

You won't be impressed until you turn on the display.

All of this leads to image reproduction without easily recognizable errors. The cyan color variance can sometimes make scenes look a bit cool, but even then the P2715Q is better than most others, and the excellent contrast ratio gives the content real depth.

For example, when we looked at Interstellar's 4K trailer, we were amazed at how well the monitor deals with the nothingness of space. It's not like a good UHD TV, but obviously better than your average LCD monitor.

Quality after calibration

The Dell monitor is ready to use, but looks even better with a few calibrations.

We finally opted for a calibration that reduced the average color difference to 1.39 while maintaining the gamma curve and increasing the gamut to 80 percent of AdobeRGB. The contrast ratio at half the maximum brightness did not move from 650: 1, but the contrast at maximum brightness rose to 720: 1.

Dell P2715Q full front

Speaking of brightness, there is a lot here as we have seen a maximum power of 332 lux. In combination with the silk matt panel coating, the monitor can be used in almost any environment. We have reduced it to around 180 lux for use in our office.

Overall, the numbers indicate a slight improvement, and we saw that when we looked at it. Turning calibration on and off made it clear that our settings slightly tamed the coolness of the default settings, but there was no difference between day and night

Our opinion

The P2715Q from Dell looked great at the first review and did an excellent job. It holds up very well today. It is not for nothing that it is at the top of our list of the best 4K displays: It offers excellent image quality, an excellent ergonomic stand and Ultra HD at a lower price than ever before.

You miss out on advanced game features like fast response times and a high refresh rate, but you have to spend several times the cost of this display to get it if that's really important to you. The P2715Q currently offers the best value for money of all 4K displays.

Any alternatives?

Since you are unlikely to consider the P2715Q for its gaming chops, professionally oriented displays like the HP Z27 are the best comparisons. It costs around $ 150 more than the Dell, but offers fantastic color options and a much better-looking stand with thinner bezels. If you need more size and don't want to spend twice, the BenQ PC3200UA can hardly be recommended. With stunning graphics and a massive 32-inch panel, you can take full advantage of the 4K resolution.

How long it will take?

As with most large monitors, at least a few years. While the PS2715Q does not have the latest features and connections, it is unlikely that connectivity will change significantly over the next few years, making this display out of date. The image quality and resolution will keep this monitor relevant for a few years.

Although this monitor is not an UltraSharp, it is also not a standard consumer monitor. The result is a better guarantee than usual. Dell offers three years of insurance coverage with the Advanced Exchange Service. This means the company will send you a replacement immediately if a problem cannot be resolved over the phone (instead of waiting for you to send your old monitor back). It's not uncommon for such an expensive monitor to have a three-year warranty, but the expanded replacement service gives Dell a small advantage.

Should you buy it

If you're a gamer, there are better options with faster response times, higher refresh rates, and sync technology. For all others? Absolutely.

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