Dell S2718D IPS Monitor Review
The Good
  • Ultra thin design that looks stunning and modern
  • Great colour reproduction and uses HDR technology
The Bad
  • Refresh rates and respone times too slow for performance gaming
4.5Overall Score

Being branded as the world’s thinnest monitor, the Dell S2718D thickness comes in at under one inch, which includes the small bulge at the rear of the monitor. Dell have done an amazing job designing this screen, modernising the way we want to display our PCs in our home. It’ll suit any kind of position in your home, thanks to its very modern style, and sleek silver and black finishes.

The Dell S2718D is mostly covered in a silver finish, with the tiny bezel of the screen as a shiny black surround. It’s extremely small and will take up little space on your desk. all of the connections can be found in the base of the monitor and include the power connector, HDMI port, USB Type C port, security lock slot, two USB downstream ports, and an audio line-out port. . The USB passthroughs an be used with laptops that take advantage of USB charging. The monitor itself is connected from the base using a thin metal arm. The arm can be twisted left and right, and can make the screen pan up and down for optimal viewing. There is no rotation to a portrait position.

The screen itself is a Quad HD 2560 x 1440 IPS display that implements the Dell HDR technology so colours are super sharp. The HDR mode enables users to experience much better quality in the darker colours as well as a much purer white  so the colour range is huge. This will enable designers such as colour retouchers to gain some real colour accuracy in their photo retouching or basic video colour correction work. There’s a giant 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio on offer here.

Dell has what they’re calling ComfortView technology which filters out that blue light emission that we’re warned about by science. Certain types of blue light can cause some various eye strain, and can even see us struggle to sleep. It’s most common in mobile phones.

The monitor comes fully assembled from the box so there is no need to fiddle around with tiny screws, it’s all ready to go. All that you need to do is connect the monitor to power and a computer and it’s up and running. Inside the menu you can find a number of options to really get the picture how you want it including some in-depth colour corrections.

The unfortunate thing here is that this monitor probably won’t suit a hardcore gamer. Yes the colour reproduction inside games makes them look absolutely superb, but the response time coming in a 6ms is really low when gamers tend to prefer higher refresh rates.

So Dell’s modern aesthetic looks beatiful, and it will definitely fall in place with any kind of modern aesthetic desk. It’s great for those designers out there, but not so great for the gamers among us. It’s an affordable high end monitor with great colour reproduction, and a huge resolution. You can check out Dell’s website for more information.

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