- Really well constructed and high quality feel
- Beautiful HDR image quality
- Every port under the sun is present for all types of hardware
- Very expensive
- Not worth the investment if you haven't got a PC up for the task of 4K
You know, it’s always exciting to see a world’s first piece of equipment like the Dell U2718Q 4K monitor here. There’s nothing like cracking open the box for the first time, to see something that really, not many people have, and certainly have it as part of my desk setup, even if it was only for a little while.
But while it was sitting there, I continued to think to myself, is this going to be too much for my diddy system to handle? Well, as it stood, yes it was. And I will warn you now. To be able to use 4K visuals flawlessly, you better bring a beefy machine to the party. I was using a, Intel i7-4790, 32GB RAM and unfortunately only a Radeon R9 280X, which is definitely not powerful enough to run games at 4K.
The monitor has been branded with an InfinityEdge, which means there is no border. And for the most part, there’s not. There’s a thin strip of black that you can see, but it’s hardly noticeable once you invest in what you are seeing on screen. The monitor, if you’re looking for a multi-monitor setup will look great, thanks to that lack of a bezel.
The Dell U2718Q sits on a metal stand which can raise and lower the monitor vertically, plus swivel on the stand. The monitor is also very heavy, meaning that once it’s in place, I wouldn’t start moving it around. Decide where you want it and keep it there.
This monitor is also full of inputs. On the rear, but underneath the monitor, you can find a standard AC power connector, a HDMI connector, a DP and an mDP connector, an audio line-out port, a USB upstream port, a USB 3.0 downstream port and another USB 3.0 downstream port with BC1.2 charging capabilities. So not bad, and gives you multiple choices
But, what it did work a treat on was content creation, and to be honest with you, with the UltraSharp display technology, alongside the HDR image quality, creating media content such as my videos on Premiere Pro for YouTube, and my photography RAW editing was an absolute dream. Jesus, the image quality was amazing.
But… and this is a big but… for those of you who are going to be consuming media, through the likes of Netflix or Amazon Prime, the services are currently not supporting HDR content through a PC or laptop connection. Netflix and Amazon Prime save that for the apps that come with the big HDR living room televisions.
Furthermore, most PC games except Mass Effect Andromeda from what I can see don’t actually support HDR either. So for the HDR gaming, that’s out the window… for now. Games are coming, but you’re going to be looking into the near future for those. 4K quality on the Dell U2718Q has also been capped at 60Hz with a 6ms response time, so again, there are probably better monitors like the new Asus ROG PG348Q.
Windows 10 however does have an update for it to support HDR content. But toggling this on and off when you’re watching HDR content can be a little tedious. I wish it could detect when HDR content was being played. When you’re witnessing non-HDR content but have HDR mode switched on, colours are very dull. Switching the HDR off and you will return to your normal sRGB colour gamut rather than the Rec2020 of HDR content.
This monitor isn’t one that your average consumer would invest in. And you better be earning bank making videos or editing photos before you invest, because this is really a multimedia monitor. If you spend your days on Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects for a living, this monitor is superb. But, I would say, if you are gamer, you have to make sure your PC is up to scratch first before investing in 4K. Even still, there are a lot better monitors out there for gaming. You can find more information on the Dell website.