For 15 days, I tested a monitor UltraSharp gives Dell – more specifically the model InfinityEdge U2717DA – to do this review. I tried to analyze several questions that, certainly, will not include everything that the monitor has, however the main characteristics are listed and commented here.
Before we get into the review itself, we need to warn you in advance that I’m not an image professional, or a designer, or anything like that. Therefore, I make my assessment according to a light / moderate use, focused most of the time on readings and videos. For testing, I also ran some video / image editing games and programs. The computer used was a Mac mini (late 2012).
As usual, we find in the box the power cable, some quick setup manuals, safety information and also factory calibration. Unlike many monitors, the included connection cables are a DisplayPort for Mini DisplayPort and a USB 3.0 for upstream.
Along with it comes a media with drivers and documentation, in addition – of course – the monitor itself and the articulated support (arm) that supports it. A small Allen key to tighten the arm screw completes the kit.
This model U2717DA is equivalent to the U2717D and the difference – besides the last letter and almost R $ 300 more – is that the first has an arm as a support, while the second comes with a base (as in most monitors on the market) .
The panel itself already has a considerable weight (4.5 kg) and, next to the weight of the support (5 kg), it ends up requiring a table that can hold it and that can fit it. My computer table, for example, is closed behind, so I had to look for another firm place to put it. Despite this setback, the feeling of not having a traditional base is definitely a positive, as it seems that the image is “floating”.
The mobility provided is wonderful, it can be leveled up, down and to the sides, in addition to also being able to place the wide screen in both landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) mode.
The monitor is all coated with matte black and silver (almost a “space silver”) and has five buttons located at the bottom, which is slightly tilted; they are very discreet. Another positive point is a compartment inside the arm that allows you to pass the cables so that they are not messy behind the monitor.
The superfine edges on all four sides measure less than 1cm and provide an optimal immersive experience. This feature can be greatly used if you want to set up a scheme with several monitors, next to each other, with the continuous image.
The U2717DA has two DisplayPorts, one input and one output, a Mini DisplayPort and only one HDMI. Next to these, on the back, there is still an audio output for headphones and – what I found very good – a USB 3.0 port upstream, two USB 3.0 ports downstream and two more of these located on the left side to serve as a hub to the computer.
As I said, the arm was a little difficult just to find a place to fit it in the best way. Despite this, the assembly itself was quite smooth.
The support came separated in two parts and, to join them, it was enough to fit each other and tighten a screw with the Allen key. So I hooked the arm to a surface and tightened the thumbscrew until it was secure. Finally, I fitted the panel to the arm very easily, passed the cables through the compartment and closed it with the cover. All right!
At a large 27 inches, the LCD panel has a 16: 9 aspect ratio (widescreen) and a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels at 60Hz (QHD) that allows a much wider view of the image. This resolution and the screen size bring a very good immersive experience, be it in videos, games and, mainly, in productivity.
With all the space it provides, you can see several windows side by side and all with a satisfactory size. It is also a beauty to edit videos, as it is possible to view a much larger part of the timeline, as well as working with images. Not to mention that in portrait mode we can get an accurate sense of the size of the sheet when we need to print.
The back lighting is by LED – like most on the market – which in layman’s language means that if you turn on Netflix to see that cool movie and it’s in widescreen, the black bands at the top and bottom of the image will have a simple grayish light that can be a little annoying in the dark. Even so, it is not so aggressive and it is difficult to find a monitor that deviates greatly from this standard.
A combination that I really like about it is the combination of the anti-glare screen with the IPS. The latter means that, unlike TN screens, you can see all colors normally from any angle. If you have had contact with old TN monitors, you will remember that when the crowd got together in front of the screen to see something, those in the corners saw the distorted colors, almost like a negative; on IPS, it doesn’t.
Its contrast ratio is 1,000: 1, which is considered a great standard in the market and the 99% sRGB color scheme is also very good. Those who work with a more precise configuration – such as designers, for example – can calibrate it to make it the way they prefer. But for those who do not understand much, there is a function of “predefined modes”, named according to the appropriate situation: film (with more realistic tones and with the highest brightness), game (removing some blue tones), sRGB , multimedia, color temperature, custom color, pattern and – what I used most – paper, with very low brightness and tones that do not hurt the eyes of those who read for a long time on the monitor. It is also possible to change both the sharpness and the gamma – PC (darker) or Mac (lighter).
To the gamers, the monitor is not exactly what is said “ideal” because its response time is 8ms in normal mode and 6ms in fast mode. For the game to do better, it is advisable to have proper monitors for this, with a maximum of 3ms. This does not mean, of course, that you will not be able to play with him; it just means that the performance is going to be a little lower.
In addition to the great function of predefined modes, Dell also offers the option to enable DDC / CI, which allows you to change color settings by software, not only in the monitor menu. Another really cool feature is to be able to see at the top of the menu how much power the monitor is using.
Finally, a wonderful option is the possibility to customize the two menu buttons to act as shortcuts to the functions you use most (brightness / contrast, preset modes and more).
This model U2717DA (with articulated support) is more focused on business environments, but it can be suitable for anyone because the experience is unique. His price on the Dell website is R $ 2,865.
If you prefer a traditional base and would like to have exactly the same monitor, you can purchase the U2717D model also on the Dell website for R $ 2,576.
Monitors widescreen are always a great choice to help productivity. One of the things that most enchanted me is really his mobility, both with and without the articulated support, because it is still possible to tilt the screen or rotate it to portrait mode. In this mode, the reading experience is great because I was able to see the entire page, without scrolling.
I also found the U2717DA very beautiful and with an excellent image quality. The price is a bit steep, but with 27 inches, 1440p resolution and this quality, the price range ends up matching the rest of the market.
For those who like good quality – both in image and external components – and can invest this value, it is super recommended. ?