The CES 2017 show floor opens in two days – on 4th of January – but that doesn’t stop folks from having a peek at the show floor.
Dell has a new monitor – a 27-inch ultra-thin monitor that might even support some form of HDR (more on that in a moment); Dell has aptly named this monitor, the “27 Ultrathin,” though, the actual name is S2718D.
Dell has managed to achieve this thinness by moving most of the usual display circuitry into the base; therefore, the base is non-detachable and has gained some weight of its own.
The display itself is QHD – that’s 2560 x 1440 – and supports some strange version of HDR. Dell says it’s not exactly following the HDR standards that you might find on other monitors and 4K TVs; it is, however, capable of higher contrast and a broader color range than most monitors.
Dell has implemented HDR10 specifically, which is an open standard being adopted by a wide variety of companies like Samsung, LG, etc.
Microsoft’s Xbox One S also supports HDR10 – it’s not an entirely alien standard, but it’s certainly not the same.
Setting that aside, the monitor supports 99% of the sRGB color gamut and delivers a 178-degree viewing angle.
For ports, there’s USB-C, HDMI 2.0 and a 3.5mm audio-out port. The USB-C port is capable of powering the monitor as well.
There’s an odd lack of details about response time and refresh rate; the HDMI 2.0 port can support up to 60 Hz for a QHD display, but the response time remains a mystery nonetheless.
Dell has a proper date for us – March 23rd is when the 27 Ultrathin S2718D is expected to go on sale in the U.S. for the price of $700.
Whether Dell plans to launch the monitor in other markets remains unclear at the moment; hopefully, more details will emerge soon.
Dell certainly has a nice-looking monitor; however, a base that is non-removable, and the lack of DisplayPort and other options can be a sore point for quite a lot of customers.
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