Dell S2718D

On tilt

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DPRICE $ 1,099 ell is renowned for its amaz­ing mon­i­tors, so we ex­pected some se­ri­ously good re­sults for this new beast. To our dis­ap­point­ment it churned out some rather strange re­sults in our bench­marks given the specs, show­ing that it re­ally re­quires a pro­fes­sional to get the most out it.

This dis­play’s key fea­ture is that it’s ul­tra-thin and HDR-ready. Ap­par­ently it’s the thinnest 27-inch mon­i­tor on the mar­ket, and the in­clu­sion of Dell’s ‘In­fin­i­tyEdge’ ul­tra-thin, edge­less bezel de­sign makes it look even slicker. If only the sexy stand was more ad­justable – the only mo­tion pos­si­ble is screen tilt. This is rather odd for Dell, who usu­ally ex­cel when it comes to stand de­sign; it seems they’ve gone the Ap­ple route this time around, favour­ing form over func­tion­al­ity.

One thing we do love about the base is that it’s where all the ca­bles plug in, as well as where the OSD con­trols are, mak­ing it su­per easy to plug in lap­tops and make ad­just­ments.

Where things went pear-shaped where our colour-test re­sults. Dell is known for in­cred­i­bly ac­cu­rate colour re­pro­duc­tion, and they claim that this dis­play cov­ers 99% of the sRGB spec­trum with HDR10 sup­port. Yet in our colour tests, it came out in the mid­dle of the pack, and the con­trast per­for­mance was in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing. With HDR10 sup­port, it should have some of the best con­trast per­for­mance num­bers in the test, so we’re guess­ing there’s a set­ting some­where that caused our re­sults to be so dif­fer­ent to what we ex­pected.

It’s not de­signed for gamers though, with a max­i­mum re­fresh rate of just 60Hz, and a nor­mal pixel re­sponse rate of 8ms. This led to no­tice­able mo­tion blur dur­ing our UFO re­fresh. There’s also no such thing as G- Sync or FreeSync in­cluded, and with a res­o­lu­tion of 1440p it’s rather pricey.

What is in­cluded is Dell’s in­cred­i­bly deep set of op­tions for tweak­ing the im­age qual­ity. We’re think­ing this is where our test­ing may have gone pear shaped, as we let the i1 soft­ware au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just con­trast/bright­ness and R/ G/B colour lev­els, and it may have done so in­cor­rectly. We’re sure with some more tin­ker­ing we’d be able to hit the specs men­tioned by Dell, as they also tend to be one of the few com­pa­nies who are very hon­est when it comes to their specs.

How­ever, even if it had hit the right num­bers, we’re not sure this is a good op­tion for gamers. It’s got a very high

if only the sexy stand was more ad­justable - the only mo­tion pos­si­ble is screen tilt

pixel re­sponse time, low re­fresh rate and a high price tag, so we’d leave this one to the im­age pro­fes­sion­als.


• Looks stun­ning • Ul­tra-thin • Bril­liant OSD • Test­ing is­sues • High pixel re­sponse time

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