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Dell P2815Q 28-inch Monitor Quad HD Review

by on February 15, 2015
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Everyone is wanting 4K, and it looks like this Dell P2815Q display has it. I say “looks like” because a lot of products say don’t say “4K” in their product description, but they do have that 3840 x 2160 resolution. Dude, if you’re getting 4K Dell, then you should check out their P2815Q display. The company says that “the moment you turn it on, you’ll see the difference”.

PC World calls it an “affordably priced Ultra High Definition (UHD) Display", and I think I’ll refer it as that until Dell changes their official product site to something that has “4K” in the title.

A lot of these types of displays are made for gamers. Not necessarily the Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4 gamers, whose consoles still cannot handle true 4K. I’m talking about PC gamers who have the latest graphics cards and want to see their latest MMO or other type of games shine.

What you’re about to see is the Dell P2815 Q, and it is an affordable UHD with a relatively big screen at 28 inches. It might just be worth your money.

The Good

What you are looking at is the affordable Ultra HD with resolution of 3840 x 2160, and it is four times higher than Full HD for “pin sharp details”, as well as a “high dynamic contrast ratio and brightness”.

You want a lot of pixels on your display? Well, you got them. As far as the P2815Q is concerned, there is an anti-glare layer that won’t allow for any reflections, but direct light sources could be problematic.

Something that I haven’t seen offered is a “free panel exchange” by Dell, given “in the even that you discover even one bright pixel during the 3-year Limited Hardware Warranty period”.

For those who like a reduced carbon footprint, the Dell P2815Q is equipped with the latest regulatory and environmental standards like ENERGY STAR TCO Certified Displays and EPEAT Gold. It also has some very eco-conscious design features like BFR/PVC-free materials and more than twenty-five percent post-consumer recycled plastics in the body. It also consumes less power with enhance power management with its PowerNap feature, diming the monitor or adjusting the brightness level.

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The Bad

Unlike other displays that we have seen, there are absolutely no built-in speakers, but there is an analog audio output for use with headphones or some external sound system.

As we have stated in our specs, the P2815Q will not support 3840 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz. It will perform that resolution at 30Hz, but it can do 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. This is a common criticism of a lot of displays of this type, and I suppose that this could make a difference to the gaming crowd that I discussed in the Overview section.

A lot of 4k displays and monitors are boasting that they have good viewing angles, which is why certain Samsung 4k TVs have those curved screens. This does succeed in making any viewing angle the sweet spot, but the P2815Q doesn’t seem to have only 45 degrees on its vertical and horizontal positions. Any viewing at greater angles from the sides cause a strange red cast, and viewing from above or below creates problems with the details. PC World reported some color shifting at angles greater than 50 degrees.

Final Thoughts

Dell P2815Q

For a UHD display (still not referring to it as 4K), you are probably going to like what it can do. You are going to see clear images, and you are going to love what it can do for gaming (provided you don’t mind the 1920 x 1080 on 60 Hz). It may not have the best viewing angles, but how much of an angle do you intend to put your display at if you are right in front of it?

Specs

Weight: 24.5 lbs
Dimensions: 26 x 17.1-21.7 x 8in (661 x 435-550 x 204mm)
Screen size: 28 inches, measured diagonally
Response Time: 5ms gray to gray
Colors: Unknown
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Refresh Rate: unknown
Screen Lighting: TN, W-LED, edge array
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 at 30 Hz, 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz
OS Compatibility: Windows
Connectivity Ports: 2 x DisplayPort in, 1 x DisplayPort out, 1 x HDMI/MHL

Highlights

The Dell P2815Q has as stand that can pivot, tilt 25 degrees, swivel 90 degrees, and adjustable height of 4.5 inches. That is a lot of versatility here for a product such as this.

Assembly is also very simple as the upright just snaps into the panel’s back without any tools required. The bezel is about 19mm all around, and the base is made of a high plastic with a good metallic finish. The rest of the body of the screen seems to favor a rounded aesthetic with absolutely no angles or edges.

On the lower-right are four unlabeled control buttons with the power switch, with the lowest button bringing up the OSD. The P2815Q goes for on-screen labeling in order to tell the user what each button does and how to navigate the menus. The picture settings include Brightness, Contrast, Input Source, Color Format (either RGB or YPbPr) as well as eight preset modes (Standard, Multimedia, Movie Game, Text, Warm, Cool, and Custom Color). It is also possible to adjust the Sharpness and Aspect Ratio, disabling the Dynamic Contrast feature.

According to Tom’s Hardware, the "OSD looks like every other Dell monitor that they have encountered", only it is much simpler. Only basic image adjustments are provided, along with the convenience functions. What is interesting is that when the P2815 is rotated into portrait mode, the OSD will be flipped as well.

Also included is a security lock slot, but the cable lock is sold separately.

Visual Specs

I’m going to have to go with what Amazon says on this one, as its specs are pretty impressive. The LED backlight features an anti-glare 72 percent color gamut. This LED backlit LCD monitor has a TFT active matrix with 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30 Hz. Its brightness is 300 cd/m2, Pixel Pitch 0.16 mm, 1000:1 Contrast Ratio, Color Support at 1.07 billion colors, and Response Time of 5 ms.

Then there is the gray shades test, which reveal some good detail with “rich colors and inky blacks”, according to tests ran by PC World. They do reveal some problems with the color accuracy, like how greens are misaligned. This is apparently a problem with TN-based UHD monitors.

Tom’s Hardware reports that the gamma and grayscale is the better out of the box results than they had ever seen. They also report better numbers for the brightness levels.

Connectivity

Dell P2815Q

There is an input panel that is covered by a snap-on plastic piece, and the ports are all facing up. The video inputs include a single HDMI and two DisplayPort jacks, with a DisplayPort output for various other functions. It also has 3.0 ports, one of them is up and the other 4 are down.

As for accessories that the Dell P2815Q comes with, you’re looking at an IEC power cord, DisplayPort-to-mini and USB 3.0 upstream cables. There is a CD for drivers and a user manual, as well as a Quick-start guide.

Pricing

When I did the first draft of this, I saw it for about $699.99 on Amazon. To this writing, the price has been slashed almost in half (43 percent) to $396.66. I don’t think that I have ever seen a price cut that extreme, which might serve as one of those “let the buyer beware” warnings.

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Not so Great

Okay, so is it 4K or not? I don’t know. I just gave you the specs. It certainly isn’t 60 Hz at 3840 x 2160 resolution, I’ll tell you that much. Is 60 Hz at 1920 x 1080 enough for you? I’ll let you answer that.

Positives

• 3840 x 2150, four times higher than full HD
• High Dynamic Contrast Ratio
• Good levels all around
• Free Panel Exchange with 3-year warranty
• Very environmentally conscious
• Very low price (at this writing)

Negatives

• No built-in speakers
• No 60 Hz at 3840 x 2160
• Weak on its viewing angles
• Is this even a 4K display?

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What is with displays that have 3840 x 2160 at 30 Hz, but not at 60 Hz? Also what is with devices of these types not calling themselves 4K? Well, a screen that is called any other name might look just as good, and if you are looking for something affordable (and its recent Amazon price, to this writing, is quite affordable), then give the Dell P2815Q a try.

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