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Meet Dell’s Insane New 27 Inch Monitor, with Nearly Twice the Pixels of 4K

by on September 8, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 8th, 2014

So far, the 4K display has essentially been the absolute pinnacle of commercially available desktop PC monitors. And at a minimal resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels with some screens going higher still, 4K Ultra HD PC monitors are no joke when it comes to beautiful resolution.

Now however, PC maker Dell has gone ahead and one-upped things by introducing a new monitor that really pushed the boundaries of cramming pixels into a relatively small PC screen of only 27 inches.

The Dell UltraSharp monitor comes with a whopping 5,120 x 2,880 pixels in its screen and the clarity on it is unbelievable. This is twice the resolution of a 27 inch iMac with Retina display and comes close to being double the pixel count of any other 4K PC display monitor.

Dell UltraSharp 5K monitor

The Dell UltraSharp Monitor can be arranged vertically or horizontally with a split screen

Furthermore, the new Dell screen can also be tilted vertically and form two separate 2,560 X 2,880 desktop screens, one atop the other.

Dell is calling their new piece of wonder technology a “5K monitor” and though this is what the UltraSharp essentially is, it also doesn’t really do justice to the pure fact that this not too big 27 inch PC screen is packing a total of just under 15 million pixels! This is several million more than the 8,294,400 found in normal 4K screens.

The pixel count per inch (PPI) on the UltraSharp amounts to about 218 PPI. This is more than that f any other PC monitor currently on the market, and the only devices that have higher pixel counts than the Dell monitor are several 4K or lower grade Ultra HD laptops with much smaller screens and the latest flagship phones of the major smartphone makers.

The difference here is that we’re seeing this density in a much larger 27 inch screen.

Other specs on the UltraSharp are still being kept under wraps by Dell, but given the pixel count, expected price and overall high quality we can expect at that price, then the UltraSharp should at least have HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort support, some very good integrated speakers (rumors indicate that they will be a respectable 16W) and excellent specs for frame rates and color spectrum.

Dell also hasn’t yet released details on pricing but the display screen is expected to go on sale by the end of 2014.

Furthermore, it needs to be said that this is definitely a PC screen aimed more at workflow for professionals who need insane amounts of detail in their displays. For gaming, even existing 4K screens are only now finally being integrated effectively into the processing power of the best game computers and the sudden jump to 5K is well beyond the budget or capabilities of any game with normal pockets.

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  • Tjp
    November 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Steve, this is exactly the resolution, and the name used to describe it, “5K” that was leaked regards Apple’s retina 27 inch iMac, 4K was the 21 inch iMac. Just waiting for one with a touchscreen …


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