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Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D) – Review 2021 – PCMag Asia

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Dell’s $499.99 UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D) is a well-rounded 1440p productivity monitor for your top workers, especially ones whose job, at least occasionally, involves exacting color work such as processing photos for the web. It has a wide range of comfort features and some useful ports, but its absence of a USB Type-C video input puts it at a slight disadvantage compared with otherwise similar monitors, including one particular model offered by Dell at a comparable price.

A Splash of Style, and Four Ways to Twist

The U2719D is similar in design to that model, the Editors’ Choice-award-winning Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (P2720DC), as well as to many other Dell business monitors from recent years. That means it is both stylish-looking and utilitarian, as well as feature-rich. Factoring in the stand, the monitor measures 15.4 by 24.1 by 7.1 inches (HWD) and weighs 18.8 pounds. The 27-inch in-plane switching (IPS) flat panel has a native resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, known as QHD or 1440p, at a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its pixel density of 109 pixels per inch (ppi) is fine for general-purpose use and basic photo editing. (All else being equal, the greater the pixel density, the sharper the image should be.)

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The antiglare screen is framed by narrow bezels; the top and side bezels are so thin that the screen seems almost borderless. The front is black, while the base, stand, and most of the back is silver-gray. The cabinet is attached to a vertical shaft—with a hole about halfway up, through which you can route cables—that fits into a rectangular base with a footprint of roughly 9.5 by 7.5 inches.

Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (P2720DC)

The U2719D gets top marks for ergonomic twisting, providing height, tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustment. You can raise or lower the display by up to 5.1 inches, tilt the top of the monitor as much as to five degrees toward you and 21 degrees away, swivel the panel up to 40 degrees to either side, and pivot from landscape to portrait mode and back.

Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D)

As for ports, the U2719D has a couple of very good additions, but one notable omission. With both DisplayPort-in and DisplayPort-out connectors, the U2719D can be daisy-chained to another monitor, although it does not support the Dell Express Daisy Chaining feature—which we saw in the Dell P2720DC—that automatically configures Windows’ display settings for an extended dual-monitor setup. There is also a USB 3.0 hub—with one USB upstream port and four USB downstream ports—for charging devices and attaching peripherals. An HDMI 1.4 port plus an audio-out jack round out the picture.

Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D)

Most of the ports are downward-facing in back, but two of the USB 3.0 ports are on the panel’s left edge for easy access. The pivot mode allows you to rotate the panel into portrait mode to gain easier access to the other ports.

Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D)

The port we would have liked to see is USB-C, though. Back in late 2018, when the U2719D was introduced, USB-C had found its way into displays like the Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin Monitor (S2719DC), but it was still unusual. Now it is commonplace among premium displays, thanks to it having some special attributes. Not only can you pass a video signal over a compliant USB-C port in DisplayPort over USB Type C’s alternative mode, you can charge or power a laptop connected to a monitor’s USB-C port using USB Power Delivery, up to a maximum of 100 watts. Not all USB-C ports support the DisplayPort or power delivery modes, but Dell’s USB-enabled monitors generally do.

Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D)

Buttons for controlling the monitor’s onscreen display (OSD) menu system are on the panel’s lower-right-hand edge, next to the power button. The OSD is well-designed and intuitive, and the buttons are slightly larger than some others we have encountered. But we still prefer the mini joystick controller found in the Acer ConceptD CM2241W and many other productivity and content-creation monitors.

Dell backs the U2719D with a three-year warranty.

Testing the U2719D: Fine sRGB Color Coverage, Underwhelming Brightness

I tested brightness, contrast ratio, and color accuracy using our standard test equipment: a Klein K-10A colorimeter, a Murideo Six-G signal generator, and Portrait Displays’ Calman 5 display-calibration software. Dell rates the U2719D at 350 nits (candelas per meter squared) of luminance, but it fell well short of that: 258 nits, in my testing. But while it doesn’t have the dazzling brightness of the competing Philips Brilliance 272P7VUBNB, which lived up to its Brilliance label at 396.6 nits, its brightness should be fine for its intended uses. The UltraSharp fell a little short of its rated 1,000:1 contrast ratio, tallying a 923:1 score. (Read more about how we test monitors.)

According to Dell, the U2719D comes factory-calibrated for 99.9% coverage of the sRGB color space, the color space used for web-based art and numerous other applications. Our test unit fell just short of this, turning in a still very impressive 99.6% of sRGB (see the chart below).

Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D)

Meanwhile, Dell rates the U2719D at 85 percent of DCI-P3, a color space designed for digital video. In our testing in movie mode, it covered just 78.5 percent of that space (see the chart below).

Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin Monitor (S2719DC)

And when we tested Adobe RGB coverage in standard mode, the U2719D covered just 73.8 percent of that color space, which is used mostly for print photography. (Dell doesn’t make any Adobe RGB coverage claims for this panel.)

One thing that distinguishes higher-end business monitors like the U2719D from professional monitors designed for photographers, video editors, and graphic artists is that the former lack dedicated preset modes for commonly used color spaces such as sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3.

Dell Quality—At a Price

With a handsome design, a solid feature set that includes a full range of ergonomic controls, and spot-on sRGB color coverage, the Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D) is a capable business monitor and a joy to use. But while it has a nice selection of ports, it does lack that one important connector: USB-C.

Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D)

Dell has been slow to reduce this two-and-a-half-year-old monitor’s price as it ages, and the company currently sells it for close to the same price as the Dell P2720DC, a very similar monitor that does include USB-C. We would recommend that you go with that Editors’ Choice-winning model. But if you can find the U2719D at a significant discount versus the P2720DC, and you are sure you won’t need the USB-C connectivity, you should be more than happy with this model.

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