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Decent enough, but does have its warts
7 August 2018
If, like me, you are looking for a 16x10 format monitor then the choice is extremely limited, and you will no doubt end up considering this one from Dell. It is good that Dell still make an affordable 16x10 format screen, and as part of their Ultrasharp range one can be fairly confident that it will perform well.
I use it as an external screen to a Macbook Retina, which I run both Mac OS and Windows 10 on. Its works fine with both operating systems.
Lets take a look at what I would call the Pro's and Con's....
- Out of the box its well colour calibrated on the Standard setting.
- Compared to most of the few other 16x10 format screens its a good price.
- Image quality overall is good (with some tweaking, see the Con's).
- Has a built in USB3 Hub.
- Built-in power supply, so no huge brick to have to find a place for.
- No dead pr stuck pixels on mine (at least none that I have noticed).
- Display to MiniDP cable provided.
- No issues walking from sleep (providing you select DP 1.2 from the on screen menu). It defaults to the old DP 1.1 and this does give sleep issues.
- The connections panel on the back is almost unusable, the only way to slot in USB cables etc is to lay the screen flat, even then its quite an exercise in manual dexterity. Laughingly it comes with a cover for the connections area, for the life of me I cant see why they would make such a thing.
- On the various images of the screen in the Dell and Amazon listings it shows the image extending to the thin bezel, Dell even tout that its edge to edge or something like that. The image DOES NOT extend to the bezel, there is a black frame border to the screen of approx 7mm. I cant say this would have concerned me much if I hadnt been expecting that it was edge to edge and spent most of a day trying to fix what was a non-existent problem.
- The back lighting isnt consistent across the screen. Its not bad just not that good.
- Out of the box was far too bright at a setting of Brightness 60. You could illuminate a darkened room with it.
- While the overall colour was good, the whites were too blue on mine. Adjusting the Colour Temp in the menu is a waste of time as it auto selects certain temps. 5700k is far too red and 6500 too blue, and nothing in between.
- The onscreen menu is aweful, touch sensitive buttons that sometimes work and sometimes dont, why cant we have real push buttons?!
- Maybe a small matter but the power button is bright white and very bright with no way to adjust it. I ended up with a piece of black insulating tape over it.
- The packaging is horrendous! Getting the screen out of the box is a logistical nightmare. As daft as it sounds I couldnt get it out of the box and had to look up a Youtube video on unboxing it, where I saw there is a well hidden tab in the box that needs to be pushed in. Even so, good luck.
Its a decent enough screen that mostly seems to lack an attention to detail. If you are after a 16x10 format screen you may have no choice other than to get this one. It serves a purpose. If you absolutely have to have a 16x10 screen then I suppose I would recommend this, just be prepared for some annoyances. If you dont absolutely need a 16x10 then look elsewhere for better choice and quality.