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Unboxing Dell UltraSharp! Was it Worth it?

Specs Rundown

So this is a 27 inch Dell Ultrasharp monitor, model number U2719D. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 at 60Hz. The fast response time of 8 ms is set by default, or you can decrease down to 5ms through the monitor’s controls. It’s an LED-backlit monitor so it can get pretty bright but not as dark so there will still be some gray haze in darker areas. It supports 16 million colors and is 99.9% o the sRGB color scale and is factory color calibrated.

So let’s put that into simpler terms. The QHD resolution is a nice little spot between Full HD(or 1080p) and Full 4K. With this monitor look at getting super vibrant high-quality images.

It has super small bezels along all four edges which I love, and it’s super thin so you don’t have to worry about it towering over your desk. The bundled monitor stand is simple to put together, no tools necessary. It can pivot clockwise and counterclockwise 90^o, swivel 40^o in both directions, tilt up and down, and is even hight adjustable. However, if you don’t like the stand that is included you can always pick out your own 100×100 VESA stand or wall mount. Just keep in mind that the mounting holes are housed in the cavity covered by the included monitor stand.

Next, let’s look at the ports in the back. You have the standard power connecter that you find on most other monitors and computers. Then there is an HDMI port which is most likely the port you will use since it is found on most modern displays and TVs along with most PCs. Then you have two DisplayPort connections. DisplayPort is an HDMI competitor in the PC market and is a higher-end cable standard. The first DisplayPort connection is an input, so you plug your computer into this port. The next DisplayPort connection is for output or dazy chaining to another monitor. This means you can plug your computer into one monitor then plug the monitor into another for, affectively, three monitors, however, your computer does need to support Multi-Stream Transport or MST for this to work. DisplayPort and HDMI both carry audio in addition to video.

When you connect your monitor to the computer through one of these ports the monitor will become your computer’s speaker. Since this monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers you can use the 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in your own pair of speakers, or you can get one of Dell’s sounders. You also have the option to change your audio output speakers in your computer’s settings. Up next we get to the USB ports. The first is a USB Type B version 3.0 of which one side goes into the back of the monitor while the other ends on your computer. This one cable connects the other four USB Type-A version 3.0 ports to your computer. You can find two in the back and another two along the left side. You will notice that one of the USB ports on the side of the monitor has a battery indicator next to the USB symbol because you can use this port to charge another device like your iPhone.

My final thoughts on this monitor: it’s overkill for most people. If you come to me and ask me to recommend a monitor to your I’m going to say look at something in the $100 dollar price range with Full HD. Lots of lower end PCs may even struggle to output to the full potential of this monitor. And for most people, the color accuracy doesn’t really matter. The USB dock built into the screen is a cool addition but is it necessary if you can get a monitor at a lower cost without all of that. However, for creatives or people with more powerful computers and a budget for a $300 monitor go for it you have nothing to lose.

To learn more here are some helpful links:
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Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (U2719D):

Vocab Links:
Computer Hope – Color Depth:
ViewSonic – What is Color Gamut?:
How to Geek – What is Monitor’s Response Time, and Why Does It Matter?:

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