Disclaimer #1: Dell loaned me the UP2716D for two weeks for review purposes.
Disclaimer #2: I'm not paid for this review.
Disclaimer #3: I have bought Dell monitors for personal use since 2005, starting with 2001FP -> 2405FPW -> 2709W -> U2711 (5-year-old currently, spoiled and replaced 2 times)
The Dell UP2716D
With the disclaimers out of the way, let's talk about the UP2716D.
The Dell UP2716D is one of three monitors released recently by Dell for 2016, the other two are UP2516D and UP3216Q (4K). They have specifications aimed at artists, graphic designers and video makers who place emphasis on colour accuracy.
Who am I?
I'm an artist who also does graphic design, photo, video editing and write a lot on my blog.
I'm reviewing this monitor from the perspective of someone into print production at a newspaper company. I cannot speak for professional video or photography work because I don't do those for a living. However, I do produce a lot of videos and photos for my Youtube channel and website.
Colour accuracy is something I respect. But I'm not obsessed to the point, nor does my work require me, to get a screen colour calibrator. Paper quality of newsprint is beyond my control. If your work is meant for screen, photography or video, or for magazines, then I highly recommend you get a screen calibrator like the Spyder.
Specifications that matter
My ideal monitor for production work is one with the following specifications:
- IPS Panel
- Widest gamut
- Resolution higher than 1920 by 1080
- Screen size larger than 24 inches
- Matte non-glossy screen
- Adjustability for tilt, height and swivel
After filtering out Dell monitors that do not meet the criteria, we are left with...
Main difference between UP2516D and UP2716D are screen size and resolution.
Colour accuracy is of utmost importance when it comes to production work. When I type in numbers for CMYK, the colours have to come out precisely the way I intend them to be. The colours also have to appear uniform across the entire panel. A good IPS panel meets all these criteria so having an IPS panel is a must. UP2716D uses a 10-bit IPS panel, capable of producing 1 billion colours, more than meets my specifications.
For TN panels (cheaper), their viewing angles are restricted in the sense that colours change depending on where you are viewing the screen. Colours like grey that appear at the top of the screen may look white when viewed from the centre. No kidding. Someone standing and sitting behind a TN panel will see different colour.
If you respect the work you do when it comes to print and video production, get an IPS panel. If you're working for magazines, or shooting for weddings, get the best monitor you can afford.
Below are the specifications for UP2516D and UP2716D. The only difference in screen size.
|Viewing size||27-inch, 25-inch|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 @ 60Hz|
|Contrast Ratio||1000 to 1 (typical), 2 Million to 1 (dynamic)|
|Brightness||300 cd/m2 (typical)|
|Color Support||1.07 billion colors|
|Color Gamut||100% Adobe RGB, sRGB, REC709, 98% DCI-P3|
|Coating||Anti-Glare with 3H hardness|
|Adjustability||Tilt, Swivel, Height Adjust|
|Ports||DP, mDP, HDMI, 4 x USB3|