The Dell P2217H is a decent entry-level IPS-type monitor with a wide viewing angle particularly well suited for office use thanks to its fully articulating stand. It doesn't offer the best picture quality, but its low input lag and motion blur make it a decent gaming monitor. Unfortunately, its poor contrast and non-uniform blacks drastically impact its picture quality in a dark room, and it might be a bit too dim for well-lit environments.
- Excellent stand with easy adjustment
- Picture quality is well retained at an angle
- Very cloudy blacks reduce picture quality
- Could be brighter
The design of the P2217H is good. Although it doesn't have a striking design, it is very practical with a good range of ergonomic adjustments, some basic cable management, and a small stand footprint.
- 45% Height Adjustment
- 18% Switch portrait/landscape
- 18% Swivel Range
- 18% Tilt Range
The range of ergonomic adjustments possible on this Dell monitor is great. Although the height can't be adjusted as much as some other monitors, it is possible to swivel, tilt and rotate the monitor very easily.
The rear of this Dell monitor is quite basic but looks good and feels professional. The hole in the rear of the stand allows for cable management as shown here.
- 10% Contrast
- 3% Local Dimming
- 9% SDR Peak Brightness
- 3% HDR Peak Brightness
- 10% Horizontal Viewing Angle
- 10% Vertical Viewing Angle
- 9% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Black Uniformity
- 7% Pre Calibration
- 2% Post Calibration
- 5% SDR Color Gamut
- 5% SDR Color Volume
- 2% HDR Color Gamut
- 2% HDR Color Volume
- 2% Image Retention
- 9% Reflections
- 3% Gradient
- 2% Color Bleed
The picture quality of the Dell P2217H is below average, due to the low native contrast ratio so blacks appear gray in a dark room and have very poor uniformity. The monitor also can't get very bright to handle glare, however, the anti-reflective coating is good at making up for this.The image is quite accurate out of the box, which is good. It also remains accurate when viewed at an angle so contrast and colors remain at the sides of the screen when viewed from up close. Unfortunately, the P2217H doesn't support any more advanced features to improve the picture quality further such as local dimming.
The contrast ratio of the P2217H is a bit below average. This is a result of the IPS panel used, and so blacks may appear gray when viewed in a dark room. For a bright room, this isn't an issue.
The Dell P2217H does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.
Mediocre peak brightness. While the P2217H gets sufficiently bright to be used in a well-lit environment, it cannot get bright enough to combat direct reflections.
HDR is not supported.
Decent horizontal viewing angle. Blacks remain almost perfect, while brightness and colors are only a little worse near the edges of the screen.
Great vertical viewing angle. Blacks remain fairly good at an angle but brightness and color are a little worse near the top and bottom of the screen.
The gray uniformity of this Dell monitor is excellent. The sides appear slightly darker than the center, however, this is unlikely to be very noticeable in normal use.
The black uniformity of the Dell P2217H is bad. Some flashlighting is visible in the bottom left-hand corner, and different blobs on the screen have uneven brightness.
With the factory setting, the Dell P2217H has a decent accuracy. Both the color dE and the white balance dE are hovering around the 3.0 mark, which is noticeable for the enthusiast our there. The gamma is a bit low and the curve not really tracking our target curve.
If you don't plan to calibrate your monitor, the 'Custom Color mode' is the most accurate 'Picture Mode' available followed by the 'Standard Mode' and the 'Multimedia Mode'. Other modes available are not really accurate and should not really be used, especially if you aim to have the best picture quality.
After calibration, the Dell P2217H accuracy is excellent. With a white balance dE of only 0.56, this monitor white balance is almost perfect, has mostly anything under 1 is not really noticeable. The color dE was also brought down considerably to 1.0, which once again is almost not noticeable. The gamma is not tracking our 2.4 target and the curve also match pretty well our target curve.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here.
The P2217H has no issues reproducing a standard color gamut. Its coverage of the s.RGB color space is slightly below average, but still sufficient. Users looking for the wider Adobe RGB colorspace might consider its capabilities to be a bit limited.
Very good SDR color volume. The P2217H covers the s.RGB color volume very well, and its Adobe RGB volume is in line with its color gamut. In both cases, the limiting factor of the P2217H is its contrast ratio which prevents it from displaying very dark tones.
HDR gamuts are not supported.
HDR color volumes are not supported.
The P2217H shows no sign of image retention, which is excellent. Even after displaying our 10 minute high contrast burn-in scene, no elements of the image are visible.
Great performance while displaying our test gradient image for the Dell P2217H. Besides the 8-bit banding, which is due to the limitation of this monitor, not many irregularities can be noticed.
The Dell P2217h does not suffer from color bleed, so large colored patterns do not affect the screen's uniformity.
Motion looks good on the Dell P2217H. It has a fast response time and is flicker free which is great, but its common 60 Hz refresh rate and lack of Black Frame Insertion result in less smooth motion in video games compared to 144 Hz monitors.
Great response time, good enough for watching fast-paced content. Pixel transition speed can be modified by changing the 'Response Time' (Overdrive) setting. We recommend using the 'Normal' setting for fast response with minimal overshoot. We do not recommend the Fast setting as it adds noticeable overshoot and is only a little faster.
Like most monitors, the P2217H doesn't flicker and shows each image for a full frame. Without flicker, motion appears slightly smoother but persistence blur is more visible. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't have a BFI setting to reduce persistence blur by adding flicker.
The refresh rate support of the Dell P2217H is decent. It has a native refresh rate of 60Hz and no support for higher refresh rates or variable refresh rate features such as GSync and FreeSync.
The P2217H has excellent low input lag, but only a fairly common FHD resolution and a below average 22" screen size, which are good enough for most people but will disappoint enthusiasts and those who often put windows side by side.
The input lag of the P2217H is great and should be fine for almost everyone. The native resolution input lag is a bit higher than monitors with a higher refresh rate due to the longer scan out period of a 60Hz signal.
The 21.5" diagonal of the Dell P2217H results in a good pixel density at 1080p, however, it does limit the available screen area and so isn't ideal for those who want to use multiple windows side-by-side.
The P2217H supports a few extra features such as adjusting the response time and selecting if the USB ports will deliver power when the monitor is in standby. Overall, the on-screen display is very intuitive and easy to use, and the controls provide good tactile feedback.
This monitor supports a few extra features accessible through the on-screen menus:
- Comfortview mode for blue light reduction
- Adjusting response time
- Adjusting power button LED
- Supplying power to the USB ports when in standby