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  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Ergonomics
    3. Back
    4. Borders
    5. Thickness
    6. Build Quality
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Horizontal Viewing Angle
    6. Vertical Viewing Angle
    7. Gray Uniformity
    8. Black Uniformity
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. SDR Color Gamut
    12. SDR Color Volume
    13. HDR Color Gamut
    14. HDR Color Volume
    15. Image Retention
    16. Reflections
    17. Gradient
    18. Color Bleed
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. Refresh Rate
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Resolution and Size
    3. Main Inputs
    4. Other Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
  6. Features
    1. Additional Features
    2. On-Screen Display (OSD)
    3. Controls
    4. In The Box
  7. Conclusion
  8. Q&A
Reviewed on Oct 12, 2017 , Ian Cumming, Mehdi Azzabi, Martin Leduc, Eric Bousquet

Dell P2217H
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches:

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
7.2Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
Size : 22 "
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
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IPS

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.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 7.1
Inputs 8.1
Pros
  • Excellent stand with easy adjustment
  • Picture quality is well retained at an angle
Cons
  • Very cloudy blacks reduce picture quality
  • Could be brighter

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7.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell P2217H Design Picture
Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand) : 5.6lbs (2.5 kg)
Weight (with stand) : 10.1lbs (4.6 kg)

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. 

Stand
Dell P2217H Stand picture
Width : 9.5" (24.2 cm)
Depth : 7.1" (18.0 cm)

The stand of the P2217H has a similar design to most other Dell monitors, with a small footprint. Despite the smaller size, it does support the monitor well and feels stable. It also has a hole in the back for basic cable management.

8.5 Ergonomics
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What it is: How much the position of the screen can be adjusted to match the viewing preference of the user.
When it matters: All usages, but especially office and gaming use.
Score components:
  • 45% Height Adjustment
  • 18% Switch portrait/landscape
  • 18% Swivel Range
  • 18% Tilt Range
Dell P2217H Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment : 5.1" (12.9 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -45° to 45°
Tilt Range : -22.5° to 5°

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.

Back
Dell P2217H Back picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 100x100

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.

Borders
Dell P2217H Borders picture
Borders : 0.4" (1.1 cm)

The borders are quite thin and do look good. There is only a small space between the edge of the border and the first pixels on the screen.

Thickness
Dell P2217H Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand) : 5.4" (13.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand) : 1.9" (4.8 cm)

Even when placed on the stand the monitor can sit quite close to a wall, which is good to maximize desk space. If VESA mounted the monitor is also quite thin which is good.

7.5 Build Quality
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What it is: How well built and sturdy the monitor is, and how good the materials used to build it are.
When it matters: All usages.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell P2217H Build Quality picture

Like most Dell monitors, the P2217H has a fairly good build quality. The parts feel well made.

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.

6.2 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Dell P2217H Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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1147 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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N/A

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.

0 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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No
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit monitors have more uniform blacks than some full-array monitors.
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Edge

The Dell P2217H does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

6.2 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
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205 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
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218 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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218 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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218 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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218 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
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216 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
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217 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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218 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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218 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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218 cd/m2
SDR ABL
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What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
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0.0

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.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with HDR content.
When it matters: HDR content
HDR Real Scene : N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window : N/A
HDR ABL : N/A

HDR is not supported.

7.3 Horizontal Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
Dell P2217H Horizontal Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Left
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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44 °
Color Shift from Right
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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32 °
Dell P2217H Horizontal Brightness Picture
Brightness from Left
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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50 °
Brightness from Right
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
43 °
Dell P2217H Horizontal Black Level Picture
Black Level from Left
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

Decent horizontal viewing angle. Blacks remain almost perfect, while brightness and colors are only a little worse near the edges of the screen.

8.1 Vertical Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
Dell P2217H Vertical Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Below
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
32 °
Color Shift from Above
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor when standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
24 °
Dell P2217H Vertical Brightness Picture
Brightness from Below
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
39 °
Brightness from Above
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
31 °
Dell P2217H Vertical Black Level Picture
Black Level from Below
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
75 °

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.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Dell P2217H 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
2.341 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.115 %
Dell P2217H 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.436 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.052 %

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.

3.2 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Dell P2217H Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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3.9 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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N/A

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.

7.4 Pre Calibration
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What it is: Monitor's color accuracy before a full calibration. The measurements are taken with out of the box 'factory setting'.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Dell P2217H Pre Calibration Picture Dell P2217H Pre Gamma Curve Picture Dell P2217H Pre Color Picture
Picture Mode
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What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the pre-calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
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Custom Color Mode
Luminance
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What it is: The luminance at which the pre-calibration reading was done. This represents the luminance of the monitor when it is at the factory default settings.
:
210.2 cd/m2
Luminance Settings
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What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
75
Contrast Setting
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What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
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75
RGB controls
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What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
100-100-100
Color Temperature
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What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6221 K
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.05
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.20
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.18

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.

9.4 Post Calibration
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What it is: Monitor's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All graphics and video content on a monitor that has been professionally calibrated.
Score components:
Dell P2217H Post Calibration Picture Dell P2217H Post Gamma Curve Picture Dell P2217H Post Color Picture
Picture Mode
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What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
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Custom Color Mode
Luminance
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What it is: The luminance at which the calibration was executed. We aim for a luminance level of 100 cd/m².
:
100.6 cd/m2
Luminance Settings
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What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
30
Contrast Setting
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What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
73
RGB controls
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What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
97-98-100
Color Temperature
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What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6428 K
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.56
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.00
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.19

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.

8.1 SDR Color Gamut
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What it is: The palette of colors the monitor can display
When it matters: General content consumption or production
Score components:
Dell P2217H Color Gamut s.RGB Picture
s.RGB xy
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What it is: Coverage of the s.RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Almost all content. Includes websites, standard windows environment and SDR movies
Good value: > 95%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
91.3 %
Dell P2217H Color Gamut ARGB Picture
Adobe RGB xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Professional photography.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
71 %

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.

8.4 SDR Color Volume
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What it is: How much of the SDR color spaces the monitor can reproduce
When it matters: General usage and SDR media creation
Score components:
Dell P2217H s.RGB Color Volume ITP picture
s.RGB in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the s.RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: Most content, including web, SDR video games, and SDR media creation
:
92.7 %
Dell P2217H Adobe RGB Color Volume ITP Picture
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the Adobe RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness.
When it matters: Professional media creation
:
75.8 %

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.

0 HDR Color Gamut
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What it is: The monitor's ability to reproduce HDR color spaces
When it matters: HDR content consumption or media creation
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the monitor can support wider color gamuts
When it matters: HDR content and media creation
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No
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A

HDR gamuts are not supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
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What it is: How much of the HDR color spaces a monitor can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content consumption and production. Includes streaming services, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Score components:
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
N/A

HDR color volumes are not supported.

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a monitor screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When working or playing video games on your PC monitor.
Dell P2217H Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %

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.

7.5 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell P2217H Average room Dell P2217H Average room off picture Dell P2217H Bright room off picture

The P2217H is good at handling reflections. The light matte finish diffuses reflections on the screen and reduces their intensity, but this may be an issue for bright rooms.

8.8 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell P2217H Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like HDR video games or HDR UHD movies. Won't matter for regular Blu-ray movies, SDR video game or desktop environment content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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8 Bit

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.

10.0 Color Bleed
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What it is: How much the color from one area of the screen affects the color in another area of the screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially media creation.
Score components:
Dell P2217H Color bleed horizontal
Pixel row error
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What it is: The amount of bleed that appears across the screen horizontally.
When it matters: General usage of a PC monitor, can appear when browsing the web or with media creation like graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
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0.002 %
Dell P2217H Color bleed vertical
Pixel column error
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What it is: Amount of color bleeding that appears across the screen vertically.
When it matters: Most uses of a PC monitor. Can appear while browsing the web or when editing images or graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
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0.001 %

The Dell P2217h does not suffer from color bleed, so large colored patterns do not affect the screen's uniformity.

7.1

Motion

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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.

8.2 Motion Blur
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What it is: The performance of the pixel response time. Poor response time causes trails to follow moving objects. Response time is one of a few sources of motion blur.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Score components:
Dell P2217H Motion Blur Picture Dell P2217H Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
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5.9 ms
100% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
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16.3 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
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What it is: If the monitor has adjustable pixel overdrive settings, which one produces the best response time with minimal overshoot.
When it matters: When adjusting the monitor's settings to get the least possible motion blur.
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Normal

Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

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.

7.5 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Nearly all the time during PC monitor use, but especially during fast movement such as video games
Dell P2217H Backlight Picture
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
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0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI) : No
BFI Maximum Frequency : N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency : N/A

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.

6.7 Refresh Rate
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What it is: How frequently the monitor can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like G-sync and FreeSync.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native
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What it is: The frequency at which the monitor is capable of displaying images every second
When it matters: General usage, but better results are most important for gaming
Good value: >100 Hz
Noticeable difference: 15 Hz
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60 Hz
Factory Overclock
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What it is: The frequency at which the monitor's can be boosted to using its internal menu.
When it matters: Gaming and other usages where high frame rate content is consumed.
Good value: >100
Noticeable difference: 15
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N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
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What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
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No
VRR Maximum
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What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the monitor.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled.
Good value: Matches Refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
N/A
VRR Minimum
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What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate feature.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the monitor at lower frame rates.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
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What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature when the monitor's overclocking feature is used.
When it matters: When both the overclocking and VRR features are used.
Good value: Matching the overclocked refresh rate.
Noticeable difference: 10 hz
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : N/A

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.

8.1

Inputs

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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.

8.8 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: General usage of the mouse and gaming.
Native Resolution
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage and while playing video games.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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9.8 ms
Non-Native Resolution
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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9.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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9.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is using its Variable Refresh Rate feature at its native resolution.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an HDR signal at its native resolution and refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when BFI is enabled and the monitor is displaying a signal at the highest supported BFI refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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N/A

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.

7.0 Resolution and Size
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What it is: The number of pixels the monitor can display, and the surface area of its screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially for office and media editing.
Score components:
Native Resolution : FHD, 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 2.1 MP
Pixel Density : 103 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 21.5 inches
Screen Area : 197 sq inches

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.

Main Inputs
Other Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : 1
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 2 (USB 3.0), 2 (USB 2.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : No
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

Features

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.

Additional Features
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What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
Score components:
Speakers
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What it is: Whether or not the monitor features standalone speakers.
When it matters: When using your computer without headphones or a dedicated pair of speakers.
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No
HDR10 : No

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

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls
Dell P2217H Controls picture

The controls are located on the border at the bottom right-hand side of the monitor. They are fairly easy to find and press as they stick out from the border slightly.

In The Box
Dell P2217H In The Box picture

  • Manual
  • Displayport cable
  • VGA cable
  • USB cable

Conclusion
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7.2Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
Decent monitor for a mixed usage. The Dell P2217H is a simple and small monitor fit to be used as a general purpose screen. It doesn't excel in any aspects, but also versatile enough to be a good choice for those looking for a basic monitor. Its flicker-free backlight also makes it comfortable to use for long periods of time.
Good monitor to use in an office. The P2217H's highly adjustable screen makes it easy to set up comfortably. Its wide viewing angle also makes it easy to share with other office members. Unfortunately, though, its smaller size might be a bit limiting for productivity, and its low overall brightness might cause issues in environments with lots of windows.
Good gaming monitor. The Dell P2217H has a low input lag which keeps it responsive, but it also shows little motion blur which helps keep fast moving objects on screen clear. Unfortunately, its standard 60 Hz refresh rate and lack of variable refresh rate feature make it better suited for more casual users.
Average monitor for consuming media. The P2217ZH's comes decently accurate out of the factory, but its low contrast and bad black uniformity greatly reduce picture quality. It also lacks HDR support, and it cannot cover wider colorspaces such as DCI-P3 to produce more vibrant colors.
Average monitor for creating media. While it can be calibrated fairly easily, the P2217H cannot cover the s.RGB color space well enough for professional-grade content. Its wide viewing angle and good screen uniformity make it usable for more basic tasks, but it cannot reproduce wider gamuts such as Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 accurately. In addition, it's only capable of 10-bits of color depth.
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I was thinking of getting this 5:4 monitor that's like this P2217H you reviewed recently. Do you think your ICC profile calibration would work for it? Matthew
It is difficult for us to say if the ICC profile will be beneficial to a different but similar monitor, as different LCD panels will have different inherent properties. In general, it is best to use caution when using ICC profiles based on the calibration of other monitors (even if the model is identical) since the original calibration differs from unit to unit.
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