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  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Ergonomics
    3. Back
    4. Borders
    5. Thickness
    6. Build Quality
  4. 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
  5. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. Refresh Rate
  6. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Resolution and Size
    3. Main Inputs
    4. Other Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
  7. Features
    1. Additional Features
    2. On-Screen Display (OSD)
    3. Controls
    4. In The Box
  8. Conclusion
  9. Q&A
Reviewed on Dec 04, 2017 , Ian Cumming, Mehdi Azzabi, Eric Bousquet

Dell P2417H
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches:

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
7.3 Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
7.5 Office
7.7 Gaming
7.0 Multimedia
7.1 Media Creation
5.4 HDR Gaming
Size : 24 "
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 P2417H is an average 1080p monitor with and IPS-type LCD, giving it wide viewing angles. Its stand offers a wide range of ergonomic adjustments, and its low input lag keeps it responsive. Unfortunately, its picture quality leaves a bit to be desired, and gamers might be disappointed by its standard 60 Hz refresh rate.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.7
Motion 7.1
Inputs 8.2
Pros
  • Flicker-free
  • Wide viewing angle
Cons
  • Mediocre picture quality
  • Could be brighter

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7.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell P2417H Design Picture
Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand) : 7.2lbs (3.3 kg)
Weight (with stand) : 11.4lbs (5.2 kg)

The design of the P2417H is good, and the monitor looks very professional. The stand has a small footprint and supports the monitor well, and also provides a wide range of ergonomic adjustments, which is great. There is a hole in the rear of the stand for cable management, and the build quality of the monitor is good.

Stand
Dell P2417H Stand picture
Width : 9.5" (24.2 cm)
Depth : 7.0" (17.9 cm)

The stand of this Dell monitor has a small footprint but still provides good support, similar to other Dell stands. There is a hole in the rear of it for cable management, which works well.

8.3 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 P2417H Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment : 5.1" (12.9 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -45° to 45°
Tilt Range : -22.5° to 2.5°

The ergonomic adjustments available on the P2417H are great, like other Dell monitors in the Professional (P) series. Finding a comfortable viewing position is easy due to the swivel, tilt and height adjustments. Moving the monitor to share images with colleagues is also simple.

Back
Dell P2417H Back picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 100x100

The rear of the monitor is simple and made of plastic. It looks good, and basic cable management is possible through the stand.

Borders
Dell P2417H Borders picture
Borders : 0.4" (1.1 cm)

The borders of the monitor are a bit thinner than average, and look good.

Thickness
Dell P2417H Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand) : 5.5" (13.9 cm)
Thickness (without stand) : 1.8" (4.5 cm)

When viewed from the side, the monitor itself is quite thin and sits close to any VESA mount. The stand is also quite small too, so it can sit close to a wall.

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 P2417H Build Quality picture

The build quality of the P2417H is good, similar to other Dell monitors. The plastic parts feel well constructed and nothing is loose. The stand movement is also good and feels quality.

The Dell P2417H IPS monitor has a decent picture quality. The dark room performance could be better since it has a low contrast ratio and a disappointing black uniformity, but this is typical of IPS monitor, who always fare much better in a brighter environment like an office space. The P2417H brightness could be better though, as it might have a hard time fighting glare from a strong light or a window. The screen finish is good though and reflections are dealt with reasonably. The gray uniformity is impressive on the P2417 and the viewing angles are also good, which mean the picture quality remains the same even if you are watching the monitor from a sharp angle. The P2417 has a great accuracy out of the box and coverage of the sRGB is great which is the main standard use for PC monitors. Finally, this monitor does not have more advanced features like HDR and 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 P2417H 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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1102 : 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 Dell P2417H has a passable contrast ratio and is similar to the contrast ratio of other Dell IPS monitors reviewed. Because if the IPS panel used here, dark room performance is not that great as blacks tend to look more gray than really black. This is why this monitor is best suited for a well-lit room, like an office space.

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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Direct

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

6.4 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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220 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
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230 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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231 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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230 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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230 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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229 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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228 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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231 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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230 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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229 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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227 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

Decent SDR peak brightness. While most people won't have an issue with the P2417's luminance range, readability might become problematic in harsher environments where lots of reflections hit the screen.

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.

7.4 Horizontal Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
Dell P2417H 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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43 °
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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38 °
Dell P2417H 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°
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46 °
Dell P2417H 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°
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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

The P2417 has a decent horizontal viewing angle. Like other IPS TVs, its black level remains constant even when viewed from the side, and it takes a fairly viewing position to see a noticeable drop in color accuracy and brightness.

7.5 Vertical Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
Dell P2417H 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°
:
23 °
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°
:
22 °
Dell P2417H 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°
:
29 °
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°
:
28 °
Dell P2417H 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 °

Good vertical viewing angle. The blacks share the same behavior as on a horizontal axis and remain very constant. While the brightness and colors deteriorate a bit faster, they are maintained better than average allowing this monitor to provide a lot of flexibility with viewing positions.

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 P2417H 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%
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3.152 %
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%
:
0.107 %
Dell P2417H 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%
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0.446 %
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%
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0.056 %

The gray uniformity of the P2417H is great. Besides the dark near both sides, almost nothing can be noticed, on both the 50% and the 5% gray, which is impressive. Note that no dirty screen effect is visible.

5.4 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 P2417H 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.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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2.427 %
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.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
N/A

The black uniformity of the P2417H is deficient. Most of the issues here come from some backlight bleed near each corner, but it is good to know that this is still a better result than the P2217H, which was much more problematic.

Note that on this test picture, we can see some stuck pixels however this only affects the black uniformity test and note the rest of the review. We are currently testing the monitor a bit more to see what may cause this issues. We are going to update the review page to let you know what will happen in the future with this monitor.

8.2 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 P2417H Pre Calibration Picture Dell P2417H Pre Gamma Curve Picture Dell P2417H 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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Standard
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.
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206.3 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.
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Default
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
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6491 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
:
1.64
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.84
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
:
2.21

The Dell P2417H has an impressive accuracy out of the box. We found that the most accurate picture mode was the 'Standard', which could be used as is by most people without even the need to do a calibration unless you are a professional that already have other calibrated monitors and might notice the difference between the P2417h and those later ones. The second most accurate picture was the 'Custom Color', which is still almost as accurate as the 'Standard' one.

The gamma was almost right on our 2.2 target and looking at the curve, we see that it does not diverge greatly from it, besides a small bump in the around the 5 to 35 IRE, which is really not that dramatic here. As for the color temperature, the P2417H is almost right on target here to, with only 9k off, which is not perceivable anyway. This is an overall great result for this Dell monitor.

9.5 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 P2417H Post Calibration Picture Dell P2417H Post Gamma Curve Picture Dell P2417H 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
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.
:
100.3 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.
:
24
Contrast Setting
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What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
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.
:
100-98-98
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
:
6490 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
:
0.50
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.85
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

After calibration, the accuracy of the P2417H is excellent. Since the accuracy was already very good out of the box, only small correction needed to be done. The most visible correction that was applied is related to the color dE, which was brought down from 2.84 to 0.85, and if we look at the color space, we see that before calibration the primary were oversaturated, and are now right on target.

The gamma curve was also corrected and is now tracking much closely our target curve. Besides the gamma, the color temperature did not change too much and is still spot on.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

8.0 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 P2417H 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%
:
92.2 %
Dell P2417H 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%
:
67.7 %

The Dell P2417H's SDR color gamut is decent. At 92.2% of the most common s.RGB color space, it shouldn't have any glaring issues while displaying most content. Unfortunately, it support for the Adobe RGB gamut is poor, so it is not recommended for those that require it for more professional usages.

7.6 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 P2417H 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
:
83.8 %
Dell P2417H 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
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69.2 %

Decent color volume. The P2417H covers most of the widely used s.RGB volume, but due to both its low contrast ratio and limited color saturation, it is a bit below average. Since it isn't a professionally-oriented monitor, its Adobe RGB capabilities are also quite limited.

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 color 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.
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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%
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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 %
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N/A

HDR color gamuts 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 P2417H 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%
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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 %

Perfect score for the Dell P2417h on our image retention test, as no retention could be picked up during our analysis of the test picture.

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 P2417H Average room Dell P2417H Average room off picture Dell P2417H Bright room off picture

The reflection handling of the P2417H is good. The light-matte coating slightly diffuses reflection on the screen, which reduces their intensity but also smears them across the screen. This is a good result for most rooms but may present an issue in bright rooms.

8.1 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 P2417H 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

The Dell P2417H does a great job at displaying our gradient test image. Due to the limitation of this monitor, we can see the 8-bit banding, be for the rest, it does a really good job, as only small imperfection are visible in the dark section of the color.

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 P2417H 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 P2417H 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 %

Color bleed is not an issue on this monitor, making it a good choice for users that often work with large uniformly colored graphics.

7.1

Motion

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Motion looks decent on the Dell P2417, but not as good as on many gaming monitors. Though the monitor has a fast response time and a flicker-free backlight, its common 60 Hz refresh rate and lack of a variable refresh rate feature like FreeSync may disappoint gamers.

8.1 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.
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Dell P2417H Motion Blur Picture Dell P2417H 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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6.2 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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15.8 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

Very good pixel response time, good enough for watching videos with a lot of motion. Most of the blur in the photo is due to unavoidable 60 Hz persistence; only a very short ghosting trail can be seen following the moving logo, which is good. However not all colors of this panel have the same response time; when a black object moves on a white background, a yellow trail can be seen preceding the square (white to black transition) and a blue trail can be seen following the square (black to white transition). Thus even though this monitor has a fairly fast response time, its ghosting often has a color to it, which makes it more noticeable. This won't be bothersome to most people but some may find this colored ghosting distracting.

The 'Response Time Normal' setting was the most balanced; the fast setting was a little faster but added bothersome overshoot, so it's not recommended.

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 P2417H 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)
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in motion
Good value: Yes
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No
BFI Maximum Frequency
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What it is: Highest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: Matches the native refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
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N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
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N/A

The monitor has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. Unfortunately, it lacks a Black Frame Insertion feature to add optional flicker to clear up motion, but this is expected as it's rare for a 60 Hz monitor to have BFI because 60 Hz flicker is bothersome to many people.

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
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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
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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
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N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : N/A

The monitor only has a very common 60 Hz refresh rate and no variable refresh rate features like FreeSync, unlike many gaming monitors. A fixed 60 Hz refresh rate is good enough for most use cases but gamers may be disappointed.

8.2

Inputs

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The monitor has a very common 1080p resolution and 24" size, which is good enough for most people but everyone would benefit from a larger and higher resolution screen. On the plus side, the monitor has great low input lag, which will please all but the most competitive gamers.

9.0 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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8.7 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. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:

Native Resolution Non-Native Resolution Tested
4k UHD QHD
QHD FHD
FHD 1600x900
3440x1440 2560x1080
2560x1080 1920x1080
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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8.7 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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8.7 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
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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

Great low input lag, which should please all but the most competitive gamers. The input lag remains constant even for non-native resolutions, which is handy when gaming at a lower resolution.

7.1 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 : 92 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 23.8 inches
Screen Area : 243 sq inches

The monitor only has a very common 1080p resolution and 24" size, which is good enough for most use cases but all would benefit from a larger and higher resolution screen.

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 P2417 has Dell's standard on-screen display, which is well organized and offers all the standard features expected of a monitor like adjustable color and overdrive settings. There is also an option to leave the USB ports on during standby, so the monitor can act as a USB hub.

Additional Features
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What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
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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

There is an option to keep the USB ports on when the monitor is on standby, so it can continue to act as a USB hub.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls
Dell P2417H Controls picture

The monitor has a typical four-button control scheme for the OSD, plus the power button. The buttons have good tactile feedback but their sharp corners can be hard on your fingertips after a while.

In The Box
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  • Manual and drivers
  • Power cable
  • USB Cable
  • VGA cable
  • Displayport to Mini Displayport cable

Conclusion
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7.3Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
The Dell P2417H handles a varied set of usages decently. Most users will find its 24 inch size good, and its wide viewing angle can be quite practical. Unfortunately, its visible backlight bleed reduces its picture quality in a dark room, and it lacks most gaming-oriented features like adaptive sync.
Good monitor to use in an office, the P2417H's great ergonomics helps it fit in a variety of environments, and its pivot feature is particularly useful when combined with its wide viewing angle for sharing your screen with neighbors. Its flicker-free backlight is also useful for long working sessions.
Good monitor for casual gaming. The P2417H's low input lag and decent motion make it decently responsive and capable for both PC and console gaming. Unfortunately, it lacks support for higher refresh rates or adaptive sync technologies, so it is fairly basic.
Average choice for consuming different types of media. The Dell U2417H's uneven blacks causes its picture quality to suffer significantly in a dark room. While it's 1080p resolution is decent, it lacks support for HDR or wider color gamuts increasingly used in modern contacts.
Passable monitor for media creation. As is often seen on Dell monitors, the P2417H has decent accuracy out of the box. Unfortunately, its 1080p resolution might be a bit limiting to some users, and it lacks support for larger color gamuts such as DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB.
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