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.
The design of the Dell P2417H is good and the monitor looks very professional. The stand has a small footprint and supports the monitor well. It 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.
The ergonomic adjustments 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.
The rear of the monitor is simple and made of plastic. It looks good, and basic cable management is possible through the stand.
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 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 monitor 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 monitor has also 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.
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.
The monitor does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.
Decent SDR peak brightness. While most people won't have an issue with the luminance range, readability might become problematic in harsher environments where lots of reflections hit the screen.
HDR is not supported.
The Dell P2417 has a decent horizontal viewing angle. Like other IPS TVs, its black level remains constant even when viewed from the side.
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.
The gray uniformity of the Dell P2417H is great, which is good for browsing websites or playing games which have large uniform areas (such as NFL games). Both sides are a bit darker than the center, but other than this no significant issues are visible on both the 50% and the 5% gray.
The black uniformity is poor. There is backlight bleed (BLB) in each corner, which can be distracting when viewing the monitor in the dark. This is still a better result than the P2217H, which was much more problematic due to the significant flashlighting.
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.
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 monitor 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.
After calibration, the accuracy of the Dell Professional 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.
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.
Decent color volume. The Dell 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.
HDR color gamuts are not supported.
HDR color gamuts are not supported.
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.
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.
Color bleed is not an issue on this monitor, making it a good choice for users that often work with large uniformly colored graphics.
Motion looks decent on the Dell P2417H, 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.
Very good pixel response time, good enough for watching videos with a lot of motion or playing games. Most of the blur in the photo is due to unavoidable 60 Hz persistence (its a result of the static 60 fps frame) only a very short ghosting trail can be seen following the moving logo, which is good. 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, 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.
The Dell 2417H monitor has a flicker-free backlight, which is great for producing smooth motion when browsing the web or playing games. Unfortunately, it lacks a Black Frame Insertion feature to add optional flicker, which would otherwise be useful to clear up motion. This is expected as it's rare for a 60 Hz monitor to have BFI because 60 Hz flicker is bothersome to many people.
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.
The Dell P2417H 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.
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:
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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.
The monitor 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.
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.
We tested the Dell P2417H, which is a 2017 model 24" Professional monitor. There are many other sizes within the 2017 model year of Dell Professional monitors, listed below.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell P2417H doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
The Dell P2417H is an average monitor with an IPS panel, which works well for a range of usages. The wide viewing angles and low input lag result in versatile performance, but for specific uses such as gaming, there are better choices (see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors under $300 and the best monitors under $200).
The Dell U2415 is a bit better than the Dell P2417H. The U2415 has a slightly higher resolution than the P2417H. Overall picture quality and performance are very similar.
The Dell P2417H is slightly better than the Dell P2217H. The overall performance of the two models is very similar, but the P2417H has better black uniformity, good for darker rooms. The only real difference between the two is the size, so if you want a bit more screen real estate, the 24" P2417H is better.
The Dell P2417H is much better than the LG 24MP59G, mainly due to the much better stand. Overall, both monitors deliver similar performance. The LG 24MP59G has a better 75 Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync VRR support. The LG also has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help reduce persistence blur. The Dell is much more versatile, thanks to the excellent stand that has great ergonomics, so it is easier to place in an ideal viewing position.
The Dell P2417H is better than the Dell U2717D for most users, unless you need the larger screen size and resolution of the U2717. The P2417H has much better input lag and black uniformity than the U2717. The U2717D is brighter and has a higher native resolution, good for office use and multitasking.
The Dell P2417H is a 24" IPS monitor, whereas the Samsung CF398 is a VA monitor. Generally, the P2417H is better than the CF398, but the CF398 is a bit better in some cases. The P2417H has wide viewing angles and a much better, fully adjustable stand, making it a more versatile choice for most people. The CF398 on the other hand has a faster response time, so motion looks clearer with less blur, and it supports FreeSync VRR.
The Dell P2417H is a bit better than the HP 27f. The P2417H is a slightly smaller screen with a 60 Hz refresh rate, and no VRR support, but it has significantly better ergonomics, making it easier to place in an optimal viewing position, or for a multi-monitor setup. The P2417H is also more versatile than the HP 27f, with HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA connections, and it can be used as a USB hub.
The Dell P2417H and the Dell U2515H offer very similar performance. The U2515H has a better native resolution and is a bit larger, but has worse black uniformity than the P2417H. If you want a larger screen, the U2515H is a better choice.
If you plan to do collaborative work, then the Dell P2417H is a better choice due to better viewing angles. On the other hand, the Acer GN246HL is a better choice if you sit right in front of the screen in a brighter room. The Dell P2417H has significantly better ergonomics that allow you to place it as you like. The Dell P2417H has better input lag and thus is more responsive which is great for gaming. The Acer GN246HL, on the other hand, is slightly brighter and has a faster response time with less blur and a better refresh rate of 144Hz.
The Dell P2417H is much better than the HP 22cwa. The Dell has much better ergonomics and will not trouble you when trying to place it comfortably. The Dell also has slightly better motion blur. On the other hand, the HP 22cwa has a slightly better vertical viewing angle and marginally better contrast that improves the picture quality in a dark room.
The HP V320 is a 32" budget IPS monitor with a 1080p resolution. The extra size is a benefit, but the trade-off is a less accurate image out of the box and worse reflection handling. The ergonomic adjustments are also extremely limiting, so it is difficult to find a comfortable viewing position. If you want the largest monitor at the lowest price, then it may be worth going with the HP V320, but overall the Dell does offer better performance.
The LG 29UM69G-B is a budget 29" Ultrawide monitor. The extra screen area is a benefit when multitasking, as it allows two windows to be displayed side-by-side comfortably. It also has a slightly higher refresh rate of 75Hz so motion is a bit more smooth. Overall though, the black uniformity is terrible so the monitor is blotchy in the dark and it isn't easy to adjust the monitor for a comfortable viewing position. The Dell P2417H is a better monitor and worth saving the money for.