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Dell U2715H
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office
7.9
Gaming
7.3
Multimedia
7.4
Media Creation
5.5
HDR Gaming
Size : 27 "
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No

The Dell Ultrasharp U2715H is a good IPS LCD monitor with wide viewing angles and a 1440p resolution that make it very suitable for productivity-oriented environments. Its flexible and easy to use stand makes setting up and sharing your screen a bliss, and its colors are quite accurate thanks to a factory calibration. Unfortunately, its blacks aren't the most uniform and show signs of glow, and it doesn't offer higher refresh rates for better motion.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.8
Motion 7.2
Inputs 8.6
Pros
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Uniform grays and colors
  • Good brightness
Cons
  • Blacks lack uniformity with some visible backlight bleed
  • Mediocre contrast

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7.5

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)

This Dell Ultrasharp U2715H monitor has the familiar Dell aesthetics, which is great. The stand has a small footprint but still feels stable and supports the monitor well, with ergonomic options to tilt, swivel and adjust the height easily. It also has a quick-release VESA mount which makes it simple to attach to another stand or move easily. The rear of the monitor is also simple,but looks professional. As with other Dell monitors, the build quality is good.

Stand
Width
:
9.6" (24.4 cm)
Depth
:
8.1" (20.6 cm)

The stand of the Dell Ultrasharp U2715H is very similar to other Dell monitors, with a small rectangular footprint. It feels stable and provides good support.

8.0 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -45° to 45°
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

This Dell U2715 monitor has a wide range of ergonomic adjustments, making it easy to adapt to any setup or space. The height adjustment range is good, and the monitor can easily be rotated to portrait.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The rear of the Dell Ultrasharp U2715H monitor is simple but looks professional. All of the inputs are located on the back of the monitor.

Borders
Borders
:
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are quite thin and look good. When placed together in a multi-screen setup, there is only a small gap between each display.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
1.8" (4.6 cm)

The monitor has an average thickness. If placed on a VESA mount, it doesn't stick out too much and still looks quite good from the side.

7.5 Build Quality

The build quality of this Dell monitor is good. Although it is almost entirely plastic, it still feels high quality and the design is well-refined.

6.8

Picture Quality

The Dell U2715H IPS monitors have an average picture quality. When set in a dark room, the below average contrast ratio and the poor black uniformity make for an ordinary performance, especially if you are watching multimedia content with a lot of dark scenes.

The monitor does much better when used in a brighter environment like an office space, as it has a great SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling which help fight glare from a close lamp or even a bright window. Color accuracy is good out of the box and remains good even when viewing the monitor at a sharp angle. The monitor is pretty simple though and does not have more advanced features like HDR and local dimming, but overall is still a very good option for office work (see our recommendations for the best work monitors) and even for gaming.

6.3 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1201 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The monitor has a below average contrast ratio but is rather good for an IPS monitor, which always have a much lower contrast ratio than VA panel monitor or TV. The negative effect of a low contrast ratio will show up when the monitor is used in a dark environment, as blacks will look more gray than really black. Fortunately, if the monitor is used in a well-lit environment, like an office space, this negative effect is noticeable, as the ambient enhances perceived black level.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

The Dell U2715H monitor does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

8.2 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
388 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
403 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
403 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
403 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
401 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
403 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
403 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
401 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

Great SDR peak brightness. The Dell U2715H gets bright enough to accommodate for even more challenging environments. It does not change brightness over time or with different content shown on screen.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
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.

7.5 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
39 °
Color Shift from Right
:
41 °
Brightness from Left
:
50 °
Brightness from Right
:
52 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

Good horizontal viewing angle. Thanks to its use of an IPS panel type, the monitor maintains its black level even from very steep angles. Colors also remain accurate enough for the monitor to be easily shared with people to the sides.

7.0 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
26 °
Color Shift from Above
:
31 °
Brightness from Below
:
35 °
Brightness from Above
:
38 °
Black Level from Below
:
22 °
Black Level from Above
:
47 °

Decent vertical viewing angle for the Dell Ultrasharp U2715H. Colors and brightness are retained relatively well at an angle. Blacks, however, shift significantly more vertically than horizontally, causing part of the uniformity issues seen in the black uniformity test (IPS Glow).

8.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.515 %
50% DSE
:
0.115 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.409 %
5% DSE
:
0.055 %

The overall gray uniformity of the Dell U2715H monitor is impressive. Looking at the 50% gray test uniformity picture, we can see a faint darker horizontal line near the center of the screen, but luckily it did not show up too much while looking at normal content. The rest of the uniformity issues (darker corners and brighter top edge) are almost all located on the edge of the panel itself, and thus dirty screen effect is not a problem here.

Looking at our 5% gray, the only visible problem that we can notice is the upper left corner that is a bit brighter than the rest of the screen, and this is also the same spot that has some flashlighting visible on our black uniformity test.

4.3 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
3.153 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The black uniformity is poor. Unfortunately, this is in line with most IPS monitors we have tested. Flashlighting (backlight bleed) is visible near all corners, with the top left corner being the worst. This is visible as blotchy dark images when viewed in a dark room.

7.4 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom Color
Luminance
:
246 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
50
Contrast Setting
:
50
RGB controls
:
100-100-100
Color Temperature
:
6093 K
White Balance dE
:
2.71
Color dE
:
3.48
Gamma
:
2.24

Out of the box, the accuracy of the Dell U2725H monitor is better than average when set on the most accurate picture mode, which was the 'Custom Color' picture mode.

The color temperature was a bit warmer than our desired 6500K color temperature and this is reflected in our white balance reading, as the monitor is missing a lot of blue in the lighter grayscale shade. The White balance dE is still pretty reasonable though at 2.71, which is under the level of inaccuracy that most enthusiasts would notice. As for the gamma, the overall value is not far from our 2.2 target, but the curve does go off target in the darker shade of gray.

The color accuracy of the monitor, which a dE of 3.48, is a bit off, as it would be noticeable to an enthusiast. Not color in particular are really problematic though.

9.6 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom Color
Luminance
:
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
16
Contrast Setting
:
53
RGB Controls
:
95-99-99
Color Temperature
:
6427 K
White Balance dE
:
0.48
Color dE
:
0.66
Gamma
:
2.18

After calibration, which was also done on the 'Custom Color' mode, as it is in this mode that we have the full control on the internal RGB cuts/gains controls, the accuracy of the Dell U2715 is excellent.

The color temperature is much closer to our desired 6500K, and both the color dE and the white balance dE are well under what anybody, even professional could notice. The gamma is a bit closer to our 2.2 target, and the curve track more closely our target curve, where the big derivations are now corrected.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

8.6 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
99.3 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
73.4 %

Excellent coverage of the s.RGB (rec. 709) color gamut. The Dell U2715H's better than average factory calibration allows it to track the s.RGB color space very accurately giving it an almost perfect reproduction. Unfortunately, it does not actively support the professionally oriented Adobe RGB color space, making it less useful for applications that require it.

9.0 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
97.8 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
81.4 %

Excellent SDR color volume. The Dell U2715H's relatively accurate out of the box color mapping means it has no issues covering the s.RGB color volume. It only sees issues in darker tones due to its relatively low contrast ratio. Its coverage of Adobe RGB is passable, but not suitable for more professional users that require that color space.

0 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

HDR color gamuts are not supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
N/A

HDR color volumes are not supported.

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

The monitor does not suffer from image retention, which is an excellent new for an IPS monitors.

8.4 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

The Dell U2715H has a great performance when displaying our gradient test image. The 8-bit banding is visible, but besides it, not many issues can be noticed. Some little issues are visible in the darker shade of color, but banding it not problematic white watching normal content.

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.004 %
Pixel column error
:
0.003 %

The Dell Ultrasharp U2715H does great in our color bleed test and shows insignificant amounts of error. This means that large patches of color won't have distracting stripes extending across the display where they aren't supposed to appear.

7.5 Reflections

The reflection handling is good. The semi-gloss finish diffuses specular reflections across the screen, reducing their intensity. This is good for most environments, but may be an issue in a bright room.

7.2

Motion

Motion looks decent on the Dell Ultrasharp U2715H, but not as good as on many gaming monitors. While the monitor has great pixel response time and a flicker-free backlight, its fixed 60 Hz refresh rate is fairly limiting for serious gaming.

8.6 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
5.3 ms
100% Response Time
:
13.6 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Normal

Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

Great response time, good enough for watching fast moving content such as playing video games. Only a short trail can be seen following our moving logo; most of the blur in the photo is due to persistence as an object is followed past a static frame. Smearing is unlikely to be an issue, which is great. The 'Response Time Fast' setting is a little faster than the default 'Normal' but introduces visible overshoot. However, some people who are not bothered by overshoot may prefer it.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

The backlight is dimmed without using any PWM flickering, which is great and produces smooth motion. Unfortunately, there is no option to add flicker using black frame insertion, which would reduce blur further. This isn't that bad though, as many people find 60Hz flicker distracting.

6.7 Refresh Rate
Native
:
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
G-SYNC Compatible
:
No
VRR Maximum
:
N/A
VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : N/A

This is a simple 60 Hz monitor without any higher refresh rates or variable refresh rate options. This is fine for most use cases, but for gaming, this limited refresh rate will be a hindrance.

8.6

Inputs

The Dell Ultrasharp U2715H has a very good QHD resolution and fairly large 27" size, which are great for most usages. It also has great low input lag, which will please all but the most competitive gamers.

8.8 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
9.8 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
10.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
9.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
10 bit HDR
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A

Great low input lag for the Dell Ultrasharp U2715H, which should please all but the most competitive gamers. The input lag is constant no matter the input resolution, which is handy when gaming at lower resolutions like 1080p.

8.4 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 3.7 MP
Pixel Density : 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 26.9 inches
Screen Area : 310 sq inches

The Dell U2715H has a very good QHD native resolution and a fairly large 27" size, which are great for almost all usages.

Inputs

All the inputs are on the back of the monitor.

Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
HDMI : 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : 1 (DP 1.2)
USB : 4 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

The Dell Ultrasharp U2715H has a DisplayPort Out for daisy chaining with another monitor, so both monitors can be fed using only one DisplayPort out from the computer.

Features

The Dell Ultrasharp U2715H has all the standard features of a monitor such as adjustable overdrive, image and color settings, all arranged in a well laid out on-screen display menu. It also has a DisplayPort Out so it can be used to drive a second monitor through daisy chaining. 

Additional Features
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
No

The monitor has a DisplayPort Out for daisy chaining displays, so two monitors can be fed from one DisplayPort on the computer. This means that when another monitor is connected to the U2715H, the computer will send video output for both monitors to the U2715H, and the monitor will forward the video for the other monitor out its DisplayPort Out.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

On the lower right corner of the monitor, there is one power button and four multifunction buttons for navigating the OSD. The buttons are activated by a light touch and have no click feedback, which can take some getting used to. There is an option to make the monitor chirp when the buttons are pressed, which provides feedback but can be annoying.

In The Box

  • Manual and drivers (not shown)
  • Power cable
  • Displayport cable (mini to full)
  • USB cable
  • Calibration report (not shown)

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the U2715H, which is a 2015 model 27" Ultrasharp monitor. There are many other sizes and year variants of the Dell Ultrasharp monitors, listed below.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell U2715H 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.

Model Size Year Resolution
U2412M 24" 2012 1920x1200
U2415 24" 2015 1920x1200
U2417H 24" 2017 1920x1080
U2717D 27" 2017 2560x1440
U2715H 27" 2015 2560x1440

Compared to other Monitors

Left: LG 27UD58-B. Middle: Dell U2715H. Right: Dell S2716DG.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Dell U2715H is a good monitor for a wide range of usages. It is quite versatile due to the decent picture quality, low input lag and great response time. Having said that, for specific usages such as gaming, a more usage-oriented monitor could be a better pick (see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best monitors for photo editing).

Dell U2717D

The Dell U2715H is better than the Dell U2717D. The U2715 is brighter and has wider viewing angles and slightly better black uniformity, making it a more versatile monitor than the U2717D. The U2715H also has much better input lag, making it a better choice for gaming. The U2715 has an additional HDMI input but lacks the side USB inputs found on the Dell U2717D.

Dell U2718Q

The Dell U2718Q is better than the Dell U2715H. The Dell U2718Q supports HDR and performs decently in that mode. It also has a 4k resolution so you can display more details of your work on the screen. Finally, the Dell U2718Q has a better black uniformity, which is great in dark scenes, and perfect gradient performance with no visible banding.

Dell U2719D

The Dell U2715H is slightly better than the Dell U2719D. The U2715H has more inputs, including a mini DisplayPort connection, and an additional HDMI port. Other than that, these two monitors perform very similarly, with no significant differences between the two.

Dell U2515H

The Dell U2715H is a bit better than the Dell U2515H due to its larger screen size that allows you to work more comfortably. Note that the two monitors have the same resolution. The score differences can be attributed to panel variance.

Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG

If you'll be sitting directly in front of the monitor and your primary use will be gaming, then get the Dell S2716DG, but for uses where viewing angles are of importance, the Dell U2715H is a better choice. The Dell S2716DG has a faster refresh rate, a lower input lag, and a faster pixel response time that only leaves a small blur trail in fast-moving content. The Dell S2716DG has an option to clear motion blur and make the image crisper by introducing flicker. The Dell U2715H, on the other hand, has an IPS panel, and the image remains good at wider angles off the center axis.

Dell U2518D

The Dell U2518D is a bit better than the Dell U2715H. The Dell U2518D has HDR support and performs decently in this mode. On the other hand, the Dell U2715H is slightly larger and has a lower input lag which makes it very responsive which is great for gaming.

Dell U2415

The Dell U2715H is marginally better than the Dell U2415. The Dell U2715H is a larger monitor with better resolution and allows you to see more of your work on its screen. Otherwise, the two monitors have pretty similar performance.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q

The ASUS ROG PG279Q is much better than the Dell U2715H. The ASUS ROG PG279Q has a faster refresh rate and G-SYNC support which can remove tearing in video games. The ASUS also has lower input lag which makes it very responsive to your actions and supports BFI to make the image crisper in fast-moving content.

ASUS PB277Q

The Dell U2715H is better than the ASUS PB277Q. The U2715H uses an IPS panel, which has much wider viewing angles. The U2715H also has better black uniformity, although it still isn't great, this monitor is a better choice than the PB277Q for dark room viewing. The Dell has a DisplayPort out port, which makes it very easy to chain multiple monitors together if your computer supports it. The ASUS PB277Q has a higher native refresh rate, so motion looks a bit smoother.

HP 27Q

The Dell U2715H is much better than the HP 27Q. The Dell U2715H has better ergonomics and can be positioned to your preferences with ease. It has a lower input lag that allows it to react faster to your inputs making a better choice for gamers. On the other hand, the HP 27Q has a faster pixel refresh rate, so when you watch fast-moving content, it looks smooth with a smaller blur trail.

BenQ Zowie XL2540

The Dell U2715H is marginally better than the BenQ Zowie XL2540, unless your main usage is for gaming. The Dell has a larger IPS screen with a higher native resolution, so you can see more details when working. The Dell has wider viewing angles so the image remains accurate when sitting very close to the screen or if sharing your work with someone else. If your main usage is for gaming, the Zowie has less motion blur, less input lag, and a much faster refresh rate, plus it supports FreeSync VRR.

LG 27UD68

The LG 27UD68P-B is marginally better than the Dell U2715H. The LG 27UD68P-B has higher resolution and can display more detail on your screen. The LG also supports FreeSync, which is great if you play video games. On the other hand, the Dell U2715H has better ergonomics which make it easier to position comfortably.

Dell U3417W

The Dell U2715H is slightly better than the Dell U3417W. The U2715H is better for gamers as it has much lower input lag. The Dell U3417W is a larger screen with a widescreen aspect ratio and higher native resolution, so it is easier to multitask.

Samsung UE590

The Dell U2715H is much better than the Samsung UE590. The U2715H has much better viewing angles and better ergonomics, so it can easily be adjusted to the best position and readjusted if there are multiple users. The Dell is better for people sensitive to flicker, as it is flicker-free. The Samsung UE590 is a bit better for gaming, as it has a faster refresh rate with FreeSync support and higher native resolution.

LG 43UD79-B

The Dell U2715H is better than the LG 43UD79, unless you want a large screen. The Dell U2715H has much better ergonomics and can easily be adjusted for an optimal viewing position, great if multiple people will be using the monitor. The LG 43UD79 has a much larger screen and higher native resolution, so you can see more details and it is easier to multitask.

HP V320

The Dell U2715H is much better than the HP V320 for every usage. The Dell U2715H has much better ergonomics so you can position it easily as you like. It has higher resolution and can display more details regardless of the smaller screen size. Finally, the Dell U2715H has better reflection handling so you can place it in a brighter room without any issues.

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7.5 Mixed Usage
The Dell Ultrasharp U2715H is a good monitor for a mixed usage. It gets bright, has decent picture quality and no major flaws. It also comes with a factory calibration that makes it slightly more accurate than average. It does have poor black uniformity though with some backlight bleed, and a higher refresh rate would be an improvement for gaming.
7.7 Office
Very good monitor for usage in an office. The wide viewing angle, large working resolution, and great stand remove hassles around productivity and make it easy to share with co-workers on your sides. The picture quality is also decent, and reflection handling is good.
7.9 Gaming
The monitor does well as a gaming monitor thanks to its low input lag and motion blur. However, its standard 60 Hz refresh rate and lack of black frame insertion feature make it less interesting for those interested in having the most fluid experience. It also doesn't support any more advanced features such as FreeSync or G-Sync.
7.3 Multimedia
Decent monitor for consuming a variety of content. The U2517H's accurate colors and great grey uniformity give it a decent overall picture quality, and its better than average resolution allows for content to look sharp. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and its contrast ratio and black uniformity leave a lot to be desired.
7.4 Media Creation
Better than average monitor for media creation. The monitor is sold with a decent factory calibration that makes its colors accurate out of the box. Our unit, however, had minor issues with its gamma tracking and color temperature, and those looking for support of wider gamuts won't be satisfied by the monitor's standard narrow coverage.
5.5 HDR Gaming
HDR is not supported. There are only a few HDR compatible monitors at the moment, such as the Samsung CHG70.

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