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Review: Dell UltraSharp U2718Q

by Parm Mann on 8 September 2017, 09:01

Tags: Dell (NASDAQ:DELL)

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Test Methodology

A monitor review based on descriptive visual analysis will always have the underlying problem of subjectivity; assessments of panel quality will vary from user to user depending on their normative expectations. To get around this we’re deploying Datacolor’s Spyder 4 Elite professional monitor analyser to return a quantitative assessment of display quality.

These numerical results, we feel, add extra utility to our reviews allowing us to more accurately benchmark the following display characteristics:

  • Colour gamut relative to sRGB and AdobeRGB industry standards
  • Brightness levels and contrast ratios
  • Colour uniformity
  • Luminance uniformity
  • Colour accuracy (Delta-E)

Comparison Monitors

Model Panel Size Panel Type Resolution Refresh
Rate
Adaptive
Sync
Reviewed
Price
HEXUS
Review
Philips Brilliance BDM4037UW 40.0 VA 3,840x2,160 60Hz - £585 Jun 2017
Asus RoG Swift PG348Q 34.0 AH-IPS 3,440x1,440 100Hz G-Sync £1,000 Mar 2016
iiyama ProLite XUB3490WQSU 34.0 AH-IPS 3,440x1,440 75Hz - £500 Jul 2016
Philips Brilliance 349X7FJEW 34.0 VA 3,440x1,440 100Hz FreeSync £760 Apr 2017
BenQ EX3200R 31.5 VA 1,920x1,080 144Hz FreeSync £460 Jan 2017
Philips Brilliance 275P4VYKEB 27.0 PLS 5,120x2,880 60Hz - £1,200 Jun 2017
Dell UltraSharp U2718Q 27.0 IPS 3,840x2,160 60Hz - £725 Sep 2017
AOC AGON AG271QX 27.0 TN 2,560x1,440 144Hz FreeSync £400 Nov 2016
iiyama ProLite B2783QSU 27.0 TN 2,560x1,440 75Hz FreeSync £250 Jan 2016
iiyama ProLite GE2788HS-B2 27.0 TN 1,920x1,080 75Hz FreeSync £170 Sep 2016
AOC Agon AG251FZ 24.5 TN 1,920x1,080 240Jz FreeSync £400 Jul 2017
Asus MG248Q 24.0 TN 1,920x1,080 144Hz FreeSync £270 Apr 2016

HEXUS PC Monitor Test Client

Hardware Components Product Page
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K intel.com
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro asus.com
Graphics Card Palit GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream palit.com
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2400 crucial.com
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W bequiet.com
Primary Storage 256GB Samsung 950 Pro samsung.com
Secondary Storage 512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300 skhynix.com
Chassis Fractal Design Define R5 Windowed fractal-design.com
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit) microsoft.com

Benchmark Suite

Gamut Percentage of sRGB and AdobeRGB
Colour Accuracy Average colour accuracy recorded as Delta-E
Brightness Maximum brightness recorded as candela per square metre (cd/m2)
Black Level Black level at 100 per cent screen brightness, recorded as candela per square metre (cd/m2)
Contrast Ratio Measured at 100 per cent screen brightness
Colour Uniformity Measured at 100 per cent screen brightness
Luminance Uniformity Measured at 100 per cent screen brightness
Power Consumption Measured at the mains with 50 per cent screen brightness when displaying a white screen and 0 per cent brightness when displaying black