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Dell UltraSharp U2719DC review: A 1440p monitor with USB Type-C connectivity

Tim Danton
7 Jun 2019
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
478
inc VAT

A brilliant streamlined design, USB Type-C connectivity and superb colour accuracy help justify the high price

Pros 
USB Type-C support
Sleek and ergonomic design
1440p resolution
Cons 
Limited contrast ratio
Colours can sometimes display too dimly
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While it may seem odd to describe this 27in screen as expensive, there’s no hiding from the truth. You can buy a myriad of good-quality 27in 1440p screens for less than £300, so Dell must work hard to justify the premium. One major benefit it offers over the cheaper competition is a USB Type-C connection.

This hugely simplifies a desk setup as you can power the monitor via the single power cable (there’s no external power brick) and then use USB Type-C to both transmit data and charge laptops that need a maximum of 65W.

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Dell UltraSharp U2719DC review: Design

You can even hook up a second 1440p monitor via the DisplayPort, which is neat. And Dell has worked hard to streamline other aspects of this UltraSharp monitor. The first sign of this is the tiny rectangular footprint, which is roughly the size of an A5 sheet of paper. That means you can squeeze it onto the narrowest of desks and still have plenty of work space.

Note its narrow bezels, too. These aren’t only for cosmetic benefit: you could happily place two of these monitors side by side, perhaps in portrait mode, for an enlarged workspace. Another big selling point of this monitor over lesser rivals is its guaranteed colour accuracy. In standard mode, my review sample achieved an average Delta E of 0.43 with a maximum of 1.36.

Dell UltraSharp U2719DC: Performance

These are figures I would expect from a monitor designed for creative professionals, not an office-targeted screen such as the UltraSharp U2719DC. However, I might have simply been lucky. Dell promises an average Delta E of less than two, helpfully printing off a “Color Calibration Factory Report” so you can check your particular panel’s performance.

Not all of this screen’s test results were so excellent, though. I measured its contrast ratio at 961:1 – Dell claims 1,000:1 – which will mean lost detail in dark movie scenes. Gamma tracking is also loose at the extremes, which again is bad news for extra-dark and extra-light scenes. To massively simplify what this means, colours will display too dimly. And don’t expect perfectly even brightness across the screen, with my sample displaying an 18% variation at the far left and 13% at the right.

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Dell UltraSharp U2719DC review: Features

There’s no easy way to flick between colour profiles such as Adobe RGB and DCI-P3. Your choices are the more basic Movie, Game and ComfortView. The latter promises reduced blue light emissions, which some people find helpful if using a monitor for long periods. And Dell’s OSD, while basic, makes it easy to switch between settings: simply press one of the four physical buttons sitting at the bottom right of the bezel and follow the context-sensitive menu choices.

You can also download the Dell Display Manager. This offers a number of custom window layouts – for instance, you might want a big window on the left for your main work, with two small windows atop one another on the right – that you can then drag applications into. It’s like a superpowered version of Windows Snap and genuinely saves time once you get used to the way it works.

There are other nice features too, such as applying different modes to specific programs. So, if you want Windows Media Player to open in Movie mode, it can. In truth, though, the Movie mode doesn’t make much difference other than adding an orange tinge to the screen. I had hoped that activating it might increase the coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space, but in fact it only covered 68.3% on testing.

I got better results when I tweaked the colour balance myself – the OSD again makes this simple – and hit 77.6%. That’s still below the 85% that Dell claims. This panel’s gaming performance is fine, with no obvious tears or ghosting, but naturally this is a 60Hz screen not 144Hz or higher. If gaming is your priority, the affordability of gaming-tuned screens with higher refresh rates makes them a much better bet.

Also note that the Dell UltraSharp U2719DC doesn’t include speakers – there is a 3.5mm jack, but this is for outputting audio not inputting. There are also two easy-to-access USB-A ports on the left-hand side of the monitor, which will come in very handy if your USB Type-C toting laptop doesn’t have any of its own. So there’s a huge amount to like about this screen: guaranteed colour accuracy, compact design and that USB Type-C connectivity.

Dell UltraSharp U2719DC review: Verdict

While the first two elements on that list are welcome, they wouldn’t be enough to make me part with my money – the panel’s limited contrast ratio and other weaknesses ensure that. The real killer feature is USB Type-C support, which effectively means this screen can turn into a docking station at your desk. Connect one cable and you’re done. If that appeals, the U2719DC is worth the price.

Dell UltraSharp U2719DC specifications
Display panel27in 2,560 x 1,440 IPS panel
Refresh rate60Hz
Response time8ms (5ms with overdrive)
Display portDisplayPort 1.4 (HDCP 1.4)
HDMIHDMI 1.4 (HDCP 1.4)
USB ports2
Swivel-40° to 40° swivel
Tilt-5° to 21° tilt
Height adjustment130mm
WDH612 x 180 x 390-520mm
Weight12.4kg
Warranty3yr exchange warranty

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