Dell S2718D

Dell's first HDR PC monitor is also the "world's overall thinnest monitor"

16 Jan 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

We spotted several HDR-capable PC monitors at CES 2017. Dell will later in 2017 bring out the 27-inch S2718D, which is the company's first to support HDR10. It also features the "world’s overall thinnest profile".

HDR10 - but what about hardware?

Dell spent most of its energy talking about its first 8K monitor but the company will also introduce its first HDR-capable monitor.

Dell S2718D

S2718D is, according to Dell, the “world’s overall thinnest monitor” with “ultrathin bezel on all 4 sides for a visually borderless view”.

It will support HDR10 but Dell noted that it “has been designed with a PC user in mind and supports specifications that are different from existing TV standards for HDR”. Of course, you need your PC to output games and video in HDR10 to get any effect but based on the quoted contrast ratio (1000:1) this monitor appears to use an IPS LCD panel.

Dell S2718D

While Dell did not show any HDR demonstrations on its monitor, we have to caution that based on our testing, IPS LCD panels - especially those based on edge LED like S2718D - are not actually capable of reproducing anything close to HDR pictures.

Other specifications include 2560x1440 pixels, 400 nits brightness, a 99% sRGB color gamut, and 178/178 degree viewing angles. Again, pushing sRGB and 400 nits peak brightness as HDR is not exactly what we - or the industry at large - usually associate with HDR.

Surely, Dell's OLED monitor would be a much better candidate for introducing HDR on PCs but a company representative told us that launch plans have been scrapped.

Dell told us that the monitor will be priced at “around $700” but did not comment on release timing.

Dell S2718D

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