Dell U2718Q 27 Inch UltraSharp 4K LED-backlit, Anti-Glare, 3H Hard Coating IPS Monitor - (8 ms Response, 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz, 1300:1 Contrast, with ComfortView, DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI and USB)

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Dell U2718Q 27 Inch UltraSharp 4K LED-backlit, Anti-Glare, 3H Hard Coating IPS Monitor - (8 ms Response, 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz, 1300:1 Contrast, with ComfortView, DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI and USB)

Dell U2718Q 27 Inch UltraSharp 4K LED-backlit, Anti-Glare, 3H Hard Coating IPS Monitor - (8 ms Response, 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz, 1300:1 Contrast, with ComfortView, DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI and USB)

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I'm running two monitors, a legacy DELL 2709W (Primary) and the new DELL U2718Q (Secondary) in Windows 10. The problem is that I cannot get the U2718Q to show up as supporting HDR in any scenario. HDR is, in our estimation, one of the most significant advancements in display technology in recent years, but the rollout hasn't been entirely smooth. Competing standards have served to muddy the HDR waters, and though the technology is beginning to prove its worth in the latest high-end TVs and projectors, PC monitor manufacturers have been slow to react. Other panel-related specs include a 350-nit peak brightness and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio which is standard for an IPS display at this price range; Although you might find a bit brighter displays, they won’t have as accurate color reproduction. In contrast, theDell U2718Q has a peak brightness of 350-nits and only covers the standard sRGB color gamut meaning that its HDR is software-emulated. Some games might look slightly better, but most of the time, you’ll just get oversaturated colors.

Probably a bit late, but... make sure your GFX card (965m) supports HDR and make sure HDR is enabled in the Monitor menu that you manage with your fingers (bottom right). This wasn't the case for me (SmartHDR was OFF) and as a result dxdiag *did not* show up as supporting HDR colorspace. When I switched it on in the menu with my greasy paws and re-ran dxdiag, it showed up as supporting HDR.Overall, the image quality is stunning, as expected of Dell’s 4K IPS monitor at this price range. It’s only when we get to HDR that things start toturn south. Next, the response time speed of 6ms is a bit slower than that of modern IPS displays, but there’s no prominent ghosting of fast-moving objects visible. The problem that started yesterday is that the monitor won't wake up from sleep unless I unplug it for a minute and then try again. It's connected to a MacBook Pro (mid-2014) via the supplied DisplayPort cable. This started happening randomly a few days after the firmware update and no update has been made to the MacBook.

Choosing a quality monitor can be hard work if you haven't done your research. There are numerous acronyms and buzzwords to get to grips with, including 4K, 5K, UHD, FreeSync and G-Sync, to name but a few, and you can now add HDR to the list. Moreover, it’s factory-calibrated to Delta E< 2 and covers 99.9% of the sRGB color space, making it an adequate display for professional color-critical work.The Dell P2715Q IPS display has an input lag of ~14ms at 60Hz, so you won’t notice any delays when using the monitor, even when playing video games. I bought a U2718Q to use with my MacBook, and it worked perfectly for the first two weeks without issue using the MiniDP/Thunderbolt port connection to the monitor DP (using the supplied cable from Dell) before I encountered this problem today.



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