During CES, a few of Dell's monitors received the show's Innovation Awards. Among them, there was a pretty model for graphics professionals called the U2717D with the company's "InfinityEdge" super-thin bezels on board.
Now, the UltraSharp U2717D has popped up on Dell's Chinese website (Google translation), and it looks quite interesting indeed. As the name implies, the U2717D is a 27" model with a 2560x1440 resolution (16:9 aspect ratio), 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m². If Google's translation is correct, the PLS panel should cover 99% of the sRGB color space. Dell calibrates these monitors at the factory and promises they come with a delta-E under 2 out of the box.
Response time is 8 ms gray-to-gray (6 ms in "quick mode"), and the non-variable refresh rate is only 60Hz. Those characteristics aren't likely to be a problem for photo or video work, though. The gorgeously thin bezels on display are 7.3-mm wide on the top, left, and right sides, and 8.4 mm on the bottom end.
The U2717D comes with DisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 1.4 inputs, as well as DisplayPort output for daisy-chaining. A four-port USB 3.0 hub and an audio line out jack complement those connectivity options. Dell hasn't announced stateside availability or pricing, but the 5,999-yuan price on the Chinese product page is just north of $900 in today's dollars. The company covers these monitors with a 3-year advance replacement and zero-bright-dot guarantee.
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