The population of HDR televisions is already growing, but the number of HDR PC displays is just getting off the ground. That makes each new entry into this segment a noteworthy one. The latest monitor to join the HDR ranks is a Dell UltraSharp 27" display, the UP2718Q.
This display is Dell's first HDR10 monitor bearing the UHD Alliance Premium Certification—and the screen's specs easily justify that branding. The UP2718Q can display 100% of the Adobe RGB, sRGB, and Rec.709 color spaces, all the while showing 97.7% of DCI-P3 and 76.9% of Rec.2020. The panel's brightness can also hit the 1,000 cd/m² required for displaying HDR content. Non-HDR visuals will still get up to 400 cd/m² from the backlight. That's still enough light to get us reaching for our sunglasses.
This screen is aimed squarely at the professional crowd, though. PC World notes that the display doesn't offer variable refresh rate support of any kind. The monitor is factory-calibrated but offers an internal look-up table that users can store color parameters in using Dell's calibration software or an optional colorimeter. Those specs, along with a hefty $2,000 price tag, mean this is going to be a great monitor for media professionals but not the best choice for gaming.
In addition to the UP2817Q monitor, Dell announced that it'll soon be releasing more image-related hardware. The company has two more HDR displays on the way, the U2718Q and the U2518D. Note that the first model number varies slightly from the UP2718Q above. Dell says the 27" U2718Q has 4K resolution, though it didn't say how many pixels are on the 25" U2518D. Both displays offer support for "Dell HDR," though the company doesn't elaborate on exactly what feature entails. The U2718Q will sell for $700, while the U2518D will set you back $500.
On the AIO aisle, Dell introduced the $1699 Precision 5720, a 27" 4K all-in-one machine with an AMD Radeon Pro graphics card, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a choice of Xeon or seventh-generation Intel Core processors. Dell also announced that its previously-unveiled Canvas device, originally set to release in March, will now be available in July for $1799.