Nowadays, the vast majority of displays for desktop computers have 16:9 aspect ratio for various reasons (e.g., content, manufacturing aspects, etc.). However, there are a lot of professionals, who appreciate taller aspect ratios. Specifically for such people Dell this week introduced the latest iteration of its venerable line of 30" 16:10 2560×1600 monitors, with the latest model covering all three color spaces important for digital content creators.

The Dell UltraSharp UP3017 is a 30-inch display featuring an IPS panel, which can reproduce 1.07 billion colors and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3 color spaces. The sRGB and the DCI-P3 color spaces are particularly important for video editors and animation designers, who do post-production work. Moreover, the DCI-P3 color space is used for digital movie projection by the U.S. movie industry, an increasing amount of Apple mobile devices, and is expected to be eventually adopted in televisions and for home cinemas. And given the professional audience the UP3017 is intended for, it comes pre-calibrated, with users able to further calibrate it using Dell’s UltraSharp color calibration software and X-rite colorimeters.

As for the other specifications, they do not differ too considerably from the UP3017's predecessor: a 2560×1600 resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate, 350 nits typical brightness, 1000:1 static contrast, 6 ms response time in fast mode, W-LED backlighting (which a surprise for a display with a wide colour gamut) and 178° viewing angles. Do note however that unlike all of its 30” UltraSharp ancestors, the monitor has an adjustable stand that allows to rotate the panel clockwise or counter-clockwise to view the screen in portrait orientation.

Dell UltraSharp UP3017
Panel 30" IPS
Resolution 2560 × 1600
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 6 ms gray-to-gray (fast mode)
8 ms gray-to-gray (normal mode)
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 99% sRGB/REC 709
99% Adobe RGB
99% DCI-P3
Pixel Pitch 0.251 mm
Pixel Density 101 ppi
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Inputs 1 ×DP 1.2 (HDCP 1.4)
1 × mDP 1.2 (HDCP 1.4)
1 × DP 1.2 (out) with MST (HDCP 1.4)
2 × HDMI 1.4 (HDCP 1.4)
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0 hub, two ports support BC1.2 charging
2 USB Type-B upstream ports
Audio line-out
Launch Price $1249.99

Since the UltraSharp UP3017 is a professional display, it comes with a greater than usual number of display inputs. Overall we're looking at two HDMI 1.4 inputs, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, and one mDP 1.2 input. Furthermore, the display has one DP 1.2 output with MST, to allow daisy-chaining another display off of it. Unlike the UltraSharp U3014, the monitor does not support DL DVI-D input, though this should not be an issue for owners of anything close to a modern PC.

Meanwhile, like many high-end monitors, the monitor can be connected to two PCs with KVM, PBP and PiP features. In addition, the UltraSharp UP3017 has a quad-port USB 3.0 hub with two receptacles featuring BC1.2 charging capability.

The UltraSharp UP3017 is already available directly from Dell for $1249.99.

Source: Dell

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  • DanNeely - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    HDMI is the TV/etc industries standard ; and with casual computing use generally done on devices with only a built-in screen, they're a much bigger market than pc monitors are. That lets them drive standards for the broader market. The baseline version of HDMI being a cutdown version of DVI helped too in that iy made s much simpler back compatibility story.
  • Taneli - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    Adobe RGB is roughly what's achievable with good print, DCI-P3 being the movie standard is definitely better choise on the way towards full Rec. 2020 coverage. Leaving sRGB is way overdue.
  • cosmotic - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    Not 4K? Still only 60hz? Same price as it was 10 years ago? *snores*
  • Tegeril - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    4K is not a resolution that makes sense in a conversation about displays with a 16:10 aspect ratio. There are already enough issues driving Dell's 5K displays with anything that didn't just come out and a HiDPI display at 16:10 at this size would have 2 million more pixels than that.
  • p1esk - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    Actually, any resolution less than 4k does not make sense in a conversation about 30" displays.
  • Sttm - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    It does seem odd to have a monitor aimed at content creation, not able to display content in what should be the standard resolution going forward. So to fully support 4k content creation you'd think they would make it at least 3820x2400.
  • SiSiX - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Oh you know, actually being able to see menus and options on that content creation software that doesn't actually scale is one reason to not run 4k on a 30" monitor. Unless you're going to try to convince someone you can actually read native resolution screen fonts at 4k on a 27" or 30" monitor without a pair of +3 diopter reading glasses and your face 6 inches from the screen. Photoshop @ 2560x1440 on a 27" monitor is somewhere just shy of pulling teeth. Resolution scaling, even in Win 10 is still at best a somewhere between "pipedream" and "what you talkin bout Willis?"
  • dragonsqrrl - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Update content creation software? I'm not sure about Adobe, but I know the latest Autodesk software including Maya and Mudbox 2016 finally addressed the UI scaling issues with higher ppi displays.
  • Tegeril - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    The point was that 4K is a 16:9 resolution lower than the HiDPI resolution expected in this display. The following response expecting a random 3840x2400 (I assume 3840 and that 3820 was a typo) is also super weird. That resolution would be like running 1920x1200 on a 30" display when running in a pixel doubled scenario which would be enormously oversized and too low resolution for this display.
  • boeush - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    "That resolution would be like running 1920x1200 on a 30" display ... which would be enormously oversized and too low resolution for this display."

    Huh? What?

    You're saying 1920:1200 is too low for a 15" monitor? Mind you, *MONITOR* -not tablet, not phone, but something you normally keep at arm's length from you face...

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