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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  • Tegeril - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    No, that's not what I'm saying boeush: Most scenarios where people are running resolutions that are doubled from what they used to be are either running OS X where they enable the retina/hidpi mode and run them with everything doubled or Windows which will do UI scaling. Because 1920x1200 is typically a 24" monitor size resolution, doubling each dimension to 3840x2400 would still only make sense on a 24" monitor. Putting that on a 30" monitor would feel like it wasn't a high enough resolution to create the effect of minimized/non-apparent pixels in a doubled/UI scaled setting.
  • jabbadap - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    WQUXGA aka 3840x2400, is 4x 1920x1200(like uhd aka 3840x2160, is 4x1920x1080)...

    But that's not 4k. 1k is 1024 and 4k is 4096 , so 16:10 aspect ratio for 4k is 4096x2560. Stupid 1080p ruined all: FHD should have been 2048x1152. Then we would not have this uhd is not really a 4k problem.
  • Tegeril - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    I know this and was making a similar point in my comment. Again, the response was "why not 4K" and the answer was "because 4K is a 16:9 aspect ratio and this is a 16:10 aspect ratio display".
  • Findecanor - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    The cinema standard "4K" mandates that the image should have 4096 pixels width and/or 2160 pixels height.
    A "4K" image in 16:10 aspect ratio would therefore have 3456×2160 resolution.
    But the standard also mandates that output devices should be capable of the full 4096×2160, so a 16:10 screen truly capable of 4K would therefore have to be 4096×2560 to fit that.
    The term "4K" used to mean "UHD" is only a marketing tactic.
  • damonlynch - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Dell makes a 4K 32 inch monitor for approximately the same price, but visit the official Dell forums to read end-user and expert reports to see how that's working for professional use. In short it's not working that great. The technology is very hard to get right at the $1,000 price point. If you want a good quality 4K display for professional photo editing etc. then you need to spend literally thousands more on an NEC or Eizo. Such is life. Perhaps in a few years the situation will be better.
  • Wineohe - Monday, September 12, 2016 - link

    Yes. I can't imagine buying a monitor in this class and not expecting it to be 4K. I'll wait to replace my existing 30".
  • Blassster - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    I'd like to have this as a 24-inch version.
  • Blassster - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    Well, probably 25 inches to keep it up mostly the same width as a normal 24 inch 16:9 monitor. Dell does make a 25 inch monitor currently, so that size is not unheard of.
  • Phylyp - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    The closest equivalent you have is the UP2516D, which is 25" but its a 16:9 monitor running 2560 x 1440. It does have the cool built-in KVM switch, similar to this UP3017.

    The 25" UP2516D has a much finer pixel pitch of 0.216 mm compared to 0.251 mm for the 30" UP3017.
  • p1esk - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    Earlier this year Dell announced 30" 4k 120Hz OLED display. What happened to it?

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