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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  • Sttm - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    That was only for Zuckerberg.
  • fazalmajid - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    If it doesn't have true hardware color calibration like the NEC SpectraView or Eizo ColorEdge (i.e. the LUT is in the monitor), it's not a professional monitor.
  • Calista - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - link

    Dell have for a long time sold monitors which for the vast minority of content creators are good enough, and for prices far lower than the very best. This seem to continue the tradition.
  • namechamps - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    "HDCP 1.4". So no 4K content playback. Pretty much any 4K streaming (and UHD Bluray) requires HDCP 2.2. I hate HDCP but it is a reality of our time. Honestly releasing a display in 2016 with obsolete HDCP standard is just shitty. The consumer won't realize he needs it until he does and then "oh shit that sucks and there is nothing I can do about it".
  • chaos215bar2 - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Well, this isn't a 4k monitor, so indeed, no 4k content playback.
  • Kjella - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    "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."

    Not really, they're skipping DCI-P3 and going straight for Rec. 2020 as the UHD color space which is as optimal as you get with non-imaginary primaries and covers 99.7-99.9% of all real world colors (Pointer's gamut). That is to say, a lot of content will be DCI-P3 masters in a Rec. 2020 wrapper since that's what they do for cinema movies, but it looks like DCI-P3 in itself will never be a consumer standard.
  • nevcairiel - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    Its still a technical challenge to display Rec. 2020 on consumer displays (considering pricing et al), so DCI-P3 is a good midway point to get a "standard" gamut thats more readily available with current technology.

    And as you say, for similar reasons DCI-P3 is also used for the master, even if its then transformed into a Rec. 2020 signal to fit the UHD standards.
  • eek2121 - Friday, September 9, 2016 - link

    Dell makes some amazing monitors. As an alternative to one ($999) 27" Apple display, I asked my company to get me two U2515H displays for my Mac. couldn't be happier.
  • r3loaded - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    How about some 16:10 monitors for us non-professional plebs? We typically use ours for working and gaming, not watching 16:9 video (a task left to the TV).
  • ruthan - Saturday, September 10, 2016 - link

    I waited for 16:10 monitor a long time, but with this pricing, were is 120Hz where is Gsynch?

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