Dell UP3017 30-inch 16:10 Professional Monitor Review

Grayscale, Gamma & Color

Grayscale Tracking

Our grayscale and gamma tests are described in detail here.

We measured the three major presets in the Color Space mode, Adobe RGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3. The latter is often used in movie post-production work. The UP3017 uses a D65 white point for all three gamuts.

The Adobe RGB and sRGB charts represent some of the best grayscale results we’ve recorded to date. This is the sort of out-of-box performance that should come with every premium-priced display. Since our only adjustment was to brightness, we verified similarly low errors at multiple output levels. The DCI-P3 chart shows a slight blue tint in the 70-100% steps. If you’re using the UP3017 in a film post-production role, you might want to make use of the bundled calibration software.

Comparisons

We’re showing the same results in both the pre and post-calibration charts since no actual adjustments were made. The other screens are represented by their Adobe RGB modes. Only the Asus falls a little short here thanks to a lack of available adjustments in its factory-set state. The UP3017 meets or exceeds the measurements on its included data sheet. It doesn’t really get better than this. Again, the DCI-P3 mode could use a little work but it’s still perfectly usable out of the box.

Gamma Response

Gamma tracking looks slightly different in the three factory modes. Adobe RGB tracks right on the line except for a tiny dip at the 90% mark. sRGB shows the same behavior at 10 and 90%. These are extremely minor errors and won’t be visible to the naked eye. The DCI-P3 gamma standard is a somewhat-darker 2.6, and the UP3017 tracks that pretty well. Only a slight dip at 90% mars an otherwise solid result.

Comparisons

When looking at the numbers, the range of values and overall deviation is about the same in all three factory-set color modes. The UP3017 doesn’t fare quite as well as the rest but it’s only off by a miniscule amount. We have no complaints here.

Color Gamut & Luminance

For details on our color gamut testing and volume calculations, please click here.

The only flaw on any of the charts is in the red primary saturation. It’s a tiny bit under in the Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 modes and a little more so in sRGB. Luminance levels are all above the line, which adds extra punch to overall color rendering without introducing visible errors. The numbers here are all very low, and remember, these are out-of-box results. The only thing we changed was the brightness level. The UP3017 meets or exceeds its factory-certified measurements in the gamut tests as well.

Comparisons

To return an average error level of less than one DeltaE for 36 measurements indicates an extremely precise display. It’s something we expect from all monitors labeled “professional,” especially given their high cost. The UP3017 performs among the best in its Adobe RGB and sRGB modes and lags only slightly in the DCI-P3 preset, which many monitors don’t offer. Given the level of color accuracy and flexibility, there is little this Dell cannot do.

Gamut volume comes in a little short of 100% in for both Adobe and sRGB thanks to the slightly under-saturated red primary. Other colors are spot-on, however. A custom ICC profile can make up for this minor shortfall.

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  • leclod
    Hi,
    I've seen loads of PC monitor tests, I've never seen a TV as PC Monitor test.
    In 2009, I did first see a friend using a wall mounted TV as second monitor for his laptop.
    TVs being cheaper, smarter and prettier than PC monitors, I've made the step to a 42" 3D capable Philips TV a few years ago.
    I've never looked back !

    Now with reasonnably priced 4K and even better looks, TVs might be even more attractive. Don't you think ?
    Regards,
    Claude
  • ohim
    1823192 said:
    Hi, I've seen loads of PC monitor tests, I've never seen a TV as PC Monitor test. In 2009, I did first see a friend using a wall mounted TV as second monitor for his laptop. TVs being cheaper, smarter and prettier than PC monitors, I've made the step to a 42" 3D capable Philips TV a few years ago. I've never looked back ! Now with reasonnably priced 4K and even better looks, TVs might be even more attractive. Don't you think ? Regards, Claude

    Because mostly they look like crap for some reason close up, i have a 40" 4K TV above my monitor meaning it has 110ppi, but i prefer my IPS 34" 3440x1440 (110ppi as the tv) monitor that has way better image at close range than the TV, at 2-3m you can`t really tell them apart.
  • zodiacfml
    Sure if you have a big room and wall mounting placement is not an issue.
    Resolution is another thing, only the popular resolutions are available for TVs which is 1080p and the 4K, nothing in between.
    Next, they don't have adaptive sync.
    If you ask me though, I will have to wait for any monitor with a 120 Hz and 4K interface
  • Patrick_Bateman
    If this monitor ever goes down to 600$, then I'll for sure buy one. I understand that this is for professionals, and for them it might be worth it, but at 1249$ MSRP, this monitor isn't the best value.
  • ngaio
    2123479 said:
    If this monitor ever goes down to 600$, then I'll for sure buy one. I understand that this is for professionals, and for them it might be worth it, but at 1249$ MSRP, this monitor isn't the best value.


    Recently Dell had a 25% off sale. I'm sure it will come around again.
  • nitrium
    I'm rocking an old Dell 16:10 at the moment (1920x1200) and the reason I haven't "upgraded" is primarily due to it feeling like a DOWNGRADE dropping to 16:9. The extra pixels at the bottom when you're doing 16:9 video editing, especially, is pure gold. Shame this screen is relatively expensive though. Would love to see this same resolution in a 27".
  • bit_user
    Quote:
    Max Resolution & Refresh 2560x1600 @ 60Hz $1068.24
    Aw, man... $1k for a 30" monitor that's not even 4k? No thanks.

    And where's the @#(^%&*$ OLED monitor they showed way back at CES? Last I heard, it was supposed to come out in August. Did the release get pushed back again?

    Not like I was going to buy one, but I want an OLED monitor, so they'd better start coming out.
  • synphul
    328798 said:
    Quote:
    Max Resolution & Refresh 2560x1600 @ 60Hz $1068.24
    Aw, man... $1k for a 30" monitor that's not even 4k? No thanks.


    It's actually a decent price if you take a look at pcpartpicker's listings. They don't list every monitor for sure but yes, $1000 for a 30" ips panel at 16:10/2560x1600. Others from nec and hp range from $1200-2000.

    There are cheaper 32" 4k monitors like the BenQ BL3201PH but it's not really a professional monitor either. The colors aren't said to be the best, it's stuck with the srgb color space (no adobe options), contrast isn't the best. If doing basic tasks or cad work it's probably fine, for those doing design which will go to print, not so much. Features cost money and could be worth it if someone needs them. If not needed then it's overkill and ends up costing more.

    If all someone wants is a giant tn panel they're out there for less money. Dell's done pretty well for themselves with the ultrasharp's for the most part.
  • 10tacle
    I have long preferred 16x10 having had (and still have) a 22" 1680x1050 Samsung and a 26" 1920x1200 Samsung. That extra height was great for flight simming and sim racing having extra virtual cockpit instrument reading capability.

    When making the jump to 2560x1440 with a 27" Dell three years ago I was missing that extra height, but the increased resolution and screen real estate more than made up for it. Honestly I am surprised panel makers are still making this aspect ratio since the manufacturing economy of scale favors 16:9 panels both for PC monitors and obviously for TVs. Considering Dell has had 30" 2560x1600 monitors for years and the fact that they are still over $1,000 proves it.
  • zthomas
    Lets face it this monitor is for business and not gaming.. Dell sells tons of monitors.. almost every office I have been had almost all double Dell's on each desk..
  • 10tacle
    1415492 said:
    Lets face it this monitor is for business and not gaming.. Dell sells tons of monitors.. almost every office I have been had almost all double Dell's on each desk..


    While it is their "professional" line the fact that it has a 6ms response panel means it would be good gaming panel as well. It's the exact same response as my 27" Dell 1440p.

    About the only thing I will say negative about Dell's upper tier IPS panels is that they do not overclock well. I got mine up to 80Hz but there was severe stuttering problems with V-sync on locking FPS at 80 in games. I never had that problem on my cheap LG-made 27" Crossover 1440p knock off (Apple Thunderbolt reject).
  • Effex
    I would love to have this monitor. 16:10 is really nice.
  • JuanPC
    my Samsung TV un42hu7000 manual calibration... https://youtu.be/pzbLOHjQM5Q
  • JuanPC
    for UHD 40" is the minimum size i recommend.
  • JuanPC
    but also depends on viewing distance...
  • JuanPC
    has 35" H, 19.625" V = 110ppi,
  • JuanPC
    between 75cm & 1meter, closer needs to be curved.
  • JuanPC
    far away needs to be bigger, but also depends... if you are myopic...
  • chicofehr
    I wish they also compared it to the U3014 to see if there is any noticeable improvements. I have 3 U3014 and just curious what has changed without having to check old reviews.
  • ohim
    And another thing about TVs being bad as computer monitors, the input lag, it`s terrible, on PC we have monitors that can almost go on par with CRT but the TVs are terrible for gaming. Don`t mistake response time 1ms - 5ms to input lag :)
  • coolkev99
    Damn I miss 16:10. Far to few choices out there in this format for gaming. Hope it makes a comeback... someday.
  • zthomas
    202972 said:
    1415492 said:
    Lets face it this monitor is for business and not gaming.. Dell sells tons of monitors.. almost every office I have been had almost all double Dell's on each desk..
    While it is their "professional" line the fact that it has a 6ms response panel means it would be good gaming panel as well. It's the exact same response as my 27" Dell 1440p. About the only thing I will say negative about Dell's upper tier IPS panels is that they do not overclock well. I got mine up to 80Hz but there was severe stuttering problems with V-sync on locking FPS at 80 in games. I never had that problem on my cheap LG-made 27" Crossover 1440p knock off (Apple Thunderbolt reject). You seem to know the scope since using one.. to pricey for me.. my acer for gaming.. tho big size.. over a grand no way.. aaaahhh yeah.. mine is 27 acer.. sits to my left.. on a large leaning forward art table.. with a 40 visio about five feet beyond.. both running at the same time.. mute one off with pandora blasting through the speakers..l