Dell UP3017 30-inch 16:10 Professional Monitor Review

Conclusion

When it comes to purchasing a professional display, there is only one major consideration: color accuracy. Certainly other image parameters like contrast, viewing angles, and video processing are important too, but if color, white balance, and gamma aren’t on-point, well then, there is no point. Accuracy is a given, so the priority turns into a question of how easy that is to achieve.

The Dell UP3017, like many of its competitors, delivers image accuracy right out of the box courtesy of a factory-certified calibration performed on each panel during manufacture. The included data sheet records results for Adobe RGB and sRGB gamuts, and we’re pleased to report that our sample’s DCI-P3 preset shows nearly equal performance. In fact, our test results were even better than Dell’s.

Dell has also provided uniformity compensation, which we’ve seen on many other professional displays and even on a few monitors in other categories. We’re still of the opinion that this feature is mostly unnecessary. In every case, it has reduced contrast and light output while providing only a small gain in measured field uniformity. At this price point, we expect that the manufacturer’s quality control will weed out panels with obvious light bleed and IPS glow before they ever make it to the calibration stage. So far, we have yet to see a panel that needs compensation to measure well in our tests. And we can’t help but notice that Dell doesn’t even enable the feature in its preset calibrated picture modes. Is this a negative? Absolutely not.

Even though you can unbox the UP3017, set your preferred brightness and get right to work, tweakers will be glad to see the inclusion of Ultrasharp Calibration software. While we prefer third-party tools like CalMAN, those who already own an i1 Display Pro can create two custom modes with lookup tables that are stored in the monitor’s internal memory.

The only flaw we can find here is in the OSD calibration options. Even though two-point white balance, gamma, and color management are provided, they only work in Custom, and that mode lacks a gamut option. You have to start with Adobe RGB, and since there’s no color luminance control, you can’t create a different one.

However, since the factory-calibrated modes are so good, this minor omission isn’t going to dissuade anyone from choosing the UP3017. And once you start comparing prices, Dell is sure to move a good number of these monitors. For its superb out-of-box accuracy, solid contrast, build quality, and bundled calibration software, we’re giving it the Tom’s Hardware Editor Recommended Award.

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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