Dell U2715H - anything better out there?

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  1. CChevW macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone. I'm looking to buy a 27' display to hook up to my 2013 Macbook Pro with Retina Display. After much research I favour the U2715H. I'm just wondering what people's experiences with this monitor are and if they rate it? And anyone else recommend anything better? I'm looking for a 2560x1440 display with very thin bezels (hence the U2715H). Of course, like anyone, I want to save money, but i'm happy to pay a bit more to get the display I want. Many thanks.
     
  2. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    What are your primary needs other than thin bezel? Do you need fast response time for gaming? Do you need professional grade color/calibration capability? Is it just for general use, as in office apps and browsing? Is there a particular type of connection you want or need to use? Do you need USB 3.0 hub capability? TB ports?

    These answers will help us provide you a better solution. Thanks. :apple:
     
  3. CChevW thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for your response. It's just for general use. I just want to have my Mac running on a bigger display. I must confess to not being terribly tech savvy when it comes to all the different kinds of I/O. However, I don't really hook anything else up to my Mac now so all I am interested in is connecting my Mac to a display.
     
  4. DFWHD macrumors regular

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    I've been running the Dell U2715H since late November and would rate it very highly. I use if for both home (connected via DisplayPort to TB on my late 2013 15" rMBP) and work (connected via mDisplayPort to DisplayPort on my windows laptop). The touch controls on the bezel allow me to switch the monitor inputs back and forth easily. For home use I do photo editing, MS Office, browsing and some light gaming. Work is a lot of IT support over VPN. I use the USB 3 hub for an external SSD drive, a TM backup drive and syncing my iPhone and iPad. That hub is a nice feature. I looked around at a couple of other 27" IPS 2560x1440 monitors and coming from a U2414H UltraSharp monitor, this was a no brainer. I paid $529 USD when I bought mine which included a 10% company discount I had available, coupled with the holiday season pricing, but I'd buy it again in a second at the full price. My suggestion is to go see this or any other monitor you are interested in, in person if you can before you make any purchase.

    Hope that helps!
     
  5. CChevW thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That does help thanks a lot. Yeah I can't seem to find a better 27" IPS 2560x1440 monitor around. Good to hear a positive review.
     
  6. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    B&H has the U2715H listed for $514.48 today, no tax or shipping, but they are OUT OF STOCK:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1098888&gclid=CMKvzvDl3MMCFQgtaQodWiYAzw&Q=&is=REG&A=details[/URL]
     
  7. CChevW thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the heads up but i'm in the UK so probably no good
     
  8. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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  9. CChevW thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Couldn't wait. I purchased it instore for £407 yesterday. Up and running now. Very, very nice. Looks the part and impressed with the picture so far. Sorry for the stupid question, but would you recommend calibrating it? I am only using it for everyday tasks so I don't need it perfect. It says it comes calibrated out the box, but I don't really know what calibrating involves. Just wondering if you thought the out of the box picture was good? Thanks.
     
  10. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    Congrats !! Getting a new high-quality monitor is a fun time....I've done it 4 times in the last year (2x Dell U2412M, LG 34UM95, & Dell P2715Q.) :D ;)

    Pre-calibrated by Dell, according to the TFT Central experts:

    "The Dell U2715H comes factory calibrated, showing their focus on providing a high quality product suitable for colour critical work. This is similar to what they offer from the previous U2713HM model as well, although the measurement criteria is a little better here in fact. The screen is packaged with a calibration report unique to your screen, confirming the targets set and met during that process. Here they have factory calibrated the default 'Standard' preset mode to a 2.2 gamma, 6500k white point and with a dE colour accuracy of <3 (the U2713HM had dE <5 target)."

    If you haven't seen their review, it's here:

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2715h.htm
     
  11. DFWHD macrumors regular

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    Not a stupid question. I used to work for Dell up to May 2014 and can confirm that they are calibrated before leaving the factory. I've seen nothing on my version to lead me to think it needs further calibration.

    I hope you enjoy the monitor. I love mine (even though I left the company).
     
  12. seattlemike2010 macrumors newbie

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    Works with many macs

    I have been very pleased with this monitor. I bought it directly from Dell because of their swap-out warranty if something goes wrong and their aggressive pricing and free shipping this Spring. The sales guy I spoke to in Southern India was quite knowledgeable and told me I had 15 days to return it in case I did not like it. It turns out I liked it.

    It works with the included Mini DP cable with the following:
    2008 MacBook Aluminum unibody 10.6.8 both in "clamshell" mode and as 2d mon.
    2009 (late) Mac Mini 10.9.5
    2011 27" 10.9.5 iMac as second screen, both mirrored and extended.

    The only issue is the wake-up doesn't work very well after either CPU or monitor goes into "sleep". Often it is necessary to un-plug and re-plug the DP cable from the computer.

    The USB 3.0 hub feature does help reduce cable clutter. With the old Mini there is some stutter on Netflix but if I reduce the pixels to 1080p it goes away. Someone told me it was Silverlight that caused it to happen, but I don't know for sure.

    Its slender design makes the 2011 27" iMac look really big by comparison and I like the adjustability of height and angle. Oh, and if you need to use it in a vertical position it does that too.

    Next I will try it with Apple TV and report back.

    I would buy it again.
     
  13. Moff23 macrumors newbie

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    I have dell u2515h and have problem with gamma. Colors oversaturated and toodark out of box.
     
  14. Pending macrumors regular

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    Sounds like you might need to calibrate it.
    However, you could download an icc profile from tft central - http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/icc_profiles.htm#the_database
    You will also see the settings they used for Brightness, Contrast and RGB values.
    Each monitor will vary a little or more than a little, one u2515h displays setting may not suit another, but its a starting point. Calibrating your own particular display would be the optimum method.
    There is also a thorough review here http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2515h.htm
     
  15. Moff23 macrumors newbie

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    I think its factory calibrated. Gamma looks good if i switch it to MAC mode which is wrong. I need something to check gamma on monitor. I'm hoping for reliable performance out of box.
     
  16. Pending macrumors regular

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    Mac mode?
    mmm if its a bit dark leave the gamma where it is and adjust the brightness and contrast to your liking.
     
  17. Moff23 macrumors newbie

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    Gamma mode Mac is 1.9 with is wrong in today mac. Pc mode should be 2.2. But in 2.2 gamma looks wrong ....dark. My mac is set to 2.2 gamma. I hava brightness on 50(too much) contrast 55. I buy it becouse is calibrated. On mac mode looks beter.?!? I have monitor to photo editing and i want a solid starting point.
     
  18. Moff23 macrumors newbie

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    El capitan mark u2515h as television but i looks corect no ycbcr color problem. Only gamma looks wrong
     

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