Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review: Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor P2715Q 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

I've been looking for a second monitor for some time now. I currently run an Apple 30" Cinema Display, which is awesome by the way. Between the Missus and myself we have three of them. They are heavy however and not super energy efficient. The Dell P2715Q  came down to $450 on Amazon last December (10 months ago) so I picked one up. You can find other in depth reviews of the monitor around the web, here's one for example P2715q review, because I want to say some bad things about this monitor.

Overall the monitor isn't bad. It is light, it is considerably smaller than 30" monitor, the stand is OK and the monitor holds it's tilt angle better than some monitors. The controls are standard Dell controls. The resolution is amazing! 4K is really nice, if your computer can drive it. Make sure it can drive it because one of my older Mac Books is old and the interpolated resolution leaves a lot to be desired. The Display Port sucks. They have a bad display port chipset in it and it won't wake the Mac at times.

But now I have to get to my scathing review. It died after owning it for 10 months. Honestly, I hardly used it. I believe the power supply went belly up. It is under warranty so I called Dell. I won't bother going into details, but I can say based off my overall experience I suggest looking elsewhere for computer hardware. I will never buy another Dell monitor or computer again. I'm currently on the phone trying to figure out why they sent me an email saying they were going to call me over 2 hours ago and to wait around for that call for 2 hours. They have no idea. It's been over a week now since my initial call and they plan to send me a refurbished unit as a replacement but they have to verify my purchase. Apparently that will be a little while longer. On the plus side the person I spoke with today was very nice. Anyway, I said I wouldn't go into details but I think all that's worthwhile.

So, in summary, I like the monitor, looks great, functions good, it's a good monitor, but don't buy one because it will die and you'll send a week of your life trying to get a replacement.