Dell Kicks Puny 4K Monitor to the Curb, Debuts 27” 5K Panel

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For those of you who just can’t get a high enough resolution to suit you, Dell will sate your pixel envy in the upcoming 4Q with the introduction of the Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor. Unfortunately, the high resolution also sports a rather high initial price tag.

We expect this monitor to serve as a workstation and photo-editing option for professionals who already split between multiple monitors as opposed to a jumping-off point for 5K gaming—most high-end rigs can barely render games in 4K resolution as it stands.
 

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You need 2x Displayport to run this thing. It'll be a while before anyone would game at this resolution.
 

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That's because it is actually 2 monitors.
Simply because Displayport 1.2 has around 17Gbps bandwidth and 4K at 60Hz uses something like 16 of that, so there is no way to bump it up to '5K' on a single cable at this time. Displayport 1.3 is supposed to about double bandwidth, and then it will be possible up to '8K'.
 

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Psh. Until we need exponents to express pixel density in advertisements, I am not impressed.
 

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Once next generation NVidia cards are out and if they could drop the price to about $1500 this would be a steal ... at $2500 it is probably more for the professional crowd instead of the gaming crowd ... I would love that resolution in a 30-32" monitor at $1600 or less :D
 

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Good lord. Can you really see the difference between 2560×1440 and 5120×2880 on a 27? screen? Im glad Im old and my eyes dont work as well as they used to. I can barely tell the difference between 1440 and 1080 on a 27 incher and even then its only in the text.
 

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Good lord. Can you really see the difference between 2560×1440 and 5120×2880 on a 27? screen? Im glad Im old and my eyes dont work as well as they used to. I can barely tell the difference between 1440 and 1080 on a 27 incher and even then its only in the text.


My 27" has 1440p and that is the sweet spot. Not too big and not too small. Going to 4k or even 5k at that screen size is ridiculous. This thing should have at least been 32"+.
 

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It seems just as pointless as anything else over 1366x768 and would just force an owner not only to waste money buying the screen, but also to buy something other than an integrated graphics processor to do stuff at native resolution. I mean really, compound the purchase price in an interest calculator for like 20 years and see what it actually costs when you don't wanna have to work. Not worth it.
 

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Simply because Displayport 1.2 has around 17Gbps bandwidth and 4K at 60Hz uses something like 16 of that, so there is no way to bump it up to '5K' on a single cable at this time. Displayport 1.3 is supposed to about double bandwidth, and then it will be possible up to '8K'.

I wish they would come up with a standard that can be future proof for awhile, instead of having to go through 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 iteration each time the resolution increases.
 

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So are you saying you can't game at native resolution on this?

Probably not without eyeFinity, etc... It literally is two LCD panels mated together into one screen. Nobody makes a single panel desktop LCD at that resolution.
 

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Probably not without eyeFinity, etc... It literally is two LCD panels mated together into one screen. Nobody makes a single panel desktop LCD at that resolution.

Well, that just made it useless for gaming. Thanks for the info.
 

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It seems just as pointless as anything else over 1366x768 and would just force an owner not only to waste money buying the screen, but also to buy something other than an integrated graphics processor to do stuff at native resolution. I mean really, compound the purchase price in an interest calculator for like 20 years and see what it actually costs when you don't wanna have to work. Not worth it.

This is geared towards the professional crowd. With that said, higher resolutions are quite valuable for design (whether it be engineering or artistic) purposes.
 

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my 27" chinese ebay 1440p monitor does nicely -- especially since I have two of them on my desk side by side :)

5K? meh

i will say I need a new laptop -- this 15.6 incher with 1366x768 with a super shit panel (crappy viewing angle) just sucks ass

really hoping to pick up a nice MSI GS60 laptop around the holidays on a sick deal.
 

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This is geared towards the professional crowd. With that said, higher resolutions are quite valuable for design (whether it be engineering or artistic) purposes.

That's a really tiny audience...well, I mean people that'd genuinely put it to use and not people who baselessly claim that there's a legitimate reason for it anywho. There's always someone at an office someplace that says, "Oooo, I wants it!" and will make up any excuse they can to have their workplace waste money to purchase it for them.

How would you power it? lol

Um, probably with electricity. :confused:
 

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needs 120+Hz refresh before i'd even consider it

I guess it depends on how many video cards you are willing to buy ... since it takes two top of the line cards to run 4K at 60Hz (and most games can't even break 25 fps at that rate), you are willing to put 4 top of the line cards in a system to run 25 fps at 120 Hz :eek:
 

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You need 2x Displayport to run this thing. It'll be a while before anyone would game at this resolution.

It's not a gaming monitor. It's for photographers (and maybe videographers).
 

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That's a really tiny audience...well, I mean people that'd genuinely put it to use and not people who baselessly claim that there's a legitimate reason for it anywho. There's always someone at an office someplace that says, "Oooo, I wants it!" and will make up any excuse they can to have their workplace waste money to purchase it for them.



Um, probably with electricity. :confused:

The very high price point already puts it into a very tiny market. That market being people who would put it to good use.
 

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Good lord. Can you really see the difference between 2560×1440 and 5120×2880 on a 27? screen? Im glad Im old and my eyes dont work as well as they used to. I can barely tell the difference between 1440 and 1080 on a 27 incher and even then its only in the text.
Who cares? :) Push technology to its limits.
 

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Good lord. Can you really see the difference between 2560×1440 and 5120×2880 on a 27? screen? Im glad Im old and my eyes dont work as well as they used to. I can barely tell the difference between 1440 and 1080 on a 27 incher and even then its only in the text.

For people like me using PC for productivity, editing, photo manipulation, multiple datasheets - it's a godsend. Difference between 1080p and 1440p on a small laptop screen (top spec UX302LA) is noticeable by my ageing father, who does mostly photo/writing on it when out of the house, let alone for me on a 27".. On a 27" 1080p looks blocky, playschool sized, almost cartoonish to me. Others may not notice at all.

Gaming is just a cherry on top if it can run full resolution, on the rare chance I have time.

I will be seriously considering a 4K or bigger screen upgrade in next few months. My productivity jumped immensely with the 1440p over 1080p and lower resolutions but could always make use of a little more screen real estate on busy/demanding workloads.

But know to wait until it's single cable, compatible and a little more mainstream first, early adopters sometimes pay the price and it's a gamble I'm not willing to take after past track record of hardware over the many years..
 

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top bad that thing sucks. its 16:9 call me when Dell makes that in 16:10

This. I love my Dell U2412m's. I have 2 for home use and 4 of them at work. I can't stand anything that isn't 16:10 anymore.
 

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This. I love my Dell U2412m's. I have 2 for home use and 4 of them at work. I can't stand anything that isn't 16:10 anymore.
I have the same one, not because I I'm a maniac about 16:10, but because they actually use a standard gamut so you can see colors the way they're intended. So many damn monitors use wide gamut with about 98% of people who buy them not needing it.
 

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I think I want the ultrawide more than this monitor for the time being. It isn't that I am being a luddite, but rather that the Ultrawide is more mature than this (2) monitors really.
 

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That's a really tiny audience...well, I mean people that'd genuinely put it to use and not people who baselessly claim that there's a legitimate reason for it anywho. There's always someone at an office someplace that says, "Oooo, I wants it!" and will make up any excuse they can to have their workplace waste money to purchase it for them.

Tiny audience? Seriously? The professional market is huge. The company I work at is a good size but is by no means a big company. We have 8 full time engineers. The could sell 20k of these to companies like mine easy. That not even talking about drafting, photography, visual effects and similar industries.
 

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Tiny audience? Seriously? The professional market is huge. The company I work at is a good size but is by no means a big company. We have 8 full time engineers. The could sell 20k of these to companies like mine easy. That not even talking about drafting, photography, visual effects and similar industries.

You're very lucky then. My company has at least a hundred engineers, and I've yet to see anyone with a 1080p monitor (unless you count recent laptop screens).

I'm not saying other companies don't spend more on monitors (I think using less than 27" monitors for work is dumb), but 5k? I don't see it (unless you mean Engineers using CAD/CAM). I'd love it, but it'd make more sense to buy 2 30" monitors. Cheaper and more desktop space.

For Photography/visual arts, I totally get this monitor, even though it's more than I'd spend.
 
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