Just in time for this week's Adobe MAX conference, Dell has introduced an updated version of its popular 27-inch 4K UltraSharp professional display. The latest iteration of Dell's pro monitor, the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor (UP2720Q) is shaking things up by taking the already factory-calibrated monitor family and integrating a colorimeter for even further calibration options, as well as Thunderbolt 3 support. At the same time, however, Dell is also dropping HDR support, making this (once again) a purely SDR display.

Like its predecessors, the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor UP2720Q is particularly aimed at photographers, designers, and other people with color-critical workloads. The LCD comes factory calibrated to a Delta <2 accuracy so to be ready to work out of the box and is equipped with a light shielding hood.

Under the hood, the UP2720Q is based on a 10-bit IPS panel featuring a 3840x2160 resolution. The now purely SDR monitor offers a typical brightness of 250 nits, a 1300:1 contrast ratio, a 6 ms GtG response time, 178°/178° viewing angles, and has a 3H anti-glare hard coating. Being aimed at graphics and photography professionals, the LCD can display 1.07 billion colors and covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, 98% of DCI-P3 , and 80% of BT.2020. Furthermore, the monitor can display two color gamuts at once when Picture-by-Picture capability is used.

The key new feature of the UP2720Q is its built-in colorimeter, which is compatible with CalMAN software and allows users to ensure that they use the most accurate colors possible. Typically, monitors used for graphics and photo editing need to be recalibrated every several months and integrated colorimeter stands to make the task much easier.

The monitor can connect to host PCs using a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, or, new to this latest model, a Thunderbolt 3 connector. The display has an additional TB3 port to daisy chain another TB3 device, and also includes a USB 3.2 Gen 2 hub and a headphone output. The Thunderbolt 3 port can supply its host PC with up to 90 W of power, enough for high-end 15.6-inch laptops.

Just like other professional monitors, the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor UP2720Q has a stand that can adjust height, tilt, and swivel. Besides, the display can be used in portrait mode.

Dell’s PremierColor Monitor UP2720Q will be available starting from January 15, 2020, at a price of $1,999.99.

The Dell UltraSharp PremierColor 27-inch Monitor Specs
  UP2720Q UP2718Q
Display Size 27-inch 27-inch
Panel Type 10-bit IPS 10-bit IPS
Resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Response time 8 ms typical
6 ms GtG in fast mode
6 ms GtG
Contrast Ratio 1300:1 1000:1 (SDR)
20,000:1 (HDR)
Brightness 250 nits 400 nits (SDR)
1000 nits (HDR)
Color Gamut 100% AdobeRGB
98% DCI-P3
80% BT.2020
100% AdobeRGB
98% DCI-P3
77% BT.2020
HDR - Yes
Stand Height adjustability stand (130 mm),
Tilt (-5° to 21°),
Swivel (-45° to 45°),
Pivot (-90° to 90°)
Height adjustability stand (145 mm),
Tilt (-5° to 21°),
Swivel (-45° to 45°),
Pivot (-90° to 90°)
Connectivity 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Upstream)
1x Thunderbolt 3 (Downstream)
1 x Headphone output
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Hub
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
1 x Headphone output
USB 3.0 Gen 1 Hub
Availability January 2020 May 2017
Price $1999.99 $1999.99

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  • xenol - Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - link

    You don't need a lot of nits for everyday use. 250 nits in a typical office environment is plenty. Especially if you're using that shroud.
  • sonny73n - Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - link

    For $2000, the panel should be micro-LED. Damn IPS with edgelight leak.

    I just bought a BenQ PD2700U for ~$500. Returned for an exchange but they all suffer the same problem.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - link

    What kind of monitor are you posting your inane comment with then, if $500 monitors are too terrible to use? Surely you're using a monitor of impeccable taste, surely >$1000 using a non-IPS panel of some sort.
  • darkswordsman17 - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - link

    His complaint is that there aren't more affordable high quality monitors to choose from, so its entirely possible he doesn't have such a quality monitor simply due to not being able afford or perhaps simply to justify spending that much money for one. Its not like he has to have some exceptionally high quality display to be able to complain about the quality of lower priced but still not inexpensive monitors.

    Which, to be fair, no way would a 27" microLED be $2000. Heck, I'm not sure if 1080p microLED is able to be produced at 27" yet, let alone 4K outside of lab settings. So far I think Samsung has shown a like 55" 1080p microLED, and its quite expensive. Shrinking the LEDs will cost more (which is why Samsung started touting that level of display using a movie theater where it'd have large pixels; and then were showing "The Wall" which was made of a bunch of smaller panels - think they had 16 for 4K at 146").
  • HardwareDufus - Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - link

    I'm still on my Dell 24" 16x10 (1920X1200) monitors (2 of them).. I'd love it if Dell produced a 32" 4K+ 16X10 monitor (3840X2400), HDR10, with touch enabled... I'd buy 2 of those two. I'm getting older.. with a good 5 year left of programming/development work to do.... I'd love to have everything be just a little bigger and a little clearer.... and test out touch enabled stuff right on my development station. My 24" monitors are good and old now, manufactured Jan 2009.
  • darkswordsman17 - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - link

    I'd be onboard with that thinking, but I'd actually prefer 4 ~20" panels at 1920x1200 with no bezels (basically just the bare minimum protection on the sides), with a well thought out arm mount stand (have the display inputs and power embedded into the stand base, with simpler single cables running to each display; or maybe have it routed right through the arms themselves so you wouldn't see any wires at all; maybe could have the stand motorized so that it could auto adjust for various modes), so that you could do a variety of alignments (including curved/angled). All 4 vertical would work well for documents, programming and web browsing, and it'd be good for ultrawide video content (where it'd be 4800x1920, not too far from 21:9). Then could have 2x2 wide for normal widescreen. And 4 wide horizontally for special 180 degree video content or panorama image stitching work. I'd make use of 3 vertical (close to 16:9) for having movie/TV/gaming playing while browsing the web or having other on the 4th. Of course it'd be stupid expensive, but that'd mostly be due to the mount and having a controller or software to be able to easily switch between modes, since 15" 1080p is pretty common for laptops and 20" 1080p wasn't that rare.

    Which you could add a 3rd display for testing touch input for not too much. Monoprice sells a 15" 1080p one that has full on pen digitizer input (it does touch too) for $300 (and I think less pretty frequently on sales), and I'm sure there's other options if you don't care about the digitizer input.
  • lilkwarrior - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    Really hope the team behind this monitor gets an opportunity to update this in 2020 ASAP to have HDR1400+ support & Dolby Vision, HLG, & HDR10+ HDR support. It's certainly possible given that Asus already impressively accomplished this w/ their 2020 ProArt flagship monitor (PA32UCG) at 4K@120hz.

    HDR10 isn't enough & HDR400 doesn't cut it for professional color work anymore.
  • marsbar - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    I have this monitor, I am on my 2nd monitor now. The first monitor had so many dead pixels it was like having a Milky Way desktop wallpaper, also really pronounced backlight bleed around the bottom edges. The replacement monitor thankfully has no dead pixels but the backlight bleed is very pronounced again, rather dissapointing for a monitor that is in this price range and pitching itself for creative professionals. Everything else about the monitor however is fantastic (built-in calibration, USB-C connectivity).

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