Dell to sell 28-inch 4k monitor for $699

The Ultra HD P2815Q is coming in at a startlingly low price. Current 4K monitors are very expensive and, just yesterday, Sony's Kaz Hirai warned that it was going to take years for these ultra high-definition displays to be a commonplace sight. Jason Evangelho, for Forbes:

The P2815Q will have a full 3840 x 2160 4K resolution and launch globally on January 23. Dell hasn’t yet discussed things like refresh rate or range of inputs (I’m sure DisplayPort is a given), but they do promise the same “screen performance” as the new UltraSharp 32 and UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD monitors. That’s certainly encouraging since their UltraSharp line is normally a cut above when it comes to professional displays.

A big potential fail lurks in those missing details, particularly the possibility of a 30 fps refresh rate instead of the usual 60 fps or more. There is already a cheap 4K panel like that for $500 at Amazon, from Seiki Digital, which suggests that anyone could slap their logo on it if they really wanted to. It would be risky to jump the 4K gun with a model that could not be used for "serious" gaming or video editing.

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  1. Contrast ratio and blacks are what I find suffers the most on cheaper panels - which to be fair isn't a huge issue for most applications, but then if you want/need a 4k monitor you're probably going to care about those things (gamer, video editor, modeller, etc.).

    I'm pretty convinced that 1080p is more than enough for a TV though, due to the distance you're sat from it. I can already see the finer details of Deirdre Barlow's chest wrinkles; I don't need any more than that. I know people said the same thing about HD, but you can only perceive so much density from 10 feet away.

    Admittedly I see the use in monitors though, as then it's essentially a retina display, which does make a difference when you're up close.

  2. even the low end Dell monitors have been really good with their contrast ratios in the past, so I don't think it will be as big an issue as you'd have with something like Philips.

    Plus low cost Dell monitors aren't exactly low end. Whenever Dell puts out something new, they tend to sell it for a short while at a low cost, then crank it up later.

  3. The real issue with 4K delivery is not the monitor but the other pieces of the puzzle:

    1) Was the photo or video recorded in high enough resolution to be viewed full screen at 4K?

    2) Is the system cable of transmitting such a huge file quickly?

    and

    3) Is there much of a point of you investing in a 4K monitor and content when most other people can't? In other words, how much will be you be able to share content and work with others?

  4. 1) photos are most definitely best worked on at higher resolution monitors and while watching a video will not likely be at 4k for a long time, editing one on a 4k monitor makes a ton of sense.

    2) any gaming or multimedia workstation should be more then capable of this. The only systems incapable are mobile devices or the lowest end PCs/macs.

    3) This is definitely aimed at people who are in multimedia production. Video editors, any kind of new media or 3d animation and the price drop means that even hobbyists can take advantage of this.

  5. I previously worked a company that installed monitors in hospital operating rooms (primarily). We were transmitting video on 4K monitors and we were looking at actual transmissions from one location to another and not just playing a video from a machine to a monitor, so that is my experience with it. We did display photos but more as a screensaver, not as the primary use.

    This technology has huge applications in telemedicine because the image is of high enough quality to diagnose disease.

    The demos we did with 4K were just beautiful - of course considering the market we had the best of the best.

    The company I worked with was very bleeding edge, so we worked with a lot of new monitor and touch screen technology. Of all the fun toys I got to play with when I worked there, the 4K was the clear star. It's exciting to see it coming to the mass market at such an affordable price. What we were playing with was big bucks; way ahead of what any regular Joe or Jane could purchase.

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