June 6th, 2017 by Lyle Smith
Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor S2718D Review
Touted as world’s overall thinnest profile in its class measuring just .25" at the edge, the Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor (S2718D) is designed for media professionals looking for a high-end monitor coupled with a modern build. The slim profile extends to the very sturdy metal base and pivot arm that use very little real-esate on your desk surface. The Ultrathin monitor helps users de-clutter their desks with USB-C charging capabilities, so those who have a notebook that supports USB-C charging such as the Dell XPS 13, only need one cable to drive their monitor and charge at the same time.
This slick-looking display features an IPS native Quad HD (2560x1440) resolution and Dell HDR (high dynamic range) allowing users to experience a more comprehensive range of colors, greater clarity and a high contrast range of shades. The S2718D also features a wide viewing angle by leveraging in-plane switching technology and 99% (and more) coverage of the sRGB spectrum.
In addition, Dell’s ComfortView technology helps to filter out blue light emissions for optimized eye comfort, which is ideal for those who find themselves in front of their computer over extended periods of time.
Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor (S2718D) Specifications
- Device Type: LED-backlit LCD monitor – 27 inch
- Features: USB 3.1 hub
- Panel Type: IPS
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 16:9
- Native Resolution: 2560 x 1440_ at 60 Hz
- Pixel Pitch: 0.2331 mm
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 / 8000000:1 (dynamic)
- Response Time: 8 ms (normal); 6 ms (fast)
- Color Support: 16.7 million colors
- Input Connectors: HDMI
- Display Position Adjustments: Swivel, tilt
- Screen Coating: 3H Hard Coating
- Color: Black
- Dimensions (WxDxH) - with stand: 24.1 in x 7.1 in x 17.8 in
- Weight: 15.1 lbs
- Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified
- Compliant Standards: RoHS, TCO Displays, BFR-free
Design and Build
Dell’s bold claim as the industry’s thinnest profile in its class certainly rings true when you remove it from the box. With its borderless display and ultra-thin build, the 27 inch Dell S2718D is one of the nicest looking monitors out there and thus perfect for contemporary workspaces. The body of the monitor tapers from just over 1/2" thick towards the center down to just 1/4" out at the edge. The base of the display consists of a slim riser connected to a rugged metallic surface, allowing it to sit firmly in place on a desk. Moreover, Dell uses a smart hinge design so users can tilt and swivel the monitor in a range of different positions to best suit their viewing needs.
All connectivity resides on the rear side of the Dell monitor`s metal base. The ports are conveniently lined up closely together and are very easy to access. From left to right is the power connector, HDMI port, USB Type C port, security lock slot, two USB downstream ports, and an audio line-out port.
The Dell S2718D is equipped with USB Type-C connectivity, which helps promote an all-in-one cable management workspace. For example, users can connect their notebooks and/or smartphones to the S2718D and charge both. A unique feature of the stand versus other Dell monitors are the controls for the screen settings being located on the stand foot, versus the bottom edge of the screen. From using both styles, we've liked this one more since the screen doesn't wiggle when you go to adjust something and you don't accidentally smudge the screen.
Bundled with the Dell monitor is everything you need to get it up and running. Since the monitor comes fully assembled, you can just lift it out of the box and place it directly on your desk. Dell includes a 130w notebook-style power adapter, as well as HDMI to HDMI and USB-C to USB-C cables.
The Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor (S2718D) is a beautiful-looking monitor that fits nicely in the company’s family of affordable high-end displays, making it a perfect companion alongside a new Dell computer or Mac. The monitor has an equally beautiful screen, which is great for picture and video editing or for simply enjoying an HD video. We also appreciate that this Dell monitor gives us the ability to charge our Dell XPS 13 in the StorageReview lab without using an outlet, as we have something plugged into just about every outlet in the building. Setup time was as long as it took to take it out of the box, plug it into a power source, and into a computer. The monitor can easily be shifted around for the best angle or shifted out of the way for those that use more than one monitor.