Dell U2717D vs. UP2716D for Video Editing

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    Hello everyone. Read the review on this website about the Dell UP2716d which was very informative, thank you, but couldn’t find a review for the Dell U2717d (not a criticism haha).

    I’ve been looking for an affordable monitor with accurate colors to edit and color correct music videos and short narrative films. I’m by no means a professional (yet), but a lot of the material I make has opportunities to be either shown online, projected at major live music events or again, at film festivals. I’ve been researching for a good month or so now and I continue to go around in circles, getting a headache when it comes to sRGB vs adobeRGB vs Rec 709 etc.

    The U2717D is around 350USD where I live whereas the U2716D is 570USD, which is quite a significant jump for me. Naturally the U2716D is billed as the wide gamut for professional work, but my understanding seems to be that adobeRGB has no application in video editing, but rather P3 (that seems to be for digital cinema projection) and Rec 709 (for everything else). I can’t seem to find any information regarding the u2717d’s Rec 709 or P3 coverage, and so am currently lost as to whether investing the extra money in the U2716d is worth it or not. It’s worth noting that the U2716d is at the very upper limit of my budget, so I would prefer that armchair professionals don’t criticise me for not investing thousands into a monitor. I understand their point, but I’m neither capable of that now nor actually aiming to be solely a colorist. I direct, shoot and edit by myself, and so am aiming more for a jack of all trades approach. In this case, I would like to know what would the best option between these two monitors.

    Thank you!


    The U2717D‘s colour gamut is in-line with other models you’ll see with a similar enhanced phosphor backlight. It covers Rec. 709 just fine, although over-coverage is a potential issue unless you own a colorimeter. It does not extend as far as DCI-P3 – that would require at the least a Quantum Dot or similar solution if not a specialist backlight design as seen on the UP2716D.

    The UP2716D on the other hand not only fully covers Rec. 709 and nicely covers DCI-P3, it offers emulation modes for each. Given that you specifically work or have use for both of these colour spaces, by the sound of things, it would be the more appropriate choice in my view.


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    Yes! Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for all the help!

    I went with the UP2716d in the end and am loving it so far. Still trying to find the best settings for everyday use but it’s a winner. Thanks again!


    Glad to hear this. 🙂


    I am also looking at the UP2716D while I currently have the Dell U2515H, to me it looks like the UP2716D has a better spec on paper.
    But I have read on another forum that the panel used on the UP2716D is inferior to the U2717D can you provide some clarification.

    The comment was “The U2717D is the better monitor for design, as the UP2716D has a false 10 bit color depth on a native 8 bit panel through the use of FRC.
    The U2717D uses a Samsung PLS panel, while the UP2716D uses an LG AH-IPS panel which is somewhat lesser in terms of image quality.
    Get the U2717D, for 5-10 euros more it’s well worth it. ”

    If both monitors were priced the same would you purchase the UP2716D over the U2717D?


    As noted in this thread, it’s the colour gamut that you need to focus on. The vast majority of monitors which are ’10-bit’ use an FRC stage, which for most users will make no difference whatsoever compared to ‘true 10-bit’. That sort of added precision is a benefit and not a drawback for a model with a colour gamut as wide as the UP2716D. And that’s if the workflow even makes use of that bit depth. The U2717D is ‘true 8-bit’, but given how GPUs handle things that doesn’t guarantee you won’t get any dithering anyway – it’s an apples to oranges comparison. But saying that the U2717D is ‘better’ because it offers no support for 10-bit colour (with our without FRC) is misleading at best, nonsensical at worst.

    The U2717D offers an experience that will feel very familiar to you given that you’re used to the U2515H. It has a tighter factory calibration and an extra 2″ of screen space, but its image characteristics are very similar.

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