Dell Offers U2518D WQHD IPS panel with Fake HDR

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Yeah that title is not a typo, I'll explain after the break. Dell is releasing the U2518D monitor, it has a 2560x1440 WQHD IPS panel and is HDR compatible. The 25"monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate with a 1000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

The monitor is capable of 99% sRGB coverage but only has a typical 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, which for HDR is low. True 8-bit colour is supported and the monitor is ragged at a 5ms grey to grey response time is specified.

Here's the thing that cought my eyes: the monitor offers support for ‘Dell HDR’ (High Dynamic Range) and here is the conundrum, it is a simulated slash software-based HDR mode that responds to HDR10 content. So this display doesn’t support the colour gamut, peak luminance or indeed bit-depth required for a ‘true HDR’ experience. It could still make HDR10 content better looking, but seems to be just be a marketing gimmick.

The connectors offer HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2, mDP 1.2, DP 1.2 out (for MST daisy chaining) and 3.5mm audio out. Further information on the manufacturer’s websiteThe monitor has an RRP of $499.99

Be careful and remember this when your See "Dell HDR" on a Dell monitor, it's fake HDR, very misleading.

Dell Offers U2518D WQHD IPS panel with Fake HDR

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