High-quality 4K monitors become more and more affordable as we speak, so if you want to upgrade your current HD display and get four times more pixels, here are two excellent low-priced editing monitors for your consideration. The Dell P2715Q and the LG 27UD68 come with 27-inch IPS displays both boasting native resolution of 3840 x 2160, 10-bit colors with 99% sRGB coverage and accurate true to life color representation. In the comparison video ahead Max Yuryev compares the main features, build quality and overall functionality these monitors provide.
Regarding build quality, the Dell P2715Q seems to be the better option as it comes with a stand and screen mount that are very robust and sturdy, unlike the LG 27UD68 which also can easily tip over in certain cases, especially if tilted downwards. The Dell monitor is also superior in terms of display adjustment.
For instance, you can adjust the height, pivot, swivel, and tilt, whereas on the LG 27UD68 you can tweak only tilt. The Dell monitor also includes a practical mechanism for removing the stand if required. The LG 27UD68, on the other hand, looks more glossy and has thinner bezels which could be a selling point for some users.
Regarding connectivity options, the Dell P2715Q again stays ahead of the pack. The monitor provides an HDMI port, two Display 1.2 ports (one being mini Displayport), one Displayport out for daisy chaining an extra monitor along with five USB 3.0 ports, where the LG provides only a single Displayport connection and two HDMI 2.0 ports.
Furthermore, Dell’s menu system can be accessed through a few physical buttons placed on the side of the display, whereas the LG monitor provides only one hidden control knob that works as a power button and also like a joystick to navigate through the menu. According to Max, this button feels weird at first when you start using it but once you get used to it works like a charm.
Furthermore, both 4K monitors have a barely noticeable backlight bleed when viewing a pure black screen, but fortunately enough, this issue isn’t visible when viewing regular content. In terms of color reproduction, both monitors provide 99% coverage of the commonly used sRGB gamut. Nevertheless, the LG monitor beats the Dell unit when it comes to NTSC and Adobe RGB color spaces. It’s also worth noting that both displays are factory calibrated and ready to use.
Overall, the Dell P2715Q monitor is more flexible in terms of connectivity options, even though it lacks HDMI 2.0 port. Unlike the LG 27UD68, it also has a superior stand and a menu system that is easier to use. The LG monitor, on the other hand, provides Free Sync support feature as its more suitable for gaming applications. The latter is currently also the cheaper option with a retail price of $450, whereas the Dell P2715Q will set you back roughly $500.