The Dell P2717H is a 27″ 1080p IPS monitor with a fully ergonomic design and extensive connectivity options. However, it lacks modern features such as FreeSync and a 75Hz refresh rate yet it’s rather aggressively priced.
Based on an IPS panel with true 8-bit color depth, a 300-nit peak brightness, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and wide 178-degree viewing angles, the Dell P2717H monitor provides a vibrant and bright image quality with accurate and consistent colors.
Now, the monitor is 27″ in size and offers Full HD resolution which is 1920×1080. This results in a pixel-per-inch ratio of 82 which is not ideal.
In comparison to 24″ 1080p monitors (~92 PPI), the picture of the Dell P2717H will be more pixelated; there will be less screen space and details won’t be as clear.
Although Dell promotes this monitor as ‘Professional’ with ‘enhanced productivity’, in truth, any 24″ 1080p IPS monitor would provide you with better conditions for office-related work.
In fact, for the price of the Dell P2717H, you could get a 27″ 1440p display instead which would drastically increase your productivity due to its notably higher pixel density.
For more information, visit our dedicated best monitors for office work buyer’s guide.
The Dell P2717H has input lag of ~15ms which is quick enough to eliminate any noticeable delays between your commands and what appears on the screen.
On the other hand, games definitely won’t take an interest in this monitor as it has a limited refresh rate of 60Hz and no support for a variable refresh rate technology i.e. FreeSync.
Moving on, the Dell P2717H 27″ monitor has a 6ms (GtG) response time speed which is sufficient to eliminate most of trailing of fast-moving objects at 60Hz, but some ghosting is visible in fast-paced games.
Overall, there aren’t any issues concerning the performance, but there are better displays at this price range.
Just like most modern monitors, the Dell P2717H has a flicker-free backlight and an integrated low-blue light filter. These two features ensure a comfortable viewing experience by preventing eye strain and headaches caused by prolonged use of the monitor.
We also didn’t find any dead or stuck pixels on our unit, and there was minimal (within expected amounts) IPS glow and backlight bleeding present.
There are five hotkeys placed on the bottom bezel of the monitor at the right side. When the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is not open, these buttons can be used as shortcuts for certain functions including Preset Modes, Input Source, Menu, Exit, and Power.
You can choose between eight different pre-calibrated preset modes including Standard, ComfortView, Multimedia, Movie, Game, Warm, Cool, and Custom Color.
The standard adjustments such as contrast/brightness, sharpness, hue/saturation, color temperature, aspect ratio, etc are available as well.
Dell also boasts a dynamic contrast ratio of 4,000,000:1, but this is just a marketing gimmick, and we recommend leaving this option on ‘Off’ for the best image quality.
Design & Connectivity
The Dell P2717H offers a high-quality and versatile design with reasonably thick bezels. You can elevate the screen by up to 130mm, tilt it by -5°/21°, swivel by +/- 45°, pivot by 90°, or mount it using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.
Connectivity options are abundant and include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, and five USB ports (one upstream, two downstream USB 2.0 ports, and two downstream USB 3.0 ports at the side). There’s no audio jack, but the monitor is compatible with some of Dell’s soundbars.
Lastly, the screen has a 3H matte anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Dell P2717H is usually available for around $250 which is rather expensive considering its low resolution for the screen size and lack of modern features.
We recommend checking out the AOPEN 27ML1U which a 27″ 1440p IPS monitor with AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz that’s available for the same amount of money.
While the Dell P2717H may offer an alluring design and rich connectivity options, its image quality and features are simply not up to par with the available alternatives at this price range.
Dell P2717H Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||6ms (GtG)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA|
|Other Ports||2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
What We Loved
- Vibrant colors
- Fully ergonomic design
- Rich connectivity options
What We Didn’t Like
- No AMD FreeSync
- Low pixel density
- No 3.5mm audio port
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.