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Dell UP2414Q review

Andy Vandervell




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Our Score:


User Score:


  • Outstanding colour accuracy
  • Incredibly sharp
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Range of connections
  • Not extortionately expensive


  • So-so contrast ratio and black level
  • No HDMI 2.0

Key Features

  • 23.8-inch 3840 x 2160 IPS LCD; White LED backlight; HDMI 1.4; Mini DisplayPort; DisplayPort; 4x USB 3.0; Memory card reader; 99% Adobe RGB; 100% sRGB
  • Manufacturer: Dell
  • Review Price: £870.00

What is the Dell UP2414Q?

The Dell UP2414Q is among the first serious 4K monitors on the market. It joins 32-inch models like the Sharp PN-K321, Dell UP3214Q and Asus PQ321QE in a select band of 4K monitors vying for the cash of early adopters, but unlike any of the above the UP2414Q costs less than £1,000. In fact, at £870 it's about the same as the rather pricey (and non-4K) Apple Thunderbolt Display.

Of course the Thunderbolt Display is horribly overpriced, but the Dell U2414Q isn't and it's by no means a cut price, last resort option, either. It has an IPS display, claims to cover 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space and claims to come out of the factory calibrated to a DeltaE less than 2. It's a serious monitor demanding serious attention, and for the most part it delivers handsomely.

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Note: Pricing based on pre-order price on Ebuyer.com and other UK retailers, not Dell online store.

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Dell UP2414Q: Design & Connections

Dell likes to keep its monitor designs fairly uniform, which judging by the U2414Q is no bad thing at all. It looks reserved, simple and straightforward, which in this context is exactly what you want.

It has all the adjustments you could want, too. Rotation is built into the stand, which makes it easy to share what you're working on with colleagues, and it pivots, too. There's a decent degree of tilt available, and every element of the stand and case is impeccably well made. No corners cut here.

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Connectivity is decent, albeit with one or two small caveats. There are DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort connections, but the HDMI port is only a version 1.4 port. This means you can't run the Dell UP2414Q's 3840 x 2160 native resolution at 60Hz over HDMI, only 30Hz. It's not a problem unique to Dell, though, with the Panasonic L65WT600 being the only 4K TV to currently support HDMI 2.0.

Non-video connections include an impressive four USB 3 ports, one of which is primed to charge tablets, phones and other gadgets. The final flourish is a media card reader on the left edge. You could add more to the UP2414Q, but you don't really need more.

Our only tiny complaints are that Dell could have taken inspiration from the Samsung S24C650 in putting the USB ports in the base, rather than hidden at the back, and integrating some manner of carry handle to make the UP2414Q easier to move. That's the worst we can think of, though.

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Dell UP2414Q: OSD & Setup

Getting the Dell UP2414Q up and running is no problem at all. It comes in two parts: monitor and stand. The latter clips smoothly into the rear with no screws needed -- it's harder to open the box than assemble.

Better still are the OSD and controls. The controls are touch and context sensitive buttons in the bottom right edge. They're on the front, so you don't have to feel around for them, and each has a small LED to indicate when they're active. The OSD actions appear right next to each button. They're clear, logical and easy to use.

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The options in the OSD are plentiful, too. Preset Modes include Colour Temperature (5000K to 10,0000K); Colour Space (Adobe RGB, sRGB and two customisable calibrated presets) and Custom Colour controls where you can fine-tune the colour precisely. There are other presets for Standard, Multimedia, Movie, Game and Paper, but they're largely superfluous to our eyes.

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This gives you plenty of flexibility to get what you need, particularly the option to save your own presets and quickly switch between them. There are some interesting options hidden away in the menus, too, including an intriguingly titled 'Uniformity Compensation' mode that we'll take a closer look at later on.


February 13, 2014, 9:04 pm

Sad to see dell embracing this rounded corners malarkey, their previous generation of monitors were much more pleasing. The 2560x1440 still feels like plenty over 27 inches for cad and photoshop work, more would be nice, but at 23" somehow on a desktop monitor that feels a waste since your head isn't inches from the screen. Perhaps I'm wrong. But for me 30" 16:9 or even one of those extra wide ones, at a massive resolution, would be great for being productive in 3d modelling/animation/effects work, not sure I could say the same about a 23" hi def monitor.


February 13, 2014, 9:44 pm

This would be AMAZING for photography work! Wish i could afford it, as im due for a dslr upgrade

Jamie Maclean

February 14, 2014, 6:49 am

But it is not a touch screen!


February 14, 2014, 12:21 pm

Erm no it's not but neither is pretty much any monitor we review. Why would you want it to be touch screen?


February 14, 2014, 4:18 pm

Can't say I agree about the rounded edges, I like them.

As for size, it all depends on what you're doing really. We're hopefully getting the 30-inch version of this soon, although it has an IZGO rather than IPS panel. Comparison should be interesting.


February 14, 2014, 7:24 pm

I guess 30" is about as big as you can really go with a screen you need to sit in front of and look at in detail. I find the rounded corners look rather Fisher Price and prefer the more architectural designs, though rounded corners do make sense for phones and other hand-held items. This whole IZGO thing has passed me by but they sound amazing. Finally some progress in screen tech after so many years of stagnancy, thank god.


February 14, 2014, 8:10 pm

I use a 30 and a portrait 24 day-to-day. 30 is definitely a maximum and I'd say 27 is ideal. 30 looks impressive, but at times I wonder if it's a little too much.


February 14, 2014, 8:23 pm

For cad stuff sometimes more pixels is really handy, and I can see a 4000x2500 display over 27" being more useful. But it is much of a muchness. I've got a portrait 23" next to mine also.
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February 14, 2014, 11:59 pm

I think it's a nice monitor but personally i'd prefer a larger size as windows doesn't scale too well and text would be small. i've seen the Lenovo ThinkVision 28 for around $800. Apart from the speakers at the bottom looks quite nice, any chance of a review?


February 15, 2014, 11:47 am

Will look into it.


February 15, 2014, 3:09 pm

Sorry but this review feels a bit lacking to me - what's it actually like in day to day use? Is the 4K resolution actually practical for the relatively small screen size, or do you find yourself squinting at tiny text when navigating the OS, browsing the web etc.?


February 16, 2014, 8:50 am

£750 extra for 4k sounds pretty expensive.


February 16, 2014, 7:10 pm

Excellent, thanks Andy


February 17, 2014, 2:22 pm

How is it £750 extra?

Lo Phi

March 2, 2014, 12:51 pm

Sorry, but this is a question of missing capabilities in the operating system/graphics driver combination. Windows does not excel in this area.

Carl Johan Björeman

April 7, 2014, 9:40 am

30 hz


October 12, 2014, 7:10 am

Correct- this monitor is worthless unless you want to leave a print on the screen. It's scurrilous how the business press covers this fact up.


October 12, 2014, 9:51 pm

I got this monitor few weeks ago. Colors are amazing. Pixel density is amazing. 60 Hz. But backlight bleed is horrible, really really bad and I think monitor for this price should be perfect

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